Richard Gibson: Broad’s disappointment, Maynard’s hope

Lord’s was not on the list of grounds booked in for renovation under NatWest’s Cricket Force banner this past weekend but needed to undergo a couple of thousand pounds of work to the pavilion nevertheless. The unscheduled reconstruction was necessary after a delivery van, attempting to pass a parked vehicle, brought one of the canopies at the back of the pavilion crashing down, and a hefty amount of brickwork with it. Thankfully nobody was hurt in the incident last Friday, the day NatWest began their revamping of three showcase cricket clubs at Witham in Essex.

******

Keen rugby fan Stuart Broad dropped in at Twickenham last week to cheer on his former school Oakham in the Daily Mail Under-18 Cup final. But Oakham were beaten by Whitgift and Broad was to taste double defeat when his beloved Leicester Tigers lost the Heineken Cup quarter-final to Leinster on Saturday evening.

******

Middlesex do not intend to select Jamie Dalrymple until their Twenty20 Cup campaign begins, which means the former England all-rounder has seven weeks to regain match fitness. Dalrymple is behind his new colleagues physically as he did not have a proper close season following his acrimonious sacking as captain and split from Glamorgan, and had even considered quitting cricket altogether to work in the city until the Welsh county released his registration in late January.

But having committed to a second stint at Lord’s, he should be raring to go for the match pencilled in as his second debut for the club – yep, you’ve guessed it, a day-nighter against Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium on June 3.

******

Matthew Maynard, whose resignation as director of cricket at Glamorgan coincided with the demise of Dalrymple, has applied for the position of Sri Lanka coach. Australian Stuart Law will have the opportunity to pitch for the job full-time after being named interim coach for the tour to England which starts next month but former England assistant coach Maynard and ex-Warwickshire batsman Trevor Penney are among those to throw their names into the hat. Sri Lanka Cricket will reassess in mid-summer and a permanent appointment will be made by October 1.

******

Michael Yardy’s return from the World Cup with depression polarised opinion amongst former international players, with Geoffrey Boycott typically sensitive in his assessment. But the ex-England opener best placed to give an opinion on what Yardy was going through, Marcus Trescothick, enjoyed a surge in sales of his excellent autobiography Coming Back To Me, which topped the Amazon chart in the cricket category in the week that followed.

******

Yorkshire members have been given an unusual invitation by the club this summer, after open days were proposed for them to look round Headingley’s £21million pavilion. One might expect use of the building with one’s annual subscription, as happens at other counties around the country, but Leeds Metropolitan University footed two-thirds of the cost of building the facility and therefore controls access, which is limited to students and accredited personnel, even during Yorkshire matches.

 

This entry was posted in OpinionAlerts, Richard Gibson, Talking cricket and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.