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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

The IPL final

Yesterday I watched the IPL final in Dubai when the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat the Kolkuta Knight Riders (KKR) by 27 runs. I did not watch with much enthusiasm but did so as there was no other cricket and to get into T20 mode as its this format’s World Cup starting this Sunday. Quite apart [...]

October 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the Ashes tour

Much of the coverage to date has been speculation as to whether the tour takes place and concern that the selected party is bereft of a bowling attack with hostile pace. There had been less attention to the absence of a threatening spinner. It was always likely the tour would happen as the [...]

October 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the 3rd Test

It’s been an absorbing Test of ebb and flow even if the cricket has not always been of the highest standard. Going into the 4th day India is on top looking to set a commanding lead whilst leaving enough time to bowl England out. The find of the summer has been speedster Ollie Robinson. At six [...]

September 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the Test and Lord Ted

When Mark Wood was added to a lengthening injured list of speedsters – Jofra Archer, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes and – with Ben Stokes declaring himself burned out – I feared for the England pace attack but first Ollie Robinson and now Craig Overton have stepped up to the plate. Both [...]

August 28, 2021 // 0 Comments

In praise of Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali was once a batter whose route to the Test team was to improve his bowling. He was never quite an all rounder but nonetheless a key cog in the team. Moved up and down the order from one to nine and filling his boots in the white ball game, he lost interest in Test cricket but thank [...]

August 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

Third day of the Test

As it will all about Joe Root – rightly so – I thought I might post more about the Lords experience from the debenture level. Admission is less of a palaver as the Covid restrictions have been eased and left at the discretion of the person. However you still have to show  your [...]

August 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

First day of the Test

In the course of the day I was asked if any cricket ground compares to Lords and the simple answer is no. I like the cockpit that is Trent Bridge but the Oval is too cramped and the other Test grounds in the north have become soulless, more venues dedicated to cash generation than traditional [...]

August 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

Joe Root’s woes

Joe Root must be wondering if he upset a Nottingham gypsy as he has been cursed by bad news. In the course of a week he has lost the services of his best player and invaluable lieutenant Ben Stokes, his side was dismissed cheaply by India and now Jofra Archer’s elbow injury adds him to the [...]

August 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

Cricketing Lives/Richard H. Thomas

This is less a compendium of the lives of colourful cricketers than a broad sweep of cricketing history to the present day. Charlie Blythe It’s well informed, witty and entertaining but did not tell me much I did not already know. It’s particularly interesting on Victorian cricket, an era [...]

July 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

The World Test: is it worth it?

The World Test Final had another day ( the fourth day) rained off yesterday and – although there is a reserve day and better weather forecast today at the Ageas Bowl – a draw seems likeliest and the question needs to be raised whether it is worthwhile in what is already a congested [...]

June 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

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