Randwick Petersham welcome the return of Cricket Ireland to Coogee

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The picturesque seaside Coogee Oval is set to come to life in October when Cricket Ireland will grace our shores with what promises to be some high calibre cricket between 1-7 October 2022.

Cricket Ireland, who will be preparing to participate in the highly anticipated ICC T20 World Cup, will have the chance to acclimatise to Australian conditions in a series of matches against a SCG XI, NSW XI and their hosts, the current Kingsgrove Sports T20 Premiers.

The Lefand Cricket Week warm-up fixtures are: 

• 4 October: Ireland XI v Randwick Petersham XI (T20; Coogee Oval; start time 1pm) 

• 5 October: Ireland XI v SCG XI (T20; Coogee Oval; start time 1pm) 

• 7 October: Ireland XI v NSW XI (T20; Coogee Oval; start time 1pm) 

Cricket Ireland’s High Performance Director Richard Holdsworth is excited about linking up with the Randwick Petersham club again after a partnership was formed after their previous visit to Australia in 2015.

“We are delighted to return to Sydney for a warm-up programme of matches organised though our friends at  Randwick Petersham Cricket Club. We enjoyed the hospitality of Randy Petes as part of our preparation  programme in 2015 when we were heading into the 2015 Men’s World Cup and have subsequently formed a  formal partnership with the club. This partnership has seen a number of our current senior performance squad  spend a summer playing cricket with the club, and while the COVID pandemic put a temporary hold on this  movement of players, we hope to resume such opportunities over coming years. “We would like to thank Club President Mike Whitney, CEO John Stewart and their team for supporting and  hosting us during this period, and look forward to reacquainting ourselves with the club’s fantastic facilities.” enthused Holdsworth.

Randwick Petersham Club President Mike Whitney AM is thrilled to have Ireland back particularly having seen the development of former Overseas Scholarship Programme recipients saying

“We are excited to welcome Cricket Ireland back to their second home at Coogee Oval and I can’t believe it is  eight years since they were here. It is even more special this time as former Overseas Scholarship  Programme recipients Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector and Barry McCarthy are part of this team and we are  proud to see their development and strong performances on the international stage following their time with  us.

Whitney went on to suggest that locals adopt Cricket Ireland as their second team and that their preparations at Coogee are the catalyst for a strong showing in the ICC T20 World Cup.

“It’s our hope that Ireland enjoy their stay in Coogee and gain valuable match preparation, against quality  opposition, setting them up for a successful T20 World Cup campaign. Everyone at the Randy Petes are  backing the Irish and we ask that Ireland becomes your second team!” 

Upon completion of their time in Coogee, Ireland will then travel to Melbourne to play two official ICC Men’s T20 World Cup warm-up matches, before moving to  Hobart for the first round of the tournament proper. 

The official fixtures will be: 

• 11 October: Ireland v Warm-up opponent (T20; MCG; start time 7pm) 

• 13 October: Ireland v Warm-up opponent (T20; Junction Oval; start time 3pm) 

• 17 October: Ireland v Qualifier 1 (T20 World Cup Round 1; Hobart; start time 7pm) 

• 19 October: Ireland v Scotland (T20 World Cup Round 1; Hobart; start time 3pm) 

• 21 October: Ireland v West Indies (T20 World Cup Round 1; Hobart; start time 3pm) 

The full tournament schedule can be accessed here 

Kepler Wessels Special Guest On The Cricket Library Podcast The Cricket Library

Kepler Wessels has the distinction of representing both Australia and South Africa in International Cricket. In this edition of the Cricket Library Podcast, Kepler Wessels joins host Matt Ellis to share his reflections on the origins of his passion for cricket, breaking into First Class Cricket at age 16 whilst still at school, moving to England and the influence of Tony Greig in getting him to Australia to play World Series Cricket. We hear about Kepler's test debut, where he made a big hundred, and we clear up who was to blame for the run-out of Greg Chappell in that innings. He shares his mindset for taking on and conquering the almighty West Indies pace attack of the 1980s. We get some insights into the Sheffield Shield final in the 1985/6 season and his dismissal of Mark Waugh in that game. Kepler speaks of the surprise of returning to play international cricket for South Africa, the thrill of beating Australia in their first game of the 92 World Cup and the disappointment of bowing out in a rain-affected semi-final. He shares the plan they hatched to dismiss Allan Border in the famous Sydney Test Match of 1994 and the elation of scoring a century at Lord's at the back end of his career. Kepler updates us on what he is up to now, including his work at Kepler Wessels Training. Of course, we don't let him get away without asking who the three people he would most like to join him at the cricket 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 start conversations that inspire a love of cricket.
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Feldman’s bat troubles on debut

Luke Feldman was a highly popular guest on the Cricket Library Podcast. He had a very eventful debut with the bat as he explains here.

In addition to this yarn, we hear about Luke’s pathway to First Class Cricket, forging 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 backyard 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.

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.

70s Pop Singer Marty Rhone’s Links To Cricket

Known for his hit singles Mean Pair of Jeans and Denim and Lace, 70s pop sensation Marty Rhone also has a deep love of cricket.

