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  • PERTH: Australia's women's cricket team face an uphill battle

    Posted on January 15, 2014 by Selby

    PERTH: Australia's women's cricket team face an uphill battle to win back the Ashes after suffering a 61-run Test loss to England at the WACA Ground.

    Chasing 185 for victory, Australia were in big trouble at 5-57 entering the fourth and final day.

    A 44-run partnership between Ellyse Perry (31) and Sarah Elliott (29) breathed life into the Southern Stars' run chase as they moved to 5-99.

    England celebrate after taking the wicket of Australia's Sarah Coyte during day four of the Women's Ashes Test at the WACA Ground in Perth.England celebrate after taking the wicket of Australia's Sarah Coyte during day four of the Women's Ashes Test at the WACA Ground in Perth. Photo: Getty Images

    But Perry's dismissal sparked a collapse of 3-7 as Australia were bowled out for 123 shortly before lunch.

    The Test win gave England six points in the multi-format series, which also features three one-dayers and three Twenty20s.

    With each one-dayer and T20 match only worth two points, Australia need to win five of the remaining six matches to regain the urn.

    That will be a tough task against an England side now brimming with confidence following their early success on enemy territory.

    But the visitors will need to find an answer to star Australian allrounder Perry, who was the clear standout during the one-off Test.

    Perry took 3-41 and 5-38 with the ball, and scored 71 and 31 with the bat to give the Stars a sniff of victory.

    England speedster Anya Shrubsole was the hero on the final day, snaring three wickets, including the key scalp of Perry, to put the Stars to the sword.

    Kate Cross took three wickets late on Sunday to put England on track for victory, with Katherine Brunt wrapping up the triumph when she clean bowled Elliott.

    Tony Selby


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  • The Ashes – Signed Cricket Bats

    Posted on August 5, 2013 by Selby


    Match used cricket bats are always popular with the collector, none more so than Signed Cricket Bats emanating from the Ashes Series.

    Bats which have survived the notorious Bodyline series 1932,33 are considered extremely desirable, especially if you are lucky enough to find one signed by both teams items from the Invincibles tour of England in 1948.

    At Cricket Collectables we advise putting your efforts into specific areas and time periods in our case we tend to concentrate on pre 1948, this can be expensive and there are many 1950 – up to the current Ashes bats well worth collecting.

    One should not ignore the benefits of collecting County Team bats as there are many available, say Middlesex, Lancashire, Somerset and Worcester, County bats are often signed by up to four counties and nearly always when match used by both teams, however Ashes signed cricket bats are at the top of the list

    Cricketers have a varied approach to signings some are more prolific when it comes to Autographs and if approached at Cricket grounds from Trent Bridge to the Queens Park Oval, Trinidad  are happy to oblige fans, take for example Don Bradman  the greatest cricketer of all who would seem almost anxious to provide his autograph whereas on the other hand Sidney Barnes has rarely put pen to paper most of his autographs are hand stamped.

    It is reasonable to assume that when a cricketer has "passed on to new grounds" that his legacy for the enthusiast is his hand written autograph, it is the normal rule of supply and demand there can only be so many signings before the rarity factor plays it’s part.

    The keen collector time and funds permitting can follow auctions  and sales around the world make notes and compile lists of autographs with a rarity value.   Often rare autographs and team sheetscontain not only the signatures of players but also baggage masters, manager’s coaches, umpires and occasionally the Captain of the ship carrying the touring side.

    I tend to concentrate on collecting Pre-War Ashes items, some other bats I have collected feature England v West Indies, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Scotland, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

    Of particular interest is the Australian Sheffield Shield along with English County Clubs, many of the cricket legends played first class matches in the various championships and leagues which makes for an ideal hunting ground.

    It is important that Cricket memorabilia is associated with outstanding events, legendary players and winning teams the reason there is so much demand for Ashes test match collectables.

    I am always interested in autographs and cricket memorabilia associated with the1932/33 Bodyline series. I have noted below players to look for when collecting these unique bats.

