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  • Tony Greig - England Test Cricketer

    Posted on December 29, 2012 by Selby

    Tony Greig (Oct 1946 –  2012), was a Test Cricketer and more recently a sports commentator who was born in South Africa of Scottish parents, which enabled him to represent the England. He played for the side in 58 Tests, he also was Captain of England 14 times between 1975 – 1977.

    Tony Greig  was generous with the time he spent with his many fans, Cricket Memorabilia associated with some of Tony Greig’s best performances is usually available, signed cricket bats, presentations and autographs featuring Test matches, Kerry Packer World series, Border, Eastern Province and Sussex CCC.

    Educated at Queens College Queenstown SA, Greig came to England for a trial with Sussex, he was soon selected and in his first County Championship match in 1967, Sussex v Lancs at Hove he scored 156 runs in 225 minutes. this was the beginning of an unforgettable career.

    Cricket collectables from the early County matches are popular as are any associated with his more illustrious Test series performances. His Test debut (cap 452) was in the 1972 England v Australia at Old Trafford (57/62 runs) and taking 5 wickets, the series was drawn 2/2, during his Test career as an all-rounder, he scored 3599 runs at 40.3, taking 141 wickets at 32.2,  he was named Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1975.

    Tony Greig was always controversial; in the autumn of 1976 assisted by Australia skipper Gregg Chappell he played a key part in recruiting some major England and International cricketers to join Kerry Packers World Series Cricket, this was the start of the rebel series 1977 -79, the series was a result of Packer's dispute with the Australian Cricket Board over his Channel 9 bid to televise Australian Test matches during 1976. As it turned out WSI became a significant point in the evolution of cricket bringing many benefits, players pay dramatically improved and one day matches became more focused, often played on floodlit pitches, the players wearing a variety of sponsored coloured clothing and bowling white cricket balls.

    Cricket collectables from the “rebel series” are always popular and do seem relatively prolific I currently have signed tour itineraries, cricket autographs and some signed scorecards. The cricketing establishment were incensed by these developments leading to Tony Greig being stripped of the England captaincy. Such was the controversy that the ICC refused to recognise these matches as first class and warned that those taking part would be disqualified from playing Test and First Class cricket.

    Tony Greig’s high profile commentary role with the Australian Nine Network possibly stems the relationship he formed with Kerry Packer back in the “Rebel days”.

    He continued his commentary work until recently intermingled with spells at Sky Sports and Channel 4.

    Tony Greig will be sadly missed in the cricketing world.

    Tony Selby .


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  • Bill Voce Cricket Autographs

    Posted on October 24, 2012 by Selby

    Bill Voce Cricket Autographs are always in demand, however it is the series/match that the Autograph is associated with that is of interest to the collector.

    Voce is perhaps best remembered for his part in the infamous 1932/33 Bodyline series and as always cricket memorabilia from this series is top of many collectors’ wish lists.

    Of particular interest to most Bodyline series collectors are tour itineries, original real postcards, panoramic ground photographs, signed team sheets, action photographs and pictures taken of the Orient Line steam ship Orontes which took the Captain Douglas Jardine and the MCC side to Ceylon and Freemantle.

    However his best performances were in the 1936/37 Ashes series in Australia, this particular tour in conjunction with the 1932/33 Bodyline series are the most interesting from a collector’s point of view.

    The 1st test Australia v England at Brisbane on the 4/12/1936 is a good example 6/41 in the 1st innings and 4/16 in the 2nd following on at Sydney with another outstanding display which destroyed the early batting order.

    Bill Voce (1909 – 1984) hails from Kirby – in – Ashfield a market town in Nottinghamshire. He made his First Class debut for Notts against Glos in 1927. His Test debut followed in 1930 when he was selected for the West Indies tour Captained by the Hon FSG Calthorpe, where his left arm medium pace  achieved 4/79 in the 2nd Test followed by 7/70 in the second innings at Queens Park Oval Port of Spain. It is performances such as this, especially in a debut series that make any cricket collectables especially attractive.

