Author Archives: bladepicker

About bladepicker

30 something father, Yorkshire exile, adopted son of Belper and a bit keen on cricket, beer and Sheffield United.

Ashes Preview

My look at the perceived strengths and weaknesses of both teams going into another highly anticipated Ashes series. Some Pre-Tour Observations England’s Main Man: Goes without saying but Captain Blade himself, Joe Root, is one of the top four batsmen … Continue reading

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Franchise Blind

The argument around a new ‘franchise based’ T20 tournament in England is an interesting one. I totally get the concept – it is to have a separate T20 tournament in England and Wales that draws its players from a pool of … Continue reading

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Flicking round the sports channels last night I was reminded that earlier, while listening to the excellent internet cricket radio station Guerilla Cricket’s coverage of England’s comedy T20 defeat, one of the regular contributers to the fine alternative cricket commentary service … Continue reading

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Low Ebb? What Low Ebb

  Sport is a strange beast. Stripped down to a bare level most sports have a pretty silly premise. From 22 people kicking around an air pocket, to a man chucking a small red ball at three bits of wood … Continue reading

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Fighting to be fit

It was about two years ago I think. Upon reaching the grand old age of 30 I first became aware of it and though I didn’t believe it at first there was no getting away from it, I was finally … Continue reading

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Strauss, The Curse of Smith and a bit of Sporting Poetry.

It was the worst kept secret in sport. Almost from the moment the ECB announced on Tuesday evening the scheduling of today’s press conference, rumours abound of the reasons behind it. In these communicative prolifigate days of social media it … Continue reading

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A Welcome of Sorts

‘All you good, good people, listen to me’ sang Embrace. I can neither sing, nor am I the member of a once popular Yorkshire based Beat Combo but I do share their sentiments above and so, in order to help … Continue reading

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