Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Test Match Game

Back in the late 70's and early 80's, computer games were about as technical as Atari tennis, perhaps getting as advanced as watching doubles; two sticks on each side whacking a ball back at each other whilst the noise was a form of torture to those from previous generations. This lot may have lived through Hitler's Blitz, rationing, and some even through the financial crash of the thirties, but put the sound of an Atari on, and they surrendered to anything that you wanted.Then along came a game that made everyone happy....Test Match.

The Authentic All-Action Cricket Game

Monday, 22 June 2015

A New England

"I don't want to change the world, I'm not looking for a new England" sang Billy Bragg back in 1983, when Brad Haddin was merely a middle aged bloke. However cricket wise, the world changed a long time after that when it came to one day cricket, and England had to wait until 2015 to accept it. With the aggressive, hard hitting tactics that we have learnt from the World Cup, the future is finally bright for English cricket fans. The style of play, the players to walk the walk and the positive play has been a joy to behold. Now let's take it forward...

Bragg...Billy, not Will

Thursday, 18 June 2015

The Outgrounds Part 2

Judging from the response the other day on my feature on outgrounds, the English cricket public loves them. Sadly, some are no longer used. The cost of running a headquarters for the counties means they can no longer be fitted in to the busy schedule, others deemed not fit for purpose and some sadly have gone for good. The corporate world dictates that where once stood athletes in flannels that we all checked out, now the only thing we check out there is our weekly groceries. Here we have a look at some of the venues sadly no longer used for first class cricket.

Hastings

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The Outgrounds Part One

Midsummer in England. Strawberries and cream, the cacophony of laughter from marquees, the sound of ball on willow on pitches where amateurs normally play, an equal amount of well behaved dogs and rabid children running wild amongst England's heartbeat; its cricket clubs, whilst Wimbledon tennis plays silently on the backdrop of the television in the clubhouse bar, packed with club members beaming with pride that the professional game has arrived at their club. This can only mean one thing; the outground season is here in the County Championship.

Cheltenham College

Friday, 12 June 2015

The Freak Dismissal

Seeing Simon Hughes, the Analyst and not the ex Member of Parliament for Bermondsey, put up a freak dismissal on Twitter yesterday, it got me thinking about some of the weirdest and wackiest ways of getting out. Here are the first 5 according to the Middle Stump, with more to follow next week or when we can't think of anything to write about. Let us know if you have any others...

Monday, 8 June 2015

Dad's Army

Firstly, apologies for not writing a write up of the second Test versus New Zealand. This wasn't because we lost, apathy reigned or sour grapes. Quite simply it was because I was in Greece and didn't see enough of the game to paint a true picture, not that it ever matters much on The Middle Stump anyway. Whilst sitting in a taverna, eating a souvlaki with the skewer driving through the middle of it, much like the Kiwi bowling to our middle order I wondered if we have played our strongest opposition so far this summer? I wondered if we build up the Aussies too much, as we tend to do in these shores, and I have come to the conclusion that we have. Here's why...

English or Australian this summer?