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.
In a string of good fortune Riding Mill skipper Andy Watson again won the toss and opted to send the hosts in their highly anticipated clash with Parkdale Cricket Club at the magnificent virtual Gerry Green Reserve.
The Dukes dice made an immediate impact with Iain Longstaff snaring a catch behind the stumps off a ball that Ben Smith got to just nip away enough, finding the edge of Geoff Crosby’s bat to have the hosts reeling at 1-0.
Things got worse for Parkdale CC who are celebrating their 100th anniversary when Lance Mallinson cleaned house removing captain Mia Perrin for 15 out to a neat catch by Ali Raza. This was followed up by the dismissals of Reid who was caught behind for 2 and Murray who was stumped the following ball by Iain Longstaff leaving Parkdale reeling at 4-23.
Meanwhile Ashish Harsolia was chipping away building a handy partnership with Chris Wilkie. Cam Longstaff then brought about a double breakthrough with Wilkie stumped for 24 off 7 and next ball removing Ryan O’Connor out to a sharp chance taken by Riding Mill skipper Andy Watson for 0. At 6-59 it appeared as though Riding Mill would rip through the remaining batters.
Harsolia had other ideas mounting some strong resistance with Antony McNeil blasting 27 off 7 before being bowled by a peach from Steve Kent. Liam James had Harsolia trapped in front for 48 off just 15 deliveries but at 8-130, Parkdale were certainly on track to post a formidable total.
Jade Johnson & Hunter Woodruff continued to build the total before Iain Longstaff collected his 3rd stumping of the innings when Woodruff departed off the bowling of Dave Cox for 20 off 7. In the quest for a big finish in the final over James Seeary was the last to go, LBW for 8 off 3 leaving Jade Johnson stranded on 15 not out.
159 was a very competitive total considering the hosts were on the rack early at 4-24.
What looked like a competitive total looked even better when James Seeary made some early inroads knocking over Dickson LBW for 8 followed by an almost identical delivery first up to Liam James that nipped back and had him trapped in front for 0. The carnage continued when Steve Kent was sent packing after hitting a boundary first ball only to get a thick edge on the next ball to be caught in the gully by Darcy Murray. At 3-12 there were some worrying signs early for the visitors.
Things got worse before they got better when Dave Cox was bowled by Jade Johnson for 4 putting Parkdale well on top with the score at 4-16. Iain Longstaff and Ali Raza commenced a rescue mission putting together a solid partnership before Raza was out to a good catch by Chris Wilkie off the bowling of Ryan O’Connor for 29 off 10. Chris Wilkie then chimed in with the ball claiming two wickets with his first two deliveries knocking over Iain Longstaff for 28 off 10 and bowling Cam Longstaff first ball for 0. Riding Mill were now 7-85 and in serious danger of getting bowled out.
Late inclusion to the touring party Joel Marks had other ideas constructing a crucial innings with a mix of power and precision. Skipper Andy Watson made a little cameo with 18 off 6 before Reid knocked him over with a magnificent delivery. At 8-119 you had the feeling that Parkdale would soon finish things off.
However, Joel Marks stuck to the task bringing up a memorable half century at a crucial time and with 6 runs required off the final over, Lance Mallinson wasted no time in bringing up the victory hitting a four and a six to send the Riding Mill camp into fits of jubilation.
Riding Mill now have the long virtual flight to Perth where they will be preparing for their contest with Bayswater-Morley who should provide some strong opposition for the tourists.
The tour will then stop over in virtual Hong Kong on return to the UK with Riding Mill taking on the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI. The Riding Mill XI has been bolstered by the announcement that team manager Brian Watson has been declared fit and will take his place in the side alongside Mark Butcher and Adam Hollioake. Joining them will be Steve Kent, Iain Longstaff, Scott Dickson and Kev Frazer who were nominated by St Kelvin’s Old Boys to take their place in the XI.
In news post match today, we can reveal it has been announced that Joel Marks and Dave Cox have been nominated by Parkdale CC to take a highly sought after place in the line up as well. We are hearing whispers that there will be some strong inclusions in the Cricket Library Podcast XI who will join captain Nina Stevens and Marty Rhone who have already been announced in the side.
Both Riding Mill and Parkdale haven named strong line ups for their highly anticipated dice cricket fixture which is scheduled for the virtual Gerry Green Reserve at 6am Thursday in Australia and 9pm in the UK.
Riding Mill are looking to bounce back after their most disappointing performance of the tour so far while there is little known about the dice cricket credentials of the Parkdale Cricket Club who are celebrating their 100th anniversary this summer.
It is the final game of the Victorian leg of the virtual tour which started at Burrabadine in NSW last month before heading to Dubbo, Wagga Wagga and Sydney. There have been mixed fortunes for the visitors who now have four wins and four losses on the tour and looking for a strong finish with remaining games against Parkdale in Victoria, Bayswater-Morley in Perth and of course the final game of the tour in virtual Hong Kong against the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI.
