Founded in 1864 and resident at Lords since 1877, we are going to focus here on Middlesex.
11 times County Champions, the club has a proud history of developing many of the game’s greatest known cricketers, including the likes of Denis Compton, Mike Gatting, John Emburey and Andrew Strauss to name but a few and this tradition continues to the modern day, with a very exciting group of young talent coming through like Robbie White, Ethan Bamber and Luke Holman.
The CEO of Middlesex is Andrew...
Who is the oldest of our First-Class Counties? Surrey? Middlesex? Lancashire? Yorkshire? It’s none of those. Founded in 1839, it is Sussex.
Three times county County Champions, their illustrious history boasts the likes of CB Fry, David Shepherd, Ted Dexter, Tony Greig, Ranjitsinghi, Maurice Tate and John Snow. Now, they are promoting some young and exciting talent like Tom Haines, Tom Clarke and Archie Lenham and blending that with the likes of Stephen Finn and new arrivals Cheteshwar...
Leicestershire CEO @SeanMJarvis is a man on a mission to grow not just the size, but also the range and diversity of the County’s membership and fan base. Leicestershire are a proud county. 3 times county champions, 3 times T20 champions and 3 times Benson and Hedges Cup Winners.
Yet when England get battered in a Test Series, there are those who point an accusing figure towards our first - class County game. Some would even question the status of Counties at all. So, it’s a tough brief,...
Botham, Richards, Garner, Trescothik, Caddick, Gimlett, White, Bess, Leach, Rogers, Close, Gayle, Azam. Just a few names that have graced the County Ground in Taunton and home of Somerset. They have a beautiful ground in the South West of England and a reputation since 1875 for playing a dashing and exciting brand of cricket. Certainly, well before anyone would have used the phrase ‘brand of cricket’.
Their fan base is passionate, loyal and care deeply for their beloved county.
The Grumpy Gits look forward to England’s tour of the West Indies, lament the passing of a couple of legends of the game, and marvel at how it’s possible to lose a boxful of human heads.
There are huge challenges in our national game at the moment. Test results have been poor and the very structure of our UK domestic game is under scrutiny from the grass roots upwards. In this environment of question and concern, our counties need to be making the game as accessible, attractive and effective as they can. The Cricket Supporters Association exists to represent the interest of fans to the governors of our game and recently they have been working with the Lancashire Action Group...
The Grumpy gets cry about The Ashes, get Weepy over late-night-let-downs and shed a tear for Cryer
Inside the Tour - The Ashes 1986/87 is the definitive story of an extraordinary tour, featuring many of those who were part of it, including tales of rum, wine, fancy dress and Elton John. Gladstone Small may not have played in the first three tests, but he certainly made an impact at the MCG, taking seven Australian wickets to help win the Ashes for England and the Man of the Match Award for himself.
Here in conversation with @tonybishop1, the ever-engaging Gladstone recalls that match...
Inside the Tour - The Ashes 1986/87 is the definitive story of an extraordinary tour, featuring many of those who were part of it, including tales of rum, wine, fancy dress and Elton John. There were certainly some larger-than-life personalities on both sides including Sir Ian Botham, Alan Lamb and David Gower to name but three for England. Chris Broad may not have been in that bon viveur category, but he let his bat do the talking and became Man of the Series. Along the way, he became only...
Never mind the cricket. Who will win the Jingle Ashes? Who has the funniest, rudest, longest, shortest, daftest, most hummable earworm of a Guerilla Jingle?
Two teams of Guerillas, one from Australia and one from England, got together for the ultimate pre - series Jingle off. Along the way they also found time to opine on the real cricket coming up.
Our selectors supplemented current players for each country with some ringers, chosen more for their jingletasticness than their cricket...
The Grumpy Guerillas continue to bang the same old Ashes drum. Oh, and some stuff about The Beatles. Nurse!
Bat for a Chance helps underprivileged children experience the joy of cricket. They collect and source clothing and equipment, both new and high-quality second hand, and then dispatch it to schools, clubs and academies not just in the UK, but all around the world.
To help, you can donate your unused or second-hand cricket clothing and equipment via your school or local club.
It sounds simple and as an idea it is. But to make a difference to so many lives and in so many different places...
Grumpy Guerillas *expecting* little from England’s Ashes squad, *birth* of the Boringest Cricket Tweet Of The Week, and Jesus H Christ (where H = hash).
The Grumpy Guerrillas demonstrate that #HashtagsCanBeVacuousToo
Never has it been more important to ensure the views of cricket fans are heard as we see a county system under financial pressure, the impact of the pandemic and the launch of new and not universally accepted format of the game with the Hundred.
Over 3000 cricket fans, across all age ranges, responded to the 5th Annual Cricket Supporters Association Survey. Major topics covered include The Hundred, the role and importance of the County Championship, whether fan’s views are listened to and...
If you want to give a youngster a beautifully illustrated, easy to understand book to get them enthused about cricket, what choices are there? If you google ’my first cricket book’ you will find out two things. Firstly, there aren’t that many options and secondly, they don’t come cheap! Our game doesn’t always do a great job of igniting the enthusiasm of youngsters and their parents and a decline in participation numbers rather sadly, testifies to that. But there is hope. And it comes from...
Scorebook debris, Alan Jone's cap and the return of the Vicar of Dibbly-Dobbly
Andrew Edward’s 2015 autobiography, one of his three books, received glowing testimonials from Michael Atherton OBE, 2003 Rugby Union World Cup winner Will Greenwood MBE, Sky Sports’ Hayley McQueen amongst many others.
He was for many years a statistician for Manchester United’s TV channel, has been invited to a Buckingham Palace Garden party in celebration of his work as well as interviewed by John Humphries on the Today Programme no less.
What makes these achievements exceptional is that...
The grumpy Guerrillas take in Sachin's omelettes, Norfolk's balls and an exclusive club of unlucky batsmen
The Cricket Supporters Association (CSA) is a fully independent, democratic, not for profit organisation which has been established to give all cricket fans a voice and have their rights represented.
A central pillar of giving fans that voice is their annual survey, the fifth edition of which will be launched this month having started in 2017. Tony Bishop @tonybishop1 meets Becky Fairlie - Clarke, co – founder of the CSA to find out two things:
What has changed over the 3 previous issues...
The Grumpy old men are back, surprisingly there's a lot of cricket in this episode along with some other nonsense. Enjoy!
When the music stopped on the mega-bucks mini-auction for IPL 2021, some high-profile Englishmen found themselves without a partner. Nakul Pande invites Jack Hope of The Cricket Podcast to analyse why Alex Hales, Jason Roy and Adil Rashid went unsold - come for the Alex Hales rant, stay for the Steven Smith rant
On their own patch, India are favourites. They have won huge plaudits for pulling off a dramatic series win in Australia and with an injury ravaged team. However, favourites don’t always win and England feel they have better than a puncher’s chance.
Whilst India will point to a number of factors in their favour, including the return of some big guns and familiar home conditions, England are a very tough nut to crack anywhere in the world these days and there are reasons for English optimism,...
A study by Leeds Beckett University last year found a 72 per cent decrease in black players in the English game between 1995 and 2019, while just one English-born black player had played Test match cricket since 2004, prior to Jofra Archer. And it’s not just in the professional game. In our recreational game, only 1% of players are from African Caribbean heritage.
The ACE Programme was launched by Surrey County Cricket Club in January 2020 in response to this alarming decline with the bold...