    I currently own signed completed official scorecards from the 2nd Test and the 4th at Kingston.

    The following year 1931 Voce took 123 wickets averaging 19.7 runs per wicket which is very economical bowling in anyone’s book, the next year in the run up to the Bodyline series he achieved 136 wickets at an even better average of 16.82 he was now assured of his place with Harold Larwood on the 1932/33 Australian tour.

    The MCC were determined that England bring home the Ashes  from the winter tour of 1932-33.

    Douglas Jardine was appointed Captain; he was convinced that Larwood and Voce were key to dealing with the Australian batsmen, primarily Don Bradman. The technique they planned to use was known as leg theory, involving bowling fast rising, short pitched deliveries on or just outside the leg stump, not only intimidating the batsman but creating the chance of leg side deflections to the cordon of close in fielders behind square leg.

    The end result was a Series win for England Don Bradman who had maintained an enviable batting average during his career of 99.9 showed a series average of 56.6 which is still excellent by any standards. England regained the Ashes with a 4/1 margin nearly dividing two continents in the process. It is notable that England won the 1st test at Sydney by 10 wickets where leg theory was not deployed, whilst Gubby Allen took 8 wickets for 131 in the 3rd test also using conventional bowling.

    Voce played his last Test against Australia v England 3rd test at Melbourne in 1947 and continued playing with Notts up to 1952.

    He played in 27 Tests with a tally of 13.5 with the bat and a bowling average of (98 wks) 27.9.

    All autographs from this period are of interest specifically signed team sheets and photographs, a signed action photograph of Bill Voce and Harold Larwood would make a great item of cricket memorabilia.

    I would be interested to hear from any readers who have Bodyline Series collections.

    Tony Selby

     

     


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  • Collecting Bert Oldfield Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on October 23, 2012 by Selby

    Bert Oldfield (1894 – 1976) the legendary Australian Cricketer is popular with the growing numbers of Cricket Memorabilia enthusiasts.

    Bert Oldfield born in Sydney New Wales kept wicket 1920 - 1937 for the Australia Test Team, he was a legendary wicket keeper notorious for spectacular stumping’s , in addition he was a reliable lower order right hand bat scoring 1427 test runs averaging 22.6, he scored six first class centuries.

    Having made his mark  playing in the Sheffield Shield he made his Test debut in the 1st test at the 1920/21 series against England

    He took part in Test tours to England in 1921, 1926, 1930, and 1934 – to South Africa in 1921-22 and 1935-36, New Zealand 1927-28 missing only one test since the 1924 Ashes series and this was due to the injury he sustained at Adelaide during the Bodyline series 3rd Test 1933.

    Tour brochures and dinner menus are available for the above overseas tours mentioned above and especially when signed by one or more players they are sought after items.

    From time to time odd cricket collectables associated with his illustrious career become available, they are quickly snapped up. Items which I have include a completed signed scorecard for the at England v Australia Test Match Sydney on 17th December 1920, where he made his test debut and was responsible for the wickets of Russell and Woolley in the 2nd innings stumping England captain Douglas in the 1st, nothing too special but it did consolidate his long standing position in the side.

    I was fortunate to purchase cricket autograph signed by Bert Oldfield which was obtained during the infamous 3rd test match at Adelaide where Oldfield having scored 52 in the 1st innings was injured when he ducked into a rising ball off Harold Larwood and retired hurt, Oldfield later said that the ball was a “fair “delivery , Les Ames (1905 - 1990) stood in for Oldfield in the 2nd innings, it is Cricket Memorabilia like this which is notable, not only the signature of a top international player but the item is obtained at a memorable (in this case for all the wrong reasons) event.

    The Bodyline series is an excellent source of Cricket Memorabilia, I wrote an interesting article on the series last year. England went on win the 1932/33 Ashes by four games to one amongst much controversy which is still debated in cricketing circles today.

