New Zealand national cricket team
The New Zealand cricket team, nicknamed the Black Caps, are the national cricket team representing New Zealand. They played their first Test in 1930 against England in Christchurch, New Zealand, from 1930 New Zealand had to wait until 1956, more than 26 years, for its first test victory, against the West Indies at Eden Park in Auckland. They played their first ODI in the 1972–73 season against Pakistan in Christchurch, the current Test, One-day and Twenty20 captain is Kane Williamson, who replaced Brendon McCullum who announced his retirement in late December,2015. The national team is organised by New Zealand Cricket, the New Zealand cricket team became known as the Black Caps in January 1998, after its sponsor at the time, Clear Communications, held a competition to choose a name for the team. Official New Zealand Cricket sources typeset the nickname as BLACKCAPS and this is one of many national team nicknames related to the All Blacks. As of February 2017, New Zealand have played 419 Test matches, winning 89, losing 169, as of February 2017, the New Zealand cricket team is ranked 5th in Tests, 3rd in ODIs and 1st in T20Is by the ICC.
New Zealand reached the final match in the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time in its history, darwin in The Voyage of the Beagle wrote, several young men redeemed by the missionaires from slavery were employed on the farm. In the evening I saw a party of them at cricket, the first recorded game of cricket in New Zealand took place in Wellington in December 1842. The Wellington Spectator reports a game on 28 December 1842 played by a Red team, the first fully recorded match was reported by the Examiner in Nelson between the Surveyors and Nelson in March 1844. The first team to tour New Zealand was Parrs all England XI in 1863–64, between 1864 and 1914,22 foreign teams toured New Zealand. England sent 6 teams, Australia 15 and one from Fiji, on 15–17 February 1894 the first team representing New Zealand played New South Wales at Lancaster Park in Christchurch. New South Wales won by 160 runs, New South Wales returned again in 1895–96 and New Zealand won the solitary game by 142 runs, its first victory.
The New Zealand Cricket Council was formed towards the end of 1894, New Zealand played its first two internationals in 1904–05 against a star-studded Australia team containing such players as Victor Trumper, Warwick Armstrong and Clem Hill. They played 26 first class matches, mostly against county sides and they managed to beat Worcestershire, Glamorgan and Derbyshire. On the strength of the performances of this tour New Zealand was granted Test status, in 1929/30 the M. C. C toured NZ and played 4 Tests all of 3 days in duration. New Zealand lost its first Test match but drew the next 3, in the second Test Stewie Dempster and Jackie Mills put on 276 for the first wicket. This is still the highest partnership for New Zealand against England, New Zealands first Test after the war was against Australia in 1945/46. This game was not considered a Test at the time but it was granted Test status retrospectively by the International Cricket Council in March 1948
Anthony Ian Christopher Dodemaide is a former Australian Test Cricketer. After a three-year stint as Chief Executive of the Western Australian Cricket Association in Perth, Dodemaide began his career as a fast-bowling all-rounder and competed in 10 Tests and 24 One Day Internationals for Australia, taking 534 first-class wickets for Victoria and Sussex. Despite healthy batting and bowling averages for an all-rounder at test level, on his debut, he took six wickets in the second innings against New Zealand in Melbourne in 1987. On his debut ODI against Sri Lanka, he took 5 wickets and he joined the WACA in May 2004 after five years as the Head of Cricket for the Marylebone Cricket Club. Prior to the MCC position, he was Manager of Corporate Marketing at the Melbourne Cricket Club, list of Victoria first-class cricketers Cricinfo article on Tony Dodemaide
The Hobart Hurricanes are an Australian professional mens Twenty20 cricket team based in Tasmania, Australia. They compete in Australias Twenty20 domestic cricket competition known as The Big Bash League, the Hurricanes play their home matches at Blundstone Arena. The Hurricanes wear a purple cricket uniform, the Hobart Hurricaness inaugural coach was Allister de Winter and their inaugural captain was Tim Paine. In the Hurricanes second match they faced fancied favourites Sydney Sixers before inflicting a 42 run defeat on the Sixers at Bellerive Oval in Hobart. Their overseas Pakistani signee, Rana Naved-ul-hasan particularly bowled well in the death overs, while another player, Owais Shah. The team was always at the top two ranks of the tournament table, and easily entered the semis, though the Hurricanes were outdone in the semis. Rana Naved-ul-hasan was the leading wicket taker in Big Bash League 2011–12, the Hurricanes played a total of 8 games in the 2012-13 Big Bash League. They ended up losing 4 and winning the same the number of games and they finished the tournament in 6th position out of 8 teams.
