17 04, 2018

Stone Rises But Batting Hopefuls Sink

2018-04-18T13:58:36+00:00 April 17th, 2018|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 [...]

13 02, 2018

Red Rose Rebellion

2018-03-06T12:46:20+00:00 February 13th, 2018|County Cricket|7 Comments

It seems that emotions are running high at Old Trafford. And it's got nothing to do with Jos Buttler's prediction that test cricket could be extinct (with T20 becoming the only form of the game) in twenty years' time. Here's Barry Turner, a Lancs fan through and through, with the latest developments. [...]

8 12, 2017

A First Class Cock-Up

2017-12-08T09:54:58+00:00 December 8th, 2017|County Cricket|57 Comments

There's no doubt that the sidelining of the county championship is playing a big part in England's latest Ashes debacle. As I mentioned after Adelaide, my team Worcs will only have two championship clashes at New Road between early May and September next year. And when the new city T20 begins in [...]

29 09, 2017

Another Rubbish Championship Finale

2017-09-29T10:48:41+00:00 September 29th, 2017|County Cricket|27 Comments

First class cricket is dead. It's boring, predictable, and nobody likes it. In fact, the only way to save it is to make the players wear coloured clothing, play music every time there's a boundary, and cut the duration of matches to two days. Oh, and scrap the counties and create artificial [...]

15 09, 2017

The Only Story Is Essex

2017-09-26T09:17:12+00:00 September 15th, 2017|County Cricket|15 Comments

Essex eh? You either love them or loathe them. There was a time when the Essex mafia dominated English cricket. Names like Gooch, Foster and Pringle were synonymous with the England team. Latterly of course, it's all been about Andy Flower and Alastair Cook. Just don't mention the name James Foster, or [...]

28 06, 2017

A Load Of Pink Balls? Day-Night Championship Cricket

2017-06-28T15:42:04+00:00 June 28th, 2017|County Cricket|12 Comments

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 [...]

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