    Captain was Douglas Jardine, Vice-Captain Bob Wyatt, the MCC side was managed by Plum Warner (Middlesex, England) and Richard Palairet (Secretary of Surrey CC)

    Signatures need to be looking for, 1932/33, include the following:

    Douglas Jardine, Surrey

    Bob Wyatt, Warks

    Gubby Allen, Middx

    Les Ames, Kent (keeper)

    Bill Bowes, Yorks

    Freddie Brown, Surrey

    George Duckworth, Lancs

    Walter Hammond ,Glos

    Harold Larwood, Notts (opening bowler)

    Maurice Leyland, Yorks

    Tommy Mitchell, Derbys

    Pataudi, Worcs

    Eddie Paynter, Lancs

    Herbert Sutcliffe, Yorks

    Maurice Tate, Sussex

    Hedley Verity, Yorks

    Bill Voce, Notts (opening fast bowler)

    All collectables associated with the 1932/33 Australia v England series will always be at premium and sought after by enthusiasts

    I have listed below some of the Ashes signed cricket bats we have obtained which are of significance: (pre 1900 is just not available unfortunately)

    1911/12, look for autographs to include: Jack Hobbs and Sydney Barnes

    1920/21, Warwick Armstrong

    1926,      Jack Hobbs, Herbert Sutcliffe and Herbie Collins

    1928/29,  Don Bradman maiden Test

    1934,       Don Bradman and Ponsford

    1938,       Len Hutton

    1948,       5th test at the oval, the Invincibles

    Cricket bats from the modern era are far more readily available; it is almost a policy for Test Cricketer to carry out signings where a large number of bats are autographed at a single rather expensive signing.  Often bats are signed for charity auctions and worthwhile causes.

    Good luck with your collecting, a most enjoyable fulfilling hobby.

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby

     

     

     


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  • Jimmy Anderson hopes for wickets record

    Posted on March 21, 2013 by Selby

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    Jimmy Anderson is looking at the New Zealand v England Test at Eden Park as a further step towards becoming England’s leading wicket taker.

    Anderson needs only 3 wickets to surpass Derek Underwood’s tally of 297 wickets before concentrating on the top 3 bowlers. As he moves in the direction of Ian Botham’s record of 383 wickets taken over a total of 102 matches he is not helped by the New Zealand surfaces which have so far been flat and relatively unresponsive.

    Cricket memorabilia from the New Zealand v England Test and ODI series is very popular especially signed cricket bats and match used cricket balls, so far this winter in the Southern Hemisphere has been excellent for both.

    Having averaged an enviable 30 wickets per year so far it is really about all about how long he can continue playing at Test level. Best of luck to him.

    It is interesting to note the following stats:

    Ian Botham                   383 wickets per 102 matches played (28.4)

    Bob Willis                      325 wickets per 90   matches played (25.2)

    Freddie Trueman         307 wickets per 67 matches played (21.5)

    Derek Underwood      297 wickets per 86 matches played (25.8

    Jimmy Anderson         295 wickets per 79 matches played (30.4)

    As is evident from the bowling averages my number one bowler Freddie Trueman comes in first as expected with an average of 21.5 and note that he only played 67 matches to achieve 307 wickets.

    Without Kevin Peterson tomorrow England have it all to do, anyway let’s hope the rain keeps off and that the wicket for the deciding Test of the series at Eden Park, offers more to the bowlers.

    Tony Selby 


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  • History of Cricket

    Posted on February 6, 2013 by Selby


    A brief history of Cricket

    Sadly there is very little Cricket Memorabilia from the early days of the game and the earliest that I have collated has been late 19th century. The MCC museum has been collecting artefacts since 1864

    .Today with International Test and ODI Cricket Collectables are more popular than ever; I personally still prefer to collect Pre WW2 Items especially from the Ashes Series,Bradman and the Invincibles, Bodyline series and all the other legendary characters and memorable events. Particularly I collect signed cricket bats, cricket photos, RPP postcards, signed team sheets and Tour Itineraries.

    Early records show Cricket was played in the South East of England around the middle of the sixteenth century, usually on a Sunday afternoon as a way of relaxing from the arduous week, which was the norm for many fortunate to have employment.

    Early mentions of the game in 1610 refer to Creckett being played in the woodland areas of the Weald and Upland close to Chevening Kent, in those days playing conditions meant that wickets were up to 6ft wide and only around a foot high which figures as underarm bowling was usual, with the ball travelling along the surface to the pitch. Bats were shaped like hockey sticks, earlier still like shepherds crooks.

