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.


The Grade Cricketer: Don’t Touch It! with Steve O’Keefe

Podcasts, Radio, Sport

The Grade Cricketer: Don’t Touch It! with Steve O’Keefe
Fox Sports Australia
Episode 34
19 January 2018

There may be a post-Ashes lull in the Australian summer, but that doesn’t stop us recording the longest show of all time. Stick with it though, as Steve O’Keefe walks us through everything from under 10s rejection to a 12-for in Pune, and everything in between. Isabelle Westbury goes a few more rounds with us and explains the Stokes affray thing, and Andrew Walton from MyCricket joins to celebrate 10 years and explain why he killed the art (science?) of lying in cricket

The Grade Cricketer: Club Presidents, with James Sutherland

Podcasts, Radio, Sport

The Grade Cricketer: Club Presidents, with James Sutherland
Fox Sports Australia
15 November 2017

BBC Commentator Isabelle Westbury joins and destroys us, and we talk with special guest – Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland, who covers the future of Test cricket, Stokes, and getting sledged on the weekend with – in his words – “MOU Banter”.