Cricket writers Anindya Dutta and Ashley Gray share the pain and rewards of their craft.
“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly: sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges”Ernest Hemingway
Guerillashire – Last Wicket Stand: Searching for redemption, revival and a reason to persevere in English County cricket
“In this book, Richard parallels his life’s landmarks and milestones with county
cricket’s arrival at an equally important juncture in its own existence. He manages to
intertwine and compare some of these personal struggles and challenges, such as
turning 50 , with the difficulties faced by the sport he so loves”
Ryan Ten Doeschate
Last-Wicket Stand is an honest account of one man's search for meaning, purpose
and reinvention, both for himself and the sport he loves. At the start of the 2020
season, English county cricket faced radical change. The Hundred was coming,
introducing new 'franchises' playing a new format in the hope of attracting much-
needed new audiences. Its inception was controversial. Advocates argued only
drastic action could halt the decline of cricket in the UK. Opponents feared it would
undermine the very fabric of the much-loved county game. One devoted Essex fan
set out to document the last summer before the big change. He toured the country in
2019 chronicling this often-ignored sport, from the gentle lullaby of the County
Championship to the bawdy singalong of T20 Finals Day. Richard Clarke was in his
50th year, at a personal crossroads and fearing his best days may be long gone.
Change vs tradition, growth vs security, money vs meaning - these perennial
struggles lie at the heart of this absorbing and revealing journey of redemption.
In an additional treat, Tony and Richard also find time to discuss an all-time great
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and production support.
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Finding time to work out how we got here and where we go next, Nakul Pande and David Brook analyse the 2nd Test - West Indies's fight, Sibley's patience, Broad's excellence and Stokes' sheer Stokesness - and pick our 3rd Test XIs. Does your favourite get a mention?
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Four months with no cricket, and now, we have no time. Host Nakul Pande and the unnervingly positive Machel St Patrick Hewitt (host of the excellent Caribbean Cricket Podcast) use the last moment of quiet before the 2nd Test build-up begins in earnest to recollect the emotion of Southampton in tranquility:
- Did England really doom themselves with their decision-making, or did they just not play as well as the West Indies?
- Does Ben Stokes realise how good he is?
- Is Kraigg Brathwaite back? Was Shai Hope ever here?
We play 2nd Test selector too, trying and failing to scan John Campbell's foot from 200 miles away:
- Denly the human shock absorber or Crawley the coming man?
- Broad for Wood is simple - too simple?
- Rakheem Cornwall has to play - but will he?
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Two shaky top orders but pace in abundance, so who will prevail in the bio-secure bowl: Guerilla Cricket's Nigel Henderson puts the question to Mach St Patrick Hewitt, of the Caribbean Cricket Podcast and fellow broadcasters Dave Brook and Barry Wilkinson ( Line and Length ) before the latter pair argue the merits and demerits of coach Phil Simmons and recall happy days in the company of Everton Weekes
Guerilla Cricket meets Dan Newman of JDRF UK
Throughout the rolling, tumbling, dice throwing mayhem of the Dickwella Broad Owzat Trophy, we’ve been partnering with JDRF UK.
In this special episode of the Guerilla Cricket Podcast, Guerilla and DBOT finalist Tony Bishop, meets Daniel Newman of JDRF UK. Diagnosed at 10 years old with Type 1 Diabetes, Dan’s journey has been challenging, deeply moving and inspiring in equal measure. He tells us about the amazing work of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and his role in their work to improve lives and one day eradicate the condition for good. We also talk about famous cricketers who have Type 1, Pakistan and Lancashire legend Wasim Akram amongst them.
- Fund world-class researchapproved and administered by their international research programme to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes;
- Make sure research moves forwardand treatments are delivered as fast as possible
- Give support and a voiceto people with type 1 and their families
They need your support. Listen to Dan’s story and please go to our DBOT (Very Loud and Animated) and help us to help JDRF. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/db-owzat-trophy
Join a global movement to create a world without type 1 but with the world’s best independent cricket commentary.
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Guerilla Cricket's Nigel Henderson talks to Indian former Test cricketer, coach and commentator Deep Dasgupta about whether and where the IPL can go ahead, scoring a century against England and how his best shot in international cricket came as he tried to protect his crown jewels.