Monday, 30 May 2016

Review of the 2nd Test v Sri Lanka

Firstly, apologies for not doing a review of the first Test last week from Headingley. England walked it if you haven't been anywhere near a newspaper or the internet. So they went further north to the a town that might sound French in Chester le Street but shhhh don't tell the people of Hartlepool down the road. We've already had one primate shot this weekend in a zoo. I digress, so after their lashing in Leeds, Sri Lanka turned up in Durham on another pitch that offered seam movement. This one may have been another easy win but it was the Test of the magical milestone.

Beautiful Chester le Street...nowhere near France

Monday, 23 May 2016

A message from Ryan Sidebottom

Malignant Melanoma and Skin Cancer in general is on the rise. An alarming rise actually, with five times as many people as forty years ago suffering. Sunbeds and solariums are one of the main reasons why more people are dying but cricketers and cricket fans are also at risk, being outside in the summer months. Melanoma UK ambassador Ryan Sidebottom is more than aware of the dangers that face all of us who love the game and here is what he has to say to all cricketers, cricket fans and anyone associated with the sport.

Ryan...covering up

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Headingley Headaches

The international summer is upon us, starting off at wonderful Headingley. Despite tickets selling as well in Leeds as a dinner date with Massimo Cellino, there is still something wonderful about the home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. A magical ground it evokes memories of Botham in 1981, beating South Africa in 1998 and then losing to New Zealand in 1983. Yes we really did get skittled by the three C's. Who needed the three W's of the West Indies, when the Kiwis had Cairns, Chatfield and Coney? For every Botham, there's a Benaud or a Bell. For every Willis, there's a Warne. Not everyone has hugely happy memories of the place. And here's plenty below...

Handsome Headingley

Monday, 2 May 2016

Absolutely Foxed

From time to time, you get a book and you just can't put it down. Those nice chaps at Simon and Schuster sent me Absolutely Foxed and they took up two days of my life. However, the autobiography of Graeme Fowler has enriched my experience of not only cricket but of life too. This will be the cricket book of the year. A book that takes you to the boundaries of emotions at times, it is brilliantly written and totally engages the reader.