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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

India crumble in ODI

The t20 match that Ivan saw on Friday and the ODI international at Lords I went to yesterday were proof negative that the white ball game can and does produce as many dreary, predictable affairs as the red ball one. England set a formidable target of 321 with Joe Root belying his t20 form, which [...]

July 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Lord Ted /Alan Lee

It’s always interesting to read a biography – or autobiography – of someone one knows well  to see if it chimes with your impressions and what bits of their life you know which have not been revealed. Alan Lee’s biography was published in 1995 after Ted Dexter resigned as Chairman [...]

June 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

Another glorious day at Arundel , the woes of Durham and Jack Russell

Five years ago I was at Arundel as the guest of Ivan Conway. In walking around the ground – one of the delights of  a day at the Castle ground – we saw an awning under which were  the Durham Players. There was Mark Stoneman, Scott Borthwick, Graham Onions, no longer there, all of whom [...]

June 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Second day

Weather was forecast so broiling you would need head cover but we got grey clouds. These reflected a dull day’s play where Pakistan amassed enough of a lead to be confident of victory. Young Dom Bess bowled tidily enough at just over 3 an over but never took his first Test wicket. It might ward [...]

May 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

A day at Lords and elsewhere.

I must be unique in the Upper Mound Stand watching the first day of England versus Pakistan as (A) I come alone and (B) neither to socialise nor quaff alcohol but to watch cricket. I put on my earpieces to listen to TMS, as much as to block out the chat around me and growing crescendo of alcohol [...]

May 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Cricketing matters

Readers will not be surprised to learn that I am against the proposed 100 ball format intercity competition. The rationale for it seems to be the attraction of a new and younger audience but the reality is money from broadcasting rights to rival the IPL. One ECB  executive commented that cricket [...]

April 22, 2018 // 0 Comments


In a day in Sydney of unparalleled  heat  (58 degrees Centigrade being recorded on the pitch and Sydney the hottest place on the planet) Australia batted on and on and only a rain storm can now save England. To win a Test you need at least 6 convincing performers with bat and ball. The three [...]

January 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

The third day

In a day more memorable for the pink colours everywhere celebrating the Glenn McGrath cancer foundation, the Aussies built a formidable lead on a wicket baked by scorching sun. It’s been rifles v cannons with England chasing the games. “Magic Marsh partnership piles on more Pommy pain” [...]

January 6, 2018 // 0 Comments


In the morning the England tail wagged in a lively session but the next two, with the Australians batting, could be termed attritional (cricket-speak for boring). Australia do not want to lose this match but one has the impression that they are relaxed  if they do not win it either. I suspect they [...]

January 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

The First Day

Again I will assume my reader knows the close of play score; has read of the final, final session that deprived England of pole position; the questionable decision not to use a night watchman; and the failure of James Vince and Mark Stoneman to make meaningful scores. I will now make my own [...]

January 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

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