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Reverse Swept Radio 126 - A Cricket Podcast

June 29th, 2020

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Watching the 1984 England v West Indies test at Lord's, and the importance of Vikram Solanki's apppointment as Surrey's Coach

"Maybe we should spend more time delving into the archives than keeping up with the latest game."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (09'15): The Cricket Match at Sidmouth by David Jones

"I thought that was a wheelbarrow, but it's definitely a cannon. Encouragingly pointing away from the field."

THE REVIEW (19'35): The Great Romantic - Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus by Duncan Hamilton 

"Here was a man who proudly proclaimed that he was the son of a prostitute. And yet he also wanted to be a member of an exclusive London club that bought into the traditions of social niceties."

Recorded on 28 June 2020

Reverse Swept Radio 125 - A Cricket Podcast

June 2nd, 2020

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Looking ahead to the summer, and celebrating Stephen Fay

"The relationship between leather and hand sanitiser is something we're going to find out pretty soon."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (07'48): "The most important figure in Aboriginal sport: Faith Thomas"

"She was known as the fastest female bowler of her time, in the '50s - which she attributes to growing up throwing stones at galahs."

THE REVIEW (15'00): The Test - A New Era, episodes 5-8 (Amazon Prime)

"I learnt much less than I hoped."

Recorded on 1 June 2020

Reverse Swept Radio 124 - A Cricket Podcast

May 9th, 2020

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Reliving Edgbaston 2005, and some cricket poetry

"A cruel critic could say that this is over-romanticised, but now feels like a perfectly acceptable time for us to be romanticising."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (09'00): Power Cricket in Cardiff, 2002

"It will of course remain the only 12 that Shahid Afridi ever hits."

THE REVIEW (21'05): The Test - A New Era, episodes 1-4 (Amazon Prime)

"It might just be that Kohli has the most expressive face in world sport."

Recorded on 10 May 2020

Reverse Swept Radio 123 - A Cricket Podcast

April 19th, 2020

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Treasures on YouTube courtesy of robelinda2, and cricketers getting creative in isolation

"Robelinda2 is providing a vital service to cricket-starved fans in lockdown at the moment."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (08'10): When bombs stopped play - Lord's, 1944

"The bowler doesn't go back to the top of his run, but continues as though nothing has happened."

THE REVIEW (19'45): Through the Remembered Gate by Stephen Chalke 

"Chalke ends up being invited to talk at many funerals, and his writing becomes the legacy for a host of cricketers that would otherwise be forgotten."

Recorded on 18 April 2020

Reverse Swept Radio 122 - A Cricket Podcast

April 1st, 2020

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The retirement of Ollie Rayner, and cricket under the shadow of pandemic

"It could be a nice celebration: instead of spraying beer, you spray hand sanitiser"

FROM THE ARCHIVES (09'00): Hit the ball twice

"So you sky it to midwicket, and as the batsmen you can run the 30 yards towards the fielder and hit it out of their hands before they catch it?"

THE REVIEW (18'30): The Cricket Kings of Queens (available here)

"There's a bit of cheeky film-making when Richie is moaning about fitness training. The documentary then cuts to him drinking a milkshake."

Recorded on 31 March 2020

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