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  • CommBank Test Series v India, Second Test

    Posted on December 20, 2014 by Selby

    CommBank Test Series v India, Second Test

    Cricket memorabilia connected with the CommBank Test Series is always popular  and on this occasion in abundance

    Brisbane was awash with pre-Christmas revelry on Friday night and those party folk who didn’t quite make it to the Gabba in time for the resumption next morning could have conceivably felt they hadn’t missed much.

    As the late morning cloud, if not quite the personal fog began to lift and the lunch break beckoned, stragglers would have noted that the batting pair who had carried India to 1-71 and within sniffing distance of an overall lead the previous evening – Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara – were still in occupation.

    But having eased into their seats and let their glazed eyes focus slowly on the ground’s large electronic scoreboards, they must have then wondered if they had slept through an entire day.

    Or if it was the Gabba software rather than their own internal computational gear that was malfunctioning.

    India six wickets down and not yet 50 runs in front?

    With their number two and three batsmen at the crease?

    That a fifth day that had promised such delicate balance and intrigue was being made redundant by Australia’s steamrolling towards their eventual four-wicket with more than a day to spare to gain a two-nil stranglehold on the Border-Gavaskar Trophy?

    What was in that final round of fruit-laden cocktails? How many hours did I lose standing in that never-ending taxi queue?

    It was only when Pujara lost his wicket 10 minutes before lunch and the board rolled the vision of the morning’s carnage that the picture, though most likely not the throbbing heads and bewildered minds, became a little clearer.

     

    For the early risers, the session of dramatic twists and India’s downward turn in a match where they had established and held a deserved ascendancy for the first two days began even before the players took the field.

    Dhawan, the explosive opener who had threatened but failed to ignite in Adelaide and in the first innings at Brisbane, had reportedly been struck on the right forearm while having a warm-up hit in the Gabba nets and was about to head to hospital for precautionary x-rays.

    While uncertainty surrounded the nature of the injury, the extent of the damage and whether it had been inflicted by an over-enthusiastic local net bowler or a member of India’s coaching staff serving up a few gentle ‘throw downs’, the Indian team made its displeasure known.

    Quick Single: India unimpressed with practice pitches

    A hasty, testy statement was drafted and released claiming they had been asking for days for access to the pristine practice pitches being prepared for teams competing in upcoming KFC T20 Big Bash League matches and that Dhawan’s injury justified their concerns.

    Queensland officials countered the “worn out” practice wickets did not differ greatly form the cracked, increasingly unpredictable fourth-day surface on which both team’s batsmen would encounter out in the middle, but the tourists held to their belief they had been done a disservice.

    What’s worse, Virat Kohli, the batsman despatched prematurely to join Pujara in the middle when Dhawan was unable to resume had also been struck while preparing before play, which might explain why the dual century-maker from the first Test looked so out of sorts this morning.

    A nervous moment when struck on the pads by Mitchell Johnson without offering a shot was replaced by dread shortly after when Kohli’s angled bat deflected the ball to his right thigh and, from there, back on to his stumps.

    India’s grievance was about to give way to another of those freefalls into disaster that has come to characterise so many of their Test performances during a year that has delivered MS Dhoni’s team a solitary Test win from nine attempts.

    In all but one of those – the drawn Test against New Zealand at Wellington remembered for Brendon McCullum’s triple century – India has suffered collapses in which five, six, eight or (as at The Oval in August) all 10 wickets have fallen in a clatter for the addition of less than 100 runs.

    This morning’s calamity was 6-72 in fewer than 25 overs but even those confronting numbers don’t do full justice to the speed and indignity with which India hurtled towards defeat.

    In keeping with the stage set by yesterday’s counter-productive baiting of Johnson that helped spark his match-altering innings, the Australian spearhead who had struggled for rhythm and impact until that moment rediscovered his menace and completed the rebuttal of his taunters.

