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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

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

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

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