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Glorious Arundel

One of the many reasons I dislike the Hundred concept is its assumption that cricket is a metropolitan game. As far as back as Hambledon, the first ever cricket club, to matches on the village green and the gloriously picturesque ground at Arundel cricket is at its best in a rural setting. The [...]

June 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sussex v Australia

I did not really enjoy the 50 over game I watched yesterday at Hove for reasons unconnected with the cricket. On arrival in my resplendently colourful Players Club blazer the jobsworth refused me entry after production of my membership cards. I needed  a paper ticket. This is the problem – [...]

June 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

A dinner at the Museum Sussex CCC

Last night I attended a dinner at the museum in the cricket ground at Hove. I much prefer the intimacy and atmosphere of such a dinner to the rather formulaic lunches in large hotel banqueting suites which seem to go on forever. The original guest of honour was Darren Lehmann but more than one [...]

June 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Sporting Lunch

Yesterday I had a lunch with three sporting pals, one a sportswriter. The sportswriter observed that the football World Cup Schedule in Qatar in November and December 2022, the coolest months, would require the rearrangement of 13 Premier games if the team is in the Champions League and he could [...]

May 30, 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

The Royal Wedding and Cup Final … ignored

Ivan Conway invited me to Sussex v Hampshire, an ODI Royal London game which meant I missed the Royal Wedding and Cup Final. I felt no sense of loss. My only interest in the Royal Wedding was that I doubt 20 years ago a prince could have married an African American divorcee. We heard much of the [...]

May 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

The ODI future

We are now in a cycle of county one day games for the Royal London trophy. Purists are concerned for the future of red ball cricket but if the ECB go ahead with the Hundred then it’s more likely that the ODI format would be squeezed. Sussex under Ted Dexter were early winners of the first one day [...]

May 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

More Sussex sport

One of the fears initially that Brighton HAFC might get relegated was a tough run-in featuring Manchester United, Manchester City – whom they play tonight and Liverpool away. However it was apparent that unless there was total meltdown the Seagulls would be safe long before then. We no longer [...]

May 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Yet more Brighton sport

Saturday I returned to Hove for the third day against Middlesex and went to the greyhound stadium in the evening. The day was memorable more for the people I met then the sport I watched. Cricket is very much a social game. Although I packed the morning papers, I had little expectation of reading [...]

May 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

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