    Having skittled the stumps of Kohli, whose chirpiness in the field yesterday gave way to silent disbelief when he stood as if frozen for what seemed a minute before dragging himself from the scene, Johnson followed up with a brutal throat ball to Ajinkya Rahane in his next over.

    Rahane’s instinctive parry gifted Nathan Lyon the first of two of the simplest catches any gully fielder could hope for, and then Johnson narrowed his sights on Rohit Sharma who he had identified as India’s chief provocateur from the previous afternoon.

    One story circulating then suggested Sharma had greeted Johnson – who had bowled without success in India’s first innings – with a “how many wickets have you got in this match?”, or something similar.

    It’s unknown if Johnson responded with “more than you’ve made runs in the second dig” after he had Sharma caught behind for a second-ball duck, but he certainly flashed him one of those smiles most famously unleashed on England’s James Anderson in Adelaide last summer.

    At that point Johnson had snared 3-10 in the space of 11 balls, and when Dhoni ambled across his stumps and was immediately told he should keep walking back to the dressing room that was by now in turmoil, India had lost four specialist batsmen for a combined contribution of 11 runs.

    Which meant half the team was gone with them still 10 runs in deficit.

    Plans to send Dhawan to hospital were hurriedly revised and he was instead marched to the middle, where he handled the pace and bounce Johnson and Josh Hazlewood were still enjoying on the deteriorating surface with greater competence than his teammates who hadn’t been traumatised in the nets.

    Despite the regular loss of wickets at the other end, Dhawan closed to within 19 runs of what would have been a remarkable rearguard century but fell to Lyon when his attempt to improvise with a lap sweep shot saw the ball miss bat and front pad, but struck his right thigh in front of middle stump.

    There was a time not so far from the present when Australian nerves would have jangled at the thought of a fourth-innings target of 128.

    Even more so had India been able to push it towards 200.

    And pulses might have quickened further when the batsmen most likely to chase down that tally before palms had a chance to sweat up – belligerent opener David Warner and brutal No.3 Shane Watson – were both dismissed for single-figure totals inside the first 10 overs.

    Of equal concern was the blow that Warner took on his left thumb, which initially raised fears he might join Mitchell Marsh (hamstring) in doubt for the Boxing Day Test that begins in Melbourne on Friday.

    But those haunting memories – which became indelible with the failed pursuit of 117 against a Fanie de Villiers-inspired South Africa in Sydney in the summer of 1993-94 – harked backed to days before Steve Smith had started school.

    And even though the scorecard shows Australia’s pursuit was far more fraught than they would have liked – and would have been more so had Smith not been missed by Kohli in the slips on nine – the skipper’s decisive 63-run partnership with Chris Rogers (55 from 57 balls) made sure of his perfect captaincy record to date.

    It was left to the younger Marsh to hit the winning runs – a classy cover drive for four, no less – after his older brother was out for a run-a-ball 17, and Brad Haddin (one) again missed out with just six runs required.

    Fittingly, it was Johnson, the man who started it all some six hours earlier, who was left unbeaten at the other end as his namesake made it two-nil heading to Melbourne for Boxing Day.


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  • Peter Moores makes an impressive return as England Cricket Coach

    Posted on May 11, 2014 by Selby

     

    One-day international, Aberdeen:

    England 167-6 (20 overs) beat Scotland 133-9 (20 overs) by 39 runs (D/L method)
    Match scorecard

    England beat Scotland by 39 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method in a rain-reduced one-day international to give Peter Moores a winning start in his second spell as head coach.

    After showers delayed the start until 16:00 BST, Ian Bell scored 50 to help England reach 167-6 in 20 overs.

    Michael Leask kept Scotland in contention with 42 off 16 balls.

    But his wicket triggered a collapse as the Scots slumped from 95-4 to 133-9, with James Tredwell taking 4-40.

    The unlikely venue of Mannofield Park in Aberdeen provided the backdrop for the start of a new era in English cricket as they look to recover from a chastening winter in which they were whitewashed in the Ashes and crashed out of the World Twenty20 at the Super 10 stage.

