Latest stories

County Championship Standouts

The snow showers across the UK this weekend could mean only one thing: the start of a new domestic cricket season. What better way to prepare our aspiring youngsters for Test cricket than to play in freezing temperatures? However, it seems churlish to complain in the circumstances. The return of the county championship is always something to savour. Therefore, without further ado, let’s look at who caught the eye in the first round of matches. We all know that Ed Smith was keeping one eye...

Village Cricketer Questions How He Can Sustain Batting Average of 13 With So Little Pre-Season Practice

By Our Local Cricket Correspondent, Pies Morgan … (aka Dan Flanagan). SOMEWHERE IN THE HOME COUNTIES, ENGLAND – An amateur cricketer was left wondering whether he could possibly meet the high standards he sets for himself as a batsman this morning, after the rule of six allowed cricket training to resume in England. The villager, David Hughes, 57, angrily declared that a month’s practice before the start of the season was nowhere near enough for him to keep his average at its almighty 13...

Jack Price, Umpire

Today Dave Morton remembers an idiosyncratic character that brought colour to club cricket in his area. It’s characters like this that make the amateur game so precious … You have heard this name before, somewhere. Jack Price. Did he play for Middlesex? Or Glamorgan, perhaps? Did he stand in any Tests? He might have, but not this Jack Price. Unless you come from Swinton, a little town at the Manchester end of the East Lancashire Road, or you played your cricket in the old Lancashire...

Is Jonny Bairstow Done At Test Level?

Although many people have already made up their mind about England’s second ginger ninja, I’ve received more guest articles about Jonny Bairstow than any other cricketer in recent weeks. Therefore, I suspect this debate hasn’t quite run its course. Here’s Mark Cohen with the case for the defence … The conclusion of England’s mammoth tour of India felt like the end of some dystopian cricketing odyssey. From a personal experience, one of the few bright spots in these...

Joe Clarke: The Spectre At The Feast?

Today Rob Stephenson asks what’s next for one of England’s brightest but most controversial young batsmen … English batting at the moment seems in reasonable health. Since the retirement of the colossus that was Alistair Cook two and a half years ago, a number of young batsmen have come into the team – Rory Burns (yes, young in terms of experience), and Messrs Sibley, Crawley, Pope and now Lawrence. The first four have all scored maiden test hundreds and Dan Lawrence may...

Chris Woakes: You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until It’s Gone

Today Michael Wood pays tribute to one of England’s finest, if least exciting, team men of recent times. As our white ball bowlers book their neck massage appointments after getting carted into the stands during the ODIs series, the absence of England’s “Mr Dependable” was painfully obvious to all. Oh how we missed the beautifully boring Chris Woakes to kill the Indians’ fun. I love Chris Woakes but let’s admit it. He’s about as exciting as renewing your car insurance...

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

copywriter copywriting