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Duck into the bouncer, Doug!

In 1993 I was on the beach at Bridgetown Barbados facing a skinny 11 year old with a mean bouncer. At the other end was my friend Wayne Daniel who advised me to “duck into the bouncer”. The young tyro must have heard him as the next ball kept low and struck me amidships. Cue forward 21 [...]

December 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

I have been “off the air” these past weeks largely because I have been unsuccessful in my golf wagers. However this weekend I backed the Italian Francesco Laporta (50-1), who finished third in the Dubai championship won by Dane Joachim Hansen, and also had an each way tickle on Carmen Tringale [...]

November 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

Thoughts on the T20 World Cup

Although not intuitively a white ball fan, I have been avidly watching the T20 World Cup. I am proud of the well-oiled winning machine that the England team is. They and Pakistan have dominated the early stages and are undefeated. Much credit must go to captain Eoin Morgan. The Middlesex man did [...]

November 2, 2021 // 0 Comments

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

The entrepreneur & sport

With Derby getting a massive point deduction under owner Mel Morris, Nigel Wray selling most of his stake in Saracens, Bernard Tapie dying and a podcast I listened to on disgraced financier Allan Stanford, today’s post is on the entrepreneur and sport. These are less common with sovereign wealth [...]

October 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

Crystal Palace 1 Brighton HAFC 1

The spoils were divided in the M23 derby with a late equaliser in the 95th minute by Neal Maupay. Given the dislike of the rival fans this match was less toxic than past encounters though emotions spilled over after the final whistle and the Brighton team hurriedly exited the pitch. Had Brighton [...]

September 28, 2021 // 0 Comments

TED DEXTER’S FUNERAL

It is somewhat ironic that Ted Dexter, who was born on the Ligurian coast, raised in an elegant flat in the Piazza Repubblica in Milan – his father holding the Lloyd’s brokerage for Italy – and who settled happily in Nice and could be described as a lover of the seas – [...]

September 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

Leg over… 30 years on

Can it really be 30 years ago that Brian Johnston and Jonathan Agnew ‘lost it’ on air in a fit of giggles after the description of Ian Botham losing his wicket as ‘he could not quite get his leg over’? Well it was and one of the most famous events in broadcasting was celebrated in the [...]

September 6, 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

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