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  • England Level the ODI Series at McLean Park

    Posted on February 20, 2013 by Selby

    England Level the ODI Series at McLean Park Napier

    England 270 for 2 (47.4) defeat New Zealand 269 all out (48.5)

    The Tourist bounced back today defeating the Blackcaps at Napier by eight wickets, levelling the ODI series 1 – 1.

    Autograph Signings are taking place throughout the series.

    Alastair Cook (Ess) put the hosts into bat, the two openers Watling and Rutherford were quickly dismissed for 18 runs, both bowled by James Anderson (Lancs), caught by Cook.

    Williamson and Taylor put on 72 runs with Ross Taylor ending his innings on a 100 out to Anderson caught by Jos Buttler.

    Brendon McCullem batted well adding a further 74 runs off 36 balls before being caught by Chris Woakes (War) off Stuart Broad. The tail enders contributed only about a dozen runs between them ending the Blackcaps innings on 269 all out.

    James Anderson must be congratulated in my opinion on a match winning 5 wickets for 34 runs.

    Alastair Cook and Ian Bell (War) put on an 89 run opening stand setting the pace for a good start, followed up by Joe Root 79 not out and Jonathon Trott (War) 65 not out adding a further 121 runs for the 3rd wicket. Cook was out on 78 runs caught and bowled by Southee.

    Joe Root stood out playing consistently well, with a variety of strokes, Joe put on his 79 runs off 56 balls having survived two missed catches; his innings will leave selectors in a quandary on KP’s return to ODI.

    Cricket Memorabilia is available for series including the International Twenty-20s and the ODI.s

    Tony Selby

     

     


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  • William P Howell (Aus. NSW) Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on February 19, 2013 by Selby


    William P Howell (Aus, NSW) was born in Penrith New South Wales on December 29th 1869 he died on July 14th 1940 aged 70, in Castlereagh Sydney.

    Cricket Memorabilia associated with Bill Howell is available usually in the form of cricket autographs from his visits with the Australian team to England usually signed individually or on official team sheets over his nine year First Class Cricket career.

    Bill was a popular Australian cricketer of note, renowned for his right arm medium pace spin bowling, he batted left hand in the lower order.

    Bill made his first class debut in 1894 playing at the top level until 1905.

    He made his Test debut, Australia v England at Adelaide in January 1898 playing in 18 Test matches until 1904.

    Known primarily for his bowling skills Bill had the unusual ability to bowl a medium pace spin from a length, evidently bowling a full 23 yards, delivering the ball from behind the crease, he proved himself in November 1894 playing for New South Wales v AE Stoddart’s XI at Sydney cricket ground when he took 5 wickets for 44 runs.

    Stoddart’s X1 won the match by 8 wickets in spite of Frank Iredale putting on 133 runs in the first innings.

    His Test debut, the 3rd Test at the Adelaide Oval in 1898 was a success as he dismissed top order bat AC McLaren (Lancs) in the 1st innings taking 4 wickets for 70 runs, dismissing McLaren again in the 4th Test at Melbourne. Australia won the series 4-1.

    He had varying success with the bat, known for his hard hitting on one memorable  occasion, AE Stoddarts XI v NSW in 1898 at Sydney he scored 95 runs off 69 balls in the 2nd innings.

    In the 1899 England v Australia Test series in the third match he dismissed the entire Surrey team 10/28 (23.2 overs, 14 maidens, 28 runs, 10 wickets).The only batsman not dismissed by Bill was the Captain Kingsmill James Key. The Australian side won by an innings and 71 runs.

    He played well in South Africa v Australia Tests taking 14 wickets for 170 runs his style of bowling was well suited  to the Southern Hemisphere wickets.

    Bill performed well in the Sheffield Shield averaging 22.80 with the ball and a best score of 128 with the bat. Cricket Autographs and Scorecards are available for the SS series

    On his retirement from cricket Bill returned to his favourite hobby of Bee Keeping in Penrith NSW.

