Frivolous Observations: Night Vision

One cannot help but feel there is something of a dichotomy in the current playing conditions of day-night test cricket. One of the reasons that the concept was instigated was an attempt to make test cricket a little more spectator friendly in an ever increasingly secular society. But one aspect doesn’t seem to align with... Continue Reading →

Cricket and Coronavirus Part Six: Beauty in Cricket

Cricket and beauty aren’t really ready bedfellows. The sport encompasses many great aspects and perspectives but beauty isn’t really one of them. When one considers the rudimentary nature of Cricket and its fundamental parts, ball hurled at great speed toward three pieces of timber by one player with another attempting to hit said ball with... Continue Reading →

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

For the average Football fan the arrival of the FA Cup Third Round is a much cherished occasion. The juxtaposition of the sport’s leading lights with their lower division and non-league equivalents provokes that sepia tinged sense of romance that is the bedrock of a sports fan’s psyche. The underdog crossing paths with the sport’s... Continue Reading →

Futility

Once every few months or so a similar article appears. The names of the players involved and the exact details of the match itself obviously change each time but the theme very much remains the same. In a nondescript match player X has scored an astonishing number of runs off of a ridiculously low number... Continue Reading →

The Multi-Day Cricket Conundrum

When considering county cricket’s great conundrum regarding the modest support for the County Championship there are a litany of reasons, many of which are multi-layered and intertwined, as to why attendances do not match those in more popular formats such as the T20 Blast. Simple, obvious factors such as the timings of matches, which days... Continue Reading →

Largesse

“Bowler’s Name?!” It’s a refrain commonplace across the recreational cricket playing fraternity, one that is part of the fabric of a contest and has become part of the game’s vast lexicon. Most who have scored a contest will have hollered the question into the ether in an attempt to discover the unknown and complete the... Continue Reading →

Homes from Home Part Five

Wormsley - Quintessence: There is a fine line between quintessence and parody. Familiarity generated by the former can often lead to a metamorphosis into the latter. The notion of a quintessentially English cricket ground is well worn territory possessing the inherent danger of venturing down a cul-de-sac filled with clichés and tropes. Regardless of such... Continue Reading →

Homes from Home Part Four

Falkland – A Tour: Some venues capture one’s heart the moment one arrives. Sometimes the reasons are obvious, sometimes one cannot quite put one’s finger on a particular aspect or feature. Perhaps the prevailing atmosphere or the natural surroundings forge a niche in one’s cricketing soul, providing a sense of calm and escapism from everyday... Continue Reading →

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