“50 years from now, Britain will still be the country of long shadows on county (cricket) grounds, warm beer, invincible green suburbs, dog lovers, and – as George Orwell said – old maids bicycling to Holy Communion through the morning mist,” said former British Prime Minister John major in 1993. Interestingly, this was his vision of Britain in Europe. However, does his view of English county grounds reflecting the British character still resonate nearly 30 years on?
Australian Ashes series always leave cricket-lovers with difficult decisions to make about when to sleep and when to watch.
They have constantly been in competition when it comes to taking the England wicket-keeping gloves, but Jonny Bairstow is convinced he and Lancashire’s Jos Buttler are not in a battle to stand behind the stumps.
Lancastrian fast bowler Jimmy Anderson became only the third fast bowler to claim 500 test wickets as he broke records on day two of England’s third test match v West Indies.
In Alastair Cook, Haseeb Hameed has one of the best mentors possible according to Jason Gallian, and the former England opener is urging the talented youngster to take in everything he can.
When opportunity knocks you have to open the door but Alex Davies has gone one better and battered it down with Lancashire this summer – according to former England international Mark Butcher.
Any negative self-reflection after the Ashes should be left firmly to the vanquished Australians, former England wicketkeeper, Alec Stewart, has said.
Lancashire and England stalwart Kate Cross believes a national side as strong as ever – and the home summer weather – will help deliver a third straight series win for the first time in women’s Ashes history
Jos Buttler is coming of age in England’s Test side, and the mould-breaking gloveman insists there is still plenty more for him to offer in time for this summer’s Ashes with arch-rivals Australia.
Matthew Hoggard, Simon Jones and Mark Ramprakash will grace Timperley Cricket Club for a spectacular Twenty20 contest to cap their ECB Club Open Day, with treasurer Dave Howarth hoping the event can inspire a new generation of stars.
On the recent tour of the West Indies, Lancashire paceman James Anderson broke Ian Botham’s record to become England’s all-time highest Test match wicket-taker – he has now taken 397 scalps.