Incredible Scenes as Kiwi Dave Cox Puts on A Clinic in Wagga Wagga

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Conditions were absolutely perfect for Dice Cricket at the virtual Wagga Wagga Cricket Ground with Riding Mill hoping to bounce back after a narrow loss to Dubbo CYMS during the week.

Aly Hall who was incredible for the visitors in Dubbo took over the captaincy having immediate success winning the toss and sending the home side in.

When the score raced to 0-78 after four overs, things were looking bleak for Riding Mill and they desperately needed to remove Ethan Perry who was looking indestructible on 47, or Neil Morton who was also in sublime touch on 31.

Skipper Hall needed to roll the dice and call upon tour new comer Joel Marks who had not had a happy start to the tour, with figures of 0-21 and a golden duck in his first appearance. In what proved to be an incredible turn around, Marks was able to have an immediate impact with Dave Cox taking a smart catch to dismiss Ethan Perry three short of his half century on the first ball of the over. Wagga Wagga wicket keeper Todd Henderson went next ball trapped in front for 0 and all of a sudden Riding Mill were back in the contest and Marks was on a hat trick. Hall brought the field in for the hat trick ball and when Cooper Henderson was struck on the pads first ball it looked like we may have our second hat trick of the tour. It was adjudged not out but two balls later Steve Kent had the bails off in a flash and Neil Morton was stumped for 31 off twelve balls.

There was a period of consolidation with Cooper Henderson and Shaun Perry putting together a partnership before Steve Kent was again in the action taking a sharp catch off the skipper’s bowling to send Henderson back to the virtual pavilion for 22 off 8.

Dave Cox had an immediate impact in the 8th over bowling Shaun Perry with a yorker with Bulldogs skipper Sam Perry getting a feather on one that carried through to Steve Kent behind the stumps who was having another good day with the gloves. The hat trick ball was negotiated but two balls later, Kent had another catch as Fletcher Morton was on his way for 1.

With the score at 7-130, the feeling was that the Bulldogs were still on track for a big score and despite wickets in each of the last two overs, the final score of 9-168 still looked to be enough. Earlier in the tour, against the highly fancied Cricket Library Podcast XI Riding Mill had posted 6-169 so they knew it was possible but would still require some clean striking to get them over the line.

This total looked even more imposing when danger man Scott Dickson was bowled by Will Morton on the final ball of the first over to have the visitors 1-13. Enter Dave Cox, a Kiwi import & new signing from Clara Vale to the crease dispatching 5 sixes from the first nine deliveries he faced.

The Bulldogs had no answers until skipper Sam Perry brought himself into the attack luring Rob Burns down the track and Todd Henderson completing a sharp stumping chance to send Burns on his way for 34 off 13.

Riding Mill skipper Aly Hall made his way to the middle joining in the fun with Cox in a 49 run stand before he fell LBW to Cooper Henderson. Meanwhile, Cox had raced past 50 and despite Iain Longstaff being caught behind for 6 off two deliveries, Riding Mill were still well on track for victory.

Joel Marks looked like a completely new man after his first ball duck in Dubbo, smashing 15 off just four deliveries including a towering six off Neil Morton’s bowling to win the game for Riding Mill.

Dave Cox finished unbeaten with a magnificent 74 from just 20 balls to go with his 3-6 with the ball earning the Kiwi player of the match honours.

Riding Mill team manager Brian Watson has been absolutely thrilled with the way the team has been performing on the tour so far saying,

“If you take out the narrow defeat to Dubbo CYMS we’ve had a great tour so far, we’ve rotated the playing staff and everyone’s stepped up to the plate, proud of the lads tonight.”

Next stop on the tour is virtual Auluba Oval in Sydney for a game against the Kissing Point Cricket Club followed by the picturesque virtual North Sydney Oval for the highly anticipated clash with the North Sydney Cricket Club team of the decade.

Riding Mill Focussed On Bouncing Back In Wagga Wagga

Teams have been announced for Game 4 of the Riding Mill dice cricket virtual tour of Australia

The Wagga Wagga RSL Bulldogs will host Riding Mill at the Virtual Wagga Cricket Ground in what should be an exciting contest this weekend.

The home side are fresh off an outdoor cricket season which brought home silverware in 4th Grade, u-12s and the Thunder Girls Cricket League.

First Grade Captain Sam Perry will lead the side in what will be a dice cricket debut for the majority of the squad. It will be interesting to see how they adapt to this format of the game particularly against the very experienced Riding Mill outfit coming off a narrow loss to Dubbo CYMS during the week.

