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  • Alastair Cook may relinquish the Captaincy for the down under World Cup

    Posted on December 17, 2014 by Selby


    With the selction committee meeting next Friday to confirm the players for the 2015 World Cup, recent poor performances in Sri Lanka could not have come at a worse time

    Cricket memorabilia from the series is abundant and in big demand especially signed cricket bats and autographed tour programmes

    The tourists were beaten by 87 runs yesterday in Columbo which led to a series loss 5-2 and this so soon before they head to Australia for their World cup opener on Feb 14th

    Skipper Alastair Cook in particular has been getting a lot of flak, he has not got above 50 runs in ODIs in his last 10 visits to the crease and recently things have only got worse. Cook has made it clear he will not walk away from his position as England captain and chances are that the selection committee will feel the same way, Peter Moores and  ECB MD Paul Downton  have openly implied that he is the man to lead, in many ways it would be good to see back in form as captain on the down under tour

    Looking back at  2014 England have lost 4 of the 5 ODI series their only win in the Caribbean without Cook on the pitch

    World cup Cricket Memorabilia is no 1 on Cricket Collectables agenda throughout the competition and we look forward to putting many more interesting items on our website, pinterest and other social media channels

    Tony Selby


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  • Cricket Memorabilia - some interesting items at past auction sales

    Posted on March 13, 2014 by Selby

    Some items of cricket memorabilia  sold at auction

    Keith "Nugget" Miller (1919-2004) Notts, Nsw, Vic, Mcc, was an Australian Test cricketer and a Royal Australian Air Force pilot during the second World war he was capped 53 times scoring 28,377 First Class runs  –  in 2004, £16,000 was paid for the cap worn during the 1954 -55 season  the year after he led NSW to the Sheffield Shield title, Miller may well have been Australia greatest all rounder

    Garry Sobers, The Legendary  left handed West Indian batsman who in 1968 hit six consecutive sixes in one over  in a County match playing for Notts against Glamorgan. the last ball to be  used during this memorable County innings was sold at auction in 2006 for £26,000

    Victor Trumper (NSW, AUS) 214 runs not out, top test score, 300 not out in First Class cricket, Victor's green cap,  sold at auction for £33.500, playing for Australia in England in 1902 Victor scored 2750 in 53 innings To quote Plum Warner"No one ever played so naturally. Batting seemed just part of himself, and he was as modest as he was magnificent.

    The bat used by Don Bradman during the 1946-7 Ashes series sold for £42,484) at  Auctions in December 2012, Sid Barnes and Bradman made a record 5th wicket partnership of 405 runs (both Sid and Don scored 234 runs in the 2nd Test)

    Tony Selby

     


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  • Monty Panesar Cricket Memorabilia looking good if he spins well at the MCG!!

    Posted on December 24, 2013 by Selby

    James Tredwell of England celebrates with Jos Buttler during the ICC Champions Trophy Semi-Final match between England and South Africa at The Kia Oval in June

    England call up Scott Borthwick & James Tredwell

    England have called Durham leg-spinner Scott Borthwick and Kent off-spinner James Tredwell into their Ashes squad following Graeme Swann's retirement.

    Borthwick, 23, could win his first Test cap on Boxing Day, though slow left-armer Monty Panesar is favourite to replace Swann for that game.

    Tredwell, 31, has one Test appearance and will not arrive in time to play.

    Two spinners are unlikely to play in Melbourne, but could feature in the fifth and final encounter in Sydney.

    England have already surrendered the Ashes after losing the first three Tests.

    Swann announced his shock retirement on Sunday after taking only seven wickets so far in the series.

    The 34-year-old former Nottinghamshire player is sixth on the list of England wicket-takers with 255 in 60 Tests.

    Tredwell  took 6-181 in his solitary Test match appearance, in Bangladesh three years ago, but has also played in 24 one-day internationals and seven Twenty20 internationals.

    He was travelling to Australia for the ODI series, starting on 12 January, and has moved his flight forward to join the Test squad.

    Borthwick & Tredwell in focus

    • Scott Borthwick
    • Age: 23
    • England and Durham
    • Tests: 0
    • ODIs: 2
    • T20s: 1
    • First-class matches: 59
    • Has 110 first-class wickets at an average of 31.29
    • James Tredwell
    • Age: 31
    • England and Kent
    • Tests: 1
    • ODIs: 24
    • T20s: 7
    • First-class matches: 140
    • Has 352 first-class wickets at an average of 35.75

    "I'm cover for that final Test in Sydney where it has been known to turn," said Tredwell. "The way I'm looking at it is potentially they may play two spinners."