On the Cricket Library Podcast, he revealed that his grandfather was a handy off-spinner who once knocked over the great DG Bradman for a duck.

The well-known Australian Actor and Singer has shared the stage and screen with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

In 2019, 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.

What would you do if the Australian Cricket Captain asked you for a favour?

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Happy birthday Allan Robert Border. Thanks for letting me carry your bags to the cricket team bus. #cricketlegend #attitude #service #selfhelp #cricket #improvement

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It is Wednesday 5 January 1994 and one of the more memorable SCG Test Matches is in the balance with Australia finishing day four at 4-63 with Allan Border at the crease with Mark Waugh with Fanie De Villiers on a roll having dismissed Slater, Boon, nightwatchman Tim May and opener Mark Taylor in an inspired spell late in the day.

High quality Test Match cricket was unfolding before our eyes in a low scoring game that could still go either way with Australia chasing the target of 117. Things were tense, AB was coming to the close of his career, and in fact this is the last time I would see him bat live. He had made 49 in the first innings before he was out caught behind off the bowling of De Villiers.

These facts all fade into the background for me however, with the highlight of the test match coming for me after stumps on day four when my brother and I were milling around out the back of the Member’s Stand chasing autographs. Top of our list was the skipper who we were hoping to catch before he pulled stumps on his career.

We waited quite some time before we spotted AB trying to make his way discreetly out of the ground on his way to the team bus. There was no time to lose and we did not want to miss out, so I raced up to the great man with a poster in hand ready to ask the question.

Trying my best, I asked the question as politely as I could. AB stopped, looked at my brother and dropped his bags on the ground letting us know that in order for us to have his autograph we would have to carry his bags to the bus.

As loyal members of the Duncan Fearnley Junior Cricket Club, it was certainly a privilege to have this honour bestowed upon us. It is not every day that the Australian captain asks you for a favour and we made sure we did not let him down.

Once the bags were securely stowed under the bus, AB having signed plenty of autographs for the others on a similar quest to ours, we had accomplished our mission and secured what we considered the pièce de résistance.

Unfortunately, Australia did not get the job done the following day with South Africa claiming a remarkable 5 run victory as Australia collapsed to be all out for 111. AR Border was bowled by Allan Donald without adding to his overnight score and Fanie De Villiers the hero for the visitors finishing with 6-43 off 23.3 overs.

Border’s men bounced back in Adelaide before the skipper led the team for three more Test Matches in South Africa before retiring with an incredible 11 174 runs to his name at 50.56. Phenomenal numbers for the man who took over the captaincy from Kim Hughes in what was a tough period for Australian cricket.

When people ask me my favourite memories of Allan Robert Border, I think of him winning the World Cup in 87, bringing home the Ashes in 1989, lifting the World Series Cup on multiple occasions, his mental toughness, brilliance in the field and his more than handy work with the ball. Alongside all of his obvious on field attributes, the day I carried his bags to the bus in exchange for an autograph is certainly up there with one of the best.

What is your favourite memory of the great AR Border?

Kepler Wessels Special Guest On The Cricket Library Podcast The Cricket Library

Kepler Wessels has the distinction of representing both Australia and South Africa in International Cricket. In this edition of the Cricket Library Podcast, Kepler Wessels joins host Matt Ellis to share his reflections on the origins of his passion for cricket, breaking into First Class Cricket at age 16 whilst still at school, moving to England and the influence of Tony Greig in getting him to Australia to play World Series Cricket. We hear about Kepler's test debut, where he made a big hundred, and we clear up who was to blame for the run-out of Greg Chappell in that innings. He shares his mindset for taking on and conquering the almighty West Indies pace attack of the 1980s. We get some insights into the Sheffield Shield final in the 1985/6 season and his dismissal of Mark Waugh in that game. Kepler speaks of the surprise of returning to play international cricket for South Africa, the thrill of beating Australia in their first game of the 92 World Cup and the disappointment of bowing out in a rain-affected semi-final. He shares the plan they hatched to dismiss Allan Border in the famous Sydney Test Match of 1994 and the elation of scoring a century at Lord's at the back end of his career. Kepler updates us on what he is up to now, including his work at Kepler Wessels Training. Of course, we don't let him get away without asking who the three people he would most like to join him at the cricket 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 start conversations that inspire a love of cricket.
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Hitting The Mercantile Mutual Cup Sign – Graham Manou Reflects

Graham Manou was a popular guest on the cricket library podcast with listeners enjoying his reflections on hitting the prestigious Mercantile Mutual Cup sign on two separate occasions.

In this clip, Graham shares his memories of hitting the sign for the first time against Western Australia at the Adelaide Oval.

Have a listen to the full chat where you can also hear about the second time he hit the sign whilst also learning of where his passion for the game began, making his 1st Class debut in Zimbabwe, captaining his state & what it was like to bat with test match double centurion Jason Gillespie. Graham also sheds some insights on family life and his transition out of the game.

Needless to say, he will select three people he would most like to have a net with and his selections are sure to appeal to the cricket nuffy in all of us.