    Cricket memorabilia from England v Scotland First class matches is increasing in popularity and we hope to have signed cricket bats and autographed cricket memorabilia from the match

    Moores, who has replaced Andy Flower to reprise a role he held between 2007 and 2009, handed a debut to Nottinghamshire left-arm seamer Harry Gurney.

    Brilliant Bell

    Ian Bell surpassed Alec Stewart to become England's second-highest one-day run-scorer.

    Paul Collingwood is top of the pile with 5,092 runs, followed by Bell on 4,685, Stewart on 4,677 and Kevin Pietersen on 4,422.

    But for much of the day, it looked unlikely that any match would take place as persistent rain swept across the ground.

    However, 17 minutes before the final cut-off time for a match to start, Alastair Cook and Bell walked out to bat after being put in by Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer.

    The veteran duo quickly settled into a steady groove as they put on 87 for the first wicket.

    Bell was more aggressive, bringing up his fifty off 33 balls only to get be bowled by the following delivery when he missed a paddle sweep at Rob Taylor.

    Further rain resulted in the match being reduced from 23 to 20 overs, but England continued to bat with authority in spite of some outstanding Scottish fielding.

    Cook was brilliantly caught on the boundary by a running Calum MacLeod for 44 and Jos Buttler fell to an even better catch by Rob Taylor, who reached above his head to pluck the ball out of the air.

    Eoin Morgan kept England on course for an imposing total with some clean hitting before he was caught behind slashing at a wide ball from Iain Wardlaw.

    England's summer series

    20 May - 3 June: Twenty20 and ODI series against Sri Lanka

    12 June: First of two Tests against Sri Lanka

    9 July: First of five Tests v India

    27 August: First of five ODIs and one T20 against India

    Josh Davey took two wickets in two balls in the final over but Chris Jordan ensured England ended on a high when he thrashed the last ball of the innings down the ground for six.

    James Anderson denied Scotland a fast start when he bowled both openers inside the first three overs.

    Buttler did his chances of replacing Matt Prior as England's Test wicketkeeper no favours when he dropped a regulation chance to remove Coetzer.

    But Scotland's captain did not go on to make the innings his team required as he was bowled around his legs in Tredwell's first over.

    Leask entertained the crowd and kept the contest alive with three huge sixes off Ravi Bopara and Tredwell.

    But just when Cook was beginning to look concerned, Leask picked out Anderson, who took the catch on the long-on boundary at the second attempt.

    From then on, the Scots imploded with four further wickets falling in the next five overs to guarantee England a morale-boosting victory.

    England will next face Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 international on 20 May before five one-day matches and 2 Tests.

    Tony Selby


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  • Australia end the England cricket tour with a 12 match victory at Sydney

    Posted on February 2, 2014 by Selby

    The England tour of Australia ended in another overwhelming defeat as the Hosts finished off the Twenty20 international series in the same way as the recent Test series with an 84 run lead at the Olympic Stadium Sydney in front of a crowd of 47000 - another whitewash 3-0

    Signed Cricket Memorabilia is now available for the tour including good examples autographed cricket bats, tour itineraries, signed press photographs, scorecards and autographs. The signed cricket bats are particularly worthwhile as they are full size not the usual miniature size. Though I have to say myself that this is tour best forgotten!!!

    George Bailey the Aussie Captain, who chose to bat, led the way with 49 runs off 20 deliveries which included 3 6s, Bailey scored 26 runs off Jade Dernbach in the last over, making it look easy, taking Australia to 195/6, he was awarded Player of the match for his performance

    Ben Cutting, in his 3rdT20 knocked the ball all round the ground before being caught and bowled by Joe Root for 29 off 16 balls.

    Stuart Broad led the bowling with 3/30 with the Australians run rate at 9.75 runs per over whilst Joe Root, was notable taking a splendid  diving catch to dismiss Cutting for 29,which was rather cancelled out by Ravi Bopara dropping Wade early in his early innings, he went on to finish the match adding 56 runs.