We are looking forward to bringing you all of the action via the @cricketlibrary on twitter.
St Kevin’s Old Boys (SKOB) have produced the most dominant display we have seen on the Riding Mill Virtual Tour of Australia with a crushing 7 wicket win at the virtual Olney Oval in the magnificent Yarra Bend Complex.
After winning the toss and bowling in their last fixture, skipper Andy Watson had a change in tactics electing to bat first on what looked to be a good wicket for dice Cricket. This looked to be a positive move when despite losing Burns LWB for 2 to one that nipped back in from Andrew Smale, the score had raced to 1-19.
Pat Turnbull then applied more pressure for the home side removing the in form Dave Cox who was out to a good catch by Jack Marshall for 9 and then bowling Steve Kent with an absolute peach for 11. While the run rate was still looking solid, certainly losing three wickets in the first two overs was not part of the plan for Riding Mill.
When Tom Norris bowled Aly Hall for 0 things were looking gloomy for Riding Mill and this was compounded further when Andrew Fernon took a smart catch to remove Iain Longstaff for 11 off the bowling of Jack Marshall.
The carnage continued when Fernon took the ball finishing with 3-8 after having the dangerous Scott Dickson caught behind for 21 off 9, Cam Longstaff stumped by Brebner-Griffin for 4 and producing a beauty to bowl Kev Frazer for 1.
The tail did not wag with Sam Browne claiming Joel Marks plumb in front for 6 and skipper Andy Watson out to another neat piece of work behind the stumps from Brebner-Griffin who had the bails off in a flash completing a smart stumping.
Incredibly Riding Mill, who’s previous lowest score on the tour was more than double this total, were licking their wounds all out for 66 after just 5.3 overs.
Riding Mill needed to re-group immediately which they did when Scott Dickson claimed a sharp chance behind the stumps to remove SKOB skipper Nicholas Trapani for 2 off the bowling of Ben Smith.
Runs were still flowing though despite Watson trapping Gheller in front for 0, SKOB were still very much on top with Brebner-Griffin and Turnbull putting together a solid partnership.
Kev Frazer took one of the better virtual caught and bowled chances you will ever imagine to remove Turnbull for 25 off 7 but the damage had been done.
Brebner-Griffin finished off the job hitting consecutive sixes and a three off Cam Longstaff to finish on 42 not out to go with his two stumpings and a catch.
A seven wicket win had been secured and Riding Mill left to head back to the drawing board before their virtual tour continues during the week against Parkdale before heading to Perth next weekend.
A massive virtual crowd was on hand for game number 7 of the Riding Mill dice cricket virtual tour of Australia. Conditions at the virtual Willowbrook Reserve were perfect for dice cricket with some early morning cloud cover likely to assist the bowlers.
Riding Mill skipper Andy Watson although having some reservations having sent Kissing Point in last week in Sydney only to have them pile on 170 decided to send the home side in hoping the dukes dice may provide the assistance his opening bowlers have been looking for.
The move proved to be a master stroke and despite skipper Tarek Moughanie looking in fine touch, wickets were tumbling at the other end with Ben Smith picking up Pearson LBW for 0 and Lambeth falling to a good catch behind the stumps from Liam James for 2.
Lance Mallinson was then into the action removing Jimmy Campbell who was stumped for 3 and Ben Walker who departed next ball caught by Ali Raza for a duck. It was fair to say that the visitors were feeling right at home in the virtual conditions.
Chinthaka Jayasinghe joined skipper Tarek Moughanie at the crease and were building a partnership when Riding Mill skipper Andy Watson found something special to trap Moughanie in front for a magnificent 29 off just 8 deliveries with the final ball of his over.
After some further consolidation from the hosts Cam Longstaff was able to become the third bowler of the morning to claim a double breakthrough, this time the two marquee players Chinthaka Jayasinghe and Danny Law departing. Chinthaka’s innings was the shining light for the home side with his 36 coming off just 12 deliveries before he was stumped by Liam James. While Danny Law was on his way thanks to a neat return catch from Longstaff off his own bowling to see Law back to the virtual pavilion for six off two.
When Aly Hall had Kosteas out to a good catch from Lance Mallinson and Chris Neilson caught by Kev Frazer for 6 off 2 Riding Mill were well on top with the Warriors primary objective now to bat out the remaining overs with the score at 9-102.
A thirty run stand from Craig Byron who finished 17 not out and Aaron Smillie who was last to go, LBW to Scott Dickson for 24 off 9 saw the Westmeadows total reach 132 but not able to bat out their allotment of ten overs.
Riding Mill in their chase took the go hard or go home approach with a blistering start from openers Dickson and Burns. Dickson was adjudged LBW in the second over with a good seed from Neilson seeing him on his way for 15 from 4. The runs kept flowing however with the agricultural approach from Burns making it very hard to set a field with balls landing in unconventional places.
