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

    Posted on September 24, 2013 by Selby


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Nov 21 Brisbane

    Dec 5th Adlelaide

    Dec 13th Perth

    Dec 26th Melbourne

    Jan 3rd Sydney

    Tony Selby


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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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