Donald Dearness Blackie was an Australian Test cricketer who played three Tests as an off-spinner in the summer of 1928-29. At 46 years 253 days of age at the time of his Test debut and he played many successful seasons of minor club cricket in Melbourne, retired. On the advice of his doctor he resumed playing at 40 and he made his first-class debut in the 1924-25 season at the age of 42, and remained a fixture in the Victorian side until the end of the 1930-31 season. His last game was in 1933-34 when he was 51 and he toured New Zealand with the Australian side in 1927-28, taking 21 wickets at 19.00, including nine wickets in the two matches against New Zealand. On his Test debut, in the Second Test in 1928-29, in the Third Test he took 6 for 94 and 1 for 75, bowling 83 overs in the match. He took 1 for 57 and 2 for 70 in the Fourth Test, despite his efforts, England won all three Tests, and Blackie lost his place when the selectors reinforced the pace attack for the Fifth Test. His best figures came in the match Victoria played against the MCC in 1929-30, unlike Ironmonger, he was a reliable fieldsman, who took numerous catches in the slips.
Wisden described him thus, An off-break bowler of wiry physique who flighted the ball and allied swerve to spin and accuracy of length, list of Victoria first-class cricketers Don Blackie Cricinfo Profile Don Blackie at Cricket Archive
Cricket in Australia
Cricket is one of the most popular sports in Australia at international and local levels. Unlike most other sports, cricket generates equal interest in all regions of the nation. The peak administrative body for professional and amateur cricket in Australia is Cricket Australia. A record 1,311,184 people played cricket across Australia in 2015-16, women participation reached record figures in 2015-16, growing nine percent to 314,936 players. According to Cricket Australias annual report of 2014-15,1,208,360 Australians played formal, organised cricket during the year, official audience data shows that 93. 6% of Australians watched at least some cricket on TV in 2010–11 calendar year. Cricket has been played in Australia for over 210 years, intercolonial cricket in Australia started with a visit by cricketers from Victoria to Tasmania in February 1851. The match was played in Launceston on 11–12 February with Tasmania winning by 3 wickets, the first tour by an English team to Australia was in 1861–62, organised by the catering firm of Spiers and Pond as a private enterprise.
A further tour followed in 1863–64, led by George Parr and was more successful than the last. In 1868, a team consisting of Aboriginal cricketers became the first Australian team to tour England, the team played 47 matches, winning 14, drawing 19 and losing 14. The heavy workload and inclement weather took its toll with King Cole contracting a case of tuberculosis during the tour. Further tours by English teams took place in 1873–74 and 1876–77, the 1876–77 season was notable for a match between a combined XI from New South Wales and Victoria and the touring Englishmen at the Melbourne Cricket Ground played on 15–19 March. This match, to be recognised as the first Test Match, was won by Australia by 45 runs thanks mainly to an unbeaten 165 by Charles Bannerman, the result of this match was seen by Australians and Englishmen as a reflection of the rising standard of Australian cricket. The rising standards of Australian cricket was established during the first representative tour of England in 1878.
A famous victory on the 1882 tour of England resulted in the placement of an obituary in an English newspaper. The obituary stated that English cricket had died, and the body will be cremated, the English media dubbed the next English tour to Australia as the quest to regain The Ashes. The Sheffield Shield, the premier cricket competition in Australia, was established in 1892 by the Australasian Cricket Council. The era from the mid-1890s to World War I has been described as Australian crickets golden age and this era saw the emergence of players such as Monty Noble, Clem Hill and in particular Victor Trumper, who was idolised by the Australian public. It saw the emergence of the first womens club in the colonies
South Australia cricket team
The South Australia cricket team, named West End Redbacks, nicknamed the Southern Redbacks, is an Australian mens professional first class cricket team based in Adelaide, South Australia. Their Ryobi One Day Cup uniform features a red body with black sleeves and they are known as the West End Redbacks due to a sponsorship agreement with West End. The Redbacks formerly competed in the now-defunct KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, South Australia came into the 2015/2016 Matador Cup with a new coach named Jamie Siddons. The Redbacks started the 50,50 cup well with a six wicket win over Western Australia, skipper Travis Head scored 202 and Callum Ferguson 112. The Redbacks played the next 3 matches were against New South Wales, the Redbacks won 2 out 3 of those games, losing one game to New South Wales. The next game was against arch-rivals the Victoria Bushrangers, South Australia batted first, making 198 runs thanks to a half century from Jake Lehmann and a 3 wicket haul to Kane Richardson. The next match was against Cricket Australia academy side where the Redbacks put 244 on the courtesy of a 113 run partnership between Tom cooper and Jake Lehmann.
