Buck Rogers in the Seventh Half Century

When Chris Rogers was dismissed for 95 on Day Two of the Cardiff Test he achieved a new world record… the first player in the history of Test cricket for pass 50 in seven consecutive innings without converting for a 100.
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Mumbai Indians win IPL8

IPLT20 – M60: MI vs CSK – Match Highlights

Congratulations to the Mumbai Indians on winning the Indian Premier League for 2015. More details on the final, in which they defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs, are on the IPL website match centre.

Source: M60: MI vs CSK – Match Highlights – ipl 2015 – IPL Videos – IPLT20.com

Big Show by The Big Show: A 2014 cricket highlight

Victoria Bitter? No, that’s just the advertising.

New South Wales defeated Victoria by an innings and 48 runs in two and a half days at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 14 February 2014. This was despite the best efforts of Glenn “The Big Show” Maxwell who scored 94 for the Vics in their first innings of 218.

(Stay to the end, there are video highlights)

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Sydney Day Four: Goodbye, farewell, amen, and John did you drop something?

Not since the Harlem Globetrotters last beat the Washington Generals has a foregone sporting conclusion been so rapturously and emotionally received by a sell-out crowd. Continue reading “Sydney Day Four: Goodbye, farewell, amen, and John did you drop something?”

Sydney Day Three: You did *what* for an MBE?

“You got an MBE, right? For scoring seven at the Oval? It’s an embarrassment.”

– Dr Shane Warne to Paul Collingwood MBE, Sydney Cricket Ground, 4.1.07.

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Sydney Day Two: Warne’s 1000th vegetable

You have  to hand it to the Murdoch comic books. One week they are celebrating – in advance – the Lord Of The RingsText Alert’s 700th wicket, the next week they are celebrating his 1000th wicket. With that rarest or rarities, the full page colour liftout commemorative poster.

So what are we celebrating again? Shane Warne’s 1000th international wicket. As in all “full internationals”. Let me explain, by introducing the rickeyre.com vegetable index (More about the fruit index later) Continue reading “Sydney Day Two: Warne’s 1000th vegetable”

Sydney Day One: Con te partiro

Imagine an artist at the canvas on the boundary fence of a packed SCG on the opening day of the New Years Test. Imagine Jack Russell, brush in hand, white floppy hat, characteristic moustache, outlining the curves of Aussie Stadium peeking from behind the Noble Stand, the clock on the Members Stand showing a quarter past four.


A man neatly dressed in a suit appears in the middle of the arena. But it’s not the CEO of one of the myriad of sponsors – not unless he is a classically-trained opera singer. 
Suddenly, the painter’s hat flies away, the moustache curls up, Jack Russell has morphed into Salvador Dali, and the SCG clock melts away. Continue reading “Sydney Day One: Con te partiro”

Enjoyable claptrap, but you knew that

New South Wales v Queensland, Big Bash Trophy
North Sydney Oval, 8 January 2006
Queensland 167ao (17.3), NSW 5/168 (18)
New South Wales won by 5 wickets with 12 balls to spare
Scorecard

I attended my first Twenty20 game yesterday. While I won’t be hanging out for the second, there are plenty who will. And that’s a good thing. Continue reading “Enjoyable claptrap, but you knew that”

England defeat Australia by two runs

Deja vu all over again? Maybe. But England’s two-run victory over Australia in the women’s one-day international at Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday was a quite historic occasion. Continue reading “England defeat Australia by two runs”