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  • Posted on August 2, 2013 by Selby


    Fantastic atmosphere up here at Old Trafford as Australia hit form, closing on a comfortable 303/3 in front of 26.000 sell out crowd.

    Signings will be taking place over the weekend as usual and we expect autographed cricket bats, signed scorecards, sports autographs, and plenty of other cricket memorabilia.

    Michael Clarke had said earlier that Australia intended to make a fight of things and that’s exactly what happened as he lead by example with a splendid century (a series first and MC’s 24 th), completing the tourists best Ashes Innings of the series.

    Controversy was never far away, another DRS umpire driven fiasco when Usman Khawaja was caught behind off Graeme Swann, the tourists sought clarification from the ICC , the general consensus was “not out” a decision referred to by Australian PM Kevin Rudd “one of the worst decisions ever”. It should be noted it went both ways and that each teams received poor decisions but the issue runs deeper when it comes to an individual career being on the line leaving an underlying problem, with the ICC relying on neutral decisions rather than more simply selecting the best available, experienced umpires.

    England bowlers Swann, Bresnan and Broad all bowled well the difference from the first two series was that Aus had regained form and this time were all out to win

    It is strange how sports betting can change ones perspective England are currently offered at 7/1 by Paddy Power and I find it very tempting to take the odds, problem being that I don’t really want to spend the next few days willing the tourists to lose, if they win this match it will be good for the game and encourage more tourist cricket collectables signings!!!!

    Back to the Usman decision it does seem to work both ways as when Smith appeared leg before to Broad the hosts had no referrals left leaving Smith at the wicket ending the day on 70 not out, Clarke on 125 with an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 174

    I will be watching David Warner with interest tomorrow as he comes in at number 6 whenever that may be, great things are expected from him, no pressure.

    Tony Selby


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  • Sri Lanka beat South Africa to win series

    Posted on July 29, 2013 by Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia from the exciting one day series at Pallekele will be available on Tuesday, in particular signed cricket balls by Dilshan and Sangakkara

    Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara pulverised South Africa's bowling as Sri Lanka took a decisive 3-1 lead in the one-day series with an eight-wicket victory in Pallekele on Sunday.

    Scorecard

    Dilshan returned unbeaten on 115 and Sangakkara made 91 during a record partnership of 184 runs to steer the hosts past South Africa's 238 all out in the 44th over of the day-night match.

    The emphatic victory by the 2011 World Cup finalists reduced Wednesday's fifth and final match in Colombo to a formality.

    Dilshan's 17th one-day century and the second against South Africa was studded with 16 boundaries. Sangakkara kept pace with his partner with eight fours and two sixes.

    The pair put on Sri Lanka's highest one-day stand for any wicket against the Proteas after opener Mahela Jayawardene had been removed for 12 in the 10th over.

    Left-handed Sangakkara missed his second hundred in the series when he holed out in the deep off Morne Morkel when just 10 more were needed for victory.

    Ragged South Africa paid dearly for conceding 20 extras that included 17 wides and a no-ball.

    Earlier, JP Duminy hit 97 and a fit-again Hashim Amla made 77 to lift South Africa to 238 after the tourists won the toss and elected to bat.

    But the Proteas undid a good start by losing eight wickets for 87 runs after cruising at 118-1 in the 22nd over.

    Duminy lashed seven boundaries and two sixes before he was last man out in the 49th over, bowled by unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis three runs short of a century.

    Mendis finished with four for 51, while sling-arm fast bowler Lasith Malinga claimed three for 52 and Dilshan took two wickets.

    Amla, batting for the first time in the series after being injured while fielding in the only other game he played, anchored the start with a fluent half-century that contained nine boundaries.

    Duminy shared a second-wicket stand of 101 with Amla after Quinton de Kock had been bowled by Malinga in the third over.

    Tony Selby

    times of india


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  • Joe Root justifies selection

    Posted on July 21, 2013 by Selby


    What an outstanding performance by Joe Root making his maiden Test century as an England opening bat, leaving the hosts to close day 3 at Lords with  an unreachable 566 run lead, it rather seems to have justified the Nick Compton decision

    Things could have been so different if he had not survived the mix up between keeper Haddin and Michael Clarke on Friday.

    Root and Bell seemed there forever until their 153 run stand ended when Bell misjudged a short ball and was caught by Steve Smith at mid wicket Signed cricket bats are availabe for the Lords Test and containing Roots autograph all the more popular

    It seems today at Lords will just be a formality however Tiger Woods needs to make sure Westwood doesn't move any further ahead at Muirfield (not forgetting Hunter Mahon good odd!!!

