Thursday, 30 April 2020

Missing Cricket...

Today is the first day that I have struggled with this lockdown. I am desperately missing real cricket. I've had enough of virtual cricket on social media or these Quentin Quarantino style directors with Tik Tok videos, that fifteen people send you on WhatsApp because non cricketing friends think you will find it hilarious. You still respond with a polite "Haha", even though it was sent to you two weeks ago. I'm bored of drinking at home, no doubt, as are you. So put down your 'Furlough Merlot' and have a read here...

The Furlough Merlot

Monday, 20 April 2020

The Club Cricket Subs Survey

Recently we have run articles on the site, working out what it costs to run a cricket club and revenue coming into the club. One of the main sources of any club's revenue is from the players. Over the weekend I have run a survey on how much it costs an individual to play club cricket. Obviously this doesn't include the post match drinks where I reckon I have probably spent at least £2,000 a season for the last twenty five years (drinks were cheaper before then!). What I could do with 50k now! I digress... This is a survey based on annual subscriptions and match fees and how much clubs are charging in the UK. It threw up some interesting results.

Village cricket

Friday, 17 April 2020

The Return to Cricket Grant Scheme

A month ago I wrote about the impact that Coronavirus could well have on club cricket across the UK. I mentioned that many clubs could go to the wall without the financial assistance of governing bodies due to the loss of revenue from subscriptions and match fees this summer, along with other sources of income. As a chairman of a club in North London, I am well aware that without the roots in place, a plant withers and dies. To their credit three organisations have come forward with aid for the clubs. Sport England, local councils and the ECB. However, with the ECB there is one huge problem...

Monday, 13 April 2020

Club Cricket Camaraderie

There have been a lot of posts on social media recently about aspects of cricket at this time of year. Whether that involves videos of people facing their first ball of the season or if it is just my personal thoughts killing time in this empty void of isolation that we find ourselves in, the thoughts of all of us club cricketers are thinking what would we be doing now if it wasn't for this bastard pandemic? But there is one thing that I miss the most about it all and that is the banter. The 'dressing room crap' as you call it, whether that be with the opposition or with your own team mates...

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

How the professionals are coping with isolation...

The County Championship season was due to start this weekend. With the Covid-19 virus sweeping the world, there is no cricket in the UK until at least ‪May 28th 2020‬. Here we catch up with Middlesex batsman and wicket keeper John Simpson to see how he and the rest of the Middlesex lads are coping with their pre-season, their fitness, their drills and their wellbeing during the pandemic that is sweeping the globe...

John Simpson

Monday, 6 April 2020

A Life in Club Cricket

Being a dedicated clubbie comes with its fair share of sacrifices. It starts at around 15 or 16 and ends when you die. Don’t be sad – this is the life that we choose to lead, but it does come with a degree of detachment from the real world...

Club Cricket...