Champions Trophy 2017
Champions Trophy Preview – Sri Lanka

The Champions Trophy starts in a couple of weeks and people are already tipping England, India, Australia and South Africa to win. But what about Sri Lanka? Because they’ve lost so many great players in recent years they’re flying under the radar somewhat. This isn’t entirely surprising because so many of their…

Captain’s Log, Durham 1999 Part 1

Today I’d like to introduce a new series we hope to feature regularly on TFT. And you’ll be pleased to know that it has nothing to do with Jos Buttler and his towel. It’s a series for everyone who had a misspent youth playing cricket video games. And if you didn’t…

County cricket
Back To The Future? A Plan For Domestic 50 Over Cricket

In the ECB’s brave new world there is very little to please the poor, beleaguered, run of the mill cricket supporter. The county championship is being ever more marginalised, the calendar is re-shuffled almost every year, and the ECB is intent on wooing a completely new audience. Current supporters are…

TFT Talks To Athers, Beefy, Nasser, and Bumble

I enjoy a good chinwag. I enjoy it even more when it’s with four guys I idolised as a kid. It has always been an ambition of mine to chew the cricketing fat with Athers and Co – perhaps over a couple of beers in the pub – so when…

40 Not Out … And That’s Just The Waistline

I turn 40 this week. Don’t worry, this isn’t a Brian Johnston style appeal for cake. I won’t suddenly be sending out “thank yous” to Mrs. Cholmondeley in Upper Piddle for delivering a rather nice chocolate sponge with strawberries on top. But cake or no cake, these type of milestones…

County cricket

City T20 – The Name Calling Has Started

I don’t know what is happening in other counties but in Lancashire the in-fighting has erupted. Not about the fact that the club politbureau took a decision to join the T20 circus without consulting members – but what the new team will be called. The consensus outside Manchester appears to be that many will not follow a…

Talking Points

A Knockout Idea

What are cricket blogs for other than to relay drunken conversations you’ve had in the pub? That’s the joy of editing your own site. You can take a half serious conversation (which originally stemmed from a discussion of the Joshua versus Klitschko fight), turn it into a proposition, and then…


TFT Talks To Mark Butcher

Back in November 1998, a young Englishman fresh out of uni left these shores to travel around Australia. Obviously it was a complete coincidence that the Ashes was on. On the third day of the first test in Brisbane, he saw another young(ish) Englishman flay McGrath, Fleming, Kasprowicz and MacGill to all corners of the…

Player Spotlight

The Ben Stokes Supremacy

He might not have the martial arts skills of Jason Bourne – not to my knowledge anyway – but England’s premier all rounder is certainly a wanted man right now. He’s dangerous. He’s gifted. He’s angry. And nothing can stand in his way … except for locker doors of course.…

Best Of TFT

Glorious summer

Some things can not be overhyped. A few events live up to every word of hyperbole. And occasionally our memories do not deceive us – the reality was every bit as good as our recollection. The 2005 Ashes, which began ten years ago this month, were one such passage of time.…


Ireland: Testing The Waters

Today we have a guest article by Kevin Galvin, an Irish writer with the Evening Echo and Irish Examiner. He talks about Ireland’s development as a team and their pursuit of test status. It must be incredibly frustrating to be an Ireland supporter right now. Had India got behind the idea…


The Golden Age Of Umpires

I am conscious of my own personal preponderance to wallow in nostalgia of late. Something I should give up based on the adage that nostalgia ain’t what it used to be. Too many backward glances down the old barely lit paths of the mind – at best a dodgy incursion…