A Subjective History of Sports Writing

Merv Collins has a life-long love of quality sports writing. He lists his favourites. (You are all welcome to offer your own suggestions – Ed).

The Great Romantic: Cricket & the Golden Age of Neville Cardus

There’s nothing better than a fab cricket book to get stuck into! Col’s just finished reading a great book about the doyen of cricket commentators, Neville Cardus and the Golden Age of cricket which he thoroughly enjoyed. Check it out.

Round 3 – Brisbane v Port Adelaide: The View from the Royal Derby

Phil Hill now bases himself at The Royal Derby pub to watch the Brisbane Lions play. With like minded supporters, he was impressed by what he saw against the Power.

My blue tranny and “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, Those days of soda and pretzels and beer”

Here’s a story from a few years ago. Col reflects upon the impact of a small blue tranny during a period of change in his formative years in the 60s.

Almanac Cricket (Book Review): Stroke of Genius is a stroke of genius

Writer, sports historian and lover of words, Roy Hay, reviews Gideon Haigh’s Stroke of Genius and concludes it is THE cricket book to read this summer. He explains why it is so brilliant.

Blind, Deaf and Clueless: Morality and the LBW Decision

Phil Hilll’s playful account of an LBW decision invokes an olde worlde affectation of Neville Cardus. To make the point. It’s about ways of describing the way cricketers bat in deifferent parts of the world.