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Thoughts on the First Test

The two major talking points of this test did not happen in play.  The first was the decision of Ben Stokes to bat on winning the toss and the second the Stuart Broad interview. No less an authority than the owner of Hampshire and The Ageas Bowl Rod Bromsgrove asserted that it is de rigeur on [...]

July 12, 2020 // 0 Comments

An evening for Sussex Cricket Foundation

Despite my great reservations about Zoom expressed this week I attended an evening on it last night to raise money for the Sussex Cricket Foundation. A specialist company on Zoom events organised the logistics and you could see the immediate difference in professionalism. The event started bang on [...]

July 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sussex sport evaluated.

Every Friday I speak to a friend who holds a senior position in Sussex CCC. Like most including me his sporting support extends to the Albion who have started the resumption well. No such good news for cricket when Boris Johnson dispatched all hopes of a speedy resumption with a Viv Richards-style [...]

June 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

One who made it and one who never did

For a fascinating piece on an all-time English cricketing great – and also a New Zealander who toured represented his country at both cricket and rugby, albeit without playing a Test match in either – Rusters interested in sport should follow my link below to Simon Burnton’s [...]

June 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

England v West Indies 1991 (1st Test)

I watched highlights of this game last night hungry for any sort of cricket. There are those who say a replay is unsatisfying as you know the result. I do not agree. I enjoy seeing cricket as it was competed 30 years ago – the hairstyles, the billboards, the players you have forgotten and [...]

June 14, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sir Geoffrey exits (stage right) …

On 21st October this year, assuming all remains as is – coincidentally the 215th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar – Sir Geoffrey Boycott will celebrate his 80th birthday. I think it is fair to describe Boycott as a singular man in the twin senses of “exceptional” and [...]

June 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

The greatest sporting teams

The present somewhat sleepy sports desk of the Rust has been stirred to life by an email Alan Tanner received from a group of Irish and American Fulham supporters with their list of the best  sporting sides. The list reflected their provenance with Gaelic football teams and US College teams in [...]

April 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

An invitation to a virtual lunch

“The Virus, self-isolation and virtual” are the contemporary buzzwords. I received an invitation for a”virtual cricket lunch” on Zoom. Time, dress even matters to be discussed were specified. I did not accept this invitation but I did have a good story for it which I will share with our [...]

April 14, 2020 // 0 Comments

The third T 20 game : South Africa v England

My declaration in favour of T20 generated a fair amount of flak from the traditionalists. One emailed me that there is no stroke play just a baseball-style swat, or a reverse paddle. Maybe. However there was always a contest as England chased down 222 and won by five wickets. England bat down to 10 [...]

February 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

T20 – all for it

Whisper it softly but I am coming round to T20. The two contests between England and South Africa have been enthralling, both going to the final ball. Last night we saw mesmerizing batting from Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Quentin de Kock and Van Dussen before England won by two runs. I have [...]

February 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

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