    Tredwell said Swann's retirement had caught him by surprise but saw it as an opportunity to press his own claims.

    "It does open your eyes a little bit that obviously there may be some opportunities for some people along the way," he said. "Whether it's me or not, we'll wait and see. In a way, it's an exciting time."

    Borthwick,  meanwhile, has played for England just three times, twice in one-day internationals and once in Twenty20 cricket. All three appearances were in 2011.

    He is currently playing grade cricket in Australia and scored 1,000 runs last season to help Durham win the County Championship.

    In 59 first-class matches for Durham, Borthwick has taken 110 wickets at an average of 31.29, while Kent bowler Tredwell has 352 wickets from 140 outings at an average of 35.75.

    Essex spinner Panesar remains the most likely replacement for Swann for the final two matches of the series.

    The 31-year-old has played in 49 Tests for England, taking 166 wickets at 34.56 runs each, following his debut in India in 2006.

    He is confident he can raise his game, despite his own mediocre performance as second spinner in the second Test defeat in Adelaide.

    "I definitely feel ready coming into this Test," he said. "I'm really excited. The Boxing Day Test in Australia is a huge occasion and excites all of us."

    Play media

    England players back Swann - Panesar

    Panesar left the England squad temporarily at the weekend to bowl in a grade match in Sydney.

    He added: "Opportunities that come my way, I've got to grab them. I know my strengths as a bowler and try and make the most of the opportunity and be ready for it.

    "There are improvements I need to make in my game. As part of that, I've made a decision to play grade cricket after the Ashes because I want to improve."

    Former England captain Geoffrey Boycotthas backed Panesar to become England's main spin bowler, but Swann talked up Borthwick's credentials as he bowed out of the game.

    "I think Monty's going to come in and do a great job in this game coming up this week and whoever ends up taking the role full time will do a great job as well," said Swann.

    "Personally, I hope little Scotty Borthwick gets the chance before long. He's a leg-spinner, he's got a bit of X-factor and he can bat as well."


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  • England falter after good start

    Posted on December 15, 2013 by Selby

    Peter Siddle dismisses Kevin Pietersen

    Ashes 2013-14: England falter after good start

     

    Third Ashes Test, Perth (day two):
    Australia 385 v England 180-4
    Match scorecard

    England's grip on the Ashes slipped still further as Australia refused to relinquish control of the third Test in Perth.

    Setting out to overhaul Australia's first innings 385, they lost the key wickets of Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen in a dramatic three-over spell late in the day to close on 180-4, still 205 runs adrift.

    And with the Waca pitch showing sign of wear and Australia's attack offering a threat with both pace and spin, England face a struggle to achieve parity, let alone a position where they can push for more.

    Play media

    England still in the hunt - Carberry

    In contrast to the unhappy collapses in the first two Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide,the tourists' batsmen showed better application and discipline for much of another blisteringly hot day.

    Yet relentlessly tight bowling brought its reward as Australia chased the victory that would win them back the Ashes for the first time in seven years.

    England had prospered in the first half of the day until a significant chunk of those foundations came crashing down in the gripping exchanges that followed in an enthralling afternoon and evening.

    While much of the damage was done by Australia's probing five-man attack, there was also controversy in the pivotal moments.

    With the score on 90-1 10 minutes before tea, umpire Marais Erasmus initially gave Joe Root out caught behind off Shane Watson, and although the review requested by the batsman produced no clear evidence of an edge, third umpire Tony Hill decided that neither had he seen enough to overturn the decision, and Root was gone for four.

    Test Match Special analysis

    "This is England's opportunity to make sure they have learnt from the last two games. They just need to look to get close to this 385. If they could do that, they might just get that buzz in the dressing-room thinking they can win the game. They haven't had that in the first two Tests. They are in the game.

    "Pietersen deserves the criticism. He is a senior player and his five dismissals have not been good enough. With the level of performance we have seen from him, he is too good a player to be playing shots like he has in this series."

    The match and thus the series hung in the balance, and Cook reacted with characteristic determination even as Pietersen was forced to play with unusual defensiveness.

