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14 01, 2020

The All Elegance XI

2020-01-15T10:18:26+00:00January 14th, 2020|Nostalgia|67 Comments

Pure class. The following XI is unadulterated, yummy, blissful class. I don't necessarily care how many runs they scored; this is all about how not how many. In fact, I'd rather bank a pretty twenty scored by one of these stylish cricketers than all 7,000 of Steve Smith's Test runs. The following [...]

31 12, 2019

Has It Really Been Ten Years?

2019-12-31T16:49:19+00:00December 31st, 2019|Nostalgia|35 Comments

Back in September 2009, I played a social cricket match somewhere just outside London. I can't remember the exact date, or the exact location, but I remember having a conversation about cricket blogging with our illustrious skipper, a certain Maxie Allen esq, in the pub afterwards. After drinking a couple of ales [...]

17 12, 2019

England’s Worst XI Of The Decade

2019-12-17T20:37:41+00:00December 17th, 2019|Fun, Nostalgia|36 Comments

A lot of other cricket websites have been picking their teams of the decade in recent days. Therefore, in the spirit of scrooge, I've decided to do the polar opposite. Why go down a well-trodden road that gets a bit samey when we can have have much more fun kicking Keaton Jennings [...]

5 12, 2019

One Of Us: RIP Bob Willis

2019-12-05T12:35:32+00:00December 5th, 2019|Nostalgia|16 Comments

Will he be missed? He certainly will, Charles. Today is a really sad day. Like many people I feel absolutely gutted at the loss of Bob Willis. He was loved by all and he's left us all far too soon. Bob was one of the few cricket pundits who was just like [...]

25 09, 2019

The Slows

2019-09-25T11:35:34+00:00September 25th, 2019|Nostalgia|11 Comments

England’s failure in the 2019 Ashes was due partially to the immovable object that was Steve Smith, but equally to the calamity that was its own top order, who had lost a few matches before the Ashes and nearly embarrassed them very badly against Ireland. The problem at root (with the exception [...]

30 08, 2019

1981 Revisited, Part 2

2019-08-30T14:34:23+00:00August 30th, 2019|Nostalgia|19 Comments

It's time to welcome back Haroon Khalid for the second instalment of his look back at the 1981 Ashes series.  After the dumbfounding goings on at Leeds, the teams reconvened at Edgbaston on July 30th for the fourth test. The morning of the match was warm and sunny; the pitch looked good [...]

1 08, 2019

1981 Revisited – Part 1

2019-09-25T11:36:59+00:00August 1st, 2019|Nostalgia|9 Comments

Today we welcome back Haroon Khalid to TFT. Take a trip down memory lane as the first test at Edgbaston gets underway ... The 2005 Ashes series is often spoken of as the greatest Ashes series of all time and with much justification. 1-0 down after the first test, England came back [...]

7 05, 2019

The Joy Of Keeping

2019-05-07T10:33:02+00:00May 7th, 2019|Nostalgia|13 Comments

In The Wind in the Willows, Rat tells Mole, “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” As something of an anchor in open water, boats aren’t a favourite. But it’s a phrase that can be translated [...]

7 05, 2019

Bring Back The Mavericks

2019-09-26T16:18:34+00:00May 7th, 2019|Nostalgia|31 Comments

Once upon a time cricketers could pretty much do what they liked off the field. Drug testing wasn't so sophisticated, there were no WhatsApp messages, and getting pissed before important games was almost mandatory. Alex Hales would've loved it. Twenty five years ago the public didn't have mobile phone cameras ready to [...]

19 04, 2019

The Gray Nicolls Wonder XI

2019-04-19T10:33:40+00:00April 19th, 2019|Nostalgia|12 Comments

The Powerspots….The Scoops…..the Dynadrives…The Elites…..Gray-Nicolls bats made everyone at schools across the country drool. They still came from the same willow as their rivals, but they looked a whole lot better. Anyway, so I, Alex Ferguson – who had his best-ever season slogging a GN Elite before it was broken by a [...]

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