Miles Reucroft

Miles Reucroft

I edit The Cricket Blog, a website for ramblings and unusual stories around the world of cricket, including the odd rant. Okay, mostly ranting. A cathartic experience for its contributors, if not always its readers!

Arsenal’s empire needs a new emperor

Sport News 24/7 All empires crumble. Just ask the Romans, Ottomans and British; all good things come to an end. And so it is proving at the Emirates Stadium, where one man’s kingdom is crumbling around him. Like King Cnut, Arsene Wenger is finding that he cannot hold back the...

Alastair Cook gets his final decision just right

Sport News 24/7 It could feasibly have happened at any point over the past three years. Following England’s harrowing Ashes whitewash in Australia in 2013/14, the captaincy of Alastair Cook has been open to debate. Quite how he survived the cull that took place after that disastrous tour is beyond...

FA Cup consumed by its own magic

Sport News 24/7 Was the Fourth Round a classic in the annals of FA Cup history? Two non-league sides made it into the Fifth Round hat for the first time this century and lower league sides were toppling their supposed superiors across the board. Magic of the Cup, innit? Not...

The Leeds United love affair with a loanee

Sport News 24/7 The loan system in football is the sporting equivalent of a one night stand: an oft fleeting embrace that fills a void for a moment in time, before dissipating into nothing but a memory. Every now and again, however, it can lead to something special. Talking about...

How Monk Turned Around Leeds

Sport News 24/7 We’re through the first week of December and Leeds United still have the same manager at the helm as they did in August – that tells you all you need to know about how well Leeds are faring under Garry Monk. The form of the side at...

Clueless Cook Spearheads England’s Capitulation

Sport News 24/7 Every now and then you see a moment of brilliance on a sporting field. Temba Bavuma’s run out of Dave Warner, Ben Stokes’s catch(es), that Tony Yeboah goal against Liverpool… and Wimbledon, Ayrton Senna’s lap of Donnington in 1993. I could go on, but everyone has seen...

Test Cricket – More Exciting Than Ever?

Sport News 24/7 It’s a drum that former England batsman turned pundit, Geoffrey Boycott has been banging for a while now – Test cricket should be reduced from five days to four. It seems an unlikely opinion from one of the game’s traditionalists, but the pace of evolution, if not...

Monk’s Mission

Sport News 24/7 It’s not every season that Leeds United reach the second international break of the season with the same manager in situ as started the season. Well, it’s not every season under Massimo Cellino’s stewardship that they do, anyway. In that regard, phase one of Garry Monk’s mission...

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