The Cricket Library Podcast – Interview With Baggy Green 413 Ryan Harris

Ryan Harris had quite a journey on his way to becoming Baggy Green 413. Along the way, he was part of an IPL winning team at the Deccan Chargers, won a Sheffield Shield and was player of the match in a domestic One Day Final for Queensland.

In this episode of the Cricket Library Podcast we will learn of where his passion for the game began, the hard conversation he had with his coach Wayne Phillips that was a turning point in his career & what it was like to be player of the series in an Ashes series in England and winning one 5-0 on home soil. We also get a run down of the famous delivery he bowled to dismiss Alistair Cook.

Needless to say, he will select three people he would most like to have a net with and for the first time a golfer is nominated to join two legendary cricketers who are also proficient golfers.

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Walking out to bat with Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar is a cricketing icon respected around the world for his skill and execution in all formats of the game. So what was it like for Aiden Blizzard, the boy from Shepparton who found himself walking out to bat with the little master in the IPL for the Mumbai Indians.

This is just one part of Aiden’s incredible cricket journey. If you would like to hear more of his story, you can have a listen here.

Marty Rhone & Cricket – A Good Thing Going

Marty Rhone is a well known Australian Actor and Singer who has shared the stage and screen with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

Last year 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 you may not know is that Marty is also a self confessed cricket tragic. In a recent interview on The Cricket Library Podcast, Marty revealed where his passion from the game stems from.

We also chat about his involvement in the development of girls cricket on the North Shore of Sydney at the Kissing Point Cricket Club.

Marty also gives is an update on his latest projects in this chat you are sure to enjoy!

You can purchase Marty Rhone’s latest music at

www.martyrhonemusic.com

What did Richard Chee Quee Bowl?

Richard Chee Quee was a cult hero for NSW plundering bowling attacks in the Mercantile Mutual Cup competition in the early 90s.

What you may not know is that Richard Chee Quee actually rolled the arm over on one occasion for NSW in Domestic One Day Cricket.

We asked former NSW paceman Wayne Holdsworth to give an assessment of his work in a recent chat for the Cricket Library Podcast.

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Memory Lane – Ben Rohrer ton on debut

Ben Rohrer was a late inclusion in the NSW side at the back end of the 2006/7 season for the Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania in Hobart. Unfortunately, NSW were rolled for 53 in their first innings but there was some personal satisfaction for Ben Rohrer in the second innings as he explained to the Cricket Library Podcast.

Tasmania went on to win the game with Michael Di Venuto claiming player of the match honours for his magnificent 181 in Tasmania’s first innings total of 370 All Out.

 

The Cricket Library Podcast – Leah Poulton Interview

Today it was announced that Leah Poulton has been appointed to the new role of Head of Female Cricket at Cricket NSW.

Leah represented Australia in 2 Tests, 48 ODIs and 40 T20Is as well playing over 100 games for NSW.

She was a high quality top order batter who had a reputation for scoring runs quickly which was confirmed when she became the first female to score a century in Women’s domestic T20 cricket for NSW.

In her distinguished career, Leah was a part of two successful ICC World T20 Campaigns for Australia top scoring in the 2010 decider.

Leah is a four time winner of the Belinda Clark medal which is awarded to the premier female cricketer in NSW.

We caught up with Leah in February for the Cricket Library Podcast. In this episode, we will hear from Leah about where her love for the game originated, some key influences on her career, some memorable moments, what she is up to now as well as finding out which three people Leah would most like to have a net with.

She also shares with us a very interesting story about how she found out that she had been selected to represent her country for the first time.

We trust you will thoroughly enjoy our chat with Leah Poulton.

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The Cricket Library Podcast – Wayne Holdsworth Interview

Wayne Holdsworth was a distinguished First Class Cricketer who claimed 212 wickets in his career. He made an immediate impact for NSW claiming 6-55 on debut at the MCG against Victoria and went on to win a number of Sheffield Shield titles with NSW including a match winning 7-41 against Queensland in the 1992/3 decider at the SCG.

This was followed by a berth on the 1993 Ashes tour where he will long be remembered for taking a hat trick against Derbyshire.

Not to be forgotten are his batting exploits in the the Mercantile Mutual Cup dispatching a career best 49* off 18 balls against Tasmania at the North Sydney Oval.

In our chat with Wayne we re live some of these memories among others as well as finding out what he is up to now.

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The Seven Almond Challenge

Recently our cricket librarians were excited by a comment made by MCJ Nicholas in commentary and it has sparked a trend that will no doubt be of interest to members of our esteemed community.

The comment was in reference to information regarding the almond eating traditions of President Obama when he would work a late night in the Oval Office. Obama’s chef had once jokingly told the media that the President was so disciplined that he would only allow himself seven almonds to snack on whilst toiling away late into the night. This is something that the media ran with until Obama himself although conceding that he was partial to almonds, he did not actually count out and eat seven.

This was disappointing to hear but instead of letting this news upset our librarians, we endeavoured to make the most of the situation. As a result, during late nights watching the World Cup, Women’s Ashes and no doubt the men’s Ashes our librarians are fuelling themselves on rations of seven almonds, starting a tradition that will no doubt create a groundswell of interest from cricket and almond lovers alike.

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Whilst EA Perry was busy taking 7 wickets, librarians all around the world were consuming no more than 7 almonds as they watched the incredible display of bowling.

Will you take up the seven almond challenge?

 

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.

 

 

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.