CategoryNostalgia

Selection Nightmares Part 1: The Third Spinners

If we were to estimate the number of newspaper column inches devoted to selection over the years, the accumulated distance would likely be enough to circle the equator of Jupiter several times and we’d still have enough left for a thinly-veiled dig at the foibles of every selection supremo the ECB have thrown at us. Selection, it seems, is an inexact science, at the whims of form, fitness, funkiness, flakiness, flunkies and whatever the f*** they were smoking at the time. I started...

County Stalwarts: Digger Martin

Here’s new writer Rob Stephenson with a tribute to Lancs legend Peter Martin … My first experience of live cricket was back in 1991- a reserve England side played Sri Lanka A at Old Trafford. I got my first ever autograph from a tall blonde bloke wondering round the boundary. This was Peter Martin. Shortly after this match I became a Lancashire member, and my teenage years of cricket watching coincided with the great Lancashire one day team of that era. They won a number of trophies...

Blackwash: England v West Indies 1984 Part II

Haroon is back with the second part of his look at Clive Lloyd’s incredible West Indies juggernaut … The Third Test A glance at the record of the third test match at Headingley on Cricinfo documents that Larry Gomes scored his second century of the series thus earning him another man of the match award. Indeed, it was a typical Gomes effort; modest and without bombast. However, in order to reach three figures, he would find an unlikely ally. Both sides arrived at Leeds with changes...

No Time To Play Games: Cricket’s Contribution To The British First World War Effort

Today Rob Thirlwell delves into cricket’s history. I learned something from reading this … The First World War was a horror that brought devastation to millions around the World and the British Army alone lost just over 700,000 men. As Britain geared up for war young men queued up to enlist, those who could not fight were put to work producing arms and professional cricket ceased. Although some counties held out longer than others, pressure from some of the game’s most influential...

Step Back In Time: England v West Indies 1984

Today Haroon Khalid takes us back to a time when the Windies ruled world cricket and England, well, the less said the better. Enjoy. “What? Really?!, You’re joking!” It was the summer of 2017. The incredulity in the voice of my friend’s teenage son was palpable. What had prompted this disbelieving response? A few seconds earlier, no doubt bored with how tiresome this old cricketing reactionary was sounding off about how incredible the West Indies team of the 80s were, whilst at the same time...

Black Lives Matter, So Let’s Not Ignore The Rebel Tours To South Africa

Today Alex Ferguson reminds us about England’s two rebels tours to South Africa. Thank heavens there was never a third. Two weeks ago the West Indies completed a three-game series against England, where – quite rightly – the words: “Black Lives Matter” was all over Sky’s coverage. Knees were taken, tears welled up. It was simply amazing. Cricket’s move is a follow-up to all other sports who have done the same thing in an effort to push black rights. But...

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