Another Classic the all England v Canterbury, February 1864'. Robert Crispin Tinley. Nottinghamshire & England 1847-1869. Original 'Duke' cricket ball with shield shaped silver plaque to ball inscribed 'All England v Canterbury. Presented by S. Jones, To R.C. Tinley. The Best Bowler, February 1864'. A very early and unique item from the dawn of Test, Well worth the investment bound to sell "down under" as usual!!! hope you are watching Gregg??
Steven Finn has a simple plan during this World Cup winter – take as many wickets as possible, it is perhaps an understandable philosophy following a difficult 12 months that has seen the tall quick have to re-evaluate his game and fight to regain his England place.
Finn left the tour of Australia last winter early, after failing to play a competitive match, but could yet return Down Under for the World Cup in two months’ time.
The 25-year-old knows that if he is to do that he must impress during the current tour of Sri Lanka, where the absence of first-choice duo James Anderson and Stuart Broadhas created opportunities for the rest of the seam attack.
“All I want to do is to try and take as many wickets and bowl as well as I possibly can out here and hopefully that will contribute towards me getting picked for the World Cup,”
“All I can control is how I bowl. As long as I’m bowling well I can be content with myself that I’ve done as much as I can.”
Finn admits that he has had some low moments over the past year but, after he has steadily built towards re-selection for the squad in Sri Lanka, he is now only looking forward.
“It’s been an encouraging end to the last year,” he said.
Steven Finn is determined to only look forward as he aims to re-establish himself in an England shirt ahead of the World Cup
“There were some tough times in there but everyone goes through tough times in their career. The most important thing now is that I don’t dwell on the past and I look forward to the future.
“I’ve been through it, I’ve experienced things that I wish I didn’t experience at the beginning of my career but it happens and moving forward is now the most important thing.”
For now he is hoping to try and push himself back up the pecking order after being handed the new ball for the tour-opener against Sri Lanka A in Colombo yesterday.
“I haven’t played as much as the other guys over the last 12 months so I suppose I’m down the pecking order a little bit,” he said.
“It’s up to me to try and change that over here. I got given the new ball in this warm-up game and hopefully I’ll be given the new ball tomorrow in the next warm-up game and that’s really a chance for me to make a statement and make a point to be in that World Cup squad.”
England ODI Tour to Sri Lanka 2014
Fri 21 Nov - 1st warm-up v SL A (Day), Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo
Sun 23 Nov - 2nd warm-up v SL A (Day), Tamil Union Oval, Colombo
Wed 26 Nov - 1st ODI (Day/Night), RPICS, Colombo*
Sat 29 Nov - 2nd ODI (Day), RPICS, Colombo*
Wed 3 Dec - 3rd ODI (Day/Night), MRPICS, Hambantota*
Sun 7 Dec - 4th ODI (Day), RPICS, Colombo
Wed 10 Dec - 5th ODI (D/N), PICS, Pallekelle*
Sat 13 Dec - 6th ODI (Day), PICS, Pallekelle*
Tue 16 Dec - 7th ODI (D/N), RPICS, Colombo
W.G. Grace circa 1890s. Original candid sepia photograph of Grace standing in front of the scoreboard at the Hastings Cricket Festival in blazer and cap. To either side of Grace are two notable umpires of the day, Bob Thoms and Robert Carpenter. 5"x3.75". Rare. VG - cricket
The Ashes has a rich history of memorable moments as England and Australia tussle for the old urn - and this summer will be no different.
But the rivalry - in addition to long tours - have also brought out some of the oddest and hilarious stories as well.
We asked Gershon Portnoi - author of Ashes, Clashes and Bushy Taches, to give us his favourites and here's what has caught his eye.
1. GREAT BRAWLING MATE
In 1912, Aussie cricket officials gathered to pick the team for the fourth Ashes Test with their team trailing in the series.
One of the selectors, Peter McAlister, had a long running feud with captain Clem Hill and made several jibes at him during the meeting including describing him as “the worst captain in living memory.”
Hill stood up and informed McAlister, “You’ve been asking for a punch all night and I’ll give you one.” Incredibly, Hill lamped the selector before a brawl broke out, during which the skipper had to be stopped from throwing McAlister out of the third-floor window.
Even more incredibly, Hill kept his place in the team as captain. Let’s hope Michael Clarke isn’t reading this for inspiration.
2. NAKED AMBITION
When the Aussie opening batsmen warm up for the 2013 first Test at Trent Bridge, it’s a fair bet they won’t do it Geoff Marsh-style. In 1989, Marsh’s roommate David Boon was woken on the morning of the opening rubber at Headingley to the unusual sight of his naked team-mate standing in front of the mirror clad only in helmet and batting gloves while perfecting his er, straight bat technique.
3. BURGER KINGS
On the 1982/83 Ashes tour, Ian Botham hosted a party in his hotel room which consisted of the team “demolishing every bottle of booze we could lay our hands on.” “When we came round the next day (a day off I must add) we were rather taken aback to find the room was full of bits of uneaten cheeseburger,” says Beefy. “They were everywhere. [Bob] Willis had one enmeshed in his hair and when I woke up, someone politely inquired ‘Beefy, are you aware that there is a cheeseburger stuck in your ear?’”
