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  • Jim Laker Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 29, 2012 by Selby

     



    Cricket Memorabilia – Autographed Team sheets, Signed Scorecards, Real Press Photos, Tour Brochures, Autographed Bats, Cricket Collectables.

    Jim Laker Cricket Memorabilia is often sold as reprinted material; genuine original items are relatively scarce and are becoming sought after by collectors of Cricketana.

    Jim Laker (1922 – 1988) was a master of spin bowling who played in 46 Test Matches in the late 1940s and 1950s taking 193 Test wickets at 21.24. During his First Class career he played for Surrey CCC taking 1944 wickets at an average of 18.41.

    Of his many Cricket achievements one which particularly stands out is the occasion at Old Trafford in 1956 when Jim took 19 Australian wickets in one Test Match. Having been run out for 3 runs in the 1st innings he set about the Australian batsman leaving only Ray Lindwall at the crease (Jim Burke was bowled by Tony Lock, Leics, Surrey).

    In the 2nd innings Australian skipper Ian Johnson was the only man left standing at the wicket. Not surprisingly England won the match by an innings and 173 runs.

    JC Laker was born in Shipley West Yorkshire; in his early cricketing days he showed a preference for pace bowling rather than the slow off spin which would make him a household name.

    Showing a keen interest in Cricket Jim attended Herbert Sutcliffe’s indoor Cricket nets at Headingley He soon became a member of the Saltaire Cricket Club playing in the Bradford League, at his stage Jim was better known for his batting than his wicket taking.

    Stationed in the Middle East at the beginning of WW2, with the Royal Army Ordinance Corps Jim found himself in the company of other notable Cricketers and was soon playing matches between representative service sides with the encouragement of Norman Yardley. Returning from his overseas duties he was billeted in Catford London where he joined the local Cricket Club, it is interesting that from his days at the indoor nets at Headingley the natural progression for one showing Jim’s Cricket talents would have been a trial for Yorkshire CCC however having made an impression at Catford that enviable opportunity was afforded to Surrey CCC who signed him as a professional in 1946. His debut for Surrey was at the Oval where he was selected to play the Combined Services in July 1946 in the company of names such as Voce, Bedser, Shirreff and Watts, Jim scored 3 runs and took 3 wickets in the 1st innings, followed by 3 wickets and a catch in the 2nd innings, it was a good start.

    Any Cricket Memorabilia from these early days is always very collectable I personally have not come across any prior to his First Class debut.

     

    I have listed below some of the more memorable events in his career from which Cricket Collectables are sought after:

    The first match I have listed is his test debut in Barbados.

    1948 West Indies v England at Kensington Oval Bridgetown, 1st innings 7/103. Match drawn. The skipper was Ken Cranston standing in for Gubby Allen who was injured whilst sailing to the island.

    1948 England v Australia at Nottingham 1st innings (Barnes,Morris,Miller,Johnson) 4/138) couldn’t stop Bradman making 138, Hassett 137, Australia won by 8 wickets.

    1951 England v South Africa, Kennington Oval.

    1956 England v Australia at Old Trafford, 9/37 and 10/53 in the 2nd innings – Harvey, Mackay Maddocks, Johnson all went for ducks, plus 4 more players including Miller in the 2nd innings.

    Laker ended the Australian first innings with 7 wickets for 8 runs in 22 balls.

    Any joint signatures from County Championship matches with his team mate Tony Lock are rare but great finds if you come across them. If they are authentic buy them. The two spin bowlers made a formidable partnership which helped win the County Championship on seven consecutive occasions.

     

    Full name

    James Charles Laker

    Born

    9 February 1922
    BradfordYorkshireEngland

    Died

    23 April 1986 (aged 64)
    PutneyLondonEngland

    Batting style

    Right-handed

    Bowling style

    Right arm off break

    International information

    National side

    England

    Test debut (cap 328)

    21 January 1948 v West Indies

    Last Test

    18 February 1959 v Australia

    Domestic team information

    Years

    Team

    1962–1964 Essex
    1946–1959 Surrey
    1951–1952 Auckland

    Career statistics

    Competition

    Test

    First-class

    Matches

    46 450

    Runs scored

    676 7,304

    Batting average

    14.08 16.60

    100s/50s

    0/2 2/18

    Top score

    63 113

    Balls bowled

    12,027 101,370

    Wickets

    193 1,944

    Bowling average

    21.24 18.41

    5 wickets in innings

    9 127

    10 wickets in match

    3 32

    Best bowling

    10/53 10/53

    Catches/stumpings

    12/– 270/–

    Source: CricketArchive, 7 January 2009

     

    Good luck with your collecting

    Do let me know how you get on??