In some massive news for the visitors, Aly Hall who was the hero in Dubbo claiming 4-5 including a hat trick to go with his powerful 46 off 17 balls takes over the captaincy in the absence of both Andy Watson and Liam James. Rumours on social media are suggesting he has been out doing fitness training since which is a sign he is well and truly focussed and leading by example.

Newcomer to the tour Joel Marks will be hoping to iron out the cobwebs and has been given another chance to impress despite a duck in Dubbo.

Despite the return of Iain Longstaff , Steve Kent retains the gloves after his fine display against Dubbo. Rob Burns will take his place in the side at the top of the order with Ben Smith also back in the XI and is expected to open the rolling. Lance Mallinson has been rotated out of the squad which has been part of the Riding Mill policy of managing player workloads on what is a month long tour.

Tune in to @CricketLibrary on Twitter from 6am Sunday in Australia and 9pm in the UK to follow along the action.

Riding Mill Start Tour With A Bang

Riding Mill have had an impeccable start to their virtual tour of Australia accounting for the hosts Burrabadine by 3 wickets in the opening fixture and backing it up with a 23 run blitz of the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI.

After some overnight rain, conditions were perfect for dice cricket and it was no surprise that when Burrabadine skipper Matt Fiction won the toss, he had no hesitation in batting first. It proved this may have been an error of judgement early on when opener Angus Norton was trapped in front for just one.

Ben Patterson blasted 28 from just 8 deliveries and was looking very dangerous before he departed to a smart catch from skipper Andy Watson off the bowling of Mallinson.

Hood, Seiffert and Kirk all made impressive 20s but no one was able to go on and make a big score with the innings closing at 9-155 from the hosts ten overs.

Riding Mill had the wobbles early in the run chase with off-spinner Elliott Diamond picking up two wickets in his only over.

However, Andy Watson and Ali Raza built a strong partnership and set things up beautifully before they were both dismissed by Ben Patterson making 37 and 23 respectively.

Kev Frazer and Lance Mallinson both held their nerve to see the visitors over the line with 3 balls to spare with Frazer finishing 26 not out off just 8 deliveries and Mallinson not wasting any time with a rapid fire 14 not out off just three balls.

The Riding Mill lads had no time to rest on their laurels with their next fixture getting underway against the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI.

Nina Stevens won the toss and opted to send Riding Mill in which was not looking like the best decision when the visitors charged to 0-43 off the first two overs. Gary Fisher was able to get the first breakthrough which helped to put the breaks on.

Scott Dickson was the star for Riding Mill setting the innings up with a scintillating 67 off just 22 balls before he fell to a smart catch behind the stumps by Tim Ludeman off the bowling of Tabbernor.

The skipper Nina Stevens brought herself on to bowl and found herself on a hat trick before Lance Mallinson took to the hat trick ball hitting it out of the virtual stadium for 6. He repeated the dose the following ball and finished with a very valuable 31 off just nine balls. A very imposing total of 6-169 had been set leaving the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI with the task of hitting 17 an over to win.

Riding Mill had been outstanding in the field in the opening fixture and this early tour form continued with Liam James and Cameron Longstaff both effecting run outs early on to have the home side on the ropes early.

Tim Ludeman and Nina Stevens consolidated the Cricket Library Podcast XI innings with Ludeman making a polished 52 off 19 balls before falling to Burns who also knocked over Nina Stevens for a blistering 30 off 9.

None of the other batters were able to get going and when Scott Dickson backed up his splendid work with the bat taking two for nine, the game was all but over. There was some tidy batting at the close from Gary Fisher and Nicola Browne but it was not enough to get their team over the line.

Riding Mill will hope to continue their good form when the tour continues later this week against Dubbo CYMS before heading south on the weekend to face off against the Wagga Wagga RSL Bulldogs.

NB Stevens To Captain Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI

Nina Stevens will captain the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI against a very experienced Riding Mill Dice Cricket line up captained by Liam James

Patron of the Cricket Countdown, Nina Stevens has been rewarded commitment to inspiring a love of cricket with the honour of being named captain of the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI for the historic dice cricket fixture with Riding Mill Cricket Club this weekend.

The Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI boasts International & First Class cricket experience with the likes of Daryl Tuffey, Tim Ludeman, Nicola Browne selected in the line up alongside some very seasoned club cricketers and podcast listeners.

While both sides boast plenty of talent, the Riding Mill team much more seasoned in dice cricket than the hosts. The big question will be how quickly the tourists can acclimatise and if there are any virtual jet lag related concerns for the squad.

The game will get underway at 7am on Sunday morning in Australia with fans in the UK following along at 10pm Saturday night.

You can learn more about Nina’s passion for cricket by listening to her interview on the Cricket Library Podcast last year.

