Cricket: Australian Domestic scene: Doug Bollinger and Ben Laughlin

Doug Bollinger in action during the 2013 Ryobi Cup (source: ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

Doug Bollinger in action during the 2013 Ryobi Cup (source: ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

They both play for the same Big Bash League team, the Hobart Hurricanes.  When it comes to the two longer forms of the domestic game, the left-arm and right-arm quick respectively are on opposing sides.

Enter New South Welshman Doug Bollinger, and Tasmanian Ben Laughlin.  One steams in with sheer determination, the other bowls extremely well at the death of 20 over and 50 over matches.

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Cricket: Mitchell Johnson: the man with the venom

Mitchell Johnson celebrates 9 wickets at the Gabba (source: ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

Mitchell Johnson celebrates 9 wickets at the Gabba (source: ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

(A focus on his test career)

The touring English fan base, the Barmy Army, have a saying for Australia’s left arm quick, Mitchell Johnson.  Here it is:

“He bowls to the left…
He bowls to the rightttttttt
That Mitchell Johnson
His bowling is shite!”

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Cricket: The Ashes: England mesmerised by shining Australian outfit

The Australians celebrate their first test victory (Source: ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

The Australians celebrate their first test victory (Source: ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

What was hyped as a dogged test match between two old enemies turned out to be the polar opposite; domination from Australia, and capitulation from England, on a terrific Gabba pitch.

Having come into the opening test with a batting line-up that had the critics wondering, Australia took the match by storm with an impressive 381 run win. Continue reading

Cricket: The Ashes: Test 1, Day 1: It’s all England at the Gabba, but Australia fight back

Stuart Broad celebrates the dismissal of David Warner (source: ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

Stuart Broad celebrates the dismissal of David Warner (source: ESPN Cricinfo/Getty Images)

The lead up to the first Ashes test included a lot of media hype from the Australians, trying to throw the English off guard.  Dramatic backfiring ensued on a very sunny first day.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, signs were looking good.  Then the inevitable happened, and the first two sessions belonged to the England bowlers. Continue reading

Cricket: VWCA Action (Premier 1sts) Round 6 and 7: Box Hill Mustangs Report

Australian, Victorian & Box Hill superstar Meg Lanning in action in the VWCA, Nov 17, 2013 (photo mine)

Australian, Victorian & Box Hill superstar Meg Lanning in action in the VWCA, Nov 17, 2013 (photo mine)

Game 1: Box Hill v Melbourne

(Albert Ground)

Box Hill 5/157 (M. Lanning 54, A. Lanning 49*, S. Tatchell 2/33) defeated Melbourne 4/113 (E. Jones 46 rt no, K. Black 32) by 44 runs

A last over knee injury to Melbourne opener Evelyn Jones was the only thing that overshadowed a strong Box Hill win at the Albert Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Sunny skies and a pleasant breeze greeted players and spectators, and Meg Lanning wasted no time, letting loose on the short boundaries.  Continue reading

Cricket: Big Bash League: Season Three: the attraction

BBL 03 teams (photo from icricketbuzz.com)

BBL 03 teams (photo from icricketbuzz.com)

SHOWTIME

The Big Bash League (and a full-on summer of cricket) is ready to grab our attention once again.  Seven weeks of action include 32 group stage matches and three finals, from December 20 2013 to February 7 2014.

Reigning champions the Brisbane Heat have compiled another strong squad; the Melbourne Renegades continue to attract fans after a surprise BBL|02, and the Sydney Thunder have recruited batting superstar Mike Hussey. Continue reading

From the eyes of an amateur photographer: the sport

La Trobe v Wollongong, Australian University Games, 2013 (photo mine)

La Trobe v Wollongong, Australian University Games, 2013 (photo mine)

Across all my experiences in the sporting industry – including game day reporting and article writing – there is one aspect that is consistent across each thing that I do; photography. Continue reading