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Legends kickstart Bradman Foundation

Submitted by rickeyre on April 23, 2005 - 10:49am

Legends kickstart Bradman Foundation
(Times of India, 21.4.05)

More on the Bradman Foundation's expansion into Indian terrain. A "Legends" ODI triseries involving India, Australia and a third team. In August. While the Ashes are on.

To quote from the TOI item:

"The tournament will give Indians an opportunity to see players like Greg Chappell, Richie Benaud, Merv Hughes and Dean Jones take on Indian greats," [Bradman Foundation director Richard] Mulvaney said.

Karen Rolton's World Cup Final century: the facts

Submitted by rickeyre on April 12, 2005 - 2:00pm

Australian vice-captain Karen Rolton's brilliant 107 not out in yesterday Women's World Cup Final against India is the first century scored in a WCWC Final. Not the second, as has been widely reported in the media today. I've explained why on Cricketwoman. [now available here - RE, 20.2.13]

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Karen Rolton first centurion in a Women's World Cup Final

Submitted by rickeyre on April 12, 2005 - 12:22am

[This article was originally written for the now defunct website, Cricketwoman. - RE]

Australian vice-captain Karen Rolton's unbeaten 107 in Sunday's Women's Cricket World Cup Final against India at Centurion was both the highest individual score and the first century scored in such a game.Australia's team total of 215 for 4 is the highest team total in a Women's World Cup Final, while Rolton's fourth-wicket partnership with Lisa Sthalekar is the largest partnership in a WCWC Final.

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Sure sign that Michael Clarke Has Made It

Submitted by rickeyre on February 20, 2005 - 4:00pm

It's alive. It's Flash-infested. Its stats are out of date. Michael Clarke's management company has created a slick-looking website for him called - you guessed it - www.michaelclarke.com.au. I wonder how long before they remember to take down the Number 49 wallpaper.

For all the press clippings on his website, they missed these accounts of his first-class debut (New South Wales v India, 1999-2000):

Pakistan wins first 20-overs-a-side international

Submitted by rickeyre on February 16, 2005 - 4:00pm

Pakistan has beaten New Zealand by five runs in the first 20-overs-a-side international at the Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad.

It happened on November 23, 1984. Bad weather delayed the start of the game, which was set at twenty overs for each team when it finally got under way. Pakistan made 157 for 5, New Zealand were held to 152 for 7.

Despite Mudassar Nazar's four-over haul of 4/27, it was Saleem Malik (41 from 40 balls) who was named Man of the Match. See the scorecard for further details.

It's official. Pi equals 3.2

Submitted by rickeyre on February 1, 2005 - 4:00pm

The Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians will be recording January 10's ICC World XI v ACC XI match in Melbourne, and the yet-to-be-rescheduled rematch, as official one-day internationals in accordance with the ICC's wishes. The ACS committee discussed the matter at their latest meeting on Saturday, and their ruling was emailed to association members (including myself) yesterday.

The decision, forwarded to members in the name of ACS treasurer Jerry Lodge, reads as follows:

"At the ACS Committee Meeting on Saturday 29 January 2005 the Committee unanimously agreed the following action.

1. To accept the ICC ruling that the two tsunami matches be classified as official ODI matches. Therefore all performances in these matches will be included in the statistics prepared and circulated by the Association.

2. To write to the ICC expressing regret that a situation has been allowed to develop whereby statisticians are threatening to go in different directions and that this may lead to different sets of figures being promulgated.

3. To request the opportunity of being consulted in future by the ICC on any matter likely to affect cricket statistics, although we would not seek to reverse any decision by the ICC as this could be seen as being counterproductive."

Please see my earlier entry on this topic. My first reaction is that the committee has surrendered to an Orwellian situation and is putting to the ICC a response which is disturbingly soft and apologetic in tone. My second reaction is to reconsider my membership of the Association.

I'll give my third reaction a few more hours.

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