Cricket history, cricket book & film reviews and cricket "miscellaneous".
Reverse Swept Radio 154:
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: an update from Lord's and England annihilate the Netherlands
"As someone who has today had champagne sprayed over my back, my feelings are now rather more nuanced. The behaviour at Lord's may not be better, but the product dumped on you is certainly of a higher calibre."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (7'40): When a captain sent his fastest bowler from the field
"Something exploded inside me. I couldn't go on. All I wanted to do was get off the pitch."
THE REVIEW (15'20): The Ball that Changed Cricket (2018, SevenPlus)
"The laconic Kim Hughes comes up with one of the best lines I've heard: 'Built like Tarzan, bats like Jane'."
Recorded on 24th June 2022
Reverse Swept Radio 153: watching baseball, Andrew Symonds at the 2003 World Cup
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: watching baseball, and Bangladesh host Sri Lanka
"The first pitch of the game was sent straight into the stands for a home run. That raised my and my wife's sense of what normal drama would be in baseball. It turned out to be very rare."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (12'00): Andrew Symonds at the 2003 World Cup
"There must be a psychological credit to Symonds: you come in knowing that if you don't score there's the next player waiting, and scoring under those circumstances is difficult."
THE REVIEW (22'40): The Test by Nathan Leamon
"Cricket is lacking in fiction compared to other sports, and this is a rare attempt to take on top level cricket in fiction - and it's done really well."
Recorded on 29th May 2022
Reverse Swept Radio 152: Root’s resignation, the Sir Walter Lawrence Trophy, and the Hollywood Cricket Club
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: all change at the top for English cricket
"Many of us fans are attracted to the idea of the specialist captain."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (9'30): The Sir Walter Lawrence Trophy
"For Sir Walter, his money was well spent: his legacy has been preserved by this trophy, while it's hard to find out much else about him other than the description of 'master builder'."
THE REVIEW (19'15): Howzat for Hollywood (BBC Sounds)
"If you were a British actor in Hollywood at the time, and you got the message from Aubrey-Smith, you were pretty well obliged to play."
Recorded on 18 April 2022
Reverse Swept Radio 151: remembering Warne, the most expensive over in first class cricket, and Frith on Archie Jackson
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: how best to remember Shane Warne, and a cricket-inspired name for a new member of the Reverse Swept Radio family
"In 40 years time they'll say that he was named after three West Indian greats, and then defined the name Chadd as the finest English opener the 21st century has seen."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (8'30): The most expensive over ever bowled in first-class cricket
"After all, the whole thing was a complete waste of time: they could have played out the draw and still won the title."
THE REVIEW (18'25): Archie Jackson: Cricket's Tragic Genius by David Frith
"There is reference to the late cut as his classy trademark shot, while often with stylish cricketers we go straight for the drive."
Recorded on 15 March 2022
RSR150: The new Warne documentary, the most consecutive Test maidens, and Marnus’ homemade spin kit
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Marnus Labuschagne prepares for the subcontinent, and Toby takes a rare catch as keeper
"I remember a player reverse sweeping in a village game, and the keeper was so offended by the reverse sweep that he gave the batsman an uncharacteristic send off."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (8'50): The most consecutive test maidens ever
"Many of the team were suffering from what The Times rather wonderfully described as 'internal misfortunes'."
THE REVIEW (17'15): Shane: The King of Spin
"If you have never heard of Shane Warne, we would heartily recommend this film."
Recorded on 22 February 2022
Reverse Swept Radio 149 - A Cricket Podcast
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: The county fixture list is published, and falling back in love with cricket thanks to the women's Ashes
"In the next episode of Reverse Swept Radio, we'll be providing advice on the best way to cook a cricket ball."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (8'30): When Alastair Cook and James Anderson played darts
"Maybe this moment at Ally Pally can be credited with rescuing the career of one of England's greatest ever batsman."
THE REVIEW (18'45): Who Only Cricket Know by David Woodhouse
"We read lots of books that we enjoy, but this is a book that matters: what it says about cricket, about the politics and history of the time, and about writing."
Recorded on 1 February 2022
Informative, interesting and funny. Excellent for cricket fans
Whilst I may not know a lot about cricket, these guys are providing an entertaining education. Put them on your subscription list. You won't regret it!
A proper cricket show, for proper cricket fans
A topical, insightful look at the world of cricket that I would recommend to any cricket fan out there. This is fan-based punditry at its best!
Andy and Toby seem willing to discuss anything and everything the world of cricket can bowl at them, from the debates and arguments surrounding the Kevin Pietersen 'Text-Gate' saga, to the history of the 'box' and cricketing teas, as well as plenty of commentary on Test matches and the IPL. They know their stuff and debates are opinionated, informative, and often humorous.
I am a particular fan of the cricketing history that the two of them seem to dig up for each episode.
Definitely worth checking out!