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

Cricket Podcast Shortlisted In Sports Podcast Awards

Thanks to the loyal support of our faithful Cricket Library community, we are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted in the Best Cricket Podcast section of the Sports Podcast Awards.

We appreciate everyone who tunes in to the Cricket Library Podcast and we would be very appreciative of you sparing a moment to click here to vote for us in the awards.

For those who haven’t had a listen, you can check out a recent chat that Matt Ellis had with Gregory Stephen Chappell.

Mill finish with a Bang!

Riding Mill have had the perfect finish to their dice cricket virtual tour of Australia with a 3 wicket win against the well credentialed Cricket Library Podcast XI.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Riding Mill had immediate success removing Clifton and Penna both out LBW to deliveries that looked to keep a bit low from Scott Dickson.

The umpires were certainly earning their money with yet another LBW decision seeing Devlin on her way for 6 when she was trapped in front by Jonny Bennett.

The wickets flowed steadily for the visitors with Greenwood taking a good catch to remove the dangerous Ludeman for 18 off the bowling of Riding Mill skipper Liam James.

Steve Kent soon joined the party removing the experienced Stevens for 16, yet another player to depart LBW on a surface that was showing signs of unpredictability for the batters.

Cricket Library Weekly podcast co host Robbie Mackinlay looked very impressive for his 16 but found himself out stumped by Greenwood to a ball from Aly Hall that hit a crack and deviated past the edge of his bat.

Captain Matt Fiction was building a formidable partnership with Andrew Ellis before Ali Raza got one to jag back and trap the podcast xi skipper in front for 13.

Ellis and McDermott started the rebuild taking 16 off the Longstaff over which was the first over of the innings without a wicket falling. Unfortunately for the hosts, when dice cricket veteran Brian Watson removed Ellis, out stumped for 25 and then Hughes a couple of balls later for three, Riding Mill were well and truly in the box seat and very much on top.

Alister McDermott and Josh Lalor restored some pride with some strong late order hitting before Potts claimed the 6th LBW of the innings leaving the hosts all out for 140 with one ball left in their allotment of ten overs. Traditionally this score would be considered below par but with a strong bowling line up we would have to wait and see if it was indeed enough.

Riding Mill got their run chase off to a positive start with last ball hero in the previous game, Tony Potts forming a strong partnership at the top of the order with Mark Butcher.

Emma Hughes was able to get the breakthrough however removing Potts who was out to a good catch by Ludeman for 17. Very next ball Hughes accepted a sharp return catch to see Greenwood on his way without scoring.

When Alister McDermott followed this up with two wickets in his over, firstly dismissing Butcher for 12 out to a good catch by Andrew Ellis and then some smart glove work by Ludeman saw Brian Watson on his way for a 2nd ball duck out stumped.

At 4-38 Riding Mill needed to rebuild their innings which Longstaff and Raza began to do taking 11 off the Ellis over that followed. The podcast xi skipper Matt Fiction then provided Ludeman with another stumping when he lured Longstaff out of his crease sending him back for 13.

Another over of consolidation followed with 16 coming off Mackinlay before Nina Stevens picked up the big wicket of Ali Raza who was looking like seeing Riding Mill home after playing some exquisite strokes on his way to 42 from 15 deliveries.

Sam Devlin was able to put the breaks on further removing Aly Hall with Ludeman again taking a good catch to see him on his way for 9. Steve Kent and Riding Mill skipper Liam James were left with the task of collecting 30 runs off the last two overs to win.

This was made more challenging with some very smart bowling from Penna, restricting Kent and James to just 13 from her over. It was Steve Kent however, who found an extra gear hitting a six and a four off the first two balls of the final over before finishing the game with a towering six to wrap up the win.

Players and virtual fans stormed the ground to embrace Kent who had batted magnificently for his unbeaten 36. It was Ali Raza though that was officially named player of the match for his 42 that set up the victory as well as the big wicket of Matt Fiction with the ball.

Thus ends another successful tour with Riding Mill finishing with four wins and four losses of the tour and leaving the virtual shores of Australia with their heads held high.

Riding Mill will now continue their preparations on the field for what is expected to be a huge English summer ahead.

Please make sure you subscribe to the cricket library podcast to show your support of the dice cricket tour organisers.

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

All Star Cast For Dice Cricket Finale

Anticipation levels are at an all time high as we approach the culmination of what has been a dice cricket virtual tour to remember for Riding Mill Cricket Club.

The dice cricket specialists have had their share of highs and lows along the way with the final game of the tour not only a chance to level the series at four a piece, it is also an opportunity to have bragging rights over some well known cricketers and personalities when they take on the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI.

Riding Mill have opted to make some alterations to their batting order which will provide the likes of last ball hero Tony Potts to face the new dice being delivered by current Melbourne Renegades opening bowler Josh Lalor, Sydney Sixers WBBL star Emma Hughes and former Big Bash and Sheffield Shield winner Alister McDermott.

West Australian luthier and music identity Andrew Ellis will bring some variety to the Podcast XI attack. Throw in the mix Sheffield Shield commentator Jack Clifton, media personality Nina Stevens and Cricket Library Weekly co host Robbie Mackinlay there will be no shortage of banter out in the middle.

At the top of the order the Cricket Library Podcast XI have some popular inclusions with former Big Bash star Tim Ludeman returning having made a half century on his dice cricket debut against Riding Mill last year. Another popular in is rising star Maddie Penna who had a massive impact on the WBBL this season for the Adelaide Strikers.

Matt Fiction has been handed the captaincy and will have a crucial role to play tactically as well as holding down the all important number 7 place in the batting order. Additionally Samantha Devlin is set to make her dice cricket debut and will be looking to make an impact with both bat and ball.

Our mail out of Riding Mill is that spirits are high and the group are buoyant about their chances against their highly credentialed opposition.

Coverage will be from 9pm UK time on Saturday night and 8am Sunday morning with millions of virtual fans expected to tune in from around the globe. Make sure you are following our official twitter feed to make sure you don’t miss a minute of what promises to be a dice cricket battle for the ages.

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

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 – 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

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 – 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

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 – 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

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 – 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

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.

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