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  • Oxford also won the men's race for the sixth time in eight years.

    Posted on April 12, 2015 by Selby

    Heavy favourites Oxford beat Cambridge to win the historic first staging of the Women's Boat Race on the same course and same day as the men.

    They finished six-and-a-half lengths ahead over the four-mile, 374-yard stretch from Putney Bridge to Chiswick Bridge in London on Saturday.

    The Dark Blues were half a length up after the first minute and pulled away ruthlessly to finish 19 seconds clear.

    Oxford also won the men's race for the sixth time in eight years.

    In doing so, president Constantine Louloudis became just the 15th man to triumph for a fourth time.

    But that achievement was eclipsed by the success of his female colleagues, who earned a seventh success in eight for Oxford in the 70th staging of the women's race.


    Each of those previous victories were on a straight 2000m course at Henley rather than over a greater distance on the gruelling Tideway stretch of the River Thames.

    A prevailing wind against the tide added to the difficulty of the course, but Oxford were imperious as they finished in a time of 19 minutes 45 seconds.

    "It's a really special moment, something I've been working towards for three years," Oxford president Anastasia Chitty told BBC Sport.

    "It's even more special because so many women [have] not had this opportunity so its really humbling."

    Oxford, coached by Christine Wilson, had to be rescued by a lifeboatlast week after getting into difficulties while training in the choppy waters of the Thames.

    But, having won the toss and chosen the Surrey bank of the river, the lighter of the two crews mastered the testing conditions to claim a 12th triumph this century.

    It was their 29th victory in the 70 races since 1927 and added to the 40-second victory of Oxford's reserve boat on Friday.

    "We didn't get off to our best start and Oxford did," Cambridge president Caroline Reid told BBC Sport. "We rallied well, though, and I'm proud of them.

    "It was pretty horrendous around the halfway mark with the wind against the tide and some pretty high waves."

    Those conditions should have favoured the heavier Cambridge crew in the 161st men's race, but Louloudis stroked favourites Oxford to their 11th success since 2000, all under the stewardship of coach Sean Bowden.

    It was 23-year-old Louloudis' fourth win in five years, a run only disturbed by his absence in 2012 to focus on winning Olympic bronze for Great Britain in the men's eight.


    "Going in the fourth time having not lost, I felt much more pressure especially as I was leading the guys," Louloudis told BBC Sport.

    "There were some pretty dark moments coming in but we dealt with it really well on the day. We stuck to our plan and executed a really good race."

    Oxford, racing with a special motif on their kit in tribute to former coach Daniel Topolski, made their decisive move around the halfway mark and finished in 17 minutes 35 seconds to win by six lengths.

    "It was 100% fair. It was very painful but they took us round the outside of Surrey and we couldn't respond," Cambridge president Alex Leichter told BBC Sport.

    The victory completed a clean sweep for Oxford, whose reserve crew Isis won by three lengths from Goldie, the Cambridge second string.

    Oxford beat Cambridge in the Boat RaceOxford's women had been kept apart from their reserve crew for five days because of illness fears

    Oxford beat Cambridge in the Boat RaceOxford were almost a kilo per rower lighter than Cambridge

    Oxford beat Cambridge in the Boat RaceThe Cambridge men won the toss but could not prevent Oxford streaking clear

    Oxford beat Cambridge in the Boat RaceThe Cambridge men won the toss but could not prevent Oxford streaking clear

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  • World Class signing for Somerset - Chris Gale Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on March 24, 2015 by Selby

    A great signing for the already strong Somerset team, also good news for Cricket Collectables, West Indian left hand batsman Chris Gale (Captain 2007-10)  with 13 Twenty 20 centuries under his belt has signed for Somerset to play 6 matches this year in the Nat West T20s Gale is a charismatic and entertaining player highly regarded in world cricket, he has played in 103 Test matches, 268 one-day internationals and 45 T20’s for the West Indies since his debut in 1999. He has played 8 County Cricket for Worcestershire in 2005, ironically Worcestershire were relegated after Gayle made only one run in the final match against Lancashire.

    Cricket Collectables currently have 2 signed cricket bats autographed by Gale we hope to add to this throughout the coming season

    The timing of the move depends on his home team Royal Challengers Bangladore and there progression through the Indian league, it is hoped that Chris Gayle will make his Somerset debut at Taunton against Sussex on 22 May, or at latest the following week against Essex at the County ground Chelmsford.

