It’s been a while since I blogged. Not since 2018, in fact. In the second half of 2018 my BBC commentary work became quite frequent and that continued throughout 2019. This year, I have been writing for The Pinch Hitter so there hasn’t been much for me to blog about that I hadn’t already said or published elsewhere.
But I’m back, because last week, my linear scoresheet of the 2019 Cricket World Cup final attracted some very kind comments on Twitter, and I have been inundated with well over a hundred requests to make prints available for purchase.
This is my first foray into the production of artwork prints. Indeed, this is only the second linear scoresheet I’ve completed (the first was a couple of months ago, detailing Iceland’s first international match). Before that, I haven’t scored a match for twenty years.
I’m indebted, then, to that great wicketkeeper and artist Jack Russell, who has ‘taken me in hand’ with some indispensable advice regarding the production of a print.
Limited edition prints
I am now taking pre-orders for a limited edition of 512 prints, all individually signed and numbered. It was Jack’s idea to issue a print for every run scored in the match. In due course, I’ll provide an index so you can see how your unique numbered print corresponds to which run scored off which bowler (and how, and when). Print 1 of 512 will be Woakes’ opening wide to Guptill. Print 512 of 512 will be the run Guptill did score from the last ball of the match, just before the much more famous run that he didn’t score.
How to order
Ordering and payment is done through PayPal. Click Add to Cart and a separate PayPal window should open. For multiple quantities, just keep clicking Add to Cart and the PayPal window should automatically refresh with the updated quantities.
Please note that I’ve removed the £75 personalisation option. I have been inundated with orders and I just can’t keep up if I continue to offer that option.
Postage is to any UK address, using the Hermes parcel service. I am working from home, so I recommend you allow for about a week to elapse between placing and receiving the order. I will be in Iceland from Monday 20 July to Monday 3 August, so any orders placed after Monday 13 July will be dispatched after Monday 3 August. If you want postage to another country, or if you need it for a specific date, please contact me directly and we’ll figure it out.
Sizes and framing advice
- A2 print is A2 paper with artwork size 526 mm x 357 mm.
- A3 print is A3 paper with artwork size 378 mm x 256 mm.
This makes possible a range of bespoke mount and frame sizes, as well as permitting framing using an off-the-shelf standard A3 or A2 poster frame.
Quality and manufacture
The prints have been made using a professional-standard Canon Prograf PRO-6000S large format printer using an eight-colour process. The inks are Lucia Pro pigment inks, with a light fastness of 80 years (i.e. behind glass) and a gas fastness of 50 years (i.e. without glass). The paper is brilliant matte 120 gsm high-quality non-recycled stock.