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia


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  • Keith Miller Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 28, 2012 by Selby

     



    The Golden Boy of Cricket – Cricket Memorabilia – Tour Brochures, Mono Photos, Real Postcards, Team Autograph Sheets, Scorecards – The best Aussie all-rounder ever.

    Keith Ross Miller (1919 – 2004) was a charismatic all round Australian Test Cricketer, an exceptional right hand batsman who would later become noted for his fast bowling talents.

    Cricket Memorabilia associated with Miller is available, although it's certainly not as prolific as that originating from other players. I personally collect Memorabilia both pre and post war and am always interested in original Keith Miller Cricket Collectables. Early events are always of interest especially his early successes in the Sheffield Shield Competition; however after a brief description of the man himself, I shall list the memorable events that I find the most appealing from a Collectors point of view.

    Keith Miller was born in Melbourne, he showed an early interest in Cricket and was selected for his school 1st eleven when he was 14, by 1936 he was playing for South Melbourne where his evident talents came to the attention of the Victoria Cricket Association, playing for the Colts in the 1936/37 season.

    Miller continued to make his mark in the Shield Competition whist performing well on the football pitch in the VFL competition playing for St Kilda. He made his First Class Cricket debut for Victoria v Tasmania in February 1938 marking the event by scoring 181 runs in the 1st innings at Melbourne Cricket Club. There is a limited amount of memorabilia commemorating this important debut event.

    In 1941 Miller joined the RAAF; he was awarded his wings in 1942. He spent most of the war in England assigned to 169 Squadron where he graduated to flying Mosquito bombers. He was awarded a number of military distinctions.

    At the end of the War in 1945 Miller took part in a number Victory tests, these matches are excellent for Cricket Memorabilia enthusiasts and I have listed below ones of particular interest:

    1945 England v Dominions at Lords (2nd innings 185 Caught Langridge bowled Wright)

    Batting on eight occasions at Lords in the 1945 season Miller scored 568 (94.68) including three 100s, all these early matches are very collectable as is his First Class debut in February 1938.

    Millers first Ashes Test was at Brisbane and I have listed below a number of good examples of Cricket Memorabilia which is associated with some events:

    1946 (Debut Ashes) Australia v England at Brisbane (1st innings 79 runs, lbw a leg break from Doug Wright, followed with a 60/7 wickets. Bradman made 187) Australia won by an innings and 332 runs.

    1946 Sheffield Shield Victoria v NSW, 1st inning run out for 153.

    1947 Australia v England at Adelaide 1st innings 141 not out,( Bradman an unlightly duck) match drawn.

    1948  MCC v Australia at Lords

    1948 England v Australia  at Headingley.

    Any of the 1948 Invincible tour - an excellent acquisition.

    1950 Sheffield Shield Victoria v Queensland both innings.

    1950 Australia v England at Sydney.

    There are many instances of collectable matches including some notable matches, England v West Indies (155) and his final Ashes tour in 1956, I would personally be interested in any Keith Miller Cricket Memorabilia.

    He played his final Test Match in 1956 against Pakistan.

    In 1956 Keith Miller became a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his services to Cricket.

    In 2005 he became a Member of the Order of Australia for services to sport.

    Listed below are statistics of his First Class Cricket Career:

    Batting and fielding averages cricinfo

    Mat

    Inns

    NO

    Runs

    HS

    Ave

    100

    50

    6s

    Ct

    St

    Tests

    55

    87

    7

    2958

    147

    36.97

    7

    13

    28

    38

    0

    First-class

    226

    326

    36

    14183

    281*

    48.90

    41

    63

    136

    0

    Bowling averages

    Mat

    Inns

    Balls

    Runs

    Wkts

    BBI

    BBM

    Ave

    Econ

    SR

    4w

    5w

    10

    Tests

    55

    95

    10461

    3906

    170

    7/60

    10/152

    22.97

    2.24

    61.5

    8

    7

    1

    First-class

    226

    28070

    11087

    497

    7/12

    22.30

    2.36

    56.4

    16

    1

     

    Good luck with your collecting.