    Tony Selby

     


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  • Aussies take the edge at Lords

    Posted on July 19, 2013 by Selby


    Another brilliant day of Ashes cricket at Lords, full of  excitement, sports signings and an abundance of cricket memorabilia, It's definitely advantage to Australia thanks to Ian Bell completing the 19th Test century of his career. Having watched day one of the second Test, I personally wouldn’t read much into the collapse of Peterson and Trott these things happen!! wait for the second innings?

    Ian Bell now proudly follows in the illustrious footsteps of  Jack Hobbs, Wally Hammond and Chris Broad by hitting 3 (Hobbs actually did it twice)  Ashes centuries in 3 consecutive matches.

    Bell was on great form when he walked down the pavilion steps with England on 28/3, it is just a shame that Jonathon Trott was unable to follow through on his splendid 58 run innings.

    Mustn't forget Jonny Bairstow’s 67 runs which nearly never happened when he escaped with his wicket from a Peter Siddle no ball delivery.

    it is a shame more runs were not scored as the weather was perfect and the  dry pitch seeming full of potential. it was an opportunity to see new faces as both sides had made necessary  changes for the Lords Test, with Usman Khawaja and Ryan Harris joining the Australia side replacing  Cowan and Starc, and Bresnan controversially in my opinion replacing Steve Finn. (we may well miss his bowling!!)

    I am hoping a couple of signed cricket bats (tourists) will made available on Saturday!!!! If the England openers make a job of it with the new ball on Friday morning it could become a memorable Test series which is what Cricket Memorabilia is all about

    I will be making an early start to take a birds eye view in the Warner Stand!!

    Tony Selby

     

    on the field

    England - Alastair Cook, Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Swann, James Anderson

    Australia - Shane Watson, Chris Rodgers, Usman Khawaja, Phil Hughes, Michael Clarke, Steve Smith, Haddin, Ashton Agar, Peter Siddle,  Pattinson, Ryan Harris.


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  • At Lords today a number of signings over the next few days and plenty of cricket memorabilia, signed cricket bats, autographs, Australian tour brochures, scorecards, teamsheets etc, following on from the exciting last day at Trent Bridge

    Posted on July 18, 2013 by Selby


    At Lords today a number of signings over the next few days and plenty of cricket memorabilia, signed cricket bats, autographs, Australian tour brochures, scorecards, teamsheets etc, following on from the exciting last day at Trent Bridge. After heroic last-wicket stands in each innings, Australia eventually lost by 14 runs on Sunday. But they will be buoyed by the resilience and resource they showed at the midpoint of a horrible year in which they have been beaten 4-0 in India and failed to advance past the first round of the Champions Trophy. The touring side's cause was hardly advanced with news on Tuesday that their former South African coach Mickey Arthur, who was sacked 16 days before the Trent Bridge Test, had alleged he was the victim of discrimination and was demanding reinstatement or $3.6 million compensation. Despite the narrow margin in Nottingham, England were ultimately deserved winners and James Anderson at the height of his powers produced the decisive deliveries of the game to account for two of his 10 wickets. Anderson removed captain Michael Clarke in the first innings with the perfect delivery, a ball which swung late into the batsman then evaded the outside edge to hit the top of the off-stump. The second key wicket was the final ball of the match which vice-captain Brad Haddin, whose gritty 71 had threatened to snatch victory from England's grasp, edged to Matt Prior. Australia will relish the sun and the surroundings at the home of world cricket. To recover from one-down and regain the Ashes, though, their top-order batting must fire and Usman Khawaja may come in at number three to replace the out-of-form Ed Cowan. "He had a tough game," said new coach Darren Lehmann. "We've told Ed how we want him to play and how we want him to bat. That certainly hasn't changed from when he first came into the side. "He'll be disappointed with the shots. So are we. "We've certainly got to bat better as a top order, that's probably the key. We're going to bowl very well and we know we can control their batters. It's a matter of making more runs." WATSON IN SPOTLIGHT Clarke, who enjoyed a wondrous 2012 with 1,595 runs at an average of precisely 106, failed in both innings after his build-up was hampered by a chronic back ailment. The only other Australian batsman of comparable pedigree is the highly gifted but perennially frustrating Shane Watson who contributed 46 to a second-innings opening partnership of 84. Australia urgently need an innings from Watson of a stature to match his talent and Lord's would be the perfect setting to shrug off the under-achiever's tag. But he will be under even more pressure after it was reported in Australia that Arthur had claimed Clarke had described his former vice-captain as "a cancer" in the side. Another option is to drop a batsman and play five specialist bowlers with off-spinner Nathan Lyon joining Ashton Agar. Agar, who fell two short on his debut of becoming the first number 11 in Test history to make a century, took two for 82 from 35 overs in the second innings with his left-arm orthodox spin. In contrast to Australia's fragile top order, England's key batsmen scored runs at critical times at Trent Bridge. Jonathan Trott contributed 48 to their modest first-innings 215 and captain Alastair Cook (50) laid a solid foundation in the second with Kevin Pietersen (64). The crucial innings came from Ian Bell, whose 109 in more than six hours was perfectly calibrated for a sun-baked pitch demanding intense concentration with its low, slow and sometimes unpredictable bounce. England have named the same 13-man squad for the Test with the final decision again resting between the pacers Steven Finn, Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions. Finn, given the new ball in the first innings, dismissed two of the first three Australian batsmen cheaply on the first day. Thereafter life was more difficult. He took no more wickets, conceded 117 from his 25 overs and was entrusted with only two overs on the final day which went for 25 runs as Haddin decided he was the bowler he could attack. Teams (from): England: Alastair Cook (Capt.), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Graham Onions. Australia: Michael Clarke (Capt.), Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Ed Cowan, Usman Khawaja, Phillip Hughes, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson.

