End Of An Innings by Denis Compton

 …’Well, whose fault is it then, you cloth-eared bint? Denis Compton’s?!’… As outrageous non-sequiteur insults go, Basil Fawlty’s is up there. It says something about Denis Compton’s celebrity that his name could be included in this way in a prime-time TV series, almost 20 years after his retirement from the game. I met him in the…

The Best Loved Game by Geoffrey Moorhouse

 The only season that matters is nearly upon us, not that you need any excuse to read Geoffrey Moorhouse’s The Best Loved Game, a tour d’horizon of English cricket during 1978. It inspired Duncan Hamilton to write A Last English Summer, which did much the same job for 2009 and, although Moorhouse has less of the poet about him than Hamilton, he…

Fibber In The Heat by Miles Jupp

 Miles Jupp is a comic actor (Rev) and stand-up who began working life playing Archie the Inventor in children’s TV show Balamory. Somewhere in between these phases of his career he decided to become a cricket writer and Fibber In The Heat is his account of trying to cover England’s 2006 tour to India without any actual…

Life Beyond The Airing Cupboard by John Barclay

 Despite May’s hail, it is actually summer or a rough approximation of it. But then cricket is a dry game in a wet land, something that Life Beyond The Airing Cupboard makes clear with its tales of uncovered pitches on which Derek Underwood wreaks havoc. John Barclay was captain of Sussex, an attractive underachiever of a county, sprinkled with the…