African and Asian WCLQ; Associate and Affiliate Cricket Podcast
Russell Degnan

The regional World Cricket League qualifiers continue with tournaments in several continents. Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) joins Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) to talk about that and the recent ICC meeting. The African (0:20) and Asian (4:00) qualifiers turned up some surprises, good finishes and horrid mismatches, while the EAP women's T20 qualifier (10:50) was a tournament of two halves. There were also matches against England for Ireland's men's and women's teams (12:15). The ICC meeting is covered in depth with discussion of the governance changes and potential impact on affiliates (16:40), the ongoing discussion of playing structure (21:40), investment in China (24:15) and the decision to recommend expulsion of USACA (26:00). There was also news about the Asian and Commonwealth Games (31:40), and changes abound in Hong Kong (36:05). Finally we preview the World Cricket League Division 3 to be played in Uganda (38:10).

Direct Download Running Time 41min. Music from Martin Solveig, "Big in Japan"

The associate and affiliate cricket podcast is an attempt to expand coverage of associate tournaments by obtaining local knowledge of the relevant nations. If you have or intend to go to a tournament at associate level - men`s women`s, ICC, unaffiliated - then please get in touch in the comments or by email.

Idle Summers 11th May, 2017 00:39:57   [#] [0 comments] 

WCL and I-Cup; Associate and Affiliate Cricket Podcast
Russell Degnan

Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) joins Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) to chat about the recent matches in the World Cricket League Championship and the Intercontinental Cup. Split series between Kenya and Nepal (0:20) and PNG and UAE (2:30) have set up an interesting finish to the tournament. In the I-Cup Afghanistan thrashed Ireland in the latest setback for the European side (6:30) and PNG's disappointing tour of the UAE continued (11:50) with another loss. The ACC emerging nations tournament was another success for Afghanistan (14:30), this time for their B side. In news (or not), the Hong Blitz was a stunning success (17:20), USACA is belligerent (21:20), and the ICC has political problems (26:30). The Africa WCL qualifier was being played as we recorded (30:00), and the Asian qualifier will shortly follow (32:40) as will the EAP women's T20 qualifier (34:40).

Direct Download Running Time 36min. Music from Martin Solveig, "Big in Japan"

The associate and affiliate cricket podcast is an attempt to expand coverage of associate tournaments by obtaining local knowledge of the relevant nations. If you have or intend to go to a tournament at associate level - men`s women`s, ICC, unaffiliated - then please get in touch in the comments or by email.

Idle Summers 15th April, 2017 18:09:27   [#] [0 comments] 

ICC Governance Changes; Associate and Affiliate Cricket Podcast
Russell Degnan

A wealth of cricket to cover in this episode. Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) joins Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) to catch up on the last month of events starting with the East Asia Pacific (0:20) and Americas WCL qualifiers (5:40). The Women's World Cup qualifier was played without associate success, but Ireland did make the super six (8:00). Hong Kong's fascinating matchup with Netherlands is also covered (11:40) along with Irish, UAE and Afghan ODI matches (19:42). We discuss the results of the last ICC meeting in depth, covering the governance reforms (23:10), membership (28:10) tournament structures (36:00), and player eligibility (54:15) as well as the latest on USACA and CAN (59:40). There is also news of ACC sub-regional tournaments, associate players taking opportunities elsewhere, the Hong Kong Blitz (1:02:50) and previews of the upcoming I-Cup and WCL matches, and a potential tournament in the Americas (1:05:55).

Direct Download Running Time 76min. Music from Martin Solveig, "Big in Japan"

The associate and affiliate cricket podcast is an attempt to expand coverage of associate tournaments by obtaining local knowledge of the relevant nations. If you have or intend to go to a tournament at associate level - men`s women`s, ICC, unaffiliated - then please get in touch in the comments or by email.

Idle Summers 8th March, 2017 23:15:23   [#] [0 comments] 

Desert T20 review, Women's WC Qualifier Preview
Russell Degnan

The associate and affiliate cricket podcast begins its fifth year much as it ended with Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) and Russell Degnan (@idlesummers). The Desert T20 is featured (0:20) with a full wrap of the eight teams involved, and the tri-series that followed (12:50). We touch briefly on the ICC Americas team playing in the West Indies (14:40), the ICC development meeting (15:10), the WBBL (19:05). There are several previews: of the Women's ODI world cup qualifier (20:35) and the prospects for Ireland, Scotland, PNG and Thailand; of the EAP WCL qualifer (24:50); and of the WCL and I-Cup matches between Hong Kong and the Netherlands (28:45).

Direct Download Running Time 32min. Music from Martin Solveig, "Big in Japan"

The associate and affiliate cricket podcast is an attempt to expand coverage of associate tournaments by obtaining local knowledge of the relevant nations. If you have or intend to go to a tournament at associate level - men`s women`s, ICC, unaffiliated - then please get in touch in the comments or by email.

Idle Summers 13th February, 2017 22:44:00   [#] [0 comments] 

End of Year Review; Associate and Affiliate Cricket Podcast
Russell Degnan

For the now traditional end of year review, Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) and Russell Degnan (@idlesummers) are joined by journalist Tim Wigmore (@timwig_cricket). We begin with various themes from the year, including the lack of associate cricket, particularly at lower levels (5:40); the gradual rise in streaming and the state of communications (10:40); and the continual leak of players away from associate cricket (15:50). We cover some "bests" of the year, including male player(s) (21:40), young male player(s) (23:45), female (25:10), team(s) (26:40) and moments (38:40). And we look forward with some optimism to next year (43:00) both for the potential changes in ICC structures, the tournaments that will conclude or be played and the ICC's strategy for promoting associate cricket (49:00). As well as that, the recent women's international T20 tournament in the UAE (0:30), along with Afghanistan's tour of the same are discussed (2:00), and there is some news from Uganda (1:00:00).

Direct Download Running Time 63min. Music from Martin Solveig, "Big in Japan"

The associate and affiliate cricket podcast is an attempt to expand coverage of associate tournaments by obtaining local knowledge of the relevant nations. If you have or intend to go to a tournament at associate level - men`s women`s, ICC, unaffiliated - then please get in touch in the comments or by email.

Idle Summers 28th December, 2016 23:09:56   [#] [0 comments]