    Tony Selby,

    times of india,

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  • India need to win against the West Indies

    Posted on July 5, 2013 by Selby


     

    PORT OF SPAIN FRIDAY

     

    Following two defeats on the run, India need to get organised as they go into a crucial match against the West Indies in the Tri-series  today.

    Cricket Memorabilia has been available throughout the series and a number of Signed cricket bats, autographs, tour material, sports photographs and scorecards are available

    The Champions Trophy winners are under pressure as they found it difficult to come to terms with the changing conditions, if the two-paced Caribbean wickets were not enough to trouble the Indian side, injury to skipper Singh Dhoni has only made the job more difficult for them.

    Friday's contest comes as a huge challenge and test for the leadership quality of Virat Kohli, who is being considered as a future captain of the country.

    Kohli's tactics during the defeat against Sri Lanka proved insufficient and it will be interesting to see how he leads  his team in the pressure match, where a defeat will almost certainly mean the campaign end.
    West Indies are well placed  with nine points, thanks to 2 wins from as many matches while Sri Lanka in second place on 5 points. Both teams have managed to win  bonus points.

    Victory today will keep India  in the competition. Their defeat would send the hosts into the final and from there, India's chances to qualify will be by no means assured.

    First and foremost, India would need a favour from the West Indies that the hosts beat Sri Lanka in their final league match on Sunday and then India will have to beat the Asian neighbours on Tuesday in a certain number of overs to make it to the final
    India's victory on Friday will keep the tournament open as all three teams will have a chance to book a place in the title clash.
    India need Shikhar Dhawan to provide a solid opening along with Rohit Sharma, who is the only one so far from the side to score his half-century.

    The bowlers struggled to find length against Sri Lanka and repeat of the same will be disaster against the high scoring Caribbean side.

    Chris Gayle is always a big threat and his opening partner Johnson Charles has also given a good account of himself. Kieron Pollard in the middle and Darren Sammy in the lower order are also capable of taking the game away from the opposition on their day.

    India may not select Shami Ahmed and could bring back Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. It is also unlikely that Ambati Rayudu will get his debut match in the crucial game.

    For West Indies, captain Dwayne Bravo is likely to return to the side, having missed the India match due to injury.

    Cricket collectables will be attending signings throughout the weekend and look forward to seeing some great sports memorabilia

     

    India Team

    Virat Kohli (Capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Shami Ahmed and R Vinay Kumar.

    West Indies Team

    Dwayne Bravo (Capt.), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Jason Holderm, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, and Devon Smith.

     

     

    Tony Selby


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  • India Cricket Collectables

    Posted on June 24, 2013 by Selby

    • Friday,

    India are playing well at the moment which means something special from England is needed to win the Champions Trophy.
    Cricket Memorabilia associated with the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy is readily available and at  Cricket Collectables we have signed cricket bats, autographs and tour memorabilia from the series.
    India's performance in fifty over cricket is clearly above the other 7 competing nations, they remain the only unbeaten side in the tournament, endorsing this yesterday at Cardiff in the semi-final with an easy eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka.
    India easily achieved the modest target of 182 runs with the loss of 2 wickets and still 90 balls to spare against Sri Lanka.Dhawan and Rohit Sharma put on an excellent 77 run stand. Mathews dismissed Rohit Sharma but Dhawan notched up his 2nd fifty to add to his run rate in the competition. Kohli also played well scoring his 23rd one day international half century.
    India are back in the finals for the 3rd time, and as I suggested earlier if England are to win the cup they will need to play their best game, they play well under pressure so this may be what they need.
    A great season for cricket memorabilia
    Tony Selby


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  • Cricket Memorabilia ICC Championship Trophy

    Posted on June 14, 2013 by Selby


    The Group A England v Sri Lanka was best forgotten and hopefully England can have more control of the remainder of the series.

