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  • Walter W Read - Beyond question he was one of the greatest batsmen the game has known

    Posted on October 1, 2015 by Selby

     

    Walter William Read

    Full name Walter William Read

    Born November 23, 1855, Reigate, Surrey

    Died January 6, 1907, Bingham Road, Addiscombe Park, Surrey (aged 51 years 44 days)

    Major teams England, Surrey

    Batting style Right-hand bat

    Bowling style Right-arm fast (roundarm), Right-arm slow (underarm)

     

    Batting and fielding averages

     

    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
    Tests 18 27 1 720 117 27.69 1 5 0 16 0
    First-class 467 749 52 22349 338 32.06 38 112 381 20

     

    Bowling averages

     

    Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
    Tests 18 2 60 63 0 - - - 6.30 - 0 0 0
    First-class 467 5549 3483 108 6/24 32.25 3.76 51.3 1 0

     

    Career statistics

     

    Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 30, 1882 - Jan 2, 1883 scorecard
    Last Test England v Australia at Manchester, Aug 24-26, 1893 scorecard
    Test statistics
    First-class span 1873 - 1897

     

    Profile

     

    • Mr. W. W. Read died on Sunday, January 6th, at his residence, Colworth Road, Addiscombe Park. More than nine years have passed away since Mr. Read dropped out of the Surrey eleven and gave up first-class cricket, but his wonderful play during a long career is vividly remembered. Beyond question he was one of the greatest batsmen the game has known, holding a high place among those nearest in merit to W. G. Grace. Born on November 23rd, 1855, he was in his fifty-second year. He had been in poor health for some little time, but his illness did not assume a dangerous form until a week before his death.


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  • A brawl took place in 1939 but probably because of the impending war nothing was said!!

    Posted on October 1, 2015 by Selby

    Gubby Allen. Nice silver cigarette case inscribed to lid 'G.O.A' and 'Eton v Harow 1919. 69 not out'. Hallmarked. 4"x3". Some dents otherwise in good condition. cricket memorabilia
    Eton College won the match by 202 runs. Allen was run out for 0 in Eton's first innings and made 69no in the second. After the match had ended a fight of some proportion took place presumably between the supporters. The following year before the match commenced W.W.Hill-Wood warned the players and supporters that if there was a similar occurrence again the match would be taken away from Lords. A brawl took place in 1939 but probably because of the impending war nothing was said. Neither incident is mentioned in Wisden of the time

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  • Record price for Don Bradman Cricket Blazer

    Posted on September 25, 2015 by Selby

    Legendary Australian cricketer Donald Bradman's jacket has sold for $84,697.

    Worn by "Sir Don" during his first test series as captain, it beat its estimate of $48,563 by 74.4%.

    Don Bradman jacket

     

    The piece headlined Moss green Auctions' September 7 sporting memorabilia sale in Melbourne.

    Bradman wore the jacket during the series against England in 1936-1937.

    The auction house comments: "The blazer illustrates just how small (170cm) and slight (65kg) Bradman was.

    "Bradman was appointed captain of Australia for the 1936-37 Ashes series, a position he held until his retirement in 1948…

    "This is the first time the blazer has been offered by public auction."

    A bat wielded by Bradman in the final test match of the 1930 Ashes made $18,625.

    Moss green explains: "As with two other match-used bats sighted, Bradman had these 'best' bats signed by both teams during the final Test, obliterating the various signatures and goodwill notation inscribed to both sides, and mostly faded.

    It was "thus part of Bradman's record 1000 runs in May, most runs and Test run records of his greatest series."

    The record for a Bradman bat stands at $100,778 - set for his first Test bat in 2008.

     


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  • 'The Ashes'. England v Australia 1948. Official scorecard for the second Test match played at Lord's on 24th-29th June 1948. The scorecard, with fully printed detail until the end of the third day, nicely signed in ink by all seventeen members of the Australian touring party. Signatures include Don Bradman, Barnes, Hassett, Johnston, Johnson, Harvey, Hamence, Tallon, Ring, McCool, Miller, Lindwall, Loxton, Saggers etc. The scorecard headed in ink 'Australian Test Team, Lord's 1948'. Very light horizontal fold to lower half otherwise in good/very good condition. cricket

    Posted on September 15, 2015 by Selby


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  • Record of Lord Hawke's Cricket Team in India 1892-93

