Last Ball Thriller As Mill Sneak Home

Riding Mill have returned to the winners circle in the most dramatic circumstances with a last ball one wicket victory against SUCC in the penultimate game of their dice cricket virtual tour of Australia.

Things started will for Riding Mill skipper Liam James winning the toss and electing to bowl first, something that Riding Mill had not done since their dramatic one wicket victory against Dubbo CYMS.

After a steady first over from Tony Potts, Butcher copped some early punishment from Shawn Mepham before he got one to nip back and trap him in front for 23 from 8 deliveries. The SUCC batters really struggled to get themselves in with wickets falling in clumps thanks to some excellent bowling from Aly Hall who claimed Ball LBW for 9 and bowled Pass for 7 to have the home side 3-40 after 3.

Joel Marks continued building the pressure not allowing the new batters to settle with Steve Kent providing some smart glovework behind the stumps to see Marshman on his way without scoring and Hood departing for 4. When Iain Longstaff then chimed in with the wicket of Dunstone for 9, it looked like it may be an early night with the hosts on the rack at 6 for 68 at the halfway mark.

SUCC knew they could still post a competitive total provided they kept wickets in hand. A positive partnership between skipper Maria Buster and her nephew Andrew Kirk saw the score move to 89 before Steve Kent was again in the game claiming a sharp chance down the leg side to see Buster on her way for 19. Sam Buster came and went, advancing down the wicket to see the ball spin past his bat and into the gloves of Kent who completed an easy stumping.

At 8-103, Riding Mill just needed to deliver the knock out punch to ensure they would be well on top going into the innings break. Counter attack was the response from SUCC with Andrew Kirk and the recently married Leon Dhemba building a handy partnership which saw Kirk notch a half century and Dhemba hitting some powerful 6s on his way to a career best 21 not out.

The SUCC total of 8-159 was certainly one they were capable of defending and we certainly had a game on our hands.

The run chase got off to an explosive start with Scott Dickson top edging the opening ball of the innings over the keepers head for six, followed by the next ball flying down to the third man boundary for four, pushing one into the onside for 2 and then two more sixes and a four to finish the over.

Dhemba was able to stem the flow momentarily when he removed Dickson thanks to some fast hands behind the stumps from Kieran Ball but the runs kept flowing with the score racing to 1-46 after two overs and Riding Mill well ahead of the required run rate.

Sam Buster was able to chime in with a double breakthrough however, removing Bennett LBW for 20 from just six balls and then Collins on his way for 1 again thanks to some smart work behind the stumps from Kieran Ball who had his second stumping for the night.

Wickets would be the recipe required to stem the flow of runs and SUCC’s Andrew Kirk despite getting hit for three boundaries and a six, was able to remove Riding Mill skipper with a gem of a delivery for 26.

Longstaff and Raza were building a nice partnership and were still well ahead of the rate hitting boundaries and rotating the strike as needed. Colin Dunstone was able to provide the breakthrough however, nipping one back into the top of off to see Longstaff on his way for 13.

Next ball Michael Marshman trapped Raza in front for 19 and finished his over with a straightforward caught and bowled to see Hall on his way for 9 and the pendulum swinging back in favour of the home side with the score at 7-119 and still a job to do for the lower order.

Steve Kent came in with his intentions clear, hitting a towering six of Simon Hood before surviving a huge appeal for LBW before nicking one to Kieran Ball behind the stumps effecting an elementary catch to see Kent back to the virtual pavilion for 7.

The equation was now 30 required off the final two overs with just 2 wickets in hand with Joel Marks the last recognised batter at the crease on 7 with Butcher yet to face a delivery.

A six off the first ball followed by another 3 balls later from Marks had Riding Mill in the box seat but there was another twist in the tale with Marks controversially given LBW on the final ball of the over. On close inspections of the replays, the snicko technology detected the faintest of edges before the dice crashed into the pads. Marks had to go however, and we were set for a grandstand finish with 11 needed to tie and 12 to win from the final over.

