County Cricket still produces Test players

It’s 4:30pm on August 17th and England have just completed a turnaround against all odds on a scale akin to the Miracle of Midway. One noticeable factor of the England celebrations, as James Anderson collects his man of the series award, is the wealth of new faces. After India appeared to have conquered their overseas…

Glamorgan v Somerset – 50 Over Cup report

It was a day for experienced old heads at Taunton, as Jacques Rudolph’s steady 111 set up a vital victory for Glamorgan. The 95 run success keeps Glamorgan in the running for a top four finish and a quarter-final place in the Royal London One Day Cup despite loosing their previous three matches in this…

Glamorgan: Underrated and Under Valued

Glamorgan are into their first T20 quarter final in six years and have just comprehensively won their first two matches in the new 50 over cup. But you won’t hear much about this in the media; and this is not just due to traditional media’s increasingly poor coverage of county cricket. Glamorgan simply aren’t seen…

English Cricket’s closed shop policy

It has often been said over the past half -decade or so that the England Test side has been too much of a closed shop. That honest consistently performing county pro’s where never seriously considered for promotion to the national side. All that changed however during a terrible winter for English cricket, as we saw…

Merseyside Managers – Martinez and Rodgers

In what has been a compelling and unpredictable Premier League season thus far, two young mangers have emerged from the scrap for a top four finish with immense credit. Both Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and Roberto Martinez at Everton have earned the respect of their halves of Merseyside. Despite their differing positions in the table…

Graeme Smith

It wasn’t surprising when Graeme Smith retired during the last test against South Africa, but it was still a sad moment for world cricket and obviously for South African cricket. Smith was appointed captain of his national team, aged just 22 and still seemed wet behind the ears when he led his side out for…

Scrap Twenty20 Internationals

I’m not a complete traditionalist, but when it comes to the game I love, the longer the better – at international level anyway. It was always the drama and tension of a test match that drew me to the game and from there I expanded into watching the One Day game. In an ideal world…