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First round of the Championship round-up

Sussex supporters are entitled to feel aggrieved that they only drew with Northamptonshire. Had the start been at 10-30am – and floodlights been switched on – neither of which happened, they might have beaten Northants who were 173-9 at close of play and only 64 runs needed for victory. [...]

April 9, 2024 // 0 Comments

A day at Hove County ground (Sussex v Northants 3rd Day)

I got a lift back from the Amex yesterday from Jon Filby the Chairman of Sussex CCC and left my glasses in his car. He retrieved them and invited me to lunch yesterday in the boardroom to collect them. There were two problems: the first was I was tired and fancied a refuel at home; and, secondly, [...]

April 8, 2024 // 0 Comments

Brighton Bulletin

The announcement of Brighton’s record profit of just over £122m for 2022/23 rather overshadowed a dull goalless draw at Brentford last night. To achieve such a profit whilst maintaining a Top Ten position and tracing a FA Cup semi final and this season competing in the Europa League is no mean [...]

April 4, 2024 // 0 Comments

Venue Vede Vince

Nowadays maximising the revenues of a sports stadium is vital – not just in sport but theatre too. This has attracted bad publicity as the high prices of tickets have been cited at Fulham, Chelsea and popular West End theatrical productions. It’s a slightly skewed argument as the top price [...]

March 25, 2024 // 0 Comments

Dead In the Long Room/Andrew Green

Dead In The Long Room is a novel which works on several levels: as a murder mystery, as a depiction of Edwardian literary life and as a description of the pavilion at Lords. The story is of a murder of an actor Harold Wilde during the Authors v Actors match at Lords. This fixture still takes place [...]

March 19, 2024 // 0 Comments

Football finale

It’s the most exciting Premier finish in years but are the public really engaged? High ticket prices, VAR – and the rarity of a key match on the traditional kick off time of 3 pm –  have all estranged the public. In the week I saw my optometrist, a visit with his son and friend to [...]

March 11, 2024 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the India/England Test series

The critics of Bazball – whatever that might be -are out in force as England lost the series 4-1. In my opinion they could have lost 1-4 with a more cautious approach. I go back to the 2017 tour which ended in similar defeat – which I attended – when two Surrey spinners were [...]

March 10, 2024 // 0 Comments

Mike Procter

Most of us Rust contributors are of an age that we remember those that departed in their prime. Their passing is a salutary reminder that none of us are immortal. So I was saddened to learn of the passing of Mike Procter aged 77. He was one of the best all rounders I ever saw and he satisfied the [...]

February 22, 2024 // 0 Comments

Brighton & Sussex

With their best ever victory 5-0 away at Sheffield United last Saturday the Seagulls go from strength to strength in the Premiership and Europa League. It’s a magnificent achievement given the players sold and injured. Also we play elegant attractive football under Roberto de Zerbi who is top [...]

February 21, 2024 // 0 Comments

Coverage of the Third Test

Away from my TV, I have been following the Third Test v India on Talksport. You can see the difference from TMS even though the latter is more sanitised and diverse than in the past version. David Lloyd has joined the Talksport team. He knows his cricket at every level but overdoes the [...]

February 17, 2024 // 0 Comments

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