Shawn Mepham was left with the responsibility of trying to close the game out for SUCC and with the field up, he nearly had the breakthrough on the first ball of the over when Butcher was struck on the pads. After what seemed like an eternity, the umpire said ‘not out’ and the over continued with scores tied on the final ball. A thick outside edge off the bat of Potts somehow trickled into the third man boundary with the Riding Mill faithful bursting into rapturous virtual applause.

The Riding Mill players stormed onto the ground jubilantly and surrounded the last ball hero Tony Potts who had pulled the visitors out of the fire to come away with a miraculous last ball one wicket win.

It is unusual for a player on the losing side to be awarded the player of the match honours but the official judges could not go past Andrew Kirk for his magnificent 62 not out that kept his side in the contest.

All eyes will now be on team announcements for the final game of the tour with speculation that there will be some current WBBL and former BBL players named for the Cricket Library Podcast XI in a fixture that is set to capture the attention of dice cricket lovers around the world.

Cricket Library Weekly – Christmas Edition The Cricket Library

This week on the Cricket Library Weekly, Robbie Mackinlay and Matt Ellis wrap up the action from the Adelaide Test and cast their eye forward to Boxing Day. The lads take a look at the WNCL action between NSW and Victoria as well as the Queensland v Tasmania fixtures. Matt Fiction is back with the highly popular 'Fiction Files' sharing his thoughts on the Ashes from an English perspective. Please remember to subscribe to the Cricket Library Podcast on your favourite podcast provider and leave a review to help us to continue to start conversations that inspire a love of cricket.
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SUCC next assignment as Riding Mill hope to finish tour on a high

Riding Mill Cricket Club started their virtual tour of Australia with back to back wins accounting for Burrabadine and Dubbo CYMS. Unfortunately for the tourists, things have gone on a downward spiral since with four consecutive losses drawing parallels to the England Men’s Cricket team who have just lost the Ashes 4-0 to Australia.

There is some hope however, with two games remaining on the tour for Riding Mill to rectify their situation and to head back home with their heads held high. The first opportunity to do so is when they take on SUCC this Thursday morning Australia time and Wednesday 9pm in the UK.

Maria Buster has been named captain of SUCC and has high hopes for the XI vastly inexperienced dice cricketers looking to make an impression in the highly popular playing format.

In Riding Mill team news, Steve Kent has shuffled down the order and will take over the wicket keeping responsibilities whilst Liam James returns to the XI and will resume the captaincy after being rested for the game against Albury.

Whilst this game is front and centre for the visitors, the players will no doubt be speculating what the make up of their opposition will be for the final game of the tour against the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI this weekend.

Sources close to the library are hinting at some big inclusions with some former KFC Big Bash stars in contention for selection as well as some current Weber WBBL players expected to be in line to gain the call up for what promises to be an epic finish to the tour.

Coverage of both games will be exclusive to our official twitter feed and website.

Cricket Library Weekly – Christmas Edition The Cricket Library

This week on the Cricket Library Weekly, Robbie Mackinlay and Matt Ellis wrap up the action from the Adelaide Test and cast their eye forward to Boxing Day. The lads take a look at the WNCL action between NSW and Victoria as well as the Queensland v Tasmania fixtures. Matt Fiction is back with the highly popular 'Fiction Files' sharing his thoughts on the Ashes from an English perspective. Please remember to subscribe to the Cricket Library Podcast on your favourite podcast provider and leave a review to help us to continue to start conversations that inspire a love of cricket.
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  4. Cricket Library Weekly – KFC Big Bash Preview
  5. Cricket Library Weekly – WBBL Finals Edition

Rene Farrell – Special Guest on the Cricket Library Podcast

Rene Farrell forged a successful career for Australia across all three formats of the game.

In this edition of the Cricket Library Podcast we get to hear more of the Rene Farrell story which started when her mum told her and her brother they could either play tennis or cricket.

She would go on to have success playing for the highly successful NSW Breakers, WA, Sydney Thunder and Australia where she represented in all three formats. 

We hear about winning WNCL titles, taking wickets on debut, batting in super overs, playing in a home World Cup, winning the World T20 title, reclaiming the Ashes in England, scoring a couple of hundreds for Nottinghamshire and of course the famous Ashes Hat Trick!

