Tony Bishop

Tony Bishop

A former middle-order batsman whose innings were noted for aggression and brevity more than Dravidian limpet-like resistance, cut him and he bleeds Middlesex (and Watford - doctors are baffled).

Our Head of Marketing and advertising exec by trade, he started as a copywriter editing Mills and Boon’s customer newsletter under the nom de plume of Susan. It still pays the bills.

An occasional harp player and lover of the blues, he once supported Steve Marriott of the Small Faces and has met Willie Dixon’s daughter. If you don’t know who Willie was then listen to Guerilla Cricket as he's bound to mention it at some point! @tonybishop1 on Twitter.


Recent articles by Tony Bishop

Jahanara Alam Bangladeshi women's cricket superstar

Jahanara Alam - inspiring generations with thanks to beloved grandmother and Irish ice

Sophie Ecclestone playing in the Fairbreak Invitational

Sophie Ecclestone loves the FairBreak Invitational Spirit and is happy to discuss the Elephant (or rather Kangaroo) in the room

Shaheen Shah Afridi loving his time at Middlesex this year

Shaheen Afridi relishes his County Championship opportunity alongside Middlesex skipper Peter Handscomb

Oliver Hannon Dalby took 60 balls to get off the mark

The Long and Winding Hannon – Dalby

Thilan Walallwita has been through so much to make it to middlesex

Thilan Walallawita: Styling himself for success on and off the field

Tim Murtagh aiming for 1000 first class wickets

Evergreen Tim Murtagh hopes to pass nine hundred First Class wickets in Division Two and a thousand in Division One

A sad day for cricket as 2 Australian legends pass away in 24 hours

From Kennington to Cardiff across generations. Thank You Rodney Marsh and Shane Warne for magical Father and Son moments

county crowds watch their teams

Growth and Evolution in Cricket Must Embrace Loyal Members or Fail

Rory Burns and Hameed make a good start after a punishung day in the field

Hameed and Burns give England a glimpse after another day of fluctuating fortunes

Chris Woakes didn't look like he had missed any test cricket

Chris Woakes looks like he’s never been away as India suffer more torment

Afghan cricket in London can be a lifeline for refugees

Afghan refugees seek the basics: shelter, soap – and cricket equipment

England took a commanding position on day 1 of the 3rd Test

THIRD TEST, DAY ONE: England enjoy perfect day to turn tables on shellshocked India

Mark Wood bowled superbly well to take 3 wickets against india

India’s middle-order go-slow disrupted by Mark Wood and Moeen Ali to leave final day finely poised

Jimmy Anderson got Virat Kohli first ball

FIRST TEST, DAY TWO First-rate cricket, second-rate weather: Anderson brightens it for England before darkness descends

The Hundred – a brave new concept or folly by the ECB

Cricket fans step up demand for role in decision-making ahead of Hundred launch

Ash Barty, Wimbledon champ played for the Brisbane Heat in her time off from tennis

Barty’s Wimbledon triumph recalls long history of links between tennis and cricket

Shoaib and Innzy disagree on Pakistan result

Shoaib Akhtar and Inzamam clash over Pakistan’s heavy defeat in first ODI

Waqar Younis – Pakistan bowling coach

Waqar Younis has high hopes for bowlers despite lack of "ideal preparation"

Wahab Riaz left out of the the Pakistan squads for England and West Indies

There’s a Hundred silver lining for Wahab Riaz as Misbah hints he’s too old for Pakistan at 36

Dickwella, one of three senior sri lankans to be sent home

Are the "Terrible Trio" distracting focus from Sri Lanka cricket’s deeper issues?

Salman Butt passes judgement on Virat Kohli

Gesture politics: ex-Pakistan captain who achieved little attacks captain who has transformed India

Mark Waugh already laying into English batsmen 5 months out from the Ashes

Waugh games: Mark derides England’s opening pair as having “no quality” in Ashes salvo

New Zealand ended up worthy winners of the WTC

"I have never known 139 runs take so long to chase down": joy and recrimination from WTC final

Neil Wagner got the wicket of Shubman Gill in the augural WTC final

Under way at last in WTC final but stop-start day takes shine off special occasion

Kumar Sangakkara has been inducted into the ICC hall of fame

Sangakkara joins list of Guerilla Cricket theme tune legends to make Hall of Fame

Andy Flower, inducted to the ICC hall of fame

Guerilla Cricket theme tune legend Andy Flower inducted into Hall of Fame

Jimmy had another slim day on the bowling front as NZ take charge

Root’s hot potato act only partially rescued by Lawrence’s effort at both ends of the day

Rishab Pant Indias undisputed no 1 keeper

We saw potential of Rishabh Pant - no one thought he’d be so good, says India’s former chief selector

Oliie Robinson despite controversy had a good start as an England bowler

Robinson lets bowling do talking as England's pep proves too much for all but Conway

Jay Shah is he being truthful about the monsoon or not?

