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  • Monty Panesar,Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes, Boyd Rankin join the Ashes Tour

    Posted on September 24, 2013 by Selby


    Arguably England's number 2 spin bowler after Graeme Swann, Monty Panesar forgiven for his issues in Brighton (peeing on night club bouncers from a height) has been included  in the England team for the winter Ashes tour to Australia.

    Cricket memorabilia from the crucial "down under series" will be in big demand particularly signed cricket bats (by both teams, managers and umpires) signed scorecards, press photographs and cricket autographs and signed tour memorabilia from any of newly capped players who play impress. Fans who are attending matches would be advised to keep an eye out for Sheffield Shield Memorabilia very popular and collectable.

    Right arm medium fast bowler Boyd Rankin (Derby, Warks) 6ft 9in tall from  Co Tyrone  will take to the Australian wickets, providing extra pace and bounce and hopefully make an impression on the wicket tally, Rankin made his ODI debut in 2007 playing for Ireland against Bermuda.

    Ben Stokes has proved this  year  that he has developed his game, and merits a place in the team, the Durham all rounder has scored 674 and taken 40 wickets in his Counties winning season

    Some may feel that the selectors have been hard on Nick Compton and Graham Onions  choosing to play  inexperienced players in what must be the most important and competitive challenge in the cricket calendar

     The England Test squad is due to arrive in Perth 25/10, with the first Ashes match set to take place at  Brisbane four weeks later.

    England Squad : Alastair Cook (capt), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Boyd Rankin, Ben Stokes, Monty Panesar, Michael Carberry, Gary Ballance, Chris Tremlett

    I personally think England will have to be on top form to win the series the odds offered on England are ridiculous 4/9 on and Australia looks a much better bet at 13/8

    Watch out for some great cricket collectables from each of the 5 Test matches listed below:

    Nov 21 Brisbane

    Dec 5th Adlelaide

    Dec 13th Perth

    Dec 26th Melbourne

    Jan 3rd Sydney

    Tony Selby


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with cricket collectables, australian cricket memorabilia, ashes cricket memorabilia, cricket autographs, Alastair Cook, don bradman, australia v england cricket

  • England v Australia, 2nd ODI at Old Trafford

    Posted on September 9, 2013 by Selby

    Plenty of cricket signings last night at Old Trafford, memorabilia from the 1st two ODIs  will be on our website end of week. (emphasis on Michael Clarke man of the match)

    The tourists thrashed England today by 88 runs taking a 1-0 lead in the 5 match series, following a wash out Headingley in the 1st One Day International

    Michael Clarke having scored a century at Old Trafford in the Ashes series, led the way with 105 off 102 deliveries, finding the boundary 14 times to confirm his 8th ODI century. Clarke was well supported in a 4th wicket stand of 155 runs, by Vice Captain George Bailey who scored 82 off 67.

    Michael Clarke was later named man of the match, a well-deserved accolade for the persevering Australian.

    Chasing a target 327 runs statistically England were up against it, only having scored 300 to win an ODI match twice previously, they were all out 227 with 5.4 overs left.

    Edgbaston should well worth attending for 3rd ODI on Wednesday, another opportunity for some excellent cricket memorabilia

    Tony Selby 


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with australian cricket memorabilia, ashes cricket memorabilia, Alastair Cook, England v Australia ODI at Old Trafford, ODI series, one day international

  • Cricket at Malahide - Ireland v England

    Posted on September 4, 2013 by Selby


    Malahide Cricket Club was the place to be yesterday as Ireland took on England at the Dublin ground in front of an excited capacity crowd.

    Cricket Memorabilia from ODIs is always popular and there are a growing number of collectors now who concentrate on Irish matches.

    England fielded a much depleted side with Broad, Cook, Bell, Anderson, Swann, Pieterson, Root and Jonathon Trott, having a well-earned rest from the ODIs following their Ashes Victory last month

    Captain Eoin Morgan captained the England side which is notable in itself as he is the first of only two cricketers to score a One day International century for both England and Ireland.

    It is understandable that the predominantly Irish crowd were a bit agitated as they are used to seeing Eoin leading Ireland, Eoin hails from Dublin, and he played 23 ODIs for Ireland before switching to England following the 2007 World Cup.

    England won the toss and put Ireland in to bat, Skipper Porterfield “opener” put on 112 runs before being clean bowled by Rankin, his lively innings included one six and fourteen boundaries. Rankin must have improved his chances of touring with England this winter.