    Oldfield played 54 Test matches for Australia; he scored 1,427 runs averaging  22.65, taking 78 catches and 52 stumping’s. His first class total of 52 stumping’s remains a Test career world record. In first-class cricket he played 245 matches, scoring 6,135 runs at an average of 23.77, and taking 399 catches plus 263 stumping’s.

    In later years Oldfield published his memoirs, Behind the wicket in 1938 and in 1954 Rattle of the stumps, I am currently very interested in locating signed editions which are in good condition.

    In 1922 he opened his sports shop WA Oldfield in Sydney which judging by the sizable estate he left on his death in 1976, was successful.

    Cricket Memorabilia from the 1920 – 1948 era is always popular specifically associated with the Ashes Test Series,

    Bert Oldfield was nominated Wisden cricketer of the year 1927

    He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1970.

    Tony Selby

     

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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  • Signed Cricket Bats

    Posted on May 12, 2012 by Selby

     


     

    England v Australia 1932/33 Bodyline series, Cricket Memorabilia.

    Signed Cricket Bats which have survived the infamous Australia v England Bodyline Series 1932/33 are highly sought after as Cricket Collectables, match used bats which are signed by both teams are especially in demand as they are considered rare.

    When collecting signed cricket bats it can be useful to specialise in specific areas say Test Cricket, First Class Matches, Ashes series. Pre-war and post war etc. I try to concentrate on pre-war,  assembling a pre-war collection can be expensive and time consuming yet at the same time a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.

    It is fact that some cricketers were always more prolific when it came to Autographs and if approached at Cricket grounds from Lords to the Kensington Oval Barbados would happily oblige fans, an example would be Don Bradman arguably the greatest cricketer of all who would readily provide his autograph whereas Sid Barnes has rarely put pen to willow and when he did it was often stamped

    It stands to reason that when a cricketer is no longer with us his legacy to the enthusiast is his autograph, there can only be so many examples before the rarity aspect play its part.

    With some effort the Cricket Enthusiast can follow auctions and sales around the world make notes and compile lists of signatories with a rarity value.   Often sought after individual Cricket Bat autographs are found as part of a team signing, these cricket bats especially when signed by both sides, possibly with Umpires and Manager s included can be great buys, I personally try to concentrate on Pre-War Ashes Matches, England v West Indies, India, South Africa and New Zealand plus some of the County Championship Clubs, where many of the legendary test player’s have emanated from, in my collection I have examples of Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, MCC, Sussex, Surrey, Worcester, Lancashire and Yorkshire autographed match used bats

    It is important that Autographed Cricket bats are related to memorable events, legendary players and successful teams this is why there is so much demand for Ashes test match memorabilia.

    I am currently interested in autographs and Cricket Memorabilia associated with the 1932/33 Bodyline series.

    Signed Cricket Bats which have recently come available from private collections or sales include rare examples from the England v Australia series 1932/33.(note Bradman was missing in the 1st Test at Sydney due to illness) Below is a detailed list of matches played during the series compiled by cricinfo

     

    Fri Oct 21 - Mon Oct 24 Western Australia v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
    Thu Oct 27 - Sat Oct 29 Australian XI v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth
    Fri Nov 4 - Tue Nov 8 South Australia v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Adelaide Oval
    Fri Nov 11 - Mon Nov 14 Victoria v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Fri Nov 18 - Tue Nov 22 Australian XI v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Fri Nov 25 - Tue Nov 29 New South Wales v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Fri Dec 2 - Wed Dec 7 1st Test - Australia v England
    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Fri Dec 16 - Mon Dec 19 Tasmania v Marylebone Cricket Club
    North Tasmania Cricket Association Ground, Launceston
    Fri Dec 23 - Mon Dec 26 Tasmania v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Tasmania Cricket Association Ground, Hobart
    Fri Dec 30 - Tue Jan 3 2nd Test - Australia v England
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Fri Jan 13 - Thu Jan 19 3rd Test - Australia v England
    Adelaide Oval
    Thu Jan 26 - Sat Jan 28 New South Wales v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Wed Feb 1 - Thu Feb 2 Queensland Country v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Showground, Toowoomba
    Sat Feb 4 - Tue Feb 7 Queensland v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
    Fri Feb 10 - Thu Feb 16 4th Test - Australia v England
    Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
    Sat Feb 18 - Tue Feb 21 Northern New South Wales v Marylebone Cricket Club
    No 1 Sports Ground, Newcastle
    Thu Feb 23 - Tue Feb 28 5th Test - Australia v England
    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Fri Mar 3 - Tue Mar 7 Victoria v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Fri Mar 10 - Tue Mar 14 South Australia v Marylebone Cricket Club
    Adelaide Oval  Compiled by cricinfo

