Proteas in England

Tired of staid commentary?

2012-08-16 10:11
Test Match Sofa (File)
You know the feeling. You are stuck in the office, so desperate to follow the cricket at Lord's that you can't bear to leave Cricinfo live scoring for more than a few seconds at a time.

There is another option for the cricket tragic these days. Test Match Sofa gives you the chance not too miss a ball. An internet commentary service that covers every England cricket match, they have been on the air since the Ashes in 2009.

Dan Norcross and a revolving cast of male and female characters never miss a ball even when they argue who has to make the next beer run. Funny and lighthearted, even chaotic at times, the Sofa is never boring.

Thousands of fans have turning to them instead of the more staid broadcasters on radio and TV.

Of course they are biased. They are a bunch of English cricket fans after all and want their team to do well, but that is half the fun. We all like to go and read the English newspapers after a thumping South African win. This is like a live version of that.

The Sofa have been lucky to broadcast an England team covered in glory the last few years, but they are actually at their best when England are losing.

They do have a particular hate for Graeme Smith's batting technique. It was glorious to listen to their commentary of the Oval Test. Not only did they have to describe every ball of Hashim Amla's brilliant 311, but every Smith work through mid-wicket was like a knife through the heart for the Sofa-folk.

So if you are up for some fun, and lots of wailing about the absence of Kevin Pietersen, give a try during the Test this weekend.

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