Almanac Book Extract: ‘Media and Me, by Warnie’ from ‘War Games’ by Ron Reed

Ron Reed’s latest book is the special guest at the next Odd Friday/Footy Almanac lunch on April 23 at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel. Here’s a chapter to tempt your (reading) taste buds!

Almanac Cricket: First game of cricket

Watching his grandson play his first game of cricket brought back memories for Col Ritchie of his first match 57 years ago.

Almanac Flashback – ‘Creeket iz life’: Mathilde de Hauteclocque

Fathers’ Day has come and gone, but there are always more stories of family and fathers from the Almanac archives…

Mathilde de Hauteclocque tells the story of her love of cricket and in doing so reveals much about her family, especially her father, the French Count, and his deep appreciation of the game (‘Creeket iz life’). A great tale of where life takes you and what it offers when your eyes are open and alert to possibility.

Book Review (4 of 52): The Cricket War by Gideon Haigh

Jack Banister is back with his 4th book review of 2018. Under the Banister microscope is Gideon Haigh’s masterpiece ‘The Cricket War’. In the new cricketing climate that now exists, Jack recommends you revisit the game’s original revolution

Australia’s batsmen can and must bowl

Peter Clark has an ingenious solution for Australia’s bowlers in the upcoming Tests in India. What are your thoughts?

We’re 35 years into a 5 year plan!

Stainless wears his Richmond heart on his sleeve as he bemoans the “limp-lettuce effort” of the Focus on Football group to take over the Richmond board.

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.

Australian Cricket’s Modern ‘Lord of the Rings’ Saga

Who will be our next genuine Test all-rounder, asks Thesaurus Rex.

Australia v West Indies – SCG Test, Day 2: An off-white shade of beige

Kath Presdee finds a way, on a Day 2 almost lost to rain, to make her Test cricket writing debut. [Super effort, that – Ed].

2015: what have we learned?

Fearless looks back on the sporting year of 2015.

Beyond Bradmania

DG Bradman’s first game for St George in November 1926 is the dawn of modern cricket history according to “Cranky” Pete Warrington. But let’s not discount those who came came before The Don. Cricket’s “Golden Age” needs to be remembered.

From The Economist’s Intelligent Life: Richie Benaud’s Sounds of Silence

Tim de Lisle – former editor at Wisden – penned a touching tribute to Richie Benaud in The Economist’s ‘Intelligent Life’.

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.

Vale’ Richie: Memories and Imagination

True heroes like Pele, Senna and Gough need only one name. Most remember the commentary doyen, but Peter Baulderstone reflects on Richie the cricketer and the power of imagination.

Richie Benaud

Richie Benaud was Colin Ritchie’s hero as a boy, then something earth-shattering occurred.

[This piece was first published in 2012 – it is timely we reprise it. Vale Richie. – Ed]

An unusual Richie Benaud memory from the Sydney Cricket Ground

It’s funny how you bump into people. On this sad day for Australians, leave your memory of the grand commentator. Vale Richie Benaud.

Second Test – Day 4: Test cricket in all its constructive glory

Rob McLean asks, in what other sport do you have the chance to socialise but still keep in touch with what’s happening on the field whilst not paying complete attention?