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Barry Pateman

Growing up in Yorkshire Barry idolised the likes of Jimmy Binks, Doug Padgett, Phil Sharpe, Freddie Truman and Vic Wilson. He played cricket and avidly read cricket books. A major influence in his thinking about cricket was John Arlott.- both for Arlott’s obvious love of the game’s hard working professionals from the county circuit, as well as its stars, and Arlott’s belief that cricket could never exist in a vacuum and should not ignore the world beyond the gates of the cricket ground. This has meant Barry often being disappointed but his love for the game has never wavered, if his love for cricket commentators has. He worked as an archivist, editor, researcher and teacher at UC Berkeley in California before arriving in New Zealand in 2012. For the last three years he has volunteered at the NZ Cricket Museum spending much of his time cataloguing and arranging the Library there. He helped research the Museum’s tribute to some of the New Zealand representative players who took part in World War One and hopes to extend that research. He also writes the occasional blog for the Museum and can often be found muttering to himself in the back office as he catalogues some book that is meant to be “funny.” One day he hopes to write an appreciation of all the trees that have been slaughtered to produce books on “the humour of cricket”.

Here We Are Now, Entertain Us; Part 1

We go to cricket, now, to be entertained - especially of course at T20 level. Watching the closing stages of the Women’s Big Bash League you couldn’t fail to be impressed by the...

Review: Dawn of the Golden Weather

There can be no doubt of the impressive achievements of the New Zealand Cricket team during the 1980s. Their home performances against the powerful West Indies in 1980 and 1987, the first Test...

Shadows On The Grass

On what turned out to be the final day of the New Zealand versus West Indies Test match at the Basin Reserve, I was cataloguing material in the library of the New Zealand...
Skipper's Diary

Review: The Skipper’s Diary

The New Zealand cricket team that toured England in 1949 was the fourth New Zealand team to do so. It would be fair to suggest that the previous three tours had not been...
Harry Graham

Review: Harry Graham, The Little Dasher

  In his poem, Gerontion, TS Eliot writes “History has many cunning passages” and the truth of that can be seen if we apply it to the history of writing on cricket. Especially when...
Tingling Catch

The Poetry of Cricket: Part Two

This is a fascinating anthology that has been very well put together by Mark Pirie. It’s divided into various categories and nearly all of them contain poetry of considerable merit and reflect an...