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  • Start winning on Betfair Cricket

    Posted on July 5, 2016 by Selby

    We are well aware England are superb chasers but this might be one of the rare occasions they could come unstuck. A little complacency could be ok

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    Back Sri Lanka if they bat first at 3.60
    Back S Prasanna top Sri Lanka bat at 17.00 (Half stakes)

    Tuesday July 5 18.30
    TV: live on Sky Sports
    EnglandEngland have shuffled their pack for the T20 after their comprehensive 3-0 ODI series success over Sri Lanka. Dawid Malan, Liam Dawson and Tymal Mills could all make their international debuts.

    Malan was big news in 2008 when he smashed 103 off 51 balls against Lancashire for Middlesex in the T20 quarter-finals. He was promoted to the England performance squad the same year before losing his way. Only in the last couple of years has he found consistent form again.

    Dawson is a batsman who bowls useful left-arm spin and is a tenacious player. Of the three -included in a supposed pool of strong England reserves - Mills is the most interesting. He has genuine left-arm pace and has restricted himself to limited-overs to prolong his career.

    Eoin Morgan will lead, Jason Roy and Jos Buttler will blast but there is no Alex Hales, Joe Root or Moeen Ali.
    Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka will have to make do and mend with the personnel who were thoroughly outplayed in ODI. Everyone must surely hope they prove to provide more competition in the shorter format.

    They should certainly be troublesome to contain with the bat. Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal has superb series while the strike rates of Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka and Seekkuge Prasanna suggest they will be more suited to the thrash and bash.

    Mathews, however, is likely to be the only bowler capable of containing England. Suranga Lakmal was pretty tight but there's not much to get excited about with the ball.
    First-innings runs

    The T20 scores at the old Rose Bowl since 2015 are the following: 158-1/143-1/186-1/181-1/157-2/172-1/172-2/173-1. Those are some consistent scores and 165 should really be breached.
    Match odds

    Sri Lanka haven't managed a win yet. There best chance came last time out in a Cardiff on a wicket which had proved helpful to bowlers and they had the crucial advantage of the chase. But they blew it.

    So one could be forgiven for feeling agitated at the prospect of betting them here. They are 3.40with England no fun at all at 1.39. But we're going to have to swallow hard and get on with it.

    A toss bias of seven wins from eight for the side batting first means we have to take on the favourites. And we can at least console ourselves that they are a little weaker without Hales and Root.

    We are well aware England are superb chasers but this might be one of the rare occasions they could come unstuck. A little complacency wouldn't go amiss, either.
    Top England runscorer

    Openers Roy and Vince are 4.00 and 5.00 respectively. Malan is 5.00 with Buttler looking great value at 7.00. Sam Billings is probably also overpriced at 15.00.
    Top Sri Lanka runscorer

    Mathews and Chandimal dominate at 5.50 and 4.50 respectively. But the big hitting Prasanna has to bet at 17.00. He should be half that.
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    Back Sri Lanka if they bat first at 3.60
    Back S Prasanna top Sri Lanka bat at 17.00 (Half stakes)

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  • Fast bowling at its best

    Posted on July 5, 2016 by Selby

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  • Betting at Lords

    Posted on June 14, 2016 by Selby

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  • Sri Lanka frustrated by umpiring calls in third Test at Lord's

    Posted on June 14, 2016 by Selby


    For the first time in eight matches, a Test in England went into a fifth day.

    Each of the five Ashes Tests in 2015 were done and dusted long before that, while Alastair Cook's side took just three and four days respectively to defeat Sri Lanka at Headingley and in Durham.

    However, a combination of Sri Lankan grit and wet weather ensured we had five days' play at Lord's - but what five things did we glean from the action at The Home of Cricket?

    Nick Compton howls after nicking off for 19
    Nick Compton howls after nicking off for 19

    Curtains for Compton?
    It's probably safe to say that England are hunting for a new No 3, with Nick Compton's demise for 19 second time around at Lord's leaving him with just 117 runs from his past 10 Test innings. What made Compton's dismissal particularly galling was that he looked in decent nick while deputising for Cook as opener with the skipper having bruised his knee, the batsman smoking a boundary through point and pulling for four through square leg before snicking behind.

    The chances of him adding further Test runs to his tally 775 from 16 matches now appears slim, with Durham's Scott Borthwick - 574 runs and three hundreds in 2016 at an average of 82, over 1,000 runs in each of the past three seasons - an obvious candidate to slot in behind Cook and Alex Hales against Pakistan. Other options are Essex's Tom Westley, Middlesex's Sam Robson or promoting Joe Root or James Vince from their respective No 4 and No 5 berths.

