The weird and wonderful places where cricket has been played.

The game of Cricket, unlike soccer, has not exactly spread its wings when it comes to having a global presence. Primarily, it is still considered a commonwealth sport, played and accepted only in the former B...

July 27, 2016

Battulga Gombo is on a one-man mission to bring cricket to Mongolia, and is now hoping to get the country noticed on the international stage.

The ground has been dug out and the seeds ordered. Battulga Gombo's dreams are finally about to come true. Ulaanbaatar is gettin...

May 13, 2016

A national judo star and an English accountant have joined forces in an unlikely quest to bring the game of cricket to one of the world's most remote nations

Battulga Gombo is a Mongolian judo hero, tall, powerfully built and with the slightly mangled ears that characte...

February 22, 2016

It was soon clear that there was nowhere I could sit in the small gymnasium at School No. 34 where I would be safe from flying balls.


At 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, 14 boys aged between 11 and 14 had dragged themselves out of bed from the surrounding ger district of...

January 23, 2016

AN accountant on distant shores is hoping to bowl over cricket fans in his native North Wiltshire as he tries to establish Mongolia’s first ever cricket pitch.

Chris Hurd, who was born in Swindon 38 years ago and fondly remembers playing cricket himself at East Kennet P...

October 28, 2015

Sir, You published a letter from me during the 2006 winter Ashes when I was in trouble for carrying a cricket ball up a Baker Street escalator. Your newspaper was sympathetic to my passion for the game, but others dubbed me the “Lethal Weapon Cricketer” and I moved to...

January 31, 2014

One of the first things that psychologist and park cricketer Doug Scott noticed about Mongolian teammate Battulgaa Gombo at the crease was that when a ball hit him, he did not flinch. ''They're a nation of herders,'' Scott said. ''They're tough people. Tough and strong...

November 30, 2012

Cricket and Mongolia are two things that have not been cited in the same sentence too often in the history of the world.

They will be yoked together more often from now on. Aminul Islam has been to Liaoning Province, neighbouring vast Mongolia, continuing his mission to...

Please reload

Featured Posts

2018 Marmot Umpire's Diary

April 22, 2018

1/2
Please reload

Recent Posts