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In a major blow for the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI, Robbie Mackinlay has withdrawn from the squad due to his extensive media commitments covering the tour.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.
Ridind Mill have slumped to their second loss in succession going down to a star studded UTS North Sydney at the picturesque virtual North Sydney Oval.
This game was being billed as the biggest of the tour so far with the UTS North Sydney team of the decade littered with talent up against Riding Mill who have already claimed some big scalps on their virtual tour down under.
The virtual wicket looked to be in pristine condition as you would expect from the North Sydney Oval ground staff preparing an absolute belter of a wicket.
Glenn Aitken won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first and when Daniel Hughes and Tom Jagot put on 102 for the first wicket this looked like being a very astute decision.
Daniel Hughes brought up his half century in an eventful over from Rob Burns which saw a six land in virtual Miller St and another sailing into the virtual Duncan Thompson stand which brought up the milestone. In between it all when on 48, Hughes was wrapped on the pads by Burns which was accompanied by a massive appeal that was subsequently turned down. Replays showed that Hughes had got an inside edge onto his pads which ensured he was given not out.
Aly Hall was the first to provide some joy for the visitors when Tom Jagot got a thick edge through to Iain Longstaff who made no mistake with the gloves. Jagot was back in the virtual pavilion after a crisp 33 off 15 balls.
The Bears continued to score at will before Hughes finally fell skying one which was caught by keeper Iain Longstaff off the bowling of Steve Kent for 90 off just 29 deliveries. The innings is the highest score of the tour so far and certainly put the home side in the box seat.
Avendano was neatly stumped by Iain Longstaff off the bowling of Scott Dickson for 25 off ten before Scott Rodgie finished the innings with a six that sailed out of the ground landing in the virtual bowling club car park. UTS North Sydney had set a very imposing 3-170 from their ten overs.
Riding Mill did not get off to the start they were after, losing key man Scott Dickson LBW off the bowling of James Campbell on the final ball of the first over to leave them reeling at 1-10.
Dave Cox and Steve Kent set about resurrecting the innings putting on a handy 56 run partnership before Kent was stumped by Lenton off the bowling of Rob Aitken for a well made 40 off 16.
Part timer Adam Crosthwaite then turned the game on its head with a remarkable over claiming the wickets of Liam James who was plumb in front departing for 17 with Aly Hall and Iain Longstaff both out to sharp catches behind the stumps from Lenton for 3 and 0 respectively.
Despite a second half century of the tour to Kiwi Dave Cox, Riding Mill were left with too much work to do and when Cox was stumped by Lenton off the bowling of Jagot for 58 off 21 it was all but game over.
Joel Marks and Rob Burns were able to take the total to 6 for 149 but it was 21 short of the target with the class of the Bears shining through.
The Riding Mill squad will now need to regroup before they head to Victoria to take on Westmeadows Cricket Club, St kelvin’s Old Boys and Parkdale Cricket Club before heading to Perth to clash with Bayswater-Morley.
Rumours were leaked last week on social media that another game has been scheduled for virtual Hong Kong on a stop over back to the UK. There is speculation that there is a campaign to bring team manager Brian Watson back into the squad for this fixture alongside two former England Internationals. We are seeking confirmation of these rumours and will bring you the latest news as it comes to hand.
Riding Mill will be looking to bounce back when their virtual tour of Australia continues on the weekend against the highly fancied UTS North Sydney team of the decade.
The Bears last week announced the team after voting took place online to determine who would make up their final XI. The club which makes their home at the picturesque North Sydney Oval has a rich heritage as a foundation club in NSW Premier Cricket.
Riding Mill have stuck with their rotation policy which has seen Scott Dickson return at the top of the order with Kiwi Dave Cox making a welcome return in the line up at number 3 and Aly Hall slotting back in to the middle order.
Where do you start with the Bears line up that has an embarrassment of riches with the likes of current Steve Waugh Medalist Daniel Hughes at the top of the order, former Adelaide Strikers keeper batsman Adam Crosthwaite listed to bat 4, the evergreen Aitken brothers who have been staples in NSW Premier cricket for many years, not to mention the power of Justin Avendano at 3, the glove work of Jay Lenton and the pace of Nic Bills. These names are just the beginning, with the likes of Tom Jagot, Scott Rodgie, Matt Alexander and James Campbell all expected to make an impact in this highly anticipated T10 fixture.
A massive virtual crowd is expected with the game getting underway at 6am Sunday morning in Australia and 9pm Saturday night in the UK. You can follow all of the action via the CricketLibrary Twitter handle.
The game is the final contest in the Sydney leg of the tour with Riding Mill scheduled to play three matches in Victoria before heading to Perth.
We are hearing reports that there are discussions taking place to add another fixture to the itinerary with virtual Hong Kong being touted as the possible venue. We will keep you across any breaking news regarding the outcome of these talks as soon as we have confirmation.
