Weekly Column

Should England pay more?

 May 1, 2019
 neil manthorp
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It’s hard to know the best way to make money, but charging family and friends for a traditional dinner is bound to raise eyebrows. Bring a bottle or some chocolates, sure, but family is family. It may be a nostalgic way of looking at things but families can be very tetchy. Normal families, Varsity families…cricket […]

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Inside the IPL with Eric Simons – 23rd April 2019

 April 23, 2019
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“It is difficult to explain what it feels like sitting in the dugout with the scoreboard reading 24-4 chasing 150-odd as we were against the Rajasthan Royals and still believing that you can win the match. That you will win the match. Then the same against KKR at 81-4 chasing 161 against a formidable KKR […]

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Getting Pumped

 April 16, 2019
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While the majority of South Africa’s cricketers battled through their sponsorless domestic T20 tournament for the last time (it’s cancelled next year) and the elite were enjoying another season of IPL, an international series reached its conclusion just north of our borders. You could be forgiven for missing it. Zimbabwe played the United Arab Emirates in a four match ODI series. Nine […]

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Inside the IPL with Eric Simons – 12th April 2019

 April 12, 2019
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“This is one of the most closely contested IPLs I can remember. Obviously RCB have struggled but they have many match-winners and I would never write them off. If they can lose six in a row, they can certainly win six on the bounce, too. Once again the experience of the senior players was crucial […]

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Inside the IPL with Eric Simons – 5th April 2019

 April 5, 2019
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Former international player and South African coach, Eric Simons, was head coach of the Delhi Daredevils before teaming up with former New Zealand coach Stephen Fleming at the Chennai Super Kings to form a partnership that has grown in reputation over the last few seasons.  They are defending champions. “One of the reasons for Chennai […]

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Eyes wide open for Faf and his squad

 March 31, 2019
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Every four years a different approach has been taken by the South African captain and coach ahead of the World Cup. Not only have their ideas been full circle, they’ve probably been around twice in the last 28 years. They started as amateurs in 1992 with zero expectations other than to have a good time […]

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What was Cameron Bancroft trying to fit into?

 December 29, 2018
 neil manthorp
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Transcripts of unscripted speech do favours to very few people. The vast majority of us can be made to look silly with a word-for-word written presentation of our attempts to explain something off the cuff, especially if it’s complicated and/or emotional. And especially if it necessarily includes some compromising of the truth. So try to […]

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Mickey planning Proteas downfall

 December 14, 2018
 neil manthorp
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Back in 2005 South Africa traveled to Australia with high hopes of becoming the first team from these shores to win a Test series down under. They lost 2-0 and Shane Warne described them as “the worst South African team to visit these shores.” It may have been a throwaway line, but the words stung  […]

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Good news on the new T20 league!

 October 4, 2018
 neil manthorp
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Finally some news about the new T20. It is going to be named, soon, and so will the teams, and they  will be given names, too, and colours. All this is imminent. The chief executives of the successful stadiums (and or Franchises) will automatically qualify to be the managers of the new teams. They will also […]

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Do the numbers add up?

 September 20, 2018
 neil manthorp
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Financial reporting is best left to financial reporters, I’ll be the first to admit. It would be as unfair and unkind (but amusing) to expect them to explain reverse swing as it would be for a sports reporter to explain macro-economics. Or macro anything for that matter.

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