The Redbacks bowled well knocking the Academy side out for 168 thanks to the twins of Tom Andrew and Adam Zampa. The Redbacks qualified for the semi-final of The Matador Cup with 5 wins and this was the first time that they had qualified since 2011. The semi-final was against the Victorian Bushrangers, the Redbacks started poorly being 4,62 off 16 overs and a much needed 50 run partnership between Alex Ross and Tom Cooper. In the last 10 overs SA scored 83 runs off the last 10 overs thanks to a useful 99 runs from Alex Ross and 33 runs from Joe Mennie to finish on 7,250 off 50 overs. The Redbacks started their bowling efforts well by getting Aaron Finch out with a direct hit run out from Jake Lehmann. 1 run Glen Maxwell was swiftly caught at point by Alex ross at this stage the Victorian side was 5,149 needing 102 runs off 69 balls at a run rate of 9.3 required. SA swiftly knocked the tail over for a very cheap 44 runs this was amazing, the final was against New South Wales. The cricket team of New South Wales had ten players, who had represented Australia in any form of the game, South Australia won the toss and elected to bat first.
Skipper Travis Head was clean-bowled for 1 by Mitchell Starc, at this stage, SA were 2 out with 12 runs. Tom Cooper and Callum Ferguson made a 154 run between them, the tail only contributed 48 runs, resulting in the Redbacks being all out for 221 off 46.3 overs. New South Wales quickly score 222 runs off of only 30 overs thanks to ED Cowan, NSW where premiers of the cup
The Melbourne Renegades is an Australian professional mens Twenty20 cricket team based in the Australian state, Victoria. They compete in Australias Twenty20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League and their home ground is Etihad Stadium. The Renegades wear a red cricket uniform, the Renegades were coached by Victorian Bushrangers 2010/11 One Day winning coach, Simon Helmot and captained by Victorian Bushrangers batsman, Aaron Finch. Aaron Finch was awarded Player of the Season in 2012–13 Big Bash League season after striking 332 runs at an average of 66.40, on 29 January 2015, the Renegades parted ways with Helmot. The following is the Renegades men squad for the 2016–17 Big Bash League season as of 31 December 2016, the Renegades foundation captain was Victorian all-rounder Andrew McDonald and coached by Victorian Bushrangers one-day coach, Simon Helmot. In their first season, the Renegade signed local state players such as Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Hodge and Dirk Nannes, along with Pakistani imports Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq.
The Renegades struggled in their first season, only winning two games against the Sydney Thunder and the Sydney Sixers respectively, Aaron Finch scored 259 runs, whilst Shahid Afridi took 10 wickets. The 2012–13 Big Bash League season saw the Renegades release several star players including the previous seasons captain, Aaron Finch became the first Renegades player to score a century after scoring 111 from 65 balls against the Melbourne Stars. Finch won the The Renegades were knocked out by the Brisbane Heat in the semi-finals, the poor run from the previous season resulted in the coach Simon Helmot being sacked. The Renegades hired David Saker as the new coach for the 2015–16 Big Bash League season, the Renegades signed experienced players Cameron White, Xavier Doherty and Chris Gayle to strengthen their squad. The Melbourne Derby – When the league began in 2011, Cricket Australia decided they would place two teams in Melbourne, with the core group of players for both sides coming from the Victoria cricket team, this rivalry automatically became widely anticipated in Melbourne.
