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Jesus Christ! Someone’s put some actual thought into an element of The Hundred

We’re not sure what’s going on here. Is this… good? The Hundred is a competition that has been defined by thoughtlessness throughout its gestation. Just one example: when they first announced that the format was going to be 100 balls, they hadn’t actually thought how they were going to break that down. Setting aside the merits of five-ball overs (they aren’t called overs – don’t call them overs!), you’d anticipate questions about a 100-ball format, wouldn’t you? You’d make...
Tags: County cricket news, The Hundred


Will The Hundred be even a third as ludicrous as the film 300?

A lot of people think that The Hundred is ludicrous. To these people, we ask: “Have you not seen 300? That’s truly ludicrous.” The film 300 (which we’ve just this minute found out isn’t actually called “The 300”) is about 300 Spartans attempting to fend off over 300,000 Persians. Not great odds of success, you’d have to say. 300 people against 300,000 also feels like like the situation the ECB’s marketing department is currently facing. (Probably quite a lot worse actually.) ...
Tags: Sex, Ecb, Gerard Butler, Allen Stanford, Leonidas, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Leonidas Gerard Butler, County cricket news, The Hundred, Leonidas Here, Malinda Warnapura


Crisps, slogans, gibberish: get to know all the new teams for The Hundred

They’ve told us some things about The Hundred teams! Specifically, they’ve told us which crisps are sponsoring each team and then they’ve also made up a bunch of stuff about each team’s ‘identity’ which we’ll all have to work very hard to commit to memory because it is not based on empirical evidence and therefore not actually at all memorable. Birmingham Phoenix are… The ones sponsored by ButterkistThe ones who say “different is good”The ones who say stupid things tha...
Tags: England, Sex, County cricket news, Will Jos Buttler, Birmingham Phoenix, Manchester Originals, McCoys Laughing, Pombear, Trent Rockets, Hula Hoops Burning


Please will you explain why you feel such pure visceral hatred for The Hundred

Our opinion of The Hundred is that’s a bit silly and the way it’s come about with the ECB papering over mathematical cracks as they appear before its eyes has been laughable. We also think that when they actually get round to playing the matches, it’ll be cricket. It’ll be cricket marketed in a way that makes you feel like maybe you ate some raw shellfish that had been sat out in the sun for a long time, but it’s the marketing part of the equation that’ll make you feel like that...
Tags: UK, Sex, Ecb, Don, County cricket news, The Hundred, Dave Tickner


Shahid Afridi is going to play The Hundred and in a way it is the greatest endurance feat of all time

Shahid Afridi (by Sarah Ansell) Shahid Afridi is going to play The Hundred. Shahid Afridi. Shahid… Afridi… There is something truly remarkable in the fact that a man whose career was essentially one great self-sabotaging odyssey is still playing high level cricket at the age of (at least) 44. A quick recap for our younger readers and also for our older ones whose memories aren’t what they used to be. Back in the era when sixes were just sixes, not maximums, and when s...
Tags: England, Sex, Pakistan, Afridi, Shahid Afridi, County cricket news, The Hundred, Sarah Ansell Shahid Afridi, Shahid Afridi Shahid


Will Lanky the Giraffe ever win the T20 Finals Day Mascot Race?

The 2019 Mascot Race (via Sky Sports) Someone wrote 900 words about the Finals Day mascot race and we should probably confess that we were that person. The piece sort of almost has a point, but doesn’t quite. It hints at a point, it has a whiff of a point, but the point is never quite made. It’s possibly something about seizing the day, or maybe it’s about the social dynamics that underpin the best of the British summer. Maybe it’s just a paean to people with foam heads on ...
Tags: Sex, Yorkshire, County cricket news, Did you see


Essex, Somerset, 27 Dresses and “Pou-Pou”

