Loss of ‘sacred squares’ and Champions League final TV shame
State school cricket’s demise
Scyld Berry’s article (Aug 19) makes a very good point about privately educated cricketers. When I first entered cricket as a player in 1962, I had made my way through a state school called Technical High Schools (now probably comprehensives) and then league cricket. We had a cricket square as good as any in league cricket and from April to July each form, of which there were 10, played cricket during games periods. Schools played each other and teachers voluntarily umpired in after-school matches.
These were the schools that provided the bulk of professional cricketers in later years. That started changing in the late Sixties and Seventies when, gradually, state schools stopped playing cricket. I pass my old school occasionally now, and there is no cricket square, which at one time was a sacred piece of grass. By the time I moved to Surrey in 1968 it was already clear more and more counties were relying on players coming via public schools, which had better facilities and special cricket masters. Jim Cumbes, Bowdon, Cheshire
Fans denied double treat
Not only did James Anderson take his 600th Test wicket this week but, on Wednesday, West Indian Dwayne Bravo became the first bowler in history to take 500 T20 wickets. He achieved this in the Caribbean Premier League in Trinidad. Such a pity that there were no spectators at either venue to savour the moments. Dave Alsop, Churchdown, Gloucestershire
Sky lingo hard to stomach
It would appear the latest buzzword among Sky Sports cricket commentators is “proactive”. Does this mean Sky now has a sponsorship deal with the manufacturers of a new yogurt-based drink? Michael Cross, Walsall
Uefa forgets Football Family
Are we the only country in Europe that does not show the final of the biggest club game in world football on terrestrial television, let alone extended highlights?
Uefa should hang its head in shame that the Champions League final is denied to millions of people without deep pockets. It seems the “Football Family” only exists if you can afford to join it. John Upton, Billingshurst, West Sussex
One leg better than two
Because of the virus the (later rounds) of Champions League matches were played on a knockout basis as opposed to the usual two-legged affair. As a consequence, the games have been far more exciting, with attacking play replacing the boring cat-and-mouse routine associated with home and away legs. I am sure the authorities will revert to the old system because it produces more revenue, but if they want the game played how it ought to be played they should copy the FA Cup format and make it a knockout tournament with extra time and penalties.
The games might be worth watching then. Mick Ferrie, Mawnan Smith, Cornwall
Maguire should say sorry
Whatever his feelings of injustice, it is hard to understand why Harry Maguire will not simply say sorry and thereby clear the way towards putting this unfortunate Greek incident behind him. It might thus quickly have been forgotten, but now he is likely to have this hanging over him for a long period. It is time for him to swallow his pride. Jon Berryman, Kendal, Cumbria
Landmark: Dwayne Bravo made cricket history in the T20 format