In the fifth season, during the first leg of the two derbies at the MCG, it drew a crowd of 80,883 which is the highest crowd for any domestic cricket match ever in the history of the sport. The Renegades averaged 13,323 fans to their games for the inaugural BBL season. The average attendance increased by a margin in the third season when they registered an average crowd of 21,929. The fourth season had even better average crowd of 22,324 fans for their home matches and their highest home attendance was to the Melbourne Derby in their third BBL season, attracting 42,837 fans. The biggest non-home attendance in BBL history occurred in the 2015/2016 season against the Stars and their largest non-Derby attendance was 26,787, which came in their fifth BBL season against the Perth Scorchers. Renegades members have increased with every passing season. They reached their biggest membership mark ever for a two weeks before the start of the 2015–16 Big Bash League season
The ACT Comets are a cricket team that represent the Australian Capital Territory. The Comets are the team of the Cricket ACT who are affiliated with Cricket Australia. The ACT Comets were participants in the Australian domestic limited-overs Mercantile Mutual Cup competition and they did not, field a team in the four-day Sheffield Shield competition. Their Mercantile Mutual Cup involvement lasted from the 1997–98 season to the 1999–2000 season and it was found that there was insufficient local support at that time to be financially viable in the first-class and list-A competitions. Former Australian Test bowler Merv Hughes was brought out of retirement to help ACT, current Australian internationals Brad Haddin and Nathan Lyon played for the Comets. Former Australian Test batsman Michael Bevan was born in Canberra and played cricket with the Western Creek club, police Magistrate AT Faunce was instrumental in bringing cricket to the Canberra-Queanbeyan region in the 1830s and died while playing the game at the Queanbeyan Market reserve.
There have been 25 players to play 50 or more games for the ACT, four players have reached 100, while Peter Solway is the only to have reached 150 games. Jono Dean is the current captain of the side, the team represents Canberra in the lower-level Futures League. The Comets finished the 2005–06 season in place with two outright wins. The Comets took out their first ever title in the 2010–11 season and this is current players that played for ACT Comets in 2015/16 Manuka Oval ACT Comets home page Article – ACB confirms decision to omit Canberra from Mercantile Mutual Cup
The Brisbane Heat are an Australian mens professional twenty20 cricket team that competes in the Big Bash League. The Heat wears a uniform and are based in Brisbane in the Australian state Queensland. Their home ground is the Brisbane Cricket Ground, in their second season, they won the Big Bash League for the first time and thus qualified for the Champions League Twenty20. The team lost their first four matches, but – still with a chance to reach the semi-finals – won their last three matches and were just eliminated in the last match. The team ended fifth out of eight on the points table, Brisbane Heat defeated the Perth Scorchers in the 2012/13 Big Bash League final. The match was played at the WACA Ground on 19 January 2013, captain James Hopes was unable to play due to injury. Vice-captain Chris Hartley won the toss, and elected to bat first, joe Burns top scored for Brisbane with 43 runs off 27 balls, in a total of 167 for the loss of five wickets. Jason Behrendorff took 2 wickets for the Scorchers, in reply, Perth Scorchers scored 133 for the loss of nine wickets from their 20 overs, losing by 34 runs.
Adam Voges was the highest scorer with 49 runs from 32 deliveries, barbadian Kemar Roach took 3 wickets for 18 runs. Nathan Hauritz was named man of the match after bowling three overs for 11 runs and taking three catches, the team started well, winning their first game against the Perth Scorchers. However, they lost out in close matches over the course of the season. The Heat struggled but, managed to finish the season in 5th place, there were good signs for the Heat as Cameron Gannon led all BBL wicket-takers, snaring 18 wickets at an average of less than 12 – with best bowling of 4–10. Daniel Vettori was miserly with the ball, going for just over six an over, Chris Lynn was the best of the batsman scoring 198 runs closely followed by Dan Christian who made 186 runs at an average of 46.5. Brisbane Heat finished last in the league, with a record of 2–6, which led to the resignation of Stuart Law as coach, following the retirement of Daniel Vettoris playing career, he signed a 3-year contract to become the coach of the franchise.
