Kristen Beams had a distinguished career as a leg spinner across all three formats for Australia. Recently on the Cricket Library Podcast, she reflected on her experience of being the room attendant for the Australian team who were playing a Rose Bowl game in her home state of Tasmania.
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Peter George always had a dream of wearing the Baggy Green and this would become a reality for him as progressed through the ranks at the West Torrens cricket club and playing for South Australia at u-19 level.
He made an early impression with the ball on debut for South Australia in November 2008 claiming 4-56 against Tasmania including the wicket of current Australian captain Tim Paine. He had further success in the 2009/10 summer taking career best figures of 8-84 against Tasmania and finishing equal second on the wicket takers list for the season with 36 wickets at 30.44.
This lead to him being on standby for Ryan Harris with the Australian team in New Zealand, representing Australia A against Sri Lanka and touring England for the Test series against Pakistan in 2010.
Peter would eventually get his opportunity to put on the Baggy Green in Bangalore and joining an elite club of bowlers who have dismissed Sachin Tendulkar in their first Test Match.
In this episode of the Cricket Library Podcast, we ask Peter about where his passion for cricket began, his journey to the Baggy Green, losing his contract at South Australia and moving to Queensland without a contract.
Peter shares about his current pursuits inventing the My Call No Ball Technology that you can also find more about by visiting his website www.mycallnoball.com
The episode would not be complete without us asking about his dream net session and we have a former Australian Prime Minister and an actor make their way onto his list as well as someone who has a set of nets named in their honour.
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Nathan Hauritz burst onto the International Cricket scene receiving a call up to the Australian team as a 20 year old after making an early impression playing for Queensland and Australia at u-19 level where he played alongside the likes of Michael Clarke, Ed Cowan, Mitch Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Shane Watson and Andrew McDonald.
He went on to represent Australia in 17 Test Matches claiming 63 wickets with career best figures of 5-53. Nathan also played 58 ODI’s also picking up 63 wickets with best figures of 4-29.
Hauritz was also more than handy with the bat scoring three half centuries for Australia and had a highest First Class score of 146 for NSW against South Australia in 2010.
In this edition of the Cricket Library Podcast, we relive some highlights from Nathan’s career as well as exploring some of the challenges he faced in addition to the difficulties associated with transitioning out of cricket.
As always, we ask who Nathan would most like to have a net with and he provides us with three excellent candidates including the first time a WWE Superstar gains a nomination.
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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.
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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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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Cricket librarians all around the world would agree that a high quality audio visual section will enhance the library experience for librarians and borrowers alike. In years past, access to VHS tapes, DVDs, Compact Discs and Cassettes were sufficient to meet the basic requirements of an audio visual section. These days however with technology moving at a rapid rate, the influx of audio books has opened a whole new world for those wishing to expand their horizons.
Modern technology has enabled librarians and private citizens alike the opportunity to listen to a wealth of cricket related material through devices such as MP3 players, mobile telephones, tablets and computers. This creates endless possibilities for those who are looking to expand their libraries but do not have the budget to undertake extensions. Adding electronic files to your favourite device ensures you can essentially listen to your favourite cricket book anywhere at any time.
Some people may feel that embracing audio books may come at the expense of reading the printed material that we have all loved for so long. However, we prefer to see audio books as a welcome addition to expand your capacity to consume cricketing material. Some astute librarians will listen to the audio version whilst following on in a hard copy of the text.
In addition, for the safety conscious, reading and walking has traditionally been off limits, now this can be done with consummate ease and increased safety which would be music to the ears of those WH&S representatives reading this.
There are certainly many more benefits to audio books that have not been included in this article that you are sure to discover for yourselves as you expose yourself to emerging technologies like this.
We would encourage you to incorporate listening to audio books in your daily routine in addition to the regular reading of cricket books as we are convinced you will not be disappointed!