Category Archives: Club blog

Roebuck’s Devonian service

In 1991 the late Peter Roebuck retired from first-class cricket, but it turns out his playing career was not quite over – for which Devon cricket will be forever grateful. Geoff Evans, chairman of Devon CCC, remembers a golden era. … Continue reading

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Bittersweet end of season for Bedford Pakistanis

Despite a stuttering start to the league season with several players out of form, the culmination of the midweek league and cup campaigns seemed destined to turn everything around for Bedford Pakistanis. I cannot pinpoint exactly what transformed our players … Continue reading

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My maiden ton! Get the beers in! Or perhaps not

It had been one of those weeks that all cricketers dread. Perfect sunshine for the first four and a half days while most slave their way through the working week, then just as the Friday feeling surfaces and thoughts of … Continue reading

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Swinging in the rain with Bedford Pakistanis

There are certain things that just aren’t fun: visiting the dentist, the Eurovision song contest, playing cricket in the pouring rain. Such were my thoughts as I trudged across a sodden Mowsbury Park, umbrella suffering a beating from the heavens … Continue reading

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Finding form with Bedford Pakistanis

Six weeks into the season with my adopted club and I am slowly beginning to come to terms with the cricket, the language and the lifestyle in this hubbub of British Asian culture. Perhaps inevitably though, my form and confidence … Continue reading

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Minor counties: picking a selection policy

It would be difficult to imagine League One football teams like Rochdale and Oldham being happy to restrict themselves to their current division and serve solely as a production line for near neighbours Manchester United. And yet, by operating outside of … Continue reading

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Luke Sellers: Minor Counties provides vital platform

Explosive hitting, fierce competition and a thrilling finish, what more could you want from a one-day match? But the action wasn’t coming from Lord’s, Edgbaston or The Oval but from a small, picturesque club ground in Herefordshire. The match, Herefordshire … Continue reading

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Bedford Pakistanis beaten by the Azad Kashmir upstarts

After attempting to get to grips with the nuances of the Pakistani style of cricket in the previous week’s friendly, any familiarisation was blown out of the water when it came to my first league match of the season with … Continue reading

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On debut with Bedford Pakistanis: Urdu in unusual surroundings

Phil Johnson has left the village club he grew up at to spend the 2011 season with Bedford Pakistanis. Recently he played his first game for his new side. I never expected my debut for Bedford Pakistanis to be so uncomplicated. On … Continue reading

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New club, no nets, different ball game

Phil Johnson has left the village club he grew up at, Elstow, to join a team from the other side of the cricketing tracks – Bedford Pakistanis. In his first update, he discovers that while his new team-mates are delighted … Continue reading

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