Following the retirement of Brendon McCullums international playing career, he returns as full participant for the Heat for his stint for the franchise. He took no part last season due to BBL coincided with the matches of his international career
The Perth Scorchers are an Australian domestic Twenty20 cricket team based in Perth, Western Australia. The Scorchers represent Perth in the Big Bash League and wear an orange cricket uniform, the Scorchers are the most successful team in BBL history, played in five of the first six BBL finals, including hosting the first three and winning in the third and fourth seasons. The Sydney Sixers defeated them in 2011–12 and the Brisbane Heat won the title in 2012–13, they defeated Hobart Hurricanes in BBL03 before beating the Sixers in BBL04 in a last-ball thriller at Canberras Manuka Oval. The Scorchers are captained by Adam Voges after Simon Katich retired at the end of the Scorchers successful BBL03 campaign in 2014, mickey Arthur was originally appointed coach, but quit before the beginning of the 2011–12 season after he was appointed coach of the Australian cricket team. He was replaced by his assistant, Lachlan Stevens. Justin Langer replaced Stevens in November 2012, the Scorchers have a side in the Womens Big Bash League captained by Suzie Bates and coached by Lisa Keightley.
Brad Hogg was recruited despite having not played state or international cricket since the 2007–08 season, the Scorchers started the 2011–12 Big Bash League season poorly, losing to the Hobart Hurricanes in their opening game at the WACA Ground by 31 runs. However, they subsequently won 5 games in a row, resulting in finishing the inaugural season at the top of the ladder. The Scorchers won the semi-final against the Melbourne Stars by 11 runs, points table on ESPN CricInfo By finishing in the top two of the Big Bash League, they won a position at the 2012 Champions League Twenty20 tournament, held in South Africa in October 2012. The team performed poorly, only winning one game, the Marsh brothers and Mitchell were both disciplined and dropped from the final game after excessively celebrating Mitchells 21st birthday during the tournament. Other squad changes included the return of Adam Voges and the departure of Nathan Rimmington, tasmanian Tom Triffitt was recruited as the wicket keeper.
Pat Cummins was recruited from the 2011–12 winning Sydney Sixers, but was injured whilst playing for the Sixers at the 2012 Champions League Twenty20 and did not play for the Scorchers. The Scorchers again started the season poorly, losing to the Melbourne Stars in their second match when they scored an Australian record low total of 69 runs. In a high scoring, but rain interrupted game, the Scorchers won off the ball of the innings. They hosted the final against the Brisbane Heat but lost by 34 runs. South African Alfonso Thomas returned as a player, but new signing Dwayne Smith from the West Indies did not travel to Perth due to personal reasons. He was replaced in the team by Yasir Arafat from Pakistan, Perth made the finals once again, finishing in 3rd place with 5 wins from 8 games. The Scorchers defeated the Sydney Sixers in their semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground to advance to their 3rd straight Grand Final, 4th placed Hobart defeated 1st placed Stars in the other semi-final, giving Perth the home ground advantage for a 3rd consecutive time
William Harold Bill Ponsford MBE was an Australian cricketer. Usually playing as a batsman, he formed a successful and long-lived partnership opening the batting for Victoria and Australia with Bill Woodfull, his friend and state. Ponsford holds the Australian record for a partnership in Test cricket, set in 1934 in combination with Donald Bradman—the man who many of Ponsfords other individual records. Despite being heavily built, Ponsford was quick on his feet and his bat, much heavier than the norm and nicknamed Big Bertha, allowed him to drive powerfully and he possessed a strong cut shot. Ponsford represented his state and country in baseball, and credited the sport with improving his cricketing skills, Ponsford was a shy and taciturn man. After retiring from cricket, he went to lengths to avoid interaction with the public. In 1981 the Western Stand at the MCG was renamed the WH Ponsford Stand in his honour and this stand was demolished in 2003 as part of the redevelopment of the ground for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, but its replacement was named the WH Ponsford Stand.
