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Old 17th March 2007, 14:19   #21
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David Lloyd commentated on the Sri Lanka v Bermuda game the other day. Gower, Slater and Willis are in the studio for Sky, I doubt they will do any commentary. I'm surprised Channel 9 are only covering the super 8s onwards
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Old 17th March 2007, 15:27   #22
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why is Cullinan there? he is pure drivel.

why not AD?

is there anybody from Kenya at all?
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Old 19th March 2007, 00:43   #23
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David Lloyd commentated on the Sri Lanka v Bermuda game the other day. Gower, Slater and Willis are in the studio for Sky, I doubt they will do any commentary. I'm surprised Channel 9 are only covering the super 8s onwards
It should be stressed, however, that the studio occupied by Gower et al is actually on a beach in the Caribbean, although some people think this is just the magic of CGI.
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Old 19th March 2007, 01:26   #24
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It should be stressed, however, that the studio occupied by Gower et al is actually on a beach in the Caribbean, although some people think this is just the magic of CGI.
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Old 23rd March 2007, 15:28   #25
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why is Cullinan there? he is pure drivel.

why not AD?

is there anybody from Kenya at all?
I believe Derek Pringle is there for the written press.

And who is the commentator on the Ind v SL game now? Jayawardene charges done the track and smacks Khan over cover point for 4 - "Not a convincing shot". That after displaying disbelief when an LBW decision 6 inches down legside was given not out. Shocking.
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Old 25th March 2007, 23:33   #26
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It's an ill-wind...

BBC Five Live and TMS have been spreading their forces thinly around the Caribbean, aiming to get their best commentators at the best games, although Arlo White appears to be at far too many. In the same way that they deal with domestic matches in the English summer, lesser cricket journalists get posted to venues where the games aren't getting full coverage. And so it was that Alison Mitchell fetched up in Jamaica, first of all being given the chance to commentate on the closing moments of the Pakistan-Ireland match, with Ireland's sensational win. And then she just happened to be at the team hotel and was there to report on the biggest story of all. I expect Arlo is still cursing. Alison also did some reporting back to Five Live in news reports but I notice that this was not good enough for Five Live and they have now sent their own news reporter Lesley Ashmall to the scene.

Sorry to sound cynical but I know that even in the midst of tragedy there are careers to be made in journalism. Well, especially in the midst of tragedy, to be more accurate.
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Old 26th March 2007, 10:38   #27
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Alison Mitchell has come across well on her brief appearances, I thought.
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Old 27th March 2007, 12:19   #28
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And who is the commentator on the Ind v SL game now? Jayawardene charges done the track and smacks Khan over cover point for 4 - "Not a convincing shot". That after displaying disbelief when an LBW decision 6 inches down legside was given not out. Shocking.
I think it may have been the truly awful * Ranjit Fernando, who also roared "great shot" as Agarkar made contact with the ball, before noticing that he'd hit it straight up in the air. Mind you, he's still better than Darryl Cullinan.

* caveat: I don't know if English is his first language. I'll be more forgiving if it isn't.
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Old 27th March 2007, 12:29   #29
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I think it may have been the truly awful * Ranjit Fernando, who also roared "great shot" as Agarkar made contact with the ball, before noticing that he'd hit it straight up in the air. Mind you, he's still better than Darryl Cullinan.

* caveat: I don't know if English is his first language. I'll be more forgiving if it isn't.
Almost certainly not, probably Sinhalese. As for the 'studio' I think Bob Willis is actually quite a decent summariser because he is actually the most cutting and objective, compared to his monotone rambling in the commentary box.

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Old 27th March 2007, 12:55   #30
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Almost certainly not, probably Sinhalese. As for the 'studio' I think Bob Willis is actually quite a decent summariser because he is actually the most cutting and objective, compared to his monotone rambling in the commentary box.

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I agree with you, I actually quite enjoy Willis as a studio summariser. Certainly far more than his often Trueman-esque ranting when on commentary duties. Could also say the same about Paul Allott.
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Old 27th March 2007, 13:37   #31
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I agree with you, I actually quite enjoy Willis as a studio summariser. Certainly far more than his often Trueman-esque ranting when on commentary duties.
One of the highlights of the winter was Willis looking straight at the camera after the Second Ashes Test and asking the question "How many balls did Ashley Giles turn?" whilst forming a big 0 with his thumb and index finger. It summed up the mood of the nation.
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Alison Mitchell has come across well on her brief appearances, I thought.
I agree, and I think she will enjoy a higher status in future.
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One of the highlights of the winter was Willis looking straight at the camera after the Second Ashes Test and asking the question "How many balls did Ashley Giles turn?" whilst forming a big 0 with his thumb and index finger. It summed up the mood of the nation.
Haha, Willis is really great like that. Its almost like he addressing you personally telling you exactly what you're already thinking. Yes Bob yes, we all nod our heads, we agree Bob.
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Good old Bob. It was great when he berated a squirming David Graveney in the Sky studio after we'd lost the Ashes, he just about summed up the mood of the nation.
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Old 27th March 2007, 19:55   #36
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Slightly off topic maybe, I find the BBC web site over-by-over commentary simply awful. If I wanted to listen to a comedian, I'd tune into Prime Minister's question time or Bush's weekly Message to the Nation or whatever he calls it. But from a so-called commentary, I expect professional cricket commentary, not schoolboy larking around with a keyboard.
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Old 27th March 2007, 20:04   #37
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Slightly off topic maybe, I find the BBC web site over-by-over commentary simply awful. If I wanted to listen to a comedian, I'd tune into Prime Minister's question time or Bush's weekly Message to the Nation or whatever he calls it. But from a so-called commentary, I expect professional cricket commentary, not schoolboy larking around with a keyboard.
I don't mind it - it seems to be a valid attempt at recreating the TMS vibe - lots of interaction from the readers, a bit of humour and some cricket updates laced in. For where the ball pitched and how it was played, cricinfo has already got that base covered. Some do seem to be trying a bit too hard to be funny for the sake of it, though - most likely aspiring young journalists trying to stand out from their peers, with varying success.
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Old 27th March 2007, 20:12   #38
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I don't expect cricinfo style detail Mahfuz, but rather over by over description, key decisions, atmosphere, captaincy, tensions, scuffles etc, all the stuff you can't gage from cricinfo. The humouor is very English, and I agree the attempt is too forced.

The Ramadin-ading-dong comment was the one that finally lost my patience, if I had a stick and an arm six-thousand miles long, the writer of that piece would have felt a strong thwack on the back of his neck!
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Old 27th March 2007, 20:16   #39
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Oval, was this you?

"Ben Dirs: How have you got a job when you come out with 'Ramdin-a-ding-dong'? It's really not funny. Just report on the cricket, rather than boring us with your poor humour."
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I think it may have been the truly awful * Ranjit Fernando, who also roared "great shot" as Agarkar made contact with the ball, before noticing that he'd hit it straight up in the air. Mind you, he's still better than Darryl Cullinan.

* caveat: I don't know if English is his first language. I'll be more forgiving if it isn't.
Cullinan is bloody ridiculous and i can't see why on earth who decided to put him there, Supersport certainly has better commentators available for example Alan Donald.

Theres a few guys i would have in there such as Jeremy Coney but they have a decent mix and i don't really mind Mark Nichlas.
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