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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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Yet more legal action against Cricket South Africa

 October 12, 2019
 neil manthorp
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Despite facing a financial crisis in the next 2-3 years Cricket South Africa continues to pick fights with some of its most important stakeholders and the legal bills are mounting. The Western Province Cricket Association is the latest organization to take the governing body to court after, it claims, being unlawfully placed under administration two […]

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England’s Kirsten loss could be SA’s gain…

 October 9, 2019
 neil manthorp
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Back in the days when Gary Kirsten toured under the captaincy of Kepler Wessels and Hansie Cronje he would occasionally yearn for a day off, especially after four or five weeks on the road when it was abundantly obvious that the majority of the squad were going through the motions in the nets and gaining […]

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Time for Captain Faf to take the elevator

 October 6, 2019
 neil manthorp
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Faf du Plessis was ebullient in his praise for the senior players who “put their hands up” during the first Test against India describing Dean Elgar’s 160 and Quinton de Kock’s 111 as innings which “gave the team great confidence and belief” and said that “scoring over 400 on the subcontinent is never an easy […]

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Punchy Proteas seek early blow against heavyweight India

 October 1, 2019
 neil manthorp
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For a contest between the runaway first ranked team in the world and the third, the Test series between India and South Africa, which begins in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday, has not received the attention it might have in different circumstances. But that could change very quickly if the tourists achieve their objective in “throwing some […]

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Commentary in Kabul, perhaps.

 September 26, 2019
 neil manthorp
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Why would a white, 52-year-old cricket writer from a privileged background, with a wife and two teenage daughters, want to work in Kabul, Afghanistan? That’s the question – and the answer. It is still difficult to comprehend the magnitude of the Afghan cricket story, and its extraordinary result. Just over a dozen years ago they […]

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