67 episodes

Cricket authors (and obsessives) Peter Oborne and Richard Heller have launched a new podcast to help deprived listeners endure a world without cricket. They will chat regularly about cricket topics – hoping to keep a good line and length but with occasional wides into other subjects.

Oborne & Heller on Cricket Peter Oborne, Richard Heller

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Cricket authors (and obsessives) Peter Oborne and Richard Heller have launched a new podcast to help deprived listeners endure a world without cricket. They will chat regularly about cricket topics – hoping to keep a good line and length but with occasional wides into other subjects.

    A great umpire raises his finger against discrimination in cricket

    A great umpire raises his finger against discrimination in cricket

    After a first-class career as a pace bowler for Hampshire, John Holder became one of England’s finest umpires. He was a popular expert on Test Match Special and the regular Observer newspaper feature “You Are The Umpire.” On the first-class list from 1983 to 2009 , he joined the Test panel in 1988 and after only a handful of matches was chosen to be one of the first “third-country” Test umpires for a dramatic series between Pakistan and India. But his Test career was interrupted without explanation for ten years after his report on a controversial home Test match. As the latest guest of Peter Oborne and Richard Heller in their cricket-themed podcast he explains why, years after retirement, he brought a legal action against the England and Wales Cricket Board not only for himself but also to ventilate racial discrimination issues in English cricket.  In Peter’s absence in Pakistan, author and broadcaster Mihir Bose takes over at the Pavilion End.

    Read the full description here: https://chiswickcalendar.co.uk/episode-67-a-great-umpire-raises-his-finger-against-discrimination-in-cricket/

    Get in contact by emailing obornehellercricket@outlook.com

    • 51 min
    England’s most incisive cricket writer, George Dobell, who never forgets the fans

    England’s most incisive cricket writer, George Dobell, who never forgets the fans

    George Dobell, chief correspondent of Cricinfo but not for much longer, is one of the most independent, incisive and informed cricket writers in Britain. Never a captive of the cricket Establishment or a champion of any interest except everyday cricket fans, he has broken or developed some of the biggest stories in English cricket. He brings unique insights as the first guest of Peter Oborne and Richard Heller in their new season of cricket-themed podcasts.

    Read the full description here: https://chiswickcalendar.co.uk/episode-66-englands-most-incisive-cricket-writer-george-dobell-who-never-forgets-the-fans/

    Get in contact by emailing obornehellercricket@outlook.com

    • 54 min
    Painful testimonies of racism shake the culture of denial of apartheid in South African cricket

    Painful testimonies of racism shake the culture of denial of apartheid in South African cricket

    In recent months, South Africa has been rocked by the testimonies from black players of the isolation, hostility and outright racial abuse they have encountered playing in first-class and international cricket. Two expert South African cricket broadcasters and authors, Mo Allie and Aslam Khota, relay these stories and their impact as the guests of Peter Oborne and Richard Heller on their latest cricket-themed podcast.

    Read the full description here: https://chiswickcalendar.co.uk/episode-65-painful-testimonies-of-racism-shake-the-culture-of-denial-of-apartheid-in-south-african-cricket/

    Get in contact by emailing obornehellercricket@outlook.com

    • 58 min
    Who needs the Hundred when Two Hundred Parents Start Playing Cricket?

    Who needs the Hundred when Two Hundred Parents Start Playing Cricket?

    Annie Chave is the founder and editor of County Cricket Matters magazine and a regular contributor to Guerilla Cricket. Rob Eastaway is a writer, lecturer and cricket-lover who produced a clear and witty book explaining cricket’s mysteries called What Is A Googly? as well as several explaining the mathematics behind such everyday mysteries as why buses arrive in threes. They are joint trustees of a new charity called the Googly Fund which supports adult recreational cricket. They describe its origins, purpose and successes as the latest guests of Peter Oborne and Richard Heller in their cricket-themed podcast. In Peter’s unavoidable absence, Roger Alton replaces him as co-host.

    Read the full description here: https://chiswickcalendar.co.uk/episode-64-who-needs-the-hundred-when-two-hundred-parents-start-playing-cricket/

    Get in contact by emailing obornehellercricket@outlook.com

    • 55 min
    South African cricket – still haunted by its unacknowledged legacy of white supremacy

    South African cricket – still haunted by its unacknowledged legacy of white supremacy

    Former first-class cricketer and leading historian André Odendaal has made it his personal mission to reconstruct the true story of South African cricket from its beginnings. He reveals more of the black, mixed-race and Asian-descent players  whose talents and achievements were suppressed and for whom opportunity was denied by South Africa’s white rulers and cricket administrators. He suggests that South Africa is at last coming to acknowledge the deep poisoned legacy of white supremacy, as a returning guest of Peter Oborne and Richard Heller in their latest cricket-themed podcast.

    Read the full description here: https://chiswickcalendar.co.uk/episode-63-south-african-cricket-still-haunted-by-its-unacknowledged-legacy-of-white-supremacy/

    Get in contact by emailing obornehellercricket@outlook.com

    • 56 min
    Lonsdale Skinner: a cricket career blighted by racism

    Lonsdale Skinner: a cricket career blighted by racism

    Lonsdale Skinner was Surrey’s wicketkeeper-batsman in the early 1970s and also played cricket in the same role for his native Guyana in the West Indies. Since 2013, he has been chairman of the African Caribbean Cricket Association which campaigns for fair treatment and greater representation of African Caribbean people throughout English cricket. As guest of Peter Oborne and Richard Heller on their cricket-themed podcast he gives powerful first-hand testimony of the impact of the racism he encountered in his English cricket career and expresses his deep scepticism over official efforts to overcome enduring discrimination and prejudice.

    Read the full description and response from the ECB here: https://chiswickcalendar.co.uk/episode-62-lonsdale-skinner-a-cricket-career-blighted-by-racism/

    Get in contact by emailing obornehellercricket@outlook.com

    • 39 min

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3 Ratings

harry b11 ,

Just about perfect

Osborne and Heller both have gorgeous radio voices and a total command of the language. They love and know cricket but understand CLR James’ dictum that ‘what do they know of cricket who only cricket know?’ Excellent guests whom they know how to bring the best out of.

I found the Peter Hain episode deeply moving: just old enough to remember the fuss in the background but no sense at all of what hain went through until hearing that episode (then reading his book). (It made me proud of my own tiny role fighting for divestment on the campus of a private us university in the eighties).

But every episode teaches us something new. I want to spend some days at some county matches sitting with my 81 year old dad and our mate Bob watching joyfully and listening to these chaps in the car and during the breaks. (Normally we discuss education policy!).

Anyway. Outstanding. Another gift that the pandemic has brought. (Alongside antique dust and teaching in person on an otherwise deserted campus!)

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