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Reverse Swept Radio 121 - A Cricket Podcast

March 8th, 2020

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: A new study into cricket tourism, and New Zealand's world-beating opening bowlers

"Let's all head back to last summer, when we were all in Ben Stokes wonderland and weren't thinking about coronavirus - and the ICC had just published a report, which is a thrilling start to any podcast."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (09'00): When Kenya toppled the Windies

"Iqbal had dropped so many balls that the bowlers started laughing at him - so Lara's assumption, when he edges to the keeper, is that he'll get away with it."

THE REVIEW (20'50): Crossing the Line: How Australian Cricket Lost its Way by Gideon Haigh

"You got told off for not filling out your mental health survey, even though the reason was you were suffering from depression."

Recorded on 3 March 2020

Reverse Swept Radio 120 - A Cricket Podcast

January 30th, 2020

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Japan and Nigeria in the under 19 World Cup, and Joe Root hogs the new ball

"These defeats aren't great for anyone's morale, but perhaps it's the experiences on the side plus the pride of being involved that sows the seed for a better future."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (09'25): The Inzamam-ul-Haq Incident

"Having been upset by an insult, having it repeated and legitimised by a TV presenter is less than ideal."

THE REVIEW (20'45): The Periodic Table of Cricket by John Stern

"The perfect book to keep by the loo."

Recorded on 30 January 2020

Reverse Swept Radio 119 - A Cricket Podcast

January 9th, 2020

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Watching test cricket in the English winter and the Australian summer

"The booze helped because the cricket frankly wasn't all that interesting."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (08'00): Fred Titmus and the Propeller

"For people who rail against the injustice of health and safety - this is an example I would give to them about needing a massive red warning sign."

THE REVIEW (17'30): The Summer Game (available via BFI)

"One of our favourite quotations was "To go to cricket for nothing but cricket is like going to the pub for nothing but drink" - which feels like a wonderful endorsement of cricket and the pub, and a warning against alcoholism."

Recorded on 9 January 2020

Reverse Swept Radio 118 - A Cricket Podcast

December 22nd, 2019

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Looking forward to county cricket and pitying the plight of groundsmen.

"We sit here now, thinking that it will be beautiful in April. Generally it's still frostbite territory."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (07'15): The first ever IPL auction

"You can imagine how galling it is to be the right player with the right skill set, but just a couple of years too late."

THE REVIEW (18'45): Pushing the Boundaries by Derek Pringle

"If you ever thought it was tough for modern cricketers: Gunner Gould, fielding near the boundary in Australia, finds himself having a meat pie dumped on his head by a spectator. The astonishing thing is that he manages to make a retort to the crowd which gets them on his side."

Recorded on 13 December 2019 

Reverse Swept Radio 117 - A Cricket Podcast

November 17th, 2019

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The end of season club cricket celebration, and a changed mood in Australian cricket

"All everyone really wanted to do was reminisce about seasons past. No one could get bored of talking about cricket, even down to the minutiae of failed innings a couple of seasons ago."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (09'20): The wonderful world of cricket memorabilia

"The most expensive cricket item ever sold? A piece of memorabilia that can't actually be used, and you'll never have heard of the person who owned it."

THE REVIEW (19'20): Absolutely Foxed by Graeme Fowler

"For anyone who tells you cricket is a loveable sport, read that description. It will remind you how brutal a game it can be."

Recorded on 16 November 2019

Reverse Swept Radio 116 - A Cricket Podcast

October 19th, 2019

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Tuning in to India v South Africa, and the joys of recruiting for a club side

"I'll listen to radio commentary about anything: give me a minor club game and I'll happily stick it on."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (08'40): Cricket Match at Edenside, by Sam Bough

"The most striking bit of kit is... the top hat."

THE REVIEW (18'45): Broad & Fry Podcast

"You worry that you're going to get a whole lot of PR speak... but there are a whole lot of insights."

Recorded on 15 September 2019

Reverse Swept Radio 115 - A Cricket Podcast

September 24th, 2019

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Walking on hallowed ground, and cricketers in the press

"They aren't great tufts. It's billiard-top smooth."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (08'50): The making of Jack Leach

"Giving spinners the chance to play on a surface where they take a few wickets isn't a terrible development."

THE REVIEW (20'10): A Clear Blue Sky - Jonny Bairstow and Duncan Hamilton

"There's a poignant stat: there are 13 father/son combinations in English test history, and Jonny Bairstow was the only one not to have their dad there to see their debut."

Recorded on 21 September 2019

Reverse Swept Radio 114 - A Cricket Podcast

August 28th, 2019

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: A rainy day in Canterbury and what makes great commentary?

"The day promptly got very 'English Summer'".

FROM THE ARCHIVES (11'15): Waking up in a cricket pavilion: The Prospect Tower

"What an extraordinary place to take a cup of tea halfway through a game, or to wait nervously to bat."

THE REVIEW (18'50): The Edge

"Jonathan Trott was underwater at one point. And then in a field of corn. I'm undecided on these bits."

Recorded on 26 August 2019

Reverse Swept Radio 113 - A Cricket Podcast

August 3rd, 2019

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Wedding cricket, and a world cup final

"We made the World Cup come alive by losing games, and for that alone we deserved to win it."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (10'40): Wilfred Rhodes, and the first great Ashes comeback

"After four drawn tests, they decide they are going to have a result: it's a timeless test."

THE REVIEW (19'30): The Grade Cricketer by Sam Perry, Ian Higgins and Dave Edwards

"Rig was a new word to me. The idea of being well muscled and well toned - an obsession making everyone upset and distressed."

Recorded on 3 August 2019

Reverse Swept Radio 112 - A Cricket Podcast

May 24th, 2019

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Washed out cricket at The Oval; remembering Seymour Nurse

"At one moment we were worried about sunburn; ten minutes later there was a full-blown hailstorm."


FROM THE ARCHIVES (06'55): Viv Richards' fielding hat-trick in the first-ever World Cup final

"Richard is a lone figure, sauntering cooly back to his position, rolling his sleeves back up like a gunslinger holstering a six-shooter, having shot a cigarette from between a rival's lips."


THE REVIEW (17'15): Steve Smith's Men: Behind Australian Cricket's Fall by Geoff Lemon

"The best thing about this book - and it sounds like damning with faint praise - is the cover."

Recorded on 18 April 2019