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The freaks of nurture – A review of the 2017 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack

Posted: 11th April 2017

‘Remember, offside only’, we’d all shout at each other. Back in the late 1960’s, out on a nice area of flat grass near our house, with a large tree on…

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Supporting the nurseries of the sport – A brief guide to Cricket Spotlight

Posted: 20th August 2016

In 1957, a new cricket publication was launched. Cricket Spotlight would be produced each year for the next 2 decades just like many other annuals but in look and feel,…

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Mother yorked by son in her own back garden – A review of the 2016 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack

Posted: 25th April 2016

Sounds a bit cruel to me. As a former seam bowler at club level and one lucky enough to have his dear mother still around (she’ll be 93 in June),…

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From Len to Ray – A brief guide to the Flagstaff Cricket Annual

Posted: 16th February 2016

From Len to Ray. Len Hutton and Ray Illingworth. The England captaincies of ¬†these two Yorkshiremen, one from the 1950’s and one from the 1960’s topped and tailed the life…

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An era quietly vanishing – A review of the 2015 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack

Posted: 6th May 2015

He’s got it just right. That was my spontaneous feeling when I read a phrase in the preface to the new Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack for 2015 written by editor Lawrence…

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Creative cricketing covers from a cigarette sports sponsor – A brief guide to the Benson and Hedges Cup Final programmes

Posted: 30th December 2016

In 1972, the Benson and Hedges Cup became the 3rd one-day competition to be launched in English domestic cricket. Whilst lasting 31 seasons, it became the first casualty of a…

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If it’s Sunday, it’s programme day – A brief guide to the cricket programmes of the Sunday League

Posted: 21st March 2014

Since the start of modern domestic cricket, most spectators attending a match would follow the same ritual. After entering the ground, they’d look for the scorecard seller. Sitting and completing…

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A beautiful afternoon at the cricket – Rawtenstall beat local rivals Ramsbottom in their Lancashire League clash

Posted: 8th July 2013

Well, it wasn’t quite a full afternoon. More like a couple of hours as I had to watch the Wimbledon final first. But this was quality over quantity and well…

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Welcome to our visitors – A brief guide to cricket programmes – Part 4: Tour guides

Posted: 18th December 2012

At another auction, scanning the lots, a welcoming feeling came over me. I was looking at a package of tour guides which spanned the 1960’s, my early and formative cricket…

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A little box for his signature – A brief guide to cricket programmes – Part 3: County player benefit brochures

Posted: 18th December 2012

  Is it signed or not? This always seemed to be an issue with benefit brochures when listed for sale at auctions with the signed ones commanding a higher sale…

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Barrington, Burki and Boycott – The Cricketer Magazine Winter Annual reviews the 1967 domestic cricket season

Posted: 27th October 2013

Barrington, Burki and Boycott. Ken, Javed and Geoffrey. There they were, along with Bishan Bedi, Keith Boyce and many others. Caught in time within the pages of the¬†1967/8 Winter Annual…

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From controversey to acclaim – A brief guide to the Wisden Cricket Monthly magazine

Posted: 18th December 2012

Launched in June 1979 under license from John Wisden & Co, the Wisden Cricket Monthly magazine is remembered for many things but especially for two controversial incidents, especially what arose…

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In the Spotlight and always a great read – A brief guide to the Playfair Cricket Monthly magazine

Posted: 18th December 2012

At last I could relax. I’d just bought a complete set of Playfair Cricket Monthly magazines and everything was in order. But why would there be any angst about buying…

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Approaching its maiden century – A brief guide to the Cricketer magazine

Posted: 18th December 2012

Whichever way you look at it, the Cricketer magazine has been at the heart of the cricket magazine category for a very long time. In fact, for much of its…

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Put it all down to Plum – A brief guide to cricket magazines

Posted: 20th November 2012

  Yes, I think we should definitely put it all down to Plum. If not the creation of the cricket magazine category, then certainly the domination of it. It was…

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Cricket’s confusing parallel universe – How fixture scheduling and media coverage shape our domestic county game in the current sporting marketplace

Posted: 22nd September 2015

As the end of the domestic cricket season approaches, I sense a feeling of relief, not because I want the cricket to end but because, I won’t have to try…

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Another great day at the cricket – Essex and Surrey deliver a wonderful day of county cricket as I return to Castle Park, Colchester

Posted: 10th August 2015

The middle and off stumps flew out of the ground, one a split second after the other. We were going to win, weren’t we? A short while later it was…

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300 Test wickets and just a handshake – A look back at the 1964 English cricket season

Posted: 12th August 2014

Fred Trueman and 1964. That summer was a significant time for the Yorkshire fast bowler as towards its end, he took his 300th wicket in Test cricket. Fred was the…

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Not such a dog’s breakfast now, thankfully – A review of the ECB’s changes to the domestic cricket fixture list for 2014

Posted: 17th April 2014

Over the last few years, if anyone mentioned the domestic cricket fixture list to me, I’d react a bit like a dog with a bone about to have it taken…

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Sleeping with his feet up – Sir Ian Botham OBE walks again for charity

Posted: 24th October 2013

Respect to Sir Ian Botham OBE who is off again on another fundraising walk, this time across Sri Lanka. He was just interviewed on the radio talking about his current…

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