You may have noticed an absence of any Christmas or New Year comment
this year. I have been, unusually for someone still in England, so
involved in other cricket matters I was simply having to decided
whether you'd like to read my latest words (probably not) at a time
when you'd be busy yourselves, although possibly having partaken of
enough of a suitable beverage might have made them seem more
worthwhile than they may appear at the beginning of February! I did
write something in the autumn.
However 2019 was an interesting (and sad) year. You'll find much of my
thoughts for 2020 in a
Did it have any memorable moments? The answer, as in all seasons, has
to be 'yes'. Here's one web-site's idea of
the top 10. although you'll notice England simply don't feature,
at least unless you count being on the wrong end of Lanning and Perry
during the ODI section of the Ashes series. Well I suppose I did
Watching this lady bat for instance (here in a warm-up game in 2019)
is always a pleasure.
Meg Lanning is a true artist of the game. Even when trying to acquire
runs at a fast rate she never seems to lose the grace that comes with
playing as if she'd not just read the coaching manual, but probably
As does Ellyse Perry (below) with ball or bat in hand.
And seeing Meg in whites remind me of one 'gong' I would definitely
have handed out during the summer when, having suggested to anyone
listening that England should declare behind during the Test Match,
the management had the courage of their convictions and did just that.
As mentioned in the Ramble before I know the Australians didn't need
to, the Ashes were in the bag with a drawn game, but where was the
much vaunted fighting spirit. The Aussies were not prepared to "C'mon"
that day, when it would have been easy to take a run at it and put up
shop if it looked like going wrong.
If I have to pick one moment that stands out for me, or to be more
accurate one innings then I have to turn to the last series of the KSL
to illustrate one of the finest, possible the finest, that that
tournament produced. If you were not at Arundel that day you missed a
real treat when Danni Wyatt struck 110, which I also mentioned late
last year. Here's a few pics from that day that can't, unfortunately,
really capture the electric atmosphere created by this brilliant
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