Monday, 28 September 2015

Dissent

Rugby World Cup 2015, England v Wales and in the first half referee Jerome Garces had a word with both captains as the game threatened to boil over. "I'm in charge here", he bellowed and both Chris Robshaw and Sam Warburton nodded and said "OK". In fact I think one of them may have even mumbled a "Sir" on the end, but it is interesting to see the respect the officials have in rugby from the players. Football could certainly learn a lesson, but could cricket as well? Who knows what the answer would be...

Warburton and Robshaw...respect

Sunday, 27 September 2015

LVCC Division One End of Term Reports

It's that time of year, when county cricketers are called in to see the headmaster and get their end of term reports. How did your team do? Did you take our advice back in April and are now kicking back in the Caribbean on the earnings, having bashed your local turf accountant? Or are you, the missus and the kids facing a harsh, bleak winter? However you have done, this is still the best competition in the country cricket wise. Here we have a look at how your county did in 2015...

Patterson giving something away for once

Thursday, 24 September 2015

The Farmyard XI

It has been a bad week if you are a pig. Not content with being killed for your meat, it turns out that a future Prime Minister then decides to get sexual with you. This week's revelations that the most high profile leader to stick his appendage into a pig's mouth since Monica Lewinsky was employed at the White House, has sent the Twittersphere into overdrive. So, with a massive credit to Glamorgan CCC fan Paul Mokler, we cheered pigs up worldwide with a cricketing pig XI. Not content with that, they need someone to play against so Paul drew up a cricketing sheep XI. Here are the teams...

The Pig XI unveil their mascot

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The Middle Stump End of Season Awards

It's that time of year again boys and girls. As the nights draw in and the weather turns chillier, we look back at the 2015 season and it is award time. None of these will be found at the PCA night in a couple of weeks, but here are the alternative awards for this year...

Munch's Scream

Monday, 14 September 2015

Pushing the Boundaries

Tickets are now on sale for the funniest thing to hit since South Wales since Shane Watson's lbw review in Cardiff this summer. On Thursday November 12th Matthew Maynard, Robert Croft, Mark Wallace and Mike Powell, will be joining me on stage for an irreverent Q and A session in aid of Melanoma UK and The Tom Maynard Trust. Newport Cricket Club will be the venue and tickets are on sale now. Click on the poster below for details on how to get your hands on one.

Tickets here

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Dizzy's Dynasty

Yorkshire today wrapped up their 33rd County Championship trophy. As predicted on these pages back in April and last year, Jason Gillespie has put together one of the finest sides in the club's history. It's easy to say that Yorkshire will win the title, it's on a par with saying Celtic have a sniff of the Scottish Premier League, but could this be the finest side ever in the history of the White Rose? Possibly...

Dizzy...top record

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Maintain a 16 match County Championship

It's not often these pages get political. However, there is something I would urgently ask all Stump fans to get behind and that is to sign a petition to keep the two divisions of nine sides in the County Championship. England have become significantly better at Test cricket since the two division format has come in, as those with memories stretching back to the 80's and 90's will testify. I love the County Championship and this is something serious that needs sorting. And pronto...

Root...a product of the 16 game LVCC

Monday, 7 September 2015

The Merry Go Round

"Wake me up when September ends" might be the title of a song by Green Day but it has been more Groundhog Day, or should we make that Groundhog month for a number of cricketers. This is the month equivalent to the footballing transfer window, when players are released and find themselves new deals. September has become a cricketers agent's wet dream; the month for wheeling and dealing and getting your man a new contract. For others, it is the end of their career.

Dexter...it's a new deal

Friday, 4 September 2015

The Stump goes through the 500k barrier

Yesterday the Middle Stump had its 500,000th reader. From a small acorn formed over a pint, the oak tree is growing and along the way it has been a marvellous journey. Just over three years ago, I decided to write for a bit of fun. The odd anecdote had sprung to mind, and I wanted to get them all down on paper. To think that half a million people would read the rubbish that I write was beyond my wildest dreams and it has been a journey and a half.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Pushing the Boundaries

I am delighted to announce the third Pushing the Boundaries show in aid of Melanoma UK and The Tom Maynard Trust at Newport CC on Thursday 12th November at 7.45pm. After the carnage of Headingley with the Yorkshire boys and the chaos in Southgate with the Middlesex chaps, we are taking the show to South Wales to do live Q and A's on stage with a star studded Glamorgan line up, who are giving up their time for these brilliant charities.

Matt Maynard