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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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  • Peter Moores makes an impressive return as England Cricket Coach

    Posted on May 11, 2014 by Selby

     

    One-day international, Aberdeen:

    England 167-6 (20 overs) beat Scotland 133-9 (20 overs) by 39 runs (D/L method)
    Match scorecard

    England beat Scotland by 39 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method in a rain-reduced one-day international to give Peter Moores a winning start in his second spell as head coach.

    After showers delayed the start until 16:00 BST, Ian Bell scored 50 to help England reach 167-6 in 20 overs.

    Michael Leask kept Scotland in contention with 42 off 16 balls.

    But his wicket triggered a collapse as the Scots slumped from 95-4 to 133-9, with James Tredwell taking 4-40.

    The unlikely venue of Mannofield Park in Aberdeen provided the backdrop for the start of a new era in English cricket as they look to recover from a chastening winter in which they were whitewashed in the Ashes and crashed out of the World Twenty20 at the Super 10 stage.

    Cricket memorabilia from England v Scotland First class matches is increasing in popularity and we hope to have signed cricket bats and autographed cricket memorabilia from the match

    Moores, who has replaced Andy Flower to reprise a role he held between 2007 and 2009, handed a debut to Nottinghamshire left-arm seamer Harry Gurney.

    Brilliant Bell

    Ian Bell surpassed Alec Stewart to become England's second-highest one-day run-scorer.

    Paul Collingwood is top of the pile with 5,092 runs, followed by Bell on 4,685, Stewart on 4,677 and Kevin Pietersen on 4,422.

    But for much of the day, it looked unlikely that any match would take place as persistent rain swept across the ground.

    However, 17 minutes before the final cut-off time for a match to start, Alastair Cook and Bell walked out to bat after being put in by Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer.

    The veteran duo quickly settled into a steady groove as they put on 87 for the first wicket.

    Bell was more aggressive, bringing up his fifty off 33 balls only to get be bowled by the following delivery when he missed a paddle sweep at Rob Taylor.

    Further rain resulted in the match being reduced from 23 to 20 overs, but England continued to bat with authority in spite of some outstanding Scottish fielding.

    Cook was brilliantly caught on the boundary by a running Calum MacLeod for 44 and Jos Buttler fell to an even better catch by Rob Taylor, who reached above his head to pluck the ball out of the air.

    Eoin Morgan kept England on course for an imposing total with some clean hitting before he was caught behind slashing at a wide ball from Iain Wardlaw.

    England's summer series

    20 May - 3 June: Twenty20 and ODI series against Sri Lanka

    12 June: First of two Tests against Sri Lanka

    9 July: First of five Tests v India

    27 August: First of five ODIs and one T20 against India

    Josh Davey took two wickets in two balls in the final over but Chris Jordan ensured England ended on a high when he thrashed the last ball of the innings down the ground for six.

    James Anderson denied Scotland a fast start when he bowled both openers inside the first three overs.

    Buttler did his chances of replacing Matt Prior as England's Test wicketkeeper no favours when he dropped a regulation chance to remove Coetzer.

    But Scotland's captain did not go on to make the innings his team required as he was bowled around his legs in Tredwell's first over.

    Leask entertained the crowd and kept the contest alive with three huge sixes off Ravi Bopara and Tredwell.

    But just when Cook was beginning to look concerned, Leask picked out Anderson, who took the catch on the long-on boundary at the second attempt.

    From then on, the Scots imploded with four further wickets falling in the next five overs to guarantee England a morale-boosting victory.

    England will next face Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 international on 20 May before five one-day matches and 2 Tests.

    Tony Selby


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  • England Ladies World Twenty20 Cricket win over South Africa

    Posted on April 5, 2014 by Selby


    England (102-1 off 16.4)) ladies great 9 wicket win against SA(101 off 19.5) to reach the final of the Women's World Twenty20 . England helped by five run-outs  dismissed South Africa for 101, with only Chloe Tryon on 40 runs and Mignon du Preez  scoring 23 making double figures.

