Broad shooters

I had a very enjoyable day clay pigeon shooting with Chris Broad and his son Stuart. There were only a few of us there – a media day for Volkswagen – and both of them were on great form. Naturally, although Stuart had never shot before, he beat the rest of us – including Ian Valentine, who writes here, whose full-time job is for the Shooting Times. Photos below (you need Flash installed). A piece will be up at Cricinfo tomorrow or the day after.

I can see me enjoying shooting. It was tricky at first, and I never really got the hang of the “rabbits”. But the faster clays high up in the sky were pretty easy once you “followed through”. And yes, there were loads of cricketing clichés flying about all over the place. West London Shooting School – highly recommend it.

Stuart Broad and Chris Broad clay pigeon shooting

Cullen Bailey: frog in a blender

Have a look at this photo Cullen Bailey, the South Australia leggie.

Cullen Bailey

Awful action. Part of the problem is the angle with which the photo has been taken…but nevertheless, where is he actually looking? Australia’s frog-in-a-blender

Kashmir willow

Nice shot of a bat being made from Kashmir willow

Kashmir willow


Notes from the pavilion for October 22nd

Links of note from the past 24 hours:

Cricket in Barcelona?

Well, of a sort. The Pakistan community in Raval, Barcelona, playing it on a zebra crossing.

Sport in the Pakistan Comunity, Raval, Barcelona


India arrive home

A quiet and dignified welcome by Mumbai to India’s World Twenty20 winning team. An understated reaction as ever.

More people

Even more people…

Cars and more, more, more people

Wicket-keeper with 10 broken fingers

Well, eight broken fingers and two broken thumbs. This is David Morrison, a league wicket-keeper who like most Britons has been using that underrated medical solution to ease his joints: a frozen bag of peas.

‘My fingers still work, more or less. I can bend them all from the first knuckle, although I do have a physio who manipulates the joints to soften the tissue.’

Mr Morrison, a taxi driver from Scruton, suffered most of his injuries in his younger days wearing flimsy chamois leather gloves.

He said he had considered retiring from wicket keeping in 2002 but could not bring himself to walk away.

Last weekend he picked up both a Darlington and District League championship medal and a black eye when a 16-year old leg spinner caught him unawares.

‘I’ve told him that his eyes have gone, his fingers have all been broken and he’s far too old for wicket keeping, but he just won’t listen,’ said his long-suffering partner, Valerie Tait, a 62-year-old former landlady.

‘He’s back playing for Barton as if nothing’s happened – then he creeps home on Saturday night with yet another black eye.’

Via Metro.

Elias Henry Hendren

Here’s an old caricature drawing of Patsy Hendren, the former England and Middlesex batsman (and a bit of a leg end, it must be said. 170 first-class hundreds…)

Patsy Hendren caricature

More info on Patsy at Cricinfo. Drawing found at Flickr.

What a difference a year makes

Have a look at this. It’s Cricinfo from today, September 1 2007.

A screenshot of Cricinfo

Now then. When you manage a site as popular as Cricinfo, it’s especially important we keep our headlines fresh, sharp – and above all, accurate. So when I noticed a colleague had altered the clusters and changed the top headline to “Ruthless,” it struck a chord. Ruthless? This England? Really?

But, in this series at least, they are and they have been. And who’d have thought it after the utter shambles of last year? What a difference a year can make.

Tribute to Patrick Eagar

Tomorrow marks Patrick Eagar’s 300th[1] Test match. It is a phenomonal achievement to have stayed at the top of his profession, in what has become a frenzied market, for so long. There will be a presentation made to him at some point during the Test, and it is richly deserved. He is an outstanding artist and photographer who has captured the vast majority of iconic imagery in cricket in the past 30 or 40 years. I’ve only met him a couple of times, but he’s a true gent – accomodating, interesting and without a trace of pomposity or ceremony about him which, given the success he has had, you might expect to be the case.

Congratulations Patrick. And so what if he missed the last two West Indies Tests in order to stage his 300th at the home of cricket! Check out his website; you’ll probably spot half a dozen photos which you’ve already seen (not least the catch Andrew Strauss took during the 2005 Ashes).

[1] At least, I think it’s the 300th – could be more…