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  • Cricket Memorabilia memories - on sale

    Posted on October 25, 2014 by Selby

    Lot 603 All England v Canterbury, February 1864

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  • This Cricket Memorabilia is not to be missed

    Posted on October 25, 2014 by Selby

    Knights Sports, Sporting Memorabilia, Wisden Almanack Auctions

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  • Great pub for a beer

    Posted on October 17, 2014 by Selby

    Pub manager, Sophie Clifton-Forbes and assistant manager, Tania Hazard pictured outside the Test Match in West Bridgford.

    THE daughter of a Nottinghamshire cricketing legend is embarking on a two-week test to bring a West Bridgford pub back to its glory days.

    Sophie Clifton-Forbes has been managing the Test Match on Gordon Square with partner Tania Hazard for 18 months.

    But now the pair have got the go-ahead from Greene King for a £140,000 revamp of the grade II listed building.

    “It is quite bizarre that I have ended up back where I was born and where all my family came from to run this pub,” the 37-year-old said. “I used to drink in here as a teenager!

    “But it is great to be back to my roots and surrounded by all the history of my family.”

    Her father, Carlton Forbes, was born in Jamaica but moved to England and began his first-class cricket career with Notts in 1959. He died in 2009, but his memory will live in on in his local.

    “It has brought the memories back being here,” said Sophie. “Now we want to be able to bring the pub back to make it vibrant and new, whilst keeping that strong history.”

    The first thing to make a return will be the original wooden sprung dance floor from 1938 that the pair found had been under carpet for years. Tania said: “We want to bring it to life. We have lots of live music already and some people dance, but it will definitely encourage them more if there is a great space like this.”

    Next on the list is re-establishing the speakeasy-style cocktail bar upstairs, which the partners want to be filled with craft beer and mojitos as a secret getaway for visitors.

    The showstopper will be the tea room they are creating, with pretty set tables, real china and freshly made cakes.

    But there will also be a slice of Sophie’s father’s past in all the new finery. Tania said: “We both wanted to make sure he was remembered, so we have created a games room named the Carlton Room. It will be full of cricket memorabilia, but have modern games too, from darts through to giant jenga.

    “We want the place to shed its old-man’s pub reputation and become a place for everyone – from students through to tea dancers.”

    The pub will reopen on Tuesday, October 28.

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  • World's highest cricket match on 19,341ft-high Mount Kilimanjaro

    Posted on September 29, 2014 by Selby

    World's highest cricket match on 19,341ft-high Mount Kilimanjaro

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  • End of season bad luck at Old Trafford

    Posted on September 27, 2014 by Selby

    Not surprised to see that Lancashire have left been relegated to Division 2 of the County Championship in their last match of the season

    Middlesex survived the same fate when poor weather at Old Trafford cost 14 overs on the last day 341/8 declared leaving 243 to make, impossible, a very disappointing outcome in spite of Lancs skipper Glen Chapple’s best efforts

    Junaid Khan 3/84 off 29 overs and Simon Kerrigan 3/106 off  48 played well but it wasn’t enough, what a shame!!!

    Lancs cricket memorabilia is always very popular so lets hope for a good 2015

    tony selby

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  • The curse of the Doosra

    Posted on September 9, 2014 by Selby

    Amazed to hear that Pakistan’s number 1 bowler, offspinner Saeed Ajmal has been banned from bowling by the ICC due to a potentially suspect action( the Doosra), Ajmal, who has been Pakistan's lead spinner in Tests and ODI over the past few years, was formally reported at the 1st Test against Sri Lanka in August this must be a huge blow to Pakistani cricket.

    Cricket Collectables have always been keen on Pakistani Cricket Memorabilia and have signed cricket bats, balls and tour material all autographed by the player. It is one of our most popular sellers

    "An independent analysis was carried out by a team of experts at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, however the ban can be suspended at any time should Saeed decide to modify his action to within the 15 degree tolerance permitted

    Ajmal was previously reported for a suspect action in spring 2009 he was bowling the infamous Doosra, the well named Doosra is unique to off spin bowlers, the ball spins in the opposite direct direction to an orthodox off break and has proven to be very effective in recent one day internationals

    Cricket collectables are delighted by the way Ireland are playing at present beating Scotland at Malahide yesterday by 7 wickets, well done to Craig Young accounting for 5 of them on his International debut

    Tony Selby

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  • Ireland Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on September 9, 2014 by Selby

    Ireland Cricket Memorabilia

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  • Another Sunday at the auction

    Posted on August 31, 2014 by Selby



    Lot 598
    Australia tour of England 1902. Original mono real photograph postcard of the touring party standing and seated in rows, wearing tour caps and blazers. The postcard with title 'Australian Team 1902' to top and players names to lower border. Nicely signed, in black ink, to face by all fifteen members of the team including the Manager Major B.J. Wardill. Signatures are Darling (Cpt), Hill, Jones, Trumper, Noble, Duff, Hopkins, Gregory, Kelly, Carter, Howell, Armstrong, Trumble and Saunders. The postcard by Thiele, printed in Berlin, loosely laid down to an album page to right hand edge. Above a typed notice 'The great Australian team of 1902 with original signatures. Wisden said it was the best to tour England since 1882, with opinion divided as to which was the better of those two teams'. Minor wear otherwise in good/very good condition. A very rare signed postcard of this early Australian touring party
    Estimate: £1500/2500

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  • Joe Root lines up with Wally Hammond and Peter May

    Posted on August 17, 2014 by Selby

    Joe Root's (Yorks, Eng) batting yesterday at the Kia Oval put paid to any hopes India may have had of a Test win, adding 92 runs off 129 balls, hopefully this innings has the potential to become his fifth Test century. England are firmly in charge after the first two days with a 236 run lead leaving India with a very outside chance of saving the Test.