4. MARSH GETS TROLLEYED
It’s common knowledge that David Boon holds the Australian drinking record for a Sydney-to-London Ashes flight with a walrus moustache-soaking 52 cans of beer. What isn’t that well known is how Rod Marsh’s assault on the record ended a few years earlier. The wicket-keeper knocked back 45 cans but, unlike Boon who strolled off the plane seemingly as sober as the pilot, Marsh was comatose. So comatose that team-mates Dennis Lillee and Graeme Wood loaded him on to a luggage trolley and wheeled him through customs - the ‘nothing to declare’ side of course.
5. TR-UBBLE BATH
After a hard day in the Adelaide Oval field, Derek Randall ran himself a bath. All ready in his towel, Randall popped in to Ian Botham and Allan Lamb’s adjacent hotel room for a cup of tea. When he returned to his room, he realised he’d forgotten his key and strolled down to reception for a replacement - still in his towel of course.
As sopping wet hotel guests fled from the restaurant in front of him, he casually asked about the commotion. “Well,” said the receptionist. “Some stupid **** has left their bath water running and flooded the dining area!”
6. ROYALLY RUMBLED
There are few greater culture clashes than a coming together of a brash Australian cricketer and a member of the English aristocracy. When the Queen and Prince Philip were introduced to the Aussie cricket team at Lord's in 1981 an over excited Rodney Hogg bellowed to a team-mate: "Jeez, she hasn’t got bad legs for an old sheila, has she?"
7. FIGHTING TALK
As a visiting Ashes captain, one is expected to represent his country with honour - unless you're Allan Border, who arrived in England in 1993 and greeted journalists by telling them: “I am not talking to anyone in the British media. They are all pr**ks.”
England's 1911/12 skipper Johnny Douglas's diplomacy was not much better and his 'welcome' speech when the team arrived at Melbourne Town Hall is the stuff of legend. He said: “I hate speeches. As Bob Fitzsimmons once said: ‘I ain’t no bloomin’ orator, but I’ll fight any man in this blinkin’ country!’”
Which is pretty much what David Warner did 100 years later.
8. BRING ON THE RUNNER
Phil Tufnell's 1994-95 Ashes tour was badly affected by problems in his personal life to the point where he trashed his Perth hotel room and was carted off to a local psychiatric unit for evaluation.
“It was quite funny, really," says Tuffers. "They took me off to this bleeding nuthouse and this bloke comes in and says, ‘Tell me about your childhood’ and I think, ‘What am I doing here?’ So I just legged it out with all these blokes running after me. I got myself back to the hotel, got myself a beer, went into the team room and said, ‘Sorry about that, chaps, see you at breakfast tomorrow morning.’"
9. WG DIS-GRACE
For all his runs and facial hair, WG Grace was actually a bit of a thug. When he discovered that Australian Billy Midwinter, who he’d signed to play for Gloucestershire, hadn’t turned up for a county match at The Oval in 1878 and was instead at Lord’s playing for his country, Grace hit the roof and took a horse-drawn cab across the capital. He marched straight into the Lord's pavilion, dragged Midwinter out (in his batting pads) and took him to Kennington. The Aussies gave chase but Grace fought them off (literally) and Midwinter played for Gloucestershire.
10. HOSPITAL PASS
The 1932/33 series will always be remembered for England’s Bodyline tactics but it also deserves to be recalled for the heroics of English batsman Eddie Paynter. After being hospitalised with a high fever and acute tonsillitis during the decisive Brisbane fourth Test, Paynter listened to England’s struggles on a radio before ordering a taxi to the ground and walking out to bat to the astonishment of all present.
After overnighting at hospital he returned to guide England to a first-innings lead then retired to hospital again. The following day, England needed 160 to win the Ashes and Eddie once again threw off his hospital gown and returned to the Gabba in time to hit the six which clinched the urn.
South Australian bowlers make inroads against NSW in Sheffield Shield match in Adelaide
Redbacks star Johan Botha. Source: Tom Huntley / News Corp Australia
AFTER suspecting they were victims of daylight robberies, South Australia’s bowlers turned into night-time stranglers of NSW in their Sheffield Shield match. The Blues were 9-227 at stumps on Saturday’s opening day at Adelaide Oval after a final-session collapse in the day-night fixture.
From a powerful 1-147, NSW struggled from dusk onwards: they lost 8-77 against a disciplined Redbacks bowling attack inspired by captain Johan Botha.
The South African-born spinner took 5-34 from 29 miserly overs, quick Joe Mennie claimed 2-36, while paceman Chadd Sayers and Daniel Worrall picked up a wicket each.
Blues opener Nick Larkin top-scored with 78 and first drop Scott Henry made 56 - they put on 110 for the second wicket before both fell to rash shots.
Henry smacked an innocuous Botha ball straight to short cover to end his knock.
And Botha, in his next over, dismissed Larkin when the polished right-hander tried to cut a short, wide delivery but feathered an edge to wicketkeeper Tim Ludeman - one of the gloveman’s five catches on the day.
The dismissals were the first and second in a costly slide, and also placated a Redbacks outfit seething at having a string of lbw shouts refused earlier in the day.
The trend started in the third over when Ryan Carters appeared to be trapped plumb in front by Sayers, only for New Zealand umpire Wayne Knights to inexplicably decline the appeal.
Sayers’ mood didn’t improve in the middle session when he had two lbw shouts against Larkin rejected by the same umpire - replays showed the batsman was extremely fortunate to survive both.
Larkin kept his cool and produced a patient 173-ball innings, highlighted by some sweet offside drives, until his untimely demise.
Botha and Mennie then turned the screws under lights, with the Redbacks seeking consecutive home wins, after downing Queensland by eight wickets in their season opener.
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.”