    County cricket teams are first recorded in 1660 when landowners and similar notable figures are understood to have taken an interest in fielding teams to play against neighbouring Shires, villages from other counties would compete and some players were compensated for playing becoming the first cricket professionals. Records are available for the first inter county match Kent v Surrey in 1709

    It is known that gambling in England around this time was rife and substantial wagers are understood to have been placed on Cricket matches, (rather like today). It is referenced in 1697 that a match was played in Sussex with 11 players a side for a wager of the considerable sum of 50 guineas

    It is interesting to note that the divide in English cricket created by amateur and professional status remained in place until 1962. This was due a requirement for clubs to generate income and generally to put sport on a more professional basis.

    The Stars and Garter club in Pall Mall, later to become the Marylebone Cricket Club formalised the laws of cricket in 1755 and amongst other things pitching the ball became the accepted bowling style.

    It was 1864 before overarm deliveries became usual, the same year that the Wisden Cricketers Almanack was first published.

    Public school matches are recorded as played in 1794 the first being Westminster v Charterhouse.

    England lost their first recognised Test Match in 1877 against Australia in Melbourne the hosts won by 45 runs, three years later the first Test series was played in England when they defeated the tourists by five wickets at the Oval this was followed by an Australian win in the return series in 1882.

    Following England’s first defeat by Australia on home ground in 1882 the Sporting Times periodical published an obituary notice stating that “the England team are in Ashes”, this led to England v Australia Test matches being referred to as the Ashes series.

    Since then more than 2000 Test Matches have been played by eleven competing teams.

    The Ashes are kept; irrespective of who wins them, in a small ceramic urn at Lords Cricket Museum, which incidentally has the best collection of Cricket memorabilia in the world, well worth a visit.

    .A label is attached to the urn which contains the following song lyric originally published in the Melbourne edition of Punch magazine on Feb 1st 1883

    When Ivo goes back with the urn, the urn; Studds, Steel, Read and Tylecote return, return; The welkin will ring loud, The great crowd will feel proud, Seeing Barlow and Bates with the urn, the urn; And the rest coming home with the urn.

    Prior to the disputed Fourth Test held in Feb 1883, a velvet bag made by Mrs Ann Fletcher, daughter of Joseph Hines Clarke and Marion Wright, of Dublin, was given to Ivo Bligh containing the urn.

    A more detailed account of how the Ashes were given to Ivo Bligh was outlined by his wife, the Countess of Darnley, in 1930 during a speech at a cricket luncheon. Her speech was reported by the London Times as follows.

    In 1882, she said, it was first spoken of when the Sporting Times, after the Australians had thoroughly beaten the English at the Oval, wrote an obituary in affectionate memory of English cricket “whose demise was deeply lamented and the body would be cremated and taken to Australia”. Her husband, then Ivo Bligh, took a team to Australia in the following year. Punch had a poem containing the words “When Ivo comes back with the urn” and when Ivo Bligh wiped out the defeat Lady Clarke, wife of Sir W. J. Clarke, who entertained the English so lavishly, found a little wooden urn, burnt a bail, put the ashes in the urn, and wrapping it in a red velvet bag, put it into her husband’s (Ivo Bligh’s) hands. He had always regarded it as a great treasure.”[11]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ashes#Urn

    From early 16th century beginnings Cricket is now played enthusiastically in over 100 countries around the world, collecting Cricket Memorabilia is indeed a worthwhile hobby or small business.

     

    Written by Tony Selby

    CricketCollectables


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  • Rare autographs real or fake

    Posted on September 7, 2012 by Selby

    This is a preview of a draft about hand signed sports memorabilia which I am writing  in order to assist autograph collectors in deciding whether the signature is genuine or fake.

    Feel free to comment on any improvements I can make???

    AUTOGRAPHS REAL OR FAKE

    The origins of the autograph

    An autograph may be defined as “any manuscript handwritten by its author; a handwritten signature especially the signature of a famous or admired person.

    The origins of hand signed autographs can be traced back to sixth century ancient Greece however none survive from this period, in fact The earliest autograph, signature of a famous person is probably the Spanish national hero and military leader El Cid  dated 1096 three years before his death.

    .Autographs of most of the great Renaissance figures, including Leonardo da Vinci,Michelangelo, and Ariosto. Still exist however autograph material was to become more prevalent during the 18th century with examples such as George Washington president of the USA or the composer Mozart’s manuscripts.

