Lancashire Greats – Akram, Engineer & Lloyd

Whilst I’ve always been a supporter of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club (because I’m a Nott’s lad) I have equally always had great affection for Lancashire (I’ve lived in the Lancs since the the age of 6) so the video linked below unsurprisingly caught my eye on You Tube:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxT6J0oxoaY

Hearing David Lloyd talk about Lancashire’s 3 greatest overseas players – Farokh Engineer, Clive Lloyd & Wasim Akram reminded me that Notts too had 3 similar greats – Gary Sobers, Clive Rice & Richard Hadlee.

The demise of Nottinghamshire CCC with regard to ‘Red Ball’ cricket has been astonishing – They’ve not won a County Championship match since June 2018 and seemingly counting! Then out of the blue Notts post 268 for 2 against Lancs on the opening day of the current Bob Willis Trophy match at Trent Bridge yesterday. But sadly all I could think of at close of play was how can Notts contrive to lose from such a commanding position? Having been in seemingly winning positions against both Derbyshire & Yorkshire this season Notts have chucked it all away each time so you can bet that Lancs will expecting the same to apply……..

Sadly there are no big names in either squad for this 4 day match but then again county cricket rarely sees the best from across the world playing these days. 365 day a year international cricket could well be killing county cricket off……….

Cricket returns to England – Oh to see Bishen Bedi bowl again

Of all the things I’ve missed during lockdown cricket has been the thing I’ve missed most. Indeed, the other day, whilst out cycling I came upon a chap wearing a magnificent Sikh Turban and I wanted to shout out ‘you remind me of the magnificent Bishen Bedi’ but fortunately for the poor chap and indeed myself I kept my cricketing thoughts to myself.

But that chance encounter led me to look up that greatest of all Indian spin bowlers on You Tube and I found this video where Bishen talks about one of my all time greatest cricketers – Gary Sobers:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXOOH9xufO0

and this one of the great man in action:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zdvMOu7ovw&t=18s

The art of the spin bowler in cricket is often lost in all the noise about fast bowling and and great batsmen but at its best spin bowling can be utterly beguiling.

Sobers couldn’t have done it without Nash

Surely cricket’s most famous day – 6 sixes in one over – see link below

www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/cricket/45361645

I wonder how many times Malcolm Nash has related the story of how he was hit for 6 sixes? Notice Sobers having a fag whilst being interviewed! How times change……..

Here’s a link all about Sobers:-

www.trentbridge.co.uk/trentbridge/history/players/sir-garfield-sobers.html

As a Nottinghamshire lad Sobers, Randall and Larwood are my cricketing heroes……….