Club/league cricket

JULY 25, 2014

Losing to India

Nicholas Hogg: An Englishman discovers cricket fervour in India, and realises he can't quite win a game against Indians back home either
You'd be hard-pressed to find a rank bowler or a player who can't hold a bat on India's maidans © AFP
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JULY 08, 2014

The Victorian-pitch blues

Jon Hotten: Occasionally these days, at the lower levels, we're brought face to face with the kind of cricket conditions our ancestors lived with
JUNE 11, 2014

What's more important: participating or getting better?

Michael Jeh: If clubs in junior cricket focus solely on retaining players year after year, there is bound to be a dilution in talent and the level of competition
JUNE 07, 2014

Australia cricket

Cricket soothes asylum seekers' woes

Ayslum seekers to Australia have to undergo mandatory detention to assess health and security issues. Most of them are smuggled into the country via boats from Indonesia, but the journey isn't the safest and deportation is only a phone call away. Phil Mercer of the BBC meets a group of Tamils from Sri Lanka who have taken to the cricket field as a way to escape the dread they feel about going back home.

"It helps them to almost feel that they are part of the community they want to be a part of," said Deenu Rajaratnam, the Sydney league manager for Last Man Stands, which runs the global T20 competition.

"Here they are getting a chance to actually live like anyone else on the field. They are equal, they are competing. They have the same chance of hitting a six, or a four or of getting a wicket as the opposition."

JUNE 05, 2014

Who would be a player-umpire?

Nicholas Hogg: The pros have to deal with the pressure of high stakes and being shown up by technology, but the village ump's job isn't any easier
JUNE 02, 2014

So how was your cricket weekend?

Jonathan Wilson: Did it involve getting locked in a coffee-shop toilet, getting off the bus in the wrong place, and discovering the Bopara pose?
MAY 17, 2014

Six & not out: the IPL's best finishers

Bishen Jeswant: How MS Dhoni and AB de Villiers' IPL numbers stack up to show they are the best in finishing business
MAY 14, 2014

IPL 2014

Modi on the IPL innovations that weren't

Lalit Modi talks to Business Today's Suveen Sinha about how he went about establishing the IPL, and reveals some of his more innovative plans for the tournament that did not come to be. Featuring shrunk 30-yard circles, heart-rate monitors, and ball-by-ball commentary on Twitter, among other things.

There were also suggestions in favour of reducing the 30-yard circle to make the game pacier and give batsmen and fielders something else to think about. Eventually, though, that idea was scrapped because I didn't want to tamper with the fabric of the sport. Then there was the idea of giving online viewers an option to choose from 12 different camera angles on YouTube. I remember the meeting in San Francisco with YouTube's top bosses ...

MAY 04, 2014

English club bans sixes

Britwell Salome Cricket Club in Oxfordshire has been forced to ban the hitting of sixes after an angry neighbour threatened to take it to court. Diana Attenborough, 69, complained that it was dangerous if the cricket balls fell within the grounds of her home at the end of the club's grounds.

The club is now enforcing a "local rule" after consulting the Oxfordshire Cricket Association. The new rule means that if a player hits a six, no runs will be scored. The club, which survives on donations and fundraising events, has also had to spend over £4,000 on installing a 50ft high net. After using up all its savings, the club discovered that Attenborough had put her home up for sale.

"We play on average two games a week for five months a year and have been in the village for over 85 years, in all that time we have not had any complaints other than those from Diana," Nigel Joyner, the club chairman, told the Daily Mail. "It means we've had to use up all of our funds, money we had hoped to use to replace our tractor so we can cut our grass and build a new shed as the old one is falling down. We understand she is concerned and a ball has gone over and smashed a pane once before which we covered the cost for but it is odd that she has now put her house on sale."

"Cricket is a way for many people to keep fit and socialise, it's a shame how one person can ruin that for the others," said Ross Joyner, the club captain. "There seems to be a lot of health and safety cases being taken to the extreme across the board and it's a bit worrying if that continues in this way."

The club initially installed a 15ft high net after first receiving the complaint but balls continued to land in Attenborough's garden. Attenborough, whose son is a barrister, has given the club a month to demonstrate that the problem has been solved by the new measures.

MAY 02, 2014

The first ball of the season

Nicholas Hogg: Why a ton of history, dating back to childhood games in the backyard, is necessarily tied up with thoughts about the beginning of the cricket season
APRIL 30, 2014

Super Kings: squeezing the best out of the best

Bishen Jeswant: A look at how Chennai Super Kings' overseas players have added immense value to the team
APRIL 05, 2014

Indian cricket

Wadekar's shoes and a Karnataka triumph

In the Telegraph, historian Ramachandra Guha reminisces about Karnataka's semi-final against Bombay in March 1974, en route to their first Ranji Trophy title. Guha writes that Karnataka beat Bombay in that game (on first-innings basis) due to two human errors - the first an umpiring decision that went in favour of Gundappa Viswanath off the first ball he faced; and Ajit Wadekar's slip, which resulted in his run-out and allowed Karnataka to take a lead.

Some 20 years after I watched Karnataka defeat Bombay for the first time, I met Ajit Wadekar at a reception in New Delhi. I reminded him about the match and how he had got out, adding that had he not slipped he would still be batting at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. His answer, offered with a laconic shrug of the shoulders, was: "New shoes."

APRIL 05, 2014

Remembering the glory days of the Hindu Trophy

V Ramnarayan: One of the oldest limited-overs in India used to be a thrilling affair, with Test and club cricketers fiercely competing for the title
APRIL 03, 2014

The golden land of pre-season

Nicholas Hogg: It's that time of year when you dust your kit and conveniently forget how the last season went
FEBRUARY 04, 2014

Kiwi fans, soak in this winning feeling

Paul Ford: New Zealand played like a team that cared a lot. This unexpected win is one to savour
FEBRUARY 01, 2014

New Zealand cricket

Corey Anderson thrives on confidence

Corey Anderson began 2014 with the fastest ton in ODI cricket and has since moved from strength to strength to become something of a phenomenon. Belief forms a big part of his game and it's been cultivated ever since he picked up a cricket bat. Anderson reveals his stunning rise from backyard cricket to national hero in an interview with Alan Perrott for the New Zealand Herald

In 2006, Anderson's form saw him named secondary school player of the year - alongside current Black Cap fast-bowler Tim Southee. It also attracted the attention of the Canterbury selectors and Anderson got the first shock of his life when the provincial team's coach, Dave Nosworthy, called to offer him a professional playing contract. "That still amazes me," he says, "I hadn't even played a senior club game or anything. But I'd been tossing up which sport to follow and that kind of made my decision for me, I jumped at it." It wasn't until later that he found out the coach had already discussed the offer with his parents. At just over 16, it made Anderson the country's youngest professional cricketer in 59 years and Canterbury's youngest in 129 years, achievements that were always going to attract media attention.

JANUARY 27, 2014

Down and out in Galle

Jonathan Wilson: One of cricket's great attributes is that it has room even for the not-so-competent. Sometimes, though, that allowance does not seem to apply
JANUARY 24, 2014

The beauty of the maghrib chase

Ahmer Naqvi: The Sharjah chase took you back to the days of playing street cricket and wanting to complete a game before the sun set
JANUARY 21, 2014

What being thrashed does

Jon Hotten: It can be a lightning-rod moment, a realisation that the world is a lot bigger and badder than you might have realised
NOVEMBER 06, 2013

Spare a thought for Vinay Kumar

Subash Jayaraman: Having suffered against belligerent batsmen at the club level, the writer empathises with a bowler who conceded 102 runs in nine overs
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