Posted on: August 29th, 2015 by Scott No Comments

T20 BLAST FINALS DAY FIRST SEMI FINAL: Northants 135-5 (Levi 63*; Patel 2-31) beat Birmingham 131-6 (Javid 51*; Willey 3-30) by five wickets at Edgbaston By Scott Hunt There was an eerie quiet around Edgbaston midway through the second innings. That was because the home crowd, who had come expecting to roar their Birmingham side [...]


ASHES 2015: The Key Head-to-Head Battles

Posted on: July 5th, 2015 by Scott No Comments

On Wednesday the time will come for the talking to stop and the cricket to start in what is without question the biggest and fiercest battle in cricket. The anticipation is building ahead of what should be an outstanding series, with the hopes of the English cricketing public raised by their swashbuckling approach to the [...]


T20 is the reason for England’s bare spin bowling cabinet

Posted on: July 6th, 2014 by Scott No Comments

Spin bowlers across the county circuit are putting their hands up and desperately trying to force their way into the England reckoning. England lost their recent Test series against Sri Lanka without a specialist spinner in the side and look set to enter the India series with Moeen Ali performing the spin role in the [...]


‘The best I’ve ever played’: England fall short against Sri Lanka despite stunning innings from Lancashire’s Jos Buttler

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by Scott No Comments

Lancashire’s Jos Buttler produced what some are calling England’s greatest ever One-Day innings at Lords against Sri Lanka – an innings which couldn’t quite drag England to victory. Chasing a winning target of 301, England faltered and were well behind the rate until Buttler came to the crease and smashed the fastest One-Day hundred ever [...]


England should pick Carberry in all forms of Cricket

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

Hampshire’s televised one run victory over Lancashire in the FLT20 quarter final hammered home one significant point about England’s cricket team. Why on Earth does it not include Michael Carberry?   The openers demolition of Lancashire’s bowling on his way to achieving the rare feat of a T20 century was a joy to behold. Carberry [...]


Cautious Cook must change his ways

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

Alistair Cook is relatively new to the England captaincy and came under fierce criticism at Headingley for his tactics in the second test against New Zealand. Cooks decision not to enforce the follow on and then the pace at which his side proceeded to bat at brought widespread confusion and almost lead to England drawing [...]


Carberry, not Compton should be Englands Ashes Opener

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

Nick Compton is under increasing pressure for his place at the top of Englands test match batting order. On the face of it, this seems unreasonable given his back to back centuries in New Zealand just a couple of tests ago. However with the return of Kevin Pietersen on the horizon and the form of [...]


Inconsistent Broad lucky to keep his place

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

Stuart Broad took the plaudits for his seven wicket performance in the second innings at Lords against New Zealand. Rightly so, it was a terrific performance. We all know Broad is capable of such displays, he has done it before. However they do not happen often enough.   Broad took the man of the match [...]


England vs. New Zealand: 1st Test Review

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

A test match decided in four days normally indicates that one side have dominated the opposition and finished them off quickly. Well that was certainly not the case in the first test at Lords between England and New Zealand which proved to be an extremely close encounter.   Having won the toss and elected to [...]


England vs. New Zealand: Test Series Preview

Posted on: May 13th, 2013 by Scott No Comments

The first test match of the English summer starts at Lords on Thursday, with tourists New Zealand looking to build upon their unlikely draw in their home series in the winter.   England were disappointing in New Zealand and will want to put a marker down for the summer showpiece of the Ashes. Kevin Pietersen [...]