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  • William P Howell (Aus. NSW) Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on February 19, 2013 by Selby


    William P Howell (Aus, NSW) was born in Penrith New South Wales on December 29th 1869 he died on July 14th 1940 aged 70, in Castlereagh Sydney.

    Cricket Memorabilia associated with Bill Howell is available usually in the form of cricket autographs from his visits with the Australian team to England usually signed individually or on official team sheets over his nine year First Class Cricket career.

    Bill was a popular Australian cricketer of note, renowned for his right arm medium pace spin bowling, he batted left hand in the lower order.

    Bill made his first class debut in 1894 playing at the top level until 1905.

    He made his Test debut, Australia v England at Adelaide in January 1898 playing in 18 Test matches until 1904.

    Known primarily for his bowling skills Bill had the unusual ability to bowl a medium pace spin from a length, evidently bowling a full 23 yards, delivering the ball from behind the crease, he proved himself in November 1894 playing for New South Wales v AE Stoddart’s XI at Sydney cricket ground when he took 5 wickets for 44 runs.

    Stoddart’s X1 won the match by 8 wickets in spite of Frank Iredale putting on 133 runs in the first innings.

    His Test debut, the 3rd Test at the Adelaide Oval in 1898 was a success as he dismissed top order bat AC McLaren (Lancs) in the 1st innings taking 4 wickets for 70 runs, dismissing McLaren again in the 4th Test at Melbourne. Australia won the series 4-1.

    He had varying success with the bat, known for his hard hitting on one memorable  occasion, AE Stoddarts XI v NSW in 1898 at Sydney he scored 95 runs off 69 balls in the 2nd innings.

    In the 1899 England v Australia Test series in the third match he dismissed the entire Surrey team 10/28 (23.2 overs, 14 maidens, 28 runs, 10 wickets).The only batsman not dismissed by Bill was the Captain Kingsmill James Key. The Australian side won by an innings and 71 runs.

    He played well in South Africa v Australia Tests taking 14 wickets for 170 runs his style of bowling was well suited  to the Southern Hemisphere wickets.

    Bill performed well in the Sheffield Shield averaging 22.80 with the ball and a best score of 128 with the bat. Cricket Autographs and Scorecards are available for the SS series

    On his retirement from cricket Bill returned to his favourite hobby of Bee Keeping in Penrith NSW.

    Tony Selby

     

     

     


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  • Blackcaps v England 1st ODI at Hamilton

    Posted on February 18, 2013 by Selby


    Blackcaps v England 1st ODI at Hamilton

    England    258 all out

    Blackcaps 259 for 7 wickets

    Autograph Signings will take place through to the 3rd Test at Eden Park, marking the England tour of New Zealand.

    On Sunday at the Seddon Park ground, despite the England top order batsmen, Ian Bell, Jonathon Trott and Joe Root making some useful scores, the Tourists were defeated by 3 wickets. This was their second loss at the Park in seven days.

    The Blackcaps put the England side in to bat and having achieved a solid position of 190 for 3 through 40 overs, England lost 7 all important wickets for just 68 runs in the last ten overs, McClenaghan, Franklin and Mills doing most of the damage. McCallum performed well in the field responsible for the wickets of Bell, Woakes and Stuart Broad.

    The Blackcaps finding themselves on 155 for 5, assisted by Kane Williamson’s 74 runs, hit back when McCallum (90 not out) scored 69 off 61 deliveries, whilst Martin Guptill having returned to the pavilion injured in the sixth over was sufficiently recovered to hit four 4’s and a six securing victory for the Blackcaps with 2 matches left in the series.

    James Anderson (Lancs) rested since the 4th Test at Napur in December, made history with the last ball of his first over by bowling BJ Watling with  an inswinger, it was his 529th International wicket, Ian Botham had held the record of 528 wickets.

    The ball used to bowl James Anderson into the record books will make an interesting item of Cricket Memorabilia

    Tony Selby


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  • Guide to collecting Don Bradman Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on February 7, 2013 by Selby


    Guide to collecting Don Bradman Cricket Memorabilia

    The Player

    Don Bradman (1908-2001) Played for Australia, New South Wales and South Australia, the legendary cricketer was knighted in 1949 for his services to the sport.

    Bradman was renowned for his contributions to cricket both on and off the field, in later life he became Chairman of the Australian Board of Control and served as a member of the National selection committee he became regarded as a cricketing statesman.

    Don Bradman made his First Class debut at the Adelaide Oval NSW v South Australia in 1927 where he scored 118 runs.

    Most would say Don Bradman was the greatest batsman of the 20th century, his international career spanned 20 years from 1930 to 1948 when he made his Farwell tour of England skippering the Invincibles, the team were undefeated which is a record still standing today. During his career Bradman broke all records; statistically his achievements on the field are without comparison.

    During his 80 match Test career he scored 6.996 runs at an average of 99.94 to include 29 centuries and a top score of 334.

    England became concerned that Bradman was dominating Test cricket so prior to the 1932/33 Australia v England series a meeting was held at the Piccadilly Hotel in London.

    .A decision was made to review the Australian batting performance during the recent 1930 tour of England. The five Test series was won 2/1 by the tourists.

    Bradman had scored an incredible 974 at a batting average of 140 during the series

    Four Notts players, England Captain Douglas Jardine, Arthur Carr and two leading edge fast bowlers Harold Larwood and Bill Voce decided to adopt a controversial tactic known as “leg theory”; this was put into practice in the 3rd Test at Adelaide.

    Bradman dealt with the hostile bowling attack with his usual dexterity, moving to the leg side of the crease he positioned himself away from the line of delivery cutting the ball through openings in the offside mid field.

    England won the series 4-1 with Bradman’s batting average reduced to 56.50 however he did score a century  not out in the 2nd Test at Melbourne, with a series batting aggregate of 396 runs

    Don Bradman Memorabilia

    I have listed below a limited selection of matches  which should be of interest to the collector:

    1930: Sheffield Shield: New South Wales v Queensland at Sydney. 452 not out, 2nd innings.

    1930: England v Australia at Headingley 3rd Test. World record 334 runs.

    1930: series in general in 36 matches Bradman scored 6 double and 10 single centuries a total of 2960 runs with an aggregate tour batting average of 98.6.

    1932/33 Bodyline series, a must for any collector.

    1947: Australia v India at Sidney, 100th First Class century, series average of 178 runs.

    1948: England v Australia, the Invincibles tour, the only side to have won every match.

    Cricket Memorabilia of particular interest to me include: signed cricket bats, original press photographs and RPP postcards, signed team sheets, cricket autographs and letters, tour itineraries and dinner menus.

    Don Bradman was a truly iconic cricketer he died in Adelaide in 2001 aged 92.

    Tony Selby


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