The Hurricanes qualified for the finals in 2013-14 Big Bash by just 1 point ahead of Brisbane Heat. They won the final against the Stars. They were outclassed by Perth Scorchers in the final by 39 runs and they finished as the runners-up, their best position so far. Ben Dunk was named the Man of the Tournament with 395 runs and they only managed to win 3 games in the 2014-15 season and ended up 5th on the table. The Hurricanes were the first BBL franchise to have their own team song, the lyrics to the song are as follows, The purple armys on the march again, again. The purple armys on the again, again. We bat, we bowl, we take control, We play the game with guts, the Hurricanes have won the game again, again. The Hurricanes have won the game again, the champions league is in our sight, Well knock em down and win the fight. The Hurricanes have won the game again, after the Champions League was scrapped, the side unveiled a new second verse in BBL06, The Hurricanes have won the game again, again.
The Hurricanes have won the game again, Well knock em down, well win the fight
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
Thomas Masson Moody is a former Australian cricketer and the former coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team. Currently he is the coach for the IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad, captaining WA and Worcester to various trophies, Moody, an aggressive and fast scoring batsman, scored over 20,000 first class runs and hit 64 centuries, he was a useful medium pace bowler. His 1,387 List A runs for Worcestershire in 1991 is a record for the county and he was even more successful when he threw a haggis the distance of 230 feet in 1989. Since retirement in 2001, Moody has coached, been an Australian cricketers representative, in May 2005 he was appointed coach of the Sri Lankan national team and he led them to the final of the 2007 world cup before leaving the post. On 14 May 2007, the WACA announced Moodys appointment as manager, trevor Penney, Englands fielding coach during the 2005 Ashes series and assistant to Moody in Sri Lanka, will join as assistant coach. However Moody announced in March 2010 that he would not seek a new contract after the 2009–2010 season, under Moody, WA qualified for one final in three seasons, in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, in his first season which it lost to Victoria.
He is a commentator who commentates around the world as well as some Australian Test and ODI Cricket for Channel Nine. In December 2012, it was announced that Moody would coach the new IPL Sunrisers Hyderabad team, border & Co, A Tribute To Crickets World Champions. Player Profile, Tom Moody on ESPN Cricinfo
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
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
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
Queensland cricket team
The first European settlement in Queensland was a penal colony established at Redcliffe in 1824, which moved to Brisbane the following year. Free settlers first arrived in 1842, the earliest evidence of cricket being played in Queensland is in 1857, two years prior to separation from New South Wales and statehood. A match between Brisbane and Ipswich was held in 1859 while in 1860 a Toowoomba team played Dalby, by 1862 there were teams in Warwick, Gayndah, Gympie and the Lockyer Valley. Queenslands first inter-colonial match was in 1864 when their XXII was beaten by a New South Wales XI, in 1875, Queensland recorded their first victory when their XVIII beat the NSW XI. That victory was a catalyst for the formation of the Queensland Cricket Association in 1876, Queensland was finally granted first-class status in 1892/93, winning its inaugural first-class match against NSW in that season by 14 runs. Queensland rarely played more than two matches per season from 1892/93, with generally one match against New South Wales.
The tyranny of distance and non-professional status of the severely limited opportunities for more first-class competition during this period. The Sheffield Shield competition commenced in 1892/93 but Queenslands initial applications for admission were refused, despite their minimal first-class exposure, Queensland still produced four Australian Test players prior to their Sheffield Shield debut, though none played more than six Tests. The first was the colourful Arthur Coningham who played his only Test in 1895, remarkably, he took a wicket with his very first delivery. He scored Queenslands initial first-class century,151 against NSW, 1910/11 was a very successful season as Queensland recorded three first-class wins for the first time, beating NSW home and away and Victoria in Melbourne in their only three games of the summer. Queensland was finally admitted to the Sheffield Shield in 1926/27 and had a debut year, defeating NSW in their first ever Shield match. Like most new teams the side struggled to maintain that level of performance, however the decision to include Queensland quickly paid off with the emergence of regular Test players such as Bill Brown, Don Tallon, Percy Hornibrook and Ron Oxenham.