    The number four managed only three singles from the first 38 balls he faced - his slowest start in Test cricket - as Watson and Ryan Harris both found movement through the air and off the parched deck.

    Cook's second half-century of the series came up off 127 balls, but both batsmen were increasingly bogged down against the seamers, and when Nathan Lyon came on the tourniquet had its reward.

    Cook cut a short ball that bounced a little straight to David Warner at point to fall for 72, and when Pietersen survived an adrenalised battle with Mitchell Johnson only to slap a mistimed pull off Peter Siddle to the resting bowler at mid-on for 19, Australia celebrated as if the Ashes were won.

    It was the 10th time Siddle has dismissed Pietersen in Tests, and a sad waste of all that diligence against the higher-profile members of the attack.

    England had earlier cleaned up the remaining four Australian wickets for the addition of just 59 runs to their overnight 326, with Stuart Broad removing Johnson for 39 and James Anderson having centurion Steve Smith caught behind in the first 20 minutes.

    Play media

    The Analyst: Root's dismissal upheld

    Anderson also had Harris caught in the slips before the last-wicket pair of Nathan Lyon and Siddle added a frustrating 31.

    Cook and Michael Carberry then looked relatively serene as they compiled only England's second half-century opening partnership in 15 innings against Australia this calendar year.

    Smith missed the sharpest of chances full length to his left at third slip off Carberry but the pair continued to flourish after lunch until Carberry played on to Harris for 43, pulling away his bat too late after initially poking at a ball wide of off stump.

    It brought back memories of three years ago, when England progressed to 78-0 in their first innings here before Johnson and Harris ran through the team to leave them 187 all out.

     

    Cricket Memorabilia


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  • England can have learned precious little about the finer details of their Ashes plans from a stalemate in their tour opener against a WA Chairman's XI.

    Posted on November 4, 2013 by Selby

    The run-fest of the first two days extended to centuries for Ian Bell (115) and Jonathan Trott (113 not out) on another fine morning, but was then rudely interrupted by an unexpected England collapse either side of lunch as they conceded a 60-run first-innings deficit.

    The hosts then batted out 39 more overs, to the tune of 168 for five declared, so that the inevitable draw could be confirmed at the WACA.

    England at least had the opportunity to again assess the merits of their three tall seamers, Boyd Rankin emerging marginally - certainly not head and shoulders - above Chris Tremlett and Steven Finn.

    The other obviously undecided position for the first Test in Brisbane is at number six - and after Gary Ballance and Ben Stokes mustered only four runs between them, there was minimal evidence to go on.

    Three years ago, England arrived in Perth evidently already sure of their best Test XI and flew on to Adelaide with the confirmation of a heartening victory over strong opposition.

    This time, they have faced a relative motley but one able to take the honours by piling up 451 for five declared thanks to five 50s and a century from their top six.

    All seemed to be going to plan in England's reply by the time Bell retired out to end his third-wicket stand of 193 with Trott. But England then lost their last seven wickets for 57, Jim Allenby picking up four for 58, as a remarkable run of nine 50s or better from 11 individual innings in this match was replaced by a procession of single-figure scores.

    Batsman error, rather than exaggerated deterioration of the pitch or dramatic improvement in the bowling, appeared to be the common denominator as England were bowled out for 391 and then their hosts stumbled to 24 for two before Mitch Marsh (62) and Chris Lynn (61no) dug in. There was no hint of what was to follow when Bell was in situ.

    Then, however, in the space of four overs three more batsmen came and went for the addition of 13 runs.

    After Bell reached a chanceless hundred, including 17 fours and two sixes from 153 balls, the time was judged right to give others a chance to see what they could do against the second new ball.

    Sadly for Ballance, it was the minimum, as he edged a useful delivery behind from Ryan Duffield to add a golden duck to the zero he made in two balls in his only previous innings for England - in a one-day international against Ireland in Dublin two months ago.

    Matt Prior clumped a pull high over the in-field for four before edging a drive behind for Duffield's second wicket in the over.

    Stokes managed a boundary too, down the ground off Allenby, who got his revenge when the left-hander became a third consecutive caught-behind departure - edging an attempted cut.

    Trott remained a reassuring presence, grinding out his century from exactly 200 balls having hit 10 fours and a collector's-item six - muscled over cow corner off a Michael Beer full toss.

