Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Review of the 1st Test in South Efrica

Jingle Bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, oh what fun it is to watch England win away. So we only go and beat the number one side in the world by a mere 241 runs. England won their first match in a series away to anyone decent for years, whilst the hosts had a shocker as they capitulated in Durban. It was their fifth defeat in six at Kingsmead and the venue for the traditional Boxing Day test will soon be about as popular as grandad a couple of hours after the Christmas sprouts. This was an old fashioned Test match, one for the connoisseur and whilst not a classic it made fantastic viewing. South Africa were awful here to be honest as England went Bok Bashing.

Kingsmead...

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Wot no Jimmy?

James Anderson's a doubt for the First Test at Durban which starts on Boxing Day which could well be series defining. News came through last night which will put a smile on the South African top order more than when David Cameron is served pigs with blankets with his Christmas dinner. Whether this is a smokescreen from the English management is to be seen, but the hearts of English men and women sank with the news, in a similar way to my kids when they unwrap a lump of coal in a couple of days time. So who will replace him?

The Burnley Express

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Sport for All?

There has been a lot of talk this week from the ECB about changing the perception of the game at grass roots level. Initially my eyes skimmed across the usual bluster, and then something caught my eye. This was something new, something different and it seems change is afoot. Not just with me, but for well respected journalists such as David Hopps. We are talking about an Aussie. Matt Dwyer, the ECB Director of Participation and Growth could just be the best thing that has happened to English cricket in years...if not ever.