Renegades see 112 Stars after New Year Derby clash

Melbourne Stars Captain Cameron White at Etihad Stadium (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Melbourne Stars Captain Cameron White at Etihad Stadium (photo: Davis Harrigan)

After winning the toss and electing to bowl on what was a sticky, warm night at Etihad Stadium, the Melbourne Renegades had to endure a painful 20 overs at the hands of the Melbourne Stars.

Cameron White (22) and Luke Wright (39) fired the Stars into a winning position early, and even when White was dismissed off the bowling of young Nick Winter, the damage had already been done, with the Stars run rate above eight an over. Continue reading

Cricket: Analysis of the Gabba Test

Michael Clarke at the Gabba (sourced from Cricket Australia)

A lifeless start to the first test between Australia and South Africa panned out into an entertaining draw at the Gabba yesterday.

After skipper Michael Clarke declared 115 runs ahead in the first innings, the South Africans looked wobbly early, losing Alviro Petersen (5) and Graeme Smith (23) to slump to 2/55. However, the likes of first innings heroes Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis again proved to be the wall that could not be penetrated.

With Day 2 completely washed out, and Australia seemingly on the back foot, a possible result began to rise when the Australians pegged South Africa back on Day 3, but then looked in trouble themselves.  Clarke was the turning point of the Australian innings, scoring 259 not out, along with Ed Cowan, who posted his maiden test century.

Here’s my analysis of the test, Day by Day: Continue reading

Cricket: Drama over selection

Rob Quiney (mine)

The bickering and criticism that has been unleashed at the selection of the squad for the first test leaves me puzzled.

Surely Australians are not that hypocritical of who plays?  Sure, some are better than others, but is it really necessary to have a yelling match?

I’m a huge of fan of Rob Quiney, the man who has come in to the 1st Test squad to replace the injured Shane Watson.  He has been a consistent and level-headed cricket during his Victorian career.  He is not a name plucked from obscurity: he has established his place in the Victorian line-up, and deserves this chance. Continue reading

Cricket: Australian domestic season in full swing

Phil Hughes batting against Queensland, Ryobi Cup (sourced from cricket.com.au)

The Australian domestic cricket season has been in full swing since mid-September, and there’s been plenty of action between the states.

New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia have all registered wins in the one-day format, while Queensland must wait until November 14th to have another crack at victory.

Over in the four-day comp, Victoria has snared two victories from both outings so far, its next match starting tomorrow (October 23rd) against Tasmania at the MCG.  New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania also have wins on the board.
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