Tino Best cups his balls in his left hand

Bowled on 22nd February, 2012 at 10:18 by
Category: Photos

Head back, eyes closes - what's he thinking?

A ‘balls’ joke.

You can tell we’re on holiday.

9 Appeals

Watch the bail, Ricky

Bowled on 21st February, 2012 at 10:18 by
Category: Photos, Ricky Ponting

As most of you know, this site uses pictures taken by Sarah Ansell. While perusing her site last week, we found this beauty:

Ricky Ponting watches the bail

We like the way the ball is behind his head.

As a batsman, it’s never good to have the ball behind your head. This is never more true than when it has arrived there via the stumps.

18 Appeals

Mark Butcher with scissors and a cup of tea

Bowled on 22nd December, 2011 at 09:58 by
Category: Photos

Not at the same time – that would be MENTAL.

Here he is with the scissors:

Nervous looking balloons being threatened by an ex-cricketer

And here he is with a cup of tea:

Good technique from Butcher there

If you’re wondering what’s going on here, our correspondent said that Mark was at “some sort of thing”.

15 Appeals

A cricket sign

Bowled on 9th May, 2011 at 20:28 by
Category: Photos

Ne says: “I saw this.”

Some sort of cricket sign

We asked where it was taken.

He said: “In Cardiff. I think.”

We asked if he had anything else to add.

Ne added that it was taken “in a park”.

8 Appeals

Some horror involving Alec Stewart

Bowled on 28th April, 2011 at 09:55 by
Category: Photos

Alec Stewart horrifies


“Discretionary wealth managers JM Finn & Co have appointed legendary former England wicket keeper Alec Stewart as their brand ambassador.”

And another tiny piece of all of us dies.

28 Appeals

Cricket photography action shots

Bowled on 10th November, 2010 at 11:45 by
Category: Photos

Rob Steen has written a great piece for Cricinfo about the generally sorry state of cricket photography. Basically, a lot of the agency people couldn’t give a toss about cricket and reaction shots are an easy way to get something vaguely usable.

Steen mentions the highly regarded Patrick Eagar as someone who gets good shots because he actually gives a shit about what he’s doing. This, to us, seems to be the key.

Friend of the site Sarah Comma Canterbury is another with the necessary enthusiasm. What was a hobby has led to her becoming an official photographer for Kent, which is the way these things should work in our opinion.

Her site does feature reaction shots, because reaction shots aren’t intrinsically bad, but it also features a lot of action shots.

Try and be smaller

One thing you will realise, if you look through her stuff for any length of time, is that she has an uncanny knack for capturing the moment at which a batsman’s stumps go wonky.

A good straight bat rewarded

We like the picture below. You wonder how the ball’s got where it is, but if you follow Darren Stevens’ gaze, you realise.

Ideally, batsmen should prevent this happening

We also like this one because we’re struck by the sinews and the spindly legs.

You can see why people worry when he falls over

Agency photographers may have technical qualifications, but they lack one vital quality. Sarah simply takes pictures of what interests her. Most cricket fans want to see the same things, only we’re all shit at photography.

18 Appeals

Robert Key and his health and safety wisdom

Bowled on 28th September, 2010 at 13:17 by
Category: Photos, Rob Key

Sarah Comma Canterbury sent us these, ‘hot off the camera card’.

Ian Botham could learn a hell of a lot from this:

Highly visible and his whole head is safe and secure

Where Botham removed his helmet and opted for a low-visibility tabard, Rob Key has got everything right.

Rob Key is better than Ian Botham in every conceivable way. Can Rob do anything wrong?

Totally inappropriate shoddery - won't somebody think of the metatarsals

The answer is yes.

That is totally inappropriate footwear for a building site. What if someone were to drop a piece of scaffolding on his foot?

17 Appeals

Evil Monty Panesar improves his bowling figures

Bowled on 27th September, 2010 at 10:20 by
Category: Monty Panesar, Photos

No, Monty! Say it hasn’t come to this.

Monty Panesar's deviousness knows no bounds

In a desperate bid to advance his case for England inclusion, Monty Panesar has been reduced to tampering with scoreboards.

2-20 sounds so much better than 2-120.

4 Appeals


Bowled on 25th August, 2010 at 13:37 by
Category: Photos

Well played

What more can you say?

16 Appeals

Andrew Strauss and Mike Gatting have a go at painting

Bowled on 21st May, 2010 at 09:41 by
Category: Andrew Strauss, Mike Gatting, Photos

Not Michael Vaughan style painting. DIY style painting. We all know how rubbish cricketers are when it comes to DIY.

Andrew Strauss probably gets a man in to load the next toilet roll.

And then one rinses one's brush in the moat?

He doesn’t even know which way he’s supposed to face.

At least he’s pointing the brush the right way though.

Just have a few practice brushstrokes in the nets

Someone rotate that man through 180 degrees and tell him to carry on.

9 Appeals
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