Category Archives: Cricket

Whinging (Champagne) Poms: 19th Century England tours to Australia and Pommery Champagne

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It has long been widely believed that “pom” – the not always well-intentioned Aussie term for somebody from England, and often joined with the adjective “whinging”  – was an acronym from “Prisoner of His Majesty” or “Permit of Migration”. But … Continue reading

The results business

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The cricket season has started, which means that I spend more time at The Oval and Lord’s than a grown man should. I caught the last hour or so on Monday of Surrey’s 4-day match against Northamptonshire, which ended in … Continue reading

Book review: Young Wisden: A New Fan’s Guide to Cricket

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Tim de Lisle and Lawrence Booth 128pp John Wisden £9.99 Lawrence Booth, who will edit Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack for 2012, has updated Tim de Lisle’s 2007 inaugural edition. Young Wisden “consists of 60 double-page spreads, divided into eight parts” (p.5). … Continue reading

Book review: Sphere of Influence by Gideon Haigh

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My review of Gideon Haigh’s Sphere of Influence: Writings on cricket and its discontents has just been published by the Times Literary Supplement.

Project Front Foot Mid-season Report

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A message from my friend Vic Mills: “My visit to Mumbai in late February, a second in five months, was with the specific aim of taking the balance of kit from last summer’s appeal.  Currently in its second year, the … Continue reading

Tresco up close

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The strapping bloke in the picture below is Marcus Trescothick, former England opener and now captain of Somerset. He was at Lord’s on Saturday 5 March to promote Mongoose bats at the Lord’s Retail Show. In particular he was demonstrating the … Continue reading

Book review: The Official MCC Ashes Treasures

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Bernard Whimpress 62pp Carlton Books £30 This splendid-looking slipcased volume is a visual (rather than literary) history of The Ashes, using reproductions of much previously unpublished memorabilia from the MCC’s archives. Most of its 62 pages feature an insert, or … Continue reading

Project Front Foot update

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A message from my friend Vic Mills: “After a recent two-week soiree in revolutionary Egypt, my return to the slums of Mumbai next Thursday doesn’t seem such a big deal after all. However, this is not – you’ll be pleased … Continue reading

Burns Night at Lord’s

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I’m not Scottish (even if the name Stuart Donald George suggests Celtic blood) but I’m always looking for an excuse to go to Lord’s to eat and drink and talk cricket. On Tuesday night – Burns Night! – the MCC … Continue reading

My wine and cricket article published by Langton’s

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John Arlott, a distinguished cricket commentator but also an accomplished wine writer, wrote, “The most important single factor governing any first-class cricket match is the wicket.” Pitches, like vineyards, are influenced by the sun, soil, climate and weather. My article … Continue reading