James Anderson s 300th Test wicket (81 Tests) wasn’t enough to hold back New Zealand’s determined effort to win the 1st Test at Lords, at start of play today Paddy Power was still offering 11/1 on a tourist win, while I think a close look at the weekend weather forecast may lead to a draw.
Cricket Memorabilia from this series will be very collectable and signings are taking place during the series, of particular interest to collectors are signed cricket bats, scorecards, autographs and tour itineraries.
England need to concentrate on getting NZ out for under 232 followed by a big 2ind innings, the bowling talents of Southee Wagner and Boult who seem more than capable of restricting runs and getting wickets will not make things easy
Ian Botham still remains England’s leading wicket taker on 383 followed by Bob Willis and Fred Trueman.
Cricket Collectables pertaining to any of the Top 10 bowlers is a great way to start a memorabilia collection.
Joe Root has just been dismissed on the fourth morning at Grace Road, but not before taking his season tally to 646 runs and raising the prospect of an England batsman achieving a 1000 first-class runs before the end of May.
Cricket memorabilia will be available from the Lions series and the forthcoming Test matches, of particular interest to fans are cricket autographs. Signed cricket bats, tour paraphernalia and signed scorecards.
The main event England v New Zealand is due to start on Thursday at Lords and Root’s dominance at Leicester is sure to confirm the selectors decision, with a number of other Lions players starting to make their mark.
New Zealand start as 9/1 outsiders for the first test with the home side 15/8 on if the weather is anything like today at Leicester, I would take the draw at 2/1, check the forecast.
The reasoning behind what may be generous odds on New Zealand seems to be despite the fact that they started the tour well recording an easy win over Derbyshire, they have not had a win at Lords in the last 14 years and only 4 wins in the last 84 years.
The England bowling sequence with James Anderson likely to be joined by a fit Stuart Broad and Steven Finn will make for an interesting Test series.
Over the winter months Nick Compton cricket memorabilia became increasingly popular he has played a total of 7 Test Matches scoring 440 runs in his 13 innings, he seems to have an ever increasing following of fans and is sure to do well this season.
Ominous sign for the Kiwis
Nick Compton Cricket Memorabilia
New Zealand v England at Wellington 1st Innings
As I said earlier in the week watch Nick Compton at Wellington and Eden park sure enough he puts in another match winning performance scoring score, back to back centuries in both Dunedin and Wellington.
The Kiwis seem to have misjudged the wicket putting England in to bat
Cricket Memorabilia associated with Compton will be sought after in the future and now is a good time to start collecting.
Jonathon Trott did not disappoint with 121 and it seems as if Peterson could soon be back to the big scores having clocked up 73 runs before becoming left arm spinner Bruce Martins second wicket.
Keeper Matt Prior added another 82 from 99 balls, caught Wagner bowled by Williamson, England ended the Innings on 465 all out.
At time of writing NZ are already in trouble at 66/3 with Broad 2 wickets for 18 runs and Anderson 1/17, some good bats to come in so hopefully they can make an interesting match.
Nick Compton looks in with an excellent chance of selection, for the forthcoming Ashes Series starting on July 10th at Trent Bridge, any Cricket Autographs, Signed Tour Itineraries, official Signed programmes and scorecards are well worth collecting.
What a dismal start for England in the 1st Test they seem to have been unable to break the 200 run barrier in any of their opening Test matches over the past 12 months.
Cricket Collectables are normally associated with historic events; consequently sporting memorabilia derived from this type of performance has little to commend it.
Hamish Rutherford’s 171 was an impressive Test debut it will be interesting to watch him play at Basin Reserve and Eden Park , he has already scored around 1800 first class runs and may well become sought after by collectors in the future.
Alastair Cook (Ess) put the hosts into bat, the two openers Watling and Rutherford were quickly dismissed for 18 runs, both bowled by James Anderson (Lancs), caught by Cook.
Williamson and Taylor put on 72 runs with Ross Taylor ending his innings on a 100 out to Anderson caught by Jos Buttler.
Brendon McCullem batted well adding a further 74 runs off 36 balls before being caught by Chris Woakes (War) off Stuart Broad. The tail enders contributed only about a dozen runs between them ending the Blackcaps innings on 269 all out.
James Anderson must be congratulated in my opinion on a match winning 5 wickets for 34 runs.
Alastair Cook and Ian Bell (War) put on an 89 run opening stand setting the pace for a good start, followed up by Joe Root 79 not out and Jonathon Trott (War) 65 not out adding a further 121 runs for the 3rd wicket. Cook was out on 78 runs caught and bowled by Southee.
Joe Root stood out playing consistently well, with a variety of strokes, Joe put on his 79 runs off 56 balls having survived two missed catches; his innings will leave selectors in a quandary on KP’s return to ODI.
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.
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.
Autograph Signings will take place through to the 3rd Test at Eden Park, marking the England tour of New Zealand.
On Sunday at the Seddon Park ground, despite the England top order batsmen, Ian Bell, Jonathon Trott and Joe Root making some useful scores, the Tourists were defeated by 3 wickets. This was their second loss at the Park in seven days.
The Blackcaps put the England side in to bat and having achieved a solid position of 190 for 3 through 40 overs, England lost 7 all important wickets for just 68 runs in the last ten overs, McClenaghan, Franklin and Mills doing most of the damage. McCallum performed well in the field responsible for the wickets of Bell, Woakes and Stuart Broad.
The Blackcaps finding themselves on 155 for 5, assisted by Kane Williamson’s 74 runs, hit back when McCallum (90 not out) scored 69 off 61 deliveries, whilst Martin Guptill having returned to the pavilion injured in the sixth over was sufficiently recovered to hit four 4’s and a six securing victory for the Blackcaps with 2 matches left in the series.
James Anderson (Lancs) rested since the 4th Test at Napur in December, made history with the last ball of his first over by bowling BJ Watling with an inswinger, it was his 529th International wicket, Ian Botham had held the record of 528 wickets.
The ball used to bowl James Anderson into the record books will make an interesting item of Cricket Memorabilia
Stuart Broad elected to put the hosts in to bat first at the Westpac Stadium and having taken 4 wickets for 24 runs in the first at Auckland, none in the 2nd match at Hamilton, he regained form taking 3 wicket for 15 runs, Finn bowled well despite his lack of wickets, whilst Jade Dernbach bowling fast medium took a useful 3 for 38. Eight of NZ bats were dispatched owing to a tight display of fielding.
James Tredwell contributed taking the all-important wicket of Brendan McCullum caught in fine style on 26 runs by Jonny Barstow at mid-wicket
With the team hitting form this bodes well going into the first ODI tomorrow at Hamilton
Michael Lumb and Alex Hales (who was dropped on 6 by Taylor) scored the team’s best opening stand in T20 Cricket, Hales accounting for 80 runs off 42 deliveries and Lumb 53 off 34 which included five sixes.