BIG SPORTS & BIGGER OPINIONS
A big summer of cricket has started in Australian and TBL Daily is pleased to keep you updated with the best performances of the domestic competitions.
12 Dec – Adam Voges made scores of 101 and 139no in Western Australia’s 117 run loss to Victoria.
12 Dec – Ed Cowan made scores of 147 and 158 in Tasmamia’s big 313 run win over South Australia. South Australia made just 45 in their second innings.
10 Nov – Western Australian Jason Behrendorff took a wonderful 7/70 in the second innings against Queensland, as his side won the Sheffield Shield match easily by eight wickets. He finished with 10/114 for the match.
31 Oct – South Australian Chadd Sayers took a hattrick against Queensland in the Sheffield Shield match played at the Adelaide Oval. In the eleventh over, Sayers bowled Joe Burns, trapped debutant Ben McDermott LBW and had Peter Forrest caught by Tim Ludeman in consecutive deliveries as Queensland fell to 3/27 very quickly.
26 Oct – Western Australia defeated New South Wales in the Matador BBQ’s One-Day Cup final. Set 256 to win after a controlled 96 from veteran Michael Klinger, the Blues struggled with the bat and could only manage 191. Jason Behrendorff was the chief destroyer, taking 5/27. Shane Watson made 83 in the losing cause.
18 Oct – Ben Dunk smashed 229no for Tasmania in his side’s dramatic loss to Queensland in the Matador BBQ’s One-Day Cup. The incredible game saw just four wickets fall for 800 runs in 97.2 over. There’s so much to talk about that we’ve provided a full report – http://tbldaily.com/records-smashed-one-dayer/
4 Oct – New South Welshman Josh Hazelwood took an impressive 7/36 against South Australia in the second Matador BBQ’s One-Day Cup match of the summer. The young quick clean bowled five Redbacks’ batsmen on his way to career best figures.
The death of young Australian cricketer Phil Hughes this week has challenged emotions, united the global cricket community and moved a nation.
In sport, the word tragedy is thrown around a lot – at times, somewhat carelessly. The events of this week however, where someone so young, so talented, so modest and so innocent passed away playing the game he loved so dearly, are truly tragic in every sense of the word.
On Tuesday afternoon, upon hearing of the incident unfolding at the SCG, I posted this on Facebook – still clinging to hope that one of Australia’s most respected young sporting icons would pull through the ordeal, with the courage shown countless times on the field of play…
Sadly, less than 48 hours later, the injury sustained by Hughes had claimed his life – a life lived to the fullest and one filled with incredible highs which most people could only dream of achieving.
Hughes played 52 games for his country, scoring 2,367 runs. On five occasions he passed 100, raising his bat each time to an adoring public. Hughes, just 25 years of age, was never given the opportunity to continue this impressive career and fulfil his seemingly endless potential.
His memory however will live on and Phil Hughes’ name will never, ever, be forgotten. Never has a single moment on a sporting field ever moved a nation like this has and the outpouring of grief is enormous.
The nation is proud of you young man and your courage will never be forgotten. We miss you and feel for your family, friends and team-mates. We also feel for, and promise to provide endless support for your former New South Wales and Australian team-mate Sean Abbott.
Rest in peace Hughesy, and may you make many more runs beyond those pearly gates. #PutOutYourBats
Indian batsman Rohit Sharma has this evening became the first cricketer to score more than 200 in an ODI innings twice, after blasting an absolutely absurd score of 264 against Sri Lanka at Kolkata.
The incredible innings – which included 33 x 4’s and 9 x 6’s – was the highest ever individual ODI score and may well never be beaten.
Sharma’s mammoth feat came off 173 balls and is just the fourth time the once elusive 200 barrier has been reached – all of which by Indians.
• 200* – Sachin Tendulkar v South Africa, 2010
• 219 – Virender Sehwag v West Indies, 2011
• 209 – Rohit Sharma v Australia, 2013
• 264 – Rohit Sharma v Sri Lanka, 2014
India finished their 50 overs at a commanding 5/404.
With Brad Haddin nursing an injured shoulder and having performed poorly with the bat in the recently concluded Test series against Pakistan (75 runs at 18.75), questions have surfaced regarding his potential replacement for the upcoming Tests against India, which starts in Brisbane on December 4.
Ben Dunk, Tim Paine and Matthew Wade are three names which come to mind and each have represented Australia at international level before. However if the position was given to the most worthy and in-form keeper, surely Queensland keeper Chris Hartley is being closely considered?
Hartley has been red-hot wit the bat over the last five weeks, having had the following start to the season…
95, 46no, 8, 50, 0, 90, 142, 64, 3, 142no, 48.
Combined, that’s already 688 runs in all formats, at an average of 76.44.
32-year-old Hartley is certainly no spring chicken, having already played 105 First Class, 90 One-Day and 38 Twenty20 games of domestic cricket, however despite his age, his brilliant glove-work and hot bat could be just what the Aussies need to improve on their recent poor performances.
For Hartley, who has almost 7,000 domestic runs and well over 600 dismissals, perhaps now is finally the time when the stars align.
Orioles and Ravens fans all over the globe have celebrated Halloween by paying tribute to their favorite teams. Throughout the day, many fans have sent me photos of their costumes and pumpkin carvings and quite honestly, I’m blown away by how impressive they are!
Thanks to everyone who sent a photo through and allowed me to share their creativeness!
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