At the completion of the redevelopment in 2005, a statue of Ponsford was installed outside the pavilion gates. In recognition of his contributions as a player, Ponsford was one of the ten initial inductees into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, the son of William and Elizabeth Ponsford, Bill Ponsford was born in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy North on 19 October 1900. His father was a postman whose family had emigrated from Devon to Bendigo and his mother was born in the goldfields, at Guildford, before moving to Melbourne with her father, a Crown Lands bailiff. Ponsford grew up on Newry St in Fitzroy North, and attended the nearby Alfred Crescent School, Ponsford learnt the rudiments of cricket from his uncle Cuthbert Best—a former club player for Fitzroy. He had the best batting and bowling averages for his team in 1913,1914 and 1915. His local grade club, awarded Ponsford a medallion—presented by the local mayor—for being his schools outstanding cricketer in the 1913–14, les Cody, the general secretary of Fitzroy Cricket Club and a first-class cricketer with New South Wales and Victoria, was Ponsfords first cricketing role model.
In December 1914, Ponsford completed his schooling and earned a qualifying certificate and he instead chose to attend a private training college, Hassetts, to study for the Bank Clerks exam. Ponsford passed the exam and commenced employment with the State Savings Bank at the Elizabeth Street head office in early 1916, in May 1916, the Ponsford family moved to Orrong Rd in Elsternwick, a wealthier part of Melbourne. The First World War and the creation of the First Australian Imperial Force led to a significant shortage of available for cricket. As a result, Ponsford was called up to make his debut for St Kilda during the 1916–17 season. This match was against his old club Fitzroy, and was played at the familiar Brunswick Street Oval, the young Ponsfords shot-making lacked power, and after making twelve singles, he was bowled
A round-robin tournament is a competition in which each contestant meets all other contestants in turn. It contrasts with an elimination tournament, the term round-robin is derived from the French term ruban, meaning ribbon. Over a long period of time, the term was corrupted and idiomized to robin, in a single round-robin schedule, each participant plays every other participant once. If each participant plays all others twice, this is called a double round-robin. The term is used when all participants play one another more than twice. In the United Kingdom, a tournament is often called an American tournament in sports such as tennis or billiards which usually have knockout tournaments. In Italian it is called girone allitaliana, in Serbian it is called the Berger system, after chess player Johann Berger. A round-robin tournament with four players is sometimes called quad or foursome, in sports with a large number of competitive matches for season, double round-robins are common. Most association football leagues in the world are organized on a double round-robin basis, in every team plays all others in its league once at home.
This system is used during qualification for major tournaments such as the FIFA World Cup. There are round-robin chess, draughts, go, the World Chess Championship decided in 2005 and in 2007 on an eight-player double round-robin tournament where each player faces every other player once as white and once as black. Group tournaments rankings usually go by number of matches won and drawn, pool stages within a wider tournament are conducted on a round-robin basis. In theory, a tournament is the fairest way to determine the champion among a known. Each participant, player or team, has equal chances against all other opposites, the element of luck is seen to be reduced as compared to a knockout system since bad performances need not cripple a competitors chance of ultimate victory. Final records of participants are, seen to be accurate as they represent the results over a longer period against equal competition. This can be used to determine which teams are the poorest performers and this is helpful to determine the final rank of all competitors from strongest to weakest for purposes of qualification for another stage or competition as well as for prize money.