    Gayle is the third Somerset signing for this seasons Twenty 20 , with Pakistan left arm seamer Sohail Tanvir having joining the team for the first half of the competition later to replaced by Kiwi Corey Anderson. Tanvir is an experienced international cricketer having played for Surrey in 2009 and Hampshire in 2013.

    Cricket memorabilia is always popular when associated with Somerset CC, in this case more so, we look forward to the coming season and big things from Taunton.


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  • Cricket Memorabilia from the Kiwi vs Windies, Quarter-Final at the Westpac Stadium NZ

    Posted on March 22, 2015 by Selby

    Jason Holder the West Indies Skipper is convinced it was his teams apparent inability to bowl Yorkers that led to a 143 run against New Zealand in the ICC World Cup

    Cricket Memorabilia from the match is now available including a team signed cricket bat and several items of tour paraphernalia,  brochures and itineraries ‘autographed by the Tourists and the home side.

    Having lost the toss on Saturday at the Westpac stadium Wellington the tourists did well to keep the Kiwi score at 89 runs for 2 wickets from 16 overs, after that it all went wrong Kiwi opener Martin Guptill who was dropped by Marlon Samuels carried on to make a record breaking One Day Cricket score of 237 off 163 deliveries as the team scored 393 for 6 wickets. The West Indies were bowled out in 183 balls for 250 runs largely due to Trent Boults’ 4 wickets for 44 runs.

    The semi-final in Auckland on Tuesday against SA looks like another interesting match for Cricket Collectables who have arranged a number of signings and hope to combine a good days cricket with some great Memorabilia


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  • Posted on March 13, 2015 by Selby

    Cricket Annual: Noted Australian Cricketers'. Clarence Moody. Adelaide 1898. The six original monthly issues, Parts no.1 to no.6. Each with original wrappers. Rare in this individual issue form

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  • Posted on March 13, 2015 by Selby

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  • Posted on March 13, 2015 by Selby

    The Australians 1896. Original large sepia photograph of the Australian team who played Lord Sheffield's Eleven at Sheffield Park, near Uckfield, East Sussex on the 11-13th May 1896, standing and seated, in rows wearing Australian blazers, caps and cricket attire. Rare. 

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  • In the end it was not even close try again in 2019!!!!

    Posted on March 9, 2015 by Selby

    England are out of the World Cup. On a ground that has seen humiliation heaped upon them more than once in the past decade, they suffered one more ignominy, hustled out of the competition by a vibrant Bangladesh team who belied their status as whipping boys and delighted their thousands of supporters in the stands.

    In the end it was not even close.

    Set 276 to win, after Mahmudullah Riyad had underpinned the Bangladesh innings with his country’s first ever World Cup century, England were rarely in the race, subsiding not against spin, as might have been anticipated, but by urgent seam bowling that ripped out the England middle order, including the captain Eoin Morgan for a fourth-ball nought, his fifth duck in his last nine innings.

    Hitherto Morgan has expressed no concern for his form: he might want to reconsider that. 97 for one became 132 for five in the space of 10 overs and the game had been settled there and then. Throughout, Bangladesh were brilliantly led by Mashrafe Mortaza, their opening bowler who started the rot by dismissing Alex Hales and later returned to remove Joe Root, England’s most prolific batsman of this competition (the word prolific being a relative one).

    Bangladesh players celebrate after beating England.

    Bangladesh players celebrate after beating England. Photograph: Morne de Klerk/Getty Images

    Mahmudullah had come to the crease with the innings already in a small state of crisis, the wickets of both openers, Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes falling to slip catches as Jimmy Anderson swung the new ball almost for the first time in the tournament. Slips were posted – three and for a while four of them – an old fashioned idea that has somehow become fashionable once more: it will be flared trousers, cricket shirts slashed to the waist, and afro haircuts next.

    Along with Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah saw off the early challenge and the pair added 86 for the third wicket before a double strike saw Sarkar trying, and failing, to evade a brisk bouncer from Jordan, and Shakib al Hasan edging Moeen’s off break to slip. At 99 for four, it presented a second crisis, but one which Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur brushed aside.

    Mushfiqur knows his onions at this level, perhaps the oldest youngster in the game with 10 years international experience at the age of 26. Their stand of 141 for the fifth wicket is a Bangladesh World Cup record.

