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RSR 70 - A Cricket Podcast

June 6th, 2015

FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT : Ben Stokes' improbable 100, Worcestershire's no wicketkeeper experiment, Chanderpaul's dropping by text message and Craig Kieswetter's retirement. 


"Is Kool-Aid something that Ben Stokes does?"

FROM THE ARCHIVES (10'32): The art of knocking in a cricket bat

"I'm going to tell you a little bit about delamination."

THE REVIEW (17'27): The Captain and the Bookmaker (BBC 4 Documentary)

" The great motivator but also a great manipulator."   

THE LAST WORD (22'37): England v New Zealand ODIs

"Two test series' just feel really odd, really half-baked."


Recorded on 6/6/2015
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RSR 69 - A Cricket Podcast

May 10th, 2015

FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: A surprise fifty, the joys of after work cricket, the County Championship's impressive foreign legion and life without Peter Moores.

"On the basis that I'll never score a hundred, I really should have taken my helmet off."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (7'52): When Cricket and Music collide. 
"She must be the only person for whom Don Bradman is not a hero because of his cricketing prowess but because of his LP collection."

THE REVIEW (16'21): The Promise of Endless Summer
"Now all I can think is why old lad, why?"

THE INTERVIEW (22'52): Dennis Freedman of Dennis Does Cricket
"I don't see how you can pick someone based on performance but also pick someone based on race."
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
THE LAST WORD (38'15)
"I think there's a fantastic chance New Zealand will turn England over."

Recorded on 10/5/2015
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RSR 68 - A Cricket Podcast

April 25th, 2015

FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Stuck in traffic with a taxi driver who played for the Austrian cricket team, the surprising pleasures of a Bangladesh v Pakistan ODI series, the trials and tribulations of Andy's ball-by-ball commentary debut and remembering Richie Benaud. 

"I've had very few conversations with taxi drivers that could be described as revelatory."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (12'39): Eric Ravilious and the Wisden woodcut
"I think it's wonderful that the man who gave Wisden its front cover loved the village game."


THE REVIEW (21'11): The Little Wonder: The Remarkable History of Wisden - Robert Winder
"Winder shows that Wisden has always been about the joy of browsing."

THE DEBATE (29'50): Is James Anderson overrated? 
"There was this angry looking almost-teenager with a red streak through his hair."



Recorded on 19/4/2015
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RSR 67 - A Cricket Podcast

March 29th, 2015

FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The brilliant viciousness of Wahab Riaz, loud Afghan fans in the rain, the uselessness of the quarter-finals and non-stories about Alistair Cook.

"It was an awful game of cricket. It poured with rain and the beer was too expensive."


FROM THE ARCHIVES (11'32): Cricket and the ANZAC Spirit
"Cricket was used as a military tactic."


THE REVIEW (23'15) : Twirlymen - Amol Rajan
"Next to spin bowling, the linear simplicity of medium and fast pace has, I contend, all the romance of genital warts."


THE DEBATE (32'03): Which of the players retiring after this World Cup will the game miss most?
"Afridi's a bit of a Flintoff character - his legend, his force of personality go way beyond the averages."


Recorded on 29/3/2015

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RSR 66 - A Cricket Podcast

February 8th, 2015

FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The success of the BBL, the rantings of KP and three wishes for the World Cup.

"You can't stop gadding around!"


FROM THE ARCHIVES (8'01): The Hong Kong Sixes

"Where have all the fielders gone?"


THE REVIEW (14'20): Fred Trueman - Chris Waters


"His Dad says "That's good enough for me, son."

THE INTERVIEW (21'29): Tim Wigmore

"It's so hard to get perspective when you're told every match is the biggest match ever - to take a step back has never been more important."

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THE DEBATE (37'34): Is it time to regulate the size of bats?


"It disappoints me that we're going down the track where cricketers are supposed to be big muscly men."