Why does the BCCI refuse to be honest about switching IPL to UAE?

Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli will face of against ech other in the WTC FINAL

So, 295 days and still no winner: WTC final allows for eccentricity of longest format

Allama Iqbal Cricket Club U13 team

Straight outta Compton to Nether Edge in Sheffield, cricket has power to transform lives

Ryan Burl had to glue his cricket boots back together

Zimbabwe have happy feet after Twitter sole-searching promotes heeling*

Darren Stevens still going strong in his 40's

Age is just a number: Stevens' heroics recall great days for fabulous 40-somethings

Howzatt Cricket record book beginners guide to cricket

Spreading the gospel of cricket: the book aiming to hook in the young, in any language

Stuart Broad happy with his recent performance and chomping at the bit to get the test summer underway

Broad's warning against cheap Test caps should not be misread as petulance

Cameron Bancroft and sandpaper gate resurfaced again thisweekend

Is there anything to be gained by relighting Bancroft's smouldering sandpaper?

Saqib Mahmood Lancashires young speedster yet to impress on the international stage

From Rawalpindi Express to Manchester tram stop: pace ace Shoaib Akhtar spots something speedy at northern terminus

Elephants have been trained to play cricket

Taken to tusk: cricketing elephant draws ire of environmentalists

The IPL being courted by various strutting peacock associations

Beach, desert or cobbled streets: the three options available to complete the IPL

Kushal Bhurtel crickets rising star in Nepal

What's that pinging sound? It's Kushal Bhurtel registering on your radar

Eoin Morgan: questions are being asked of his captaincy

Morgan/McCullum axis of power comes under pressure as KKR underperform

Adam Lythe should be in line for a recall to the test squad according to Steve Harmison

Never say never again: Ashes winner Harmy expects second coming of Adam Lyth

Ravindra Jadeja smashed 37 runs off the final over

Christian charity allows brilliant Jadeja to propel Super Kings to top of the IPL table

What the Buttler saw

What the Buttler saw is English Royals' family disintegrating

AB de Villiers is knocking on the Proteas door again ahead of the WT20

Will it be better second time around for AB De Villiers and Cricket South Africa?

Devdutt Padikkal scored a ton in the mauling of the Royals

Padikkal floats like butterfly and stings like an RC bee to defeat Royals by a TKO

Sanju Samson addressed the elephant in the room

Elephant addressed by Sanju Samson after Morris's solo effort trumps Mumbai charge to victory.

Chris Morris justifying his pricetag

Chris Morris pays back Royals with late blast to beat Delhi but admits: I know I'm a slogger

Heth Streak banned from all cricketing activities for 8 years by ICC

Heath's lucky streak runs out as Zimbabwean adds his name to corruption hall of shame

Dom Bess has time to get his game on

Dom Bess tries to keep sense of balance after England leave him short of "father figures"

Eoin Morgan the man with two hats

Two hats beats floppy hats as Knight Riders down Sunrisers in IPL battle of the World Cup winners

Eoin Morgan is bck as captain of KKR

Haven't we met before? Morgan finds white-ball mentor Bayliss in IPL opposition

Ben Stokes reckons the IPL will spicy with India having to come back to England later in the year

Ben Stokes' talk of revenge over India adds additional spice to the IPL mix

Virender Sehwag, AB de Villiers' pick as all time IPL opener

AB de Villiers names his greatest ever IPL eleven. Well 13 actually and he's in it

Steve Smith was the first time concussion subs were used

Come in No 3, your time is up: super subs find their way on to ICC's agenda

David Warner having to find things to do in quarantine, dreaming of swimming

Davy's on the road again: how to keep Sunrisers captain Warner happy in IPL quarantine

Mark Alleyne mural at the Bristol County Ground

Home is where the art is for returning Gloucestershire favourite Mark Alleyne

Tom Moody going back to help Sri Lanka out of their slump

Long Tom Moody looks to refresh Sri Lankan cricket and ensure return of former glories

AB de Villiers has signed for the Nepalese T20 league

De Villiers ready to take on mountainous challenge by signing for Nepal showpiece

Mumbai Indians new kit

Beware the Ides of Merch: Mumbai Indians' new jersey carries the odour of marketing BS

Jonny Bairstow blasted a century

Review, 2nd ODI: Third umpire's contentious ruling frees Stokes and Bairstow to light the touchpaper

Mystery legspinner Sandeep Lamichane will play in the Blast this year

IPL's loss is Worcestershire's gain as Nepali sensation Sandeep Lamichhane signs for Blast

Krunal Pandya had an emotional debut

Emotional Krunal fulfils father's dream as Pandyas become brothers in arms

Alzarri Joseph signs for Worcestershire

The Guerillashire Diaries No 3: big stories, small stories and stories you never knew were stories, all from the counties

