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  • Posted on August 6, 2013 by Selby


    What a day at Old Trafford no sooner do Australia start showing their true potential and the whole things rained off. Australia deserved to win and with decent weather would have.

    Autograph Signings have taken place throughout the series with particular emphasis on the memorable  Lords Test.

    The last 5 days have been a lesson for players and fans alike not to become too complacent, things can so quickly go the other way, there is so certainly plenty to do at Chester-le- street starting Friday.

    Australia having declared overnight on 172/7 and England needing 232 to win the home side fell to pieces, with the scoreboard showing 35/3 Australia, in my opinion would have had no problem bowling the hosts out with a hefty 72.3 overs remaining. Talk about saved by rain!!!!

    Trent Bridge got England off to a cracking start which they followed up by hammering Australia at Lords opening the path to their fastest retention of Ashes since the 1928/29 series when they won the first three matches

    England may have retained the Ashes at this dismal show but they now need to win the series, which after yesterday’s display won’t be the 4-0 they are hoping for, with Australia gathering momentum 2-2 is not beyond the bounds of possibility.

    The selectors have been quick to act by including Durham fast bpwler Graham Onions and Chris Tremlett in the 13 man squad for the 4th Test.

    "While the players should be congratulated on retaining the Ashes there is still a lot of cricket left in this series and it is important that the players recover and refocus ahead of another crucial week of Test cricket," said England national selector Geoff Miller

    Sports autographs and Cricket Memorabilia will be available for the series later this month.

    Let’s look forward to a spectacular match at Durham on Friday.

    Tony Selby


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  • The Ashes – Signed Cricket Bats

    Posted on August 5, 2013 by Selby


    Match used cricket bats are always popular with the collector, none more so than Signed Cricket Bats emanating from the Ashes Series.

    Bats which have survived the notorious Bodyline series 1932,33 are considered extremely desirable, especially if you are lucky enough to find one signed by both teams items from the Invincibles tour of England in 1948.

    At Cricket Collectables we advise putting your efforts into specific areas and time periods in our case we tend to concentrate on pre 1948, this can be expensive and there are many 1950 – up to the current Ashes bats well worth collecting.

    One should not ignore the benefits of collecting County Team bats as there are many available, say Middlesex, Lancashire, Somerset and Worcester, County bats are often signed by up to four counties and nearly always when match used by both teams, however Ashes signed cricket bats are at the top of the list

    Cricketers have a varied approach to signings some are more prolific when it comes to Autographs and if approached at Cricket grounds from Trent Bridge to the Queens Park Oval, Trinidad  are happy to oblige fans, take for example Don Bradman  the greatest cricketer of all who would seem almost anxious to provide his autograph whereas on the other hand Sidney Barnes has rarely put pen to paper most of his autographs are hand stamped.

    It is reasonable to assume that when a cricketer has "passed on to new grounds" that his legacy for the enthusiast is his hand written autograph, it is the normal rule of supply and demand there can only be so many signings before the rarity factor plays it’s part.

    The keen collector time and funds permitting can follow auctions  and sales around the world make notes and compile lists of autographs with a rarity value.   Often rare autographs and team sheetscontain not only the signatures of players but also baggage masters, manager’s coaches, umpires and occasionally the Captain of the ship carrying the touring side.

    I tend to concentrate on collecting Pre-War Ashes items, some other bats I have collected feature England v West Indies, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Scotland, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

    Of particular interest is the Australian Sheffield Shield along with English County Clubs, many of the cricket legends played first class matches in the various championships and leagues which makes for an ideal hunting ground.

    It is important that Cricket memorabilia is associated with outstanding events, legendary players and winning teams the reason there is so much demand for Ashes test match collectables.

    I am always interested in autographs and cricket memorabilia associated with the1932/33 Bodyline series. I have noted below players to look for when collecting these unique bats.

