Almanac Cricket – More than just a game

Cricket is a vast, rich cultural experience that needs to be savoured from very early in the day, long before the first ball is bowled, argues AlisonS.

Winter cricket

The old cricketers’ winter-only fitness-maintaining pastime of footy has morphed into the season-defying juggernaut that is the AFL, but as John Gascoigne shares, it’s far from a one-way process, with winter cricket more popular than ever before.

Book Review – Golden Boy by Christian Ryan: When dreams come true

To mark the occasion of Christian Ryan’s ‘Golden Boy’ being declared Wisden’s best-ever cricket book, Les Everett reprises his insightful review of that book. (Kim Hughes was someone Les had personal experience of – Ed).

Almanac Cricket: “Golden Boy” is Wisden’s best ever cricket book

Christian Ryan’s Golden Boy: ‘Kim Hughes and the bad old days of Australian cricket’ has been declared the best cricket book ever written by a Wisden panel. An outstanding achievement. What do you think of the shortlisted books?

Almanac Reading – The ugly Australian: evolution of a cricket species (from “The Cricket Monthly”)

From “The Cricket Monthly” last week; in which Jarrod Kimber explores the traditions and ways of Australian cricket; from the suburbs to the international arena. [Do your experiences support these views? – Ed].

Tiger Woods: Sport’s Greatest Comeback?

Peter Baulderstone reflects on Tiger Woods’ win at the 2019 US Masters and how he has risen from the ashes of personal and physical betrayals. He tries to rank where it fits with the great comeback stories of Ali, Seles, Laver, Bradman, Hogan and Watson. (Simply brilliant! – Ed.)

The All-Rounder, the Import, and the Coach who stayed – KB Hill

KB Hill goes back a hundred years and more to bring us stories about the talented, the ‘colourful’ and the committed. The Wangaratta Football Club certainly went through some interesting times back then.

Almanac Cricket: Pomborneit Cricket Club March Review

The final 2018/19 season review from the Pomborneit Cricket Club is a joyous one as the Bulls tasted premiership success in the South West Cricket Association Division 1 Grand Final. [A huge season’s effort of reporting by premiership player Luke Reynolds that had us all cheering gopombobulls! Ed.]

Adelaide Oval in the Eighties: Rodney Hogg, Adidas Romes and Mondo Rock

‘Our world was still wonderfully small, and for a few days every summer Adelaide Oval was at its centre.’ Mickey Randall revisits a well spent youth where heaven was a day out at the cricket for the lads from Kapunda.

A great weekend in Australian sport

The weekend showcased so much that is great about Australian sport, regardless of what or who you follow. Here’s one take on just some of what we saw.

‘And now the time has come…..’ – KB Hill

KB Hill takes us back through the decades as he recounts famous cricket Grand Finals in the Wangaratta District Cricket Association.

The ‘Mankad’: conduct unbecoming?

What a lousy way to be dismissed! Ravi Ashwin “Mankads” Jos Buttler in IPL overshadowing Steve Smith’s return to international cricket. What do you think of Ashwin’s actions? [This new discussion is followed by Dave Brown’s piece on the issue from 2016 – Ed)

Almanac Cricket – Why Moises Henriques may be an Ashes smokey

Moises Henriques for the 2019 Ashes Squad? Dan thinks he’s a chance, what do you think?

Almanac Cricket: Pomborneit Cricket Club February Review

As the Division 1 Bulls prepare to take on Bookaar in today’s South West Cricket Association semi-final, catch up on all the latest at the club in the Pomborneit CC February review.

‘The Kneebones of Brookfield…..’ – KB Hill

Eugene Kneebone was quite a man – “The World’s Strongest Man’, father of 16 children, local sporting colossus and a legend in his own time. (And not short on self-confidence!) KB Hill provides another classic story from country Victoria.

Almanac Cricket – Lillee v Cummins: the competition no one needs to have

Dave Brown crunches the numbers on a question there’s no need to ask but gets asked anyway

‘Ross Greenwood – telling the finance story with style….’ – KB Hill

This week, KB Hill favours us with the story of local boy made good, Ross Greenwood. Better known as a finance guru, Ross remembers his roots and still rolls his arm over in Sydney.

Almanac (Country) Cricket – Pink Stumps Day at Walbundrie

Glenn McGrath opened the bowling for the Walbundrie CC after the club won a competition for his services. They defeated Henty CC in closely contested match, and they also raised $27,000 for the McGrath Foundation.

Kapunda Cricket Club: The Comeback

Mickey Randall returns to the Kapunda CC and is selected to play alongside childhood mates. Best you read it. [Ripper yarn – Ed]

Almanac Cricket (Terminology): What is the correct name for the box/protector/cup?

The humble box has come under scrutiny in the last 24 hours – since Mickey Randall purchased a new one for a forthcoming return to cricket. What are the different terms used for a ‘box’? And, ni this piece, John Harms has included videos of the most famous cricket box incident in history – featuring David Bumble Lloyd.