    Without Michael Lumb the new opening pair Luke Wright and Alex Hales did not impress Wright caught at square leg for 8 runs and Hales caught on the deep offside by Muirhead off Coulter Nile for 6.

    Irishman Eoin Morgan coming in at number 5 with a required 171 runs off 15 overs made his mark with a handy 34 runs off 20 balls including 2 encouraging 6s however the beleaguered tourists survived just 18 overs before they were all out for 111 runs, averaging just 6.75 runs per over

    The final tally for the tour which started last October 31st with a warm up at WACA Perth is 13 matches won 1, lost 12

    Cricket signings will continue over the weekend with the emphasis on Australia memorabilia

    Tony Selby


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  • Australia v England at the Adelaide Oval - how fitting that it actually was "Australia day"

    Posted on January 27, 2014 by Selby


    It was "Australia Day" yesterday,  How fitting and unsurprising that the Aussies celebrated  with a win at the Adelaide Oval

    England chasing a 218 target  fell short of the mark by 5 runs when they were dismissed for 212  with just 2 deliveries remaining - The hosts totally dominated the One Day International series by 4 matches to 1, as they did  during the  Test series which culminated in only the 3rd, 5-0 whitewash in more than 130 years of Ashes Test cricket   (1920-21 and 2006-07)

    Cricket memorabilia is available for the complete ODI and Test series with the emphasis on signed cricket bats, tour paraphenalia , signed scorecards and autographed photographs

    Michael Clarke elected to bat which was probably in retrospect a mistake as most of his low to middle order batsmen made little impression. George Bailey played well with a top score of 56 off 74 balls before being caught by Ben Stokes (3/43) off Stuart Broad (3/31), the two leading bowlers.
    With a target of just 218 runs to make a much needed second consecutive win, England appeared to the favourites but were soon in trouble at 29/2, Joe Root put on 55 with a contribution of 39 from Ireland's Eoin Morgan, however it wasn't to be, the five tailenders went for a combined total of 29 runs

    Clint McKay 3/36 and Nathan  Coulter - Nile 3/34 led the bowling averages leaving the hosts with their 9th International win of the tour. Faulkner was awarded "man of the match"Aaron Finch was nominated "man of the series" having contributed two centuries

    Australia are now Number 1 in the One Day International rankings displacing India

    Cricket memorabilia will be in demand from the forthcoming Twenty20 series staring on the 29/1/14 in Hobart, 2 days later at the MGC Melbourne finishing on Feb 2nd in Sydney, maybe this will give the tourists a chance to show their mettle!!!

    Tony Selby

     


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  • Monty Panesar Cricket Memorabilia looking good if he spins well at the MCG!!

    Posted on December 24, 2013 by Selby

    James Tredwell of England celebrates with Jos Buttler during the ICC Champions Trophy Semi-Final match between England and South Africa at The Kia Oval in June

    England call up Scott Borthwick & James Tredwell

    England have called Durham leg-spinner Scott Borthwick and Kent off-spinner James Tredwell into their Ashes squad following Graeme Swann's retirement.

    Borthwick, 23, could win his first Test cap on Boxing Day, though slow left-armer Monty Panesar is favourite to replace Swann for that game.

    Tredwell, 31, has one Test appearance and will not arrive in time to play.

    Two spinners are unlikely to play in Melbourne, but could feature in the fifth and final encounter in Sydney.

    England have already surrendered the Ashes after losing the first three Tests.

    Swann announced his shock retirement on Sunday after taking only seven wickets so far in the series.

    The 34-year-old former Nottinghamshire player is sixth on the list of England wicket-takers with 255 in 60 Tests.

    Tredwell  took 6-181 in his solitary Test match appearance, in Bangladesh three years ago, but has also played in 24 one-day internationals and seven Twenty20 internationals.

    He was travelling to Australia for the ODI series, starting on 12 January, and has moved his flight forward to join the Test squad.