    A signed letter is more desirable than an autograph as usually the letter contains aspects of the person’s life and work which is why they are so collectable.

    Autograph collation today

    The hobby of collecting autographs is known as philography

    A Philographist or autograph hunter may well focus in one specialised area say sports memorabilia and only collect signatures and associated paraphernalia from say, sports events,  personalities, writers, political figures, art, film, music, world leaders, space travel or conflict etc.

    Autograph collation is an ever popular and rewarding occupation for the professional and amateur alike, the objective being to aspire to obtaining complete sets from each area of their subject in the case of say cricket collectables the 1948 Ashes series, the ink autographs of both England and Australians teams on one official programme, bat or scorecard used at the event would be more desirable than a mismatch.

    Is it a genuine autograph?

    There are numerous forged autographs for sale all over the world not least on the internet and it is a case of buyer beware.

    Rare autograph collectors often request from the vendor certificates of authenticity, it stands to reason that if the seller of a forged item is offering a COA that the certificate is also worthless. It is not a good idea to rely on either guarantees or certificates.

    If a purchaser decides to accept a certificate of authenticity they should ensure that it contains full contact details, dates, venues, and verifiable reputable organisations of which the vendor is responsible to, these details should be followed up with the named organisation.

    PADA, the UACC and AFTAL publish websites from where you can check a listed dealer’s credibility.

    Ascertaining the validity of a carefully crafted fake autograph is a complex matter which is almost impossible for the amateur and the results cannot always be definitive even when a professional opinion is requested.

    One basic method used by unscrupulous vendors is the reprint. This is a photocopy of an actual autographed photo, usually printed from a home computer on to photographic copying paper, this should be declared as a reprint or as preprinted, it is not an authentic autograph and is pretty worthless, unless an existing photo has been autographed later onto the outside surface.

    More sophisticated forgers will target a certain era say 1880s they will use blank pages from books of the same period, then having researched and recreated the inks used at that time they will endeavor to create the replica autograph now using the correct materials, obviously if the copy writing is well researched and applied it is very difficult to detect by an autograph expert but not so by a forensic technician, the technician will be able to age the paper and ink and also to date the document  even when accelerated ageing has taken place.

    Collectors should be careful of rare autographs which may be found on a small piece of card when the bogus card is attached to an authentic piece of memorabilia.

    Frequently secretaries will sign autograph material on behalf of the celebrity creating what is known as a proxy signature. Fortunately it is often well publicized that this is a trait of that particular subject.

    A number of famous people including American presidents Andrew Johnson, Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt have in the past convincingly rubber stamped their “signatures “the result would not be considered  a collectable.

    SEE AUTHENTICITY CHECK LIST

    View with magnifying glass X10 under direct light)

    Seek out a genuine example of the signature from internet comparison sites and use this as your datum point. The main criteria are to know what the signature looks like.

    Move the underside of your wrist or finger over the paper and expect to feel a slight irregularity when you touch the outline of the signature, examine the signature with a magnifying glass (+10) and search for any rising in the area of the signature. If you cannot determine the texture of the raised ink above surface of the paper it is likely to be a copy.

    Examine the ink pattern, look for squeezing at the edges which would indicate stamping, this is usually fairly easy to determine. A shaded purple colour ink can also indicate stamping.

    Compare the autograph with your example, turn the page at 90 degree angle and examine the autographs, then at 180 degrees, doing this  will show a different perspective of the writing comparison, anomalies will stand out and be easier to spot.

    Autographs which are mechanically created are identified by their smoothness and uniform ink deposit throughout the signature. A genuine pen hand signed autograph will show under magnification, a different diameter of stroke, the rate of the wet ink flow as the nib angles, scratch marks, clear areas within the stroke, and the continuous flow of the pen over the paper. A stop and start movement within a stroke would show a hesitant copying technique, you must see that the line flow is uninterrupted and the pen stays mainly on the paper if it is interrupted it will show in stroke breaks.

    Comparison of pen lifts which are absent from the genuine subject are a sure fire method to determine a fake, these are typical of a forgery in which the writer pauses to check his handiwork.

    Look for a lack of feathered beginning and ending strokes, a fake will tend to have blunt stops and starts.

