Photographs from Slovenia in the book ‘Remarkable Cricket Grounds’

In 2014 I joined a cricket team from North Wales, Carmel CC, on an unusual cricket tour – to the Former Yugoslavia. Two years later, some of my photographs from our game at the Surnikovo ground in the Slovenian Alps, against Mežica CC, have been included in Brian Levison ‘s new book Remarkable Cricket Grounds. … More Photographs from Slovenia in the book ‘Remarkable Cricket Grounds’

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Cricket in Uzbekistan: some writing for the 2014 Wisden Almanack

The Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2014 includes a short piece that I wrote for its ‘Cricket Round The World’ section, about Uzbekistan’s first ever cricket tournament. Cricket Round The World this year comes from Colombia, Hungary, Iran, Nauru and Japan, as well as Uzbekistan and other places. Wisden 2014 has essays by Gideon Haigh, Ed Smith and its editor Lawrence Booth. … More Cricket in Uzbekistan: some writing for the 2014 Wisden Almanack

FROM RUSSIA WITH STUMPS

I had a month to teach three Russians, a Ukrainian, a Bulgarian, a Slovenian and a Vietnamese – four lads and three ladies, none of whom had ever played before – how to bat, bowl and field. Finding time to practice together was difficult (I am surely the first captain to cancel a net because my best bowler was in Magnitogorsk), but three lunchtimes a week I took a Kwik Cricket set to London’s Regent’s Park, and made everyone try each of the skills. My teammates’ enthusiasm never wilted: anglophiles all, they threw themselves into the challenge of a complicated English game. … More FROM RUSSIA WITH STUMPS