The best thing about Chesney Hughes’ 270 not out for Derbyshire

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The best thing about Chesney Hughes’ 270 is that it brings some smashing first names to prominence. A Chesney is always worth celebrating, but it gets better than that.

Chesney Hughes is from Anguilla. He was advised to come to England by a man with one of the finest names in history. His mentor is none other than Cardigan Connor.

It may sound like a nickname for an Irishman with a penchant for knitwear, but it isn’t. Cardigan Connor bowled seam for Hampshire and took 614 first-class wickets. More importantly, he gives rise to quotes such as:

“I’ve been speaking to Cardigan at every interval.”

You’ve got to love someone who can so effortlessly make other people sound demented.


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  1. “A Chesney is always worth celebrating…”

    Are you hoping to initiate the term “a Chesney” as one of those hip slang terms for a number/money.

    “A Lady” for a fiver, “an Ayrton” for £10, “a Commodore” for £15, “a score” for £20, “a pony” for £25, “a bullseye” for £50, “a pigeon” for £60, “a bill” for £100, “a Chesney” for £270, “a monkey for £500…

    It’s good, KC, it’s very good in fact. Not sure how often I’ll be using it personally, but still it’s good.

    1. Back in the day Cardigan was only loved by old ladies and was seen as quite unfashionable. Now he seems to be enjoying something of a retro comeback.

  2. Joe Root now has back-to-back hundreds and both involved running out Phil Jacques for an ordinary score.

    Root is such a powerful Ashes weapon, not only does he score runs but he also forces Australians to cock up through magic.

    1. I like the blue one. That red one is not only putrid, but it brings back horrible memories of getting duffed up 6-1 by the Aussies in 2009.

    2. It looks particularly wrong on Cook, like someone’s put him in the washing machine with a red sock.

      Also it appears that he is posing next to a tiny set of stumps.

      One for KC’s much neglected “lies about pictures” section, methinks.

      Sorry about that “methinks”. Not sure why that happened.

  3. Cook: “I’m doing three nights of lambing this week, and I’m on again tonight … You’re alone, just you and the dog, and it’s always good to have time on your own … I think a lot when I’m on my own – and much of it is about cricket … It felt good to do something no Englishman has done before.”

    This is sensational stuff.

  4. I used to work with an old lady from anguilla. she said cardigan Connor was her son. she did have a different surname but you wouldn’t make it up would you??.

  5. This morning I received an e-mail from Amazon at my real identity trying to sell me an album by Kenny Chesney

    I had never heard of this gentleman, although it transpires he is a country singer, married to Renée Zellweger.

    I was planning on sounding off about Amazon connecting my activities so invasively, even sending e-mail in circumstances they claim they don’t do, when I read my e-mail more carefully.

    Apparently they carefully chose the real me for that e-mail because the real me bought a Luke Bryan album through Amazon last year, which I must admit is true.

    Yogi Berra famously said that “some things are just too coincidental to be coincidences”. I’m not sure how I feel about this Chesney one.

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