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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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Helicopter with Athers

 January 2, 2020
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I was invited to preview the Newlands Test Match with Michael Atherton from a helicopter.  What an amazing experience. I live in Cape Town but have never done this before and Athers has become a great friend over the years.   He wasn’t at the start of my career when I was desperate for an interview […]

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Mad Dogs and Englishmen down memory lane

 December 26, 2019
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Rarely has anything seemed more pre-ordained in South Africa’s post-isolation history than Kepler Wessels and Allan Donald earning themselves a place on the Lord’s Honours Board during the 1994 tour of England. The captain chiselled his way to 105 with a determination bordering on obsessive while Donald, by then a Warwickshire veteran, claimed 5-74 as […]

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Bored of the Board

 December 18, 2019
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The time for anger and acrimony has passed, for now, to be replaced by a more positive energy with tinges of pity for those who cannot accept the new reality in South African cricket. The new Director of Cricket and his coaching staff have it all to prove but, whomever they had been, a fresh […]

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Working in a vacuum of trust

 December 11, 2019
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It is no coincidence that the announcement of Graeme Smith’s temporary and short-term appointment as Director of Cricket in South Africa was made by interim chief executive Jacques Faul rather than the defunct president, Chris Nenzani. I say ‘Director of Cricket in South Africa’ rather than CSA’s Director of Cricket because, although Smith may be […]

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Telling the Truth

 December 8, 2019
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There were many interesting aspects of CSA president Chris Nenzani’s press conference on Saturday, not least his refusal to apologise for the humiliating judgement handed down by Advocate Ginsburg SC in the case against the Western Province Cricket Association. “We need to get it right the next time we exercise our ‘step-in’ rights,” Nenzani said. […]

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