The clock ticks down. But not nearly fast enough for my liking. Five minutes. Two minutes. Refresh the page for the umpteenth time and check the transfer market for updates. Nope, still the highest bidder… Will someone put in a cheeky last-minute bid, as happens all the time on Ebay?
During long summer school holidays that stretched out as endlessly as a Boycott innings, there was one, indomitable saving grace when it rained. Two words. Pencil cricket.
You know, what? You can keep your gigantic sporting trophies. Object number M.28.2.1 in the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Museum at Lord’s on London’s St John’s Wood Road is an unassuming showstopper. At ten and a half centimetres tall, cricket’s most famous trophy is nothing if not bijou. Its mystique is wrapped up in a […]
Embed from Getty Images As I watched aghast as England’s batting crumple against South Africa, like a misbehaving deckchair at the Scarborough Festival, it conjured up a memory from school. Inept with a cricket bat to the point that it was purely for decorative purposes, I was once required to see off 20 overs for […]
The journey over to Lancashire County Cricket Club for my first-ever cricket memorabilia auction is spent in the back of a car, listening to seasoned collectors Brian and Bob swap anecdotes. On the outskirts of Manchester, we pass through Swinton and, paused at a set of traffic lights, my eye is drawn to a bloke […]
Ok, so the Christmas turkey has long since bitten the dust and January is here, heralding a land of opportunity. Have you thought about your 2016? What do you want it to look like? Any projects, ambitions or changes to life or are you the sort of person that contentedly wings it? Well, both professionally […]