Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Column 22 - The end.

Printed in The Cricket Paper, issue 71 250913

That is one crazy headline, huh?! Mellow Fruitfulness!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Column 17 - What is the point?

Printed in The Cricket Paper, issue 66 210813

When I saw this bit of research in the papers, clearly it was a bit of a gift. I sat on it for a bit - it's not time sensitive, I'll bank it. Then Soph had one of her ‘what is the point’ rants, and I thought, right. I’ve got facts here. I’ll show her. Of course when I did show her she said ‘Yes very good.’ And continued on her way. So it could be successfully argued that it failed to convince the sceptic. If I'm honest I didn’t really think it would. But I still think the point stands.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Column 16 - Ashes hype

Printed in The Cricket Paper, issue 65 140813

Having last week got very wrapped up in the village game, this week playing makes no appearance at all, the first time a column makes no mention of my cricket and concentrates solely on being a fan.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Column 15 - Thrashing or nailbiter?

Printed in The Cricket Paper, issue 64 070813


This was an interesting one, as I had to file (submit, hand in; think homework) at lunch on the fifth day of the third Test at Old Trafford, when Australia were on top with England yet again 30-3, so all three results were still possible, and at that time it wasn’t raining. I had written different set-ups for win lose or draw, but in the end went for a general one, where the point stands whatever the result. Which is actually probably better.

When I started doing this column, the idea was to make it like the book but vaguely or sporadically topical. I always intended to use what happens in my cricket to draw parallels and distinctions with what’s happening in pro cricket, or just to highlight general cricketing truths that are true across the board. The only caveat the editors gave me was don’t do match reports. People in Sheffield and Somerset don’t care about the minutiae of Hampshire Regional Division Two West, unless it makes a wider point about the game in general. They were right, of course. This is the closest I’ve got to a match report. I think I got away with it. I won’t get this close again. But it was a hell of a game. The last paragraph ties it all up and allows the indulgence. Just. Close one.


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Column 13 - The 'village' Test match

Printed in The Cricket Paper, issue 62 240713
This is my first swear in The Cricket Paper. I couldn't avoid the phrase "Shit gets wickets." I filed it as s***, suggested $h!t as an alternative possibility, but also said that if the house style allowed them to print the word in full, then so much the better. They went with the asterisks, and fair enough. The meaning of the phrase is not diminished.

Also, in paragraph 2, I referred to Ian Ronald, without his surname. I often refer to him like that, in a sort of ubergeeky yes-I-know-Ian-Bell's-middle-name sort of way that I probably shouldn't be proud of, but can't help finding quite funny. Clearly, probably quite sensibly, they added the 'Bell', presumably thinking I'd just forgotten to type it. Well, you would, wouldn't you?


Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Column7 - Out for a stroll


Printed in The Cricket Paper issue 56, 120613

Note: The subediting throughout has been very minimal - just the odd comma here and there. But, while I did finish last week's column with that very same one word paragraph, this time I didn't. I suspect it was still there in the layout from last week, and was either left in by mistake, or was deemed just too convenient to fill that final line. Anyway. Whatever the reason, I didn't write it.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Column6 - perfect cricket weather


Printed in The Cricket Paper issue 55, 050613

Note: Picture by Joel, taken on the Wednesday in question. The caption says last summer, but it really wasn't.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Column5 - More wickets than runs


Printed in The Cricket Paper issue 54, 290513

Note: We were away camping Sunday and Monday, so although I'd had the idea for it before the match and done the research into both mine and Hollies' figures, I wrote and filed it Saturday night / Sunday morning somewhat worse for wear after Clive's birthday in the pub. It's my favourite so far.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013