International Duck Watch! An Announcement

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It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the retirement of International Duck Watch. I know that this will come as a huge blow to many keen followers but in an attempt to return to the original philosophy of this blog, namely to provide in-depth articles that matter and to maintain a standard of quality, I have decided to retire my leading gimmick.

If I were by some miracle a full-time blogger, with no family or work commitments and could throw my bat into the Twittersphere, then I would continue with IDW but in truth, it can become a little bit of a chore having returned home from work.

For now I will continue to bring to the crease my travails on Don Bradman Cricket 17, L.B. Wilson’s adventures (Admittedly a gimmick!), if I ever get out of the house that is and book reviews etc, as well as those random articles about all things cricket that was the whole point of Silly Point in the first place.

R.I.P. I.D.W.

Throwback Thursday

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I’ve just invented this new thing. It’s called Throwback Thursday. As a non-Facebooker, Tweeter or Instagrammer, it would be pure coincidence if such a thing existed on those websites!

Who wears an arm guard in Division Seven?

Image rights disclaimer: (The above photo is provided courtesy of my wife). The most epic forty-five minute innings of four runs (Including half an hour before achieving duck avoidance!) one man and his dog have ever seen.

Hope for West Indies

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It’s fair to say that since the turn of the century Caribbean cricket hasn’t been at it’s peak. The West Indies national side have not been the force they once were. Potential stars such as Kieron Powell packed the game in altogether to try their hand at baseball, though he’s recently returned to cricket whilst Darren Bravo’s future is in serious doubt following a recent Twitter outburst.

There is however a glimmer of hope for West Indies. When Shai Hope made his Test debut against England it was in truth probably a little too soon but a career best knock of 211 just prior to the Test got him the nod. Over eighteen months later he is still awaiting a Test match half-century but did make a career best 41 in his last Test outing before striking 47 on ODI debut earlier today.

It’s not just Shai either. His elder brother Kyle, four years Shai’s senior at 27 is still awaiting a First Class century but a batting average of 29.35 suggests that he has no problem getting going. He recently struck 107 for West Indies A against Sri Lanka A in a List A match.

Amongst others, the encouraging signs displayed by Roston Chase early in his Test career, Nicholas Pooran debuting in T20Is and Rahkeen Cornwall’s domestic performances also provide West Indies with optimism for the years ahead.