Very enjoyable read.


Noticed this on the Cricket best seller list over the summer, and picked it up in Daunts Books, Marylebone High Street before returning back to China. It is a thumpingly good read. From the very first few pages I was gripped. Here was someone who had the same kind of childhood daydreams as me. Here was someone who had gone to Alf Gover’s Cricket School in Wandsworth and waxed lyrical about the snooker table.

There are some very in-depth analyses of Ramps, Roebuck and Jon Hotten’s ability to draw you in with his story telling is second to none. I was so impressed with the opening few chapters that I wrote and thanked him for writing such a wonderful book. What a Gent – he wrote back.

Sad to see that Staggler’s of Asia have had to cancel the tour to Hong Kong. However, I am making tentative enquiries about the chances of getting a few Chengdu cricket players on a plane and taking on a cricket team in Hong Kong.

First Day/Night Test in England next Summer.

If it brings in more spectators it can only be a good thing. There are certainly those that view Test Match Cricket as being a ‘Red ball affair’, and I am inclined to agree, but if you don’t move with the times you die. There are precious few things in life that can remain inflexibly arrogantly unchangeable. Even the MCC had to have good, long hard look in the mirror back in 1998. So, well done Edgbaston. We look forward to the outcome next August against the Windies.

Fascinating Lords Test

I followed the BBC Live Reporting on the web avidly on the last day until Woakes and Bairstow seemed to be dodging bullets on a ball by ball basis. That said, it was great to see them putting up a fight. I finally pulled the plug at half past midnight my time. But after three hours of sleep dreaming about really dodging bullets, too much Cheddar before bed, I couldn’t resist a peak.

We had not managed to take it into the fifth and final day. Oh well. But a game that shows just how alive and well Test Cricket is. Perhaps one fine day, Pakistan will be able to host again in their own country. Looking forward to following the next one in Old Trafford.

England smash six to tie match.

What pleasant news to wake up to. Went to bed with Sri Lanka about to post something halfway to decent, 45 overs down. They ended up with 287. Woke up and flicked on the Telly to see that after reeling at 80 odd for 6, Butler and Woakes had pulled it back to a situation where Plunkett needed to hit 6 off the last ball to dramatically tie with Sri Lankan. He only went and did it. Wish I had been there. Looked like an awesome chase after a failed start.

Cricket in the Sun

There have been precious few blue sky days in Anren, Sichuan over the past year and a half, but just occasionally, the blanket of cloud evaporates, and we get some decent cricket weather. Running the Cricket Extra Curricular Activity has been enormous fun. We generally play ‘Kwicket’ in order to keep the kids interested and excited.