The radical shake-up Shield cricket needs

Scana sees problems in Australian domestic cricket, namely the lack of interest and talent in the Sheffield Shield. With the success of Australian cricket in mind, he outlines his plan for the rise of the Sheffield Shield. Has he got it right?

Blind, Deaf and Clueless. Not Out, Hit Wicket

Resident Cricket Umpire Phil Hill brings to light the nuances of Law 27 Appeals and how it relates to a Hit Wicket decision.

Almanac Cricket Poetry: The Ballad of Bluey Jenner

e.regnans, in his typically beautiful way, tells the story of Bluey Jenner, a bush cricketer with the world at his feet.

The Game of the Century

The 1965/66 District Cricket Grand Final is one of the best played, Mic Rees provides the colour and background to this classic game.

Almanac People: Mitch Hannan

Paddy Grindlay remembers the day Melbourne Football Club’s new recruit, Mitch Hannan, ripped in a few quick overs for Woodend’s thirds.

Australia v South Africa – Adelaide Test, Day 4: Phoenix or dead cat?

With a favorable result, Day 4 restored some pride to Australian Cricket while John Butler can now look towards the series against Pakistan with more expectation than a week ago.

Australia v South Africa – Adelaide Test, Day 4: The newbies get the chocolates

Citrus Bob Utber gets the revamped Australians home and analyses the performance of the new chums. [Well played Citrus Bob – JTH]

Australia v South Africa – Adelaide Test, Day 3: Debuts

Day 3 of an intriguing Adelaide Test and Dave Brown is thankful for Faf du Plessis… and electronic devices

Australia v South Africa – Adelaide Test, Day 3: Not bad, this Test cricket

Citrus Bob Utber describes yet another day when Test cricket has shown itself to be the king of cricket.

Blind Deaf and Clueless: Hold on to Their Hat

Phil Hill lives up to his reputation with this next look into the life of the umpire. It seems, in some cases, it’s a matter of volume, and hat-holding.

Chris Rogers – Ugly Duckling No Longer

Reggie came through the ranks of junior and grade cricket in Perth with Chris Rogers. He has watched Chris’s career closely. Here he gives some insight into the development of Chris as a cricketer, and now a broadcaster (and possible coach). [Lots of first hand observations here, and a comment on the culture of cricket – JTH]

Australia v South Africa – Adelaide Test, Day 2: Usman leads as Australia takes command

Our very own debutant, Scana, made it through to stumps on a day dominated by Usman Khwaja.

Australia v South Africa – Adelaide Test, Day 2: Good, tight Test cricket as Ussie holds it together

Citrus Bob Utber is loving the Adelaide Oval precinct, and the cricket. The Australians, with Ussie the sheet anchor, take the lead in a hard-fought Test. While Citrus picks his side of best players not to have played in a Test match.

And don’t forget Saturday brunch.

Australia v South Africa – Adelaide Test, Day 1: The Mid-Strength on the Hill

Dave Brown takes in Day 1 of the Adelaide Test from the grass of the hill, recalling hills of Tests past

Cricket matters

With a Datsun Sunny named ‘Boony’ at short leg and once being dismissed by the Virgin Mary, Ged McMahon reflects on the current cricketing crisis in the context of his own backyard of dreams

Australia v South Africa – Adelaide Test, Day 1: Absorbing Cricket

The Australians stick at it all day, take good early wickets, but the Proteas rally. Then controversy arrives. Citrus Bob was at the Adelaide Oval.

Adelaide Test – Invitation: Saturday brunch Knackers function

Citrus Bob invites Knackers to an Adelaide Test rendezvous: Oxford Hotel, Saturday November 26th, 10.15am for an 11am brunch. RSVP details provided.

Victor Trumper and Gideon Haigh

Col had a great night with fellow Almanackers at the dinner with Gideon Haigh speaking about his book, “Stroke of Genius: Victor Trumper and the shot that changed cricket.”

Almanac Cricket: Cricketus Horibilis

What can an Astronaut teach the Australian Test team? According to Dips O’Donnell it’s more than seeing the stars and it’s not rocket science.

Almanac Cricket: Disarray by design

John Butler feels that Australian Cricket’s foundations aren’t what they once were, this summer needs to regain a sense of balance.