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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]

    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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  • 2013 Formula 1 World Championship Latest News

    Posted on February 2, 2013 by Selby

    2013 is shaping up as an excellent season for F1 motorsport Memorabilia



    Start March 17

    Australian Grand Prix

    Mar 24 Malaysia Grand Prix
    Apr 14 Chinese Grand Prix
    Apr 21 Bahrain Grand Prix
    May 12 Spanish Grand Prix
    May 26 Monaco Grand Prix
    Jun 9 Canadian Grand Prix
    Jun 30 British Grand Prix
    Jul 7 German Grand Prix
    Jul 28 Hungarian Grand Prix
    Aug 25 Belgian Grand Prix
    Sep 8 Italian Grand Prix
    Sep 22 Singapore Grand Prix
    Oct 6 Korean Grand Prix
    Oct 13 Japanese Grand Prix
    Oct 27 Indian Grand Prix

    Motorsport Collectables










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  • Frank Mitchell (Yorks, Eng 1894- 1904) Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on February 1, 2013 by Selby

    Managed to source an excellent Frank Mitchell rare cricket autograph recently, nicely signed in ink and laid down to card.

    Frank Mitchell (Yorks, Eng 1894- 1904)  He won 6 England Rugby Caps between 1895 -1896

    National side English
    Competition Tests First-class
    Matches 5 199
    Runs scored 88 9,176
    Batting average 11.60 31.97
    100s/50s 0/0 17/39
    Top score 41 194
    Balls bowled - 1,616
    Wickets - 36
    Bowling average - 23.16
    5 wickets in innings - 1
    10 wickets in match - 0
    Best bowling - 5/57
    Catches/stumpings 2/- 149/2
    Source: CricketArchive,

    Rugby union career
    Playing career
    Position Forward
    Cambridge University R.U.F.C.
    Blackheath Rugby Club Source: CricketArchive


    Tony Selby 

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  • A brief history of England v New Zealand Cricket

    Posted on February 1, 2013 by Selby

    A brief history ... 1929-30 to 1958

    New Zealand v England - Part One

    Will Luke

    Text size: A | A

    1929-30 to 1958 | 1958-59 to 1978 | 1978 -


    Denis Compton on his way to a hundred on debut at The Oval in 1937 © The Cricketer

    1929-30 in New Zealand
    By the 1930s the authorities were looking to expand the game and in 1929-30 New Zealand became the fifth country to be granted Tests status. The MCC side which visited that summer was weak - the major players were resting after the 1928-29 Ashes tour and there was also a side playing Tests in the Caribbean. New Zealand's Test debut was an eight-wicket loss at Lancaster Park, Maurice Allom taking a hat-trick on debut as the hosts were bowled out for 112 and 131. They had the better of the second Test at Wellington, gaining a first-innings lead of 112 before rain washed the game out. At Eden park KS Duleepsinhji hit 117 but that was overshadowed by Geoffrey Legge's first and only hundred, a near-faultless 196, which effectively ended New Zealand's chances of levelling the series in the final game.
    New Zealand 0 England 1 Drawn 2


    1931 in England
    New Zealand had toured England in 1927, playing 38 matches (26 of which were first-class), winning 13 and drawing 20. Four years on and the experience they gained from the previous was evident, even though they lost the three-Test series 1-0. England finished on top in a draw at Lord's, but not before they had slumped to 190 for 7, Les Ames and Gubby Allen adding 246 in a brilliant eighth-wicket stand. England asserted their authority in the second Test at The Oval with New Zealand handicapped by the unavailability of Stewie Dempster. Allen tore through the visitors with 5 for 14 from 13 overs to dismiss New Zealand for 193 and then Ian Peebles spun England to a series-leading innings-and-26-run win. Atrotious weather in the third and last match at Old Trafford prevented play until the final afternoon.
    England 1 New Zealand 0 Drawn 2


    1932-33 in New Zealand
    The addition of new Zealand to the tour itinerary was not overly popular with the players or the Australian board, although Wisden described it as "a valuable missionary move". Wally Hammond was far from charitable in amassing a biblical 563 runs in the two Tests. In the first he battered 227 in England's 560 for 7 declared. The home side responded with 223 before a violent dust storm ended proceedings. Poor weather also ruined the second Test but Hammond made 336, overtakeing Don Bradman's record test score of 334. His 200 came in 400 minutes, with the third hundred taking him a mere 47 more. Heavy rain finally came to New Zealand's rescue and the series was drawn.
    New Zealand 0 England 0 Drawn 2


    Jack Cowie catches Jim Smith to complete his 6 for 67 at Old Trafford in 1937 © The Cricketer