    Captain was Douglas Jardine, Vice-Captain Bob Wyatt, the MCC side was managed by Plum Warner (Middlesex, England) and Richard Palairet (Secretary of Surrey CC)

    Signatures need to be looking for, 1932/33, include the following:

    Douglas Jardine, Surrey

    Bob Wyatt, Warks

    Gubby Allen, Middx

    Les Ames, Kent (keeper)

    Bill Bowes, Yorks

    Freddie Brown, Surrey

    George Duckworth, Lancs

    Walter Hammond ,Glos

    Harold Larwood, Notts (opening bowler)

    Maurice Leyland, Yorks

    Tommy Mitchell, Derbys

    Pataudi, Worcs

    Eddie Paynter, Lancs

    Herbert Sutcliffe, Yorks

    Maurice Tate, Sussex

    Hedley Verity, Yorks

    Bill Voce, Notts (opening fast bowler)

    All collectables associated with the 1932/33 Australia v England series will always be at premium and sought after by enthusiasts

    I have listed below some of the Ashes signed cricket bats we have obtained which are of significance: (pre 1900 is just not available unfortunately)

    1911/12, look for autographs to include: Jack Hobbs and Sydney Barnes

    1920/21, Warwick Armstrong

    1926,      Jack Hobbs, Herbert Sutcliffe and Herbie Collins

    1928/29,  Don Bradman maiden Test

    1934,       Don Bradman and Ponsford

    1938,       Len Hutton

    1948,       5th test at the oval, the Invincibles

    Cricket bats from the modern era are far more readily available; it is almost a policy for Test Cricketer to carry out signings where a large number of bats are autographed at a single rather expensive signing.  Often bats are signed for charity auctions and worthwhile causes.

    Good luck with your collecting, a most enjoyable fulfilling hobby.

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby

     

     

     


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  • Day 4, 3rd Test, Old Trafford

    Posted on August 5, 2013 by Selby


    Michael Clarke had done everything possible to put Australia in a winning position but even he can’t control poor lighting and rain, which has all but put an end to an enthralling 3rd Test.

    Several signings of cricket memorabilia took place which was an unexpected bonus for collectors; we now have available from the series autographed cricket bats, Australian tour paraphernalia, autographs and scorecards.

    Australia are 2 down in the series and need a win here at Manchester to have a chance at winning the series, a draw means victory for the hosts.

    With rain forecast again tomorrow it is difficult to understand Michael Clarke not using his option to declare earlier every minute counts for the tourists who must take 10 wickets, win the match to avoid a third consecutive Ashes series defeat.

    To put things into perspective leading bookies are offering 50/1 on an Australian match win (1/100 draw) and the most England have made to win a match in the 4th test at Manchester is 294, at the moment they need 331, if they weather was ok on Monday would the tourists declare and leave England the chance to get the runs or would England play for the draw and the Ashes. So maybe it better to bet on Kevin Pietesen 7/2 highest scorer 2nd innings!!!

    It could have been one of the classic Ashes contests with a full house here at Old Trafford and Sky audiences watching around the world, maybe with a declaration it’s not too late, play starts at the usual time and an extra 8 overs may be added at the end of the day weather permitting and England focusing on the runs not the draw. A draw seems the most likely result but all three outcomes are still a possibility.

    Health & Safety seems to have encroached the cricket pitch, these were the reasons for the early finish given by Tony Hill and Marais Erasmus for curtailing the innings, England captain had been given the option to put his spinners on but he declined.

    ICC changed the rules in 2010 giving the umpires not the batsman the final word on playing conditions, to quote:

    ."If at any time the umpires together agree that the conditions of ground, weather or light are so bad that there is obvious and foreseeable risk to the safety of any player or umpire, so that it would be unreasonable or dangerous for play to take place, then they shall immediately suspend play, or not allow play to commence or to restart," the rule reads.

    "The decision as to whether conditions are so bad as to warrant such action is one for the umpires alone to make."

    If the go slow tactics England used today averaging up to 2 minutes between overs are adopted again on Monday we could be in for tedious final day.

    Cricket Collectables will be attending the match again on Monday and hope to secure a plethora of interesting Ashes memorabilia!!!

    Tony Selby


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  • Baggy Greens have the upper hand

    Posted on August 4, 2013 by Selby


    It was a Kevin Pietersen (113) batting lesson for a change, at Old Trafford, I enjoyed every moment, full house and lots of atmosphere, though not so good for cricket memorabilia as is often the case during pressure phases of a test series.

    Kevin Pietersen’s stimulating performance showed once again how he can turn a match around.