    Let me know how you get on??

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia


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  • Jack Hobbs Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 15, 2012 by Selby

     


    Cricket Memorabilia is in high demand - Jack Hobbs scored  61.760 first class runs – Centuries 199 –That’s why he was named The Master.

    Jack Hobbs (1882 – 1963) was a prolific run maker, a right hand bat and medium pace bowler; he was regarded as the complete all round Cricketer.

    Hobbs hails from Cambridge UK, he followed his father in his love of Cricket, in 1901 he began playing in local competition matches as an amateur for Cambridgeshire. He was offered a trial with Surrey in 1903 where he began to make his mark playing with the Colts and Club and Ground sides, his batting and bowling merited a mention in the following years Cricketers Almanac.

    Hobbs made his debut for Surrey in 1905 and in First Class matches that season he scored 1317 (25.82) runs including a couple of centuries.

    During  1907 a second innings score of  150 not out at the Oval,  in a County  Championship match against Warwickshire, meant the MCC could ignore him no longer and he was selected for the forthcoming MCC v Australia tour making his Test debut on New Year’s  day at Melbourne averaging 43.14 in Tests and 41.71 in first class matches. These early averages were the benchmark for the future.

    Jack Hobbs cricket memorabilia is not especially rare as he was always popular and attentive to fans, however no collection is complete without a least some mementos, most prolific are autographs and signed photographs, signed bats are in demand whether signed individually or as part of the County/Test team, an authentic match used bat is hard to find but well worth the effort.

    Tour Memorabilia, at sea photographs, completed scorecards, team and action sepia press photographs, hand written letters and match programmes are all available in degrees of scarcity.

    The above covers the beginnings of Jack Hobbs cricket career and I have listed below brief statistics which demonstrate what he went on to achieve.

     

    Competition

    Test

    First-class

    Matches

    61 834

    Runs scored

    5,410 61,760

    Batting average

    56.94 50.70

    100s/50s

    15/28 199/273

    Top score

    211 316*

    Balls bowled

    376 5,217

    Wickets

    1 108

    Bowling average

    165.00 25.03

    5 wickets in innings

     – 3

    10 wickets in match

     – 0

    Best bowling

    1/19 7/56

    Catches/stumpings

    17/– 342/–

    Source: CricketArchive, 18 June 2010

     

    Jack Hobbs was elected Cricketer of the year in both 1909 and 1925.

    He was knighted for services to Cricket in 1953 the same year the honour was awarded to “Shrimp” Levson Gower.(Surrey, England).

    Jack Hobbs Cricket Memorabilia which is of particular interest to me is associated with memorable events; I have listed a selection of these below:

    Note: Combination autographed collectables of Jack Hobbs and fellow opener Herbert Sutcliffe are always in demand. The pair opening the batting making 15 century  partnerships in Test matches.

    Scarborough festival 1931

    England v Australia at Melbourne 1908

    England v Australia 2nd test at Melbourne 1911

    England v Australia 4th test at Melbourne 1912 (Rhodes scored 1 run more at 179)

    England v Australia 1920

    England v Australia 2nd test at Melbourne1924

    Somerset v Surrey 1925

    Surrey Middlesex 1926

    Tour of Australia 1928/29

    Players v Gentlemen at Lords 1932

    Surrey v West Indians at the Oval 1933

    There are many other excellent examples this is a cross section to seek and review

    Good luck with your collecting

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia


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  • Sid Barnes Australian Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 11, 2012 by Selby

     



    Sid Barnes Australian Cricket Memorabilia

    Sid Barnes autographs are rare and sought after by Cricket Memorabilia enthusiasts second only to Don Bradman on the field, the controversial South Australian cricketer was not known as a prolific signatory of Cricket Collectables.

