Musings From The Padded Cell

The Foxes Last Stand?

“Every dog has it’s day.” Relegated to the minor Plate competition in this year’s annual humiliation for aged cricketers, we convened on All Alone Road one more time this summer, the dubious “prize” on offer, a trip to Scarborough at an ungodly hour.

Summa Camp 4 Kidz!

“I could go to any county committee room if I wanted to see that.” Fred Trueman on the film Jurassic Park

Cricket’s Last Gamble?

In 2011 I had my first stab at writing a book largely about growing up obsessed with the beautiful game of cricket at a small club in Bradford. It was called A Critics’ Corner, had a print run of 150 and, thankfully, sold out. Publishers did not beat a path to my door though but […]

Villas Veterans Get Stuffed.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan

The Road To Scarborough – Route One.

“The great thing about playing team sport is you win and lose together, and the pain is never as bad when you share it.” Brian O’Driscoll

Time For Those Flying Pigs Again.

“A half-truth is even more dangerous than a lie. A lie, you can detect at some stage, but half a truth is sure to mislead you for long.” Anurag Shourie

Guest Article – The True Spirit Of Cricket by Martin “Molly” Molyneux

“I think we judge talent wrong. What do we see as talent? I think I have made the same mistake myself. We judge talent by people’s ability to strike a cricket ball. The sweetness, the timing. That’s the only thing we see as talent. Things like determination, courage, discipline, temperament, these are also talent.” Rahul […]

Community

“Many people are good at talking about what they are doing, but in fact do little. Others do a lot but don’t talk about it; they are the ones who make a community live.” Jean Vanier

The Don’s Last Cake.

There are places we start to see far too much of the older we get.

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts…Didn’t Lose! Villas Champions Again.

The All Alone Oval was not a place for the faint-hearted last Saturday as Villas’ Second Team narrowly edged out close rivals Ben Rhydding in the title decider.