    Cook (62) and Bell (60) all probably did enough to see England avoid the follow on; with 34 runs still needed to reach the crucial 328 Michael Clarkes options may still be open.

    Australia needs to take the final three wickets early tomorrow whilst restricting England’s score to within the 328 target.

    Kevin Pietersen now becomes England’s all time highest scorer in all formats of cricket making 113 runs before being lbw to Michael Starc, yet another controversial DRS decision. The DRS system has led to all sorts of dispute during the current series which must create doubt as to its future in the current format.

    Michael Starc bowled well with 3/75 as did Ryan Harris with 2/50

    The weather reports while unreliable still favour a draw which would not suit the tourists as anything other than a win would hand the England the Ashes

    Ashes cricket memorabilia is always special and judging by individual and team performance this year is no exception.

    Tony Selby


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  • Baggy Greens dominate at Old Trafford

    Posted on August 3, 2013 by Selby


    AN England side with three players  Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Graeme Swann  who have all taken 200 plus test wickets could not contain a fine Australian batting display on the controversially revamped Old Trafford pitch

    Cricket signings are available today at the ground and memorabilia includes Australian tour brochures, autographed cricket bats, signed scorecards and teamsheets

    With 276 runs required to avoid the follow on its time for England’s top order batsmen to show their mettle, with a batting line up stronger than Aus there is a lot expected from Pieterson, Trott, Cook and Bell

    Clarke must take full credit for his outstanding 187 runs and decision as skipper to declare leaving his side to get a couple of wickets before close of play, a great psychological advantage, it was disappointing to see Bresnan and Root back in the pavilion with only nine runs between them even though reviews show Bresnan could still be batting.

    Whether or not David Warner deserved his barracking from the crowd it is a matter of opinion, I don’t think he will take it too seriously.

    Paddy Power offer 20/1 on an England win and with some spin in the wicket and favourable weather conditions it sounds quite generous odds, forgetting about the draw.

    Cricket Collectables are now available for the first two matches and if this turns into an England win will be in even greater demand!!

    Tony Selby


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  • Posted on August 2, 2013 by Selby


    Fantastic atmosphere up here at Old Trafford as Australia hit form, closing on a comfortable 303/3 in front of 26.000 sell out crowd.

    Signings will be taking place over the weekend as usual and we expect autographed cricket bats, signed scorecards, sports autographs, and plenty of other cricket memorabilia.

    Michael Clarke had said earlier that Australia intended to make a fight of things and that’s exactly what happened as he lead by example with a splendid century (a series first and MC’s 24 th), completing the tourists best Ashes Innings of the series.

    Controversy was never far away, another DRS umpire driven fiasco when Usman Khawaja was caught behind off Graeme Swann, the tourists sought clarification from the ICC , the general consensus was “not out” a decision referred to by Australian PM Kevin Rudd “one of the worst decisions ever”. It should be noted it went both ways and that each teams received poor decisions but the issue runs deeper when it comes to an individual career being on the line leaving an underlying problem, with the ICC relying on neutral decisions rather than more simply selecting the best available, experienced umpires.

    England bowlers Swann, Bresnan and Broad all bowled well the difference from the first two series was that Aus had regained form and this time were all out to win

    It is strange how sports betting can change ones perspective England are currently offered at 7/1 by Paddy Power and I find it very tempting to take the odds, problem being that I don’t really want to spend the next few days willing the tourists to lose, if they win this match it will be good for the game and encourage more tourist cricket collectables signings!!!!

    Back to the Usman decision it does seem to work both ways as when Smith appeared leg before to Broad the hosts had no referrals left leaving Smith at the wicket ending the day on 70 not out, Clarke on 125 with an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 174

    I will be watching David Warner with interest tomorrow as he comes in at number 6 whenever that may be, great things are expected from him, no pressure.

    Tony Selby


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  • Sri Lanka beat South Africa to win series

    Posted on July 29, 2013 by Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia from the exciting one day series at Pallekele will be available on Tuesday, in particular signed cricket balls by Dilshan and Sangakkara

    Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara pulverised South Africa's bowling as Sri Lanka took a decisive 3-1 lead in the one-day series with an eight-wicket victory in Pallekele on Sunday.

