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1804, 2018

ECB Testing Fans’ Loyalty Again

By | April 18th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|27 Comments

Long term readers of TFT will know that it used to have two editors rather than one. There was me, and then there was Maxie. A couple of years ago Maxie stepped down because he didn’t have time to contribute anymore. He was also (I’m sure he won’t mind me saying) completely disillusioned with English cricket and was finding [...]

1704, 2018

Stone Rises But Batting Hopefuls Sink

By | April 17th, 2018|Categories: County Cricket|14 Comments

I love the early championship fixtures. Spring has arrived, the sun is creeping out (well, occasionally), the magnolias are in bloom, and young England hopefuls get the chance to impress the selectors. What’s more, there are no domestic white ball distractions. It’s first class cricket all the way – unless you’re glued to the IPL but that’s another story. So [...]

1204, 2018

Erroneous Assumptions & Hopeless Predictions: County Championship Preview

By | April 12th, 2018|Categories: County Cricket|24 Comments

Who will be crowned this year's champions? I really have no idea. A newly promoted club tipped for relegation won the title last year whilst the reigning champions got relegated. It was just the kind of boring and predictable season you'd expect from a competition nobody likes and everyone expects to die. What a total waste of time. Jokes aside [...]

1104, 2018

Like The Darkside, The IPL Overshadows Everything

By | April 11th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|26 Comments

Don't worry. This isn't another pop at the IPL. I actually like bright lights and dancing girls ... albeit when I'm in nightclub. I'm just a little irked that the county championship starts later this week and many of our best players won't be involved - twelve of them to be exact. One wonders how the championship will have any [...]

604, 2018

Should English Counties Sign Smith, Bancroft, and Warner?

By | April 6th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|42 Comments

So then. What do you reckon? The Evening Standard has suggested that Cricket Australia has quietly reached out to several English counties about the possibility of signing their three disgraced stars. The details are sketchy, and there's no guarantee it will happen, but it seems there have been discussions behind the scenes. I'd be interested to know what everyone thinks [...]

604, 2018

A Winter’s Tale

By | April 6th, 2018|Categories: Ashes 17/18|8 Comments

The England men’s team can finally come home after a very long winter. 157 days after they departed for the Ashes, the frustrating draw in the second Test against New Zealand brought the curtain down on their overseas adventures. While the players will be pleased not to have to stay in hotels any longer, those of us who have been [...]

304, 2018

Denied

By | April 3rd, 2018|Categories: NZ v England 2018, Test Cricket|65 Comments

I went to sleep with New Zealand on 91-4. I was extremely hopeful we'd be able to force a result. Anderson and Broad were bowling well, and Jack Leach was causing problems, so it was extremely disappointing to wake up and find that we'd been denied by the Kiwi tail. Credit to the Black Caps, of course, but I thought [...]

104, 2018

The Easter Sunday Sermon

By | April 1st, 2018|Categories: NZ v England 2018, Test Cricket|28 Comments

It's Easter. The time of rebirth, chocolate, and rabbit casseroles. So let's start with the first of these three pillars of Christian civilisation ... and forgive me if the flow of this post seems random and doesn't quite work. I've had no sleep, I drank too much beer and wine last night, and I feel about as coherent as ... [...]

3003, 2018

When Anything But Disaster Feels Like A Triumph

By | March 30th, 2018|Categories: NZ v England 2018, Test Cricket|25 Comments

The headline above sums up how I feel about day one in Christchurch. I went to sleep with England on 38-1. Vince and Stoneman were looked a little more secure, and Trent Boult was having a breather. Perhaps both batsmen would make a hundred and England would score 400? I knew I was kidding myself. Vince had played a few [...]

2903, 2018

Disgrace

By | March 29th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|112 Comments

** Update: Darren Lehmann has just announced that he's stepping down as Australian coach after the next test. -------- I've just watched the Steve Smith press conference in Australia. Wow. Do you think he was a bit upset? He cried more than my little sister when she watched Bambi. The poor bloke. But should we feel sorry for Smith? On [...]

2703, 2018

ICC Must Act To Protect The Spirit Of Cricket

By | March 27th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|120 Comments

“It seemed completely beyond belief that the Australian cricket team were involved with cheating.” It might have shocked you Mr Turnbull, but only the brazenness of Australia's cheating surprised the rest of the world. The fabled spirit of cricket has been under attack for some time, and Australia have been one of nations leading the assault. Not that the Aussie [...]

2603, 2018

Ignominy

By | March 26th, 2018|Categories: NZ v England 2018, Test Cricket|39 Comments

Ignominy has been the word of the weekend. But I'm not using it to bash the Australians today. Instead I'm using it in reference to England's latest pathetic result away from home in test cricket: a defeat by an innings inside three days to New Zealand. I haven't got the stat book in front of me but of our current [...]

2403, 2018

Australia’s Sticky Situation

By | March 24th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|139 Comments

This is quite possibly the stickiest situation for Australian cricket since Sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky wicket. At times like this it seems apt to fall back on Blackadder references. If only because Australia's attempts to win the second test against South Africa by using sticky tape like sandpaper was a plan so lacking in cunning [...]

2203, 2018

What? How?

By | March 22nd, 2018|Categories: NZ v England 2018, Test Cricket|71 Comments

After long and careful consideration, I've decided to laugh rather than cry. England's batting performance in the first innings at Eden Park was so farcical that it's probably comic rather than tragic. Today was a comedy of errors ... and it just about summed up the team's miserable winter's tale. Although I wasn't able to stay up all night and [...]

1903, 2018

Ta-Ra, Kevin

By | March 19th, 2018|Categories: Player Spotlight|37 Comments

Although it has been on the cards for a while, Kevin Pietersen finally announced his retirement at the weekend. Forgive me for being a bit late to the party on this one. As someone who rarely watches the various T20 leagues around the world these days, I haven't seen KP play in years; therefore as far as I'm concerned he [...]