Rene who has experienced a net with Australian television presenter Karl Stefanovic, gives considerable thought to her three net session selections and her choices will not disappoint.

Please remember to subscribe to the Cricket Library Podcast on your favourite podcast provider and leave a review to help us to continue to share stories like this one from Rene Farrell.

Cricket Library Weekly – Christmas Edition The Cricket Library

This week on the Cricket Library Weekly, Robbie Mackinlay and Matt Ellis wrap up the action from the Adelaide Test and cast their eye forward to Boxing Day. The lads take a look at the WNCL action between NSW and Victoria as well as the Queensland v Tasmania fixtures. Matt Fiction is back with the highly popular 'Fiction Files' sharing his thoughts on the Ashes from an English perspective. Please remember to subscribe to the Cricket Library Podcast on your favourite podcast provider and leave a review to help us to continue to start conversations that inspire a love of cricket.
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  4. Cricket Library Weekly – KFC Big Bash Preview
  5. Cricket Library Weekly – WBBL Finals Edition

Top Ten Episodes From Our Cricket Podcast In 2021

In 2021, the Cricket Library Podcast reached audiences in over 50 different countries around the globe. Australian listeners make up the majority of listeners with strong followings in the United Kingdom, United States and cricket mad India.

Throughout the year our guests have shared their stories and started conversations that inspire a love of cricket. We have had some wonderful reviews on Apple Podcasts, with the following podcasts our ten most listened to episodes in 2021.

1.GREG CHAPPELL

Gregory Stephen Chappell is one of the greats of Australian cricket with his playing record speaking for itself. He has also made a significant impact off the field since calling stumps on his playing career.

In this edition of the Cricket Library Podcast, we hear from Greg about the origins of his passion for the game, breaking into First Class cricket & the crucial batting tip he received from Sir Donald Bradman.

Greg also shares about his epiphany moment sitting in his motel room reflecting on a letter from his father whilst playing against a World XI in Tasmania. His realisation lead to a shift in mindset that was followed by a run of big scores for Australia.

We take a closer look at his 247 not out against NZ in 1974 where he and brother Ian both made centuries in each innings of the game.

There are some wonderful insights regarding balancing playing cricket with a young family and holding down a job. 

Greg also shares about his time coaching in India and the key learning he took away from that experience.

Finally we hear about the important fundraising work that the Chappell Foundation is doing to provide a better future for thousands of young Australians without a roof over their head each night.

Gregory Stephen Chappell is a legend of Australian cricket and we were very thankful to have him as a guest on our cricket podcast in 2021.

We would encourage you to support the great work that is done through the Chappell Foundation.

2. ALISTER MCDERMOTT

Alister McDermott grew up on the Gold Coast of Queensland enjoying a range of sports with cricket just one of his passions.

While he was still at school he secured a contract with Queensland, initially making his debut in T20 cricket before making his way into the One Day team and First Class side where he would make his debut against the West Indies.

An Australian u-19 representative, McDermott was part of a winning World Cup team playing under the captaincy of Mitch Marsh in a side including the likes of Josh Hazlewood, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa.

Alister had success at senior level also playing in the Brisbane Heat’s BBL02 Championship winning team, claiming a One Day Domestic title for Queensland and an influential 6 wicket haul in a Sheffield Shield winning team, including the big wicket of Ricky Ponting.

Along with the successes he enjoyed, Alister has had to overcome set backs, including being left off the Queensland contracted players list, working his way back into the squad before experiencing a career ending injury.

He is now thriving in his studies to become a teacher and in his coaching work at the Alister McDermott Cricket Academy and Wynnum Manly Cricket Club.

3. MAITLAN BROWN

Maitlan Brown is just about to turn 24 and is one of the most exciting young talents in the game. She has made an impact with the ball, demonstrated athleticism in the field and contributed valuable runs with the willow.

In this episode of the Cricket Library Podcast we will hear more about where Maitlan’s love of the game started, her time in the NSW junior pathway, moving to Canberra, playing for the Renegades, touring India, her call up to the Australian squad, injury rehab as well as her return to NSW this summer. We also learn about some of her off field creative pursuits as an award-winning industrial design student.