This article is pinned to the top of the page. New articles will appear directly beneath it. Have you ever seen 27 Dresses? Your most likely answer to that question will be, “I think I’ve seen some of it, but I can’t really remember it.” 27 Dresses is the kind of film they broadcast on ITV3 on a Sunday afternoon. You might have happened upon it halfway through, watched 20 minutes and then drawn your conclusions and flicked to something else. It is a about a woman (Katherin...
Tags: Sex, Spain, Surrey, Essex, Katherine Heigl, Shane Warne, West Indies, Somerset, Malcolm Marshall, Eddy Merckx, Don Bradman, Jacques Anquetil, County cricket news, Somerset County Cricket Club, Raymond Poulidor, Essex Somerset


Are we talking about Haseeb Hameed or Jack Leach this week?

Haseeb Hameed (via YouTube) This is very difficult to answer. You might want to talk about both, but let’s imagine that we’ve only got one pint’s worth of time because we really should get back early because odds are we’re going to get woken up at about 5am, and yes, we could have another, but honestly it’s just not worth it. In that precise scenario, who do we talk about? Haseeb Hameed made a hundred, but then again it was only his first hundred in three years so not really...
Tags: England, Sex, England cricket news, Trent Bridge, Jack Leach, Hameed, Haseeb Hameed, County cricket news, Haseeb Hameed Say, Baby Boycott


Gary Ballance is making hundreds again and you’re going to have to take a position on that

Photo by Sarah Ansell Gary Ballance has made two hundreds on the bounce. How do you feel about that? More likely than not, you think of Gary Ballance as a man who played for England, was found wanting and should never be picked again. People seem to forget the spell early on where his doughy tenacity was greatly reassuring. Much is made of Ballance’s technical flaws and when he’s not doing well, it’s hard to argue. But he is also a man in the unusual position of having been ...
Tags: England, Sex, England cricket news, Gary Ballance, Ballance, County cricket news, Sarah Ansell Gary Ballance


Did Cameron Bancroft just say “the Durham County Cricket Club”?

Cameron Bancroft (via YouTube) A bunch of Cameron Bancroft articles have materialised today because he’s arrived in England after his dinner engagement, ready to lead Durham for a large percentage of the season. As you all know, we greatly enjoy Bancroft’s self-important public pronouncements and this latest press conference features all the kinds of thing you’ve come to expect. He talks about being able “to detach myself from this story of being a professional cricketer,” a...
Tags: England, Youtube, Sex, Steve Smith, Mark Wood, Durham, Jonny Bairstow, Australia Cricket News, Bancroft, Cameron Bancroft, County cricket news, the Durham County Cricket Club, Durham County Cricket Club


We’re mostly talking about Sam Northeast this week

Sam Northeast (via YouTube) This year, more than any other, investing in the early stages of the County Championship feels like starting to watch a film after a couple of beers, an hour past your normal bedtime. You’ll see something, you’ll enjoy it, but at some point you’re going to wake up on the sofa wondering what the hell you missed. It’s not a problem. County cricket is there to (a) find England players and (b) ensure you don’t ever have to pay attention to football if yo...
Tags: England, Sex, Essex, Kent, Hampshire, Peter Siddle, Sam Northeast, James Hildreth, Keaton Jennings, County cricket news, Ollie Pope, Matt Renshaw James Hildreth Ollie Pope


Stop what you’re doing and pay attention: County cricket is about to slightly start

Edgbaston (CC licensed by Steven N via Flickr) The County Championship starts tomorrow (Friday). It begins in classic county cricket style with most, but not all, of the counties in action. Excited to see how Surrey start their defence? Well, you’ll just have to wait until next week. The Tour de France makes a really big deal of starting. They call it the Grand Départ. County cricket’s entrance is moins grand. It’s more like a cheap meal out where you can’t be bothered waiting ...
Tags: Sex, Surrey, Steven, County cricket news, Edgbaston CC, Grand Départ County


As Cameron Bancroft becomes Durham captain, Mark Wood explains the hierarchy of potential captains

