This week Lane and Wells are joined by fellow cricket tragic, writer and broadcaster Justin Brown as he reviews his wonderful book Bowling Through India in The Book Nook, Tony “Chill” Blain also chips in with a few wild theories for the 2nd Test in Leeds in his Letter from Dewsbury…and Wells confesses to feeling like he is in an abusive relationship.
This week Pearl Ford joins Lane and DC for a week of cricket violence, IPL scandals, corruption and atomic warfare. Plus Chill Blain and the Irwinator chip in with letters from abroad and Larry Booth subtly abuses NZ cricket fans.
This week: Lane and Wells are joined by the Herald on Sunday‘s Andrew Alderson on the eve of his epic trip to The Motherland to cover the NZ tour and Champions Trophy; Tony Blain checks in with his lamb & beef burger; and Sir Richard’s Changing Pace tome is reviewed in The Book Nook.
A magnificent pic of Dick Hadlee adorns our latest post on the back story of Derbyshire vs New Zealand…
The Derbyshire versus The New Zealanders fixture has an 86-year history, and by my count we’re in the midst of the 11th encounter between the two sides: the Kiwis have three wins, Derbyshire two wins, and five draws. Often, the weather is rubbish whenever the two sides play. Here’s the abbreviated version of the history between the two sides…
This week Lane, Wells & Cleaver discuss the Horne family tree, some great contributions to the Book Nook, some terrible pronunciation of the author of The Art of Captaincy‘s book and T-Bone Blain fires through a streaker-focused disclaimer from Dewsbury as the England series beckons.
“As Joe Root seared his double entendre-laden name on the collective conscious of the New Zealand cricket fan back in February with a delightfully annoying 79 from 56 balls in the Napier one-dayer, we pondered the idea of being able to watch the cricket with a selection of aural delights on the menu…”
This week the boys finally put a book-end on the John “Dag” Parker fiasco of bitching and whining, they hear from Tony “Chill” Blain about his personal experience with inspirational batting coach Glenn Turner, and they also look into the details of the upcoming NZ invasion of the Mother Land…or lack of details. Starring Andrew “‘the Herald on Sunday” Alderson.
“The backroom politics of New Zealand cricket have noisily burst into the front room over recent weeks, as La Cosa Nostra of eighties cricketers and their simpaticos have managed to let their cricketing governance opinions get sidetracked by an ill-founded obsession with Ross Taylor’s sacking as captain.”
Paul has done a new post in The Cordon, Cricinfo’s band of unofficial cricket writing warriors and anoraks: the latest is about a guy from Dannevirke:
Ronchi’s batting is often mentioned in the same breath as “rocketed”, “blasted”, “slammed”, “clouted”, “blitzed”, “blistering”, “bullying”, “aggressive” and “destructive”. But in addition to the batting wrath he deals out, he also remains a very good gloveman, some say the best in the country these days. Importantly, he’s not a work in progress – he’s a keeper first and a batsman second, not the other way around.
Lane and Wells hold the fort (while DC is off getting his hair permed) and crap on about the global appreciation for The Basin Reserve as a roundabout, the idea of a pokie player talent quest, John Parker’s bready hair and cannon fodder ideas, short-form Vettori netting away in the IPL, The Book Nook returns with a bit of Glenn Turner prose, Blainy gets on his high horse in support of The KFC Kid, our correspondents fill us in on Eddie Gilbert and Duncan Spencer (see vid below).