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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.

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The Somerset Affair

Somerset Affair

1986 And All That

Peter Roebuck



A Selection of Articles Written by Peter Roebuck

The Darkest Hour

16 April 2008. The mishandling of the Zimbabwe crisis is perhaps the most shameful chapter in the ICC’s history. Cricket has plunged into the darkest period in its history. Never can the game have so disgraced itself as it did at the most recent ICC meeting. Presented with an opportunity to confront the malign in […]

Made in Guyana

11 June 2008. Shivnarine Chanderpaul is a self-made man and player, shaped by circumstances and will, his technique not so much odd as original. Shivnarine Chanderpaul provides a notable counterpoint to the contemporary game. At once he is inimitable and timeless – no more a product of his period than a kitchen clock, and yet […]

A Sad Jolt to Much-loved Ground

29th January 2011. Eden Gardens is one of the game’s best loved grounds. In terms of fame and atmosphere Lord’s and the MCG stand as its only rivals. Every cricket player in every touring team yearns for the opportunity to play in that teaming amphitheatre with 100,000 Indians intently following every ball. To walk along […]

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.)

Cricket in the Parks

Act 2 Scene 3 – Cricket in the Parks There were many occasions when I watched from the boundary in the Parks in Oxford, when Peter was playing there. What I recall is how rude all the men were on those occasions when I wanted to send messages to him. I couldn’t speak to him […]

We Already Knew He Could Bat

Graeme Hick in 1988 by Peter Roebuck In 1895 one Archie MacLaren arrived in Taunton to meet a Somerset XI led by Sammy Woods, a local legend. Archie hadn’t faced any bowler over 14 years of age for five weeks, but his dad was in the crowd so he wanted to do well. Only by […]

All in a Day’s Work

Benson & Hedges Quarter Final at Taunton, 31st May 1989 Somerset and Combined Universities Somerset won by 3 runs. Nasser Hussain of Combined Universities was man of the match. Combined Universities won the toss and elected to field. Umpires: R Julian, B Dudleston. Scorers: D A Oldam, R May. Match Adjudicator: Mushtaq Mohammed. National Westminster […]

The Professor

by Peter Robinson It was in 1969 that the name of Peter Roebuck first came to my notice. Bill Andrews was County Coach and was always bringing in another Peter May or a Fred Trueman, this time it was the new Richie Benaud. Peter had taken his eye at school as a very promising leg […]

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