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Boris Gripper

Marriage, me, and the RSPB

by Constance Gripper
He was the golden boy of Hoggshire cricket at a time when regional greats abounded. These days Boris Gripper is a recovering addict in a viewless room at Green Fountain Sanatorium.
Friday, 25 November 2011

The I.T. Guy - the secret world of Ian Botham

Cricket legend Sir Ian Botham can lay claim to being the best all-rounder of all time. But that's not his only talent. Behind the scenes the Ashes hero has a reputation as the go-to-guy when computer problems strike. Ladies and gentleman ... meet I.T. Botham.
Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Lyn Seed as Miss Creant in the Walter Less classic Tease Ladies - the leading role turned down by Abigail Charming.

Sex, cricket and morali-tea

The great Sixploitation film maker Walter Less thought he had unearthed a new leading lady when he spotted an attractive young woman during a luncheon interval at Nettle Park Cricket Ground in 1977. Little did he know how principled the Nettles Green Cricket Club tea lady would prove to be.
Thursday, 18 November 2010

A Hoggshire Diary - September

Local league official Sid Byes continues his fascinating look at the day-to-day life of a provincial umpire. This month, a scandal rocks the normally tranquil world of Hoggshire cricket. Will things ever be the same again?
Tuesday, 12 October 2010

A Hoggshire Diary

In a brand new regular feature Hoggshire league umpire Sid Byes writes about the life of an ordinary everyday official at the very heart of local grassroots cricket.
Sunday, 8 August 2010

The strange case of umpire Billows

At least 50 members of the Marylebone Cricket Club submitted membership proposals for television personalities, notorious prisoners, and trade union officials, after falling under the hypnotic control of Ralph Robbins, 67, an umpire who until his recent capture was better known as the 'MCC Mesmeriser'.
Monday, 28 June 2010

"You've nicked it, son"

The inside story of The Metropolitan Police's 'Cricket Crimes Team' - the infamous 'Test Squad' - and the case that nearly broke them: The Umpire Ripper.
Friday, 30 April 2010

Life in a Day : Cricket Crimes Team

24 hours with Detective Sergeant Chris Hogg of the Cricket Crimes Team. It's another action packed day for DS Chris Hogg as he and his tireless team of officers fight cricket crime on the mean streets of London. Here, in his own words, he tells PDCC of the relentless battle against the people who think nothing of abusing the great game.
Friday, 30 April 2010

The Lowdown - Greig's Pastys

Tony Grieg is cricket's Mr Been-There-Done-That, but if there's one thing that has kept him going all these years, it's his love for a nice hot savoury. Here he tells PDCC about his favourite mouth-watering moments.
Friday, 30 April 2010

Bye-gones No. 4: Tiger comic

PDCC tells the story of how a boy's sporting adventure comic belatedly discovered cricket and launched a host of exciting characters to a generation of young readers.
Wednesday, 6 January 2010

MCC Million Years BC (1967)

There are few things in life more satisfying than blowing the dust off an old cricket related artefact that has been lost in the mist of time. This month we remember the film that time forgot - the dinosaur meets cricket epic - MCC Million Years BC.
Friday, 11 December 2009

Charity begins at Hove

PDCC is about to start a major new series on cricket's relationship with popular music - Rock and Bowl. As a taster we tell the story of one man's efforts to improve the lives of umpires everywhere through the power of song. Sir Bob Geldof stole the ideas - and the song - but he isn't bitter.
Friday, 6 November 2009

The Lowdown: Gatt's Spats

Former England and Middlesex cricket captain Mike Gatting had more than his fair share of arguments during his long career. Who can forget his finger-wagging stand up row with umpire Shakoor Rana during a heated test match 1987? In this PDCC exclusive Gatt sheds new light on some of his most notorious ding dongs.
Friday, 23 October 2009

"I am not an animal": The secret cricketing life of the Elephant Man

John Merrick's biographers portray him as a victim of Victorian prejudice but was that really the case? New research paints a different picture: a canny all-rounder and the founder of modern umpiring. PDCC investigates the strange case of the Elephant Man.
Friday, 2 October 2009

Bye-gones No. 3: Illingworth

From the seventies onwards Michael Parkinson was the undisputed chat show king - fighting off fierce competition from competitors like Aspel, Wogan, Harty and ... Illingworth. PDCC remembers how attempts to turn Raymond Illingworth from a gritty cricket captain into a talk show host floundered under half a ton of ostrich feathers.
Friday, 25 September 2009