    That blow was followed by a broadening of the shoulders from a player rarely associated with clearing the ropes, but then a reversion to type which meant England subsided only slowly as the tail folded to Beer and Allenby.

    Home openers Luke Towers and Marcus Harris had set the tone two days ago with a stand of 115. But this time both fell cheaply to Rankin, Towers caught at third slip and Harris lbw playing no shot to one that kept low after hitting a crack.

    With Test linchpin James Anderson spared any unnecessary second-innings bowling exertions, change bowlers Finn and Stokes might also each have had an early wicket - but Lynn was dropped on 12 by Rankin diving to his left at mid on off the former and then on 19 by Joe Root high to his right at second slip.

    Finn eventually got his second and third wickets of the match, Marsh lbw and Tom Triffitt caught-behind in the same over.

    They had come at the cost of 165 runs by then, and when Tremlett struck for the first time - Ashton Turner lbw pushing forward round his pad - he too had three figures in the penultimate column.   (Sky)


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  • Monty Panesar,Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes, Boyd Rankin join the Ashes Tour

    Posted on September 24, 2013 by Selby


    Arguably England's number 2 spin bowler after Graeme Swann, Monty Panesar forgiven for his issues in Brighton (peeing on night club bouncers from a height) has been included  in the England team for the winter Ashes tour to Australia.

    Cricket memorabilia from the crucial "down under series" will be in big demand particularly signed cricket bats (by both teams, managers and umpires) signed scorecards, press photographs and cricket autographs and signed tour memorabilia from any of newly capped players who play impress. Fans who are attending matches would be advised to keep an eye out for Sheffield Shield Memorabilia very popular and collectable.

    Right arm medium fast bowler Boyd Rankin (Derby, Warks) 6ft 9in tall from  Co Tyrone  will take to the Australian wickets, providing extra pace and bounce and hopefully make an impression on the wicket tally, Rankin made his ODI debut in 2007 playing for Ireland against Bermuda.

    Ben Stokes has proved this  year  that he has developed his game, and merits a place in the team, the Durham all rounder has scored 674 and taken 40 wickets in his Counties winning season

    Some may feel that the selectors have been hard on Nick Compton and Graham Onions  choosing to play  inexperienced players in what must be the most important and competitive challenge in the cricket calendar

     The England Test squad is due to arrive in Perth 25/10, with the first Ashes match set to take place at  Brisbane four weeks later.

    England Squad : Alastair Cook (capt), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Boyd Rankin, Ben Stokes, Monty Panesar, Michael Carberry, Gary Ballance, Chris Tremlett

    I personally think England will have to be on top form to win the series the odds offered on England are ridiculous 4/9 on and Australia looks a much better bet at 13/8

    Watch out for some great cricket collectables from each of the 5 Test matches listed below:

    Nov 21 Brisbane

    Dec 5th Adlelaide

    Dec 13th Perth

    Dec 26th Melbourne

    Jan 3rd Sydney

    Tony Selby


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  • Australian Cricket Memorabilia – 5th Test the Oval

    Posted on August 22, 2013 by Selby


    The Oval is an inspiring cricket ground, the place where Len Hutton scored 364 runs against the Aussies in 1938 and Devon Malcolm took 9 wickets for 57 runs against South Africa in 1994, the ground where the first home Test match was played in 1880 an occasion when the legendary cricketer WG Grace scored a century securing victory for England.

    Ashes cricket memorabilia has been available throughout the first four matches of the series as is always the case with Ashes Collectables, in particular autographed cricket bats, sports autographs and signed press photographs

    I always enjoy the Oval especially the hospitality suite at the “Pavilion end,” Today was the day when Australia finally made a convincing fight back in the series from their position of  four matches played, a draw at Old Trafford,  a match that I think the tourists deserved to win and three wins for the home side.

    Australia having won the toss and electing to bat finished the day on 307/4, with number 3 bat Shane Watson contributing a magnificent 176 off a 113 deliveries. Watson’s innings was not without drama, he was hit on the head by a bouncer from Stuart Broad, Cook missed a slips catch when he was on 104 and he benefited from LBW decision having made 160.

    The England selectors must be pondering on their decision to leave  Steven Finn and Tremlett out of the side.