    Borthwick & Tredwell in focus

    • Scott Borthwick
    • Age: 23
    • England and Durham
    • Tests: 0
    • ODIs: 2
    • T20s: 1
    • First-class matches: 59
    • Has 110 first-class wickets at an average of 31.29
    • James Tredwell
    • Age: 31
    • England and Kent
    • Tests: 1
    • ODIs: 24
    • T20s: 7
    • First-class matches: 140
    • Has 352 first-class wickets at an average of 35.75

    "I'm cover for that final Test in Sydney where it has been known to turn," said Tredwell. "The way I'm looking at it is potentially they may play two spinners."

    Tredwell said Swann's retirement had caught him by surprise but saw it as an opportunity to press his own claims.

    "It does open your eyes a little bit that obviously there may be some opportunities for some people along the way," he said. "Whether it's me or not, we'll wait and see. In a way, it's an exciting time."

    Borthwick,  meanwhile, has played for England just three times, twice in one-day internationals and once in Twenty20 cricket. All three appearances were in 2011.

    He is currently playing grade cricket in Australia and scored 1,000 runs last season to help Durham win the County Championship.

    In 59 first-class matches for Durham, Borthwick has taken 110 wickets at an average of 31.29, while Kent bowler Tredwell has 352 wickets from 140 outings at an average of 35.75.

    Essex spinner Panesar remains the most likely replacement for Swann for the final two matches of the series.

    The 31-year-old has played in 49 Tests for England, taking 166 wickets at 34.56 runs each, following his debut in India in 2006.

    He is confident he can raise his game, despite his own mediocre performance as second spinner in the second Test defeat in Adelaide.

    "I definitely feel ready coming into this Test," he said. "I'm really excited. The Boxing Day Test in Australia is a huge occasion and excites all of us."

    Play media

    England players back Swann - Panesar

    Panesar left the England squad temporarily at the weekend to bowl in a grade match in Sydney.

    He added: "Opportunities that come my way, I've got to grab them. I know my strengths as a bowler and try and make the most of the opportunity and be ready for it.

    "There are improvements I need to make in my game. As part of that, I've made a decision to play grade cricket after the Ashes because I want to improve."

    Former England captain Geoffrey Boycotthas backed Panesar to become England's main spin bowler, but Swann talked up Borthwick's credentials as he bowed out of the game.

    "I think Monty's going to come in and do a great job in this game coming up this week and whoever ends up taking the role full time will do a great job as well," said Swann.

    "Personally, I hope little Scotty Borthwick gets the chance before long. He's a leg-spinner, he's got a bit of X-factor and he can bat as well."


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  • England falter after good start

    Posted on December 15, 2013 by Selby

    Peter Siddle dismisses Kevin Pietersen

    Ashes 2013-14: England falter after good start

     

    Third Ashes Test, Perth (day two):
    Australia 385 v England 180-4
    Match scorecard

    England's grip on the Ashes slipped still further as Australia refused to relinquish control of the third Test in Perth.

    Setting out to overhaul Australia's first innings 385, they lost the key wickets of Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen in a dramatic three-over spell late in the day to close on 180-4, still 205 runs adrift.

    And with the Waca pitch showing sign of wear and Australia's attack offering a threat with both pace and spin, England face a struggle to achieve parity, let alone a position where they can push for more.

    Play media

    England still in the hunt - Carberry

    In contrast to the unhappy collapses in the first two Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide,the tourists' batsmen showed better application and discipline for much of another blisteringly hot day.

    Yet relentlessly tight bowling brought its reward as Australia chased the victory that would win them back the Ashes for the first time in seven years.

    England had prospered in the first half of the day until a significant chunk of those foundations came crashing down in the gripping exchanges that followed in an enthralling afternoon and evening.

    While much of the damage was done by Australia's probing five-man attack, there was also controversy in the pivotal moments.

