The best of Bevan

MG Bevan was a prolific batsman who became known for his skills in finishing off an innings and providing handy variety with his left arm wrist spinners. His record in ODI cricket with the bat was outstanding scoring just under 7000 runs and averaging over 50. He churned out the runs with regular monotony in First Class and Domestic One Day cricket scoring 68 First Class hundreds and averaging over 57.

For students of the game, The best of Bevan provides a window into the processes behind the success of MG Bevan as he recalls a selection of 30 games that shaped his career. Contained is wisdom gleaned from playing all around the world and being presented with many challenges to overcome.

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The highlight for most readers would be his account of the famous last ball victory in the ODI played on January 1, 1996 at the SCG between Australia and the West Indies. This was a game where Bevan’s ability to execute his skills in a high pressure situation were on display for all to see.

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Students of domestic cricket will appreciate references to the Nat West Trophy Quarter Final between Yorkshire and Lancashire in 1995 as well as recounts of Sheffield Shield games and the Mercantile Mutual Cup Final played between NSW and WA at the WACA in 2001.

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Another thing we love about The best of Bevan is the fact it is not your classic autobiography. It is a book that you could pick up and read any chapter in any order at any time. It confronts the challenges as well as the highlights of MG Bevan’s career and provides helpful insights on the art of batting.

For those looking to include reading into your busy schedule, The best of Bevan is one to add to your reading list for 2019.

 

 

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5 Helpful Ways To Include Reading In Your Busy Schedule

In the rapidly changing world we live in and the increasingly demanding schedules that people have, it can be a challenge ensuring there is space in our day for reading cricket books.

As cricket librarians, we are in the privileged position of having access to a plethora of reading material at our finger tips. Prioritising time to read though is paramount in ensuring we can provide timely and relevant advice to our community of readers.

With this in mind here are some proven strategies for ensuring you find time to read.

HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE

Having someone in your life that you can trust with the responsibility of asking you about what you have been reading is a helpful motivator for some readers. Give people permission to ask you on a daily basis what you have been reading and how it has inspired you. You will find that once you have formed the habit of reading, the frequency of having others ask you about your reading can be reduced dramatically.

POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Social Media and screen time in general is often detrimental to time management and overall productivity. However, if there is one positive we have found with social media it is the social capital that can be derived from posting highly engaging content with your networks. When you commit to reading and sharing what you have been reading on the various social platforms, people will start to perceive you as someone who is refined, disciplined and resourceful. It will also have the two fold effect of encouraging others to put their device down and dedicate some time to reading.

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 LEAVE BOOKS AROUND THE HOUSE

Having cricket books in strategic locations around the house can provide helpful visual reminders that reading is a priority. We have heard unconfirmed reports that some people have been known to keep books in the refrigerator to help stimulate a hunger for reading cricket literature. This is one of the coolest suggestions we have heard and would love to hear from anyone who has found this method beneficial.

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COMBINE READING WITH EXERCISE

Riding a stationary exercise bike is a fantastic way to keep fit and healthy. When you next go to your local gym, instead of watching the cricket highlights while you exercise, we would recommend that you mix things up by bringing some reading material with you. This does not always need to be a cricket book as we have previously advocated reading cricket magazines is also OK. Combining exercise and reading is a helpful way to ensure your physical fitness is not neglected and your mind is stimulated.

READ OUTSIDE

Alfresco reading is a very popular phenomenon amongst our community of readers. There is something refreshing for the soul when you sit in a quiet spot outside and turn the pages of your favourite cricket book. Obviously, if you do decide to read alfresco, ensuring you are hydrated and have the appropriate sun protection will ensure the quality of the experience will be maximised.

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We trust this non exhaustive list of suggestions will provide you with a starting point to reinvigorate your passion for reading and inspire others to do the same.

 

TEST MATCH & WNCL FINAL

This week on Rhema FM in Newcastle, Shayne Holstein caught up with Matt Ellis to wrap up the historic Day Night test Match as well as the WNCL Final played between the Breezair SA Scorpions and the Lendlease Breakers from NSW. As well as this we look at the leading performers in both the Test Series and WNCL competition.

WNCL Final Round Part 2

Grace Harris was outstanding for QLD in their victory over WA on Sunday but it wasn’t enough to propel the Fire into the WNCL Final. South Australia were too good for Tasmania with Tahlia McGrath impressing with the willow for the Scorpions. NSW were at their dominant best ensuring they finished top of the ladder after an impressive ten wicket victory over the Vic Spirit.

MATADOR CUP FINAL 2015

NSW entered the Final of the 2015 Matador Cup as raging favourites with a roster unparalleled in Domestic Cricket. The Southern Redbacks under new coach Jamie Siddons have turned over a new leaf and played an impressive brand of cricket to make their way to the decider. We wrap up the action from the decider at North Sydney Oval on October 25.

WNCL Round 1 Part 3

The final three matches in the opening round of the WNCL saw some magnificent displays with the willow, most notably a magnificent century from Meg Lanning for the Vic Spirit in their victory over the ACT. Danni Wyatt set things alight in this game also with some rapid fire runs for Victoria. Nicole Bolton continued her form with the bat notching 71 for the Fury but it was the Scorpions who reigned supreme with Sophie Devine claiming the impressive figures of 4-16. It was one way traffic when QLD were too strong for Tasmania in their contest. Have a listen to Matt wrapping up all of the action for Bucketts Radio.

WNCL Round 1 Part 2

In this edition we wrap up the action from the matches played on Saturday in the WNCL. This includes the magnificent performance with the ball from Megan Shutt of the SA Scorpions who claimed a hat trick against the highly fancied NSW Breakers. We also run through the action from the matches between Victoria and Tasmania as well as QLD v the ACT, where QLD skipper Delissa Kimmince made a magnificent century for the Fire.

WNCL ROUND 1 Part One

In this edition we take a look at the matches from Friday in the WNCL competitions including the nail biting finish between the Lend Lease Breakers and Alcohol Think Again. Western Fury from the WACA Ground in Perth. Other games covered include the opening round contests between theTasmanian Roar and the ACT Meteors as well as the QLD Fire taking on the Victorian Spirit.