Other Shades of Green

I was born and brought up in south-west London, but have lived in and around Exeter, in Devon, since the early 1990s.

I have spent large parts of my life watching sport at such famous venues as Lord’s, Twickenham, Cardiff Arms Park, the Millennium Stadium, Parc des Princes, the Stade de France, Fenway Park, Lansdowne Road, Murrayfield, Kingsholm, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the San Siro, Newlands, Wimbledon and Wembley.  These days, depending on the time of year, I can usually be found on the Fortfield at Sidmouth, at the County Ground in Taunton, at Cheltenham College, at Lord’s, or at Sandy Park, home of the Exeter Chiefs.

I have been writing for many years.   Mostly about cricket, but also about rugby union, and more recently about other experiences, including some of the periods I spent travelling independently in Europe and America in the late 1980s.

My cricket writing has appeared in The Cricket Statistician, The Journal of the Cricket Society, The Cricketer International, Cricket Lore, and in a range of specialist historical journals, as well as on ESPN Cricinfo.  In 2012 I was the inaugural winner of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack cricket writing competition, and my winning piece, South African Time, appeared in the 2013 edition of the Almanack.  Since 2015 I have been writing the annual review of cricket blogs for Wisden.

Since 2006 I have been writing the cricket blog Different Shades of Green.  My favourite pieces from it are reproduced here, along with some other writings from a range of sources and periods in my life.

For their encouragement and assistance over the years, special thanks are due to Lawrence Booth, Robert Brooke, the late Dudley Doust, Andrew Hignell, Richard Hill, Jon Hotten, Patrick Kidd, William le Breton, Will Luke, the late Christopher Martin-Jenkins, David Mutton, Clive Porter, Nick Slough, Chris Smith, John Stockwell and SB Tang, as well as many other people that I’m bound to have forgotten.

In case anyone is wondering, the photo above was taken by me from the seats in front of the Lord’s pavilion during the Test between England and Pakistan in July 2006.  Ian Bell, on the way to an unbeaten hundred, is showing the maker’s name to Shahid Afridi, with Steve Bucknor adjudicating at the bowler’s end.


Brian Carpenter