Robbie Mackinlay and Matt Ellis bring you extended highlights of the final game of the Riding Mill dice cricket virtual tour. There is also a major announcement that will bring a smile to the faces of dice cricket lovers around the world.
In a dice cricket encounter that had the build up you would expect from a heavy weight title fight, the Cricket Library Podcast XI have come away with a 61 run victory in virtual Hong Kong.
After winning the toss and electing to bowl, star inclusion Brian Watson got into his work nicely before Brockley sent one into the virtual nets adjacent to the ground.
Brockley continued his powerful display hitting consecutive boundaries and a six before falling LBW to a Lance Mallinson slower ball for 24 off 7.
This brought Brazil captain Roberta Moretti Avery to the crease who built a very handy partnership with Gus Worland. The experience of Adam Hollioake was able to put the breaks on the scoring however which was followed up with some magnificent work from Riding Mill skipper Aly Hall who dismissed Moretti Avery for a stylish 31 from 14.
The wickets & runs then steadily flowed with Brian Watson taking one of the best virtual catches you will ever imagine making remarkably good ground to remove Worland who was looking good making 31 from 16.
Steve Kent got one to keep low which saw the end of Babar Hyatt bowled for 13 off just 5 deliveries. The following over Nina Stevens who was looking good on 20 chipped one straight down the throat of Adam Hollioake off the bowling of Dave Cox.
Tabbernor and Olsen put together a handy partnership with Olsen finishing off the innings with a perfectly timed cut stroke behind point for a boundary.
Good judges had the feeling the 5-155 made by the Cricket Library Podcast XI was about par and an exciting run chase was on the cards.
The first over of the run chase saw Dave Cox take charge hitting the final three deliveries of the over for 4 as the score raced to 0-21.
Enter Marty Rhone who picked up the big wicket of Butcher who was caught behind for 12 off 5. Next ball Kent was struck on the pads and survived a very close LBW shout. It seemed to unsettle the normally unflappable Kent who was lured in to playing an expansive drive on the next delivery which went through to keeper Brockley who made no mistake. Rhone had the double breakthrough and Riding Mill had the wobbles at 2-27.
Things got worse in the next over when Graham Winter had the Kookaburra dice swinging. On the second ball of the over Cox looked to pounce on a short one which found the top edge with Brockley taking a simple catch. He departed for 21 bringing Scott Dickson to the crease. Dickson came and went edging one to the safe hands of Babar Hyatt at slip. The next ball was a carbon copy with Longstaff departing in the same fashion for a duck. Riding Mill were now reeling at 5-44 and in need of a rescue mission from Adam Hollioake and Aly Hall.
Debutant Kelly Meddings closed out her first over in style with the danger man Hollioake stumped by Paul Brockley who was having a day to remember with the gloves. The score was now 6-55 after 4 overs with plenty of work still to be done to chase down the target of 156 for victory.
Luke Olsen was injected into the attack having an immediate impact when the ball kissed the glove of skipper Aly Hall as he was attempting a sweep shot. Paul Brockley continued his day out with the gloves completing a regulation catch. Next ball Olsen spun one through the gate of Kev Frazer who went for 0 to put him on a hat trick.
Nina Stevens brought the field up enticing Mallinson to try and go over the top, in what was a comedy of errors, Mallinson advanced down the wicket only to miss the ball completely which ricochet off Paul Brockley back onto the stumps to see the second hat trick of the tour. He finished with the incredible figures of 3-8.
At 9-55 it appeared all hope was lost but Brian Watson had other ideas dispatching Matthew Tabbernor to all parts of the ground and surrounding post code. Two new dice were required as sixes were hit so far they could not be retrieved. With 29 coming off the over there was a glimmer of hope for the visitors to add some respectability to the run chase.
Captain Nina Stevens ensured the fairy tale finish for Riding Mill would not eventuate when Brockley stumped Joel Marks to claim his seventh dismissal for the match and what we believe to be a dice cricket record.
As the final wicket fell the curtain was drawn on what was a memorable virtual tour. Thanks to everyone who made the tour one to remember.
Stay tuned for audio highlights from Robbie Mackinlay and Matt Ellis later this evening. Our librarians are telling us there is some major breaking news that will be revealed tonight.
Will Somerville is one of the nicest blokes in cricket, a trained accountant who went from needing to take annual leave to play cricket to wearing the Baggy Blue for NSW and representing his country in Test Cricket.
In this edition of the Cricket Library Podcast the off spinner shares insights into the origins of his passion for the game, making his first class debut for Otago & moving to Australia. Will gives us a better understanding of his drive to maintain his training and playing commitments while working as an accountant. We hear just how much it meant to Will to be upgraded to a full contract with NSW and eventually making the move back to NZ and becoming a Test cricketer.
Of course we will find out who the three selections are for who Will would most like to join him in the nets. He choses an interesting mix from three different sports for what would be a very enjoyable net.
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Both Riding Mill and the Cricket Library Podcast XI have announced very strong line ups to close out what has been a memorable virtual tour of Australia.