    Scott Borthwick has three Championship tons this season
    Scott Borthwick has three Championship tons this season

    England's selection quandaries
    England have a few other dilemmas, too. Jonny Bairstow is, to quote Lawrence Booth from the latest episode of Cricket Writers on TV, "batting like a god" with two tons in the series, including a Test best 167 at Lord's, but he has made a couple of fumbles behind the stumps, with a catch off the bowling of Chris Woakes grassed in north London. So, should the selectors consider recalling the destructive Jos Buttler and allow Bairstow to play as a specialist batsman?

    Plus, with Ben Stokes set to be fit for the majority of the Pakistan series following knee surgery, will he return in place of the man that has impressed in his absence, Woakes, or Steve Finn? Woakes is in top form, bowling quicker and at far superior batsman, though England may be reluctant to omit a man of Finn's pedigree - he has 120 Test wickets, height and bounce that can frighten any batsman, and destroyed Australia on his Ashes comeback last summer.

    Jonny Bairstow - will he keep the gloves?
    Jonny Bairstow - will he keep the gloves?

    DRS and a harsh no-ball
    Sri Lanka were on the receiving end of some unfortunate decisions at the Home of Cricket. Their review to have Bairstow trapped lbw on 56 was scuppered when the decision stayed with umpire's call despite ball-tracking showing a large portion of leg stump would have been clattered. Then, Nuwan Pradeep was wrongly adjudged to have overstepped by umpire Rod Tucker when he bowled Hales in England's second innings.

    The solutions? Well, Mahela Jayawardena has confirmed that the ICC are considering a change to the DRS rules, whereby only 25 per cent of the ball and not the current 50 would need to be striking the wicket for a decision to be overturned, while Sky Sports expert Bob Willis feels the fourth umpire could stop "putting sugar lumps in tea" and call front-foot no-balls so that the on-field umpires can focus on the goings-on at the batsman's end.

    Nuwan Pradeep glares at the line after being wrongly adjudged to have overstepped
    Nuwan Pradeep glares at the line after being wrongly adjudged to have overstepped

    Rain doesn't have to be a pain
    Sure, wet weather in the capital affected day four and then dented both England's hopes of earning a series whitewash - it would have been just their fourth in Test cricket since 1978 - and Sri Lanka's chances of pulling off an unlikely run chase of 362 by returning on day five, but the precipitation outside meant two cricketing legends - Shane Warne and Jayawardena - could deliver masterclasses inside the Sky Sports Zone.

    First, Warne discussed the art of leg spin, going into depth about how best to turn the ball, what pace to bowl at, when to send down your variations and which field settings best aid a young tweaker. Jayawardena thenexplained how players should bat against spin, why Warne was so tough to negotiate, and how pick length, sweep and use your feet. The demos are a must-watch for any budding cricketer and you can catch them in full On Demand.


    Shane Warne delivers a leg-spin masterclass in The Zone, explaining how to spin the ball and generate drift to batsmen
    Shane Warne delivers a leg-spin masterclass in The Zone, explaining how to spin the ball and generate drift to batsmen


    Exciting ODIs in store
    Much of Sri Lanka's brittleness from the early part of the Test series has gone - although they did suffer a disappointing batting collapse at Lord's - meaning the impending five-match ODI series, which begins at Trent Bridge on June 21, should be a belter. Hales will enter the contests as a man in form, with three fifties in five Test innings, while the tourists probably won't relish facing Bairstow again after his electric batting earned him a white-ball recall.

    If we get anything like the sides' meeting at the ICC World T20 earlier this year, when Buttler smoked 37 from 66 balls and a hobbling Angelo Mathews walloped some ginormous sixes to give England more than a few jitters during the run chase, we're in for a treat. Plus, Sri Lanka will be looking for another ODI series triumph on these shores, having prevailed 3-2 two years ago, despite being skittled for just 67 in defeat at Old Trafford!


    Will Alex Hales take his Test form into the one-day arena?
    Will Alex Hales take his Test form into the one-day arena?


    Watch England and Sri Lanka's five-match ODI series live on Sky Sports, starting with the opening match, at Trent Bridge, from 1.30pm, on Tuesday, June 21.



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  • New Zealand v Pakistan ODI Series Betting: Pace aces could spring a surprise

    Posted on January 23, 2016 by Selby

    New Zealand and Pakistan meet in the first of three ODI on Sunday night and following the topsy-turvy nature of the recent T20 series, the live on Sky showings should make for entertaining late-night viewing.

