A Sport For All Seasons

It’s the Big Bash Final today and there has, of course, been much talk across social and traditonal media about Twenty20 cricket in England.

As it’s Oscars season here’s a favourite scene from 1965’s best picture winner “A Man For All Seasons”

William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William Roper: Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that!
Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!

I know this is silly, but I feel that whenever we attack the basic product of professional cricket in England and Wales by wanting it to completely change beyond all recognition, those arguing for change-at-all-costs are appear to be to myself as being akin to Will Roper.

The central point of discussion, as I wrote earlier in the year, has to be “what will grow the number of people playing the game” not “what tournament will look best.”

One other thing, all this talk about the format of English Twenty20 won’t matter a jot unless the ECB get England players to actually appear in the tournament regularly.

#WhatWouldStuartDo? He'd bowl himself outside of the powerplay and death overs of course.
#WhatWouldStuartDo? He’d bowl himself outside of the powerplay and death overs of course.

Steven Finn’s Five Wicket Hauls

You searched for ST Finn where number of wickets is at least 5
Overs Mdns Runs Wkts Match Date Match Id
21.3 8 57 5 Middlesex v Essex 06-Jun-09 f51603
22 4 69 5 Middlesex v Worcestershire 09-Apr-10 f52375
15.4 5 37 9 Middlesex v Worcestershire 09-Apr-10 f52375
24 6 87 5 England v Bangladesh 27-May-10 t1958
10 2 42 5 England v Bangladesh 04-Jun-10 t1959
33.4 1 125 6 England v Australia 25-Nov-10 t1981
8 1 33 5 Middlesex v Derbyshire 28-Jul-11 a21435
30 2 113 5 Middlesex v Kent 17-Aug-11 f53323
37.3 8 125 6 England v New Zealand 22-Mar-13 t2084
28.4 4 103 5 England XI v Cricket Australia Invitation XI 13-Nov-13 f55091
21.3 3 80 6 Middlesex v Sussex 06-Apr-14 f55571
25 3 91 5 Middlesex v Nottinghamshire 13-Apr-14 f55588
8 0 33 5 England v India 20-Jan-15 o3586

A post to show “Free Britain” how easy it is to make content on a website look nice

Thanks to Twlldun on Twitter I’ve spent half an our browsing “Free Britain” ‘s website. They are utterly bonkers, but thankfully they are also rubbish.

Take their “Our Tunes” page:

In Free Britain people who care about not going over the margins will clearly be the first against the wall...
In Free Britain people who care about not going over the margins will clearly be the first against the wall…

Not only have they embedded their videos in such a way that the videos go outside the margin they’ve created on the page for them, they also don’t seem to know that YouTube offer users the ability to embed videos in a much more pleasing way.

For example:

Bob Marley – One Love

John Lennon – Imagine

Tracy Chapman – Talkin’ bout a Revolution

But then again given their poorly-edited manifesto I think an inability to create a pleasing-on-the-eye page is the least of their problems.


A Gallery of Owais Shah High-Fives