    Scorecard

    Dilshan returned unbeaten on 115 and Sangakkara made 91 during a record partnership of 184 runs to steer the hosts past South Africa's 238 all out in the 44th over of the day-night match.

    The emphatic victory by the 2011 World Cup finalists reduced Wednesday's fifth and final match in Colombo to a formality.

    Dilshan's 17th one-day century and the second against South Africa was studded with 16 boundaries. Sangakkara kept pace with his partner with eight fours and two sixes.

    The pair put on Sri Lanka's highest one-day stand for any wicket against the Proteas after opener Mahela Jayawardene had been removed for 12 in the 10th over.

    Left-handed Sangakkara missed his second hundred in the series when he holed out in the deep off Morne Morkel when just 10 more were needed for victory.

    Ragged South Africa paid dearly for conceding 20 extras that included 17 wides and a no-ball.

    Earlier, JP Duminy hit 97 and a fit-again Hashim Amla made 77 to lift South Africa to 238 after the tourists won the toss and elected to bat.

    But the Proteas undid a good start by losing eight wickets for 87 runs after cruising at 118-1 in the 22nd over.

    Duminy lashed seven boundaries and two sixes before he was last man out in the 49th over, bowled by unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis three runs short of a century.

    Mendis finished with four for 51, while sling-arm fast bowler Lasith Malinga claimed three for 52 and Dilshan took two wickets.

    Amla, batting for the first time in the series after being injured while fielding in the only other game he played, anchored the start with a fluent half-century that contained nine boundaries.

    Duminy shared a second-wicket stand of 101 with Amla after Quinton de Kock had been bowled by Malinga in the third over.

    Tony Selby

    times of india


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  • Joe Root justifies selection

    Posted on July 21, 2013 by Selby


    What an outstanding performance by Joe Root making his maiden Test century as an England opening bat, leaving the hosts to close day 3 at Lords with  an unreachable 566 run lead, it rather seems to have justified the Nick Compton decision

    Things could have been so different if he had not survived the mix up between keeper Haddin and Michael Clarke on Friday.

    Root and Bell seemed there forever until their 153 run stand ended when Bell misjudged a short ball and was caught by Steve Smith at mid wicket Signed cricket bats are availabe for the Lords Test and containing Roots autograph all the more popular

    It seems today at Lords will just be a formality however Tiger Woods needs to make sure Westwood doesn't move any further ahead at Muirfield (not forgetting Hunter Mahon good odd!!!

    Tony Selby

     


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  • Aussies take the edge at Lords

    Posted on July 19, 2013 by Selby


    Another brilliant day of Ashes cricket at Lords, full of  excitement, sports signings and an abundance of cricket memorabilia, It's definitely advantage to Australia thanks to Ian Bell completing the 19th Test century of his career. Having watched day one of the second Test, I personally wouldn’t read much into the collapse of Peterson and Trott these things happen!! wait for the second innings?

    Ian Bell now proudly follows in the illustrious footsteps of  Jack Hobbs, Wally Hammond and Chris Broad by hitting 3 (Hobbs actually did it twice)  Ashes centuries in 3 consecutive matches.

    Bell was on great form when he walked down the pavilion steps with England on 28/3, it is just a shame that Jonathon Trott was unable to follow through on his splendid 58 run innings.

    Mustn't forget Jonny Bairstow’s 67 runs which nearly never happened when he escaped with his wicket from a Peter Siddle no ball delivery.

    it is a shame more runs were not scored as the weather was perfect and the  dry pitch seeming full of potential. it was an opportunity to see new faces as both sides had made necessary  changes for the Lords Test, with Usman Khawaja and Ryan Harris joining the Australia side replacing  Cowan and Starc, and Bresnan controversially in my opinion replacing Steve Finn. (we may well miss his bowling!!)

    I am hoping a couple of signed cricket bats (tourists) will made available on Saturday!!!! If the England openers make a job of it with the new ball on Friday morning it could become a memorable Test series which is what Cricket Memorabilia is all about

    I will be making an early start to take a birds eye view in the Warner Stand!!