Needless to say we ask Maitlan who she would most like to have a net with. Her  selections combine a mix of cricket, comedy and musical genius. In fact one of her selections provided entertainment at a Cricket Australia Awards night.

Please remember to subscribe to the Cricket Library Podcast on your favourite podcast provider and leave a review to help us to continue to start conversations that inspire a love of cricket.

4. MADDIE PENNA

Maddie Penna is a talented young all rounder making the most of her opportunities with the Abode Hotels ACT Meteors in the WNCL and in the WBBL with the Melbourne Stars and Adelaide Strikers.

In this edition of the Cricket Library Podcast we hear more of her story from her first memories of playing cricket, winning a premiership at Bankstown, captaining the CA XI at the u-18 Nationals, her WBBL call up and maiden WNCL hundred.

Maddie shares the challenges of dealing with injuries and juggling study alongside her cricket commitments. We also hear some of her aspirations for the future both on and off the field.

5. PAUL ADAMS

Iconic South African spinner Paul Adams is our first guest in the new season of the Cricket Library Podcast.

Paul shares his story of his meteoric rise to the South African test team as a teenager, playing in the 1996 World Cup, dealing with being in and out of the team as well as reflecting on some of his career highlights.

We wrap up our chat by asking Paul which three people he would most like to the nets with another spinner getting an invite alongside a wrapper and a famous political leader.

6. LUKE FELDMAN

Luke Feldman did not take the traditional pathway to First Class Cricket and forged for himself a career with the QLD Bulls having first represented QLD Country whilst working as a police officer.

In this edition of the Cricket Library Podcast, Luke shares some stories from his early days playing in the back yard to making his 1st Class debut against the West Indies, being a part of five different Big Bash clubs, lifting the Sheffield Shield, taking over 200 wickets and providing some handy cameos with the bat.

A passionate Queenslander who represented his state with distinction and continues to put back into the game at the Northern Suburbs District Cricket Club in Brisbane and the Bulls Masters program which does some magnificent work raising funds and developing cricket in QLD.

We trust you will enjoy our chat with Luke Feldman and that his three selections to join him for a net will generate some healthy banter from our listeners.

7. MOLLY STRANO

Molly Strano is one of the new additions to the Tasmanian & Hurricanes WBBL squads this summer. The most prolific wicket taker in the history of the WBBL is no doubt a key acquisition on the Apple Isle.

In this edition of the Cricket Library Podcast we learn more about the origins of her passion for cricket, winning a domestic T20 title for Victoria, taking 5-10 for her country and dancing on stage with Katy Perry.

Molly also gives some insights into her time in Tasmania so far and her aspirations for the summer ahead.

8. DAN MARSH

Dan Marsh grew up surrounded by cricket and it is no surprise he continues to have a passion for the game.

In this edition of the Cricket Library Podcast we delve further into his early memories of the game, being the son of a Test cricketer, breaking into 1st class cricket, playing overseas and captaining Tasmania in their first Sheffield Shield Final win.

We also get some insights into Mark Taylor’s bowling and find out which three people Dan would invite to the nets. No doubt this will win high praise from the cricket nuffies who tune in with a strong cricket theme present in his selections.

9. NATHAN REARDON

Nathan Reardon was a valuable member of the Queensland Bulls team for a number of years and was a part of three Domestic One Day Title winning teams. He also had stints at the Melbourne Renegades, Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes in the KFC Big Bash League. At the peak of his powers, Nathan was selected to play T20 Cricket for Australia against South Africa.

In this episode of the Cricket Library Podcast, we hear where Nathan’s love of the game started, his move from country Queensland to Brisbane, scoring a ton against the West Indies as well as dismissing Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the same game.

He shares what life has been like after retiring from the game moving into his business venture Outside Edge Adventures and Nathan Reardon Cricket Coaching

10. MARTIN LENEHAN

This edition of the Cricket Library Podcast is all about the Ashes as we chat with author Martin Lenehan about his new book THE ASHES – 140 YEARS OF RIVALRY, RITUALS AND RESPECT.

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Martin shares about his love of the game, his early Ashes memories and what the Ashes mean to so many Australians.