    But more pertinently, Mahmudullah made his way, with great care latterly, to the first hundred scored by a Bangladeshi in the 30 World Cup matches they have played. His celebrations were full and justified, the innings greeted rapturously by the Bangladesh supporters in their green and red shirts. When Mushfiqur finally caught up with him, it was as if a young child was hugging his father.

    It took a run out, Woakes hitting direct from short third man, to end Mahmudullah’s innings, but Mushfiqur began to open his shoulders.

    Because of his build he is always going to be a prolific cutter and carver, but he more than punches his weight off the front foot too, and by the time he skewed a slower ball from Broad to deep extra cover, he had hit eight fours and a six.

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  • Eoin Morgan has admitted his team were “outskilled” by a rampant New Zealand side

    Posted on February 21, 2015 by Selby

    Eoin Morgan has admitted his team were “outskilled” by a rampant New Zealand side, as they were beaten by eight wickets in Wellington, their second big World Cup defeat after that by Australia a week ago.

    But he denied that there will be panic changes when England meet Scotland in Christchurch on Monday. Bowled out for 123, their third lowest total in 11 World Cups, Tim Southee taking seven for 33, they were further humiliated by Brendon McCullum, who backed up his outstanding captaincy by hitting 77 from 25 balls, with eight fours and seven sixes, as the Black Caps won with the first power play barely done and a remarkable 226 balls to spare.

    “I have disappointment more than anything,” Morgan said after the match. “Credit has to be given to New Zealand for the way they bowled and fielded.

    “But when we are not doing our basics well we are being exposed by good teams and we have seen that here. We are not doing our basics right and we are not reproducing what we practise. These first two games, against Australia and New Zealand, we knew would be difficult playing against two of the favourites in their home conditions.

    “We envisaged or foresaw a future of having lost our first two games but not by these amounts. We can still make the quarter-finals but the sooner we start winning and getting momentum the better. In the first game against Australia we were under par and I could see us being tentative but here we were outskilled.”

    Morgan admitted that his decision to bat first having won the toss was a big contributory factor, allowing Southee to swing the ball throughout the innings in a masterful display that included a spell of five for 10 in 19 balls.

    “With hindsight I wouldn’t have batted first if I had known it would swing for that long,” he said. “There was not a cloud in the sky and it had not rained here for a while. If it looked like it was going to swing, obviously I would have had no hesitation in bowling first because that is our biggest strength.

    “It is the best bowling performance we have come across since we’ve been down this side of the world which says a lot considering we have played against Australia. Today we could not cope with it. The ball swung late and they exposed us. It looked really difficult and, when Southee can turn over guys like Ian Bell in the fashion he did, then credit to him.”

    The team will now fly down to Christchurch and it will be a ruminative journey. Morgan likes to back his players but there will be cause for some serious thoughts before taking on a Scotland team that gave the same New Zealand side more of a run for its money.

    “My gut instinct is I don’t want to go into a state of panic where we make three or four changes for one game,” added Morgan. “That is not what I am about. I have always believed in making good decisions and backing the right players at the right time. The XI we had playing today were the best I believed we had to win the game.

    “If conditions change in Christchurch, then we will plan accordingly but just because we were out performed today does not necessarily mean we will be binning anybody. The boys are quiet at the moment as they naturally will be. Guys are very disappointed and over the next day or so they will look at themselves individually and see what they can improve.

    “Collectively we are going to have to get tighter as a group and produce the collective performances we have been searching for. Instead of producing individual performances we need to produce team performances.”


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  • A Great Britain rowing? international cap, early 20th century, possibly Olympic 1908 related, in cream cloth, by George Kenning & son of London, with silkwork Union Jack and red tassel, sold together with another cream cloth cap from a similar period bearing a rowing motif, named in ink on lining R.H. Ince

    Posted on February 21, 2015 by Selby

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  • Edgar 'Eddie' John Barlow. Transvaal, Derbyshire & South Africa 1959-1982. World Series cricket cap worn by Barlow whilst playing for the 'World' Team 1977-1979. Light blue cap, by Albion, with World Series emblem to front. 'E.B.' handwritten to inner label. Some wear and staining otherwise in good condition. A rare cap. Previously sold by Bonhams as part of the 'Eddie Barlow' collection

    Posted on February 21, 2015 by Selby

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