    Tony Selby

     

    on the field

    England - Alastair Cook, Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Swann, James Anderson

    Australia - Shane Watson, Chris Rodgers, Usman Khawaja, Phil Hughes, Michael Clarke, Steve Smith, Haddin, Ashton Agar, Peter Siddle,  Pattinson, Ryan Harris.


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  • At Lords today a number of signings over the next few days and plenty of cricket memorabilia, signed cricket bats, autographs, Australian tour brochures, scorecards, teamsheets etc, following on from the exciting last day at Trent Bridge

    Posted on July 18, 2013 by Selby


    At Lords today a number of signings over the next few days and plenty of cricket memorabilia, signed cricket bats, autographs, Australian tour brochures, scorecards, teamsheets etc, following on from the exciting last day at Trent Bridge. After heroic last-wicket stands in each innings, Australia eventually lost by 14 runs on Sunday. But they will be buoyed by the resilience and resource they showed at the midpoint of a horrible year in which they have been beaten 4-0 in India and failed to advance past the first round of the Champions Trophy. The touring side's cause was hardly advanced with news on Tuesday that their former South African coach Mickey Arthur, who was sacked 16 days before the Trent Bridge Test, had alleged he was the victim of discrimination and was demanding reinstatement or $3.6 million compensation. Despite the narrow margin in Nottingham, England were ultimately deserved winners and James Anderson at the height of his powers produced the decisive deliveries of the game to account for two of his 10 wickets. Anderson removed captain Michael Clarke in the first innings with the perfect delivery, a ball which swung late into the batsman then evaded the outside edge to hit the top of the off-stump. The second key wicket was the final ball of the match which vice-captain Brad Haddin, whose gritty 71 had threatened to snatch victory from England's grasp, edged to Matt Prior. Australia will relish the sun and the surroundings at the home of world cricket. To recover from one-down and regain the Ashes, though, their top-order batting must fire and Usman Khawaja may come in at number three to replace the out-of-form Ed Cowan. "He had a tough game," said new coach Darren Lehmann. "We've told Ed how we want him to play and how we want him to bat. That certainly hasn't changed from when he first came into the side. "He'll be disappointed with the shots. So are we. "We've certainly got to bat better as a top order, that's probably the key. We're going to bowl very well and we know we can control their batters. It's a matter of making more runs." WATSON IN SPOTLIGHT Clarke, who enjoyed a wondrous 2012 with 1,595 runs at an average of precisely 106, failed in both innings after his build-up was hampered by a chronic back ailment. The only other Australian batsman of comparable pedigree is the highly gifted but perennially frustrating Shane Watson who contributed 46 to a second-innings opening partnership of 84. Australia urgently need an innings from Watson of a stature to match his talent and Lord's would be the perfect setting to shrug off the under-achiever's tag. But he will be under even more pressure after it was reported in Australia that Arthur had claimed Clarke had described his former vice-captain as "a cancer" in the side. Another option is to drop a batsman and play five specialist bowlers with off-spinner Nathan Lyon joining Ashton Agar. Agar, who fell two short on his debut of becoming the first number 11 in Test history to make a century, took two for 82 from 35 overs in the second innings with his left-arm orthodox spin. In contrast to Australia's fragile top order, England's key batsmen scored runs at critical times at Trent Bridge. Jonathan Trott contributed 48 to their modest first-innings 215 and captain Alastair Cook (50) laid a solid foundation in the second with Kevin Pietersen (64). The crucial innings came from Ian Bell, whose 109 in more than six hours was perfectly calibrated for a sun-baked pitch demanding intense concentration with its low, slow and sometimes unpredictable bounce. England have named the same 13-man squad for the Test with the final decision again resting between the pacers Steven Finn, Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions. Finn, given the new ball in the first innings, dismissed two of the first three Australian batsmen cheaply on the first day. Thereafter life was more difficult. He took no more wickets, conceded 117 from his 25 overs and was entrusted with only two overs on the final day which went for 25 runs as Haddin decided he was the bowler he could attack. Teams (from): England: Alastair Cook (Capt.), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Graham Onions. Australia: Michael Clarke (Capt.), Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Ed Cowan, Usman Khawaja, Phillip Hughes, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson.

    Tony Selby,

    times of india,

    cricketcollectables


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