Chivalry is not dead!

The final day of Warwickshire’s season today took a slightly unorthodox turn today as Kent proved that cricket is still a game of gentlemen. With the visitors having batted through the day, securing a draw in a dead match, Rob Key declared with a few overs yet available in the final session. Opening the batting for the final time in his last championship game, Nick Knight was allowed to get the fifteen runs he needed to bring his Warwickshire first class average up to 50 before teams called a halt to play. Knight had been extremely disappointed when dismissed for 52 the previous day, so it was a nice gesture.

However, it appears none of the Kent batsmen felt quite strongly enough to hand Knight, who bowled a rare nine over spell, a second first class wicket.

Benning for England

Despite twisting his knee while fielding against Kent yesterday, James Benning again proved what a maverick opener he is – the new Ally Brown? – in smashing 71 from 51 balls. Kent were admittedly woefully wide with the new ball, but Benning times the ball so well and has the ability to play unorthodox shots from the off. The chant, after Surrey had completed their win, of “Benning for England” from the Surrey faithful doesn’t seem too fanciful. This guy can play; he and Trescothick opening, Strauss at No.3 and Kevin Pietersen at No.4 would make for an explosive first half of the innings, with Andrew Flintoff and Chris Read in the lower-order.

Just my thoughts.

Flintoff playing against Kent

Andrew Flintoff makes his Championship comeback today against Kent. Live scorecard.

Update: 2 for 11 from 10 overs. Nice.

Busy business

Bit busy at the moment, no time to blog. Just got back from Lord’s covering my first live game. It was fucking good fun and a great thing to have done. I’m knackered. I’m sure Scott will keep you amused. Normal service resuming shortly.

Elton John to play…S.t. Lawrence Ground Canterbury

Just been emailed this. Info, for what it’s worth. Tickets available here I believe. And here and here.

Elton John today announced he will be the first ever act to play The St Lawrence
Cricket Ground, Canterbury. The show will take place on Saturday 3rd June 2006.

The concert is a major coup for Kent CCC who have been working for some time to
stage live concerts – and they don’t come much bigger than this!

Elton is no stranger to Kent having previously played at both The Hop Farm and
Leeds Castle to sell-out crowds, but this will be his first ever performance in

Tickets for this reserved seated event are priced at £60.00 & £40.00 with a limited
number of premium tickets also available. Tickets will be limited to six per

For the full details of this ‘not to be missed at any cost’ event see:

Kent County Cricket Club gate, Beckenham

Kent County Cricket Club gate, Beckenham

Photo taken by tonyd1947 @

I’m not one of these partisan Cricket fans who ignores all other sports* – however it’s hard not to agree with this photographer’s viewpoint. Here’s his description of a gate at Kent’s Beckenham ground:

Kent actually play most of the county cricket matches in Canterbury, but this is their ground in Beckenham.

The gate is very interesting. For those they don’t know the game of cricket the gate consists of a bat, wickets and the ball/s. All elements of the game are clearly discernable on the gate. If they played football their wouldn’t be many ‘props’ to make up the gate would there? Just a football perhaps. I suppose you could use bits of kit… a boot or something? Wouldn’t be as good though would it?

* But Cricket is the greatest game ever made, ever, since atoms first parted.

Pietersen hits hundred

I think this is his (Pietersen’s) first hundred for Hampshire – and has come from just 83 balls with 10 fours and 3 sixes. The match report in the papers tomorrow ought to be good reading! A good day, then, for him and Flintoff and Harmison, and my man Ed Joyce just fell for a brilliant 93 – what a season he’s having. 600 runs in 4 games…watch out Bell & Key, I say.

Kevin Pietersen finding form?

Kevin Pietersen has probably been given licence to go mad – Hampshire are trying to set Kent a decent total (and they have it already, really, leading by 335.) And Pietersen is on 71 from just 65 balls – we could be in for an exciting afternoon if he really gets going…

Warne makes his first hundred!

He’s finally done it. One of those things that most people like to see – a number 9, awesome bowler getting a hundreds. Most people, other than the opposition – in this case, Kent. So Warne finally has a hundred under his belt.

Ian Bell makes double hundred

Ian Bell has hit a double hundred against my team – couldn’t he have waited a week? Run Out for 231 – and, with Robert Key also making a hundred, and Pietersen looming ominously over both of them, some very, very tricky decisions have to be made. Key, Bell or Pietersen? Butcher is almost certainly out of the Bangladesh mini-series due to his injured wrist – and frankly, unless there’s a spate of injuries, this ought to be the end of his Test career. So there are potentially 2 positions available.

As much as I like Key, I feel Bell deserves the 2 Bangladesh Tests to just have a bat and aclimatise with the side. Pietersen, too, has to play…