Mark Wood (ECB) Back when we had a grim office job at a company that was dying on its arse, no-one wanted to manage our department because it meant a lot more spreadsheets and getting shouted at and not very much more money. (Culture-wise, the founder once described it as a “sales-led company,” which basically meant that he wanted everyone to be Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross. (This is not at all a viable business approach, by the way. The more Blakes you have, the less ef...
Tags: England, Sex, Alec Baldwin, West Indies, Mark Wood, Durham, Bancroft, Glengarry Glen Ross, Alex Lees, Cameron Bancroft, Chris Rushworth, Cricinfo, County cricket news, Blakes, Mark Wood ECB Back, Cameron Role Model Bancroft


County cricket is dying and poverty-stricken and if something isn’t done soon the counties won’t even have enough money to tempt the world’s finest cricketers to renounce their international careers any more

Duanne Olivier (via Sky Sports) Cricket’s economy is a baffling thing. We’ve spent half the morning reading about how the domestic game is going to die on its arse if The Hundred isn’t a success and then the remainder reading about Duanne Olivier jacking in his international career to go and play for Yorkshire because, you know, a man’s gotta get paid. Olivier, who is 26, has taken 48 Test wickets at 19.25. This is a pretty tidy start and you’d think he’d be well placed for a s...
Tags: Sex, South Africa, Yorkshire, Ipl, Olivier, County cricket news, Duanne Olivier


Five-ball overs and changing ends a bit less often – rules confirmed for the ECB’s ‘New Competition’

T20 Blast Finals Day (ECB) Is the ECB’s new competition going to be called The New Competition? The initial capital letters in the press release certainly imply this. Then again, most press releases cap up absolutely everything the organisation in question deems to be An Important Thing within its own little insular world. For example, the ECB have also gone with The Strategy and Domestic Structure. So the name’s probably still not established. All we know is they’re conspicuously not call...
Tags: Sex, Yorkshire, Ecb, County cricket news, The Hundred


ECB expands County Championship comfort zone

St Lawrence Ground, Kent (Sarah Ansell) The ECB has announced changes to the County Championship. They’re going to allow more teams to have a go in division one. The last few years, eight counties have got a go in the top flight each year and everyone’s played an entirely logical 14 matches. The second division has had ten counties playing the same number of matches according to a system no-one much understands. Clearly, this was unsatisfactory, so the ECB has switched it round. Now divisio...
Tags: Sex, Ecb, County cricket news, Kent Sarah Ansell


TalkSPORT and Test Match Special | I Don’t Like Cricket, I Hate It

I Don’t Like Cricket, I Hate It is a semi-regular feature where we ask a fella called Prince Prefab about cricket – even though he hates cricket. We are in bold. Prince Prefab is not. England tour Sri Lanka and the West Indies this winter and the big news for cricket’s (in)visibility in the media is that talkSPORT have got the radio broadcast rights, so there’s no Test Match Special. Well I don’t listen to Test Match Special but even I’m livid. One of my favourite things is talking on the radi...
Tags: England, Sex, Michael Vaughan, Sri Lanka, West Indies, England cricket news, Aggers, Lalit Modi, Prefab, TMS, County cricket news, I Don't Like Cricket I Hate It, Prince Prefab, Henry Blofeld


A full report on that thrilling final County Championship match between Surrey and Essex

Surrey v Essex shakehandsery (via Sky Sports Twitter) The climax of the County Championship is always thrilling. Always. This year was no exception. (How could it have been when we literally just told you that the climax is always thrilling? (Think, McFly! Think!)) Having surrendered a ten million run first innings deficit to last year’s champions Essex, this year’s champions Surrey almost won the match but then didn’t. Related posts: Durham win their first County Championship Who will in...
Tags: Sex, Surrey, Essex, Durham, County cricket news


Why is cricket so infatuated with the Powerplay?

