87 Results for author: Neil Drysdale

T20 Cricket World Cup

Their mantra is bigger is better, and especially if it offers greater opportunities to make money from broadcasting rights. Football's World Cup has doubled in size since the days when Bobby Moore lifted the trophy in 1966, while this summer's European Championship will have 24 participants, eight more than in 2012. That inevitably means more games, ... More

The Don’s Last Game

There might never have been another occasion like it in the history of Scottish cricket, as the two days in September in 1948 when Don Bradman and his Australian “Invincibles” travelled to Aberdeen’s Mannofield ground. For “The Don”, here was one final opportunity to ply his trade with flashing blade in Britain. For the supporters, it was a ... More

The Fight for Cricket’s Future

Try to picture a cricket ground which is offering spectators the chance to watch the action in a setting where Lord Lucan could be sitting next to Shergar and nobody would notice - because there's nobody there - and you might understand why the Intercontinental Cup leaves me as cold as the characters in "Frozen". I remember sitting around at Ayr one ... More

Gordon Drummond Previews WT20

Former Scotland captain and World T20 player, Gordon Drummond, looks ahead to the 2016 event which starts in India on March 8. I think Scotland can go into the first stage of the World T20 campaign with increased confidence from their last few T20 matches against Hong Kong and UAE.  Considering the limited amount of match practice they had going into ... More

When Rahul Dravid Made Scotland Roar

I was there.....when Rahul Dravid made Scotland roar. There were plenty of raised eyebrows around the cricket world when the news first broke that Indian maestro, Rahul Dravid, was joining the Scottish Saltires in the summer of 2003. This, after all, was at a time when "The Wall" was starring as the immovable object to Sachin Tendulkar's irresistible ... More

Ross County Nil

Anybody who has ever played amateur cricket will know that sinking feeling when you realise that anything that can go wrong IS going wrong. It never happens deliberately. There's no spot-fixing on the village green. And yet.... When ignominy strikes, it can sometimes bring unwanted fame. I speak personally, as somebody who used to turn out - with the ... More

Scotland Beat Lancashire 1986

In these whirlwind days of Twenty20 mayhem and bowlers being despatched to every part of the ground, many won't realise that cricket used to dance to a different tempo and was no less interesting. First impressions can be deceptive, mind you. When Scotland's cricketers tackled a star-studded Lancashire line-up at North Inch in Perth 30 years ago in the ... More