Coming in on a shaky 2 for 22, Gordon Muchall more than steadied the ship with a fine 175.
Well done Much!
For your delectation here are some blury photographs illustrating the fabulous florescent pink cricket ball, well two types even. They are blurry because the light was rubbish, and so was the photographer on this occasion. Two makes of pink ball were trailed on a dull April day. The MCC bowled with the Kookaburra ball [picture above] and Scotland bowled with the Duke and son ball below.
Below is the bog standard duke ball under similar light conditions, as bowled by the very wonderful Mr Tendulkar.
The Pink ball is fab. Yes really! You can see it for a start. The Duke is more pink the Kookaburra is more fluorescent orange looking and highly visible from a distance. These luminescent balls were generally popular popular with the spectators I spoke to on the day.
Despite this ECB staff seemed to be wearing a blindfold at the time, the balls made no difference to them.
Here is the first of the player feedback that I have seen from Abu Dhabi on the current pink ball trials. Pink balls have also been trailed in Australia for some time.
Always known as an outstanding fielder, Colly took his 100th ODI catch today, Mahmudallah off of Swanns bowling. He also contributed to England’s win by top scoring with 75 runs.
This winter in ODI’s he’s passed the 100 wickets milestone. He also has over 4500 runs on the clock. A truly outstanding English all-rounder.
Bret Lee; my favourite of the really fast bowlers.
If he makes a return to cricket, his test cricketing days are over. It’s not really a surprise that he is bowing out of the longer form, at 33 and with a history of injuries, one of which he has yet to overcome, it’s very sad but also probably a good idea. On the upside he was bowing at 95 mph during the pictured match, and took 5 for 49 in 9 overs. So if his elbow comes good, it will still be a thrill to see him play. Let’s hope his elbow does the right thing!
No matter if it’s limited overs or Test cricket Tendulkar can pull the goods out of the bag. Today it was the first double century in a one day match, against strong opposition; the South Africans. Well done Sir! [And that was some wagon wheel too!]
And yes – a picture of Tendulkar as a Test bowler – what else did you expect from this blog?
Yep, I know, England batsman in runs shock! This is in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.
Ben scored a 100 runs off 87 balls (4x6s, 6x4s) and contributed 2 well timed wickets for 43, in a group toping win against India. He was man of the match and It’s nice to see him top scoring in a competitive situation and under some pressure. Here are the video highlights. The England U19 squad now go onto play the West Indies in the quarter finals on the 23rd.
Ben has just signed his first professional contract for 2 years with Durham.
Above Ben is delivering the ball that will bowl Mark Ramprakash; his first first team wicket and one of my favorite moments of the season. Taking 2-22, after making 11 not out on this first-team début, he contributed to a 60 run win. [Friends provident trophy match at the Oval, May 2009]
Not long back from touring Bangladesh with the England Under-19 squad, he will travel to New Zealand next month when England Under-19 begin their ICC World Cup campaign.