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RSR 86 - A Cricket Podcast

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


RSR 85 - A Cricket Podcast

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


RSR 84- A Cricket Podcast

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?"

THE REVIEW (24'37): 28 Days Data: England's Troubled Relationship with One Day Cricket - Peter Miller and Dave Tickner

"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

RSR 83 - A Cricket Podcast

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 

RSR 82 - A Cricket Podcast

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 

RSR 81 - A Cricket Podcast

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. "

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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

RSR 80 - A Cricket Podcast

April 24th, 2016

THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Ben Duckett's breakthrough, James Taylor's dignity and courage in the face of his premature retirement, Grant Flower's frank assessment of Pakistan's lack of professionalism and a bong in the shape of Shane Warne's head. 

"I don't personally know what a speed dealer looks like." 

FROM THE ARCHIVES (12'13): The joy of cricket board games 
(including Owzthat, Calculator Cricket, Book Cricket, Armchair Cricket and the Test Match Game)

"These games are only as good as the imaginations of those playing them."

THE REVIEW (25'45): Fatty Batter - Michael Simkins

"A nudge into the crisp boxes at third man counts as a single."
Recorded on 24/4/2016


RSR 79 - A Cricket Podcast

March 28th, 2016

TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: T20 cleverness (including Steve Smith's wandering and Virat Kohli's cool), the all stars turning up for county cricket, Boom Boom exits without a bang and pitch vandals ruin the hopes of Kingsville Baptist Church Cricket Club. 

"The pitch had been dug up at both ends and this kind of oily substance had been poured all over it."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (14'03): The Benefit Season

"Credit must be go to Hamish Marshall for livening up his benefit season with an invitation to "Spend an evening with two hookers"." 

THE REVIEW (22'52): 10 for 10: Hedley Verity and the Story of Cricket's Greatest Bowling Feat  - Chris Waters

"Waters has not only written a tribute to Hedley's brilliance but a tribute to the cricket writers of the time."

Recorded on 28/3/2016

RSR 78 - A Cricket Podcast

March 13th, 2016

TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Remembering Martin Crowe, hope for Monty and a disappointing start to the World T20. 

"You're not getting a sense of the game being developed; you're getting a sense of "one in, one out"." 

FROM THE ARCHIVES (10'54): The Shane Warne Foundation
"Throughout this whole story, we've seen characteristics of the Shane Warne that we've known from his career."

THE REVIEW (23'23):  The Nightwatchman

"Often when cricket writing is at it's best, it's not about cricket at all."

Recorded on 13/3/2016

RSR 77 - A Cricket Podcast

January 24th, 2016

TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The joy of short leg brilliance, Toby's Big Bash love affair, farewell to the mighty Shiv and the misery of being out of form. 

"There was always something wonderfully tragic hero about him."

FROM THE ARCHIVES (13'24): Time for Tea
"After two dozen oysters and a bottle of the Chablis, our performance in the game became a little laboured."

THE REVIEW (24'01): Warriors 
"For cricket evangelists, it's wonderful to see the sport be taken up with gusto."

Recorded on 24/1/2016