The tour began a month ago with a memorable showpiece encounter at virtual Burrabadine with the tourists coming out on top. Since then, Riding Mill have been very impressive with wins against Wagga Wagga RSL Bulldogs, Westmeadows, Parkdale and Bayswater-Morley.
Riding Mill team manager and brain child of the virtual tour Brian Watson felt the fans wanted something special to wrap things up before the Mill lads get stuck into their local cricket competitions coming out of lockdown. After some discussions with Cricket Library Podcast host Matt Ellis, the grand finale will now take place in Virtual Hong Kong later this week in what should be an absolute show stopper.
Riding Mill will not only have Brian Watson back in the line up, as reported earlier, they have been bolstered by the inclusions of former England Internationals Mark Butcher and Adam Hollioake. Other key inclusions are Dave Cox who had a magnificent tour leading the run scorers list with 246 @ 35.14 to go alongside his 6 wickets at 13.83. Aly Hall will skipper the side and will have a big role to play with both bat and ball in Hong Kong.
The Cricket Library Podcast XI is again a mix of marquee players and devoted listeners of the podcast. Some notable inclusions are Gus Worland the Cricket Tragic himself who will open the batting. Captain of the Brazil women’s team Roberta Moretti Avery come into the line up at number 3 with former Hong Kong captain Babar Hyatt another big inclusion in the top order.
Nina Stevens will again skipper the side with author of Mindful Cricket and a man who has dismissed IVA Richards, Graham Winter will bring the mental edge that may just prove the difference between the two sides.
It would not be a showpiece event without a bit of a rock star feel and the inclusions of Marty Rhone and Andrew Ellis are sure to bring a smile to fans around the world.
All in all it promises to be the perfect finish to what has been a memorable tour.
You can follow along all of the action from 6am EST on Thursday Morning in Australia and 9pm GMT if the UK with scores updated at the end of each over on the @CricketLibrary twitter feed.
In this exclusive update of the Riding Mill dice cricket virtual tour of Australia, Robbie Mackinlay and Matt Ellis provide an overview of the action as well as preview what promises to be an epic encounter in virtual Hong Kong between Riding Mill and The Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI.
Stay tuned for the official team announcements in the lead up to the game.
Riding Mill are jubilant having a win in their final game on virtual Australian soil comfortably accounting for Bayswater-Morley by 42 runs at the virtual Hillcrest Oval in Perth.
The visitors were asked to bat first and took some time to adjust to the conditions with Burns departing in the second over to a peach of a delivery from O’Connor which hit halfway up middle stump.
Dave Cox who was looking to play himself back into form before the team heads to Hong Kong looked comfortable at the crease until he slashed at one from Wilde only to find a thick outside edge which flew to Guthrie who took a comfortable catch to see him back in the virtual pavilion for 24 off 10.
When Kent was stumped by Cameron off the bowling of Daniells for 4 it looked like the home side had the upper hand with the score at 3-42. Liam James and Aly Hall had other ideas however, with the pair putting on 80 before Merrin had the breakthrough when James skied one on 40. Cameron had to do a fair bit of work to complete the catch running in off the boundary and diving forwards to take one of the catches of the tour.
Hall was at his best though crunching boundaries to all parts of the ground bringing up his half century and sharing in an unbeaten stand of 58 with Iain Longstaff who finishes 21 not out. Hall’s 72 off jus 20 balls had certainly put the visitors in the box seat at the completion of their 10 overs with the Bears needing 171 to win.
Berry set the tone early for the Bears dispatching the first ball of the run chase into the virtual car park but was trapped LBW the following ball by Lance Mallinson. With skipper Andy Watson adding further pressure when he had Keys LBW for 14 and Merrin bowled in consecutive deliveries to have the hosts 3-29 after 2.
Runs were flowing freely for the Bears but unfortunately for them so were the wickets with Loiacono caught behind off the bowling of Frazer for 7. Raza then bowled Guthrie for 14 and Joel Marks had Thistle out to a neat stumping from Iain Longstaff for 6. Meanwhile Cameron was looking in sublime touch at the other end just struggling to get the lions share of the strike.
Daniells came in and built a handy partnership with Cameron but he became the 3rd batsman to be adjudged LBW when a Steve Kent delivery kept low and cannoned into his pads. When Wilde was out caught nicely down the leg side by Iain Longstaff on the very next ball, there appeared to be too much for the home side to do at 8-116.
O’Connor came in and looked like he had got a full piece of one from James but was magnificently caught on the boundary by Lance Mallinson for one of the better golden ducks you will ever see. Dave Cox wrapped things up when number eleven Howes was out LBW for 9 off 4 leaving Cameron stranded on 48 not out.
This completes the final game on virtual Australian soil with just one final game remaining in Hong Kong when Riding Mill will take on a Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI when they stop over on their way back to the UK.
As previously announced, Brian Watson will return to the Riding Mill XI for this fixture alongside former England Internationals Mark Butcher and Adam Hollioake. The final make up of both teams will be announced in the coming days for what promises to be a magnificent finale to what has been a wonderful tour so far.
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