The Godfather is gutted with Steve Smith’s lame declaration, Off White Thunder reckons Pup has revealed his true colours and Kev is starting a petition to re-open the Mt Victoria Tunnel on Sunday nights.
There is a lot of man love for Daniel Brigham’s yarn about Nossy Williamson, and debate around the greatness of M.D. Crowe. Walter Hadlee’s lawn bowl antics are aired, and we get into players with lovely hair.
In Emails From Around The World the man called Biggie names his Shenanigans XI, Akseli is in raptures over Jocelyn Buttler and Geoff’s curious about making ball tampering legal. There is talk of the Beige Brigade’s latest acquisition – a cricket coffin from 1927.
Violence Corner is in Grimsby, hometown of controversial Australian Pom Darren Pattinson. Not Beefy Botham’s favourite cricketer.
We’re soaking up the WACA test after a tough week as Kiwi cricket fans, and falling in love all over again with Rossco Taylor.
It’s a strong week for Emails From Around The World with Bob in touch to talk little lambs, interviewing Kane Williamson and Steve Smith’s hard caseness; Biggie has a polite trolling of our affiliations to NSW; Akseli is enamoured with the All-Star matches in the Land of the Free; and Reg is talking ducks. Muzz bamboozles us with his stat this week, but we’re with him at Horton Park, Blenheim, with Michael Holding.
Violence Corner is partying unethically in Oslo with a Pakistani cricketer.
We’re back on the highveldt as The Godfather, Kevvy & Off White Thunder get stuck into a buffet of Emails From Around the World and pray for rain in Brisbane on Day 5.
Tim’s not happy with the Australian TV coverage from his home on Perth, Geoff is clutching at some amazing tactical straws, and MJ gives us the run-down on how cricket piques his interest all the way over in The Netherlands. Muzz gives L’il Davey Warner a serve and stumps the chaps with his trivia question.
Violence Corner is from Jayne and involves our assessment of her theoretical 1:1 match-ups NZ vs Australia Test XIs. We think Doug Bracewell would take Mitchell Johnson for sure.
Off White Thunder and Kevvy arrive at The Godfather’s in Karori with some east European lager to talk about pink ball specialist Travis Dean, where Kev buys secondhand cars, the Blacktown debacle, the emergence of the pink ball aggressive declaration, and first-class cricketers go berserk on Ben Burn Park.
Werribee musician Anthony Callea gets a mention, uh-oh, McCullum quits clickbait, and Kev asks if a Test series win against Australia would trump the All Blacks’ World Cup win.
Emails From Around the World include Jayne’s recommendation of King Cricket’s ‘depressing yet very engaging’ series, Muzz cites a magnificent Jeff Crowe-related quote from the Wisden Almanac and Akseli is in Latvia and loving life.
Violence Corner is in Pakistan with some female cricket-playing scientists.
The Godfather heads east to The Peninsula to talk about George Headley’s double ton, Greg Dyer’s inconvenient pink ball scaremongering, Jesse Ryder turning out for Wairarapa and scaring teenagers’ mums, what they’re eating in Southwark, and George Worker & Andrew Mathieson’s 134-run 10th wicket stand.
Emails From Around the World land from Muz on epic knocks, Akseli on Faf’s massive ODI ton, and The Tai Tapu Express wins an award.
Violence Corner is in Bangalore with Amit Mishra, an electric kettle and a cup of outraged modesty.
Kev and Off White Thunder head west to Beige HQ in Karori to talk about Freddie Flintoff’s erectile malfunction, the poultice of Ben Smiths, Stephen Hotter’s high performance and injuries, Mark Vermeulen’s relapse, Gavin Larsen’s inspiring words for The Neesh and Mitchell McClenaghan heat.
Emails From Around the World zero in on the Alaister’s Battler XI to get amongst the Sachin Blasters and Warne Warriors, we get 70% on Muzza’s bowling average under 30 test, and Reg gives us the run-down on Doull’s anecdote.
Violence Corner is in tearing through Christchurch at pace like a bleeding eejit.
The Godfather joins Off White Thunder and a rosé-fuelled Kev at a BBQ on the Eastside and the boys get stuck into an epic pile of emails including Jayne on wicketkeepers, Reg on Martin Snedden’s promises, The Tai Tapu Express on perjury case witnesses, Yashi from Agra on cricket hakas, and Muzz with a teaser about 10-wicket bags.
Kev espouses another theory about Ol’ Jeff Wilson and Violence Corner is armed and very dangerous in Orlando, Florida. The Godfather names his Chris Cairns Trial XI in batting order, and numbers 12-17 as well.
We have some dandelion bowling attacks set out in all their glory in Emails From Around the World: Mike M’s entry is one comprising Morrison, Kennedy, Harris, Twose, Vaughan and Astle.
Reg thinks Kath and Kim dress-ups are the way to go, our Finnish mate is foaming over Zimbabwe and Muzz is lobbying for Williamson and Lovely Trenty Boult in the All-Time NZ Test XI.
Email of the Week is from Judge Nudge – and stars an unknighted NZ cricketing legend – and bat inventor.
The Beige Brigade has acquired a cricket trunk from the 1927 team that sailed to England on the RMS Athenic and played about 1000 games. And Shane Warne’s been parodying himself with some amazing escapades detailed by a lady called Reem. It includes some Gangsta’s Paradise – a version not as sweet at the one below we bet.
Off White Thunder hosts Kevvy and The Godfather on The Miramar Peninsula in the midst of the World Of Wearable Arts extravaganza.
Kev is deep diving into the South African frocks and pot tour of 1995 and the boys get stuck into the great yarn about John Guy and the Excalibur back story – and can’t get the line about ‘no one is inferior without their consent’ out of their heads.
The lads are not happy with Shane Warne’s NZ Test XI, get confused about the Astles, and are ambivalent about Jeetan Patel. Violence Corner checks in on a new book about the life and death of Peter Roebuck.
Kevvy, Off White Thunder and The Godfather head over the Rimutakas to The Regular Correspondent’s place.
Kev is completely infatuated with the life and times of Lalit Modi and the bourbon in his glass. OWT is less infatuated by the life and times of Lalit Modi. The Chris Cairns trial gets a mention as does D.B. Close, CBE and Chris Gayle’s home set-up is the envy of all.
Emails From Around The World land from Finland, London and and Muzza. Violence Corner is back and in Bermuda this week.