    Cricket memorabilia will be available from this prestigious match from April 8, currently we have autographed cricket bats and signed tour paraphernalia

    With England looking for a third straight  Twenty20 World Cup  the Aussies have it all to do in Sunday's final.

    Looks like a promising start to the England season!!!

    Tony Selby


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  • Umpires, Frank Chester Herbert George Baldwin 1948 Cricket Memorabilia and controversial modern day decisions

    Posted on April 3, 2014 by Selby


    Worst LBW decision ever

    A culmination of circumstance appears to be effecting "match in play" umpiring decisions. The DRS, decision review system which was first introduced in Test Cricket in 2008 India v Sri Lanka, is there for the sole purpose of testing controversial decisions by Umpires and deciding whether the player is out or not

    We currently have a number of items of items of Cricket Memorabilia, signed team sheets and signed cricket bats which have also been signed by the Umpires, Frank Chester Herbert George Baldwin in the 1948 4th test England v Australia at Headingley (AUS won by 7 wickets resulting in a 3-0 series win) a very fine example is a fully signed cricket bat in good condition with legible signatures

    Today bad light and weather decisions are often contradictory as are some fine catches taken low in the infield which are now decided upon by the 3rd umpire. A recent decision giving  Mahela Jayawardene the benefit on his first delivery was seen to be incorrect and proved to be game changing, camera angles in these circumstances can be misleading, yet are regarded as the final word

    The Ladies second semi final T20 England v South Africa takes place at Dhaka on Friday, which will be watched with interest Cricket Collectables hope to add to their Ladies memorabilia with some match signed cricket bats and teamsheets

    Lydia Greenway looks a fair bet at 9/2 to make the most runs!!!

    Tony Selby


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  • Australia end the England cricket tour with a 12 match victory at Sydney

    Posted on February 2, 2014 by Selby

    The England tour of Australia ended in another overwhelming defeat as the Hosts finished off the Twenty20 international series in the same way as the recent Test series with an 84 run lead at the Olympic Stadium Sydney in front of a crowd of 47000 - another whitewash 3-0

    Signed Cricket Memorabilia is now available for the tour including good examples autographed cricket bats, tour itineraries, signed press photographs, scorecards and autographs. The signed cricket bats are particularly worthwhile as they are full size not the usual miniature size. Though I have to say myself that this is tour best forgotten!!!

    George Bailey the Aussie Captain, who chose to bat, led the way with 49 runs off 20 deliveries which included 3 6s, Bailey scored 26 runs off Jade Dernbach in the last over, making it look easy, taking Australia to 195/6, he was awarded Player of the match for his performance

    Ben Cutting, in his 3rdT20 knocked the ball all round the ground before being caught and bowled by Joe Root for 29 off 16 balls.

    Stuart Broad led the bowling with 3/30 with the Australians run rate at 9.75 runs per over whilst Joe Root, was notable taking a splendid  diving catch to dismiss Cutting for 29,which was rather cancelled out by Ravi Bopara dropping Wade early in his early innings, he went on to finish the match adding 56 runs.

    Without Michael Lumb the new opening pair Luke Wright and Alex Hales did not impress Wright caught at square leg for 8 runs and Hales caught on the deep offside by Muirhead off Coulter Nile for 6.

    Irishman Eoin Morgan coming in at number 5 with a required 171 runs off 15 overs made his mark with a handy 34 runs off 20 balls including 2 encouraging 6s however the beleaguered tourists survived just 18 overs before they were all out for 111 runs, averaging just 6.75 runs per over

    The final tally for the tour which started last October 31st with a warm up at WACA Perth is 13 matches won 1, lost 12

    Cricket signings will continue over the weekend with the emphasis on Australia memorabilia

    Tony Selby


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  • Australia v England at the Adelaide Oval - how fitting that it actually was "Australia day"

    Posted on January 27, 2014 by Selby


    It was "Australia Day" yesterday,  How fitting and unsurprising that the Aussies celebrated  with a win at the Adelaide Oval