    The first game takes place in Wellington with the hosts expected to carry on from where they left off - a 2-1 win in the shortest format. They are 1.50 with Pakistan 2.60. The series market is iature but expect the Kiwis to be a couple of points shorter.

    So the tourists have been largely written off. Could that prove to be folly? With bat and ball they should be competitive. Ordinarily there is a concern about Asian sides in conditions which assist bowlers, but Pakistan surely have an attack which can beat the hosts at their own game.

    Indeed, Pakistan could field a terrifying and torturous pace trio. Wahab Riaz is set to take the new ball with Mohammad Amir, returned to internationals following his ban for corruption, while the giant Mohammad Irfan has the potential to unsettle the Kiwi batsman in the middle overs.

    Wahab is one of the quickest in the world and so long as his energy and commitment levels are right, then he will be a threat. Only Trent Boult, with 39 wickets, has taken more than Wahab's 32 in the last 12 months. His average of 27 and strike rate of 31 should not be sniffed at.

    Amir's fall from grace was well documented and his appearance in the T20s were his first since being carpeted. He managed only one wicket in the three games and was expensive but they were crucial outings as he re-emerges and he should be close to finding some rhythm.

    Irfan provides a safety net if Amir is not at it. He has a reputation as a shock bowler but stock may be a more appropriate word were it not for the steepling bounce he can generate. He has a better economy rate than Wahab in the last year although his 24 wickets in 19 games have cost 31 each.

    Those three will have to be at their best if they are to trouble a New Zealand batting line-up which is formidable in the last year. Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are Nos 1,2 and 3 respectively on the runscoring charts. They have played more games than most yet their averages are monstrous - 58, 55 and 67 respectively.

    Can Pakistan match that batting prowess? Nope. They have experience and nous in the shape ofShoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez, who are, would you believe, ninth and tenth on the Pakistan all-ti,e run lists. Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shahzed, Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed are solid but this is not a line-up which is going to bust more than 300 regularly.

    Only once against a top eight side have they breached 300 in the last year. Compare that to New Zealand who have done it seven times.

    The problem for Pakistan is power hitting. They lack a No 5 or No 6 who is going to come in and change the tempo of an innings. Grant Elliott and Luke Ronchi are capable of that for the home side.

    Still, strengths and weaknesses can cancel each other out. And Pakistan may feel that they can match a bowling attack which is without Tim Southee due to a back injury. There is no Brendon McCullum, either and with a series against Australia looming, don't be surprised if the Kiwis rest key men.

    New Zealand have won five of their last six home series. They beat Pakistan 2-0 in January last year. But Pakistan won 3-2 on their previous visit in 2011.

    It would be pushing it to claim that Pakistan will therefore be able to cope comfortably in conditions which are alien to a team which plays most of its games in Asia. Their record on the road outside of the sub-continent is surprisingly good. They have won four of their last six against top eight sides.

    There is, however, an element of the unknown in this series and that puts the focus back on Amir. In time (probably after he has returned this summer to England, scene of the crime) he will be just another player. For now he has tainted. And so Pakistan have a challenge which no side has faced before: how to welcome back a corrupted player?

    Pakistan are no strangers to schisms and friction and are probably better equipped than any other international team to cope with dressing room unrest. They invented the term.

    Amir's performance in the T20s could have been a result of that disharmony and skipper Azhar has made no secret of his desire for the young paceman to be kept out of the game. He tried to resign over the issue.
    But as we always say, it is hard to predict a team's performance. Harder still to predict what is going on in between its ears.

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  • Ball goes through the stumps cricket miracle!!!

    Posted on December 28, 2015 by Selby

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  • Two albums of 1960s motor racing photographs taken by C G Nowell,

    Posted on December 8, 2015 by Selby

    Two albums of 1960s motor racing photographs taken by C G Nowell,  ((Qty))

    approximately 150 monochrome images depicting various types of racing throughout the 1960's, including Formula 1, Formula 2, Sports car racing, Saloon car racing, period and vintage racing and others, featuring drivers such as Graham Hill in the BRM Formula 1 at Silverstone, 1965, Surtees in the Ferrari Formula 1 at Silverstone 1965 and in the Lola T70 also at Silverstone, Jim Clark racing the Lotus Elan at Oulton Park, and Bruce McLaren in the Cooper-Climax at Oulton Park, and others. 

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  • Shades of Lord Hawke

    Posted on December 5, 2015 by Selby

    Alex Lees has become Yorkshire's youngest captain since Lord Hawke, the most formidable figure in the county's history, upon being appointed to lead the side in one-day and Twenty20 cricket.