    Cricket Memorabilia is now available from the Kennington Oval contest with signed collectables from Joe Root and match winning scorer Sangakkara prevalent, however most fans seemed more interested in the off field activities of David Warner. Amongst interesting items is a signed cricket bat, cricket autographs and signed scorecards.

    Stumper and Man of the match Sangakkara added to his 33 Test and 15 international centuries, with an unbeaten 134 runs not out, which no doubt inspired Sri Lanka to their seven-wicket win.

    Umpire Aleem Dar’ (Pak) decision to change the ball at a time when the hosts were beginning to use some reverse swing in my opinion added to an easy victory for Sri Lanka. Had the ball not been deemed as “out of shape the normal ODI rule of two new balls per innings would have applied.

    The new ODI rules are now in force and I like the introduction of the two new ball ruling, which used alternately give the bowlers 20 overs with the new ball however this is not really helping the spinner’s introduction early in the innings. Field restriction areas during and outside of Powerplay overs seem to be as confusing for the Captain and spectator as ever, to get it wrong within the 30 yard circle can prove costly.

    Let’s hope England are back for form for the 11th match Group A against New Zealand at Cardiff on Sunday another opportunity for some excellent Kiwi Cricket Collectables.

    Tony Selby


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  • England v New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl

    Posted on June 3, 2013 by Selby


    With the Champions Trophy only around the corner a seriously depleted England side were defeated in the ODI Series, by the Black Caps yesterday for the second time in three days. Without their two front line bowlers Stuart Broad and Steve Finn, England went down by 86 runs leaving the Tourists Series winners with one match left to play.

    Cricket Memorabilia and signings have taken place over the latter part of May resulting in several signed cricket bats, plenty of cricket autographs signed scorecards and other collectables.

    Hopefully England can find form in time for Champions Trophy starting this week as to do well here would be a boost going into the Test with Australia starting a Trent Bridge on July 10

    I must say the odds PP are offering on Australia at Nottingham look a very attractive 3/1

    The Champions Trophy warm up’s have been underway at Birmingham since last Thursday,  on  Saturday  India v Sri Lanka, India played well and could be emerging as contenders for the title. However it is much too early to draw conclusions, this match was not a formal ODI, the teams had agreed to play fifteen aside and Sri Lanka looked as though they were conserving their batsman for the real thing.

    Cricket memorabilia is very popular when associated with the Champions Trophy and has a fan base almost as popular as the Sheffield Shield in Australia.

    With the first match, group B, is due to start on 6 June at Cardiff India v S Africa, England (group A kick off against Australia at Edgbaston on Sat the 8th, so let’s hope that England can put this skirmish with Kiwis  behind them and concentrate on this last (in this format) Champions Trophy.

    With no previous win in a major 50 over international and coming straight from their

    2 -0 defeat by New Zealand a lot of pressure will be on Eoin Morgan who is replacing match winning (on occasions)  batsman Kevin Peterson.

    Incidentally we have an excellent International signed cricket bat which has just come in see the link.

    Tony Selby


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  • England v New Zealand Signed Cricket Bats

    Posted on May 29, 2013 by Selby


    Alastair Cook on scoring his 25th century for England took the long way round to achieve a 247 run victory yesterday at Headingley, I would have preferred him to have pulled out with 340 runs on the score board, not having to worry too much about unsettled weather and the draw, anyway it was good to see England seal the series 2-0 following an excellent 170 run victory at Lords.

    Cricket Memorabilia is available from the series including signed cricket bats, autographs, score cards and signed tour paraphernalia .

    With just six weeks to finalise their line up to play Australia the selectors must be delighted with the return to form of Graeme Swann and Steve Finn however they will be concerned about  opener Nick Compton’s form, Compton has scored only 54 runs in 6 innings he has time to mitigate this when he  plays two important matches, Somerset v Glamorgan on June 2nd in the Yorkshire Bank 40 and Somerset v Australia starting on June 26.

    The first Test against Australia at Trent Bridge begins on 10 July there is sure to be plenty of Cricket memorabilia available from the event, an England win would make 2013 a great year for collectables.

    Tony Selby


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