Kissing Point Cricket Club have inflicted Riding Mill just their second defeat of their virtual tour of Australia with an emphatic 27 run win at virtual Auluba Oval.
Andy Watson won the toss and asked himself what Nasser Hussain would do before announcing that the Mill would field first.
The gamble did not pay off and when Kissing Point raced to 0-47 off just two overs it looked like it could be a long evening for the visitors.
However, Lance Mallinson was able to remove the dangerous Dan Morton with a peach of a delivery that hit the top of off stump. Morton’s 38 off ten deliveries had certainly caused some carnage before his dismissal.
The skipper himself put the breaks on the flurry of runs with 2-11 off his over including a very smart caught and bowled chance to remove veteran Jeff Stewart for 26 off 9. He was on a hat trick when next ball Nick Hasler lifted his back foot and Iain Longstaff did a remarkable job to effect a leg side stumping.
Joel Marks was expensive but did remove Tim Love who had raced to 18 off 5 after he chopped on attempting a cut stroke.
Josh Howe and Naveen Sivanathan put on a very handy partnership before Kev Frazer took a screamer to remove Howe for 28 off 11 off the bowling of Ali Raza. Sivanathan was next to go when he glided one straight into the awaiting gloves of Iain Longstaff behind the stumps and headed back to the virtual pavilion with 38 off 13.
Rob Burns death bowling gave the visitors a sniff, restricting Kissing Point to just 7 runs off the final over and included the wicket of Aubourg who was LBW for 14 off 5. Kissing Point skipper John Ferguson remained 8 not out while D’Silva finished on 1.
Riding Mill would have the tall order of trying to chase down a very imposing 7-171 from their ten overs.
Steve Kent and Rob Burns got the chase off to a steady start and it appeared that they were looking to build a platform from which the middle order could launch.
The last ball of the third over saw Burns dismissed LBW to Jude D’Silva for 19 off 9. Raza and Kent set about building a partnership and at 1-74 off 5 the Mill boys were still well within a chance of victory particularly with wickets in hand.
Again though it was a wicket on the final ball of the over that saw Kent departing just two balls short of his half century LBW to Josh Howe.
Liam James and Aly Raza did their best to up the run rate but were not able to find the big over that they were searching for. Jeff Stewart was able to draw a mistake from Ali Raza who danced down the wicket in an attempt for quick runs only to be stumped by the handy glove work of Kissing Point skipper John Ferguson. His 39 off 14 provided some hope but it would not be enough to get Riding Mill over the line.
Dan Morton capped off a great game picking up two wickets in the final over finishing with 2-10. Liam James was caught by Aubourg for 29 and Iain Longstaff top edged one straight up in the air attempting to hit it into the adjacent virtual bushland before being caught by Ferguson who had a solid day with the gloves.
Sources close to the Riding Mill camp have indicated that there may be some changes to the line up for the all important clash with the UTS North Sydney team of the decade which boasts a host of top line cricketers.
Riding Mill Cricket Club are buoyant on their arrival in Sydney prior to the next leg of their virtual tour of Australia. The visitors have won three out of four matches so far and will look to continue the positive start when they take on Kissing Point Cricket Club this Wednesday Night UK time.
Kissing Point Cricket Club is located in the leafy suburb of South Turramurra and they boast both senior and junior teams in the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai and Hills District Cricket Association. A massive virtual crowd is expected at Auluba Oval for what promises to be one of the matches of the tour so far.
The Riding Mill lads have been inspired by former England batsman Mark Butcher who has thrown his support behind the side on Twitter giving a shout out to their fundraising efforts.
It is believed that the Mark Butcher’s hit single Dice has been the soundtrack for the tour and inspiring the lads to roll out some of their best work.
A hallmark of the tour so far has been the astute player rotation from team manager Brian Watson who has again made some changes to ensure the Sydney leg of the tour is a success for the visitors.
Wicket keeper in the last two starts Steve Kent will relinquish the gloves as Iain Longstaff takes over the wicket keeping duties. Big hitters, Dave Cox, Aly Hall and Scott Dickson will all be rested against Kissing Point but sources close to the team have confirmed they will slot back in for the massive clash with UTS North Sydney scheduled for the weekend. Andy Watson is back to captain the side, while Lance Mallinson and Liam James also return to the line up.
The Bears announced their team of the decade last week and it is packed with high quality players which will ensure a game to remember at virtual North Sydney Oval on the weekend.
Strap yourselves in for what is expected to be two high quality games on the Sydney leg of the Riding Mill dice cricket virtual tour of Australia.
Conditions were absolutely perfect for Dice Cricket at the virtual Wagga Wagga Cricket Ground with Riding Mill hoping to bounce back after a narrow loss to Dubbo CYMS during the week.
Aly Hall who was incredible for the visitors in Dubbo took over the captaincy having immediate success winning the toss and sending the home side in.
