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Peter Roebuck

Peter Roebuck 1956-2011

This website is dedicated to the memory of Peter Roebuck, the finest cricket writer and commentator of his generation.

Biography of Peter Roebuck



Cricket radio commentary



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The Somerset Affair

Somerset Affair

1986 And All That

Peter Roebuck



A Selection of Articles Written by Peter Roebuck

African Counterparts Need to Make Stand at Cup

Mar 16, 2007: Unless cricket prospers in Africa it will soon resemble an antiquated game reserved for enthusiasts on two continents and hardy souls elsewhere. Australian mining companies have noticed that Africa’s potential remains untapped. Around the world immigrant communities from the continent are starting to escape from their ghettos to make their mark in […]

Dhoni Plays it Straight

12 November 2008. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a forthright, straightforward cricketer unburdened by the baggage that generally accompanies a man onto the field, thereby restricting his outlook. At once he is intelligent and simple, aggressive and canny, tough and respectful. He did not come to cricket as a youthful dreamer but as a young street […]

India V Australia 2003

Jan 1, 2005: Dravid and Laxman New Targets  No longer is Sachin Tendulkar the prized scalp in the Indian batting order. Given a choice of batsmen in the opposing line-up to remove cheaply, the Australians would name Rahul Dravid and V.V.S Laxman. It is quite a change because Tendulkar has been highly regarded downunder ever since […]

Peter Roebuck wrote regularly for several newspapers and cricketing publications, including ESPN Cricinfo, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Hindu and The Cricketer. You can read many of his articles on this website.

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Memories and Stories of Peter Roebuck

Peter Roebuck’s family, friends and colleagues have written their memories and stories of him. Read about his time as a child, at school and university, through to his cricketing, writing and commentating career. Also included here are articles and stories written by Peter Roebuck and others for his Benefit Year Brochure at Somerset CCC in 1990. (Four random articles are shown here.)

SCCC The Great Team

Act 3 Scene 2 – The Great Team Peter bought a small house in Monkton Heathfield which became his base. It was just outside Taunton, a convenient 30 minutes’ drive from Street. He could easily slip home, and his family could easily visit him. It was also handy for the Somerset County Cricket Ground. He […]

Why they never get bored keeping score at the WACA

by Peter Roebuck View of the historic manually operated scoreboard at the WACA Ground, Perth, Australia. Photo credit: Bahnfrend. “Umpires out,” a voice called from the rafters below. Ron is on his toes. Ron is a silent fellow dressed in working clothes and he’s as alert as a cat. “Players out,” he called a few minutes […]

Roebuck the Demon Bowler

by Peter Roebuck Towards the end of May Somerset cricketers sat around in their dressing room awaiting the team talk which was to be delivered by Mr Christopher Tavaré, a monkish fellow who had earlier in his career served as a model for the painter Mr Lowry. This Tavaré was regarded as a pretty sane […]

Peter Roebuck’s email of the 1986 Somerset EGM at Shepton Mallet

On the 7th anniversary of Peter’s death on 12th November 2011, his account of the infamous Shepton Mallet meeting in 1986 to a journalist is now published below alongside his Diary of events beforehand to complete his account. The Diary is also published on this site: 1986 And All That. The email address of Ivo Tennant, the journalist […]

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