    Any cricket memorabilia associated with this series will always be in demand by collectors and fans alike.

    Modern day signed Cricket bats are far more readily available, it has become popular for Test Cricketer to carry out signings where a large number of bats may be autographed in one session many used for charitable purposes, these bats can make great additions to a portfolio and in time will increase in rarity value however for the moment I am sticking with seeking out the pre-war and early to mid-fifties examples.

    Good luck with your collecting

    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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  • Ray Lindwall Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 25, 2012 by Selby

     



    The Invincibles Aussie Fast bowler who took 114 wickets in 29 Tests - Cricket Memorabilia - Official scorecards, Autograph Sheets, Photos; Tour Brochures are all in demand by Cricketana enthusiasts.

    Australian Ray Lindwall (1921 – 1996) was regarded by many as the ultimate opening pace bowler, with all the attributes required to compete at the highest level, in swingers, out swingers, subtle pace changes, searing yorkers and intimidating bouncers were all part of his arsenal. Lindwall was a fast scoring batsman in fact the complete all-rounder.

    Ray Lindwall was born in 1921 in Sydney New South Wales, he showed an early interest in Sport especially Rugby and Cricket, and encouraged by his headmaster at Marist Brothers Kogarah secondary school he soon joined the school eleven where he had many successes as a schoolboy.

    It is said that he got his initial inspiration from watching the England side playing in the 1st Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground in December 1932. England’s fast bowler Harold Larwood took 5 wickets in the 1st innings and 5 for 28 runs in the 2nd innings, however this did not stop Stan McCabe scoring 187 not out in the 1st innings. This series became known as Bodyline owing to intimidatory bowling by the Tourists.

    On leaving school he joined the St George Club competing in Sydney Grade Cricket at the Hurtsville Oval, by December 1938 he was playing in the 1st team.

    Much of Lindwall’s early success came on the Rugby pitch, in the winter of 1940 he was playing fullback in the Rugby League premiership for St George, this came to an unexpected end due to events at Pearl Harbour. Ray Lindwall enlisted in the Military serving in New Guinea until the end of WW2 in 1945.

    Following the War Lindwall did play 31 first grade Rugby League games for St George before retiring from competitive rugby at the end of the 1946 season following his teams defeat in the Grand Final against Balmain.

    Ray Lindwall Rugby Memorabilia from 1940 -46 is scarce and would be of interest to me as I have only come across few examples i.e. signed St George programme, more examples would be welcomed.

    In 1941 Lindwall made his debut in First Class Cricket at the age of 20, he was selected to play against Queensland at Brisbane, during an inauspicious 1st innings Lindwall took one catch and bowled 36/3, he batted at number 10 scoring 1 and 10 runs respectively, Bill O’Reilly a medium pace spin bowler in fact took 10 wickets in the match.

    Lindwall resumed his Cricket in 1945 when NSW played Victoria, batting at no 9 he scored 134 in 175 minutes not out while Sid Barnes opening the batting scored 154. His bowling was consistent throughout the season accordingly he was selected for the Australian tour of New Zealand making his Test debut at Wellington in March 1946. He bowled 13/1 in the 1st innings in which NZ only managed a total of 42 runs, in the 2nd innings Larwood bowled 16/1, (his batting resulted in a duck) Australia won by an innings and 103 runs. When Larwood was not taking wickets he could certainly contain the runs,

    In many cases I would attempt to restrict my collection to pre-war examples but in the case of Lindwall most of his success came after the war ended in 1945 so I have listed below specific matches that I would be personally interested in as a collector.

