28 Results for month: 03/2016

Interview: Scotland’s Mark Watt

MARK WATT LOOKS TO BUILD ON AN IMPRESSIVE YEAR It has been quite a start to the international career of Mark Watt. Since making his debut in the T20I series against Ireland last June the slow left-armer has become a regular in the Scotland side, picking up fifteen wickets and a first five-for along the way to Scotland’s World T20 qualification and that ... More

Heroes of Associate Cricket – Alma Hunt

When the news came through on March 3, 1999 that Alma Victor "Champ" Hunt, OBE, had passed away, it gained little coverage outside his native Bermuda. Even the sight of the piper who performed a lament at his funeral didn't elicit many raised eyebrows in the Caribbean. Nor even the fact that Hunt, the greatest cricketer his country had ever produced, ... More

Part Two: How Do You Get Chris Gayle Out?

Part Two In the first part of this analysis, we looked at Gayle's career record, his past three seasons in the Indian Premier League and his struggles against Right-Arm Fast bowlers. Part two will be devoted to his performances against the three potential teams currently left in the T20 World Cup, as well as his record against Right-Arm Offspin. First, ... More

New Zealand

It is one of the more famous facts of Scottish sport that generations of world-class rugby stars have come and gone and none of them have ever tasted victory against the All Blacks in a Scotland jersey. Yet, while scores of talismanic figures, be it Zinzan Brooke or Sean Fitzpatrick, the late Jonah Lomu or Dan Carter, have entered the IRB's Hall of Fame, ... More

Part One: How Do You Get Chris Gayle Out?

Part One As England's bowlers toiled against Christopher Henry Gayle in their opening match of the T20 World Cup, cricket fans just marvelled at the simplicity and power of the destruction. Gayle - after scoring 7,000 test runs in 103 matches, including 15 hundreds and a top score of 333 - became a T20 specialist for hire. The T20 specialist. The Gayle ... More

Craig Wright: Departing Cricket Scotland

There was a slight tinge of sadness in Craig Wright's voice when we spoke this week about his departure from Cricket Scotland at the end of March. But was there also a shred of relief as well, given the turbulent recent fortunes of Wright's compatriots on the global stage? As he said: "It has been frustrating and I was out at the World T20 qualifying ... More

ODI Frustrations for Associate Nations

The chief executive of Cricket Scotland has said he is “frustrated” at the lack of opportunities to play the ICC’s leading nations. Malcolm Cannon was speaking after revealing that he is currently in discussions with Associate teams to provide meaningful ODI action in Scotland this summer. But whereas Ireland have arranged four home matches ... More

Time to End the Majid Haq Impasse?

Another Scotland campaign, another disappointment. That much-needed first win on the global stage was finally achieved but only after elimination from the World T20 had already been confirmed after two losses which, in different circumstances, might never have happened. Scotland will never have a better chance of reaching the latter stages of the WT20, ... More

Warren Deutrom – CEO of Cricket Ireland

Warren Deutrom is one of life’s optimists. And he needs that  quality, as the chief executive of Cricket Ireland. As he said, when we hooked up on Monday: “If I wasn’t a glass-half-full type of person, I think I would have walked away years ago. But if you keep pushing and doing your best, eventually you can move things forward.” On the field, ... More

If Gayle is T20 King Then Root is Triple Format Emperor

There was never any problem getting a handle on Michael Atherton while he was playing for England. By turns solid, stolid, sedulous, steadfast and singular-minded, he was the redoubtable grit amidst a pool of fluffy nothings. He took risks like Scrooge spent money. In that light, it's interesting to note how Atherton has become one of the sharpest and ... More