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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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  • Back at Lords yesterday

    Posted on July 19, 2014 by Selby

     

    There were a number of signings yesterday at Lords for Cricket Collectables as things started to look a little more promising at the 2nd Test

    India will take comfort from the fact that they have stared down a sinister Lord's greentop and pronounced that they are a long way removed from the submissive outfit that lost 4-0 on their last tour to England. That they scrapped throughout was undeniable, but the dominant innings that finally rewarded a day of hard labours was not as much a stare-down as a display of dancing eyes and neat footwork, an exceptional counter-attacking hundred from Ajinkya Rahane that washed residual ill feeling from an engrossing opening to the second Test.

    Rahane's 103 came to grief 15 minutes before the close, courtesy of a nonchalant left-handed catch in his follow-through by James Anderson, an over in which Rahane had driven him confidently through the covers for his second Test hundred. No matter how fulfilling his career, he will not make too many better.

    It felt like an appropriate end to a classically-paced innings, which was necessarily cautious as India, despite their best efforts, lost seven wickets for 145, but which then spread into a joyous second 50 at a run a ball as England's pace quartet failed to make use of ideal fast-bowling conditions. Stuart Broad's shake of the head and kick at the ball as India's last pair saw out the day was an apt summation of England's mood.

    This was a most uncommon Lord's day. The groundsman, Mick Hunt, unveiled one of the greenest Test pitches the famous old ground had ever witnessed, certainly since the invention of motor mowers, and loud boos broke out when Ravindra Jadeja walked out to the crease, a response to India's insistence that Anderson's alleged altercation with him in the first Test at Trent Bridge should be formally judged by the ICC.

    Variously regarded as sledging devil incarnate or a victim of supreme over-reaction, depending on your point of view, Anderson has trudged wearily across unresponsive England Test pitches for the past year. Now, as he braced himself for an impending ICC investigation which could drag on for the entire summer if the ECB's legal team get their way, he finally had conditions to relish.

    At a time of greatest need, records fell his way. He removed Shikhar Dhawan at third slip with his 11th delivery to outdo Fred Trueman as England's leading wicket-taker in home Tests. In his third over of the afternoon, he summoned away movement to add Virat Kohli, the most prized wicket of all, to a regulation keeper's catch: Ian Botham duly fell as the leading wicket-taker in Lord's Tests. His dismissal of Rahane had no record attached, but in cricketing terms it was the most heartfelt. That he has served England admirably was again beyond question.

    Ben Stokes almost matched him. His natural length is shorter than these conditions demanded, but he strove to adjust, maintained speeds just short of 90mph and bowled some of the best balls of the day. Broad was below par, but the main under performer was Liam Plunkett, who was well down on pace, huffing and puffing in the heat, England's visits to a health farm - mud baths a speciality - not disguising the draining effects of back-to-back Tests.

    To lose both openers by the lunch interval was damage that India would privately have accepted as the ball swung with the enthusiasm of a young puppy. There was not just swing but seam to contend with. But if the pitch was green, India's batsmen were not, more tutored these days perhaps, attitudes hardened by the jowly old sea dog, Duncan Fletcher, and technical advice from Rahul Dravid.

    Ballance had awoken to celebrity headlines of "Boozy Ballance" after a photograph of his wind-down following the Trent Bridge Test had been daubed across the papers. His official ticking off had been a token one, to placate the media. Stationed at third slip, he held his catches rather better than his drink. Dhawan fell to Anderson's lavish movement, playing perfectly respectably at a ball that pitched outside leg stump. M Vijay got a leading edge against Plunkett which would have left Ballance briefly unsighted as he tried to turn the ball into the leg side.

    On an unsatisfying morning, England had cause to regret two missed chances by Matt Prior, who has not been short of cumbersome moments this summer. Vijay escaped before scoring when Prior moved leadenly for a low catch in front of first slip and Kohli should have been taken off the last of the session when Moeen Ali, bowling the traditional spinner's final over before lunch, saw a straightforward catch put down.

    It was a scorching day, with more to come on the morrow. Alastair Cook won the toss, gulped and chose to bowl. It was the right call, however frustrated he would have been at the close. The day suited English traditions: swing for those who knew how to use it and a pitch with enough seam and carry to create interest, the sort of pitch that has kept Test cricket in the hearts and minds of the English public. That should never be betrayed.

    It was six overs before Anderson conceded a run, but when his last ball was nonchalantly flicked to the long leg boundary by Cheteshwar Pujara, it was the first sign that India had the capacity to survive. Pujara stuck it out gamely, three hours in making 28, finally studding off side and leg side in turn with two stylish boundaries, only for Stokes to shake his middle stump with one which came back up the slope. He was one of four India wickets to go between lunch and tea, comfortably England's most impressive session as they finally hit greentop lengths.

    Jadeja made 3. With the crowd yearning for Anderson to return to the attack - he had bowled 12 overs but a quick foray would have done no harm - instead Cook chose decorum, continued with the spin of Moeen, and Jadeja thrust his front pad at the ball in old-fashioned manner to fall lbw.

    There was a milestone, too, not just for Anderson, but for Broad, who made MS Dhoni his 250th Test wicket. Dhoni's innings was India's most unconvincing, a few exploratory strolls down the wicket and, with only 1 to his name, a furtive edge to the keeper. It begged the question whether he can bat at No. 6 in such exacting conditions.

