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2nd Test England v West Indies "Old Trafford" Preview

Posted on July 14, 2020 at 8:05 PM

FEW could argue against the rationale that it was the West Indies bowling attack that set up the first Test victory, but not before a tense final day at Southampton had played out. 

What a shame the stadium was devoid of cricket loving supporters for this highly entertaining return to Test cricket.

Jofra Archer and Mark Wood (more on Mark later) were far from impressive in their 1st innings bowling performances and when they took the field in the second innings...

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England v West Indies the 38th series

Posted on July 7, 2020 at 10:50 PM

Starting tonight cricket lovers in UK will see the first Test played for the summer when England take on the West Indies at Southampton’s “Rose Bowl”.

The West Indies have not won a Test series in England this millennium and the coming series will be the 38th between the two.

It will be Ben Stokes (England) and Jason Holder (West Indies) leading their respective sides. Joe Root having chose to attend the birth of child will trying to make amends for some very poo...

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Sir Everton Weekes

Posted on July 2, 2020 at 8:40 AM

Very sad news today; the passing of Sir Everton Weekes.


As a child I found myself gazing for hours over the photographs of the “3 W’s”, Walcott, Worrell and Weekes; I idolised them.


Following my dreams in cricket, inspired by them, I arrived in the Lancashire League at Ramsbottom in the...

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If we could only find the records.

Posted on June 15, 2020 at 7:20 PM


“Reminiscing”, by Little River Band was from their “Sleeper Catcher” Album. It was written by the band's guitarist Graeham Goble and sung by Glenn Shorrock, rising to No 3 on the US charts in 1978.


I don’t know why it is, but I often find myself doing the same these days. Perhaps because I'm a romantic at heart or this is what you do... in twilight years?


In my case, I seem to reminisce all things cricket, remind...

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Posted on May 27, 2020 at 6:10 PM

So I must ask; Cricket Victoria! where do we go from here?


You've removed some dead wood; but what plans have been put in place for the future of the game in our State. The link below tells us you have; no idea!


Cricket Statistics! Don’t lie and I’ve laid them out for you in previous posts proving the last two decades; have been the worst in our cri...

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Stats Prove The Point On Payroll Decision

Posted on May 22, 2020 at 2:40 AM

I have researched some facts to put an end to the criticism that continues over Cricket Victoria’s (CV) decision to remove a number Regional Cricket Managers (RM’s) from its payroll. Many pushing the following statement by a renowned commentator; “This will be the most incompetent decision in its entire History”. 


Now that’s saying something, when you think about the decision to “Give up the rights to the MCG”!


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Cricket Victoria Clearing the Dead Wood

Posted on May 14, 2020 at 4:05 AM

This post will be too much for most to get behind but, I don’t care it needs to said.

A lot of criticism has been directed towards Cricket Victoria (CV) in regard to its decision to cut staff. But nothing of any substance about it’s responsibility to mitigate the effects of the current global crisis.

In truth... we can only hope that the decisions made in the Board room are in the best interests of Cricket in this State based on credible information.

If you reca...

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Cricket 's Case of Disappearing Shares

Posted on May 14, 2020 at 4:00 AM

I’ve found that we don’t always agree but nevertheless from discussions agreement can be reached and plans formulated.

The same principle applies to business and cricket’s a business.

What I cannot accept though... is the changes made to the way the game is governed in Australia.

The wind of change began mid to late 1990’s at a time when Australian cricket had entered one of its highest performance eras of all time; we were the envy of the world in th...

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100 up for the RDCA

Posted on April 2, 2020 at 9:00 PM

This season, marks the 100th year for the Ringwood and District Cricket Association (RDCA) in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. As a ”Life Member” of the association I thought I should write this opinion piece, not only to congratulate them but to thank them for providing my club Heathmont a competition to enable and further the careers of others.

I was lucky to have so many mentors around me at that time; my father Lloyd, Bill Dean, Chris Healey, Keith Barrett, Alan...

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The Future of Coaching Pacemen

Posted on September 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM

To follow on from my Facebook Post Friday Sep 5th re: the Jofra Archer article in the Age newspaper.

If you were able to read the article the “Fast Man” is expected to change the face of fast bowling for years to come. And I for one hope he does, because Jofra has everything a fast bowler should have.

However, this will mean the re structuring of cricket development programs world wide along with a revision of the content provided to those it is supposed to benefit: Wh...

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