    Posted on September 15, 2015 by Selby

    Record of Lord Hawke's Cricket Team in India 1892-93. Published by Redin & Co, 16 Trinity Street, Cambridge. [c1893?]. Very rare 28pp post tour booklet with frontispiece team portrait of the touring party. The booklet begins with a short introduction followed by the scores of the various matches played on the tour with the tour batting and bowling averages and centuries scored to the rear page. The booklet lacking the original front wrapper, retaining its rear wrapper and becoming loose, although complete and in good condition. A brown leather photograph album accompanies the booklet (5.5"x7.5") with title impressed into the leather in gilt 'India 1892-3' and contains seventeen sepia photographs taken on the tour, each mounted to the right hand side of the gilt edges card pages with handwritten titles to the facing page. The varied photographs show 'Lord Hawke's Cricket Team', the touring party in group pose wearing blazers, caps and boaters, 'All India Eleven v Lord Hawke's Eleven' being a group photograph of the two teams, 'Lord Hawke's Eleven v Agra', the team sitting on steps with various dignatories, some in pith helmets and various scenes of Indian life including the 'Darjheeling Railway', 'The Morning Bath, Allahbad', 'Our Native Boys', 'Parsee Women' sitting in the tents watching the cricket match, 'Nautch Girls', 'Jumrood Fort, Peshawur', 'Mausoleum, Futtehpor Sikri', 'The Fort, Lahore', 'Ted Leatham's Elephant' (A.E. Leatham [Gloucestershire] joined the tour late), 'View below Kinchen Junga', 'Street View Peshawili' etc. The photograph album in good condition, although lacking album spine paper and becoming disbound. A very scarce booklet and photograph album believed to have been printed for members of the touring party only. cricket sold for £17000


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  • Betting on the Ashes series comes down to separating fact from fiction - these are the facts

    Posted on August 19, 2015 by Selby

    "We can wonder all we like about the mindset of each team but we don't know for sure. So we stick to what we absolutely know to be true and bet accordingly. Can we all agree that we know, for sure, Australia have been the poorer side in this series?

    Rain forecast back the draw, can't see England this match now!!!

                                  England v Australia
                          Start time: 11:00
    TV: live on Sky Sports
    EnglandUPDATE: Anderson is definitely out.

    The hangover has passed but England are left with a headache of a different nature: one of the selection variety. Does James Anderson return? Do they risk Mark Wood? And what about including Adil Rashid to play two spinners?

    Anderson has made good progress from the side strain which kept him out of the Trent Bridge Test but there will be some nervousness about picking him too soon for a meaningless game. There is a threat he could break down halfway through the match.

    Wood, who is likely to miss out if Anderson is risked, may need ankle surgery. He has needed pills and cortisone injections to keep going. Liam Plunkett is another pace option.

    The intriguing pick would be Rashid. With England's next Test tour in the UAE, he needs game time. But the last occasion England came to The Oval for a dead rubber they picked Simon Kerrigan, a surprise choice which didn't pay off.

    That was an insight into an experimental mindset. Punters will not feel kindly disposed towards them if they take this Test as lightly.
    Australia

    Australia are preparing for the demolition before rebuilding. Michael Clarke, the captain, and Chris Rogers are definitely playing their last Test while we might also have seen the last of Adam Voges, Shane Watson and Peter Siddle.

    Brad Haddin, the wicketkeeper, has already left the tour and in another sign of a team in transition David Warner has been appointed as vice-captain to Steve Smith, Clarke's successor.

    Despite the winds of change Australia are still playing shoddy cricket. At Northampton in a warm-up they were reduced to 180 for eight. Thanks to a half-century from Pat Cummins, the bowler, they earned respectability. But the batting is still failing.

    Cummins could get the nod ahead of Mitchell Starc or Josh Hazlewood. There is also the possibility that Fawad Ahmed plays as the second spinner.
    First-innings runs

    The first-innings average at The Oval in the last ten Tests is 356. That bolsters the view that strip is good for batting but it is not always so batsman-friendly.

    Australia will be discomfited to note that sides have been shot out as the ball has swung; India for 148 last year, England for 233 v Pakistan in 2010, South Africa for 194 in 2008 and England for 173 against Pakistan in 2006.

    In 2009, Australia were bowled out for 160 in reply to England's 332 and it was that familiar foeStuart Broad who did the damage. Runs are not guaranteed. Indeed, backing 350 or more would have cost you five times in the last ten first digs. Crazy when you consider the odds would have been sub 1.50.