    Ireland finished on 269/7 after 50 overs with no other notable batting performances, in response England made 274/4 in 43 overs which included a record ODI 5th wicket stand of 226 runs, Morgan and Ravi Bopara scoring 124 and 101 respectively, both batsmen not out.

    It was not all plain sailing for England who found themselves in trouble early on at 48/4 it was then in the fifteenth over that Ravi and Morgan made their challenge. Tim Murtagh who made his First Class debut in 2000 for Surrey, bowled well taking 3 wickets for 33.

    Altogether it was a great day for spectators and for Irish Cricket

    We expect to have Cricket Collectables from the match on our website later this week including Autographs, signed cricket bats and official signed scorecards .

    Tony Selby


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with cricket collectables, ashes cricket memorabilia, Alastair Cook, Ireland v England Cricket, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara

  • T20 Cricket Memorabilia at The Rose Bowl Southampton

    Posted on August 30, 2013 by Selby


    England having won the toss chose to put the Australians in to bat leaving “man of the match” Aaron Finch to ensure the Tourists first international win of the summer, Aaron scored  a tremendous 156 runs off 63 balls including 14 sixes and 11 fours, before being bowled by Jade Dernbach,. Aaron beat the previous international record of 123 runs scored by New Zealand's Brendon McCullum to become the first Australian to score a T20 cricket international century.

    Cricket Memorabilia is always popular at T20 events and somewhat more available owing to the less formal atmosphere of a Test match; this was certainly so at the packed Southampton ground last night where players were more than generous with their offerings. The only downside being England selecting a relatively fresh eleven, better known for County Cricket achievements

    Chasing a target of 248/6 the England opening batsmen threw caution to the wind, with the first four wickets falling for just 34 runs Mitchell Johnson and Joss Hazlewood dismissing the key batsmen, Joe Root stemmed the flow putting on 90 runs off 49 balls not out, the hosts putting up a spirited fight making 209/6, but it wasn’t enough.

    Cricket Collectables look forward to the 2nd and final T20 on Saturday at Durham before the start of the 5 ODI series.

    Tony Selby


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with cricket collectables, australian cricket memorabilia, ashes cricket memorabilia, Alastair Cook, Rose Bowl Southampton, Jade Dernbach, Aaron Finch, T20 cricket, T20 memorabilia

  • England v Australia at the Oval Day 3

    Posted on August 24, 2013 by Selby


    Come on England this is like a go slow following an industrial dispute, not cricket!! 2 runs in the last 7 overs

    Think of the spectators, rain permitting

    Tony Selby


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with cricket collectables, australian cricket memorabilia, ashes cricket memorabilia, Alastair Cook

  • Australian Cricket Memorabilia – 5th Test the Oval

    Posted on August 22, 2013 by Selby


    The Oval is an inspiring cricket ground, the place where Len Hutton scored 364 runs against the Aussies in 1938 and Devon Malcolm took 9 wickets for 57 runs against South Africa in 1994, the ground where the first home Test match was played in 1880 an occasion when the legendary cricketer WG Grace scored a century securing victory for England.

    Ashes cricket memorabilia has been available throughout the first four matches of the series as is always the case with Ashes Collectables, in particular autographed cricket bats, sports autographs and signed press photographs

    I always enjoy the Oval especially the hospitality suite at the “Pavilion end,” Today was the day when Australia finally made a convincing fight back in the series from their position of  four matches played, a draw at Old Trafford,  a match that I think the tourists deserved to win and three wins for the home side.

    Australia having won the toss and electing to bat finished the day on 307/4, with number 3 bat Shane Watson contributing a magnificent 176 off a 113 deliveries. Watson’s innings was not without drama, he was hit on the head by a bouncer from Stuart Broad, Cook missed a slips catch when he was on 104 and he benefited from LBW decision having made 160.

    The England selectors must be pondering on their decision to leave  Steven Finn and Tremlett out of the side.

    Ashes memorabilia from the series will be listed in our online shop this weekend.

