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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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Belt and Braces Bubble.

 November 19, 2020
 neil manthorp
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For most sportsmen and officials who have experienced life inside a ‘Covid Bubble’ it is not necessarily the rules and regulations of living such a limited life but the lack of choice. Many of them are perfectly happy to spend days in their hotel room on tour, and have done so in the past, but […]

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The Madness must stop

 November 15, 2020
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On Friday evening Cricket South Africa’s lawyers advised the Members Council that, should they choose to defy the Minister of Sport and refuse to appoint and cooperate with the Interim Board of directors, and the Minister cancelled England’s tour of South Africa as a result, then they would have a strong case against him in […]

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Civil war is amongst us – let the good guys win

 November 12, 2020
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The skirmishing has ended. Civil war is now amongst us. Cricket South Africa’s Members Council has discarded its final chance to retrieve any respect or dignity and has declared open hostility against the players and supporters of cricket in this country. There can be no peaceful outcome now. Perhaps this is the way it should, […]

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Running on driveways, eating seagulls

 November 6, 2020
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Most human beings are remarkably resourceful in dealing with adversity. Fishermen have survived at sea for months living on rainwater and seagull flesh. Others have been dragged from collapsed buildings weeks after survival hopes had apparently been extinguished. Often it is not until long after they have been rescued that the strain of what they […]

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Bad-mouthing media is as cheap as it gets

 October 29, 2020
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In years gone by, in happier more prosperous times, Cricket South Africa held its annual Awards dinner at a fancy hotel or conference centre in Johannesburg. They were lavish affairs, to be sure. Pretty much everybody who was anybody involved in cricket was there. The senior administrative teams from the provinces and franchises were invited […]

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