Scott Oliver


I saw Footy before he became the real deal
I saw Footy before he became the real deal

Rookie England left-armer Mark Footitt began as a wayward tearaway in his early years, but he has since blossomed into a wicket-taking bowler

The slow withering of English club cricket
The slow withering of English club cricket

The ECB's drive to improve recreational cricket may have imposed unrealistic expectations on many clubs

How do you manage a leggie in Asia?
How do you manage a leggie in Asia?

It's an art full of possibilities, and one that reveals much about a captain

Reliving Gloucestershire's limited-overs glory days
Reliving Gloucestershire's limited-overs glory days

Silverware has eluded the county for more than a decade, but their upcoming one-day final brings back memories of their domination from 1999 to 2004

Herath's cold summer at Staffs
Herath's cold summer at Staffs

An unremarkable English league stint in 2009 was hardly an indication of his impending rebirth as an international bowler

Do professionals raise the standard of club cricket?
Do professionals raise the standard of club cricket?

Or does the practice of employing them encourage clubs to take shortcuts?

The return of the merciless Mitchells
The return of the merciless Mitchells

Even as England are tested by Australia's twin left-arm menaces, they must wonder why they can't regularly produce genuine pacemen themselves

Playing alongside Adam Sanford
Playing alongside Adam Sanford

Eleven Tests and 30 wickets for West Indies, and a stand at Windsor Park named after him. And he now plays club cricket in the USA

Once upon a Caribbean cricket holiday
Once upon a Caribbean cricket holiday

Twenty years ago, 16 British university students discovered the joys of watching and playing cricket in the West Indies

Data-obsessed England need reality check
Data-obsessed England need reality check

They are lagging behind in ODIs because their habit of taking refuge in stats to explain defeat has lost its relevance