    When viewing Cricket Memorabilia I tend to link the Cricketer with a memorable match event or series, accordingly my list reflects this, Lindwall opening partnerships with Keith Miller are legendary they emerged as an attacking opening partnership in the 1947/48 test series against England and of course to find an event scorecard, programme, brochure, photograph signed by both players is even better!!

     

    1947 Australia v England at Melbourne 2nd innings 100 runs off 90 balls, bowled Alec Bedser, caught Cyril Washbrook.

    1947   Australia v England at Sydney 1st innings 7/63 – Hutton was injured on 122 runs Australia win by 5 wickets.

    1948 Australia v India at Adelaide 2nd innings 7/38 (1st innings Barnes 112, Bradman 201 ,Hassett 198). Australia wins by an innings and 16 runs.

    1948 England v Australia at Lords 5/70 Australia win by 409 runs.

    1948 England v Australia at the Oval 1st innings 6/20 England all out for 52 runs. Australia win by an innings and 149 runs.

    1948 Nottingham at Trent Bridge 6/14 match drawn

    Any Ray Lindwall Memorabilia associated with the 1948 and 1953 tour to England is very collectable.

    Below I have listed some Lindwall statistics which demonstrate the attributes of the great all-rounder.

     

    Full name

    Raymond Russell Lindwall

    Born

    3 October 1921
    Mascot, New South Wales, Australia

    Died

    23 June 1996 (aged 74)
    Brisbane, Australia

    Height

    1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)

    Batting style

    Right-hand batsman

    Bowling style

    Right-arm fast

    Role

    All-rounder

    International information

    National side

    Australia

    Test debut (cap 165)

    29 March 1946 v England

    Last Test

    28 January 1960 v India

    Domestic team information

    Years

    Team

    1941/42–1953/54 New South Wales
    1954/55–1959/60 Queensland

    Career statistics

    Competition

    Tests

    First-class

    Matches

    61 228

    Runs scored

    1,502 5,042

    Batting average

    21.15 21.82

    100s/50s

    2/5 5/19

    Top score

    118 134*

    Balls bowled

    13,650 42,970

    Wickets

    228 794

    Bowling average

    23.03 21.35

    5 wickets in innings

    12 34

    10 wickets in match

    2

    Best bowling

    7/38 7/20

    Catches/stumpings

    26/– 123/–

    Source: CricketArchive, 27 December 2007

     

    On his retirement from First Class Cricket in 1960 Ray was a beneficiary of the NSWCA retired player benefit plan, the same year he was given life membership of the MCC

    In 1965 he received the MBE for his services to Cricket,  he was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of fame in 1996

    Ray Lindwall has written two books “Flying Stumps” in 1954 (some signed copies are still available) and “The Challenging Tests” in 1961, I do not personally have either book in signed form and am on the lookout to find good examples.

    Good luck with your collecting.

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby
    Cricket Memorabilia


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  • Len Hutton Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 21, 2012 by Selby

     



    Len Hutton Cricket Memorabilia, signed photos, scorecards, caps, tour brochures, dinner menus – Cricket Legend – 364 at The Oval.

    Len Hutton Cricket Memorabilia is something every Cricketana enthusiast requires in his portfolio, there are many good examples available, completed scorecards, autographed photographs, Test information, tour brochures, match tickets, official Christmas cards and signed Cricket ephemera

    Len Hutton (1916 – 1990),  as most people know was an English Cricketer a Test Captain who played for his home County Yorkshire, he became a household name in the 1940s due to  his exceptional Cricket talents which captivated the public in both pre and post war eras.

    During his First Class career Len Hutton scored 40140 runs (55.51) he notched up 129 centuries and on eleven occasions scored more than 200 runs.

