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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

Reverse Swept Radio 111 - A Cricket Podcast

April 26th, 2019

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Coming into possession of a hoard of Wisdens; rediscovering the joys of The Twelfth Man

"Before you even open a page, they are a joyous sight with their legion of smart yellow covers."


FROM THE ARCHIVES (07'45): A brief history of Australian cricket on TV

"There was suddenly this idea that the nation would grind to a halt because cricket could be watched on TV."


THE REVIEW (18'45): Sherlock Holmes and the Birth of the Ashes - Arunabha Sengupta

"If you're a fan of cricket and Conan Doyle, this will be a real treat. If you're not, steer clear: you'll be deeply mystified by almost everything that goes on on every page."

Recorded on 25 April 2019

Reverse Swept Radio 110 - A Cricket Podcast

March 22nd, 2019

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Ireland and Afghanistan in a memorable Test encounter; a particularly Australian form of cheating; and the 2019 English county season

"The next county season feels out-dated before it's even begun"


FROM THE ARCHIVES (10'55): From Scorpions to Falcons: the curious tale of a cricketing nickname

"The Telegraph went in with perhaps the cruellest assessment: 'It was appropriate that the club should have named its Sunday League side after an animal famed for committing suicide.'"


THE REVIEW (19'50): Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket - Stephen Fay and David Kynaston

"The signature idea of the book is the way that both Arlott and Swanton were nostalgic and longed for a golden age; and yet they both surprise you with their openness for change."

Recorded on 19 March 2019

Reverse Swept Radio 109 - A Cricket Podcast

March 4th, 2019

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Peter Oborne and Mike Brearley talk cricket in London, while in Sydney the ABC is on a rare winning streak.

"It was a life highlight when he described my question as 'extremely interesting'"


FROM THE ARCHIVES (12'55): The Toss: A brief history of a cricketing institution

"When things aren't going your way on the pitch, and then you lose every toss, you start to fear the world has it in for you more generally. Nasser Hussain always had the aura of 'him against the universe'"


THE REVIEW (26'50): All Wickets Great and Small: In Search of Yorkshire's Grassroots Cricket - John Fuller

"We go everywhere on the bus, and we quickly learn that John Fuller is passionate about cricket but also happy to give his tuppence worth on public transport"

Recorded on 29 February 2019

Reverse Swept Radio 108 - A Cricket Podcast

January 19th, 2019

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The primary school cricket world record attempt in London, and the Kiwis show off their sportiness with a new cricket v rugby trophy. 

"The reality is that we'll crash out in the group stages and Hackney Marshes will suffer a monsoon"


FROM THE ARCHIVES (08'35): Arjuna Ranatunga - his runners, and the end of running

"Graeme Smith said 'I don't know if I want to be likened to Arjuna. I've worked quite hard in the winter.'"


THE REVIEW (17'45): Chasing Shadows: The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck - Elliott Cartledge and Tim Lane

"'He sat down in the wicket and shouted 'What's the point of life'. An hour later, he'd taken 9 for 12.'" 


Recorded on 17 January 2019

RSR 107 - A Cricket Podcast

January 5th, 2019

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Sri Lanka's improbable escape and the joys of holiday cricket watching. 

"You swear you won't leave the computer again or there will be another England collapse."


FROM THE ARCHIVES (08'55): Weaving a cricket pitch - the world of matting wickets

"We need to organise a matting wicket at some point and test this all out."


THE REVIEW (20'25): The Good Murungu: A Cricketing Tale of the Unexpected - Alan Butcher

"How do you get your team to focus on their best game when they're worried about how to pay for training?" 


Recorded on 2/1/19

RSR 106 - A Cricket Podcast

November 11th, 2018

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Zimbabwe win their first overseas test for 17 years and in praise of Guerrilla Cricket

"The production line just somehow keeps going."


FROM THE ARCHIVES (10'27): Tales from an accidental wicket-keeper

"A combination of being bored in the field along with that smug sense that I could probably be quite good at it."


THE REVIEW (21'28): Test Cricket: An Unauthorised Biography - Jarrod Kimber

"An underdog's history of the game." 


 Recorded on 11/11/18