How the committee have been keeping themselves busy in lockdown

It’s been a whirlwind few months, and it’s not escaped anyone’s notice that the start of the amateur and professional cricket season has been and gone without the sound of leather on willow. But, cricket is now in the horizon – international cricket is either imminent – or ongoing, or been and gone, depending on when you are reading this – and the county game, and the amateur game is surely just around the corner.

As we countdown to that return, the committee has been reflecting on how they’ve kept cricket-sane during lockdown. From podcasts to quizzes to highlights, here is a flavour of what we’ve been up to – to whet your appetite for the cricket to come.

Let us know if you have any to add to the list!

The podcast

First up, the award-winning “loosely cricket-based podcast” from Radio 1 presenter Greg James, former Maccabees guitarist Felix White, and the greatest seam bowler of all time, James Anderson.

Issy Wong: Inaugural WIPL Winner Tailenders

Felix manages to grab an exclusive interview with WIPL winner – and Tailender – Issy Wong just before she jumped on a plane back home. Plus, The Hundred draft, Mattchin has a new game – which surprisingly doesn’t appear to have been stolen from an existing format – and with the clocks going forward everyone is beginning to get excited about the summer.
  1. Issy Wong: Inaugural WIPL Winner
  2. Palladium Pandemonium
  3. It Didn’t Go Wellington
  4. The Greatest Bilateral Bowling Partnership Of All Time
  5. Sunday night, Monday morning

The magazine

Our cricketing magazine of choice? The independent voice of cricket: Wisden. On top of releasing their annual Almanacks, they also release Wisden Monthly – this month they compiled the 50 greatest moments in County Cricket history.

Other editions feature the future of English batting, an expose on England’s fastest bowler ever Mark Wood, and the battle for the future of 5-day Test cricket.

Visit the website to get it (also available on Kindle!)

The quiz

Now the first wave of over-quizzing has come and gone, we’ve written our own unique 20 question quiz, full of questions from the world of cricket and various SCC records.

The committee record is currently sitting at:

Muddy Waters – 73%

Can you beat him?

The 2019 highlights

Looking back on the incredible 2019 summer of cricket, the committee have pulled out their favourites from the England Cricket YouTube channel:

Ben Stokes’ final day at Headingley

Every time Stuart Broad got David Warner out in The Ashes!

England Women rack up a record 205-run win vs West Indies

The World Cup Final

The documentary

Our final recommendation is the No Boundaries documentary, following the incredible journeys of incredible cricketers: Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Eoin Morgan, Kate Cross, Katherine Brunt and more.