Dave Cox continued his fine tour having made back to back half centuries in the two previous fixtures providing excellent support to Burns who was on a mission bringing up his first half century on virtual Australian soil.
When Burns was plumb in front off the bowling of Chinthaka Jayasinghe for 66, the damage was already done. Dave Cox and Liam James finishing the job seeing the tourists home with 8 wickets in hand.
Thanks to the generosity of the hosts, Rob Burns will take home a magnificent Westmeadows hoodie as a permanent reminder to his team mates of one of the better innings you will see in a game of dice cricket.
Riding Mill will continue their tour on the weekend against St Kelvin’s Old Boys before playing Parkdale next week in the final game of the Melbourne leg of the tour.
The team then head across to Perth to play Bayswater-Morley before a final fixture that was announced at the start of the week to take place in virtual Hong Kong.
Thanks again to Westmeadows Warriors Cricket Club for being such wonderful hosts for game 7 of the Riding Mill Cricket Club dice cricket virtual tour of Australia.
After starting their virtual tour of Australia with a bang, Riding Mill are looking to bounce back when they take on Westmeadows Warriors at the Virtual Willowbrook Reserve in the shadows of Melbourne airport.
The hosts have had a very successful period of late winning two of the last three flags as well as two of the last three T20 titles and it will be interesting to see if this on field form will transfer to success into the virtual conditions of dice cricket.
Westmeadows selectors have chosen a strong line up which will be captained by Tarek Moughanie and featuring Sri Lankan star Chinthaka Jayasinghe & Danny Law who has over 100 1st Class games to his name representing Durham, Essex and Sussex.
Riding Mill have made some changes to their team after their loss to the UTS North Sydney team of the decade on the weekend. Kiwi Dave Cox, who has already notched up two half centuries on the tour will be key at number 3 as will Aly Hall in the middle order.
An issue for the Mill on the tour of late has been leaking too many runs in the early overs and captain Andy Watson will be looking to Smith and Mallinson to set the tone with the new dice.
There could be some overnight rain in Melbourne in the lead up to the game which may add some spice to the wicket early on in the T10 fixture. This may also have whoever wins the toss in two minds as to what they will opt to do. Runs on the board have been a premium on the tour thus far but with rain around who knows what we may see.
In a very kind gesture from the hosts, they have offered up one of their magnificent club hoodies to the Riding Mill player of the match. This will certainly provide some extra incentive for the visitors to bring their A Game.
We will be bringing you all of the action via our social media channels from 6am Eastern Standard time in Australia and 9pm GMT in the UK.
Marty Rhone is a well known Australian Actor and Singer who has shared the stage and screen with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Devoted listeners of the Cricket Library Podcast would know Marty is also very much a cricket tragic.
Last year Marty added another chapter to his illustrious career as an Actor and Singer when he released the highly popular single We had a good thing going and follow up ballad Jealous of the Sky.
Marty will join captain Nina Stevens as the latest addition to the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI who are set to take on Riding Mill team which has some very big inclusions with the return of Brian Watson and the addition of Mark Butcher and Adam Holioake.
It is expected that there will be further new inclusions in the final XI creating some healthy competition amongst the squad which we believe has already arrived in Hong Kong for a secret virtual boot camp.
In the meantime, Riding Mill are in last minute preparations for the Victorian leg of their tour and will be looking to re group after some disappointing returns in Sydney.
In what is one of the biggest announcements since it was revealed Riding Mill would be involved in a virtual tour of Australia is the official news that there will be an extension of the tour with the squad stopping over in virtual Hong Kong to do battle with a Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI.
It is understood that the Cricket Library Podcast XI are currently in Hong Kong taking part in a virtual boot camp following their loss to Riding Mill in one of the tour openers at Burrabadine and looking for ways to improve before taking on the tourists once again.
In massive news for the touring party, team manager Brian Watson has declared himself available selection as has number 1 supporter Mark Butcher and former England ODI captain Adam Holioake. It is unclear how much dice cricket experience Butcher and Holioake have had but just their sheer presence will be a boost to the tourists.
Our sources can confirm that there will also be some new inclusions to the Cricket Library Podcast XI, though we are told that captain Nina Stevens will retain the lower case c with the brackets around it beside her name.
In a major blow for the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI, Robbie Mackinlay has withdrawn from the squad due to his extensive media commitments covering the tour. Although this will leave a gaping hole in the top order, we are hearing that there are some big inclusions expected to be announced in the coming days to try and fill the void.
Riding Mill still have three matches to play in Victoria before heading to Perth en route to Hong Kong and it will be vital that team management keeps the squad focussed on the job at hand whilst also putting plans in place for what is being billed as the biggest match of the tour at virtual Hong Kong.
Join your commentators Robbie Mackinlay and Matt Ellis as they bring you the key moments from the highly anticipated dice cricket fixture between the touring Riding Mill side and the UTS North Sydney team of the decade from the picturesque virtual North Sydney Oval.