    A lack of certainty in direction may show abrupt movements creating a kinked appearance to a line which should flow smoothly

    When a nib pen is used expect to see light hairline upstrokes and heavy shaded down stokes in a genuine signature, this will not be so noticeable if a ball point pen is used

    Consider the time factors if for example an autograph dated around 1950 is signed with a felt pen it is a fake as felt pens did not exist at this time and the autograph should be signed in ink or pencil. The Papermate flair felt tip was not manufactured until the early ‘60s, commercial ball point pens became available in 1943 and so on. Research is the key.

    Signed sports memorabilia such as a football shirt or cricket cap can be hard to assess as the ink tends to soak into the fabric giving a smudge like appearance which is difficult to validate, the only way to be sure is to be there at the signing or rely on provenance from a reputable dealer.

    If the asking price for an item of sports memorabilia is way below a realistic valuation don’t bother purchasing as it’s probably a fake.

    The more signatures there are on a piece, the more mistakes there are to spot. Compare an autograph sheet with half a dozen genuine signatures with one containing fakes and it easy to spot the real ones.

    Consider the characteristics of period the autograph purports to belong to, examine the paper used, does the magnified make up match the type used in that era. The specification of the paper may give valuable clues as to the approximate age parameters of theautograph.

    Since biblical times vellum or parchment was the type of paper in use this changed around 1850 to the use of wood, cotton or linen pulp, so if you are lucky enough to have the autograph of William Pitt (died 1806) it should be signed on vellum type of paper, Charles Dickens (died 1870) could be either or Alfred Tennyson (died 1892) most probably signed on a wood pulp type paper.

    Don’t forget that paper can be matched using cut out pages from writings of a similar time.

    Examine ink colour, does the make up under magnification match the characteristics of the period, iron gall ink was popular from about the 12th century up until new technologies made it obsolete around 1850,  this ink is bluish black, over time it fades to dull brown. It is a corrosive ink and over time can damage the paper it is used on. Since the early 1900s Indian ink (carbon) has become the popular one manufactured in a range of colours.

    Micro-spectrophotometry is a non-destructive method of analysing ink using ultraviolet of infrared light, the spectrum of the ink on the document can be compared with a range of standard inks, this can authentic the ink but not the author. However it does narrow things down and makes for a more informed decision.

    Think about how, when and why a rare autograph originated and in what numbers it is available, if the seller has a number of copies of a rare autograph you must ask yourself why?

    Never ever enter a private auction sale; always look for transparency on the internet

    Written by Selby

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    tony@cricketcollectables.net

     

     

     


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  • England v South Africa - Lords day 5

    Posted on August 20, 2012 by Selby

    Strauss and Cook  both out lbw  on day 4 at Lords  all down to Vernon Philander's inswing bowling skills, now Bell gone as well, surely they can't leave it up to Bairstow again, it would be great if he put in another 1st innings performance, great for the critics, as I write on day 5, England need 301 and Ladbrokes have England at 40/1 which actually looks not a such a bad bet,  SA are 1/7 on.

     


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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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  • Denis Compton Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 20, 2012 by Selby

     


    Cricket Memorabilia – Bats, Caps, Scorecards, Autographs, Photos, Compton scored over 123 first class centuries took 622 wickets and in the field was responsible for 416 batsmen returning to the pavilion.

    Compton (MiddlesexEngland) was a dashing right hand bat whose Cricket was followed ball by ball by a legion of admirer’s both at the ground and over the airwaves. In 1947 alone he scored 3816 first class runs at an enviable average of 91 runs included 18 highly entertaining centuries.

    Denis Compton (1918 – 1997) Professional Footballer, England Cricketer, He was a right hand bat and slow left arm bowler he became a household name soon after the war when he was one of a number of select Cricketers who put the spark back into the game, something that had been missing since International Cricket was put on hold in 1939.

    Compton was born in Hendon UK, as a schoolboy he played for North London Schools against South London Schools at Lords making 88 runs. Following more early successes he joined the Lords ground staff in 1933 playing his first match for Middlesex just three years later.

    When collecting Rare Autographs and Cricket Memorabilia it is important to associate the item to a memorable event and personality, early matches which Compton took part in are of particular significance especially Test Matches played against Australia, however one can never discount items collected at any time of a legends sports career. From my point of view I tend to see Memorabilia as either Pre-war or Post war, it can be a good idea to concentrate in one area such as this. Often when collecting items associated with persons who were not prolific signers, it is a case of sourcing what is available and making a small adjustment in value dependant on the event.

