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The internet wasn’t even a thing until four years after I filed my first cricket report….but I am catching up! This is where you can read my latest Weekly Columns and Tour Diaries. I have also created an archive of some of my stories since 2000, it is interesting to look back at the history.

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A fictional riddle – what is the answer?

 September 23, 2020
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You are the owner of a small book-keeping company with ten employees. Margins are tight but you have run the firm for most of your life and always managed to make ends meet. It’s time to step aside and let someone else take over. An old colleague in the book-keeping business recommends the ‘perfect’ manager […]

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Inside the chaos that was, and is, Cricket South Africa

 September 17, 2020
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One of the great ironies of Cricket South Africa’s meltdown is the fact that it took eight months to dismiss Thabang Moroe as chief executive – ironic because he found the process pretty simple when he was in charge. According to them, he didn’t even need any evidence of wrong-doing to get rid of six […]

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So many unanswered Welsh questions

 September 9, 2020
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There is an awful lot which doesn’t make sense in and around Cricket South Africa at the moment. There has been for over two years. So many questions. Let’s start with a really gentle one and work upwards. Why has Momentum remained so quiet for nine months after demanding, in December, the resignations of the […]

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Cricket South Africa – the way forward

 September 4, 2020
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At some point the anger and acrimony will have to be replaced by more constructive debates. The name-calling and rancour cannot continue if the game is to stagger back from the brink of catastrophe. The blame game will have to stop and a plan for a brighter, more constructive future implemented. Somewhere over the course […]

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The affable, amenable Balfour

 August 27, 2020
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Today I’m writing about a phone call from a man who I haven’t seen or spoken to for 15 years. Like most politicians he rubbed some people up the wrong way and could be outspoken, but real sports people who met him always enjoyed his personal engagement. Like so many people from the Eastern Cape, […]

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