We ask him how he went about putting the book together and the challenging task of squeezing as many magic Ashes moments in as possible.

Martin shares some of his personal favourite moments from cricket’s greatest rivalry and gives us insights into some of his conversations with Ashes greats in putting the book together.

Finally we ask Martin to select three Ashes heroes that he would most like to join him in the nets. 

Please remember to subscribe to the Cricket Library Podcast on your favourite podcast provider and leave a review to help us to continue to share stories that inspire a love of cricket.

THE ASHES 140 YEARS OF RIVALRY, RITUALS AND RESPECT is available at all good bookstores and online via the Cricket Australia Online Store.

We will be back with your favourite cricket podcast, returning better than ever in 2022!

Cricket Library Weekly – Christmas Edition The Cricket Library

This week on the Cricket Library Weekly, Robbie Mackinlay and Matt Ellis wrap up the action from the Adelaide Test and cast their eye forward to Boxing Day. The lads take a look at the WNCL action between NSW and Victoria as well as the Queensland v Tasmania fixtures. Matt Fiction is back with the highly popular 'Fiction Files' sharing his thoughts on the Ashes from an English perspective. Please remember to subscribe to the Cricket Library Podcast on your favourite podcast provider and leave a review to help us to continue to start conversations that inspire a love of cricket.
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  3. Cricket Library Weekly – Ashes Are Here!
  4. Cricket Library Weekly – KFC Big Bash Preview
  5. Cricket Library Weekly – WBBL Finals Edition

162 not enough as Riding Mill suffer 4th straight loss on dice cricket virtual tour of Australia

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Virtual Billson Park Albury played host to another brilliant game of dice cricket with the hosts coming away with a 4 wicket win with just 3 balls to spare thanks to a match winning partnership between Dom Stockdale and Todd Henderson who survived a hat trick ball to go on and make 57 not out whilst Stockdale brought up the winning runs in emphatic fashion to finish 64 not out to the rapturous applause from the large virtual crowd in attendance.

After lengthy discussions with coach Jerim Hayes prior to the fixture Ross Dixon decided to bowl first having won the toss. We are led to believe that this was based on Riding Mill’s struggle to post a winning score batting first in their previous three fixtures.

The surface looked perfect for dice cricket and there was an air of excitement from the Albury faithful who were keen to see how their side would perform in their dice cricket debut.

Things could not have started more perfectly for the hosts on the first roll of the game when Bhaiya picked up the big wicket of the dangerous Dickson who was coming off 83 last start. Nat Sariman was keeping up at the stumps with Dickson playing and missing with his back foot dragging ever so slightly out of the crease only for Sariman to have the bails off before you could blink. A boundary the next ball from Collins restored order for Riding Mill momentarily before Sariman again had the bails off in a flash to see him on his way for 4.

Bennett was joined by Ali Raza at the crease with Raza looking in good touch, depositing Singh into the virtual playground before Sariman was again in the game taking a smart catch down the leg side to send Raza on his way for 13 from 5.

A nice little partnership developed between Bennett and Longstaff before Bennett fell to a good catch by Mackinlay for 23 off the bowling of Todd Henderson who had copped some tap early in the over but came away with the last laugh.

At the halfway mark of the innings, the score had moved to 4-82 with both teams yet to wrestle the momentum in their favour. Albury started to do this however, with John Spencer claiming the wicket of Longstaff for 27 and Kade Brown finding the edge of Joel Marks’ bat to see him caught behind by Sariman for 24.

The big momentum shift however came when Hamish Mackinlay picked up two wickets in an over to leave Riding Mill reeling at 8-116. First, Mackinlay took the big wicket of Riding Mill skipper Aly Hall, with Spencer taking a sharp chance before finding the edge of Greenwood’s bat to keep the ever reliable Sariman in the game claiming his 5th dismissal of the innings.

Mark Butcher and Tony Potts showed some lower order firepower to lift the Riding Mill total to a more than respectable 8 for 162. The two were innovative, creative and at times fortunate in their unbeaten 46 run stand for the 9th wicket with Butcher finishing 25 not out and Potts dealing only in boundaries and sixes on his way to 24 not out.