T20 Blast Final (via Sky Sports) One of the more mundane revelations from the recently undertaken trials of The Hundred is that they’re going to have a Powerplay. ‘So what?’ you might think. But when all innovations seem to be on the table and the aim is to make the game as simple and straightforward as possible, this strikes us as odd. Is this how much Powerplays have come to be accepted as a fundamental part of limited overs cricket? What’s a Powerplay? ‘Powerplay’ is an unjustifiably exc...
Tags: Sex, County cricket news, Powerplays


Morkel Burns Pope (and now for some commas)

Morne Morkel unleashing his famed ‘out of the pants’ delivery against Lancashire (via YouTube) Surrey have won the County Championship. You win 10 of 12 matches and draw the other two and these things happen. We were checking the averages in the first division of the County Championship earlier today and two things struck us. Firstly, very few people have averaged over 40 and secondly, Surrey have had the three stand-out cricketers this season. The three are: Morne Morkel Rory Burns Ollie Po...
Tags: England, Sex, Graham, Surrey, Lancashire, Rory Burns, Morne Morkel, Burns, James Hildreth, Ed Smith, County cricket news, Ollie Pope, Morkel Burns Pope, YouTube Surrey, Morne Morkel Rory Burns Ollie Pope, Tom Bailey Morkel


You can probably gauge the worth of Paul Collingwood from that time he was an umpire

Paul Collingwood excelled at all those aspects of cricket which are undervalued; all the ones that are hard to measure; stuff like fielding and unearthing singles that have no right to be taken. Because of this, he was one of our heroes when he retired from international cricket and he’s not exactly dropped in our estimation since then, playing on for Durham through thick and thin and thinner and thinner still. Now he’s retiring completely. We’ve nothing left to say about Colly’s cricket. We in...
Tags: UK, Sex, Lancashire, Paul Collingwood, Ben Stokes, Durham, Southport, Colly, Southport Visiter, County cricket news, Birkdale CC Collingwood


Sorry about this but we’re going to report the latest rumours about The Hundred

T20 Blast Finals Day (ECB) That joke isn’t funny any more. You know the one. The one where you make up an outlandish format detail about The Hundred in an effort to satirise the ECB. The problem is that while The Hundred seems like rich source material, it really isn’t. The joke suggestions are too close to home to actually be amusing. The ECB sees your ridiculous idea and raises you a ludicrous one. The latest – since denied – was that teams would be able to field 12 players or 15 players or...
Tags: Facebook, England, Sex, India, Ecb, Extras, County cricket news


How about a nine-ball over? Would that be too much for a fast bowler?

T20 Blast Finals Day (ECB) The prospects of there being a fresh tactical dimension in The Hundred have been all but dashed after Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) chairman Daryl Mitchell said that no-one was really up for the 10-ball over because it seems kind of tiring. Speaking to The Mail, he said: “People who are going to bowl at the death are concerned about that because of the physical demands and mental well-being. I don’t think it would be possible to ask, say, Tymal Mills to...
Tags: England, Sex, Ipl, Mitchell, Tymal Mills, PCA, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Johnson Australia, County cricket news, The Hundred, Professional Cricketers Association PCA


The Hundred is not going to be a big deal, people aren’t going to talk about it and it won’t attract a new audience

T20 Blast Finals Day (ECB) Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer. After that, build a whole stupid thing around the stupid answer and then pin all of your hopes for the survival of your sport on how well the stupid thing fares. The ECB are going to launch this 100-ball competition and they don’t give a shit that pretty much every existing cricket fan thinks it’s a bad idea. This is because they’re after a “new audience”. Over at Wisden, we’re saying that this stance is moronic and comple...
Tags: Sex, India, Ecb, England cricket news, Wisden, County cricket news, Australia Tests


We’re mostly talking about Ollie Pope again this week, with maybe a dash of James Hildreth and a soupcon of Keaton Jennings

