If/when Blowers goes for good, I hope they can get somebody sufficiently eccentric into it. When I describe cricket commentary to my non-sporting friends (i.e. most of them), it's Blowers' asides about buses and pigeons that I turn to. The commentary world needs characters more than it needs your media-honed Vaughans and Mitchells, and while I agree that Blowers is pretty much past it, I hope against hope that they can find somebody like him. But younger.
by StaggerBreaths9/13/2016 8:58:00 AM
I like Bloefeld, to be honest when I listen to cricket commentary nowadays i've got espncricinfo on at the same time so I can see the text about what's happening ball by ball, I listen to the commentary for the conversation inbetween, the discussions on various points that have happened thus far in the game rather than to understand exactly what's happened at that point in time
by Joe T Williams9/13/2016 8:59:01 AM
@stagger - really? I hope they find people who can tell me what's going on in the game. Ed Smith does it nicely. Swann and Tuffers can talk some rubbish if needed. The job of the play by play commentator should be to tell me what's going on - the colour guy / analyst can add the frippery. The best commentary I ever heard was when TalkSport covered a Windies tour - ignoring the adverts, the rest was pacy, crisp and focused
by PT10799/13/2016 9:01:04 AM
Table as it stands: Middlesex - 204, Yorkshire - 201, Somerset - 183. Middlesex likely to get 1-2 more batting points (would need to score 92 off 20.2 overs for 2 more batting points).
by petepineapple819/13/2016 9:03:48 AM
Yup really. I listen to it for entertainment. Arguably it should be the analyst who's there to analyse the cricket - the clue's in the name! Ed Smith, Swann, and Boycott all have a bit of character, but there's nobody quite like Blowers and I reckon that's a bad thing. If you want pure detail, as Joe says, you can read the Cricinfo live text, or watch it.
by StaggerBreaths9/13/2016 9:03:59 AM
I don't really mind which way round it is, but you need one serious commentator. Blofeld works when he's on with Marks or Boycott who actually describe the game, but next to Tuffers or Swann you've no idea what's happpening.
by NemoUKS9/13/2016 9:05:13 AM
I've seen one of my other great loves, videogames, have its journalism slowly become more and more devoid of personality, colour, and humour, becoming more corporate, dull, and drab. Would be a real shame if cricket commentary ever went the same way.
by StaggerBreaths9/13/2016 9:05:51 AM
I'm not sure anyone could accuse Norcross of being devoid of personality, colour and humour.
by NemoUKS9/13/2016 9:06:50 AM
Of course the best commentators can mix the two.
by StaggerBreaths9/13/2016 9:06:50 AM
I like Norcross, he's grand.
by StaggerBreaths9/13/2016 9:08:12 AM
Bad light yesterday, rain forecast today - God forbid they should start the match a little early...
by StaggerBreaths9/13/2016 9:15:13 AM
Who will be the first wicket to fall today?
by Yaacov9/13/2016 9:15:45 AM
Onions, leaving Durham stranded on four batting points.
by StaggerBreaths9/13/2016 9:16:54 AM
Adam Lyth just after tea when Somerset declare 450/1
by NemoUKS9/13/2016 9:17:12 AM
by NemoUKS9/13/2016 9:17:20 AM
I'll take that Nemo, means Middlesex should have racked up 600 or so. ;)