The Independent: The ECB’s 100-ball propaganda target betrays a worrying mindset

Women are at the heart of driving innovation in cricket – they are not being deterred from it because it is too difficult to understand

I was seven years old when I learnt the cub scout motto: be prepared. It seemed simple enough – a concept which any kid, or mum, might easily embrace. It is worrying therefore that the England and Wales Cricket Board’s most recent proposals, to make “cricket as simple as possible” so that even “mums and kids” might understand it, appears to be lacking in this most basic of areas – preparation.

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The Cricketer: Inside Cricket Podcast – The English Season

The Cricketer: Inside Cricket Podcast – The English Season
The Cricketer magazine
9 April 2018

Simon Hughes and Simon Mann are joined by Jack Brooks and Isabelle Westbury to preview the domestic season and ask if there is ball tampering in county cricket.

The Cricketer: Club scene – Clubbed together or miles apart?

Isabelle Westbury compares the English recreational game with its Australian counterpart, with the help of Daniel Bell-Drummond of Kent and The Grade Cricketer’s Sam Perry

During an Ashes series, every aspect of English and Australian life becomes a fevered competition, from how imaginative the crowd chants are, to who serves the best coffee*. As predictably as Nathan Lyon taking Moeen Ali’s wicket, every level of cricket in each country is scrutinised, often becoming the saviour of, or scapegoat for, a series win or loss. This time county cricket bore the brunt, its bloated 18-team set-up deemed inferior to the She eld Shield, which is played between just six states. inevitably club cricket, the next layer down, is also dissected – and compared. for many young english county players, grade cricket, the highest form of club cricket in each australian state, is a rite of passage. it is an opportunity to play bruising cricket in a warm climate at a standard often compared to some of the second division county teams.

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Wisden Cricket Monthly: County cricket – the answer to, not the reason for, England’s troubles?

The extent to which county cricket is clearly ignored by pundits and decision-makers is damning, says Isabelle Westbury.

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All Out Cricket: Generation veneration – county cricket’s vintage blend

2017 has been a vintage year for vintage talents. From Trott’s trio of Championship tons to Sanga’s sumptuous sign-off, old stagers have graced county cricket this term. But what keeps them coming back for more, long after the international lights have gone out?

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The Cricket Paper: Behind the scenes – women in county cricket

The business of sport is dominated by men.” Clare Connor, director of England women’s cricket at the ECB and the only female member of the ICC’s Cricket Committee, wasn’t spouting feminist opinion when she made this statement, merely a simple truth. The Women’s World Cup is just around the corner and with reports of record ticket sales, the state of the women’s game on the pitch is arguably in a healthier state than ever before. But what of those off it?

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The Nightwatchman: County Cricket – A stepping stone or a graveyard?

The Nightwatchman – The Wisden Cricket Quarterly

Issue 13 – Spring 2016

The Nightwatchman is a quarterly collection of essays and long-form articles and is available in print and e-book formats.

“A stepping stone or a graveyard?” I was asked of women’s county cricket not so long ago. In the past I would instantly retort that it was just one rung below the international fold, the gap not so big as many imagined. Increasingly scepticism has seeped in. The introduction of the Super League this summer might – perhaps – just bridge the growing divide.