    Condition of Collectables is important but one must be realistic, Caps, Bats, Balls, Blazers and equipment which are match worn should look match worn, scorecards, team sheets, tour brochures, postcards and cricket ephemera must be considered by age. autographs for example are unlightly to deteriorate with age so should be in good condition, whereas a wartime Wisden editon the original paper wrappers may well show signs of wear, it will have been extensively read and maybe handed down from previous generations so again judgement should be used in considering condition. .

    Below I have briefly noted some early very Collectable Dennis Compton matches.

    Compton made his Test debut (with Cyril Washbrook) in 1937 against New Zealand at the Oval batting at no 4, he scored 64 before being run out, the second highest score behind Joe Hardstaff jnr (103) he was credited with taking 3 wickets in the 2nd innings, the match resulted in a draw. During the 1937 season Compton made 1981 runs in First Class Cricket.

    He was selected to play against Australia in 1938 and he made 102 runs in the 1st test at Trent Bridge an inning which saw 3 England centuries (Hutton, Paynter, Compton) in spite of Compton catching Stan McCabe on 232, the match ended in a draw.

    He scored 76 not out in the 2nd test (2nd innings) at Lords, 3rd test abandoned, 4th test at Leeds not so good, same at the Oval where Len Hutton opened the batting and scored an amazing 364, Joe Hardstaff jnr (169 not out, Maurice Leyland 187), the 4 match test series ended in a draw against a seemingly strong Australian side.

    Compton missed the 1939 tour to South Africa playing football instead however he was back in action playing the touring West Indies in 1939. In the first test, 1st innings at Lords he scored 120 whilst opener Len Hutton scored 196. The second test at Old Trafford produced no significant Compton event as per the third test at the Oval, England won the three series 1-0. I actually have a hand signed photograph of Compton taken at Lords this photograph would be significant as it was the only century he made in the series and by far his highest score. (He put on a 248 stand with Len Hutton in a 2 hour 10 minute spell) a signed photo of both Hutton and Compton from the same event would be very collectable.

    Pre-war test matches make for excellent Cricket Memorabilia, the ones mentioned above would be extremely collectable.

    With the start of WW2 Compton joined the Army, stationed initially in Sussex, which enabled him to enjoy occasional weekend Cricket and Football. .

    Compton pursued both Cricket and Football up to and after the war, he was having to juggle his commitments to both sports. As a professional footballer Compton had joined Arsenal in 1932 and made his league debut against Derby in 1936, playing on the left wing. He played a number of games for the Army during WW2 also winning two International caps.

    In 1950 Compton helped Arsenal to an FA victory winning the Cup from Liverpool.

    During his years with Arsenal Compton played 60 matches scoring 16 goals he retired from football in 1950.

    I have listed below some First Class Cricket statistics which demonstrate what a talented cricketer Denis Compton was:

    Source: Cricinfo, 23 April 1997

    Full name

    Denis Charles Scott Compton

    Born

    23 May 1918
    HendonMiddlesexEngland

    Died

    23 April 1997 (aged 78)
    Windsor, BerkshireEngland

    Height

    5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)

    Batting style

    Right-handed

    Bowling style

    Slow left-arm chinamen

    International information

    National side

    England

    Test debut (cap 297)

    14 August 1937 v New Zealand

    Last Test

    5 March 1957 v South Africa

    Domestic team information

    Years

    Team

    1936–1964 MCC
    1936–1958 Middlesex
    1944/45 – 1945/46 Europeans (India)
    1944/45 Holkar

    Career statistics

    Competition

    Test

    FC

    Matches

    78 515

    Runs scored

    5807 38942

    Batting average

    50.06 51.85

    100s/50s

    17/28 123/183

    Top score

    278 300

    Balls bowled

    2710 36640

    Wickets

    25 622

    Bowling average

    56.40 32.27

    5 wickets in innings

    1 19

    10 wickets in match

    0 3

    Best bowling

    5/70 7/36

    Catches/stumpings

    49/– 416/–

    Source: Cricinfo, 23 April 1997

     

    Denis Compton’s First Class Cricket career ended in 1958, he entered the world of social media as a Journalist writing for the Sunday Express and as a popular Commentator on the BBC.

    Denis Compton was named Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1939.

