O Me Miserum: the genesis and revelations of an offie

[G'day to UQCC readers and thanks to I. Elks for diverting newsletter readers to the footyalmanac website. Hope all is well at St Lucia]

Chris Harms, whose bowling action was highlighted in a recent piece by John Harms, replies to his cousin.

Melbourne Premier Cricket: And the winner is…Footscray!

Mic Rees loved every minute of the Premier Cricket Grand Final.

A Cinderella Story-Part 2

Raj Singh completes the story of Pembroke Old Scholars making it to the hallowed turf of Adelaide Oval. Goliath evened the score, but David was happy to be back on the big stage after a couple of millennia.

The Day the Netherlands beat England (again) – and other cricketing upsets

Luke Reynolds celebrates the Oranjee men’s victory over the Old Dart, and revisits the long history of upsets in cricket World Cups. Talk about the luck of the Irish.

The Craig Simmons Conundrum and the Singapore Sling

John Butler remembers the Test Cricket heroics in South Africa, and dissects the Indian takeover of world cricket decision making.

The ‘Baz’ Mullins Cup

Damien ‘Baz’ Mullins was a handy cricketer, barrister, administrator, and on the board of Cricket Australia, before dying, from cancer, at he age of 49 in 2010. Each year his memory is honoured in the ‘Baz’ Mullins Cup. Peter Herring reports.

Cricket Classic: Mike Brearley, Faf Du Plessis, Demis Roussos, Kurt Tippett, Paul Kelly’s ‘Careless’ and Trudy Kelly’s cakes (observations on the day’s play in the spirit of ‘The Interrogative Mood’)

Craig Little has produced one of the most poetic and original match reports in the history of the game. This is not just about a day’s cricket, it’s about our age. (A fair dinkum Almanac classic. Have just moved it back to the home page after Ned’s comment – Ed)

Local heroes

Peter Hannan finds his attention diverted from his beloved Blues as the Muckleford boys try to knock off their local rivals.

Long Weekend

Kate Birrell kicks back on the deck for a gloriously technicolour weekend of backyard cricket.

Cricket: You’ve just got to go local

Ian Hauser wanders north into the foothills of the Great Divide, to watch the local cricket finals in “Dog on the Tuckerbox” country around Gundagai and Tumut.

Seven Sleeps to go

Sal Ciardulli is back and he’s got all the bases covered. A quick nod to Boof and the boys; then its off to Flemington to collect your quaddie winnings; all up Sal’s scientific AFL flag prognostications.

Golden moment concludes golden summer

Brendan McArdle with a look at the Cape Town victory and the performance of the Australian side across the summer.

Shane Warne 1 for 1

Aussiegus contemplates the role of supercoach Shane Warne in the momentous Australian victory.

Dear Steve, I Was Wrong

When he gets it wrong, Luke Reynolds is prepared to admit it. He had written Steve Smith off as a poor man’s Cameron White. Early Test performances were proving him correct. But now…an apology is in order.

Third Test – Day 1: Cape of Good Hope

Vintage ERegnans/DWilson. Captures a little of the first day (night?) of the Test, and much of what is important in life. Poetry in motion.

Third Test – Day 1: Thoughts on Cape Town

Brendan McArdle reports on a day of superb Test cricket; a day which the Australian skipper will remember for a long time.

Cricketing Milestone on Saturday

Where is the biggest cricket match this week? You get the Alan Davies fool’s buzzer if you said Capetown. Its Terang where Almanac stalwart Luke Reynolds lines up for his 300th go round with Pomborneit CC.

Book Launch: Gideon Haigh’s Ashes to Ashes

All welcome to the launch of the champion off-spinner’s new book, Ashes to Ashes, the story of the Australian summer . March 11 at the Yarras. These are always terrific nights. Cate McGregor (of recent Australian Story fame) to do the honours.

Second Test: Day 4 – Havoc

E. Regnans is dhrinkin’ pints and watchin’ cricket again.

Ludeman’s Bails

What happened? [Interesting snap from Peter Argent]