Australia v India – Third Test, Day 3: Relentless Australia Takes Charge

Citrus Bob reports that Australia have well and truly taken control of the Third Test

Almanac(k) Cricket: The Getting of Wisden

Tomes of the legendary Wisden have found a home at Mark Duffett’s place in exchange for some fine reds…it seems like a cracking deal!

Almanac Life: Ulysses recalled – Farewell to The Brick.

John Gordon recalls his former team mate fondly known as ‘The Brick’, a man of great sporting prowess, and later in life, in search of a miracle as John so poignantly and profoundly explains.

Almanac Footy History: First Class Sheffield Shield Footy Connections, 1971

The days of the dual footy/cricket champion are long gone, but Swish saw a couple from the top shelf in a 1971 Sheffield Shield game, along with a pretty handy supporting cast.

Almanac Cricket: Old Mate Roy, No matter what

IT wasn’t all smooth sailing for a cricketer who had no shortage of friends, writes RON REED in his tribute to Andrew Symonds.

Almanac Book Review: ‘Citrus Bob’s Ashes Diary 2021-22’

Citrus Bob Utber’s new book ‘Citrus Bob’s Ashes Diary 2021-22’ is a comprehensive, day by day account of play throughout the series and is reviewed by Col Ritchie.

Round 6 – Essendon v Collingwood (Floreat Pica Society): A post-pandemic triumph

The Floreat Pica Society’s report on the Essendon v Collingwood ANZAC Day match. By Collingwood stalwart Dave Nadel.

” ‘Slimma’ to the rescue…” by KB Hill

We can’t allow the cricket season to conclude without another of KB Hill’s great stories from the WDCA, told only as KB can.

‘A (slight) brush with fame…’ by KB Hill

KB Hill recounts his encounters with Wes Hall – as a boy at the MCG, later on as a batsman in a country tour match, and then at the time Hall was the Windies’ Tour Manager.

Balcony Banter: Farewell to the King

MCC member Sam Thomson, reflects on the mixed emotions he’s confronted with to attend an athlete he idolized so much, and one of the best cricketers Australia has ever produced, at his memorial service at the MCG

‘The agony and ecstasy of a Grand Final…” by KB Hill

It may well be April Fool’s Day but there’s no joke about KB Hill’s coverage of the WDCA Grand Final last weekend.

‘Cricket Finals produce heroics…’ by KB Hill

KB Hill previews the WDCA grand final between the Hawks and the Magpies. He finds himself thinking back to the 2001/2 season when the two teams met in a thriller for the title.

Almanac Cricket: Pulling on the pads, for the first time in thirty years – what a blast!

Kieran Dempsey retired from competitive club cricket thirty years ago. When he was called on to fill a spot in his son’s side he enjoyed himself so much he played the whole season.

Almanac Poetry: ‘Warnie’ – Bill Wootton

Bill Wootton pays tribute to the great Shane Warne in verse.

Ladies Day at the Ashbourne Cricket Club

Entertainment of several kinds greeted Mickey Randall at Ashbourne CC’s recent Ladies Day event: from saved wine glasses to missed fielding chances, with its own saxophonist to boot.

Almanac Comment: Ron Reed on why Warnie is the only story in town.

Ron Reed makes sense of not only the great character who was Shane Warne, but also the response to his death at such a young age.

A story half-told, Shane

Riffing on the refrain we heard so many times from Healy and Gilchrist, Gigs captures the sultan of spin’s trials and triumphs in rhyme.

Almanac Literary: Adelaide Writers’ Week 2022 – Day 2

Day 2 at the Adelaide Writer’s Week proved to be another cracking day of mental stimulation and delight for Col.

Almanac Cricket: Shane Warne and the gift of hope

E.regnans met S.K. Warne in Lorne many years ago. What followed is indicative and memorable.

More Almanac (Cricket) Sadness: Vale Shane Warne

Andrew Else, like most of us, has been shocked by the premature death of Shane Warne. In response he paints a picture of the relatable Aussie which celebrates his genius and his larrikinism while never losing sight of the fact that this is all so sad. [A fine piece , at a moment when we are all floored – JTH]