    With the score on 90-1 10 minutes before tea, umpire Marais Erasmus initially gave Joe Root out caught behind off Shane Watson, and although the review requested by the batsman produced no clear evidence of an edge, third umpire Tony Hill decided that neither had he seen enough to overturn the decision, and Root was gone for four.

    Test Match Special analysis

    "This is England's opportunity to make sure they have learnt from the last two games. They just need to look to get close to this 385. If they could do that, they might just get that buzz in the dressing-room thinking they can win the game. They haven't had that in the first two Tests. They are in the game.

    "Pietersen deserves the criticism. He is a senior player and his five dismissals have not been good enough. With the level of performance we have seen from him, he is too good a player to be playing shots like he has in this series."

    The match and thus the series hung in the balance, and Cook reacted with characteristic determination even as Pietersen was forced to play with unusual defensiveness.

    The number four managed only three singles from the first 38 balls he faced - his slowest start in Test cricket - as Watson and Ryan Harris both found movement through the air and off the parched deck.

    Cook's second half-century of the series came up off 127 balls, but both batsmen were increasingly bogged down against the seamers, and when Nathan Lyon came on the tourniquet had its reward.

    Cook cut a short ball that bounced a little straight to David Warner at point to fall for 72, and when Pietersen survived an adrenalised battle with Mitchell Johnson only to slap a mistimed pull off Peter Siddle to the resting bowler at mid-on for 19, Australia celebrated as if the Ashes were won.

    It was the 10th time Siddle has dismissed Pietersen in Tests, and a sad waste of all that diligence against the higher-profile members of the attack.

    England had earlier cleaned up the remaining four Australian wickets for the addition of just 59 runs to their overnight 326, with Stuart Broad removing Johnson for 39 and James Anderson having centurion Steve Smith caught behind in the first 20 minutes.

    Play media

    The Analyst: Root's dismissal upheld

    Anderson also had Harris caught in the slips before the last-wicket pair of Nathan Lyon and Siddle added a frustrating 31.

    Cook and Michael Carberry then looked relatively serene as they compiled only England's second half-century opening partnership in 15 innings against Australia this calendar year.

    Smith missed the sharpest of chances full length to his left at third slip off Carberry but the pair continued to flourish after lunch until Carberry played on to Harris for 43, pulling away his bat too late after initially poking at a ball wide of off stump.

    It brought back memories of three years ago, when England progressed to 78-0 in their first innings here before Johnson and Harris ran through the team to leave them 187 all out.

     

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  • England need to fight back on day 3 at the Adelaide Oval

    Posted on December 6, 2013 by Selby


    The Aussies are back in control at the Oval, which is great news for them as they, have lost the last 3 Ashes series, anyway now they find themselves holding a commanding 535 run lead.

    Cricket memorabilia is as usual highly sought after and none more so on the 2nd day of the series than collectables associated with skipper Michael Clarke, who scored 148 runs caught by Anderson off Stokes and Brad Hadden 118 caught behind off Broad.

    The tourists need to put up a good show on day 3 and make a lot of runs. I think that the first hour will be crucial and essential not to lose any more wickets, if they can get through that unscathed on the predominantly flat wicket they could go for a high score

    It is encouraging to remember Kevin Pietersen batting at no 4 has scored centuries in both his Tests at the Adelaide Oval let's hope he does it again this time

    Of particular interest to collectors during an Ashes series down under is a signed cricket bat, autographed by both teams and management we hope to procure several of these over the series

    Tony Selby

     


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  • England looking good for a match win and still available at 11/4 with the draw, Adelaide Oval

    Posted on November 30, 2013 by Selby


    Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar gave England something to be cheerful about in their drawn match against the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI.

     

     


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  • Mark Ramprakash Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on December 31, 2012 by Selby

    Mark Ramprakash Cricket Memorabilia

    Congratulations to Mark Ramprakash, Mike Denness and Robert Croft for their recognition in the New Year Honours list.

    Cricket memorabilia has over the last two years increased in popularity by 11.2% according to a recent survey by Cricket Collectables, endorsing the fact that memorabilia associated with the most significant events and players will always be in demand.

