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

Corridor of Uncertainty number plates

“I know that you’re a bit hard up for money to keep the blog going,” Hammy writes, “but to sell number plates relating to your blog? Really. Taken in Perth, Western Australia. I’ve been waiting for ages for the COU number plate to arrive and took a photo of the first one that I came across.”

Corridor of Uncertainty on a BMW

Not guilty, m’lud. Donations and/or free hosting and/or beer and chocolate gratefully received though.

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


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.

Australia claim the (Basra) Ashes

Back from my travels, where I was (nearly) blissfully ignorant of all things cricket, but for the annoyingly tantalising dish plonked on my Provincial mansion which streamed Sky News. I couldn’t resist a peak and, after enjoying the clipped report of Zimbabwe’s utter Aussie thrashing, my mood was deflated after watching a truly pitiful England rugby side get trampled over by South Africa.

But what’s this? The bloody Australians have fought back, beating England in the World Twenty20 and also in Basra. How dispiriting. Our soldiers have a hard enough time in Iraq without the exhausting ignominy of losing a game of cricket to them.

Andrew Miller, I presume, has done a report for Cricinfo via his many varied contacts, and there’s a gallery of the travesty too. Meanwhile, here’s a random photo.
A photo of a house in Provence

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.