Monday, February 07, 2011
There was little to play for and, with the World Cup in the offing, no player wanted to be added to the lengthy injury list of both sides. Both teams fielded their two wicketkeepers. ( A composite team of the injured would, if all were fit, give either of the two elevens which took the field here a good match, though it would have to have a fill-in keeper).
The game had a few bangs but it, and the international summer, ended in a whimper, as England fell apart trying to chase a reasonable yet by no means impossible 7/279.
Next stop the World Cup.
Fox Sports Report with link to video highlights.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
South Australia 2 /155 (17.3 ov, C Borgas 62*, D Harris 48*) def New South Wales 8/153 (20 ov, D Smith 43, M Henriques 41, K Richardson 3-31) by 8 wickets: T20 Big Bash final at Adelaide Oval. SA won title.
On Offsiders today Gideon Haigh pooh-poohed both the T20 competition and South Australia but the fact remains that last night 27000+ (including me) turned up at Adelaide Oval hoping that the Redbacks wouldn't choke (as they'd done in the final last year). And they didn't.
Sure it's not the Sheffield Shield, but it is a type of cricket and does require some cricket-related skills. NSW started well, lost too many wickets in the latter part of their innings and then the captain Stuart Clark clutched at too many straws by using 7 bowlers in the first 13 overs, with varying - mostly modest - degrees of success. They took only two wickets as Daniel Harris 48/59b (2x6, 2x4) and Cameron Borgas 62/39b (2x6, 3x4) accelerated, particularly in overs 15 and 17 (no names no packdrill) to see the Redbacks easily home, to the relief (and. yes, delight of their supporters).
Now let's hope for some improved performances in the two other formats.
Fox Sports report inc link to video highlights.
Thursday, February 03, 2011
The approach of Cyclone Yasi towards the North Queensland coast preoccupied me for much of the time this match was being played but today, when the bad weather had subsided, I filled the gaps in my viewing by watching the highlights of a very, very high scoring game which Australia, having looked out of the reckoning for so long, won narrowly.
Two innings stood out: Jonathon Trott's 137/126b (11x4) which put England in what looked like an unassailable position, and Michael Clarke's 82/70b (1x6, 4x4) which kept Australia in, if not leading, the hunt.
Fox Sports report