Paul Ford


A voice of dissent walks away
A voice of dissent walks away

Tim May's resignation means parochialism and self-interest can now flourish in the ICC old boys' club without any impediment

Cornflakes, whisky and our ectrodactyl
Cornflakes, whisky and our ectrodactyl

New Zealand fans aren't like others. They are grateful for every victory, though an ODI win over England is especially satisfying ever since Ryan Sidebottom became the human wall Grant Eillott banged his head against

Culture shock at 'eadingley
Culture shock at 'eadingley

A strong sense of nostalgia, grimy Yorkshire skies, confetti showers, and dress-up day - a Kiwi misses his time in Leeds

The hollow feeling of a Monday morning
The hollow feeling of a Monday morning

New Zealand offered a glimmer of hope to their fans at Lord's, only to snatch it back and smash it to pieces on day four

Hello Lord's, I love you
Hello Lord's, I love you

A Kiwi cricket fan lists down the reasons he feels all warm and fuzzy when at the home of cricket

A brief history of Derbyshire v New Zealanders
A brief history of Derbyshire v New Zealanders

In between plenty of rain delays, the two sides have put some up some exciting performances. And then there's always angling to take up

Sound FX, please
Sound FX, please

If broadcasters give more commentary options, then it's less likely viewers will be forced to watch matches on mute while browsing for audio or text alternatives online

McCullum v Parker
McCullum v Parker

It's a sad indictment on the factionalised state of the game in New Zealand, but it may also become the event that demarcates between healthy debate and a hellish descent into unsubstantiated allegations and reputation-sullying

Return of the prodigal
Return of the prodigal

Luke Ronchi is a fine attacking batsman and possibly the best wicketkeeper in New Zealand at the moment. He deserves to be in the national side

The Parker Posse poser
The Parker Posse poser

The dossier compiled by John Parker and his largely unnamed associates has reopened the New Zealand captaincy debate - but the manner in which it was released has only served to deepen the rancour and distrust

What makes Jesse Ryder a cult hero
What makes Jesse Ryder a cult hero

New Zealand cricket - and the morons it attracts like moths to a flame - sure know how to take the gloss off what should have been a glorious week celebrating the renaissance of Test cricket in the land of the long white cloud

Don't bat (especially if you're a Kiwi)
Don't bat (especially if you're a Kiwi)

Despite the head shaking at Brendon McCullum's decision to insert England in Wellington, the statistics suggest batting first in Tests is not a sure-fire route to success - particularly if you are New Zealand

Barmy versus Beige
Barmy versus Beige

The Barmy Army have been a visible and voluble presence in New Zealand, helping to create an unparalleled atmosphere at games - but it's unlikely that the Beige Brigade will be engaging them in a sing-song any time soon

What's with killjoy security guards?
What's with killjoy security guards?

It's fair to say the occupiers of Beige Brigade HQ have had their fair share of run-ins with security at cricketing grounds around the world

Cheers and farewell, Louie the mole
Cheers and farewell, Louie the mole

Lou Vincent made a low-key exit from the game but the "cricket mole" was forever popping up to provide us with cracking memories