    England chasing a 218 target  fell short of the mark by 5 runs when they were dismissed for 212  with just 2 deliveries remaining - The hosts totally dominated the One Day International series by 4 matches to 1, as they did  during the  Test series which culminated in only the 3rd, 5-0 whitewash in more than 130 years of Ashes Test cricket   (1920-21 and 2006-07)

    Cricket memorabilia is available for the complete ODI and Test series with the emphasis on signed cricket bats, tour paraphenalia , signed scorecards and autographed photographs

    Michael Clarke elected to bat which was probably in retrospect a mistake as most of his low to middle order batsmen made little impression. George Bailey played well with a top score of 56 off 74 balls before being caught by Ben Stokes (3/43) off Stuart Broad (3/31), the two leading bowlers.
    With a target of just 218 runs to make a much needed second consecutive win, England appeared to the favourites but were soon in trouble at 29/2, Joe Root put on 55 with a contribution of 39 from Ireland's Eoin Morgan, however it wasn't to be, the five tailenders went for a combined total of 29 runs

    Clint McKay 3/36 and Nathan  Coulter - Nile 3/34 led the bowling averages leaving the hosts with their 9th International win of the tour. Faulkner was awarded "man of the match"Aaron Finch was nominated "man of the series" having contributed two centuries

    Australia are now Number 1 in the One Day International rankings displacing India

    Cricket memorabilia will be in demand from the forthcoming Twenty20 series staring on the 29/1/14 in Hobart, 2 days later at the MGC Melbourne finishing on Feb 2nd in Sydney, maybe this will give the tourists a chance to show their mettle!!!

    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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  • At Lords today a number of signings over the next few days and plenty of cricket memorabilia, signed cricket bats, autographs, Australian tour brochures, scorecards, teamsheets etc, following on from the exciting last day at Trent Bridge

    Posted on July 18, 2013 by Selby


    At Lords today a number of signings over the next few days and plenty of cricket memorabilia, signed cricket bats, autographs, Australian tour brochures, scorecards, teamsheets etc, following on from the exciting last day at Trent Bridge. After heroic last-wicket stands in each innings, Australia eventually lost by 14 runs on Sunday. But they will be buoyed by the resilience and resource they showed at the midpoint of a horrible year in which they have been beaten 4-0 in India and failed to advance past the first round of the Champions Trophy. The touring side's cause was hardly advanced with news on Tuesday that their former South African coach Mickey Arthur, who was sacked 16 days before the Trent Bridge Test, had alleged he was the victim of discrimination and was demanding reinstatement or $3.6 million compensation. Despite the narrow margin in Nottingham, England were ultimately deserved winners and James Anderson at the height of his powers produced the decisive deliveries of the game to account for two of his 10 wickets. Anderson removed captain Michael Clarke in the first innings with the perfect delivery, a ball which swung late into the batsman then evaded the outside edge to hit the top of the off-stump. The second key wicket was the final ball of the match which vice-captain Brad Haddin, whose gritty 71 had threatened to snatch victory from England's grasp, edged to Matt Prior. Australia will relish the sun and the surroundings at the home of world cricket. To recover from one-down and regain the Ashes, though, their top-order batting must fire and Usman Khawaja may come in at number three to replace the out-of-form Ed Cowan. "He had a tough game," said new coach Darren Lehmann. "We've told Ed how we want him to play and how we want him to bat. That certainly hasn't changed from when he first came into the side. "He'll be disappointed with the shots. So are we. "We've certainly got to bat better as a top order, that's probably the key. We're going to bowl very well and we know we can control their batters. It's a matter of making more runs." WATSON IN SPOTLIGHT Clarke, who enjoyed a wondrous 2012 with 1,595 runs at an average of precisely 106, failed in both innings after his build-up was hampered by a chronic back ailment. The only other Australian batsman of comparable pedigree is the highly gifted but perennially frustrating Shane Watson who contributed 46 to a second-innings opening partnership of 84. Australia urgently need an innings from Watson of a stature to match his talent and Lord's would be the perfect setting to shrug off the under-achiever's tag. But he will be under even more pressure after it was reported in Australia that Arthur had claimed Clarke had described his former vice-captain as "a cancer" in the side. Another option is to drop a batsman and play five specialist bowlers with off-spinner Nathan Lyon joining Ashton Agar. Agar, who fell two short on his debut of becoming the first number 11 in Test history to make a century, took two for 82 from 35 overs in the second innings with his left-arm orthodox spin. In contrast to Australia's fragile top order, England's key batsmen scored runs at critical times at Trent Bridge. Jonathan Trott contributed 48 to their modest first-innings 215 and captain Alastair Cook (50) laid a solid foundation in the second with Kevin Pietersen (64). The crucial innings came from Ian Bell, whose 109 in more than six hours was perfectly calibrated for a sun-baked pitch demanding intense concentration with its low, slow and sometimes unpredictable bounce. England have named the same 13-man squad for the Test with the final decision again resting between the pacers Steven Finn, Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions. Finn, given the new ball in the first innings, dismissed two of the first three Australian batsmen cheaply on the first day. Thereafter life was more difficult. He took no more wickets, conceded 117 from his 25 overs and was entrusted with only two overs on the final day which went for 25 runs as Haddin decided he was the bowler he could attack. Teams (from): England: Alastair Cook (Capt.), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Graham Onions. Australia: Michael Clarke (Capt.), Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Ed Cowan, Usman Khawaja, Phillip Hughes, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson.

