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17 02, 2016

Waitrose Dump The ECB

February 17th, 2016|News, Politics|37 Comments

I'd like to welcome back a familiar face to TFT. News broke a few days ago that Waitrose will not renew their sponsorship of the England cricket teams. Who better to react to developments than my old co-editor Maxie Allen? He's been following events from afar with interest ...  Here are a few thoughts about [...]

14 07, 2015

The Lost Key To The Crown Jewels – How Cricket On Free-To-Air Television Vanished

July 14th, 2015|Best Of EMS!, News, Off Field Issues, PakvEng2015|44 Comments

We make no apology for returning time and again to the issue of cricket on free-to-air television. This has become an increasingly crucial battleground for those who campaign to democratise cricket and broaden public access to the game. The issue arouses fierce emotions in every sport. The announcement that Sky Sports have snatched [...]

12 05, 2015

The princess and the KP

May 12th, 2015|News|186 Comments

It took Paul Downton a month to fatally and irrevocably destroy his authority by making an absurd decision which defied all logic, and which he was entirely unable to explain in public. Andrew Strauss has managed it in just two days. Very few people were calling for the immediate restoration of Kevin Pietersen [...]

18 01, 2015

A letter to Colin Graves and Tom Harrison

January 18th, 2015|News|52 Comments

Dear Colin Graves and Tom Harrison, Despite what you might think, we wish you all the best in your new jobs. As supporters, we want English cricket to flourish, the England teams to be successful, and the English crickosphere to be a happy and harmonious place for everyone - players, supporters, media [...]

6 07, 2014

Strauss Calls Pietersen A C***

July 6th, 2014|News|74 Comments

We could hardly believe our ears. There we were, innocently watching a cricket match, when one of the good guys of English cricket swears on air. He might have thought they'd gone for an ad break. Who knows? But Andrew Strauss calls Pietersen a c*** very clearly. And yet the criticism has [...]

7 06, 2014

Ground Report: Edgbaston

June 7th, 2014|County Cricket, News|7 Comments

As and when the opportunity arises this season, we'd like to bring you a flavour of the spectator experience at first-class cricket grounds across the country - starting today with fortress Edgbaston. They'll be snapshots of the atmosphere, facilities, value for money, and the general enjoyability - or otherwise - of each [...]