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Cricket competition, Victoria played in the now-defunct Twenty20 competition, the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, which has been replaced by the current Big Bash League.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 Sydney Thunder are an Australian professional cricket team, competing in Australias domestic Twenty20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League. The teams home ground is Sydney Showground Stadium, known as Spotless Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park and their team uniform is lime green. Thunder won the edition of Big Bash, as well as the inaugural Womens Big Bash League. Along with the Sydney Sixers, the Sydney Thunder are the successors of the New South Wales Blues who played in the now-defunct KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. The NSW Cricket board unanimously decided on lime green as the colour, though other colours were considered. Cricket Australia did not allow Cricket NSW to use the sky blue colour associated with New South Wales sports teams. The team made their debut in the 2011-12 Big Bash League season - the inaugural season of the Big Bash League, the team performed poorly in its first years in the competition, finishing last in each of its first three seasons and second last in its fourth season.
From 2011 to 2014, the Thunders home ground was ANZ Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park, in June 2015, the Thunder announced they would leave ANZ Stadium and play all home games at Sydney Showground Stadium until the 2024-25 BBL season. The 2015–16 Big Bash League season marked the first year in which the Thunder finished in the top half of the table, the Thunder lost their following four games and it looked as if they were set to miss out on the finals. In their final game of the 2015–16 Big Bash League season, the Thunder faced the Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval in the first semi final, winning convincingly. The Thunder faced the Stars in the Finals the Melbourne Stars, the final was played at Melbourne Cricket Ground on 24 January 2016 and resulted in the Thunders defeat of the Melbourne Stars. The Sydney Thunder franchise swept the titles as the team won the inaugural womens title hours ago on the same ground by the same margin with the same number of balls remaining. The mens game featured a battle of two captains as brothers Michael and David Hussey went against each other on their mothers birthday, Sydney Thunder were the most watched sports team in Australia during 2015/16 with an average TV audience of 1. 2m.
Shane Watson was elected to captain the side in 2016, Thunder Bus The Thunder Bus travels around schools and cricket club in Sydney and Regional NSW, it has an interactive quiz and inflatable nets. The Thunder Bus directly engaged with 100,000 children aged between 5-12 during this period and was seen by over 1 Million people, gayle was pursued by Perth Scorchers but he rejected an offer of $250,000 to stay with the New South Wales team. The Sydney Smash – When the league began in 2011, Cricket Australia decided they would place two teams in Sydney, with the core group of players for both sides coming from the New South Wales cricket team, this rivalry automatically becomes widely anticipated in Sydney. In the first four seasons of the BBL the Thunder lost all seven Sydney Derby games to the Sixers. However, in the first match of the fifth Big Bash League, the season marked the first time the Thunder beat the Sixers in both games contested during the 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
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
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
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
ESPNcricinfo is a sports news website exclusively for the game of cricket. The site features news, live coverage of matches, and StatsGuru. As of July 2015, Sambit Bal was the editor, as part of an eventual breakup of the Wisden Group, it was sold to ESPN, jointly owned by The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Corporation, in 2007. CricInfo was launched on 15 March 1993 by Dr Simon King, while a company, CricInfo Ltd, was formed in 1996, CricInfo remained a volunteer-run operation until late 1999 and was not fully staffed until late 2000. In 2006, Cricinfos estimated worth was $150 million and it used around $22m worth of the paper to pay off initial investors but only raised about £6 million by selling the remaining stock. While the site continued to more and more users and operated on a very low cost base, its income was not enough to support a peak staff of 130 in nine countries. By late 2002 the company was making an operating profit and was one of very few independent sports sites to avoid collapse.
However, the business was still servicing a large loan, Cricinfo was eventually acquired by the Paul Gettys Wisden Group, the publisher of the Wisden Cricketers Almanack and The Wisden Cricketer, and renamed Wisden Cricinfo. The Wisden brand were eventually phased out in favor of Cricinfo for Wisdens online operations, in December 2005, Wisden re-launched its recently discontinued Wisden Asia Cricket magazine as Cricinfo Magazine, a magazine dedicated to coverage of Indian cricket. The magazine published its last issue in July 2007, in 2007, the Wisden Group began to be broken up and sold to other companies, BSkyB acquired The Wisden Cricketer, while Sony Corporation acquired the Hawk-Eye ball tracking system. In June 2007, ESPN Inc. announced that it had acquired Cricinfo from the Wisden Group, the acquisition was intended to help further expand Cricinfo by combining the site with ESPNs other web properties, including ESPN. com and ESPN Soccernet. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, Sambit Bal is currently the Editor-in-Chief of ESPNCricinfo.
In 2013, EspnCricinfo. com celebrated 20 years of the property with a series of online features, the annual ESPNCricinfo Awards have become an extremely popular event in the cricket calendar. ESPNcricinfo contains various news, blogs and fantasy sports games, for each match, the live scores are accompanied by a bulletin, which details the turning points of the match and some of the off-field events. The site used to offer Cricinfo 3D, a feature which utilizes a matchs scoring data to generate a 3D animated simulation of a live match, ask Steven is another regular section on ESPNCricinfo. It is a Tuesday column in which Steven Lynch answers users questions on all things cricket, in May 2014, ESPNcricinfo launched CricIQ, an online test to challenge every fan’s cricket knowledge. The Cricket Monthly claims itself to be the world’s first digital-only cricket magazine, the first issue was dated August 2014. CricInfo – News Updates An overview by Hareesh Atyam,2015
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
South Australian Scorpions
The South Australian Womens cricket team is an Australian first-class cricket team based in Adelaide, South Australia. The Scorpions play their matches at Park 25, which is located in the heart of the Adelaide City. The Scorpions are the state womens team for South Australia, competing in the Womens National Cricket League. Their uniform features a red body with black sleeves and black stripes down the leg, six of the Scorpion players have achieved something that most crickets can only dream of, representing their country internationally. Karen Rolton, Shelley Nitschke, Lauren Ebsary and Megan Schutt have all represented the Australian Southern Stars with their classy talent, while youngster Bridget Patterson has recently been listed in the Australian Shooting Stars squad. Beth Morgan, the recruit from England, represented her country before she came to Australia, although the Scorpions have not taken out a WNCL or T20 championship, they have been runners up in the 1997/98 & 2007/2008 seasons.
The Scorpions had a very intense pre season, working hard on improving their fitness. Former South Australian and Australian representative, Andrea McCauley, was named coach of the South Australian Scorpions for the 2013/14 season. Neisha Iles, a skilled player who brings great experience and pace to the game returned to the Scorpions Squad. Lauren Ebsary once again as captain, leads the Scorpions, in both the Womens National Cricket League and Twenty20 competitions, while Rhianna Peate closely stands by as Vice Captain for her second year in a row. Beth Morgan, our international batting star returns to the squad for her season, while Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars fast bowler. South Australian Cricket Association Southern Redbacks
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