    Tony Selby

     

     

     


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  • Blackcaps v England 1st ODI at Hamilton

    Posted on February 18, 2013 by Selby


    Blackcaps v England 1st ODI at Hamilton

    England    258 all out

    Blackcaps 259 for 7 wickets

    Autograph Signings will take place through to the 3rd Test at Eden Park, marking the England tour of New Zealand.

    On Sunday at the Seddon Park ground, despite the England top order batsmen, Ian Bell, Jonathon Trott and Joe Root making some useful scores, the Tourists were defeated by 3 wickets. This was their second loss at the Park in seven days.

    The Blackcaps put the England side in to bat and having achieved a solid position of 190 for 3 through 40 overs, England lost 7 all important wickets for just 68 runs in the last ten overs, McClenaghan, Franklin and Mills doing most of the damage. McCallum performed well in the field responsible for the wickets of Bell, Woakes and Stuart Broad.

    The Blackcaps finding themselves on 155 for 5, assisted by Kane Williamson’s 74 runs, hit back when McCallum (90 not out) scored 69 off 61 deliveries, whilst Martin Guptill having returned to the pavilion injured in the sixth over was sufficiently recovered to hit four 4’s and a six securing victory for the Blackcaps with 2 matches left in the series.

    James Anderson (Lancs) rested since the 4th Test at Napur in December, made history with the last ball of his first over by bowling BJ Watling with  an inswinger, it was his 529th International wicket, Ian Botham had held the record of 528 wickets.

    The ball used to bowl James Anderson into the record books will make an interesting item of Cricket Memorabilia

    Tony Selby


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  • Lumb and Hales seal an England T20 Victory

    Posted on February 16, 2013 by Selby

    Lumb and Hales seal an England T20 Victory

    England finally showed their metal by polishing off the England v New Zealand T20 series, winning by 10 wickets with 44 deliveries remaining, to make it 2 – 1 for the Series.

    Cricket Memorabilia from Fridays match at Wellington will be especially popular with collectors and fans. There are plenty of autographs, signed programmes, scorecards and tour collectables.

    Autograph signings have been taking place throughout the three match series.

    Stuart Broad elected to put the hosts in to bat first at the Westpac Stadium and having taken 4 wickets for 24 runs in the first at Auckland, none in the 2nd match at Hamilton, he regained form taking 3 wicket for 15 runs, Finn bowled well despite his lack of wickets, whilst Jade Dernbach bowling fast medium took a useful 3 for 38. Eight of NZ bats were dispatched owing to a tight display of fielding.

    James Tredwell contributed taking the all-important wicket of Brendan McCullum caught in fine style on 26 runs by Jonny Barstow at mid-wicket

    With the team hitting form this bodes well going into the first ODI tomorrow at Hamilton

    Michael Lumb and Alex Hales (who was dropped on 6 by Taylor) scored the team’s best opening stand in T20 Cricket, Hales accounting for 80 runs off 42 deliveries and Lumb 53 off 34 which included five sixes.

    Sporting Memorabilia from the event will be appearing on our website over the next few days.

    Tony Selby


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  • New Zealand v England Twenty20

    Posted on February 13, 2013 by Selby

    New Zealand v England Twenty20

    Cricket Memorabilia from the New Zealand v England Twenty20 series is fairly abundant and we hope to have a number of Autograph Signings at the end of the series.

    Following an excellent opening match in Auckland last Saturday the England side could not keep the momentum going and were outclassed at Seddon Park leaving the Black Caps with numerous openings and winning chances resulting in a New Zealand win by 55 runs to level the series 1 -1 going into the decider in Wellington on Friday.

    The effect on the ICC rankings was to demote England from 3rd place 6th

    A combination of Stuart Broad electing to field and putting in a below par bowling performance saw the writing on the wall for a NZ win.

    England conceded 38 runs off the last two overs; Skipper Brendon McCullen’s watchable innings of 74 off only 38 deliveries before exiting from a catch off Dernbach sealed the tourist’s fate.

    Joe Buttler hit form at the right time scoring 54 off 30 and Jade Dernbach’s 38/3 off 4 overs was encouraging going into the Wellington decider.

    Autograph signings will hopefully be on Friday I will keep you posted!!!

