Category Archives: Sept 2008

Social Glue And Source Of Skulduggery

The toughest part of the debate about where cricket is going is to remember where it came from in the first place. Photograph: Findlay Kember/ AFP/ Getty Images There is a romantic notion that it is a game sustained by … Continue reading

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The Fame Factory

Agenda: Twenty20 has created new stars both here and overseas but is this new-found celebrity sustainable? Patrick Kidd investigates Photograph: Mike Hewitt/ Getty Images Hands up who had heard of Dawid Malan before this season or, indeed, before the start … Continue reading

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The XI New Bradmans

To mark the centenary of Don Bradman’s birth on August 27, Christian Ryan unearths the men saddled with the impossible burden of succeeding the Don Photograph: Adrian Murrell/ Getty Images 1. Norm O’Neill Tiger O’Reilly had opinions so big they … Continue reading

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Been There Done That: Alan Knott

Alan Knott was one of the great England wicketkeepers, typically of Kent. He played 95 Tests and it would have been many more had he not joined World Series Cricket in 1977 and the breakaway tour of South Africa in … Continue reading

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Risk Outweighs Reward

From the editor: John Stern The downsides of a possible loss of form for Kevin Pietersen outweigh the benefits of his captaincy Photograph: Stu Forster/ Getty Images More by luck than judgement we have interviews with the current and former … Continue reading

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My Dazzling Mate

Actor Stephen Tompkinson loves Darren Gough for his heart-on-sleeve heroics and full-on friendship Photograph: Stu Forster/ Getty Images I first met Darren Dazzler Goughie Gough briefly in Antigua in 1994. Brian Lara was breaking the batting world record for the … Continue reading

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Twenty 20 Cat-calling

This so-called EPL is nonsense and, as for the Friday night show business, it’s just going to bring southerners north, says Vic Tripe Whenever I have trouble getting off to sleep I try to think of different ways to kill … Continue reading

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Valley End Win Npower Village Cup

npower Village Cup final, Lord’s, Monday 8 September 2008 Valley End 195-6: Woodhouse Grange 171 Valley End won by 24 runs Photograph: Andy Coulton/ Action Images Roared on by their vociferous Surrey support Valley End bowled their way to victory … Continue reading

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David Nicholls 1943-2008

1943-2008 Kent’s strongest side had a perfect deputy if Alan Knott was away David Nicholls was a competent and loyal understudy to Alan Knott. A chunky wicketkeeper and left-handed batsman from Norfolk, he made his debut for Kent aged 16 … Continue reading

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Bryan ‘Bomber’ Wells 1930–2008

1930–2008 The Gloucestershire offspinner took nearly 1,000 first-class wickets without a run-up Photograph: Dennis Oulds/ Getty Images Bryan ‘Bomber’ Wells was one of English cricket’s greatest characters. The son of a blacklisted trade unionist, he began playing cricket in the … Continue reading

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