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 Graham Manou.

100 Days to go until the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

The Men’s T20 World Cup is now just100 days away and as the excitement builds, you can join together with other passionate cricket people in SQUAD communities on Facebook.

Cricket is known for being a sport that brings people together, and by joining a SQUAD, you will be connected with passionate cricket fans like yourself to ride the highs and lows as the Men’s ICC T20 World Cup draws closer.

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The Men’s ICC T20 World Cup is less than 150 days away & as the excitement builds,you can join a SQUAD on Facebook as Aaron Wharton explains #Crictok

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Aaron Wharton, the Community Engagement Lead for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup spoke with Matt Ellis on the Cricket Library Podcast explaining what to expect when you join a SQUAD and how you can start contributing to the discussion by joining today.

Kepler Wessels Special Guest On The Cricket Library Podcast The Cricket Library

Kepler Wessels has the distinction of representing both Australia and South Africa in International Cricket. In this edition of the Cricket Library Podcast, Kepler Wessels joins host Matt Ellis to share his reflections on the origins of his passion for cricket, breaking into First Class Cricket at age 16 whilst still at school, moving to England and the influence of Tony Greig in getting him to Australia to play World Series Cricket. We hear about Kepler's test debut, where he made a big hundred, and we clear up who was to blame for the run-out of Greg Chappell in that innings. He shares his mindset for taking on and conquering the almighty West Indies pace attack of the 1980s. We get some insights into the Sheffield Shield final in the 1985/6 season and his dismissal of Mark Waugh in that game. Kepler speaks of the surprise of returning to play international cricket for South Africa, the thrill of beating Australia in their first game of the 92 World Cup and the disappointment of bowing out in a rain-affected semi-final. He shares the plan they hatched to dismiss Allan Border in the famous Sydney Test Match of 1994 and the elation of scoring a century at Lord's at the back end of his career. Kepler updates us on what he is up to now, including his work at Kepler Wessels Training. Of course, we don't let him get away without asking who the three people he would most like to join him at the cricket 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 start conversations that inspire a love of cricket.
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  2. Michelle Goszko – Special Guest On The Cricket Library Podcast
  3. ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Countdown – Aaron Wharton Interview
  4. Cricket Library Weekly – Season Finale
  5. Cricket Library Weekly – Australia Lift The World Cup & WA Lift The Shield

Michael Klinger Reflects On Captaining South Australia

Michael Klinger amassed over 11 thousand first-class runs throughout his distinguished career predominately for Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Gloucestershire. When he retired he was the leading run-scorer in the history of the Big Bash and has since only been passed by Chris Lynn and Aaron Finch.

The very popular guest on the Cricket Library Podcast reflects on taking the call to captain South Australia and the success that the team had in his time steering the ship.

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Michael Klinger speaks about what he learned while captaining the South Australian cricket team. #crictok #cricket #cricketpodcast #MichaelKlinger

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You can of course listen to the full interview via your preferred podcast provider.

Performance Enhancing Socks

Cricket librarians can be superstitious by nature and there is no doubt many of us who have a favourite pair of socks that make us feel invincible.

The stylish and comfortable cricket library socks have become a staple for librarians around the world becoming something of a status symbol for those who wear them.

Last cricket season we also saw the performance-enhancing benefits of these socks as cricketers wearing our socks which are exclusively available from the Sock Enthusiast boosted their batting averages and took wickets for fun.

Take the fist step towards doing the same by getting in touch with the Sock Enthusiast today and getting yourself a pair or four.

Ellyse Perry The Consummate Professional From An Early Age

It is no secret that Ellyse Perry has forged an extraordinary career as an athlete and her on-field achievements are a testament to her dedication and pursuit of excellence from a young age.

In a recent interview with Matt Ellis on the Cricket Library Podcast, Michelle Goszko recounts an example of this dedication when they were playing Grade Cricket together in Sydney.

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Michelle Goszko reflects on the dedication of Ellyse Perry as she was coming through the ranks as a 15 year old. #ellyseperry #wbbl #crictok #fyp

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Have a listen to the entire conversation with Michelle Goszko. Michelle sheds light on her historic double hundred on her Test debut, the winning culture at the Breakers, winning a World Cup at Eden Gardens and her prowess with the ball.

We also get some insights into the highs and lows of being an elite athlete and her transition out of playing cricket into coaching and commentary roles.

The cricket family was in shock last year when Michelle suffered a stroke and she shares openly about the impact of this and her road to recovery.

Needless to say, we ask Michelle to select three people that she would most like to have a net session with.

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.

Michelle Goszko Reflects On Winning World Cup At Eden Gardens

Michelle Goszko was an attacking right hand batter for Australia who played in 34 One Day Internationals for Australia.

She spoke about winning the World Cup at Eden Gardens in her recent interview with Matt Ellis for the Cricket Library Podcast.

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Former Australian Cricketer Michelle Goszko reflects on winning the World Cup at Eden Gardens in front of 60000 fans. #Cricket #cricketworldcup

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You can listen to the full interview in all of the usual places including here.

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.