Almanac Cricket: ‘The Summer of Barry’ – celebrating the golden season of 1970-71

Barry Richards was a prodigious scorer of runs. Unfortunately, we never saw the best of him at Test level, due to apartheid, but he had a glorious summer in South Australia in 1970-71. Michael Sexton has written a book about that season: ‘The Summer of Barry – South Australia 1970-71’.

Brendan McArdle remembers the (Cricket) Game of the Century

Brendan McArdle read Mic Rees’s story about the epic 1965-66 Melbourne District Cricket Grand Final. It prompted this email to John Harms. [Great to hear from you Brendan, and what wonderful memories – JTH]

The Game of the Century

Seeing Roger Lowrey has brought up the famous District Cricket Final of 1965/66, we thought we should reprise this great Mic Rees’ piece on the very same game.

Cricket: On this day (or thereabouts) 54 years ago

With no live cricket currently being played, Roger Lowrey encountered a piece on one of Bill Lawry’s finest hours, the 1965/66 District Cricket Grand Final, between Northcote and Essendon.

Almanac Cricket – The all-time Australian men’s MCG XI: dodging the snorefest

It’s one thing to get the runs on the board on a flat deck, quite another when the game is in the balance. Dave Brown looks at the best men’s performances at the MCG over the years

Australia v Sri Lanka, Second Test – Day 2: A smorgasbord!

Citrus Bob is treated to a smorgasbord of brilliant food, and a smorgasbord of runs by the Aussies as he reports on all the action of day 2 at Manuka.

Australia v India – Perth, Day 4: “It’s all happening!”

Citrus Bob reports on another enthralling day of Test cricket as the Aussies edge closer to victory over India.

Almanac Cricket: Boxing Day Test at the ‘G 50 years ago.

Ever wondered about the tradition of Test cricket played at the MCG on Boxing Day? Glen! provides an overview of its history.

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: Reading, Writing and Rowdy

Michael Sexton provides us with some unique insights into Ashley ‘Rowdy’ Mallett’s journalism career which commenced while he was still Australia’s premier off spin bowler.

Almanac Cricket – The best and worst* at the Gabba

In the lead up to the Gabba Test, Dave Brown looks at some of Australia’s good and not so good performers at the venue

The Rise of Spo-Co

Nick McGay runs us through the good, okay and crap of spo-co (sports comedy) shows. What category does he put The Footy Show in? Roy & HG? The Games? Add your thoughts.

Shanahan, Lawry and the breaking of the drought

First published here in 2011, this is Mic Rees’ piece on the famous 1965/66 Victorian District cricket Grand Final.

Doug Walters: Century on debut 50 years ago

Was it really fifty years ago? Peter Clark on Dougie Walters’ maiden Test century. Where were you on that day?

A 10 Year Old’s Trip to The Commentary Box

A gentle reflection about the day a 10 year old Wayne Ball made it into the Channel 9 commentary box at the SCG, and met his heroes. The time and generousity that Richie Benaud offered was the mark of the man.

Old cricketers never die…

Lachlan Waterman provides an assessment of current cricket commentators.

Come back Bill!

  There was one thing missing from Channel 9’s coverage of the First Test in Brisbane. Actually, many would argue that there were lots of things missing from Channel 9’s coverage and that there has been for a long time. But that’s a conversation for another time – or in the Comments section below if [Read more]