Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Can't Bat, Can't Bowl, Can't Field...

It's fair to say I'm pretty bored right now. As a bloke whose life has revolved around the public house and sport, my 'essential travels' in these troubled times has revolved around searching down the back of the sofa for the remote control. So imagine my delight when I realised that BT Sport were showing highlights of my favourite ever Ashes tour the 86/87 series.My mind would race back to highlights on BBC2 where I would tune into the show after some slapstick Harold Lloyd, which preceded it every night. Under the captaincy of Mike Gatting, memories of those halcyon days were rekindled as England spanked the Aussies. For offering us the likes of Mrs Mangel in Neighbours, we got our own back in the days when the only Aussie Mitchells on offer were Madge and Charlene...


Our revenge for this crap...

Friday, 27 March 2020

Cricketers in Adverts

Cricket players in the days of yonder advertised some bizarre things. With player agents probably not as aware of their client's profile as their modern day counterparts, the adverts below seem to have raised a chuckle. Not sure if this is due to the often awful product they are endorsing, or the general retro feel of the not-so-slick marketing departments of the time. Read on below to see how yesterday's cricketers earned some extra corn...

1995 Shredded Wheat Geoffrey Boycott and Fruitfull Advert - YouTube


Tuesday, 24 March 2020

The Away Game Convoy

A trip to another club might happen early in your club career, or it could even be your first match. It normally involves a flustered captain trying to marshal the troops as eleven bedraggled souls enter the car park one by one. That is, if the skipper is lucky. The meet time for an away game is often under or over done by a good hour. Sometimes a 5-mile trip will involve a meet at 11.30am for a 1.30pm start, whereas I have known of clubs travelling the distance of the county and meeting at 12.00pm. In my experience, this ends badly...

Convoy Leader...

Friday, 20 March 2020

Waiting to Bat

You're next in. How people cope with this varies from individual to individual. Some sit there, a sea of serenity, others sit there like a Vietnam veteran on the wire. It is a bizarre aspect of cricket and whether you are a professional or bat in the lower order for your village fourth eleven, the same scenario awaits you. Here we look at the various individuals that every club has...

Waiting to Bat...

Pushing the Boundaries Show - Taunton - 16th April - CANCELLED

It is with regret that due to the Covid-19 virus sweeping the world at present that we have had to pull the plug on our live stage show. We are working on alternative dates with the players and Somerset CCC at present and hoping to rearrange later in the year.

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Tickets will be valid for the later event.

I will be in touch ASAP with an alternative date.

Thanks for your loyal support as always and hoping we can get this back on asap.

Dan

Monday, 16 March 2020

Coronavirus - the impact on your cricket club...

These are unprecedented times. I realise that there are things way more important than cricket in this world - the death toll in Italy going over the 2000 mark is desperately sad and cricket isn't even on a par with the loss of human life. However, this is a cricket site and I write on cricket. The pandemic that is sweeping the globe looks like it might send a few cricket clubs to the wall. The ECB will have its promise to invest in grass roots cricket severely tested should the impact of this virus be as debilitating and long lasting as the experts think. Read on for where we see problems lying ahead for amateur sports clubs this summer.

A summer's day...