Sachin and Lara in the Road Safety Cup

Easy riders Sachin and Brian C Lara saddle up to fill life's piggybank of blessings

Shakib's dispute with his board gets worse

Economic and cricket logic on Shakib's side in worsening dispute with Bangladesh board

Afghanistan coach Lance Klusener reckons he missed out on the IPL

Afghanistan coach Lance Klusener gutted to have missed out on IPL opportunity

Steve Smith will have a chance to batter Ireland

Ireland in line for first Australia Test amid politics and intrigue down under

Mustafizur Rahman has decided test cricket comes first for Bangladesh

Low-key? Sri Lanka and Bangladesh is a series all true Test fans should savour

Suryakumar Yadav played a fine international debut

Review, fourth T20 India break toss hoodoo to level series as we finally get a close-run thing

Local artist Gin Wigmore will have her music as the theme for womens 2022 World Cup

Meet Gin Wigmore: voice of 2022 Women's World Cup drops in – literally – with the trophy

Pat Cummins, not living up to expectations in the IPL

"Paceman Pat" Cummins understands the pressure to deliver in IPL

India gave a debut to the spectacular Ishan Kishan

Review, second T20 India throw in Kishan to sink England as Bhuve beats Buttler in battle of the eyes

AFG v ZIM 2nd Test, AFG enforce the follow on

Second Test: did Afghanistan over step the mark as well as the boundary rope?

RIP Joey Benjamin, Surrey bowler

RIP Joey Benjamin: a popular cricketer who played his part in history

The PSL 6th edition has been suspended indefinetly

A damning double whammy: Covid sweeps Pakistan cricket into maelstrom

Indian legends Sehwag and Tendulkar

It's a road out there: England pay homage to Tufty Fluffytail with opening win

Kyle Jamieson NZ test player nad IPL debutante

IPL dates could ease franchise versus country row for England's Tests against New Zealand

Another day another hatful of wicket – Axar Patel

Review day one, final Test: no spitting cobra but England still find snakes in the longer grass

Dale Steyn in hot water again

I'm sorry, so sorry, please accept my a-pol-o-gy: serial offender Dale Steyn shows it really isn't the hardest word

Suraj Randiv Sri Lankan cricketer now a bus driver

If you missed the last cricketing bus driver story, don't worry, another one will be along soon

Bishan Bedi Indian great spinner

From Nayudu to the Little Master: a short history of India v England, part two

The Indian test team of 1932

Bewitched, bothered and bewildered: a short history of India v England, part one

Is Steve Smith about to play Brutus

Is Steve Smith plotting to play Brutus to Tim Paine's Caesar?

Trouble for England in India

Review day one, 3rd Test: the yolk's on England as local knowledge leaves them at the pointy end

Warner and Smith, Austalian national cricketers

Contract killing: how franchise cricket is getting boards in a muddle

Will England retain Broad for the 3rd test

Why Stuart Broad had to channel spirit of Anil Kumble in Chennai

Eshan Mani PCB chief

Pakistan: we'll press for World T20 to be moved if India don't supply visas

Pink ball cricket, 3rd test in India

A hard day-night: your Guerilla Cricket guide to pink-ball Tests

Danny Briggs called up to white ball reserves

Danny buoyed: Briggs' return after eight years proves hope need never be lost

Ex SA captain Graeme Smith is angry at CSA

Covid crisis gives Big Three a reason to shrink game, hints Graeme Smith

Ravi Ashwin scores a ton in the 2nd test

Home is where the art is for unlikely batting master Ravi

The test wicket in Chennai has people talking

Perfect pitch but off-key England: tweets hurled amid surface tensions

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How to stop Joe Root: the Manoj Tiwary pictorial guide

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Sports retort: Broad slaps down Vaughan in the battle of crick-bait

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New cherry or sour grapes: Ravi Ashwin takes it out on modified ball

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The thrill of the chase: four of the best in Test cricket

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Spin twins can ease pressure on two fronts by taking inspiration from Somerset footballers

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The secret life of Ajinkya Rahane, aged 32 and a half

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An A+ for heroism as India and West Indies players donated their B+ blood to save the life of Nari Contractor

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Pretending to be Shane Watson on PlayStation, Will – How was that?

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Mission Impossible? It’s just Mission "rather tricky actually" for Joe Root’s resilient England

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You sixy thing: Rishabh Pant latest in dirty dozen to start with a smaximum

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Justin Langer gets cheesed off with Marnus, but the rest of the world are brevelling in it!

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The Answer is 42

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Doubling up: what happened to the young high achievers?

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Jimmy Jimmy. John Lennon or Van Morrison?

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Spellbound by a withered arm, and the dream of a lifetime: two memories of an Indian summer

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I never thought this would happen says Test debutant Murtagh, 36

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Love in the afternoon session: Ashes liaisons that left their mark