Ollie Pope (via ECB) A combination of (a) the current state of the England cricket team and (b) the nature of early season cricket means that we’ve almost exclusively been talking about batsmen so far this summer. This isn’t actually all that great for those of us who consider batsmen necessary impediments to the progress of cricket matches. Maybe later in the year, we can focus on fast bowlers and spinners. Please let that happen. But priorities are priorities and England need people who can...
Tags: England, Sex, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Pope, Kevin Pietersen, Lancashire, Tim Burgess, Sam Northeast, James Hildreth, Keaton Jennings, County cricket news, Ollie Pope, Matt Renshaw James Hildreth Ollie Pope, Jason Roy Keaton Jennings


Are you in The Wisden Cricket Weekly Gang?

Do you mind if we tell you a barely relevant story? If you do mind, you’re probably reading the wrong website. We’re very confident that the pure hilariousness of this tale cannot possibly be conveyed without first-person experience of the person involved, but we’re going to tell you anyway because it’s one of the funniest things we’ve ever heard and we like to share. Back in our first year of university, we stayed in catered halls, so all of our food was cooked for us in a big canteen place. ...
Tags: Sex, England cricket news, North East, County cricket news, ABH, Wisden Cricket Weekly Gang


Mark Wood’s IPL experience with Chennai Super Kings has helped him make his choices – but where will he go next?

Mark Wood (ECB) You may remember that earlier in the year, we wrote about the weighted, weighty decisions faced by Mark Wood this season. Wood’s long format career has been in the balance of late. An IPL contract seemed likely to keep him out of all early season first-class cricket and a consequence of that would have been reduced likelihood of playing any Test matches. Fortunately, he bowled a load of toss in India and on such small things do career paths hinge. Mark Wood’s performance for ...
Tags: England, Sex, India, Pakistan, Ipl, Wood, England cricket news, Mark Wood, Durham, Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, County cricket news, Chennai Super Kings Wood, Chennai Super Kings IPL


We’re talking about Harry Brook this week

Harry Brook (via ECB) Well the message is clear: if you want to identify batsmen who will one day go on to play for England, contract a very heavy cold, take time off work and watch a bit of the Under-19 World Cup. You’ll have to endure quite a lot of Alan Wilkins, but at least you’ll also see the future. D Charlton took this course of action earlier this year, reflecting on Harry Brook’s performance that “there was something about [him] that had stardust on it.” Similar conclusions could be ...
Tags: England, Cook, Sex, Yorkshire, Essex, Ecb, Paul Collingwood, Bairstow, Charlton, Brook, Lawrence, Harmer, Ballance, Pujara, Rahul Dravid, County cricket news


This week we’re talking about Peter Siddle bowling in a woolly hat

We’re going to be upfront about this: today’s post is largely a means of trying to exploit our readership in a most-likely forlorn bid to remember a very trivial thing which we cannot currently remember. But let’s have a few words about Matt Renshaw before we get into that. This was going to be another Matt Renshaw piece. Last week Renshaw made 101 out of Somerset’s total of 202 and we were very much impressed. This week he made 112 out of 216, which is basically the same thing. One thing we gr...
Tags: Sex, West Indies, Somerset, Peter Siddle, Renshaw, Siddle, Matt Renshaw, County cricket news, Ian Blackwell


The County Cricket Ground Name Awards

St Lawrence Ground, Kent (Sarah Ansell) It’s high time someone handed out a bunch of awards to the various county grounds for their names. A couple of ground rules. Rule one: Only one award per ground Rule two: No googling. The jury will not be finding out who the hell any of the sponsors are if they don’t already know Now let’s get started with absolutely all the way the easiest award of all. Coolest sponsor – The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Kent This isn’t even up for debate. The spo...
Tags: England, Sex, Kent, Kia, Rushmore, Gloucestershire, Tracey Emin, Foster, George, Fischer, Baku Azerbaijan, Jason Schwartzman, Orval, Wollongong, County cricket news, Max Fischer