In team sport the major league champions is generally regarded as the best team in the land, the top one, two, or occasionally three teams in these groups proceed to a straight knockout stage for the remainder of the tournament. The main disadvantage of a round robin tournament is the time needed to complete it, for instance, a tournament of 16 teams can be completed in just 4 rounds in a knockout format, a round-robin would require 15 rounds to finish
Western Australia cricket team
The Western Australia cricket team, nicknamed the Western Warriors, represent the Australian state of Western Australia in Australian domestic cricket. The team is selected and supported by the Western Australian Cricket Association, Western Australia previously fielded sides at Twenty20 level, but was replaced by the Perth Scorchers for the inaugural 2011–12 season of the Big Bash League. Western Australias current captain is Adam Voges, and the current coach is Justin Langer, since joining the Sheffield Shield in 1947/48, Western Australia has won the competition 15 times, second only to New South Wales in that period. In the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, the leads the winners table comfortably with 12 wins followed by New South Wales with eight wins. Langer was appointed as coach of WA, along with the Perth Scorchers, in late 2012, langers Warriors won the 2014/15 Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, while the side were Sheffield Shield runners-up in both 2013/14 and 2014/15. The Scorchers went back-to-back in the Big Bash League in 2013/14, Western Warriors, WACA Players with international caps are listed in bold
Victoria cricket team
The Victoria cricket team, currently named Victorian Bushrangers, is an Australian first class cricket team based in Melbourne, Victoria. The Victoria cricket team, which first played in 1851, represents the state of Victoria in the Sheffield Shield first-class competition, the teams primary home ground is the MCG, but Junction Oval is used as its home ground if the MCG is not available. The team is administered by Cricket Victoria and draws its players from Victorias Premier Cricket competition, Victoria played in the now-defunct Twenty20 competition, the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, which has been replaced by the current Big Bash League. In recent years, Victoria has won the Sheffield Shield in the 2009/10, 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons and it won the first three KFC Twenty20 Big Bash finals. The Bushrangers captain is Matthew Wade, who replaced the decade-long captain Cameron White, the first official inter-colonial game was contested between Victoria and Tasmania in 1851, in Launceston. The first game between the great rivals Victoria and New South Wales was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1856, the annual Sheffield Shield tournament first began in the 1892/93 season, contested by Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.
Victoria won that tournament by defeating both opponents twice each, during the history of the Shield, Victoria has won the competition 30 times, most recently in the 2015/16 season. The Victorian Cricket Association, now Cricket Victoria, was founded in 1895 and is located in Melbourne, Victoria has been a powerful force in Australian cricket and the Australian cricket team has, at least until recent decades, never been short of Victorians in the line up. The tradition of starting a match at the MCG on Boxing Day featured Victoria when they played New South Wales in 1965. Throughout its history, Victoria has worn a blue cap. The team logo features the famous Australian bushranger Ned Kelly, wielding a cricket bat, the logo changes slightly every few seasons with the change of official sponsors. The current major sponsor of the team is the Commonwealth Bank, squad for the 2016/17 domestic season. Players with international caps are listed in bold
The Adelaide Strikers are an Australian mens professional Twenty20 cricket team that competes in Australias domestic Twenty20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League. The Strikers are based in the state of South Australia and represent Adelaide in the Big Bash League and their home ground is Adelaide Oval. The Strikers wear a blue uniform with a West End Draught logo on it, due to a sponsorship agreement with brewers. The Strikers were formed in 2011 to play in the Big Bash League, succeeding the Southern Redbacks, the Adelaide Strikers were formed in 2011, as a result of the formation of the Big Bash League. When the competition was first formed, each team had an opportunity to sign up players, the contracting window opened on 30 June 2011 at 9am and closed on 22 July 2011. Each team was allowed to sign up to 18 players, including up to two from overseas, the teams inaugural captain was South Australia captain, Michael Klinger, and the inaugural coach was Darren Berry, the coach of the Southern Redbacks