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County championship woes

The county cricket championship is under way and Sussex CCC have the thin end of the bat. The mini league format of the last Covid-stricken season was re-adopted with Sussex placed in an ‘odds and sods’ group along with Lancashire, Yorkshire, Northants and Glamorgan. The championship starts [...]

April 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

Maurice Tate

With Sussex opening the County Season yesterday with a mini league format against Lancashire I thought of an encounter in 1927 between the Red Rose county and Sussex which John Arlott cites in his appreciation of Maurice Tate in his Book of Cricketers. In 1927 Lancashire was the most formidable [...]

April 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

The ODIs – what have we learned

The third ODI at Pune yesterday was an enthralling match – the best live sport over the weekend – and what have we learned? When T20 began to grow in prominence some predicted that the 50 over game would be the victim. It had the kudos of being the World Cup and the 2019 final between [...]

March 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

Talking cricket/an inspiring generation

On Tuesday evening, on Sky Sports, I was preparing to watch the Champions League when I saw a programme presented by Charles Colville called Talking Cricket. It featured those black cricketers who over 40 years ago made the breakthrough of playing for England – guys like Roland Butcher and [...]

March 18, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the Fourth Test

No doubt the papers will castigate England for this comprehensive defeat. My mind goes back to 2017 in Mumbai and watching the bedraggled Barmy Army making their way along the coastal pavement after India and Ravi Ashwin had spun us out. I had expected another 4-0 defeat in this series. India have [...]

March 7, 2021 // 0 Comments

A sporting day in front of the tv

My sport watch would have started in the morning if it had been the fourth day of the Test. I agree with Duggie Heath that the ramifications for Test cricket with pitches prepared resulting in only 2 days’ play would be severe. Scyld Berry in the Telegraph argued that nothing will happen [...]

February 28, 2021 // 0 Comments

Third Test – random thoughts.

Losing a Test in two days is certain to attract castigation in the media. Michael Vaughan, who seems to have taken over from Geoff Boycott as trenchant critic-in- chief, led the charge after the first day. However certain points were not made by him. Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad failed to take a [...]

February 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the Second Test

The reports will surely headline the manner of England’s defeat (317 runs), a dusty spinning wicket that was already deteriorating on day two, Ravi Ashwin scoring a century and taking 8 wickets or the decision of Mooen Ali to miss the final two Tests but I’m going to feature in today’s [...]

February 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the 1st India v England Test

I may well be disproved wrong by the time you read this but England look set for at least a draw and possibly a win at Chennai. To win in India is at tough as it gets. It used to be the West Indies, then Australia but now the sub-continent is the most demanding examination of tests. Much has been [...]

February 8, 2021 // 0 Comments

A Seagull victory to savour and an afternoon with Ted Dexter

Brighton’s victory at Anfield over Liverpool last Wednesday night will be remembered long. Of course this is not the Liverpool team that won the Premier and Champions League but the bulk of the side that achieved that took the field. The Seagulls continued to be without our excellent young right [...]

February 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

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