The Last Wicket E51: Matt Ellis on combining Haiku poems and Cricket

Host of the first established cricket podcast in Australia, The Cricket Library Podcast, and author of the new book – “For The Love Of Cricket: Haiku Poems Inspired By The Summer Game” – Matt Ellis joins The Last Wicket podcast to pay tribute to Rodney Marsh and Shane Warne, talk about the ongoing tour of Pakistan by the Australian team, and share how he fell in love with Australia’s favourite summer game.

23 Minutes That Had Me Hooked On Cricket For Life

Have a listen to the prologue of the new book by MJ Ellis and M Fiction, For The Love Of Cricket: Haiku Poems Inspired By The Summer Game

If you like what you hear, you can grab yourself a copy of the eBook by clicking here

Cricket Library Weekly – Season Finale The Cricket Library

Join us for the Cricket Library Weekly season finale where Robbie and Matt reflect on the 2021/22 Summer of Cricket. In a cricket library weekly exclusive, Robbie Mackinlay chats with resident cricket librarian Matt Fiction about his plans for the winter. 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 – Season Finale
  2. Cricket Library Weekly – Australia Lift The World Cup & WA Lift The Shield
  3. Cricket Library Weekly – Tasmania Win First WNCL Title
  4. Cricket Library Weekly – 16 March 2022
  5. Cricket Library Weekly 12 March 2022

New Cricket Book Coming Soon!

In some wonderful news for lovers of cricket and haiku poetry, Matt Ellis and Matt Fiction have teamed up to put together a collection of stories and haiku poems that have been inspired by the summer game.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this title could be the perfect opportunity to spoil that special someone.

Stay tuned for more information as to how you can get your copy on what is certain to be one of the best selection of cricket themed haiku poems ever collated.

Cricket Library Weekly – Season Finale The Cricket Library

Join us for the Cricket Library Weekly season finale where Robbie and Matt reflect on the 2021/22 Summer of Cricket. In a cricket library weekly exclusive, Robbie Mackinlay chats with resident cricket librarian Matt Fiction about his plans for the winter. 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 – Season Finale
  2. Cricket Library Weekly – Australia Lift The World Cup & WA Lift The Shield
  3. Cricket Library Weekly – Tasmania Win First WNCL Title
  4. Cricket Library Weekly – 16 March 2022
  5. Cricket Library Weekly 12 March 2022

Bendemeer Bullet brings his best

JR Hazlewood has produced some of his best work on the biggest stage claiming 3 for 16 off his four overs in a miserly spell of bowling.

With a dot ball percentage of 75, Hazlewood was able to tighten the screws and pick up some key wickets along the way.

The boy from Bendemeer on the Macdonald River in the New England region of NSW has taken his skills to the biggest stage and delivered the goods.

Resident cricket librarian Matt Fiction has penned this Haiku poem in honour of his performance in the decider.

Haiku poem by Matt Fiction

Bendemeer Bullet

A dot ball bowling machine

Taking wickets too

Zampa Takes A Bag

Adam Zampa has returned career best T20 International figures ripping through Bangladesh at the World Cup.

Needless to say, his work with the ball has caught the eye of our resident cricket librarian Matt Fiction who has penned this haiku poem in his honour.

Haiku Poem by Matt Fiction

Zampa takes a bag

The batters had no answers

Career best figures

Spellbound by Sophie Devine

Sophie Devine has turned on an incredible display with the willow, powering her way to a century against reigning champions the Sydney Thunder in Weber WBBL|07.

In an innings that took no prisoners, the powerful opening batter from New Zealand clubbed six sixes in a match winning performance.

Her powerful hitting has taken her WBBL career tally to 113 which is streets ahead of our podcast host Matt Ellis who has only managed 9 maximums in a club cricket career which began in 1989.

As you would expect, this knock caught the eye of our resident librarian and quiz show host Matt Fiction who has penned this haiku poem in her honour.

Haiku Poem By Matt Fiction

Six hitting machine

Spell bound by Sophie Devine

Imposing display!

Darcie Brown Hat Trick

It is no secret that Darcie Brown is one of our favourites at the Cricket Library with her express pace, high skill level and youthful exuberance a hallmark of the early stages of her cricket career.

Today upon seeing her take the first hat trick of Weber WBBL|07 resident Cricket Librarian & host of the highly popular new game show ‘Fact or Fiction’, Matt Fiction has penned this haiku poem to commemorate the milestone.

Haiku Poem By Matt Fiction

Three in three for Brown

Darcie has a hat trick now

A quality spell

Priest Pounds A Hundred

Last week on the Cricket Library Weekly, Robbie Mackinlay boldly proclaimed that former guest and friend of the Library Rachel Priest would make her mark on this season’s WBBL competition featuring in the upper echelons of the run scorers list.

His suspicions proved to be very accurate with the Hurricanes skipper plundering the Melbourne Stars on her way to a destructive 107 off just 68 balls including 10 boundaries and 7 sixes.

Resident cricket librarian Matt Fiction was particularly impressed, penning this haiku poem in her honour.

Priest pounds a hundred

Bowlers quaking in their boots

Leading from the front!

Rachel was a very popular guest on the Cricket Library Weekly last year and you can hear her chat with Robbie Mackinlay here.

Hat trick on debut!

Nathan Ellis is a fine young player and all of us at the Cricket Library were thrilled to see him given the honour of representing Australia in T20 cricket.

Needless to say when he achieved the incredible feat of a hat trick on debut, our resident cricket librarian Matt Fiction was immediately working on a haiku poem to appropriately celebrate the achievement.

NT Ellis celebrates a hat trick on debut!

Haiku Poem by Matt Fiction

Hat trick on debut

Writes his name in history books

Ellis is the man!

RL Haynes Retained As Thunder Captain

In some fantastic news for fans of the Sydney Thunder, Rachael Haynes has agreed to terms for another season with the reigning WBBL Champions. She was part of the inaugural Thunder WBBL team which won the WBBL|01 title and was the captain in their WBBL|06 victorious campaign.

She is the Thunder WBBL all time leading run scorer and will be looking to lead from the front again in WBBL|07.

Welcome back RL Haynes!

Haiku Poem By Matt Fiction

Rachael Haynes signs on

Thunder Nation celebrate

Good to see her back!