As you may be aware, I’m a huge fan of spreading the game around the globe beyond the traditional hotbeds of cricket.
This week, countries such as Papua New Guinea and USA amongst others, go in search of full ODI status…
As with the application of T20I status to all Associate nations, gaining ODI status provides context and inspiration to many cricketers as well as fans.
There’ll be skill on show but surely heartbreak will also unfold. Let’s wait and see how the tournament develops…
Thoughts are with the family of Scotland cricketer Con de Lange who passed away today…
De Lange did once make an appearance on this blog by claiming figures of 6-66 and 4-14 in the virtual world…
Far more importantly, he made contributions on and off the field for both his team and his family.
Wishing his wife and children great strength at such a difficult time.
Some selected numbers from today’s One-Day Cup matches:
Warwickshire 270 / Yorkshire 270… a tie!
Lancashire 417 / Nottinghamshire 406… a heck of an effort in an almighty chase!
There are some pretty mind blowing stats (Moores and Fletcher with the bat/Chappell with the ball) from within the stat below…
Somerset 358 / Kent 94… a 264-run margin of victory!
Craig Overton: 66 not out from 36 / 5-18… nice!
Another ton (111 & 127) for Varun Chopra and 6-62 from Nathan Sowter…
Cameron Bancroft following 151 not out with 118 not out…
No wonder I couldn’t find him among the averages!
Two players released by Yorkshire last year are still trying to carve out professional careers and have been gracing the Second XI circuit this season.
Left-arm quick bowler James Wainman can be found at Worcestershire meanwhile spinner Azeem Rafiq, rather cruelly let go following trying personal times, can be found at Warwickshire.
Competition for places at Yorkshire this season is incredibly hot so it’s understandable that some players had to be let go. Wainman and Rafiq are extremely good cricketers however and it wouldn’t be a surprise if we were to see them grace the field for a county side’s first XI in the future.
20,000 seems like a number worth celebrating so thank you for helping me reach said milestone of hits.
My articles involving the entire evolution of Big Ant’s console cricket games: Don Bradman Cricket 14 and 17, Ashes Cricket and Cricket 19 have been the mainstay of my views courtesy of search engines.
Posts on another cricket game but away from console: Cricket Captain, have also been critical to my amassing of views.
A particular interest for many in Haseeb Hameed has also helped me gain plenty of views!
My homeland, the United Kingdom, is the run away leader for me in terms of hits with India then USA in the silver and bronze medal positions respectively.
The above post has been my most discovered.
With a bumper summer of cricket ahead and plenty of Cricket 19 posts on the way, maybe I can double 20k in less time than the three years it’s taken me to reach this point in the first place!
Adam Lyth will always hold a place in my heart, if not for the highest but for the best ever innings that I’ve played on a computer game…
His 120 in a ODI against the mighty Nepal on Don Bradman Cricket 17 may have been in a losing cause but was a mighty fine knock.
Unfortunately, having spent a Telegraph Fantasy Cricket captaincy transfer on him, I would’ve welcomed better than a duck (-20).
He better take some catches and wickets is all that I can say!