Welcome to Manners on Cricket

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.

There is also a Forum (Ask Manners) for questions and discussion about any aspect of the game, domestic and international.

If you SUBSCRIBE you will get my latest column or tour diary sent to you as soon as I write it.

It’s all free so enjoy, and thanks for visiting.

Sign up today and have my Tour Diary or Column emailed straight to you.

Latest Posts

All round honesty is essential to a brighter future

 August 5, 2020
 neil manthorp
 No Comments

“If your partner’s father dies and you say ‘everyone dies’ then you’re correct but not very sensitive to the moment.” In recent weeks Faf du Plessis and Graeme Smith have spoken about this being a time to listen to grievances, to understand and try to be empathetic. Both subsequently spoke about their desire to do […]


SA cricket people need to pull on the same rope

 July 29, 2020
 neil manthorp
 No Comments

The news that acting Cricket South Africa CEO, Jacques Faul, will be stepping down from the role on September 15 will come as a bitter blow to those hoping for a continuation of the stability and progress he had started to bring to the game since taking over seven months ago.He had hoped to continue in the role but […]


‘Black Lives Matter’ – Get the players involved

 July 21, 2020
 neil manthorp
 No Comments

Professional cricketers are required to undergo educational training about match-fixing and sign a contractually-binding pledge to report any approaches from book-makers or fixers which may compromise them or their team-mates. Failure to report approaches, or knowledge of match-fixing amongst team-mates or even the opposition, can result in the same punishment as complicit involvement. Why isn’t […]


Small Platforms for Big Statements

 July 13, 2020
 neil manthorp
 No Comments

When AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn were selected to make their Test debuts together on December 17th, 2004, they had played just 13 and 11 first-class matches. It is extraordinarily rare for a player to rise so quickly to the highest stage, not so much rising through the ranks as skipping them altogether. At […]


“Cricket is full of good people doing good things for the benefit of many.”

 July 6, 2020
 neil manthorp
 No Comments

The explosion of creativity in sport and the arts during Lockdown has been remarkable and uplifting to see, at least for the first couple of months when it was spontaneous and inspired by a desire to entertain and, in some cases, be seen. It has become a little more forced these days and, in some cases, motivated by concern about […]



Cricket in SA desperately needs people like @robbie13flair to be involved at executive level. Can’t sit on the board because he’s @WarriorsCrickEC coach but still... somehow. Also @ashyp_5

🚨 Coming up at 6pm! 🚨

The Cricket Collective returns 🏏

@NeilManthorp speaks with the @OfficialSLC Head Coach @Mickeyarthurcr1 🙌

✅ *That* ODI win over Australia
✅ Winning the Champions Trophy with Pakistan
✅ Life as Australia coach

📻 Tune in → http://talkSPORT.com/Live2

South African Breweries cancels R2.5 billion in plant upgrades due to alcohol ban | Fin24. ⁦@CyrilRamaphosa⁩ ⁦@PresidencyZA⁩ Mr President fake news? Or did you and the government really break the machine!!? I do hope you’ve still got some beer! https://www.news24.com/fin24/Companies/Retail/south-african-breweries-cancels-r25-billion-in-plant-upgrades-due-to-alcohol-ban-20200803

Contact Me

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Feel free to get in touch.

© 2010 - 2018, Manners on Cricket. All rights reserved.

Designed & Built by Silverback Dev Studios.

Subscribe to my Tour Diaries and Columns!Stay up to date with where I am and what I'm up to.