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  • Test Cricket India v England Mumbai

    Posted on November 20, 2012 by Selby

    Test Cricket India v England Mumbai
    No doubt that Alistair Cook made selection mistakes in the first test at Ahmedabab which led to a nine wicket hammering, there’s no way that left arm spinner Panesar should have been left out of the side, and he would have been ideally suited to the wicket.
     Despite Cook putting on 176 and Matt Prior 91 to keep England in the game on day 4, a draw was still out of reach, Ojha claiming both wickets. There was no help coming from the three England pace bowlers who could only muster 1/245.
    The closely following 2nd test in Mumbai on Friday will need a selection rethink if England are to level the series, the middle order batting of Jonathon Trott, Ian Bell, Kevin Peterson and Patel contributed only 68/8 scored over combined innings, which was disappointing to say the least.
    I would like to see 4 changes for Mumbai.
    Ian Bells decision to fly home solves one problem and leaves the door open for Jonny Bairstow.
    In addition I would like to see Finn, Panesar, and Ireland’s Eoin Morgan replace Broad, Bresnan, Patel and Ian Bell.
    India will get plenty of encouragement on Friday with the Mumbai Cricket Association presenting Tendulkar and Sehwag with silver salvers prior to the test, Tendulkar honoured for his 100 centuries and Sehwag for his 100th test appearance. Signed photos will make great cricket memorabilia.
    Time for England to put more reliance the spinners, hopefully, Swan, Patel, Panesar with the support of some decent England batting can turn things around in this critical test.
    Tony Selby

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  • Rare Cricket Autographs

    Posted on November 9, 2012 by Selby

     

    Collecting sports autographs is a rewarding pastime for the enthusiast or for the serious collector.

    It is notable that ideally the Autograph should be associated with the cricketer’s most memorable events, i.e.  highest test score, most wickets, best averages, landmarks,  career highs and famous matches, therefore a signed original photograph, completed scorecard, bat, dinner menu or tour itinerary are very collectable.

    Rare cricket autographs are always in demand and I devote this article to three recent purchases of mine.

    Edmund Peate ( 1885 – 1900), Yorks, Eng., Ted Peate was regarded by WG Grace as one of England’s best bowlers, he played in 9 test matches taking 31 wickets and 205 first class matches, 1017 wickets between 1879 – 1890. His test debut was England v Australia in 1881

    All items of cricket memorabilia associated with Peate are sought after by collectors however I have listed below a couple performances that I have collectables associated with.

    1883 Yorks v Surrey 8 wickets for 5 runs (signed & dated postcard)

    1882 England v Australia at the Oval 8/71 (tourist signed itinerary)

    He averaged 22.5 in test cricket, 13.4 in first class matches

    With these enviable bowling averages it is easy to understand the demand for his rare autograph

    James Lillywhite Jnr

    James Lillywhite Sussex, England (1862 -1885) a member of the cricketing/ publishing family, was an all-rounder, left arm spin bowler, low order batsman (county) and effective in the field. He captained the England team in the Test series in Australia and New Zealand during 1876/77

    Lillywhite made his first class debut for Sussex in 1862 playing for his county until 1885; in 1868 he was part of the North America touring side in 1868 led by Ned Willsher (Kent, Eng)

    Lillywhite led the first recognised Test tour in 1886/77 (his second tour of Australia),  He Captained the mainly professional England side in the 2nd test at Melbourne in April 1877 playing a combined Australian X1, England lost the match by 45 runs with Charles Bannerman (Aus) scoring the first ever test century, (165 not out in the 1st innings).

    Lillywhite made up for this setback later the same month with a 4 wicket win also played at the Melbourne ground. In the two match series he was more successful with the bat than the ball taking 8 wickets and making 16 runs.  It is interesting to note that 4 ball overs were played.

    Semi-retired during the period 1883 – 1901, he was an acknowledged cricket umpire officiating at 6 Test matches.

    James Lillywhite autographs and cricket memorabilia are always in demand.

    Dennis Compton (1918 – 1997) Middlesex, England,  a right hand batsman and slow left arm spinner he made 123 first class centuries took  621 wickets and as a fielder dismissed 416 batsmen.

    1947 Dennis Compton autographs and signed photo/postcards are popular with collectors as during the early post war years he scored 3816 first class runs at an average of 91 to include 18 memorable centuries. This was an important time in cricket following World War 11, during which most international matches were put on hold.

    Pre War cricket produced some excellent memorabilia, matches of interest include:

    1937 England v New Zealand at the Oval, his test debut

    1938 England v Australia at Nottingham

    1939 England v West Indies at Lords

    Dennis Compton played both cricket and football at international level in 1950 he was a member of the Arsenal team which won the FA cup he played in 60 matches scoring 16 goals.

    Rare cricket autographs are especially attractive when sourced from pre 1948 Ashes Test matches.

     

    Tony Selby

     

     


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