Bye-gones No. 2: Flat Jack (1988-89)

This week we get our collars felt by burly Lancs detective 'Flat' Jack Simmons of the Cricket Investigations Department - one of television's greatest crime fighters and most frugal off spinners. PDCC raids the vaults for another long forgotten cricketing classic.
Friday, 8 May 2009

Disappointing deaths and cheap imports tarnish Kolpak image

As the number of recently purchased Kolpaks to die during pre-season this year rises to four, professional cricket clubs in Britain face renewed criticism over the continued importation of low quality non-England-qualified players. PDCC's resident sleuth
Friday, 17 April 2009

The Lowdown - Daffy's ducks

The Lowdown - Daffy's ducks

In a 20 year career of international and county cricket Phillip De Freitas managed to combine the rigours of life on the professional circuit with a secret second career - as an international wildfowl expert. He tells PDCC about his top three favourite web-footed friends.
Friday, 27 March 2009

The Lowdown - Dusty's Bins

Geoff 'Dusty' Miller is a man of many talents: all rounder, Chairman of Selectors, after dinner speaker. He is also one of the game's foremost experts on sports ground waste management systems. He gives us the Lowdown on his favourite cricketing bins.
Wednesday, 4 March 2009

PDCC Cricket Book of the Year Award 2008

We have thanklessly read all of the cricket books published in 2008 to decide which should win the coveted PDCC Cricket Book of the Year Award. The winner is an old favourite that sent shock waves through the sport. Read on ...
Thursday, 1 January 2009

Left on the shelf: good news for all cricket fans

It's a jungle out there for new magazines. So why is one publisher unleashing not one, but four, new cricket titles at the same time? PDCC talks to the man behind Gatt World.
Friday, 5 December 2008

Penes se esse Lords incendo

Of mice and umpires

Misunderstood match official and entertainer John the Umpire takes time out from his gruelling winter schedule to translate his new album Lab Mice - Parts I-VII into Modern English.
Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Gift ideas for cricket fans

PDCC looks at the best of the newly released cricket DVDs and picks out the best of an intriguing bunch.
Saturday, 22 November 2008

Funn's Final Frontier

Britain's last cricket comedian Dickie Funn has taken his final bow. PDCC met up with him to reflect upon the highs and lows of a less than glittering career.
Sunday, 9 November 2008

The Lowdown - November 2008

This week we get up close and personal with two of cricket's biggest names and ask ex-Derbyshire legend Fred Swarbrook and England hard man Brian Close to tell us what's rocking their iPods.
Friday, 7 November 2008

Brinkley House: Can it be saved?

When an old cricketer leaves the crease

The threat of closure looms large for the world's only retirement home for cricketers. It's a safe haven for those in need but for how much longer? PDCC spends a day at threatened Brinkley House.
Thursday, 9 October 2008

Darren 'The Dazzler' Gough might have hung up his bowling boots but he is determined that his unique system for targeting the opposition will live on.

The Bard of Barnsley

He terrorised batsmen all over the world for nearly two decades, but as he bows out of the game Darren Gough reveals the secrets of his success.
Saturday, 4 October 2008

Who Dares Wins

The truth about cricket's involvement in the 1980 Iranian Embassy Siege. New documents give a surprising new twist to the most famous snooker interruption of them all. PDCC meets one of the men who cheated death to save the hostages.
Monday, 15 September 2008

Mad about Surrey

As Surrey stumble from one disaster to another cricket fans across the country are cracking up - not with laughter - but with mentalism.
Saturday, 13 September 2008

A Paucity of Reality

1997: Cool Britannia, New Labour, The Spice Girls, ... and the formation of The Pleasant Dinners Cricket Club. Well at least something good came out of that year!
Monday, 8 September 2008

Constant's Convoy

How one umpire's struggles in the heat of the summer of 76 led to a worldwide chart smash.
Wednesday, 20 August 2008

A young Arthur Pickwicket in his first film <em>Umpire Of The Empire</em>

The Forgotten Man of British Cinema

PDCC Arts Correspondent Meerkat Ali looks back on the life and career of the erstwhile hero of British cinema, Arthur Pickwicket.
Sunday, 20 July 2008

Del Boycs: Luvvly Jubbly

Stars In Their Eyes - the strange world of the cricket look-a-likes

Chris Hogg leans back in his expensive leather armchair and lights an impressive looking cigar with a rolled up £50 note. It's been another good day at Hogg Artistes Ltd.
Sunday, 22 June 2008