    Tony Selby


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  • Watching out for Fake Sports Memorabilia

    Posted on February 11, 2013 by Selby

     

     Beware when purchasing online Sports Memorabilia

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  • Guide to collecting Don Bradman Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on February 7, 2013 by Selby


    Guide to collecting Don Bradman Cricket Memorabilia

    The Player

    Don Bradman (1908-2001) Played for Australia, New South Wales and South Australia, the legendary cricketer was knighted in 1949 for his services to the sport.

    Bradman was renowned for his contributions to cricket both on and off the field, in later life he became Chairman of the Australian Board of Control and served as a member of the National selection committee he became regarded as a cricketing statesman.

    Don Bradman made his First Class debut at the Adelaide Oval NSW v South Australia in 1927 where he scored 118 runs.

    Most would say Don Bradman was the greatest batsman of the 20th century, his international career spanned 20 years from 1930 to 1948 when he made his Farwell tour of England skippering the Invincibles, the team were undefeated which is a record still standing today. During his career Bradman broke all records; statistically his achievements on the field are without comparison.

    During his 80 match Test career he scored 6.996 runs at an average of 99.94 to include 29 centuries and a top score of 334.

    England became concerned that Bradman was dominating Test cricket so prior to the 1932/33 Australia v England series a meeting was held at the Piccadilly Hotel in London.

    .A decision was made to review the Australian batting performance during the recent 1930 tour of England. The five Test series was won 2/1 by the tourists.

    Bradman had scored an incredible 974 at a batting average of 140 during the series

    Four Notts players, England Captain Douglas Jardine, Arthur Carr and two leading edge fast bowlers Harold Larwood and Bill Voce decided to adopt a controversial tactic known as “leg theory”; this was put into practice in the 3rd Test at Adelaide.

    Bradman dealt with the hostile bowling attack with his usual dexterity, moving to the leg side of the crease he positioned himself away from the line of delivery cutting the ball through openings in the offside mid field.

    England won the series 4-1 with Bradman’s batting average reduced to 56.50 however he did score a century  not out in the 2nd Test at Melbourne, with a series batting aggregate of 396 runs

    Don Bradman Memorabilia

    I have listed below a limited selection of matches  which should be of interest to the collector:

    1930: Sheffield Shield: New South Wales v Queensland at Sydney. 452 not out, 2nd innings.

    1930: England v Australia at Headingley 3rd Test. World record 334 runs.

    1930: series in general in 36 matches Bradman scored 6 double and 10 single centuries a total of 2960 runs with an aggregate tour batting average of 98.6.

    1932/33 Bodyline series, a must for any collector.

    1947: Australia v India at Sidney, 100th First Class century, series average of 178 runs.

    1948: England v Australia, the Invincibles tour, the only side to have won every match.

    Cricket Memorabilia of particular interest to me include: signed cricket bats, original press photographs and RPP postcards, signed team sheets, cricket autographs and letters, tour itineraries and dinner menus.

    Don Bradman was a truly iconic cricketer he died in Adelaide in 2001 aged 92.

    Tony Selby


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  • Hamilton Crashes at Jerez -Motorsport Memorabilia

    Posted on February 6, 2013 by Selby

    What a terrible start for Mercedes at Jerez


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  • History of Cricket

    Posted on February 6, 2013 by Selby


    A brief history of Cricket

    Sadly there is very little Cricket Memorabilia from the early days of the game and the earliest that I have collated has been late 19th century. The MCC museum has been collecting artefacts since 1864

    .Today with International Test and ODI Cricket Collectables are more popular than ever; I personally still prefer to collect Pre WW2 Items especially from the Ashes Series,Bradman and the Invincibles, Bodyline series and all the other legendary characters and memorable events. Particularly I collect signed cricket bats, cricket photos, RPP postcards, signed team sheets and Tour Itineraries.

    Early records show Cricket was played in the South East of England around the middle of the sixteenth century, usually on a Sunday afternoon as a way of relaxing from the arduous week, which was the norm for many fortunate to have employment.

