Cricket history, cricket book & film reviews and cricket "miscellaneous".
Reverse Swept Radio 131 - A Cricket Podcast
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: A Zimbabwean great and a Zimbabwean prodigy; and Cricinfo's countdown of the greatest balls of the 21st century
"As America decides its next President, welcome to the podcast which hopes the US doesn't need a super over."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (7'15): The history of the Lord's bell
"We're a podcast for everyone, amateur campanologists included."
THE REVIEW (17'10): On Cricket by Mike Brearley (published 2018)
"He considers himself responsible for two rule changes... Brearley abused the rule that you get five runs if the ball hits a helmet, by placing it all over the field to tempt 'parsimonious Yorkshiremen'."
Recorded on 6 November 2020
Reverse Swept Radio 130 - A Cricket Podcast
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Spotting Jack Russell and his easel, and Jason Gillespie leaves England
"For me, there's always a terror of being inane. Clearly the good people of Kew had no such qualms."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (8'10): The accidental captain - the curious tale of Major Nigel Bennett
"How far did the misunderstanding actually go? Well, it went far enough that he captained Surrey for the entire 1946 season."
THE REVIEW (17'30): Beyond the Boundary (Netflix / ICC)
"I daresay that we're not the target audience."
Recorded on 10 October 2020
Reverse Swept Radio 129 - A Cricket Podcast
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: A return to village cricket, and England and Australia deal with pressure
"I mourned the loss of the red velvet cake."
THE INTERVIEW (08'10): Craig Dodson, author of A View of Australia from Fine Leg
"I played with a lot of people in isolated areas. They talked about cricket being their one opportunity to break that isolation: cricket has such a vital role to play to connect society."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (19'00): Ditchling v Afghanistan
"The Ditchling side was depleted after some wives and girlfriends refused to allow their partners to enter a warzone."
THE REVIEW (27'20): Botham - The Legend of 81
"We all want to believe that a Botham can turn up, and light the world up a little bit."
Recorded on 13 September 2020
Reverse Swept Radio 128 - A Cricket Podcast
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: A reverse sweep gone (horribly) wrong, and the fate of Dawid Malan
"He ends up trying to play the shot on all fours. Which is never ideal for a batsman."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (07'30): The Fusarium Test
"I thought it would be quite fun to play horticultural Miss Marple."
THE REVIEW (19'45): Original Spin - Vic Marks
"We never say this about a book we review, but it could have been a bit longer."
Recorded on 16 August 2020
Reverse Swept Radio 127 - A Cricket Podcast
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Stokes going the extra mile, and Sky's coverage of BLM
"By the end of the second test, Stokes was in such a bad state - mostly because of Joe Root's belief in giving him 11-over spells."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (07'30): Smokers vs Non-Smokers
"To amass 803 suggests a degree of bloody-minded ruthlessness not quite in keeping with the occasion."
THE REVIEW (17'20): Calling the Shots podcast - Dan Norcross and Adam Collins
"The key thing I learnt was that there was nothing inevitable about cricket commentary's success."
Recorded on 26 July 2020
Reverse Swept Radio 126 - A Cricket Podcast
THE TEN MINUTE FORTNIGHT: Watching the 1984 England v West Indies test at Lord's, and the importance of Vikram Solanki's apppointment as Surrey's Coach
"Maybe we should spend more time delving into the archives than keeping up with the latest game."
FROM THE ARCHIVES (09'15): The Cricket Match at Sidmouth by David Jones
"I thought that was a wheelbarrow, but it's definitely a cannon. Encouragingly pointing away from the field."
THE REVIEW (19'35): The Great Romantic - Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus by Duncan Hamilton
"Here was a man who proudly proclaimed that he was the son of a prostitute. And yet he also wanted to be a member of an exclusive London club that bought into the traditions of social niceties."
Recorded on 28 June 2020
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Cricket podcast for the intelligent listener
I really like this cricket podcast as it assumes their listeners are intelligent and well read.
It’s by two friends who now find themselves living on opposite sides of the world. The podcasts are largely timeless as they rarely talk about contemporary issues. This means that there are 129something shows to which you can binge listen.
The podcast always has two features:
1. From The Archives - where one of them researches a theme and provides some sort of analysis (eg getting out handled the ball)
2. They review and synthesize a book or Programme review (eg, the last timeless test)
If you like a cerebral approach, this may be the podcast for you.
I don’t know anything about cricket, but I know great podcasts
As a dumb American, the only thing I know about cricket is that it can last for days. That being said, I love this podcast. The hosts are engaging (love the accents) and very fun. Highly recommend.