    There were a number of cricket memorabilia signings over weekend especially signed cricket bats (tourists and home), autographed tour itineraries and signed photographs.

    It is interesting to note that Joe Root now has an enviable average score of 90 runs since he was dropped for the last Test against Australia

    Cricket Collectables will be at the Oval again on Sunday and look forward to getting some Mahendra Singh Dhoni match worn gloves autographed, to add to the collection, he has set an example as Captain scoring 82 off 140 in the first innings would have been more without a good catch from Chris Woakes.

    Tony Selby


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  • Two-week round-robin ODI tournament in Harare

    Posted on August 4, 2014 by Selby

    Spinner Nathan Lyon is the first beneficiary in the change to Australia’s selection panel, having been recalled to the national one-day line-up for this month’s tour to Zimbabwe after more than two years on the outer of the white ball game.

    Lyon was the most surprising inclusion in the 14-man squad to tackle Zimbabwe and South Africa in a two-week round-robin ODI tournament in Harare beginning on August 25.

    The squad, announced today by newly installed chairman of selectors Rod Marsh, also includes exciting young allrounders Mitchell Marsh and Ben Cutting as well as pace bowler Kane Richardson who have been in outstanding form during the recent Australia A series in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

    However, a change in personnel around the selection table has not delivered a change in fortunes for perennially peripheral opening batsman Phil Hughes who was once again overlooked despite a number of factors in his favour.

    Hughes last week became the first Australian man to score a double century in a top-tier 50-over match when he blasted an unbeaten 202 against South Africa A, and he seemed the likely replacement for regular opener David Warner who will miss the tour due to the impending birth of his first child.

    Instead, the selection panel of Marsh, Mark Waugh, Trevor Hohns and coach Darren Lehmann opted for just six specialist batsmen with Shane Watson and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin (both of whom have opened for Australia in ODIs) most likely to accompany Aaron Finch at the top of the order.

    Marsh conceded that Hughes – along with paceman Clint McKay and left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty – was unlucky not to have made the squad but claimed there was no obvious vacancy to slot him into the top six.

    “We would have loved to pick Phillip but it’s quite difficult to find the spot for him with a strong batting line-up,” Marsh said.

    “He was in superb form during the recent Australia A one-day matches, including a stand-out double-century and the NSP will certainly be continuing to watch him closely.”

    The quandary faced by the new selection panel, which already has half an eye on the upcoming World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand in February and March, is that the rare winter hiatus for Australia’s senior cricketers has meant little or no recent form guide for many players.

    The exception has been those such as Finch and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell who have been involved in the English county cricket, and the likes of Marsh, Cutting and Richardson who have been involved in four and one-day cricket with Australia A.

    However, the inclusion of Lyon would appear to be more of a speculative decision by the selectors given that the off-spinner last represented Australia in an ODI in the West Indies in March 2012, and finished with the unflattering figures of 0-147 in his most recent outing – a four-day game for Australia against India A in Brisbane.

    “Nathan has done very well in Test match cricket,” Marsh pointed out.

    “He first came under notice in T20 cricket, he's bowled well in last year's Ryobi Cup and I guess the unlucky one there is Xavier Doherty.

    “But having said that we know exactly what Xavier is capable of.

    “We're not 100 per cent sure of what Nathan is capable of seeing as his last ODI for Australia was in the West Indies and that's a couple of years back now.

    “We want to give him another opportunity before we even start talking too much about the upcoming World Cup.

    “It's not to say that Doherty won't be in that squad but we just want to have a look at Nathan on top of some pretty good Test match form.”

    Even though McKay – like Doherty – has been a regular part of Australia’s one-day plans in recent years, the selectors decided that the short one-day series in Zimbabwe was an ideal opportunity to give other players in the mix for a World Cup berth a chance to push their case.

    With further ODI commitments against Pakistan, South Africa, England and India ahead of Australia’s opening World Cup fixture on February 14, Marsh said the panel was not locked into a preferred starting XI and was keen to explore all available options.

    That was certainly the thinking behind the inclusion of Cutting, Richardson and Mitchell Marsh who is viewed by many as Australia’s next star all-rounder in waiting.

    “The thing we like most about Mitch Marsh at the moment is his bowling,” the selection chairman said.

    “He's capable of opening the bowling, he's capable of bowling throughout the middle overs.

    “I'm sure if he's a finisher yet, but he's bowled pretty fast.

    “That's a really good sign for Mitch and a true all-rounder if he can get in the team for his batting or his bowling.

    “He's certainly getting close to a true allrounder which is really good news for Australian cricket.

    “(Richardson) has bowled beautifully.

    “Mark Waugh has seen him bowl every ball up there in Darwin and he's been terrific (and Cutting has been in) terrific form for Australia A.

    “He's bowled his heart out in the four-dayers and the one-day games in Darwin.

    “Outstanding form last summer in the Ryobi Cup as it was then. He's earned his spot.

    “That's what Australia A is all about, you really perform well in Australia A and you're a chance if we can fit you in

    Tony Selby

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