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About Douglas Heath

Douglas Heath began his lifelong love affair with cricket as an 8 year-old schoolboy playing OWZAT? Whilst listening to a 160s Ashes series on the radio. He later became half-decent at doing John Arlott impressions and is a member of Middlesex County Cricket Club. He holds no truck at all with the T20 version on the game. More Posts

Fortress Galle stormed

England achieved their first victory at Galle by 211 runs and ended a losing sequence that went back to October 2016. After the uncomfortable start in the morning of the first day, Ben Foakes, Sam Curran and before them Keaton Jennings steadied the ship. In the end the win was comfortable. Not a [...]

November 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Day two

Our resort Weligama is some 45 minutes away from Galle where the Test ground is situated but it’s a pleasant coastal drive past surfers and fishermen some on stilts. It would be even more pleasant but for the random style of driving. Stray dogs, three wheelers called tuk-tuks, scooters, buses and [...]

November 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

First day/ Galle

It is always exciting to visit a new stadium for the first time. I certainly was not disappointed by the International Cricket Ground at Galle. It’s situated so close to the sea fort that one of the best views of it is from the ramparts. Seeing the spectators gathered there in silhouette along [...]

November 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

En route and first impressions

We assembled in the BA lounge, tour leader Allan Lamb and wife Lindsay and Graham Gooch and his partner Karen. Lamby I know well from 2 previous tours to South Africa  and India, Goochie less so. His run accumulation of 44,846 first class runs at an average of 49 and 8,900 Test runs at 42 is [...]

November 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka – rainwash or whitewash?

Today I leave for Sri Lanka to see the first and second Tests. I do so with some trepidation for two reasons. For some reason best known to themselves the England tour has been scheduled in the rainy season and the first Test at Galle may well be a total washout. Indeed a tropical cyclone is [...]

November 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Saved by the Bell?

Yesterday I was Ivan’s guest at Hove. Sussex entertained Warwickshire the second division leaders, a game they had to win for any chance of promotion. In chilly and gusty conditions Warwickshire closed play at 308 for 2 with Ian Bell scoring a century. Conversation turned to picking him for Sri [...]

September 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

England/ the Biography

I have not finished Simon Wilde’s biography of the England cricket team but from  the parts I have dipped into, I am picking up a theme that our national cricket team was imbued in a patrician and colonial ethos embodied by the MCC being a private club and a distinction between amateur and [...]

September 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Test/ Nathan Leamon

Nathan Leamon is the  performance analyst of the England cricket team and The Test is his first novel. He writes well on the profile and pressure of the modern Test captain, less so the meaning of life which fills the passages between the description of a gripping test match at Lords. Leamon [...]

August 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Selectors- any common sense?

Prior to the Indian series I made a list of recent competent county cricketers who failed to perform at Test level. Gareth Batty I am sure I omitted some but noted Liam Dawson, Mason Crane, Tom Westley, Habeeb Haseem, Keaton Jennings, James Vince, Mark Stoneman, Tim Curran, Zafar Ansari, Gareth [...]

August 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

What’s all the fuss about?

Much has been expressed – spoken and written – in the nations’ sports media recently regarding the selection of 30 year old Adil Rashid, currently signed to Yorkshire on a ‘white ball only’ contract, for the England Test squad some three years are his last call-up. Some critics have [...]

July 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

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