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Cricket has provided my bread and butter for over 30 years and I’ll always be grateful for that, not just the income but the friends and memories, too. The internet wasn’t even a thing until four years after I filed my first report but I’ve caught up. So this is where you can read my Weekly Columns and Tour Diaries – and also browse through the archives from the last 20 years.

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Latest Posts

What will the ‘Greatest Final’ be remembered for?

 July 16, 2019
 neil manthorp
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For hours at a time when New Zealand were carefully picking their way through the invisible nettles en route to 241-8, and then again when England were trying desperately to keep hold of a half-set jelly, the tension amongst the crowd was the most palpable I have ever experienced – certainly for such a prolonged […]

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Fans and Sports Stars

 July 11, 2019
 neil manthorp
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Matches at global events involving India are always special occasions and they require special preparation. An extra hour should be set aside just to get to the stadium, never mind into it. The India/Pakistan match at Old Trafford a couple of weeks ago was truly extraordinary – the ICC received just under 900,000 applications for […]

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Faf weighing up future options.

 July 6, 2019
 neil manthorp
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“It’s not the right time to be making decisions about your future, with emotions and the disappointment of the World Cup still fresh,” Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, said before the final match against Australia at Old Trafford on Saturday. Du Plessis, who turns 35 next week, has been made an offer to captain the […]

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World Cup ‘Radio Silence’

 June 30, 2019
 neil manthorp
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International television broadcasters who wish to show the Cricket World Cup cannot construct their own production. There is only one ‘feed’ and everyone has to take it. National broadcasters do their own ‘pre’ and ‘post’ match shows but obviously take the world feed produced by the ICC. There are only so many cameras you can […]

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Listless and lethargic – no answers forthcoming

 June 25, 2019
 neil manthorp
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The ICC’s World Cup media department has been relentless in pursuit of comment from players before and after every game with even David Warner forced to break his self-imposed media silence after winning a couple of man-of-the match awards. There has been no room for sympathy or let-off for the losers. The interviews are not […]

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