    Hutton was born in Pudsey a market town in West Yorkshire, coming from a Cricketing family he had shown an early interest in the game, when he was 13 he was encouraged to join the Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club, his father Henry had played for them in the Bradford League. He played his first match in the second eleven at 12 and when he was 16 he was selected for the 1st eleven, his all-round abilities soon came to the attention of Yorkshire CCC, where he made his First Class debut for Yorkshire the following year in 1934.

    These early matches are of particular interest to Collectors; It is often the case that Collectors specialise in specific areas of Cricket i.e. Tests, County, Ashes or whatever, they may concentrate on Pre-war or Post war my personal interest is generally memorable Pre-war Cricket, not necessarily the player himself often the team factor of the match he is playing in, accordingly I have listed some Len Hutton examples below:

    1934 Worcestershire v Yorkshire Championship match at the County Ground, Hutton opening the batting with fellow professional Wilf Barber, in the 1st innings, Hutton scored 196 runs before being bowled by Reg Perks. Yorkshire won by 10 wickets.

    1935 Yorkshire v Middlesex at Headingley, Hutton opened the batting with Herbert Sutcliffe, Hutton scored 131 in the 1st innings, caught by George Hart. Yorkshire won by an innings and 82 runs.

    1937 Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Bramall Lane opening the batting with Sutcliffe, Hutton scored 271 runs not out. Yorkshire won by an innings and 99 runs.

    1937 Yorkshire v Leicestershire at the Circle, Hutton opened the batting with Sutcliffe in a partnership of 315, Hutton scored 153.

    1937 Leicestershire v Yorkshire at Aylestone rd, Hutton took 10 wickets, 4 in the 1st innings 6 in the second which was his best ever bowling performance. This match is unique in that with Hutton collectors often concentrate on batting events

    In 1937 Hutton made his Test debut against New Zealand at Lords, opening the 1st innings he scored his maiden century (100 runs exactly, bowled by Giff Vivian, caught Dunning) in the second innings he made 14 and was this time caught by Giff Vivian. England won by 130 runs.

    1938 England v Australia at Trent Bridge opening with Charlie Barnett the pair put on 219; Hutton scored 100, lbw Fleetwood – Smith.

    1938 England v Australia at the Oval, opener Hutton scored 364 in the 1st innings caught Hassett bowled O’Reilly. His time spent at the wicket was13 hours a record at that time.

    In 1938/39 Hutton toured South Africa which would not hold the same appeal for Collectors as the previous Ashes series. This was the last series prior to the war which brought an end to international cricket for next few years.

    All the matches listed above are very collectable as are a few which are omitted. It should be emphasised that Hutton Memorabilia is collectable irrespective of an event; the quality of the event enhances the item.

    Below are some statistics source cricketarchive.com which demonstrate the outstanding achievements of Len Hutton.

    Personal information

    Full name

    Sir Leonard Hutton

    Born

    23 June 1916
    FulneckPudsey, England

    Died

    6 September 1990 (aged 74)
    Kingston-upon-Thames, England

    Batting style

    Right-hand

    Bowling style

    Right-arm leg break

    Role

    Opener

    International information

    National side

    England

    Test debut (cap 603)

    26 June 1937 v New Zealand

    Last Test

    25 March 1955 v New Zealand

    Domestic team information

    Years

    Team

    1938–1960 MCC
    1934–1955 Yorkshire

    Career statistics

    Competition

    Test

    FC

    Matches

    79 513

    Runs scored

    6971 40140

    Batting average

    56.67 55.51

    100s/50s

    19/33 129/179

    Top score

    364 364

    Balls bowled

    260 9740

    Wickets

    3 173

    Bowling average

    77.33 29.51

    5 wickets in innings

     – 4

    10 wickets in match

     – 1

    Best bowling

    1/2 6/76

    Catches/stumpings

    57/– 401/–

    Source: cricketarchive.com, 14 August 2007

     

    Sir Leonard Hutton was made a Test selector in 1975/76

    President of Yorkshire CCC 1989 -1990

    Knighted for his services to Cricket 1956

     

    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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