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OUR CRICKET HERITAGE SMOULDERING IN THE ASHES OF A PREMIER CRICKET FINAL

Posted on 14 April, 2019 at 20:15 Comments comments (0)

There is something I feel I must say on what came to mind at the conclusion of last Sunday’s Carlton v Geelong 1st XI’s Cricket “Final” at the Junction Oval.


Let me paint the picture.


Geelong had batted first and declared 9/409 and in reply Carlton when I arrived were 5/250. I had been following the game on line so I new the Blues Captain Evan Gulbis had taken charge of the game. It was pleasing for me to see him playing and enjoying...

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TO THE CRICKET GROUND IN THE SKY

Posted on 10 April, 2019 at 4:15 Comments comments (1)

For the past 30 years I have regularly contacted my cricketing mate Jack Houldsworth. Our discussions about family of course and always the Ashes and with the next on our doorsteps, I had been trying to get Jack and his daughters views, so keenly they rub my nose into any Australian defeat.


Unfortunately for the past couples of months my efforts have been in vain because Jack has been poorly.

 

And then last Sunday I opened an email from Annette (Jack’...

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Grass Roots Cricket Concerns

Posted on 15 February, 2019 at 23:35 Comments comments (0)

You might remember the scandalous Cricket Australia (CA) pay dispute where highly paid executives and Board Room Directors, shamefully used Grass Roots Cricket as a pretence to reduce player payments. It turns out however, that it is the top players who are more concerned about the game and that is the way it has been since the early 1840’s?

In truth it is the “best of the best” the top guns who bring in the big dollars for the game and development whilst executives se...

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The Cupboard is Bare

Posted on 14 September, 2018 at 3:30 Comments comments (2)


First of all I don't get paid to comment and I certainly do not rely on Cricket Australia (CA) or any organization associated to them for income... so I am not affraid to say it as I see it... therefore you wont see me sucking up for favour as we see in the media. The only thing I get from Cricket is my 200 club membership. It was something I earned as a player and coach and I am proud of that.


I also wish every Australian Cricketer success and don't be mistaken....

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In the Players Best Interest and Welfare

Posted on 9 September, 2018 at 22:40 Comments comments (0)

from Callen Crickets Face Book 

I read in the Australian Newspaper that former Australian Captain and Cricket Australia (CA) Director Mark Taylor had defended his CEO James Sutherland over his handling of the “Ball Tampering” incident on Channel 9’s Sports Sunday Show last week.

 

The Australian Newspaper quoted Taylor as saying, “Sutherland straight away wakes up Sunday morning to the Ball Tampering story, he knows it’s going to be bi...

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The Ball Tampering Incident

Posted on 9 September, 2018 at 22:20 Comments comments (0)

From face book at the time;

A Cricketer plays for the team and through his on field contribution earns the respect of his peers. At least that is the way it was once, but not anymore.


The modern game of cricket has just provided us with an example of what it has become and surely you are as shocked, appalled and deeply saddened by it all as I am.

 

On display to the world was our most highly decorated Sporting team executing the most dishonourable ac...

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THE GREAT EAST LANCS GRASS COURT AFFAIR

Posted on 9 September, 2018 at 22:15 Comments comments (0)

I found this script today, written by a good friend of mine John Pomfret 35 years ago... I remember the incident well and John captured the moment magnificently. Had another good laugh about it today. For those of you who know Brendan and how competitive Bushy” McArdle and I were against each other... I think you’ll love it; enjoy ��


THE GREAT EAST LANCS GRASS COURT AFFAIR

 

Way back in 1983 during a period known at East Lancs as &#...

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CRICKET'S SHOW PIECE TO THE WORLD

Posted on 10 January, 2018 at 1:50 Comments comments (0)

"Ashes Cricket" is the sports show piece to the world.

 

The series is a demonstration or if you like, a "Test" not only of character or ability, but commitment, humility, preparation and planning. All in order to maintain a Nations sporting pride.

 

And so the 2017 -2018 Ashes series came to end in Sydney and in the final wash up it was Australia 4 England 0.

 

For the Australian and England Cricket teams every aspect of the game was laid...

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Boxing Day Test A Disappointment

Posted on 1 January, 2018 at 19:15 Comments comments (0)

So Melbourne's Boxing Day Test ends in a disappointing draw and what a painful 5 days it was for the bowlers. Having watched the first days play I made the prediction that Cook would bat for two days... and he didn't disappoint me. What a humble and modest man he is... a true champions and gentleman of the game, with exceptional concentration skills.


I must say that with the ball barely carrying to the Keeper the bowlers also put in a truly a herculian effort... all plugging...

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The Game of Cricket Moving Forward

Posted on 10 December, 2017 at 17:40 Comments comments (0)

Women's Cricket (WC) is up and running around the world and I am told it is in a financially sustainable situation.

This being the case, I believe it needs to be handed over to the Ladies to develop and nurture from this point on.

It is also time for the game to be handed over to its rightful shareholders around the world. In Australia it is the District Clubs and Associates and they must take control of our State Associations and reinstate their authority over the dictatorship t...

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