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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

Ashes commentary

I suspect there is little argument in the Great Rust Debate other than the best way to follow the Ashes is on the radio warm and toasty under the duvet. This said, I have been ever so slightly disappointed by the transmission. Aggers TMS has always had an irreverent side and long may that continue. [...]

December 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

The corridor of (un)certainty

With the Ashes second test now apparently drifting away from England, here’s an article definitely worth reading and considering, penned by Jonathan Liew and spotted today upon the website of – THE INDEPENDENT [...]

December 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

On words instead of pictures

Spotted on the website of The Guardian today, a splendid and rewarding piece on ball-by-ball cricket commentary that first appearing in The Nighwatchman by Dan Norcross – see here – THE [...]

October 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Path to Hell …

In my last post I mentioned the giving of my Friday test ticket to my neighbour – which you might have thought a simple exercise – but no. He insisted on repaying me and told me that he had left the money (at the reception of the hotel I was staying in) upon collecting the ticket but of [...]

September 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

T20 final

Don’t shout it from the rooftops of the Pavilion at Lords but I’m beginning to warm to the T20s game. I thoroughly enjoyed the finals day yesterday. My visceral dislike of T20s was based largely on attendance at matches where I found the fans boorish, the atmosphere too loud and a night [...]

September 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Facing up to it

The other day I was having a conversation with a colleague when the subject of mental health among sportsmen and women came up. As our chat developed, we agreed that somehow – for whatever reason(s) – this seemed to be an issue that appeared to afflict players of cricket at least as [...]

August 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

Let’s get back to … er … basics

Sometimes I find myself agreeing with the Rust editorial line of seeking to present alternative viewpoints or angles to those provided the mainstream media, simply because (1) well, that’s what we like to do; and (2) why bother to rehash or ‘report’ matters which professional [...]

August 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Insider information

To London yesterday for a much anticipated luncheon with my father and brother with one of the former’s oldest surviving friends. Our guest of honour was on remarkable form, given that he’s nearly three years older than my parent and has recently had some health issues. He held court as in his [...]

August 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Middlesex beat Sussex Sharks (t20)

Yesterday I went to the T20 game at Lords between Middlesex and Sussex Sharks with Ivan Conway. Neither of us are devotees of this format and nothing we experienced yesterday altered our view. Why so? First there is the noise. Ivan said it was as if we went to a classical music concert of say [...]

August 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Another day at Lords

Rather than describe a day’s play whose stultification was only lifted by a breezy knock from Quentin de Kock I thought I would describe more the Lords’ experience. My son-in-law Dwayne has made a nice few quid as a Forex dealer and kindly for my birthday presented me with a debenture [...]

July 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

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