Almanac Cricket: Reaching for the Stars – again

Some teams just seem destined never to deliver on the big stage and Ron Reed follows two of them.

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.

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.

The radical shake-up Shield cricket needs

Scana sees problems in Australian domestic cricket, namely the lack of interest and talent in the Sheffield Shield. With the success of Australian cricket in mind, he outlines his plan for the rise of the Shield. Has he got it right?

Australia v South Africa – Hobart Test, Day 2: A great day for Australia as the heavens open at Blundstone Arena

Plenty to ruminate over as the rain forces the cricketers and the spectators inside. Much pontification. Citrus Bob Utber has been chatting to all and sundry in and around Blundstone Arena.

Chris Gayle: Hitting across the line, or colouring only between them?

Michael Viljoen views the recent Chris Gayle incident, selecting a lens which offers an alternative view to the orthodoxy established by other lenses.

When the going gets weird, the weird get to the cricket.

So what are the young cricket crowd saying? [Thinking?] And who is in a cricket crowd? And in cricket terms what is a WASP? Peter Baulderstone had been at the cricket and sends us this comment.

#BigBash03 – Are we there yet?

Jeff Dowling says there is actually much to like about #BigBash03, despite the lame brained celebrity circus exhibits as likely to catch the ball for their home viewer as Jesus coming on and bowling a maiden over (left arm orthodox). It’s his new guilty pleasure.

Silk purse out of a sow’s ear?

It comes as no surprise that Foxtel commentators do their best to make Big Bash League matches sound a little more exciting than they might really be but, as CricInfo’s Chris Ryan points out in this article, the ABC radio commentators appear to have been swept along in the hype. The question is why? Any [Read more]

A Confederacy of Dunces (Pt 2): Big Bash League

  Glamorous, jaw dropping, captivating, brilliant. No, it is not Erin McNaught strutting down a catwalk. It is T20 cricket – and it is about to rock Australia like never before. BBL ‘20 Days to go’ promo “KFC T20 Big Bash League is the most talked about event in the country. Fans love their teams [Read more]


Adelaide Oval, 5 February Finally, the silverware. Fifteen long years. I was there. I hadn’t intended to be but a mate who’d been having his ups and downs asked if we could catch up at the Oval, have a beer or two. Agreed.  ‘See you there.’ We’d have a beer or two. The Redbacks didn’t [Read more]

Cricket Australia gets it wrong….again.

Cricket Australia has announced its chosen eight teams for next year’s Big Bash. Now I don’t really care about the success of the competition anyhow, I agree with John Harms’ comments that T20 is undermining traditional cricket. Nevertheless, if you were going to base a competition on “city” teams rather than the traditional State teams [Read more]

Big Bash a big hit with the kids (and Dad?)

They say parents go to the football and take their kids. With basketball, it is the kids who go and take their parents. Twenty20 is the basketball form of cricket. Having looked at the cricket calendar I knew we weren’t going to be around for the international short-form games but saw January 2 as an [Read more]