    1937 in England
    A wet summer did New Zealand no favours, and they had their backs against the wall for much of it. At Lord's they had a valiant rearguard from Merv Wallace who, timing the ball beautifully, added 56 to his first-innings 52, and Jack Kerr which helped save the match. At Old Trafford, England were 75 for 7 but dropped catches allowed them to recover to 265, and then New Zealand fell apart to the spin of Tom Goddard. The third Test at The Oval was drawn.
    England 1 New Zealand 0 Drawn 2


    1946-47 in New Zealand
    Murky conditions hung over Christchurch for most of the Test which benefited New Zealand, and Jack Cowie, far more than England. Walter Hadlee's first and only hundred (116) led New Zealand to 345 in their first innings and Cowie took 6 for 83 in England's reply. They declared on 265 for 7 but the rain set in on Sunday and, despite adding an extra day to the end of the Test in a bid to achieve a result, the weather had the last say.
    New Zealand 0 England 0

    1949 in England
    Hadlee's New Zealand side boasted a strong batting line-up, centring on Martin Donnelly, and that, allied to Hadlee's safety-first policy, meant that all four Tests were drawn; it signalled the realisation that three-day Tests made a definite result all but impossible. New Zealand declined to chase an unlikely 299 in 150 minutes at Leeds, while they had the better of stalemate at Lord's where Donnelly's 216 took the plaudits. He added two fifties at Old Trafford as New Zealand had to dig deep after conceding a 147-run lead, and another batsman-friendly track at The Oval - it was Len Hutton's turn to score a double hundred - ended the series.
    England 0 New Zealand 0 Drawn 4



    Bert Sutcliffe reaches his hundred at Nottingham in 1949© The Cricketer

    1950-51 in New Zealand
    The first Test was, in Wisden's words, "dreary". A lifeless pitch made scoring incredibly difficult, so both teams plodded and the bowlers wilted. The second Test, a low-scoring thriller, finally brought some entertainment to the series. Five wickets for Doug Wright helped dismiss New Zealand for 125 but England struggled 69 for 4 in reply. Only thanks to Hutton (57) and Brown (47), the captain, did England gain a first-innings lead of 102. It was too much for New Zealand who, in spite of a dogged 60 from Scott, were skittled for 189.
    New Zealand 0 England 1 Drawn 1


    1954-55 in New Zealand
    Fresh from an Ashes-winning series, England were on a high and New Zealand found out first hand how hard to handle Brian Statham and Frank Tyson were. They shared 12 wickets as England won the first Test by eight wickets and then 11 at Auckland in an innings victory. Bob Appleyard weighed in with match figures of 7 for 45 as New Zealand were bowled out for 26, - a record which still stands today.
    New Zealand 0 England 2

    1958 in England
    Enthusiastic and popular they might have been, but the 1958 New Zealanders are considered to be one of the weakest sides of all time. They won enough of the tour matches to ensure they had some reasons to smile, but in the Tests they were thrashed - they were overwhelmed at Edgbaston, Lord's, Headingley and Old Trafford, and only rain saved them at The Oval. Uncertainty in batting was always the big trouble. Their totals in the first four Tests tell the tale: 94 and 137 at Edgbaston; 47 and 74 at Lord's; 67 and 129 at Headingley; 267 and 85 at Old Trafford.
    England 4 New Zealand 0 Drawn 1

    Will Luke is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • New Zealand v England Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on January 31, 2013 by Selby

    New Zealand v England Cricket Memorabilia

    The forthcoming series in NZ should be excellent for cricket collectables.

    First off, two T20 warm ups at Whangarei which will see fast bowler Stuart Broad return to the side on Monday  having recovered from the heel injury he incurred in the recent India series

    The Nott’s all-rounder lost his Test place to Steve Finn after under par performances in the first two tests at Ahmedabad and Mumbai  where he took no wickets, as it happens Finn took four useful wickets in the 3rd test.

    Cricket Collectables from the series in India which we have available includes signed cricket bats, autographed tour itineraries, signed dinner menus, scorecards and a small selection of match worn kit

    The itinerary for the series is listed below:


    4/2              T20 warm up at Whangarei

    6/2                “   “    “    “     “    “

    9/2               T20 Int Auckland

    12/2             T20 Int Hamilton

    15/2             T20 Int Wellington

    17/2             ODI Hamilton

    20/2             ODI Napier

    23/2             ODI Auckland

    6-10 March Ist Test Dunedin

    14-18  “         2nd Test Wellington

    22-26  “         3rd Test Auckland


    The series has the potential for an exciting 2 months; Broad on form could make the difference

    He needs to return to form having averaged 39.72 with the ball and 14.00 with the bat in his last complete Test Series England v South Africa in the summer.

    Tony Selby


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  • India v England ODI Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on January 15, 2013 by Selby

    India v England ODI Cricket Memorabilia

    India is back on winning form at the 2nd ODI  Nehru Stadium Kochi

    The hosts won the toss, elected to bat making a score of 285 runs then promptly dismissed the tourists for 158 in 36 overs levelling the series.

