Category Archives: Cricket

England v India In Print

Martin Chandler | 6:58am BST 26 May 2019 India toured England for the first Time as a Test playing country in 1932. There is one book on the tour, which had but a single Test, All-India Cricketers’ Tour 1932 being published in Madras by “Three Stumps”. That is all I can report as I have […]

The Story of an Essex Fast Bowler

Martin Chandler | 7:35pm BST 24 May 2019 Even now 6’ 5’’ is tall, and in the 1930s it meant the owner of that frame was almost a giant. Ken Farnes was one such. Born in 1911 in Leytonstone in Essex his was a middle class upbringing and he was an exceptionally gifted schoolboy sportsman. […]

Windies set for improved showing at the World Cup

James Nixon | 5:50am BST 24 May 2019 One of the great cricket tragedies post-millennia has been the slow disintegration of the West Indian cricket team. Traditionalists and those who followed the great West Indian teams of the 1970s and 1980s have all watched on in disbelief as the once proud cricketing nation slumped to […]

Cricket World Cup 2019: A Run Through of The Top Contending Nations

James Nixon | 5:55am BST 24 May 2019 It’s less than a week to the start of the Cricket World Cup and with all the squads now announced, it’s time to discuss the chances of the three favourites. England England will never get a better chance than this one to win the World Cup for […]

Alan Ross – Cricketer, Poet, Journalist, Publisher and Author

Martin Chandler | 12:19pm BST 19 May 2019 There have always been cricket writers who played the game at the highest level, and some of them proved to be equally outstanding with a pen in their hand. Richie Benaud and Michael Atherton are two obvious examples, but there are many more. In this day and […]

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – England or India

James Nixon | 12:29am BST 18 May 2019 On 14 July we’ll find out the 2019 ICC World Cup winners at Lord’s. Will it be the hosts? Will it be India who host the next one? It’s going to be a great tournament with plenty of twists and turns, but, as always, there can only […]

England v South Africa in Print – Part 2

Martin Chandler | 7:26am BST 12 May 2019 When peace returned after the end of World War Two the South Africans were next in England in 1947, a glorious summer in which legend has it the sun never stopped shining, and Denis Compton and Bill Edrich never stopped scoring runs. England won the Test series […]

ICC World Cup 2019 predictions: England, South Africa, and West Indies

James Nixon | 10:36am BST 07 May 2019 England England are listed as favourites despite having never previously won the Cricket World Cup trophy. This is not entirely surprising as the England cricket team is currently the world’s top ranked men’s ODI team. The bookmarkers around world have England slightly ahead of India at present, […]

The Publications of Richard Walsh

Martin Chandler | 5:29pm BST 05 May 2019 Back in 1991 West Country journalist Richard Walsh published a poem, written by John Arlott, about a famous century that Somerset opener Harold Gimblett scored on debut in 1935. There were 135 copies of the poem, 110 of them in card covers, numbered and signed by Arlott […]

Nowhere to hide for Sunrisers' batting frailties

So why did Rohit Sharma opt to bat first in Mumbai against Sunrisers Hyderabad? It was a question that became the topic of debate among commentators on the official broadcast as soon as the toss was done. It’s generally accepted that Wankhede’s short boundaries and its fast outfield, along with a belter of a pitch, […]