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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

T 20 final day

This was my first T20 blast final which, though enjoyable, did not go to plan or form. Imagine a football format where say Liverpool, Manchester United, Spurs and Arsenal contest the semis. The police would not like fans sticking around once their team was out but this is precisely what happened [...]

September 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sussex v Leicestershire

Whilst a second division championship game may not be of intensive interest to our readers , it was nonetheless an always eventful day in which 18 wickets fell .  It was also bitterly  cold with an icy wind off the sea that was more than an autumnal chill. Sussex added a few more runs in the [...]

September 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sussex v Leicestershire ( first day)

  Its back to the red ball with Sussex chasing promotion having four more games left .  Leicestershire are in better form than in recent seasons.  Without a test ground, depedent on ECB income , they Derbyshire and Northamptonshire are counties who most find the financial going tough.   [...]

September 5, 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

Susses Sharks reach the final

The Sharks are renowned for their pace attack of Jofra Archer, the quickest bowler in the T20, Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan but it’s been the slower men that have won the day. Will Beer is not a name you will know, he is scarcely that well known in Sussex, but he came in for leggie Rashid Khan [...]

August 25, 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

Sussex Sharks Bite

Sussex Sharks won their first T20 Blast game at home over Glamorgan in Hove in some style with a hat trick from Tymal Mills in the final over. A few weeks ago Jefra Archer did the same at Lords against Middlesex. We are now in the business end of the T20 and, with quarter final places assured to [...]

August 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Stoking the flames

Today I wish to comment upon the news from Bristol yesterday that England cricketer Ben Stokes had been found not guilty of affray after a seven-day trial and before doing so feel it necessary to begin with a few scatter-gun points. Firstly, of course, every man is innocent unless and until proven [...]

August 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

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