    He was awarded the CBE in 1958 and was elected President of Middlesex CCC in 1991.

    He has a Cricket ground named after him at the Shenley Cricket Centre in Radlett Herts which he opened in the summer of 1997 “The Denis Compton Oval”, ironically the ground was originally designed by WG Grace, it also has a splendid nineteenth century pavilion. Well worth a visit!!

    Good luck with your collecting.

    Let me know how you get on?

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia


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  • Herbert Sutcliffe Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on April 17, 2012 by Selby

     


    Cricket Memorabilia – Sutcliffe and Hobbs Legendary Opening Batsmen – Caps, Tour Collectables Signed Autographs, Scorecards, Sepia Press Photos are sought after by fans and collectors.

    Herbert Sutcliffe (1894 – 1978) was born in North Yorkshire, a professional Cricketer he played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and England, a right hand opening batsman his first class career began with end of WW1 and continued until the start of the second World War which interrupted International Cricket in 1939.

    At the age of 13 Sutcliffe had begun playing local League Cricket for the Pudsey Brittania Club, at 17 his talents and powerful drive had come to the attention of Yorkshire CCC, after a trial in the nets he was invited to play for the 2nd eleven, following some notable success in the Bradford league his promising start was put hold as he enlisted for Military service. Having played some Cricket during the War, it was not until 1919 that he made his First Class debut in a Yorks v Glos County Match at the Spa Gloucester, batting number 6 he was caught by Alfred Dipper (one test Eng v Aus 1921) for 11 runs.

    In 1919 Sutcliffe had a double first against Northampton in a County Championship match, when he opened the batting with Holmes, scored his maiden century in first class cricket and put on a 279 first wicket stand, his contribution was 145 runs before being caught off John Seymour by the Northants skipper Joseph Beasley. Holmes and Sutcliffe continued as the opening pair scoring five centuries each, including a 174 (c Lionel Hedges, b Tich Freeman) for Sutcliffe against Kent at Dover.

    First Class Matches played by Sutcliffe which are of particular interest to me as a collector of Cricket Memorabilia are usually ones associated with memorable events I have listed below a few that I am personally interested in:

    Early day’s pre 1919 in the Bradford League with Pudsey Britannia, Yorks.

    Northampton v Yorkshire (1st innings at Northampton) 1919.

    Kent v Yorkshire (1st innings at Crabble Athletic Ground Dover) 1919.

    Surrey v Yorkshire, 1st innings (232) at the Oval 1922.

    England v South Africa at Edgbaston 1924.

    England v Australia tour 1924/25.

    Yorkshire v Middlesex 1st innings (235) at Headingley 1925.

    The Holmes and Sutcliffe private tour of India Ceylon 1930/31.

    Essex v Yorkshire 1st inning (313) bowled by Eastman at the County ground Leyton 1932.

    Bodyline series 1932/33, 1st innings at Sydney (194) any bodyline series is very collectable.

    Plus many more First Class Matches of note.

    Sutcliffe made his Test debut in 1924 against South Africa at Edgbaston opening the innings with his nemesis Jack Hobbs, they achieved a partnership of 136 in the 1st innings and 268 in the 2nd Test at Lords.

    Cricket Memorabilia featuring both Sutcliffe and Hobbs is always sought after.

    Listed below are some statistics to demonstrate Sutcliffe’s outstanding achievements

    Statistics supplied by Cricinfo.

    Batting and fielding averages

    Mat

    Inns

    NO

    Runs

    HS

    Ave

    100

    50

    6s

    Ct

    St

    Tests

    54

    84

    9

    4555

    194

    60.73

    16

    23

    6

    23

    0

    First-class

    754

    1098

    124

    50670

    313

    52.02

    151

    230

    474

    0

    Bowling averages

    Mat

    Inns

    Balls

    Runs

    Wkts

    BBI

    BBM

    Ave

    Econ

    SR

    4w

    5w

    10

    Tests

    54

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    First-class

    754

    993

    563

    14

    3/15

    40.21

    3.40

    70.9

    0

    0

    Espncricinfo.com  

    Sutcliffe became a Test selector and was an active member of the Yorkshire Committee following his retirement.

    Yorkshire CCC named the Sutcliffe gates at Headingley in honour of their Legendary opening batsman. He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

    Tony Selby

    Cricket Memorabilia

     


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