The run chase was always going to be an interesting one with Riding Mill needing to take wickets at regular intervals to help stem the flow of runs. Dice Cricket veteran Brian Watson delivered the goods second ball of the innings with Alex Popko out stumped by Greenwood for just 2. Dom Stockdale ensured all was not lost however, hitting two towering sixes to take the score to 1-18 after the opening over.

After getting hit for back to back boundaries by Nat Sariman, Tony Potts found himself on a hat trick, removing Sariman caught and bowled before trapping Mackinlay in front first ball for 0. Kade Brown may have not realised it was a hat trick ball as he had been busily padding up not expecting to be at the crease so quickly. Potts, attempting a yorker delivered a half volley that Brown put straight back over his head for 6.

Mark Butcher’s over was an expensive one with three sixes coming off it with Brown and Stockdale building a formidable partnership at the crease. Riding Mill skipper Aly Hall was able to put the breaks on the scoring, claiming the wicket of Brown who was out to a great catch by Bennett who was fielding at leg gully.

The following over will be the most talked about one of the tour so far with Joel Marks getting hit for six by Stockdale first ball and then taken for a cheeky single the following ball before four balls of mayhem ensued.

John Spencer looked to get off the mark advancing down the wicket to a well flighted delivery from Marks which moved off the surface just enough to pass the bat with Gez Greenwood effecting a quality stumping to send him on his way without scoring.

The next delivery was again tossed up with Albury skipper Ross Dickson attempting to work the ball through the onside. He was through the shot too early however, with a leading edge ballooning to Ali Raza who claimed the catch to put Marks on a hat trick.

Todd Henderson strode to the crease and it seemed he was intent on just seeing the hat trick ball off and calming things down. Marks again tossed it up, trapping Henderson on the pads with the umpire turning down a huge appeal suggesting Henderson had managed to get a faint inside edge to a ball that looked destined to be missing both off and leg stumps and hitting halfway up middle. There was a huge shout for LBW the following ball with Henderson saved this time by being struck outside the line to a ball that looked like it may have been coming back enough to hit the top of off.

This is where the excitement stopped for Riding Mill with Henderson and Stockdale crafting a majestic partnership to both work their way to half centuries in the penultimate over of the game. Scott Dickson was left with the task of bowling the final over to two set batsmen needing fourteen for victory. Stockdale wasted no time in securing the win for the hosts finishing things off with a towering six and back to back boundaries.

It was a case of the one that got away for Riding Mill with both teams having opportunities throughout to claim the ascendancy with the Albury lads able to win the key moments in the game coming away with a four wicket win with three balls to spare.

Dom Stockdale was named official Cricket Library Player of the match for his 64 not out.

The tour will continue this week, make sure you stay tuned to our twitter feed and website for all of the latest news and of course be certain to catch up with the latest on the Cricket Library Podcast.

Cricket Library Weekly – Christmas Edition The Cricket Library

This week on the Cricket Library Weekly, Robbie Mackinlay and Matt Ellis wrap up the action from the Adelaide Test and cast their eye forward to Boxing Day. The lads take a look at the WNCL action between NSW and Victoria as well as the Queensland v Tasmania fixtures. Matt Fiction is back with the highly popular 'Fiction Files' sharing his thoughts on the Ashes from an English perspective. Please remember to subscribe to the Cricket Library Podcast on your favourite podcast provider and leave a review to help us to continue to start conversations that inspire a love of cricket.
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  3. Cricket Library Weekly – Ashes Are Here!
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  5. Cricket Library Weekly – WBBL Finals Edition

Albury next stop for Riding Mill on dice cricket virtual tour of Australia

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In what has been a memorable virtual time down under for Riding Mill Cricket Club with their tour taking them to places such as Burrabadine, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Sydney, Pomberneit and now to the beautiful city of Albury on the majestic Murray River.

Albury Cricket Club will play host to Riding Mill this Saturday night 9pm UK time and 8am Sunday in Albury for what promises to be an interesting match up with Albury boasting some wonderful credentials as a cricket club yet making their debut in the dice cricket format.

