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Cricket for everyone – your friendly guide to the world's strangest sport. Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins combine match analysis with irreverence, politics and cricket history as they follow the game they love around the world and run in-depth interviews with guests. You can support the show at patreon.com/thefinalword.
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Cricket for everyone – your friendly guide to the world's strangest sport. Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins combine match analysis with irreverence, politics and cricket history as they follow the game they love around the world and run in-depth interviews with guests. You can support the show at patreon.com/thefinalword.
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    Story Time 73 – On the discovery of yet another Marsh

    Story Time 73 – On the discovery of yet another Marsh

    It's Story Time, our weekly walk through cricket history via your listener quiz challenges. This week, a partially hidden Marsh whose work we have never touched on before. Not Jack, Geoff, Rod, Mitchell or Shaun. Also, back to Betty Wilson and Una Paisley, a visit to Brisbane's combination Lord Mayor and pitch curator, and Wasim in the pub in Manchester.
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    6.04 - Jeffrey Gabriel
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    4.14 - Sam Ashworth
    1.51 - Brendan Legg
    6.28 - Declan Lawlor
     
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    How the ICC screwed Thailand

    How the ICC screwed Thailand

    Season 11, Ep 7: With a new COVID variant causing panic in the ranks, the ICC cancelled its Women's World Cup qualifier that was underway in Zimbabwe. But there will be no rescheduling, just the promotion of countries that already sit at the top of the tree. Andrew Nixon joins the show to explain how Thailand, in particular, have been dudded. Also this week: the WBBL final, Ashes selections, and New Zealand hold off India in a classic Test.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Story Time 72 – Laurie Nash and the hat-trick ball

    Story Time 72 – Laurie Nash and the hat-trick ball

    It's Story Time, our weekly walk through cricket history via your listener quiz challenges. This week, Daniel Norcross joins the show once again as Adam (read, Winnie) deals with jetlag, allowing the show to start with World War II and take a wintry perambulation through the fields of Daniel's imagination. We have some splendid parts of the story of Laurie Nash, the feats of two direct-hit specialists at cover, another peer through the smoky haze at Dion Nash, and the history of the Tamworth Big Golden Guitar. Plus, New Zealand's special secret...
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    4.18 - Ed and Jamo
     
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Taking apart the Tim Paine story - with Daniel Brettig

    Taking apart the Tim Paine story - with Daniel Brettig

    Season 11, Ep 6: There was one main story this week: another Australian captain resigning, claims and counterclaims, and a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation. We sit down with The Age's Daniel Brettig to find some more clarity in the tale. Also this week: Nerd Pledge is back, the WBBL finals, Amanda Wellington for Australia, the Shield, and a new chief exec at the ICC.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Story Time 71 – Oversized shorts and a filthy polo

    Story Time 71 – Oversized shorts and a filthy polo

    It's Story Time, our weekly walk through cricket history via your listener quiz challenges. Back from the hospital, stitched up and ready to run, here is the second part of our Revisits Only show to clean the slate before launching into the Australian summer. Adam is on a plane to Australia, Geoff will head to Brisbane shortly. And this episode was recorded before Tim Paine fell to an ill-advised stroke, so you won't hear about that here. You will hear about some other moments of impulsiveness, a debut rearguard, a first date made possible by Adam Gilchrist, and one of the most spiteful series ever played that is massively underrated in the shithousery stakes. As well, of course, as a very special night in Canberra.
    Featuring Nerd Pledge revisits for:
    13.90 – Anthony Radford
    1.80 - Chris Clarke
    3.18 - Thilo Fob
    4.60 - Robert Dinsbury Dinsey
    6.26 - Jack Firth
    2.00 - Jack Frantz
    4.60 - Michael Fallon
    2.43 - Simon Ward
    1.54 - Shane Fagg
    2.36 - Keiron Costello
    3.83 - Jayaprakash
     
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    The day Azeem Rafiq testified - with Taha Hashim and Nikesh Rughani

    The day Azeem Rafiq testified - with Taha Hashim and Nikesh Rughani

    Season 11, Ep 5: Few bigger weeks for the show to return: this was the week when Azeem Rafiq's testimony to a parliamentary hearing shook cricket in the UK, after years of him reporting racist conduct as a player at Yorkshire have been dismissed and covered up. It was an extraordinary moment of truth. The ramifications may be felt more widely than in one country. To take us through the story we have Taha Hashim, the journalist who first interviewed Rafiq about his treatment, as well as broadcaster and former player Nikesh Rughani.
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    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

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A Good 14 ,

Hands down the best cricket podcast

Geoff and Adam are simply the best when it comes to talking all things cricket... with the occasional Australian cultural reference thrown in for more mirth.

Ochtapas ,

Love the podcast, small suggestion.

This is one of my favorite cricket podcasts. Very insightful and super funny. One small suggestion is that you could devote a couple of minutes each podcast or perhaps every other podcast providing some explanations for us that are new-ish to the game. Cricket is a game that has such a steep learning curve, and beautifully odd terminology, that I think this would help to grow the fan base for the game, particularly here in the US. Specially useful would be information on the state of the pitch, and why it matters, as well as bowling lengths and lines. For instance, a mini-lesson on the state of the pitch could have been sneaked in during the discussion of whether Australia should have batted first on the first day of the fifth test at the Oval. Obviously you don’t want to spend too much time and bore the knowledgeable listeners, but just a couple of minutes would do.

Pulv30 ,

Very good stuff!

I love their cricket podcasts. Two very good, knowledgeable, and astute minds of the game. They bring the game in a different way, Adam has done work in politics while Geoff was prolific in poetry. This new perspective is fantastic to listen to. They never say anything without good reason, and they are unbiased. I love the longer version, and I love the daily pods. I enjoy the interviews a lot because I can go back when I’m bored and listen to Harsha Bhogle, or Davey Warner, or Ian Chappell. They seem to put a lot of thought into their words and that’s what I enjoy!

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