    Ashes memorabilia from the series will be listed in our online shop this weekend.

    Tony Selby


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  • Posted on August 6, 2013 by Selby


    What a day at Old Trafford no sooner do Australia start showing their true potential and the whole things rained off. Australia deserved to win and with decent weather would have.

    Autograph Signings have taken place throughout the series with particular emphasis on the memorable  Lords Test.

    The last 5 days have been a lesson for players and fans alike not to become too complacent, things can so quickly go the other way, there is so certainly plenty to do at Chester-le- street starting Friday.

    Australia having declared overnight on 172/7 and England needing 232 to win the home side fell to pieces, with the scoreboard showing 35/3 Australia, in my opinion would have had no problem bowling the hosts out with a hefty 72.3 overs remaining. Talk about saved by rain!!!!

    Trent Bridge got England off to a cracking start which they followed up by hammering Australia at Lords opening the path to their fastest retention of Ashes since the 1928/29 series when they won the first three matches

    England may have retained the Ashes at this dismal show but they now need to win the series, which after yesterday’s display won’t be the 4-0 they are hoping for, with Australia gathering momentum 2-2 is not beyond the bounds of possibility.

    The selectors have been quick to act by including Durham fast bpwler Graham Onions and Chris Tremlett in the 13 man squad for the 4th Test.

    "While the players should be congratulated on retaining the Ashes there is still a lot of cricket left in this series and it is important that the players recover and refocus ahead of another crucial week of Test cricket," said England national selector Geoff Miller

    Sports autographs and Cricket Memorabilia will be available for the series later this month.

    Let’s look forward to a spectacular match at Durham on Friday.

    Tony Selby


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  • Kiwi’s cricket memorabilia begins at Grace rd.

    Posted on May 12, 2013 by Selby


    Joe Root has just been dismissed on the fourth morning at Grace Road, but not before taking his season tally to 646 runs and raising the prospect of an England batsman achieving a 1000 first-class runs before the end of May.

    Cricket memorabilia will be available from the Lions series and the forthcoming Test matches, of particular interest to fans are cricket autographs. Signed cricket bats, tour paraphernalia and signed scorecards.

    The main event England v New Zealand is due to start on Thursday at Lords and Root’s dominance at Leicester is sure to confirm the selectors decision, with a number of other Lions players starting to make their mark.

    New Zealand start as 9/1 outsiders for the first test with the home side 15/8 on if the weather is anything like today at Leicester, I would take the draw at 2/1, check the forecast.

    The reasoning behind what may be generous odds on New Zealand seems to be despite the fact that they started the tour well recording an easy win over Derbyshire, they have not had a win at Lords in the last 14 years and only 4 wins in the last 84 years.

    The England bowling sequence with James Anderson likely to be joined by a fit Stuart Broad and Steven Finn will make for an interesting Test series.

    Over the winter months Nick Compton cricket memorabilia became increasingly popular he has played a total of 7 Test Matches scoring 440 runs in his 13 innings, he seems to have an ever increasing following of fans and is sure to do well this season.

    Tony Selby


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  • Nick Compton Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on March 15, 2013 by Selby

    Ominous sign for the Kiwis
    Nick Compton Cricket Memorabilia
    New Zealand v England at Wellington 1st Innings
    As I said earlier in the week watch Nick Compton at Wellington and Eden park sure enough he puts in another match winning performance scoring score, back to back centuries in both Dunedin and Wellington.
    The Kiwis seem to have misjudged the wicket putting England in to bat
    Cricket Memorabilia associated with Compton will be sought after in the future and now is a good time to start collecting.
    Jonathon Trott did not disappoint with 121 and it seems as if Peterson could soon be back to the big scores having clocked up 73 runs before becoming left arm spinner Bruce Martins second wicket.
    Keeper Matt Prior added another 82 from 99 balls, caught Wagner bowled by Williamson, England ended the Innings on 465 all out.
    At time of writing NZ are already in trouble at 66/3 with Broad 2 wickets for 18 runs and Anderson 1/17, some good bats to come in so hopefully they can make an interesting match.
    Nick Compton looks in with an excellent chance of selection, for the forthcoming Ashes Series starting on July 10th at Trent Bridge, any Cricket Autographs, Signed Tour Itineraries, official Signed programmes and scorecards are well worth collecting.

    Scorecard to date
    Tony Selby


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