When the score raced to 0-78 after four overs, things were looking bleak for Riding Mill and they desperately needed to remove Ethan Perry who was looking indestructible on 47, or Neil Morton who was also in sublime touch on 31.
Skipper Hall needed to roll the dice and call upon tour new comer Joel Marks who had not had a happy start to the tour, with figures of 0-21 and a golden duck in his first appearance. In what proved to be an incredible turn around, Marks was able to have an immediate impact with Dave Cox taking a smart catch to dismiss Ethan Perry three short of his half century on the first ball of the over. Wagga Wagga wicket keeper Todd Henderson went next ball trapped in front for 0 and all of a sudden Riding Mill were back in the contest and Marks was on a hat trick. Hall brought the field in for the hat trick ball and when Cooper Henderson was struck on the pads first ball it looked like we may have our second hat trick of the tour. It was adjudged not out but two balls later Steve Kent had the bails off in a flash and Neil Morton was stumped for 31 off twelve balls.
There was a period of consolidation with Cooper Henderson and Shaun Perry putting together a partnership before Steve Kent was again in the action taking a sharp catch off the skipper’s bowling to send Henderson back to the virtual pavilion for 22 off 8.
Dave Cox had an immediate impact in the 8th over bowling Shaun Perry with a yorker with Bulldogs skipper Sam Perry getting a feather on one that carried through to Steve Kent behind the stumps who was having another good day with the gloves. The hat trick ball was negotiated but two balls later, Kent had another catch as Fletcher Morton was on his way for 1.
With the score at 7-130, the feeling was that the Bulldogs were still on track for a big score and despite wickets in each of the last two overs, the final score of 9-168 still looked to be enough. Earlier in the tour, against the highly fancied Cricket Library Podcast XI Riding Mill had posted 6-169 so they knew it was possible but would still require some clean striking to get them over the line.
This total looked even more imposing when danger man Scott Dickson was bowled by Will Morton on the final ball of the first over to have the visitors 1-13. Enter Dave Cox, a Kiwi import & new signing from Clara Vale to the crease dispatching 5 sixes from the first nine deliveries he faced.
The Bulldogs had no answers until skipper Sam Perry brought himself into the attack luring Rob Burns down the track and Todd Henderson completing a sharp stumping chance to send Burns on his way for 34 off 13.
Riding Mill skipper Aly Hall made his way to the middle joining in the fun with Cox in a 49 run stand before he fell LBW to Cooper Henderson. Meanwhile, Cox had raced past 50 and despite Iain Longstaff being caught behind for 6 off two deliveries, Riding Mill were still well on track for victory.
Joel Marks looked like a completely new man after his first ball duck in Dubbo, smashing 15 off just four deliveries including a towering six off Neil Morton’s bowling to win the game for Riding Mill.
Dave Cox finished unbeaten with a magnificent 74 from just 20 balls to go with his 3-6 with the ball earning the Kiwi player of the match honours.
Riding Mill team manager Brian Watson has been absolutely thrilled with the way the team has been performing on the tour so far saying,
“If you take out the narrow defeat to Dubbo CYMS we’ve had a great tour so far, we’ve rotated the playing staff and everyone’s stepped up to the plate, proud of the lads tonight.”
Next stop on the tour is virtual Auluba Oval in Sydney for a game against the Kissing Point Cricket Club followed by the picturesque virtual North Sydney Oval for the highly anticipated clash with the North Sydney Cricket Club team of the decade.
The Wagga Wagga RSL Bulldogs will host Riding Mill at the Virtual Wagga Cricket Ground in what should be an exciting contest this weekend.
The home side are fresh off an outdoor cricket season which brought home silverware in 4th Grade, u-12s and the Thunder Girls Cricket League.
First Grade Captain Sam Perry will lead the side in what will be a dice cricket debut for the majority of the squad. It will be interesting to see how they adapt to this format of the game particularly against the very experienced Riding Mill outfit coming off a narrow loss to Dubbo CYMS during the week.
In some massive news for the visitors, Aly Hall who was the hero in Dubbo claiming 4-5 including a hat trick to go with his powerful 46 off 17 balls takes over the captaincy in the absence of both Andy Watson and Liam James. Rumours on social media are suggesting he has been out doing fitness training since which is a sign he is well and truly focussed and leading by example.
Newcomer to the tour Joel Marks will be hoping to iron out the cobwebs and has been given another chance to impress despite a duck in Dubbo.
Despite the return of Iain Longstaff , Steve Kent retains the gloves after his fine display against Dubbo. Rob Burns will take his place in the side at the top of the order with Ben Smith also back in the XI and is expected to open the rolling. Lance Mallinson has been rotated out of the squad which has been part of the Riding Mill policy of managing player workloads on what is a month long tour.
Tune in to @CricketLibrary on Twitter from 6am Sunday in Australia and 9pm in the UK to follow along the action.