87 Results for author: Neil Drysdale

Clydesdale Docked Points

Clydesdale have sensationally been docked 25 points by the Western District Cricket Union after officials ruled they had called off a match when their ground was playable. The decision, which was confirmed on Thursday evening, means that, as things stand, Clydesdale, who were crowned Western Premier League champions last weekend, must win the title all ... More

Drysdale’s Column: Duck Season

It was a season for ducks of the feathered variety and one where umpires and umbrellas seemed to dominate much of the landscape around Scottish cricket grounds. Even before a ball had been bowled or a gloomy forecast had arrived from the Met Office, I warned that 2016 would be a difficult summer for the game. That was in the knowledge there were almost no ... More

Carlton Victorious After More Mannofield Issues

Carlton's cricketers were celebrating after being crowned Eastern Premier League champions on Saturday. Their match against Aberdeenshire at Mannofield fell victim to the weather, but the Edinburgh side have done enough in the rest of their campaign to be worthy title winners. Carlton made the journey up to the Granite City, but as happened with Grange a ... More

Drysdale’s Column: Call to Arms

Anybody who has watched the Olympics in all their coruscating glory during the last fortnight can’t help but be impressed at the fashion in which positivity has thrived in Rio. Whether cheering on champions or supporting underdogs, and irrespective of the sport, from athletics and swimming to diving, trampolining, dressage, table tennis and rugby ... More

Drysdale’s Column: I-Cup Cricket

The sight of the ground staff in Ayr watching forlornly from the sidelines as rain obliterated this week’s I-Cup contest between Scotland and UAE was as predictable as it was depressing. In recent years, it seems that virtually no major cricket fixture has escaped the worst effects of the weather. Just think back to the visit of the Australians in 2005 ... More

Interview: Roy Harper

Roy Harper is one of the great individualists in the music world, as you might expect from somebody whose influences include Woody Guthrie, Miles Davis and Sibelius. This man can't easily be pigeonholed or categorised, because he was creating "world music" long before the term was even coined. At the age of 75, Harper is showing no signs of winding down, ... More

Drysdale’s Column: International Cricket

The scene was a dark and deserted Cambusdoon on a truly saturated Saturday in the summer of 2007. For the previous four days, the cricketers of Scotland and the United Arab Emirates had striven to dodge the myriad showers which blighted their Intercontinental Cup clash in Ayr. But finally, everybody was forced to bow to the inevitable and the contest was ... More

Two-tier Test Cricket

It was supposed to be the radical new structure which would help revive Test cricket across the world. But now, the prospect of a two-tier international system seems to be withering on the vine as the sport's elite nations decide to preserve the status quo. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had already voiced public opposition to the scheme, which has been ... More

Time for Scots to Join T20 Cities?

Sometimes you have to reach for the sky to get an idea off the ground. These last few days have brought plenty of feverish debate about the future direction which Scottish cricket should take, but perhaps we should be looking at what's happening south of the Border. For those who might be unfamiliar with recent developments, a battle is brewing over ... More

Preview: Netherlands v Afghanistan

If you think it has been a lean season for Scotland's leading cricketers, spare a thought for their Dutch counterparts who have been almost entirely without international action since they performed with some distinction at the World T20 in March. That frustration has been voiced regularly by the Netherlands captain, Peter Borren, but he and his team ... More