Recorded on 8/2/2015
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RSR 65 - A Cricket Podcast

December 14th, 2014

FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Phillip Hughes 

"His mouth had gaped open with sheer awe and he asked a county official if he could touch the square. "Certainly," came the reply. "You will be playing on it in a few days.""


FROM THE ARCHIVES (9'23): Remembering 2014
"I, along with a lot of cricket fans, am guilty of talking about New Zealand in terms of how plucky they are."


THE REVIEW (21'37): Third Man in Havana - Tom Rodwell

"Did you know that the Panama hat has never been made in Panama?"


THE INTERVIEW (28'40): Hamish Adams-Cairns

"I'd love to go back in twenty years and see kids being coached by people that I coached."


THE DEBATE (45'27): Should the ECB listen to Michael Vaughan and introduce a T20 FA Cup?

"I don't want to end up opening the batting for the Duck and Feather and looking up and seeing Steve Harmison at the other end."


Recorded on 14/12/2014


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RSR 64 - A Cricket Podcast

November 23rd, 2014

FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Enjoying the SA v OZ ODIs, NZ fighting hard in the UAE, the drop in the number of recreational cricketers in the UK and why good players in village cricket can be extremely annoying. 


"It does take something away from the game when there's someone who can single-handedly take on an entire team."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (9'12): That underarm ball

"Chappell misjudged what it means to be a hard-nosed captain."

THE REVIEW (19'25): Howzat?: The six sixes ball mystery - Grahame Lloyd

"An extremely good example of determined investigative journalism."

THE DEBATE (24'46): Should Kumar Sangakkara listen to Sri Lanka's requests and agree to postpone his retirement from test cricket? 

"At some point the youngsters will have to step up."

Recorded on 23/11/2014 



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RSR 64 - A Cricket Podcast

November 23rd, 2014

FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Enjoying the SA v OZ ODIs, NZ fighting hard in the UAE, the drop in the number of recreational cricketers in the UK and why good players in village cricket can be extremely annoying. 

"It does take something away from the game when there's someone who can single-handedly take on an entire team."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (9'12): That underarm ball

"Chappell misjudged what it means to be a hard-nosed captain."

THE REVIEW (19'25): Howzat?: The six sixes ball mystery - Grahame Lloyd
"An extremely good example of determined investigative journalism."
THE DEBATE (24'46): Should Kumar Sangakkara listen to Sri Lanka's requests and agree to postpone his retirement from test cricket? 


Recorded on 23/11/2014 



RSR 63 - A Cricket Podcast

October 19th, 2014

FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Trying to remember KP's good times, Toby making runs but getting heatstroke, questions raised over the ICC's chucking testers and another Windies crisis. 


"I was delirious. It was not very pleasant."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (9'22): The Reverse Sweep

"Probably the most arrogant shot in cricket."

THE REVIEW (18'00): On Warne - Gideon Haigh

"I'm going to wait and let you start thinking, let you start worrying."

THE INTERVIEW (25'34): Nigel Walker of Guerilla Cricket

"To get more and more people involved in cricket, it's important to offer them more and more options to listen to it." 

THE DEBATE (41'34): Will things ever be as good as 2005?

"There does seem to be more of reluctance to accept heroes at face value." 

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RSR 62 - A Cricket Podcast

September 22nd, 2014

FIVE MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Catholic Cricket, Big Benn is back, the Gale incident and a regrettable middle finger. 


"He's a lovely mix between the languid and the very hostile."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (7'21): The art of the dressing room tantrum 

"The chair promptly disintegrated under him."

THE REVIEW (16'35): Slipless in Settle - Harry Pearson

"The Northern Leagues were, for years and years, home to some very talented cricketing outcasts."

THE INTERVIEW (25'39): Freddie Wilde 

"What are statistics in comparison to spreading the game?"

THE DEBATE (40'02): Is the crisis at Leicestershire a crisis for the entire county game?

"I do wonder what Charles Darwin would've had to say about this situation."

Recorded on 21/9/2014
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