April 17th, 2017
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The survival of the defiant blockers, cricket at the Olympic Stadium, the futility of winter nets and the demise of camaraderie between professional sides.
"There's not the sense of perspective that allows you to step back and say "now is the moment for us to have a beer.""
FROM THE ARCHIVES (10'20): Cricketing Etymology
"If you "pull Yorkshire", you're deceiving someone."
THE REVIEW (21'32): The Test by Simon Jones (with Jon Hotten)
"The fast bowler's breakfast - two ibuprofen and two paracetamol."
Recorded on 17/4/17
February 19th, 2017
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: When the fans saved Alistair Cook, Zimbabwe v Afghanistan, ECB's All Star Scheme and the worrying rise of head injuries.
"Their noise made absolutely clear that he was their man."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (13'46): Cricket Posters on the London Underground
"On the left is a kangaroo, on the right is a lion and they are smiling at each other."
THE REVIEW (22'08): Stroke of Genius by Gideon Haigh
"W.G. Grace had to be convinced that there was such a thing as a follow through."
Recorded on 19/2/17
January 29th, 2017
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Making peace with ODIs, Ricky Ponting shoots from the hip, Bangladesh get close but not close enough and the sacrilege of replacing the coin toss with an app.
"Tossing a coin shouldn't really be beyond people who are about to throw cricket balls at one another."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (11'05): Lawrence Rowe
"One of those batsmen who was all about the timing."
THE REVIEW (23'32): Laughter at the Wicket by Harry East
"I'm told they play cricket in other places besides Yorkshire. On reflection, I realize that they must, otherwise we should have nobody to beat."
Recorded on 29/1/17
January 8th, 2017
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Declaration Game's Select XI of Cricket Blog Posts, Australia's revival, the Big Bash (but no county cricket) on UK free-to-air TV and the T20 v Tests scheduling issues.
"I've never quite been able to come around to rooting for Australia."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (11'32): The Googly
"While playing a casual game of "Twisti-Twosti", you can innovate to your heart's content."
The Scapegoat of Cricket by Bosanquet
THE REVIEW (22'01): Supreme Bowling: 100 Great Test Performances - Compiled and Edited by Patrick Ferriday and Dave Wilson
"Cricket is always a game of stats but it's actually relatively rare to read cricket writing that attempts true analysis."
Recorded on 8/1/17
December 11th, 2016
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The MCC World Cricket Committee, a day at the SCG, Scotland's captain retires in the face of indifference to the Associates and Toby suffers a cricketing existential crisis.
"You suddenly think to yourself "why do I do this?""
FROM THE ARCHIVES (13'12): The Victor Trumper photo
"I was in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, turned a corner and there it was, possibly the most iconic cricket image of all time."
THE REVIEW (22'29): Resilient - Mitchell Johnson
"You do have to be a little bit resilient while reading this."
Recorded on 10/12/16
October 30th, 2016
TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Andy has now officially played with an England test cricketer (and may keep banging on about it), revelations in Oz including the non-reconciliation between Katich and Clarke, failing to win a duck-shaped trophy and how to ruin a friendly game of club cricket.
"He squared up to one of the meekest members of our team and asked him if he wanted a fight."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (14'52): Mankading
"Mankad did have a defender of considerable repute on his side, a certain Don Bradman."
THE REVIEW (24'18): Howzat! Kerry Packer's War
"All over the world, these board members are dropping their cups of tea."
Recorded on 30/10/16
September 25th, 2016
TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The County Championship finale, leaving a ball that hits the top of middle stump and early season excitement in Oz.
"This season I did whatever the opposite of "kicking on" is."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (13'21): Single Wicket Cricket
"Where would we be without Lumpy?"
"We failed a lot in the past and haven't ever properly responded; maybe this time we failed so badly that we finally have."
Recorded on 25/9/16
July 31st, 2016
TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The arrival of the Women's Cricket Super League, Nevill and O'Keefe's heroic last stand, the difficulty of finding county cricket to watch and do we have to "feed the snake"?
"It felt like the match had become a backdrop to a massive stag do."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (11'25): Fred Goodall v the West Indies
"When asked whether he'd ever meet Croft again, Goodall replied "Not on your nelly.""
THE REVIEW (21'58): Philip Hughes: The Official Biography - Peter Lalor and Malcolm Knox
"At the age of 9, he was scoring big hundreds with a maturity which observers hadn't seen before."
Recorded on 31/6/16
June 26th, 2016
TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: ODIs refuse to die, Afghanistan's new coach, underwhelming batting legends at soggy Lords and cricket & Brexit.
"Do not go to cricket expecting your heroes to make runs for you on demand."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (12'26): The birth of cricket on film
"There was a sense that old footage without sound could just be destroyed."
THE REVIEW (22'49): First Tests: Great Australian cricketers and the backyards that made them - Steve Cannane
"It wouldn't be the done thing to slog a dirty tennis ball into someone's Caesar salad."
Recorded on 26/6/16
May 15th, 2016
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: "Writing Cricket" at the London Library's Words in the Square festival, the imminent start of the summer test series', the ECB annual report and remembering Tony Cozier.
"He gets up and dedicates his Oscar to Dennis Compton."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (16'41): Lady Adeline Milner on Cricket
"She does talk about stopping the ball with petticoats - this is ungraceful and bad form. "
THE INTERVIEW (25'17): Owen Benton
"Looking at things from a statistical viewpoint encourages you to take a slightly longer view."
THE REVIEW (39'28): Cricket: The Game of Life - Scyld Berry
"Struggling at a difficult northern boarding school, he takes refuge in the match reports of great Yorkshire teams past."
Recorded on 15/5/2016