    22, Lees will become Yorkshire's youngest-ever official limited-overs captain since the format was introduced in 1963. He is also the youngest-ever professional captain, Lord Hawke having no truck with anything as soiled as remuneration.

    Although Yorkshire have won the Championship twice in succession under Andrew Gale, and have supplied a steady stream of cricketers to England's Test side in the process, their limited-overs cricket remains largely unproductive.

    There is even a suggestion - most regularly heard in the south - that the good folk of Yorkshire remain a little too sober-minded for the high-risk shenanigans of T20 cricket.

    At least he can be confident he takes over one of the most professional sides in English cricket. When Lord Hawke assumed control of Yorkshire, as their first amateur captain, it was said that he had taken over "a band of rogues and vagabonds".

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  • Betting synopsis Pakistan v England T20

    Posted on November 26, 2015 by Selby

    "There is no toss bias to assist us in finding a winner. The split in day-nighters is by the odd game in 12 in favour of the side batting first"

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    Back-to-lay Pakistan 2.20 to 1.70

    Pakistan v England
    Start time: 15.30
    TV: live on Sky Sports
    PakistanUmar Akmal has been restored to Pakistan's squad after being cleared of "immoral activity' - whatever that means. With 173 runs at a strike rate of 138 in the last 12 months, it's a good decision.

    Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez add batting power while Ahmed Shehzad is their Mr Reliable in this format. Mind you, he was in ODI and didn't get a look-in. He is their top runscorer in the last 12 months.

    Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan and the tricky Sohail Tanvir form a potent pace partnership. The loss of all-rounder Imad Wasim to a hand injury is a blow.

    Fresh from their surprise victory in the ODI series, England can call on pretty much the same squad.

    James Vince, the Hampshire batsman, and Stephen Parry, the Lancashire spinner, are additions but whether they get a game remains to be seen.

    Eoin Morgan will lead an exciting line-up which showed why they are one of the fastest emerging forces in limited-overs cricket. Jason Roy and Alex Hales enjoyed a spectacular series while Joe Root provides class in the middle order.

    David Willey and Reece Topley, left-armers both, also performed well.
    Series odds

    England are 1.80 favourites to win the three-match T20 series with Pakistan 2.16. Pakistan have won one of their last six series against Big Eight nations. England have won three straight.
    First-innings runs

    The last 10 first-innings scores at Dubai read: 144-135-96-211-145-150-98-168-151-89. That is an average of 139. With such an up-and-down collection of numbers it would be tricky to bet with confidence on this market.
    Match odds

    Unsurprisingly given they are favourites for the series, England are expected to win game one. They are 1.80 with Pakistan 2.20.

    It is always arguable whether England should be favourites to win any game in Asia against thethree major forces but it is tough to say that they have not proven themselves to be the more reliable team since the shorter stuff began.

    There is no toss bias to assist us in finding a winner. The split in day-nighters is by the odd game in 12 in favour of the side batting first.

    One factor that could be important is England's inexperience compared to Pakistan's. England have played only twice in the last 12 months while the hosts have turned out eight times.

    With that in mind it would be fair to expect Pakistan to give England a game. And in T20 where we expect the odds to flip-flop, it is reasonable to reckon they are at least capable of that.
    Top Pakistan runscorer

    Umar Akmal has scored more runs at the gorund than anyone. But his 245 runs have come in 16 games which give him a less than impressive average of 18. Afridi and Hafeez average 20 and 13 respectively so they're not exactly pulling up trees. Akmal is 5.50. Hafeez will probably go off sub4.50 while Afridi should be around 6.00.
    Top England runscorer

    Roy and Hales are 4.50 and 4.00 respectively. But Root is favourite at 3.50. Morgan is 4.50. Hales should be favourite considering he is one of the best in the world in this format. He had struggled in ODI before this tour but he has never looked out of sorts in T20.
    Recommended Bet

    Back-to-lay Pakistan 2.20 to 1.70

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  • "Cricket" signed by by over four hundred and sixty players in ink from the time of publication, 1891 to 1930

    Posted on November 16, 2015 by Selby

    Lot 450

    'Cricket'. W.G. Grace. Bristol 1891. Limited de luxe edition of 652 numbered copies, signed by the author Grace. This being 113/652. Subscriber number 113 was 'S.M.J. Woods, Jesus College, Cambridge'. (Samuel Moses James Woods, Somerset, England & Australia 1886-1910). The book has been profusely signed by by over four hundred and sixty players in ink from the time of publication, 1891 to 1930, the year before the death of Woods.

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