    Sid Barnes was born in Annandale New South Wales in 1916 and it was at fee paying Stanmore Public School that Sid made his mark on the Cricket field and was soon invited to join the NSW schoolboy side to play Victoria and Queensland. He was unfortunately to young to be part of the 1932/33 Bodyline series and it was in that year that he joined the Petersham Cricket Club, it was whilst at PCC that he come to the attention of the NSW selectors, making his first class debut at Sidney Cricket Ground at the end of the 1936/37 season against South Australia. His selection followed several high scores and the achievement of his maiden century (127 not out) against Western Australia, the NSWCA failed to acknowledge the match as holding first class status, leaving Sid to make his point against Victoria in his final innings of the season with a score of 110.

    Cricket Memorabilia varies in value depending on the status of the player and how available he is to signing collectables, whereas Don Bradman would always sign for fans and plenty of examples exist, Sid Barnes was not as prolific therefore his autographs are rare. Usually the collector would associate an autograph with an event i.e. a signed photograph from a high scoring memorable Ashes match would be more attractive than one from a lesser event but in Sid’s case it is prudent to secure whatever is available. I am fortunate to have a hand signed photograph from the 1948 Lords match and a signed official scorecard from his last test at the Oval.

    Sid completed the season with 800 runs at an average of 51, which secured his selection in the 1938 tour to England.

    Sitting in the pavilion with a wrist injury he took little part in series until he finally made his debut in the final Test at the Oval scoring a respectable (41/33), a series which saw England win by an innings and 579 runs. England made some high scores with Len Hutton scoring an amazing 374, Maurice Leyland 187, Joe Hardstaff 169. The Oval was ironically the venue of Sid’s last test in 1948.

    During the first class matches Sid scored 720 runs without achieving a century however in a 2 day non qualifier at Durham he did score 140.

    WW2 put an end to international cricket matches and in the early 1940s Sid enlisted in the military (Ist Armoured Division Tanks), his cricket career was on hold until the end of the War and the start of the .45/46 season. During the season he scored 5 successive centuries for New South Wales and was a natural selection for the forthcoming tour of New Zealand. In the one match played at Basin Reserve Sid made 54 in a game easily won by the Australians.

    The 1946/47 saw Sid as opening bat in the Ashes series, during the second Test at Sydney he scored 234 as part of a world record 405 run fifth wicket partnership with Don Bradman . Amazingly both batsmen ended their innings on 234 runs apiece Sid was bowled by an Alec Bedser special, Bradman by Norman Yardley, it is notable that none of the other Australian players scored over 40 runs. Sid averaged 73; to Bradman’s 97; Australia won the 5 test series 3/0.

    Following a brief spell with Lancs League Cricket in 1947 Sid returned to Australia keen to be selected for the 1948 tour to England, a team to become known as the Invincibles.

    Having failed to be selected in first 2 tests against India, the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and New South Wales was the opportunity Sid was looking for to remind the selectors of his batting skills, he achieved this with scores of 158 lbw to Ring and 80 not out in the second innings.

    Sid was reselected and in the 4th test at Adelaide he scored 112 in a 236 run partnership with Bradman securing his place on the 1948 tour which resulted in 4/0 series win for the tourists. In the second test at Lords Sid scored 141 in the 2nd innings following a duck in the first, having been caught by Len Hutton. Sid played 4 of the 5 tests making a total of 329 runs at an average of 82, he had missed the fourth test through injury incurred whilst fielding at an intimidating forward short leg. His final first class tally for the tour was 1354 runs.

    Sid Barnes, who in later life suffered from Bipolar died at home in Sydney in 1975

    Tony Selby
    Sports Memorabilia

     

    Sid Barnes statistics say it, all see below:

    Batting averages

    Matches

    Inns

    NO

    Runs

    HS

    Ave

    100

    50

    6s

    Ct

    St

    Tests

    13

    19

    2

    1072

    234

    63.05

    3

    5

    2

    14

    0

    First-class

    110

    164

    10

    8333

    234

    54.11

    26

    37

    80

    4

    Bowling averages

    Matches

    Inns

    Balls

    Runs

    Wickets

    BBI

    Ave

    Econ

    SR

    4w

    5w

    10

    Tests

    13

    9

    594

    218

    4

    2/25

    54.50

    2.20

    148.5

    0

    0

    0

    First class

    110

    4287

    1836

    57

    3/0

    32.21

    2.56

    75.2

    0

    0

     

     


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