The Nightwatchman: Cricket for all colours

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The Nightwatchman – The Wisden Cricket Quarterly

Issue 21 – Spring 2018

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

Isabelle Westbury asks whether the game is undergoing a cultural shift.

Nearly 30 years on British Asians have still not been fully accepted into English cricket. However, the next 18 months offer an excellent opportunity for change – a chance to build on the events of last year: Pakistan’s victory over India in the Champions Trophy and India’s bold run in the Women’s World Cup. With the India and Pakistan men’s teams touring the UK this summer, and a World Cup to follow in 2019, more subcontinental cricket is coming to these shores than ever before. What more can be done to ensure that cricket in this country really is a game for everyone who lives here – including the three million South Asians who make up almost five per cent of the population?


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

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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.

Wisden Cricket Monthly: My Golden Summer – 2009

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Tales & treasures from cricket’s glorious past

Isabelle Westbury
The cricket broadcaster and former Middlesex captain on a summer which marked a turning point in cricket’s balance of power, and the year she turned English

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

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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?

Sky News: Women’s Ashes – Kia Super League season can build on World Cup momentum

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If the Women’s World Cup left you wanting more drama then look no further than the Kia Super League, which returns on Thursday, says Isabelle Westbury…

Kiki Logan – guest report: ICC Women’s World Cup – England v India, 26 June 2017

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Kiki Logan is a 14-year-old pupil from Sussex. She is a keen, and perceptive, follower of the game – not only does she play cricket at school, but she writes about it too. This is her first match report, in which she covers the opening game of the ICC Women’s World Cup between England and India in Derby.