Middlesex off-spinner Ollie Rayner has bid farewell to the professional game following his release from the London club.
Rayner claimed 313 First Class wickets and flirted with England selection but it wasn’t to be. He was also there or there abouts with Germany’s international side.
There certainly seems to have been a degree of animosity regarding his exit but the impression of Rayner remains that he was steady and reliable but only very occasionally spectacular.
He was an integral part of a County Championship winning outfit and as well as those 313 wickets chalked up two First Class tons. A career with pen (Or keyboard) in hand may await the thirty-four-year-old.
Please click on the links below to find some cricket themed book and film recommendations. Maybe you can get your safe slip hands on the books from eBay and possibly download the films from Netflix or Amazon Prime etc.
It was my intention to post an audiocast but technical issues mean that we’ll have to content ourselves with the written word.
Firstly, I hope that everybody is well. Please stay safe and adhere to the appropriate advice. It isn’t always easy dependent on your employer but I hope that financially and health wise you’re all able to survive.
There will be little cricket this year. Recreational cricket will have to pass which will be of great frustration to many. Please try and stay positive. As for watching and following the professional game then maybe some short form cricket at the back end of the summer is as much as we can optimistically hope for. Whether or not travelling to these matches will be safe and practical for fans is a difficult question. This ‘thing’ isn’t just going to blow over. For the ECB and their Hundred baby that will be of grave concern!
I’ve stalled on Cricket 19. I’m halfway through a Test match as France but a mid-match patch, little children, work and the weather have all impeded my progress/enjoyment. I’ll try and round it off soon and post the details… it could be interesting!
Now is surely the time to read some cricket books and watch some films. Please refer to the relevant tabs at the top right of my blog for recommendations (Menu & Widgets-Home-Batting Order-Select Category).
England’s cricketers have returned from Sri Lanka and rightly so. If they’d stayed in Sri Lanka there’s no guarantee that they’d be able to get home at the conclusion of the tour. They may have spouses, dependents, children and elderly family who need their support. They can’t possibly have been expected to focus on cricket even if young healthy families are perceived to be at less risk. I myself have a child who is high risk and many people seem to be making misguided assumptions about who are and who aren’t vulnerable. England’s cricketers have a nice life but already spend enough time in hotels. To have been locked up in one with their families in England and no travel authorised just couldn’t have been allowed to happen.
As for The Hundred, the ECB will be worried!
Fingers crossed that cricket like society in general can recover soon.
It’s the end of an era for Telegraph Fantasy Cricket!
The official line is that the demand just isn’t there, that interest in the county game has fallen so much that the competition isn’t sustainable/viable. I can’t help but think that the new structure of the domestic game, what with The Hundred and player availability (Or lack of) across four different competitions, will have made it quite complex for the Telegraph to create a fair competition.
It’s a shame because I really enjoyed it and you did need to use some nous but it’s over and out for TFF!
Meanwhile I’ve logged into CricketXI (www.cricketxi.com) but there’s currently no sign of any English cricket on there either. We’ll have to wait and see if it’s bitten the dust too or just not up and running yet. The county campaign commences on 19th April 2020 so there’s still time?!
The Hundred, which let’s face it, is coming, will bring with it… Cricket Attax!
I’ve always said that these are the sort of things, like they have in football, that are what we need in order to peak children’s interest in cricket. Whilst first and foremost providing fun, the cards and game require some mathematical application so are, as a result… educational!
The Hundred might not be everybody’s cup of tea but it’s coming, some of it will be on free to air TV and it’ll bring Cricket Attax with it!