Come on Queensland! Sheffield Shield cricket at its best.

Jan Courtin had a fabulous day at the cricket, marvelling at the exploits of the new, young, up and coming cricketers, the closeness and excitement of the match, and of course letting out her emotions in true style celebrating Queensland’s great win.

Almanac Flashback – Bowled (Canna) Lily: Park Cricket in 1970s Elizabeth

Mark ‘Swish’ Schwerdt revisits the battlefields of childhood, and the characters that made those informal test matches forever memorable in a story from 2014 reprised from the Footy Almanac archives.

Almanac Cricket – Australia v Pakistan: First Test Squad announced

The national selectors have named a 14-man squad for next week’s First Test against Pakistan at the Gabba. What do you think of the squad as a whole, and what would your batting order be?

Almanac Cricket – A view of Australia from fine leg: Match 2 – Lake Albert Cricket Club

Peripatetic cricketer Craig Dodson played Game 2 as he continues his summer-long journey to play for 10 different cricket clubs across several States and raise funds for charity along the way.

Almanac Club Cricket – Willy the All-Rounder

Geoff Wilson has been a stalwart of the Payneham Cricket Club for decades. Malcolm Ashwood outlines Geoff’s many contributions both on and off the field over the years.

Balcony Banter – Malinga Magic!

Clare Cannon from the Lord’s Taverners in Geelong recently took a group of students from Northern Bay College in Norlane, Geelong to the Australia v Sri Lanka T20 match at the MCG. Five of the students were from Sri Lanka and could not have been more excited.

The ‘Esk Bradman’: who was Jack Badcock?

Some are never favoured by timing or luck. Dave Brown takes a fascinating look at the career highs and lows of Jack Badcock, the ‘Esk Bradman’.

The Parade College Writing Workshop: Things that are important to our family

Lachie Murray continues our series from The Parade College Writing Workshop. He shares his experiences of how cricket is important to his family.

Match: South Australia v New South Wales 16-21 December 1927 by Bernard Whimpress

A new cricket book by Bernard Whimpress about a significant Sheffield Shield match in 1927 involving Don Bradman’s first class debut has just been released and is sure to be of great interest to all cricket aficionados. Check out the book details here.

The Great Romantic: Cricket & the Golden Age of Neville Cardus

There’s nothing better than a fab cricket book to get stuck into! Col’s just finished reading a great book about the doyen of cricket commentators, Neville Cardus and the Golden Age of cricket which he thoroughly enjoyed. Check it out.

Remembrance Day – Wisden on Hedley Verity

Sporting history and the history of conflict have interesting, sometimes intertwined narratives. This obituary on Hedley Verity in Wisden is an example that is well worth a read anytime, but particularly today.

Almanac Cricket: Memories of Australia v Pakistan Tests

A few years ago, Peter Clark provided this commentary on Australia v Pakistan Test encounters. With this summer’s First Test not too far away, let’s revisit Peter’s piece and enjoy his emotions ranging across humour, dismay, doubt, surprise and disgust. What will the 2019 series deliver?

Balcony Banter – Ann Rusden, MCC Library and MCG Tour Guide

‘There is something particular to each tour guide who brings a group through the Melbourne Cricket Club Library.’ From that starting point, Lynda Carroll launches into her profile about Ann Rusden, one of the many dedicated tour guides at the ‘G’.

‘Arvo Tea At The Cricket……..’ by Simone Kerwin

Simone Kerwin tells us about that country cricket institution, afternoon tea, the bounty that graced the tables and the kids who gazed and then grazed on what was left over after the players had had their fill.

Flashback: Summer

Back in 2009, Dips O’Donnell was ruminating about the four seasons. When thoughts turned to summer, he pondered the clash between the elemental forces of the season – commerce and cricket. He feared that commerce was winning.

Referendums, Gilchrist and a record-breaking run chase – the Australian cricket summer in 1999/2000

1999 was an interesting time in Australia. Sean Mortell tells the story of a nation’s referendum and the connection it had with a famous Australian test match victory.

Almanac (Local ) Cricket – Don’t Annoy Me About ‘Chuckers’

Phil Hill talks us through ‘visual summation’ and ‘the carry angle of the human arm’ as he seeks to solve the issue of so-called ‘chuckers’ out in the Merks.

Almanac Cricket – Pomborneit Cricket Club 2019/20 Season: October Review

Catch up on all the latest news from the Pomborneit Cricket Club in their October review newsletter. #gopombobulls

Almanac Cricket – Sheffield Shield Round 3: Last Chance Saloon

Wannabe First Test aspirants have their last chance to impress the national selectors this weekend in Round 3 of the 2019/20 Marsh Sheffield Shield competition. Ian Hauser runs his eye over the possibilities.

Book Launch – Gideon Haigh & Cecilia Haigh launch their new books

Gideon Haigh and his daughter Cecilia are launching their respective new books on 29 October, and you’re invited. Check out details here.