Riding Mill have mad two changes to the team that lost by 7 wickets to Pomberneit during the week with skipper Liam James & top order batter Steve Kent making way for Aly Hall who will take on the captaincy duties and Brian Watson who is again expected to take the new dice.

Ross Dixon will captain Albury with coach Jerim Hayes excited about the prospects of the side adapting their skills to the dice format and has high hopes of being very competitive on the weekend despite the fact most of the XI will be backing up from playing on Saturday afternoon.

Of course you will be able to follow all of the action via our official twitter feed with full scorecards and match reports to follow after the game.

Cricket Library Weekly – Christmas Edition The Cricket Library

This week on the Cricket Library Weekly, Robbie Mackinlay and Matt Ellis wrap up the action from the Adelaide Test and cast their eye forward to Boxing Day. The lads take a look at the WNCL action between NSW and Victoria as well as the Queensland v Tasmania fixtures. Matt Fiction is back with the highly popular 'Fiction Files' sharing his thoughts on the Ashes from an English perspective. Please remember to subscribe to the Cricket Library Podcast on your favourite podcast provider and leave a review to help us to continue to start conversations that inspire a love of cricket.
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  3. Cricket Library Weekly – Ashes Are Here!
  4. Cricket Library Weekly – KFC Big Bash Preview
  5. Cricket Library Weekly – WBBL Finals Edition

Tom has Place in Pomborneit CC History with Dice Cricket Debut to Remember

Tom Place has had a dice cricket debut to remember claiming 2 for 11 and peeling off an incredible 89 not out to see the Pomborneit Bulls claim victory over the touring Riding Mill Cricket Club on their virtual tour of Australia.

After winning the toss and batting Riding Mills first assignment was to ensure they batted their full allotment of ten overs having been bowled out in their previous two fixtures.

Things did not get off to an ideal start for the tourists at the virtual Pomborneit Recreation Reserve when Sam Darcy had Riding Mill opener Jonny Bennett trapped plumb in front for 6 in the opening over.

Scott Dickson and Steve Kent who was coming off runs in previous fixtures set about re-building the innings moved the score along to 54 before Kent edged one through to Dave Murphy behind the stumps off the bowling of Josh Place for 26. Dave Murphy again chimed in with a smart catch to remove Collins for 1 and giving Josh Place the very tidy figures of 2 for 7.

Dickson was building his innings nicely as Riding Mill skipper Liam James came and went for 0 out LBW to Pomborneit captain Grant Place bringing Ali Raza to the crease. Raza rotated the strike well giving Dickson the opportunity to bring up a well made half century off just 19 balls.

Riding Mill were on track for a big score at 4-124 with two overs to play, however, Tom Place was able to put the breaks on with a double breakthrough. Scott Dickson skied a short ball that took some catching from keeper Dave Murphy which saw him on his way for 83. Luke Reynolds then chimed in with a sharp catch to remove Raza for 6 with the game still well and truly in the balance.

Iain Longstaff and Joel Marks scored some valuable runs in the final over to take the total to a respectable 6 for 155.

The run chase got off to an explosive start with two towering sixes hit in the opening over as well as the departure of Dave Murphy who was clean bowled by Potts after getting off the mark with a 6.

Tom Place got into his work immediately taking a liking to Butcher dispatching him over the virtual rope first ball of the over and followed this with an exquisite boundary through the covers and then back to back sixes and another boundary before nudging a single to fine leg on the final ball of the over to retain the strike.

Steve Murphy was enjoying the view from the non-strikers end more than happy to ensure Place was facing the majority of deliveries. The partnership continued to build with Place going past 50 much to the delight of the virtual crowd and at 1-98 at the halfway mark, the hosts were thinking that dice cricket is a pretty easy game.

Riding Mill skipper Liam James had other ideas however, trapping Steve Murphy in front for 39 and finding himself on a hat trick after Easton Wood skied the next delivery into the safe hands of Iain Longstaff. Luke Reynolds negotiated the hat trick ball with he and Place deciding to see off the skipper and look to find runs elsewhere.

Unfortunately for Mick Collins, he copped the brunt of some more powerful striking from Tom Place who raced to 76 dispatching two boundaries early in the over and completing the damage with two consecutive towering sixes to conclude the over.