    Tony Selby,

    times of india,

    cricketcollectables


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  • Cricket Memorabilia ICC Championship Trophy

    Posted on June 14, 2013 by Selby


    The Group A England v Sri Lanka was best forgotten and hopefully England can have more control of the remainder of the series.

    Cricket Memorabilia is now available from the Kennington Oval contest with signed collectables from Joe Root and match winning scorer Sangakkara prevalent, however most fans seemed more interested in the off field activities of David Warner. Amongst interesting items is a signed cricket bat, cricket autographs and signed scorecards.

    Stumper and Man of the match Sangakkara added to his 33 Test and 15 international centuries, with an unbeaten 134 runs not out, which no doubt inspired Sri Lanka to their seven-wicket win.

    Umpire Aleem Dar’ (Pak) decision to change the ball at a time when the hosts were beginning to use some reverse swing in my opinion added to an easy victory for Sri Lanka. Had the ball not been deemed as “out of shape the normal ODI rule of two new balls per innings would have applied.

    The new ODI rules are now in force and I like the introduction of the two new ball ruling, which used alternately give the bowlers 20 overs with the new ball however this is not really helping the spinner’s introduction early in the innings. Field restriction areas during and outside of Powerplay overs seem to be as confusing for the Captain and spectator as ever, to get it wrong within the 30 yard circle can prove costly.

    Let’s hope England are back for form for the 11th match Group A against New Zealand at Cardiff on Sunday another opportunity for some excellent Kiwi Cricket Collectables.

    Tony Selby


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  • England v New Zealand Signed Cricket Bats

    Posted on May 29, 2013 by Selby


    Alastair Cook on scoring his 25th century for England took the long way round to achieve a 247 run victory yesterday at Headingley, I would have preferred him to have pulled out with 340 runs on the score board, not having to worry too much about unsettled weather and the draw, anyway it was good to see England seal the series 2-0 following an excellent 170 run victory at Lords.

    Cricket Memorabilia is available from the series including signed cricket bats, autographs, score cards and signed tour paraphernalia .

    With just six weeks to finalise their line up to play Australia the selectors must be delighted with the return to form of Graeme Swann and Steve Finn however they will be concerned about  opener Nick Compton’s form, Compton has scored only 54 runs in 6 innings he has time to mitigate this when he  plays two important matches, Somerset v Glamorgan on June 2nd in the Yorkshire Bank 40 and Somerset v Australia starting on June 26.

    The first Test against Australia at Trent Bridge begins on 10 July there is sure to be plenty of Cricket memorabilia available from the event, an England win would make 2013 a great year for collectables.

    Tony Selby


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