    Captain Singh Dhoni scored an impressive 72 off 66 balls to the delight of a 70.000 home crowd before a much needed catch taken by Joe Root off Jade Dernbach whilst no 7 bat Ravindra Jadeja impressed with 67 runs off 37 balls finishing the match off in style with 14 runs off the last 3 deliveries. Steven Finn and Jade Dernbach ended on 2 wickets apiece

    With Kevin Pietersen (42 off 58) Inc. seven 4s and Eoin Morgan out for a duck, the pair were both dismissed in the space of three deliveries, a major turning point in the game, Patel 30 not out hit the only six compared with 7 hit by the Indian side.

    Kumars 3/29, Jadeja 2/12 and Ashwin 3/39 look as though they are coming into form at the right time and will need to be watched at Ranchi.

    Maybe the Indians have been knocked recently having lost India v Pakistan and the all-important Test series to England, but this will put them back in the game.

    Cricket Memorabilia from the series is relatively prolific, signed cricket bats, presentations and cricket autographs, a decent performance by England for the rest of the series can only enhance these collectables.

    All to play for at the 3rd ODI, JSCA Stadium Ranchi on Saturday Jan 19th.

    Tony Selby

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  • Cricket Memorabilia – India v England

    Posted on January 12, 2013 by Selby

    One day internationals are never disappointing when it comes to sourcing cricket collectables, there generally seems a more relaxed atmosphere surprisingly, players engage with fans and when celebrations are complete many official signings take place.

    It was a close run match yesterday England 325 – 4, India 316 – 9, the Tourists winning by nine runs.

    ODI cricket memorabilia especially signed cricket bats, cricket autographs, signed timesheets and tour material have always proved popular and the five ODI’s culminating in the last match on Sunday Jan 27th at the HPCA Stadium, Dharmasala all look promising.  A good series win for England and some outstanding performances would be even better for collectors.

    ODI s are a little unpredictable for example Dhoni  hit 4 sixes off 8 encouraged by 28000 of his home fans , it is this kind of thing that really makes One day Internationals.

    With a number of England players not present for the opening ODI at the Saurashtra Stadium Rajkot India made a brave attempt in reply to England’s 325, it wasn’t quite good enough this time.

    The 2nd ODI starts on Tues Jan 15 at the Nehru Stadium Kochi an excellent opportunity for more cricket memorabilia.

    Tony Selby

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  • India v England ICC cricket memorabilia

    Posted on January 11, 2013 by Selby

    It looks as though England may retain top ICC one day rankings after a good start in the first ODI against India.

    With India evens and England 8/11 on the bookies are taking no chances and need to be more generous with their odds, as I write this betting has been suspended? However India are looking in with a chance  at 138/3 with the openers Rahane and Gambhir putting on 97 runs averaging around one run per ball.

    This series will provide lots of opportunities for some good cricket memorabilia

    England Captain Alastair Cook and Iain Bell put on an impressive opening stand of 158 before Bells wicket was taken by Ajinkya Rahane, ending his 85 run innings.

    Irishman Eoin Morgan scored 41 off 38 balls before departing due to a tremendous catch by bowler Ashok Dinda, Pieterson scored 44 before being caught off Dinda, tailenders Patel and Kieswetter added another useful 44 runs.

    It will be interesting to note the rule changes for the pace bowlers two bouncers allowed per over plus the field restricted to four players outside the fielding circle instead of five in the outfield.

    Tony Selby


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  • India v England ODI series

    Posted on January 7, 2013 by Selby

    India v England ODI series

    The Indian National Selection Committee has left  Virender Sehwag out of the  ODI matches  in favour of Cheteshwar Pujara, the five match series is due to start from January 11 at Rajkot.

    Cricket Memorabilia will be at a premium for this series and we hope to attend a number of signings at Mohali on Wed 23/1/13.

    Surprisingly Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma held onto their places and have been nominated for the first three ODIs at Rajkot, Kochi and Ranchi.

    Virender has previously performed well in limited over matches clocking up 8273 runs including 15 centuries from 251 appearances.

    India A team v England New Delhi

    India “A” team defeated England at the New Delhi, Palam ground by 53 runs yesterday, the hosts made 224/4 leaving England on 175 after 36 overs, the tourists loss of five middle order wickets for only 30 runs did nothing to alleviate the situation.

    In Alastair Cook’s absence England Captain Ian Bell put on a good show scoring 91 runs off 89 deliveries including eight 4s and two 6s, before being caught by Motwani off Sharma, whilst fellow opener Kevin Pietersen was out for 19 off 28 balls, caught by Mukund off a short delivery from Sreesanth.

    A heavy mist disrupted the match reducing play to 39 overs.

    Signed tour intineraries and dinner menus are available from the New Delhi match however  significance will come to the fore dependent on notable performances in the forthcoming ODIs.

    Tony Selby


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