    In the Championship this season the first-innings scores read: 336-448-448-292-340. Three of the five games produced results.
    Match odds

    England are 2.50, Australia are 2.66 and the draw is 4.40. The big question, though, is: will these sides be trying their utmost? We try to answer that here but even if both sides struggle to fire 100%, it is hard to argue that England are not a decent pick.

    If they bat first they have the chance to take command and demoralise Australia further. If they bowl first Australia's batting and confidence is shaky enough that the hosts will fancy rolling themin similar fashion to the humiliation at Trent Bridge.

    Betting - on anything - comes down to separating fact from fiction. We can wonder all we like about the mindset of each team but we don't know for sure. So we stick to what we absolutely know to be true and bet accordingly. That might be a good batting wicket. Or a toss bias (there isn't one here in the last ten years, by the way).

    Can we all agree that we know, for sure, Australia have been the poorer side in this series? Yes? Okay then. England it is.
    Top England runscorer

    Joe Root averages 114 in two Tests at The Oval. He is 4.10. Alastair Cook, who averages 47, is5.30. Ian Bell, who you get the feeling is in line with a good score given the probable pitch and the series situation, is 6.20.
    Top Australia runscorer

    Smith whacked a ton on his last visit and the pitch should suit him. He is 4.70. Warner, too, should fancy himself for runs at 5.30. Rogers, who averages 82 in first-class cricket at The Oval and has a double ton to his name, is 5.20. Clarke is 7.00.


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  • Cricket Memorabilia from the final test at the Kia Oval

    Posted on August 16, 2015 by Selby

    This years cricket both County and Test has seen plenty of action and now England play Australia in the final test at the Kia Oval starting as usual on Thursday

    The Oval is always a great venue for collecting Cricket Memorabilia with both enthusiasts and players meeting for the final match of what has been England's series.  There are some good packages available to wine and dine in the best hospitality facilities, top seating and views of the match

    Cricket Collectables will be at the ground (Montpelier club) as usual for what I think may only require 3 days and we have arranged a number of signings for the final day, which should see the Hosts put on another convincing display. Tour Memorabilia, Signed cricket bats, scorecards, and other paraphernalia associated with this series will be on sale from the end of August, England Memorabilia will be in demand if they make the series  4-1

    Surprisingly both team are at 11/8 to win with 3/1 the draw, what call probably England with an innings to spare!!!

     


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  • Shane Warne believes that the way England loss the second Ashes Test should be a concern for the players and fans

    Posted on July 22, 2015 by Selby

    Shane Warne believes that the way England loss the second Ashes Test should be a concern for the players and fans

    Plenty of England’s players are under the microscope after the team’s capitulation in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.

    This did not stop a number of Cricket Memorabilia signings which took place over the 4 days, most popular were signed cricket bats, Aussie scorecards and tour items

    Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance and Ian Bell’s positions have come into question with the trio scoring a combined 56 runs at the Home of Cricket as England sunk to an emphatic loss inside four days.

    But are changes needed ahead of the third Test at Edgbaston from July 29? Sir Ian Botham and Shane Warne joined Ian Ward at the SkyCart to reveal what sides they would pick in Birmingham.

    Beefy was adamant that Joe Root should be moved up to No 3: “Root is continually getting left with nine, 10, jack and I think he should step up to give Australia something to think about. The best players bat at three, think of Sir Viv Richards, Ricky Ponting, Javed Miandad."

    Warne, however, believes senior player Bell should come in at the fall of the first wicket, while he also revealed why he would pick spinner Adil Rashid in place of the out-of-sorts Ballance.

    Watch Beefy and Warne pick their Edgbaston teams in the video link below and then let us know what side you would pick either via the feedback form below- tony@cricketcollectables.net or via Twitter

    Come and join Cricket Collectables at Edbaston on Saturday the first!!

    Pick your team 

     

    Tony Selby


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  • David Boon holds the Australian drinking record

    Posted on June 27, 2015 by Selby

    MARSH GETS TROLLEYED

     

     

    Getty17 Sep 1999: David Boon of Durham
    17 Sep 1999: David Boon of Durham

     

    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.

     


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  • Disappointing draw at Aviva

    Posted on June 7, 2015 by Selby

    Ireland created the better half-chances in a slow and tedious game, while, for England, Jack Wilshere played reasonably well in a withdrawn role


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