    Mark Ramprakash made 35603 runs including 114 centuries during his First class career, he was awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours list, he holds the significant accolade of being one of only 25 batsmen to have scored 100 first class centuries, joining legendary cricketers such as W.G Grace and Don Bradman.

    In 1987 Ramprakash had the opportunity of becoming a professional footballer with Watford FC however he decided to join Middlesex CCC  scoring 63 not out against Yorkshire in his first match, he went on to make his Test debut with Graeme Hick and Steve Watkin in the 1991 England v West Indies series at Headingley.

    Mark Ramprakash (cap 549) played 52 Tests for England and was named Wisden cricketer of the year in 2007

    Mark Ramprakash retired on July 4th 2012 and now starts a new career as the Middlesex batting coach.

     

    Mike Denness has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list.

    Mike Denness has always been a favourite with collectors and cricket memorabilia from his illustrious career, of particular note is the Australia v England match at Melbourne 1975 when in the 1st innings he scored 188 runs, a signed scorecard several autographs and a signed cricket bat are available from this match.

    Hailing originally from Lanarkshire in Scotland he became the first Scotsman to Captain England, which reminds me somewhat of what a good job Irishman Eoin Morgan  is doing for the England side.(tremendous 6 off the last ball).

    Mike Denness played County Cricket for Essex and Kent between 1959 – 1980 scoring more than 30.000 runs in 501 matches.

    As a right hand opening bat he made his Test debut (cap 444) Test debut (cap no 444) on 21st August 1969 against New Zealand he went on to play in 28 Test Matches, 19 as Captain, scoring 1667 runs.

    Mike Denness who was named as Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1975, on retirement became a match official for the International Cricket Council. He succeeded John Shepherd as President of Kent County Cricket Club in 2012

     

    Robert Croft has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list

    Glamorgan and England cricketer(cap no 582), Robert Croft has played in 21 Test matches and 50 ODI, his First Class playing career saw him take over 1100 wickets and make more than 12.000 runs

    He Captained his County side from 2003 – 2006.

    Of particular interest to cricket memorabilia enthusiasts would be England v South Africa at Manchester in 1998 when he put on 37 not out batting no 8 enabling a much needed draw, a signed cricket presentation is available from this match.

    Glos v Glamorgan 2010 at Cheltenham Croft achieved a hat trick taking the wickets of Banerjee, Hussain and Steve Kirby, a number of autographs and a signed cricket bat are available from this event.

    On his retirement in 2004 he continues to be major figure in Glamorgan cricket and from time to time commentates on Sky TV.

    Tony Selby

     


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  • England v India at Subrata

    Posted on December 21, 2012 by Selby

    England v India at Subrata

    Cricket collectables from the recent Test Series will be available on our website next week we have several presentation sets from the series and a good supply of signed tour itineraries, autographs, and programmes.

    It was great to see India back on form in the first Twenty20 at the Roy Sahara Stadium although disappointing for England that they won by 5 wickets.

    Opener Alex Hales(Notts) set the pace with his 50 scored off 35 balls before his wicket was taken by left arm spinner Yuvraj Singh, this escalated when Luke Wright and leading Twenty20 batsman Captain Eoin Morgan were dismissed in the space of 2 overs both caught Rahane bowed Singh who ended up with 3 very valuable wickets for 19 runs.

    England were never able to regain momentum, India impressed in the field, they were so much better than in the tests.

    England bowling was below par; Jade Dernbach (Surrey)delivering 3 wides in his first over amongst the 10 conceded during the match, Bresnan was top England bowler with 2/26

    The top Indian scorer was Singh on 38 off 21 deliveries caught by Meaker(Surrey) bowled Wright(Leic) as a best score that more or less tells the story.

    Cricket memorabilia from the current Twenty20 is in demand and a good assortment should be available.

    The 2nd and last match of the series should make great viewing in Mumbai tomorrow.

    Tony Selby


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