Nicola Browne Included In Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI

In a last minute bid to strengthen their bowling stocks for the highly anticipated match against Riding Mill Cricket Club, the selectors have called former NZ International Nicola Browne into their XI. It is expected that she will take the new dice with fellow former Kiwi International Daryl Tuffey.

Nicola Browne was a seasoned campaigner for NZ playing across all three formats and having success with both ball and bat taking over 100 wickets for the White Ferns and scoring over two and a half thousand runs across her 181 game International career.

She is the final big name selection in the XI with the full line up to be announced very soon.

Burrabadine XI Locked In For Tour Opener

The team lists are in for the highly anticipated virtual tour opener this weekend

After much deliberation at the selection table, the Burrabadine XI has been finalised for the dice cricket virtual tour opener against Riding Mill Cricket Club. The side has not had the fanfare of the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI but boasts some high quality players.

Resident cricket librarian Matt Fiction who is best known for the highly popular Roadside Reviews segment will captain the side. He has a wealth of dice cricket experience that he will bring to the virtual table and is expected to lead the team with distinction.

One of the marquee signings is Andrew Ellis who we assured has been picked in the team on merit and not simply due to the fact that his brother hosts the Cricket Library Podcast. In fact there is some speculation he has a point to prove having being omitted from the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI.

Andrew is best known for his work making Ellis Guitars and feels more comfortable playing dice cricket as the chances of him injuring a precious strumming fingers are greatly reduced.

Andrew Ellis will bring a real rock star flavour to the Burrabadine XI

The tour is gaining momentum rapidly and all and sundry are eagerly anticipating the opening fixture at 6am Sunday morning in Australia and 9pm (GMT) in the UK.

Former NZ Cricket Star Daryl Tuffey To Line Up For Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI

Robbie Mackinlay from ABC Riverina discussing the Dice Cricket Virtual Tour with Cricket Library Podcast host Matt Ellis. Audio courtesy of ABC Radio

Daryl Tuffey represented New Zealand across all three formats claiming 77 Test wickets and 110 ODI wickets for his country. He played 91 First Class matches claiming 288 wickets with the remarkable best figures of 7-12.

In a massive coup for the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI, Daryl Tuffey can now add dice cricket to his CV having been named alongside other marquee players Nina Stevens and Tim Ludeman to take on Riding Mill this Sunday Morning.

It is expected that Tuffey, who bowled the first over in the inaugural T20 International between Australia and NZ will open the virtual rolling in this historic encounter with Riding Mill. No doubt he will pose a serious threat to the top order in the T10 Fixture that has captured the imagination of dice cricket lovers around the world.

You can learn more about the Daryl Tuffey story in his chat with the Cricket Library Podcast last year.


Riding Mill Cricket Club In Their Final Preparations For Historic Virtual Tour

There is a buzz around the Riding Mill Cricket Club at the moment as they prepare to board the virtual plane Down Under for what should be a memorable month of Dice Cricket fixtures beginning early Sunday morning.

Normally the club that was originally founded in 1880 and is based in the beautiful village of Riding Mill in the Tyne Valley would be competing in the Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League but due to COVID-19 they have had to seek out other options.

Brian Watson from the club got the lads organised to play in a dice cricket tournament organised by Dice Sport and he says it has proven to be a big hit with the club.

“With regards this season due to COVID-19 we’ve had to look for other things to do due to lack of cricket, I stumbled upon a dice cricket tournament being organised by @DiceSport on twitter and thought it would be fun to enter the club. I also thought it would also be a good idea to get the players to donate to our fundraising Just Giving page whilst at the same time having a bit of fun. We are fundraising for a new practice strip and an Electronic Scoreboard.… All the players have taken it on board and got involved, and that’s how our love affair with #dicecricket started.”

Riding Mill’s key stats from the @dicesport T10 tournament

It was so popular in fact that Brian was keen to keep things rolling and when this was not possible locally, he put his feelers out on social media. Much to his delight, he was able to plant the seed of a virtual tour with host of the Cricket Library Podcast, Matt Ellis

“In Australia i found a fellow dice cricket nut Matt Ellis and after a few questions the idea of a Dice Cricket tour was born. I helped Matt contact a few clubs via Twitter and he has kindly done the rest”

With the home tournament now concluded, Riding Mill have a practice match scheduled on Thursday against neighbouring club Mallards. There are some players who will be using this game as an opportunity to have one last tune up before the action begins with a highly anticipated clash with the Cricket Library Podcast Invitational XI.

The Cricket Library Podcast XI have already announced network seven journalist and #CricketCountdown patron Nina Stevens in their line up as well as former Adelaide Strikers & Melbourne Renegades wicketkeeper batsman Tim Ludeman.

We are also hearing whispers out of the Cricket Library that there will be one final marque player announced in the lead up to the tour opener on Sunday morning.