Steve Kent and Jonny Bennet were not able to reel them in, despite a huge shout for LBW when Place was on 88. Luke Reynolds brought up the victory with a well timed on drive to bring up the winning runs.

It was no surprise that Tom Place was awarded the official player of the match honours with his performance with both bat and ball.

Riding Mill now need to re group before heading to virtual Albury on the weekend to take on the Albury Cricket Club who are also making their highly anticipated dice cricket debuts.

Cricket Library Weekly – Christmas Edition The Cricket Library

This week on the Cricket Library Weekly, Robbie Mackinlay and Matt Ellis wrap up the action from the Adelaide Test and cast their eye forward to Boxing Day. The lads take a look at the WNCL action between NSW and Victoria as well as the Queensland v Tasmania fixtures. Matt Fiction is back with the highly popular 'Fiction Files' sharing his thoughts on the Ashes from an English perspective. Please remember to subscribe to the Cricket Library Podcast on your favourite podcast provider and leave a review to help us to continue to start conversations that inspire a love of cricket.
  1. Cricket Library Weekly – Christmas Edition
  2. Cricket Library Weekly – 15 December
  3. Cricket Library Weekly – Ashes Are Here!
  4. Cricket Library Weekly – KFC Big Bash Preview
  5. Cricket Library Weekly – WBBL Finals Edition

Katie Mack Selected For Australia A

Former guest on our cricket podcast Katie Mack has been rewarded for her consistency with the willow in recent times with her selection in the Australia A squad for the upcoming home series against England A.

You can listen to more of Katie’s story in her chat with Matt Ellis for the Cricket Library Podcast.

Dice Cricket debutants looking to dent the hopes of Riding Mill

Pomborneit Cricket Club was established in 1883 and has a rich history of being an inclusive and progressive club. They have men’s senior teams who play in the South West Cricket Association in Victoria as well as 2 grades of women’s senior cricket in the Colac District Cricket Association’s Women’s competition.

They also have junior boys and girls teams as well as a Woolworths Cricket Blast Centre where the next generation of players can learn and develop their cricket skills.

It is our understanding however, that this may be the first time that Pomborneit Cricket Club will be taking part in a game of dice cricket. No doubt the anticipation levels are high as players prepare themselves to take on seasoned campaigners Riding Mill who have toured Australia previously and participated in domestic dice cricket leagues in the UK.

Riding Mill have played four games on their tour to date including victories over Burrabadine and Dubbo CYMS before going down to the Wagga Wagga RSL Bulldogs and Kissing Point.

There are a couple of changes for Riding Mill who continue to utilise all members of their 13 strong touring party with Brian Watson recovering from some muscle stiffness after his cameo at the batting crease against Kissing Point while it is believed Aly Hall is just being rested and will return for the game on the weekend.

As usual you can follow the coverage of the game on the official Cricket Library Twitter feed with full scorecards and match reports to follow the completion of the match.

It is great to have Pomborneit involved in the tour and we wish them all the best for their dice cricket debut!

Cricket Library Weekly – Christmas Edition The Cricket Library

This week on the Cricket Library Weekly, Robbie Mackinlay and Matt Ellis wrap up the action from the Adelaide Test and cast their eye forward to Boxing Day. The lads take a look at the WNCL action between NSW and Victoria as well as the Queensland v Tasmania fixtures. Matt Fiction is back with the highly popular 'Fiction Files' sharing his thoughts on the Ashes from an English perspective. Please remember to subscribe to the Cricket Library Podcast on your favourite podcast provider and leave a review to help us to continue to start conversations that inspire a love of cricket.
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DR Sams at his destructive best with the bat

Daniel Sams has put his batting talents on show in a destructive display against the Melbourne Renegades.

The all rounder found himself elevated in the batting order to number 4 making the most of the opportunity plundering his way to 98 not out eclipsing his previous best BBL score of 65 against the Brisbane Heat.

The former BKT Golden Arm has certainly sent a statement to opposition teams and will be looking to continue contributing with both bat and ball in KFC BBL11.

You can hear more of the Daniel Sams story by listening to his chat with Matt Ellis for the Cricket Library Podcast.