Category Archives: Surrey

The Season Arrives

The cricketing winter has been unpleasant in a number of well reported ways, so it was with a real sense of pleasure that Yates switched on the Surrey v Glamorgan commentary this morning.

When Yates was a student, the only cricket commentary he could find on his combined television/radio gadget was BBC Radio Wales.  So much of Yates’ academic output was created, revised, sworn at, rewritten and finally submitted with the tones of Edward Bevan, Don Shepherd and Wilf Wooller in the background.  And 20+ years later Edward Bevan’s voice is still the voice of BBC Radio Wales cricket.

To hear Mark Church and Edward Bevan commentating on that first session of the season bought a sense of happiness and well-being to Yates. First class cricket is the bedrock of our game and deserves good support.  The winter’s events – what was done, what was not and what should have been done – may well have repercussions still to come.

For now we can focus on county cricket and enjoy the start of the season.  The hopes, aspirations, predictions, rekindling of friendships and comradeships, taking seats at grounds and watching the game we love, discussing it online, getting selfies with players and the other stuff we do which friends and family may not understand.

To us all – players, commentators, journalists, writers, bloggers, supporters and everyone involved in cricket – Yates raises his glass to you and wishes you a happy and successful season.

Conduct Unbecoming Of A QC

Yates offers hearty congratulations to Northamptonshire CCC on their excellent T20 title win last night.  Yates is delighted for them for a variety of reasons not least because Twitter was alive with many many Willey jokes which made him snigger.  The prospect of David Willey playing with Quinton de Kock in the same game looms as a possibility for mass innuendo and immense sniggering and laughter.

This piece was written mostly before the FLT20 Finals Day and would have been posted whether or not Surrey won the trophy.

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What If…?

Any tour of India is a challenge. It becomes even more so when the perception is that the touring batsmen generally haven’t a clue against spin bowling on turning pitches along with the well documented story known as KPGate which could equally have been called ECB Couldn’t Manage A Slash In The Morning Gate.

As Yates wrote previously, “Flower must manage and monitor Sally Broad, Graeme Swann and James Anderson equally as much as he manages and monitors KP”.  It seems like most of the tour party has come out with the usual platitudes the “Re-integration process” has gone well and they’re glad that a line has been drawn so people can move forwards.  Business bullshit bingo to the fore.

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Garbage & Class: Hugh Morris & Andrew Strauss

There has been some utter garbage written about the ongoing situation between Kevin Pietersen and the ECB, much of it from the newspapers, whose “journalists” seem more intent on simple attempts at humiliation and muck raking rather than doing some decent investigative journalism and highlighting the flaws in the ECB’s handling of the situation. Others have made sly digs at KP in their writings when KP himself has no relevance to a story of a recovery from cancer.  David Lloyd’s latest effort on ESPNCricinfo after today’s events is another pretty poor effort.

The only sensible writing on the KP issue Yates has seen so far have come from George Dobell, Michael Holding and Sambit Bal.  Along with those writing for newspapers, many other former players talking about or writing about the game have singularly failed to provide any insight into the inner workings of the ECB top level management and the failures of Hugh Morris, Giles Clarke and David Collier.

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Tom Maynard

Everyone associated with Surrey cricket in any way cannot help but have been devastated at the sad news of Tom Maynard’s passing earlier today, aged 23.  Yates freely admits that he cried on and off for most of the afternoon, and there may still be more tears to come.

Many things struck Yates about Tom – his sense of honour, leaving Glamorgan after the removal of his father Matthew from his coaching role; his ability to belt the bad ball and many good balls to the boundary and his awesome power off the back foot. Yates had the pleasure of seeing a couple of his innings this season and marvelled at just how hard he could hit the ball.

To see Tom take guard at the crease was to see someone ready for battle.  Every shot he played had intent.  Yates is certain that had Tom not been taken from us, he would have played for England and become a Surrey legend.

Yates feels for Tom’s parents, Matthew and Sue.  Parents shouldn’t outlive their children and my thoughts are with them and with everyone at Surrey and Glamorgan CCC.  As mentioned on Twitter, this is the third such bereavement Surrey has suffered in the last fifteen years.

Please take time to read these other excellent pieces about Tom:

The Middle Stump

The Reverse Sweep

Surrey Cricket Blog

Rest in peace Tom.

ECB In Couldn’t Manage An Orgy In A Brothel Shocker

The news that KP has quit One Day International and T20 International cricket came as a bit of a surprise to Yates.  Yes, the ECB’s recent fining of KP for a relatively inoffensive tweet was pathetic, pedantic and shows how scared the ECB is of upsetting a major source of its income but may well have had more of an effect than many would have thought.

In his statement KP made it clear that he wanted to play in the upcoming World T20 tournament but that ECB rules prevent him from retiring from one of the limited over formats.  That the ECB seemed incapable of a sensible degree of flexibility and are happy to see KP quit begs the question just what kind of leaders do the ECB have.

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Surrey v Leeds/Bradford MCCU, 1st Day

The first day of the season for Surrey supporters saw the sunny weather of previous days disappear in favour of windier and far chillier conditions.  Fortunately the flask of hot Orange Barley Water served Yates well throughout a day which did little to offer any answers to the questions about Surrey’s batting order.

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The Season’s Here!

And about time too!  The sight of a sun-drenched Kia Oval outfield yesterday evening was truly a pleasure to behold, lowering the blood pressure and reminding Yates that it won’t be long before the County Championship starts.  Ah, the County Championship.  Where cricketers from England and all over the world have started, continued and completed their cricketing education, many going on to perform with honours and records at the highest level.

You know, the one that’s supposedly watched by a few men and their dogs.

Woof.

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What’s In Your Cricket Box?

Yates is getting twitchy.  The kind of twitchy that has him testing bowling actions in the empty canteen with an orange.  The kind of twitchy that comes from seeing Surrey CCC on his bank statement, showing that the upcoming season’s membership has been paid.  The kind of twitchy that comes from seeing @surreycricket’s photos and videos of pre-season training.

It won’t be long and the first games of the new cricket season will be upon us.  Yates has still to decide whether to drop by the University game at the Kia Oval but will be going to the first day of the County Championship season, the home game against Sussex.

As the weather can be somewhat variable – from freezing one’s nether regions off in the morning then by end of play having the start of a suntan – Yates is contemplating what will go in his cricket box this season:

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