    Tony Selby


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with cricket collectables, bodyline series, australian cricket memorabilia, ashes cricket memorabilia, cricket autographs, Alastair Cook, don bradman, the oval, ashes series 2013, len hutton, wg grace

  • Rob Heffernan wins WAC gold medal - Congratulations

    Posted on August 16, 2013 by Selby


    Congratulations to Cork athlete Rob Heffernan on his WAC gold medal following his success in the 50 km event held in Moscow

    Sports autographs are always in demand especially when they belong  to a gold medallist

    Rob 35, who is now Ireland’s 3rd all-time WAC gold medallist won easily in 3.37 which was a record timing for this year, Mikhail Ryzhov took silver, having never put in a serious challenge to the winner

    The last time Ireland won a gold medal at the World championships  was back in 1995 when Sonia O’ Sullivan took the 5.000 Metre event in Gothenberg so convincingly .

    Fellow Irishman Brendan Boyce finished in 25 place putting in a personal best 3.54

    The newly appointed Irish president Michael D Higgins joined Enda Kenny in congratulating Rob on his success

    The Taoiseach said: “This gold medal shows his tremendous strength of character and determination to grow stronger from each near miss.”

    Sports minister Leo Varadkar said Heffernan turned in an “outstanding performance”

    "It's a huge achievement for Rob," he said.

    "After so many years competing at the very top level of international race walking, it is a just and most deserved reward for all his hard work and determination."

    At Cricket Collectables were are always endeavouring to locate the most popular sports memorabilia

    Tony Selby


    This post was posted in Athletics memorabilia, Olympics Memorabilia and was tagged with Olympic Memorabilia, athletics, gold medal, wac championships

  • Posted on August 13, 2013 by Selby


    Surprised to see the Aussies let that one get away allowing England to confirm their superiority winning the Ashes 3/0  and the 4th Test with a convincing 74 run victory at Chester Le Street

    The last few days has seen a number of Autograph Signings, Signed Cricket Bats and Memorabilia, and what a nice way to spend your spend watching exciting cricket especially the Ashes. Cant say enough about the delightful ground Durham and the hospitality of the club.

    Alastair Cook’s team were winners at Durham with a day to spare in the 4th test when Australia somehow lapsed into a sudden batting collapse while attempting to score a not unobtainable 299 runs for a first series win. Stuart Broad put the nail in the coffin for the tourists with some splendid bowling 5/71 in the 1st innings and 6/50 in the 2nd.

    It is a landmark for England as the last time they won 3 matches In a home series was 28 years ago

    The England 1st innings was disappointing with only one half century scored by Cook, with Nathan Lyon taking 4 important wickets for 42 runs, Ian Bell who has had a great series so far, was the hero of 2nd innings  scoring 113 runs before being bowled by Ryan Harris, a seriously good fast bowler, who ended the innings with 7 important wickets for 117 runs.

    The tourists will be all out to win their first match of the series at the Oval starting Wednesday 21st August, should be a match well worth attending!!

    Tony Selby


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with cricket memorabilia, cricket collectables, the ashes, bodyline series, australian cricket memorabilia, ashes cricket memorabilia, Alastair Cook, durham cc

  • Ashes 2013: Ian Bell says England need lead of 300 to win Test

    Posted on August 12, 2013 by Selby

    Cricket Collectables update "The Ashes Durham"


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with cricket collectables, the ashes, australian cricket memorabilia, ashes cricket memorabilia, cricket autographs, Alastair Cook

  • Cricket. England v Australia at Durham, Day 1

    Posted on August 10, 2013 by Selby

     

    I thought Australia should have won the cricket match at Old Trafford, now another poor start by England, what will they do to save this one!!

    Autograph signings are taking place over the next few days and we expect a good collection of cricket memorabilia, signed cricket bats, team sheets and some signed scorecards as well as the usual tour collectables.

    Chester Le Street home to Durham CC has this summer been the venue for three relatively low scoring County matches but I could never have imagined the home team ending day 1 on 238/9, this could be what the tourists need for a 2/2 Ashes series result, it is some consolation to look back to England’s 1st innings at Trent Bridge where they were all out for 215 and went on to win the match by 14 runs courtesy of Ian Bell (109) and Anderson (5/73) in the 2nd innings, not forgetting low order wickets from Swann, Broad and Root.

    England need to maintain their record at Durham where they have won all four Tests in recent years defeating Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and the West Indies, though that should not be compared to an Ashes Series.

    Lets hope that Jimmy Anderson and Tim Bresnan can capitalise on their 28 stand tomorrow morning.

    Sports Autographs and memorabilia will be available from this match early next week.

    Tony Selby


    This post was posted in Cricket memorabilia and was tagged with cricket collectables, bodyline series, australian cricket memorabilia, ashes cricket memorabilia, stuart broad, Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, ian bell, chester le street, durham cc, anderson

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