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Friday, January 28, 2022

Cricket

First wicket of the season prompts special celebration

Even the most disinterested follower of cricket would have to admit that this year seeing the traditional summer sport under way is something of a reassuring relief. For those that eat, drink and breathe the sport one can only imagine...

It must be summer, the cricket is on

I'm not going to mention the thwack of leather on willow but there is something very reassuring about the revival of cricket as a herald of summer. Dave Ikin took these pictures of Henry Grayson in action at Overstone. Meanwhile Northamptonshire...

The NQ guide to winter bat maintenance

Alex Stockton delves into the mysteries of bat maintenance and explains what all the oiling and knocking is about... The season’s over and, let’s be honest, it’s been a pretty good one. Regardless of whether your side won promotion or...

NCL Cricket: win, lose or draw?

Alex Stockton reflects on the season so far and the impact of new formats... We’re just over halfway through the NCL season. That means that form has settled down and we’ve got a reasonable idea of who this season’s main...

Hitting the ground running – start the season as you mean to go on

Alex Stockton looks forward to the cricket season... (pictures by Max Miller and Jack Pinnock) It’s almost here, folks. Yep, that’s right - Saturday afternoons filled with rain-interrupted, distinctly mild cricket matches are almost upon us. Perhaps that’s slightly unfair....

Beating the Aussies is all about home and away

Alex Stockton reflects on the real lesson from England's tour down under... Well, that went well didn’t it? England’s test team were outplayed this winter down under, make no mistake. We didn’t score enough runs, and didn’t have the necessary...

Getting your net worth: how to ensure winter training makes a difference

Alex Stockton has some off-season training tips for cricketers... For clubs throughout the county, winter nets will be starting up again soon. Personally, I’m back training again on January 17th, and I simply can’t wait. It’s only the second year...

Why it need not be Ashes to Ashes for England

Alex Stockton turns his thoughts to The Ashes... Generally speaking, November is possibly the most uneventful month in terms of English cricket. The county and club scenes have wound down, as has the international summer. Pre-season training normally starts in...

Where would we be now without those penalties?

Alex Stockton reviews the season at Northants County Cricket... David Ripley, the Northants head coach, has bemoaned their picking up penalty points this season. He’s right to, in many ways, as it could be argued that they’ve cost his side...

What do you do when the action stops?

Alex Stockton looks at how a cricket lover can stay in touch with the game once the summer ends... Last weekend, the majority of the county’s club cricketers put their kit bags, whites, and spikes away for the final time...
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Small mistakes cost Saints big against classy Ulster

If Saints had more wins behind them this would have felt closer than it did. Ulster got a good...
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