AuthorHector Cappelletti

Grounds For Complaint?


Yesterday the ECB announced which venues would host Ashes tests in 2023. They also announced which grounds would stage games in the dreaded City T20 competition. It surprised absolutely nobody that the traditional big venues (plus Cardiff) monopolised the biggest fixtures. Sigh. However, the decision not to award the Ageas Bowl an Ashes test did raise some eyebrows. Was this the right call...



Eleven positions make up the standard cricket team. Each possesses its own unique aspects, be they geographical, technical or skill related. Each possesses certain nuances which the incumbent must be cognisant of in order to perform proficiently. Each will require a modicum of adaptability and metamorphosis, changing roles depending on the ebb and flow of a match. Nevertheless, the average...

A Load Of Pink Balls? Day-Night Championship Cricket


Hector has been to the Rose Bowl to watch some day-night first class cricket. Here are his observations … I’ll admit I was intrigued upon first hearing about the concept. Cricket under lights is hardly a new idea but the county championship under lights stoked an inner sense of curiosity. Admittedly, floodlit county championship cricket is not wholly new – Kent hosted Glamorgan at...

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 just expected to shut up and continue paying their money. How very football. Instead of...

Nostalgia Corner: The 1992 World Cup


Can it really be a quarter of a century since the late Martin Crowe opened the 1992 Cricket World Cup with a stunning century at Eden Park to dramatically bloody the nose of the defending champions on the opening day of the tournament? This piece by Hector was originally written in preparation for the 2015 World Cup but not completed until recently. It seemed rather fitting to publish such a...

Growing Pains: T20, Overkill, And The New City Based Tournament


In the post Big Bash, pre Indian Premier League vacuum all the talk is of how successful the former has proved, leading to much conjecture over the English domestic equivalent. Is the much discussed, much proposed city franchise league a means of growing the game or simply a means of growing bank balances? In the article below, Hector Cappelletti discusses the problem of T20 cricket in England...

Vicious Green Circle


Thoughts and observations of a Hibernophile regarding Irish cricket’s immediate future. This article saw its genesis from a litany of much cherished trips across to Ireland and a love of cricket. Whether the two naturally segue together may be up for debate! Some observations maybe accurate, some maybe wide of the mark. Hopefully all will prove thought provoking and interesting. Type www...

All Wickets Are Equal But Some Are More Equal Than Others


Virat Kohli’s latest master class against England during the fourth test prompted some mental perambulations. The Indian captain arrived at the crease with his team in excess of two hundred and fifty runs adrift of their guests. Another quick wicket and England would have sensed the opportunity for a sizeable first innings lead. Kohli produced a near faultless display though and the match turned...

The County Championship: An Old Friend


Sometimes the county championship seems so maligned that even the ECB has lost faith in it. Despite its thrilling finale back in September, many see the competition as an anachronism with no future. However, guest writer Hector Cappelletti begs to differ. He believes the championship has not only been pivotal in England’s recent successes, but also in Australia’s recent struggles...

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