Brisbane hosted its first Test match in 1928/29 when Australia met England at the Exhibition Ground, by the early 1950s Queensland had a very competitive side and was regularly finishing in the top three of the five team Shield following Western Australias admission in 1946/47. In 1956/57 they finished a one point behind winners NSW. More Australian players were produced, including Ron Archer, Wally Grout, Ken Slasher Mackay, another highlight of this period was the dramatic Tied Test between Australia and the West Indies at the Gabba in 1960/61. This period was undoubtedly Queenslands worst era, finishing last eight times in nine Shield seasons, rock bottom was reached in 1967/68 when the side failed to win a single game. The QCA decided to recruit high-profile interstate players to revive the teams fortunes, greg Chappell was vice-captain of South Australia under brother Ian and was lured north for the 1973/74 season with the promise of the Queensland captaincy. Emerging pace bowler Jeff Thomson followed the next year, the addition of Chappell and Thomson to a side containing players such as Sam Trimble, Martin Kent, Tony Dell and Geoff Dymock had an immediate impact
Simon Patrick ODonnell is a former Australian cricketer, VFL footballer, and horse racing and cricket commentator. He is currently a horse breeder, ODonnell played as an all-rounder for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield between 1984 and 1993, scoring a century in his first match. Seen as a limited-overs specialist with clever medium pace bowling and explosive lower order hitting, ODonnell maintained a very good batting strike rate of 80.96 runs per 100 balls in ODIs, almost double his scoring rate in Tests. He was captain of Victoria for five seasons from 1988–89 until his retirement in 1993 and this was a mixed period, which included a Sheffield Shield victory in 90–91, but Victoria finished last in 1988–89, 1989–90 and 1992–93. ODonnell was voted international cricketer of the year in 1990-91, as a junior, Simon played Australian rules football for Assumption College, where he kicked 100 goals in his senior year. This led to him being recruited for senior football by the St Kilda Football Club, Kevin ODonnell played alongside two more notable Australian cricketers, Sam Loxton and Keith Miller, members of the legendary 1948 Invincibles.
ODonnell played 24 games and kicked 18 goals between 1982 and 1983 in what was the VFL, however, he had continued to play cricket and retired from football to focus on his cricket career. ODonnell hosted Melbourne radio station Sport 927s morning program with Kevin Bartlett until 2004, with the Nine Network, ODonnell has been a commentator of cricket and now presents The Cricket Show. Having owned and managed race horses through his company, ODonnell Thoroughbreds International, in November 2011, it was announced that ODonnell would replace James Brayshaw was host of The Sunday Footy Show. However, In November 2012, Nine announced that ODonnell had left the network, ODonnell made his first class debut for Victoria against South Australia at the MCG in February 1984. The following summer his bowling gathered attention when he took the wickets of Kepler Wessells and Alan Border in Victoria vs Qld Shield game, an innings of 45 not out helped steer Victoria to victory in a McDonalds Cup game. He made 78 in a game against the touring West Indies.
He was selected in the Prime Ministers XI to play the West Indies, as well as being a more than useful medium-pace bowler ODonnell has the potential to be a leading batsman, having scored a hard-hitting century against Western Australia in Perth last week. In January 1985 ODonnell was named in the 12 man Australian one day squad, I am very delighted, he said. It will be the biggest thrill of my life to walk out on to the MCG on Sunday and it was my goal at the start of the year to try and make national selection, but I thought that might not come for two or three years. ODonnells one day debut was a one, taking 1-39. He scored 25 in a defeat against the West Indies, in the Prime Ministers XI game he took two wickets but dropped two catches. Kept on in the one day team he took two wickets against Sri Lanka scored some runs in a rare Australian victory over the West Indies
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