Australia v England – T20: Hobart’s balmy army hails Glenn Maxwell at Blundstone Arena

It was a perfect summer’s night in Hobart and Glenn Maxwell put on a show for all those who turned up at the beautiful Blundstone Arena at Bellerive

BBL07 Photo Gallery by Peter Argent: D’Arcy Short attempts to catch a skier

Photographer Peter Argent captured BBL07 Player of the Tournament D’Arcy Short attempting to catch a skier from the bat of Travis Head during the Grand Final on Sunday afternoon.

Almanac Cricket: Hobart Hurricanes – a BBL07 review

It was close but no cigar for the Hobart Hurricanes in BBL07. Thommo3 gives his review of the Hurricanes’ season from his bottom of the ladder predictions to being final contenders.

Cricket Australia Shame

Citrus Bob Utber is fuming. For a few reasons. But especially because of the way the women’s BBL final was conducted.

Almanac Sport: The 2017 Kids’ Party Cup

Earl waxes lyrical about the delights of summer weekends; everything from backyard fun, cricket on the radio, Primal Scream, the coming footy season, and even Germaine Greer.

Almanac (Cricket) Memoir: ‘Creeket iz life’

Mathilde de Hauteclocque tells the story of her love of cricket and in doing so reveals much about her family, especially her father, the French Count, and his deep appreciation of the game (‘Creeket iz life’). A great tale of where life takes you and what it offers when your eyes are open and alert to possibility.

Almanac Cricket: A smiling, new South African quick

Tremendous Almanac debut piece by Tom Harrington about South African Test novice quickie Lungi Ngidi who has made an impression in this series.

Almanac Cricket: The Real 2017 Men’s Team of the Year

Dave Brown says, ‘Picking a “best of” team in cricket is great fun – particularly if you like disappointing everyone. But if you can’t disappoint everyone every now and again what, precisely, is the point of living?’
So here are his picks based on the numbers – what do you think?

Almanac Cricket: The Catch

Dwayne Bravo’s dismissal in Monday night’s BBL match between the Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers may have been innocuous on the scorecard but was sublime for Mickey Randall.

Almanac Cricket: Ashes 2017/18 – A Holiday Cricket Report by Hugo Birrell

Hugo Birrell has compiled a comprehensive review of each triumphant Ashes test this summer.

BBL Stars v Thunder, WBBL Stars v Renegades – Sixes, Super Overs and Shane Watson

Luke Reynolds made it a family night out to the BBL on Saturday where he found the curtain-raiser, a WBBL derby between the Stars and the Renegades to be the highlight of the on-field action. (Great family happy snaps too Luke! KS)

Australia v England – 2nd ODI: Selection Spin

Luke Reynolds reports on another ordinary performance from the Australians, but a rock-solid performance from the visiting Englishmen.

Almanac Books: A Clear Blue Sky by Jonny Bairstow & Duncan Hamilton – Book Review 1 of 52

Jack Banister has kicked off his ambitious 2018 goal of reading a book a week with a thoughtful review of Jonny Bairstow & Duncan Hamilton’s ‘A Clear Blue Sky’. One down, Fifty-one to go Jack!

A sporting history of gastro

Matt Zurbo sympathises with Joe Root’s unfortunate ailment during the Sydney Test. Here’s why!

Thinking about cricket

Damien Morgan reflects on life-changing cricket experiences over the years. From the 1975 Ashes to experiencing BBL for the first time in 2017.

Australia v England ODIs – MCG: In the Shadow of the BBL

Jack Banister ponders the future of ODIs against our love of epic tests and the shiny new toy that is BBL.

The Departure of Uncle Gerard

Over the years, Gerard Whateley has become a part of the Reynolds family. So when Luke Reynolds heard that he is moving on from the ABC it came as quite a shock!

Almanac Cricket – Selection policy

This cartoon from David Wilson suggests something about Australian cricket team selection.

Almanac Cricket: A whiff of bedlam – Ashes’ Smoke to Fire of the Proteas

Dan Tooms advises (some) caution in assessing the Australian performance across the Ashes series – especially after watching the First Test from South Africa. [Note: links are working now – Ed]

Almanac Baseball: ABL Ain’t No BBL

What has slowly dawned on The Ruminator over time is that trying to compare our respective affinities for cricket and baseball is not so much a hankering for the glory days of old but the brutal reality of sport in the modern world. The BBL is a behemoth that is offering Australian fans what Americans have taken for granted for decades – when the days are long and languid people like to watch games that kick off about 7pm and finish around 10pm pretty much any old night of the week.