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The Strong Man

by Bill Ricquier /

John Reid, the former New Zealand captain, who died last week at the age of 92, was one of the outstanding all-round cricketers of his … Read More

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A Gong for The Dazzler

by Bill Ricquier /

Whatever one’s views on Britain’s honours system, nobody is going to begrudge the award of an MBE to the former Yorkshire and England cricketer Darren … Read More

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One-County Man

by Bill Ricquier /

The former England batsman Ian Bell has announced his retirement from first-class cricket at the end of this slightly unreal 2020 season; (not that we … Read More

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Why Manchester Mattered

by Bill Ricquier /

What should we make of the first (unsponsored) Test between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford? Of course the first thing to note is that, … Read More

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The Lord’s Test

by Bill Ricquier /

There it is, in the diary: Thursday 25 June, Lord’s. I had two tickets for each of the first four days of the Test against … Read More

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Opening Up

by Bill Ricquier /

Opening batsmen are different; there are no two ways about it. It is obvious why they are different. Opening the batting presents very particular challenges. … Read More

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Many a Slip

by Bill Ricquier /

This is not a history of close fielding; that will have to come later. This is more in the nature of an apology. I always … Read More