    There were some good opportunities for Cricket Memorabilia enthusiasts especially signed cricket bats, and tour paraphernalia. back again this morning expecting another good day

    After tea, England were seen off by Rahane. He played the ball late, coped with the seam and bounce like he will tell you a Mumbai batsman should, and then let his instincts flourish. Plunkett's resorting to a short, round-the-wicket attack - an understandable if somewhat two-dimensional tactic on featherbeds - looked a desperate ploy. That was England's low spot of the day.

    England, at one stage, would never have envisaged taking the second new ball. But they grabbed it with apprehension at 223 for 7. Bhuvneshwar Kumar's solid support in an eighth-wicket stand of 90 in 24 overs ended when his stumps were spread-eagled in Broad's first over, but by the time Rahane fell to Anderson, 20 balls from the close, India felt the more contented of the sides. England will hope to see the pitch become more straw-coloured under a hot sun and for the seam and swing they have pined for to disappear conveniently for a day or two.

     

     

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  • Cricket Memorabilia from the England v India Test series Trent Bridge

    Posted on July 11, 2014 by Selby


    India were in danger of surrendering the advantage they had built so carefully over four sessions as they lost four wickets for four runs immediately after lunch on the second day. But Bhuvneshwar Kumar andMohammed Shami restored it with a 111-run last-wicket stand that punctured the fuel reserves of a frustrated England attack and extended India's total to 457.

    Shami then dismissed Alastair Cook in the fourth over of England's reply, bowling the England captain round his legs as he walked too far across his stumps.

    Over the remainder of the final session, India's seam bowlers searched for the right length to discomfit the notoriously front-foot-shy Sam Robson and Gary Ballance. They generally found themselves a touch shorter, but Ishant Sharma landed one in the perfect spot two overs from stumps only for the outside-edge from Ballance to drop a foot short of second slip. Ravindra Jadeja, who bowled two overs, showed he could be key later in the Test after he got one ball to explode out of rough at Ballance. England have three left-handers in their top six.

    When India lost their ninth wicket, their survivors from the 2011 tour would have seen flashbacks of their collapse from 267 for 4 to 288 all out at the same venue. India had gone on to lose that Test match by 319 runs.

    This England side, though, is different. Since the time Tino Best clobbered 95 against them two years ago, they have been hurt by numerous tail-end partnerships.

    Bhuvneshwar farmed the strike in the first part of the partnership, but soon became confident of Shami's ability. England stuck gamely to a couple of self-consciously out-of-the-box plans: Liam Plunkett banging it in from around the wicket and James Anderson bowling full and straight with three close men from mid-on to midwicket. Neither plan perturbed the batsmen unduly.

    The pair found the boundaries with a mixture of heaves and some surprisingly cultured shots, including an inside-out lofted drive by Bhuvneshwar off Moeen Ali and a clip off the pads from Shami off Anderson.

    By the end of the session, England, forced into a mandatory half-hour extension, may have wished they had taken one wicket less than they had. Even when they did finally find the edge - as Hot Spot showed when Plunkett slanted one past Shami in the penultimate over of the session - only Alastair Cook appeared to hear the noise and the half-hearted appeals from the bowler and the keeper made no effect on the umpire.

    Soon after tea, Bhuvneshwar reached his fifty, his first in Test cricket with an elegant drive to deep cover. Shami reached his maiden first-class fifty the next ball, clouting a full, wide ball back over Anderson's head for six. The partnership also breached the 100 mark with that shot.

    With the third new ball around the corner, Cook brought on Moeen Ali for his 18th over. Bhuvneshwar nudged him to the brink of a bowling century with a drive back over his head for four, but fell trying to go even bigger the next ball, holing out to mid-on. The last-wicket pair had batted a minute over two-and-a-half hours.

    Having patted their new-ball pair on their backs for their batting, India would have kicked themselves for surrendering so much initiative in so little time, right after lunch. They would have particularly rued the needlessly loose shots that led to the dismissals of Jadeja and Stuart Binny, their two allrounders. In between, MS Dhoni was run out by a direct hit from Anderson at mid-off.

    At 346 for 9, England would not have believed how easy it had been, having toiled so hard with so little reward in the morning session. They could have earned a crack at the lower order much earlier though, had Matt Prior clung on to a chance that Dhoni offered 13 balls into the day. By the time Anderson broke through, sending back M Vijay, India's score had swelled from 263 at the time of the dropped catch to 304. By lunch, Dhoni had moved into the 80s, and had extended India's score by a further 38 runs in the company of Jadeja.

    Dhoni began looking a lot more secure after early nervousness and adopeted an idiosyncratic shuffle across his crease to counter the low bounce and the lbw threat.

    At the other end, Vijay moved to 146 with a number of good-looking drives through the off side before Anderson dismissed him with a ball that nipped back from outside off to strike him on the back thigh. Bruce Oxenford took his time before raising his finger, but it was one of those lbws that just look out. On this pitch, barely anything from that length was bouncing over the stumps anyway. Hawk-Eye suggested it was going over, but Hawk-Eye's square-on view also suggested, erroneously, that the ball had struck Vijay in front of the crease.

    Tony Selby


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