My Mate Dave

There was something of a fighter in Dave, particularly when his eyes bore into you with that steely gaze. And there was also something very gentle. Peter Crossing fondly remembers his mate; a great man, and a great groundsman.

Sheffield Shield – Victoria v New South Wales: Back to the future

It’s been a while between innings for Smokie when it comes to watching the Sheffield Shield at the MCG, so when a gap appeared in the covers of life, he slipped in to watch the Vics take on NSW and reminisce.

Why does sandpaper hurt so much?

Peter Baulderstone muses about the place of sport in our individual and collective consciousnesses. How are sports different from each other? Is there an ongoing meaning of sport in our lives that explains just why sandpaper hurts so much?

Lost to cricket: a fan’s lament

Cricket Australia is not cricket. But long time player and fan David Wilson feels lost. And Australian cricket has lost him. [Includes John Arlott’s poem: “Cricket at Worcester: 1938” – Ed]

Sport as Entertainment – 5: Case Studies

Stainless has argued the trend of major sport is becoming predominantly a form of mass entertainment, and in this article he takes cricket and soccer – and analyses how each has changed in Australia in line with these trends.

“Meeting the ghost of local cricket….” by KB Hill

KB Hill recalls some fabulous cricketing tales from long ago related to him by an old timer he met while watching a local cricket match.

Almanac Cricket: First game

Col reflects on some more fond cricket memories from his childhood.

Almanac Teams: A cricketing team. Naturally.

Glen’s been thinking about a team of cricket naturals, reflecting the myriad examples of nature on our planet. What do you think of the team he has come up?

Almanac Cricket: John Arlott and Fred Trueman

Col relives some fond cricket memories of ABC Radio, John Arlott, Fred Trueman, and his dad.

A day in the life of Australian cricket

17 October 2018 – just another day in the life of Australian cricket. What did it tell us? Here are a few thoughts.

Almanac Cricket: an Enigmatic Eleven – a team of puzzles trying to find a common solution

A long rain break at the Gabba yesterday gave father and son time to pick an Australian team of enigmas. There were many names from which to choose.

Almanac Cricket – 2nd Test, Pakistan v Australia at Abu Dhabi

Another test in the balance. Catch up on the overnight scores, and leave a comment if you wish.

Almanac Cricket – Speeches given on the occasion of Betty Wilson being inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame

As the campaign for a Betty Wilson statue outside the MCG continues, let’s revisit the night Betty was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. David Wilson shares the text of speeches given on this occasion – one given by his Dad, Ken – Betty’s nephew. [Wonderful – JTH]

Almanac (Cricket) Teams: My Least Favourite Australian Cricket Side

Phil Hill has picked a side of cricketers who have made him yell at the TV over the years.

Almanac Cricket: One big step on a path to redemption

Tim Paine’s men have just delivered a big statement on this country’s cricket culture. As for the pending reviews? John Butler thinks we should all just read The Grade Cricketer.

Almanac Cricket: Pastures Of Plenty

To Glen’s understanding there have been 26 Australian Test cricketers who were not born in Australia. He has come up with his best 11? What do you think?

Almanac Cricket Dinner: Joe Darling biography with Bernard Whimpress and Graeme Ryan

Col had a wonderful night gaining fabulous insights into the extraordinary life of Joe Darling: cricketer, farmer, politician and family man.

Almanac Cricket: 80 not out and still batting

Bob Utber takes us back to his first Test match when he was a young’un in 1946-47. Yes, he saw Bradman [Unlucky – Ed]. Then Citrus picks a team for the first Test of the Australian summer.

Almanac Cricket: An Australian side from L

Glen! is on the (cricket) ball early today starting a run of themed cricket teams. He begins with a team of Ls to mark the debut of Marnus Labuschagne. One selection might send you scurrying to your Wisden.

Almanac Cricket Dinner (Oct 11): Bernard Whimpress on his new book about Joe Darling

Bernard Whimpress will be joined by Graeme Ryan to discuss their new book on early Australian captain Joe Darling on the 11th October. The Almanac is hosting. Details within.