    Early mentions of the game in 1610 refer to Creckett being played in the woodland areas of the Weald and Upland close to Chevening Kent, in those days playing conditions meant that wickets were up to 6ft wide and only around a foot high which figures as underarm bowling was usual, with the ball travelling along the surface to the pitch. Bats were shaped like hockey sticks, earlier still like shepherds crooks.

    County cricket teams are first recorded in 1660 when landowners and similar notable figures are understood to have taken an interest in fielding teams to play against neighbouring Shires, villages from other counties would compete and some players were compensated for playing becoming the first cricket professionals. Records are available for the first inter county match Kent v Surrey in 1709

    It is known that gambling in England around this time was rife and substantial wagers are understood to have been placed on Cricket matches, (rather like today). It is referenced in 1697 that a match was played in Sussex with 11 players a side for a wager of the considerable sum of 50 guineas

    It is interesting to note that the divide in English cricket created by amateur and professional status remained in place until 1962. This was due a requirement for clubs to generate income and generally to put sport on a more professional basis.

    The Stars and Garter club in Pall Mall, later to become the Marylebone Cricket Club formalised the laws of cricket in 1755 and amongst other things pitching the ball became the accepted bowling style.

    It was 1864 before overarm deliveries became usual, the same year that the Wisden Cricketers Almanack was first published.

    Public school matches are recorded as played in 1794 the first being Westminster v Charterhouse.

    England lost their first recognised Test Match in 1877 against Australia in Melbourne the hosts won by 45 runs, three years later the first Test series was played in England when they defeated the tourists by five wickets at the Oval this was followed by an Australian win in the return series in 1882.

    Following England’s first defeat by Australia on home ground in 1882 the Sporting Times periodical published an obituary notice stating that “the England team are in Ashes”, this led to England v Australia Test matches being referred to as the Ashes series.

    Since then more than 2000 Test Matches have been played by eleven competing teams.

    The Ashes are kept; irrespective of who wins them, in a small ceramic urn at Lords Cricket Museum, which incidentally has the best collection of Cricket memorabilia in the world, well worth a visit.

    .A label is attached to the urn which contains the following song lyric originally published in the Melbourne edition of Punch magazine on Feb 1st 1883

    When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn; Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return; The welkin will ring loud, The great crowd will feel proud, Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn; And the rest coming home with the urn.

    Prior to the disputed Fourth Test held in Feb 1883, a velvet bag made by Mrs Ann Fletcher, daughter of Joseph Hines Clarke and Marion Wright, of Dublin, was given to Ivo Bligh containing the urn.

    A more detailed account of how the Ashes were given to Ivo Bligh was outlined by his wife, the Countess of Darnley, in 1930 during a speech at a cricket luncheon. Her speech was reported by the London Times as follows.

    In 1882, she said, it was first spoken of when the Sporting Times, after the Australians had thoroughly beaten the English at the Oval, wrote an obituary in affectionate memory of English cricket “whose demise was deeply lamented and the body would be cremated and taken to Australia”. Her husband, then Ivo Bligh, took a team to Australia in the following year. Punch had a poem containing the words “When Ivo comes back with the urn” and when Ivo Bligh wiped out the defeat Lady Clarke, wife of Sir W. J. Clarke, who entertained the English so lavishly, found a little wooden urn, burnt a bail, put the ashes in the urn, and wrapping it in a red velvet bag, put it into her husband’s (Ivo Bligh’s) hands. He had always regarded it as a great treasure.”[11]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ashes#Urn

    From early 16th century beginnings Cricket is now played enthusiastically in over 100 countries around the world, collecting Cricket Memorabilia is indeed a worthwhile hobby or small business.

     

    Written by Tony Selby

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  • Great win for Ireland at Millenium park

    Posted on February 2, 2013 by Selby


    A fantastic first half by Ireland and an exciting second half comeback by Wales saw Ireland's RBS Six Nations campaign off with a 30 -22 win against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

    We have a good selection of Wales Rugby Memorabilia and have complimented this today with a number of Irish Rugby Collectables.

    See the full match details:

    Tony Selby 

     

     


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