Charlie and Billy go Glamping!

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Glamorgan have added batsman Charlie Hemphrey to their batting ranks for the 2019 campaign. The Doncaster born bat has done okay on the Australian domestic scene and a stint in county cricket should serve him well. The Welsh county have already acquired fellow Yorkshireman Billy Root and as a result they should be more of a force this term.

Nottinghamshire didn’t really seem to know what to do with Root. You could check three scorecards in a week and find him batting at three, then at nine playing primarily as a spin bowler then batting at five. The opportunity to play week in week out should help bring out the best of a player who has demonstrated that he’s good enough to carve out a career at county level.

As a batsman who bowls a bit and likely to get regular first team opportunities, Root is a player to consider come the 2019 edition of Telegraph Fantasy Cricket. Look out for my YouTube video of how to go about selecting your team soon!

Blog Review: Advice, Tips and Some Cries for Help!

It’s over two years ago now that I started this blog and I’m still going… strong?!

In the past couple of days, I (Or you) have produced record-breaking performances on both the views and likes front.

https://sillypointcricket.com/category/audio/

I added audio to my blog not that long ago and have recently debuted on YouTube. Making my way to the crease on YouTube has led me to review a few things, the most crucial of which has been tagging. So it turns out that I’ve been tagging all wrong! Well not all wrong but here’s a crucial thing that I’ve discovered by actually bothering to read the advise on WordPress

Don’t put anymore than a combined fifteen categories or tags otherwise your article won’t show up on Reader.

I thought that tags were how people found your writings on the internet but no, the internet can actually identify the content from your writing, I think that this is called meta. I’m aware that my absence from platforms such as Twitter limits my reach but as much as I’d like to communicate with a larger audience, I don’t want to spend my entire life in front of a screen. I could help myself by tagging correctly though!

My YouTube videos aren’t quite as polished or spectacular as I’d like them to be. A limit on both time, opportunity and crucially location in such a small and busy environment restrict the quality of my finished product but enough excuses… I’ll get better!

Back to tagging. On YouTube the suggestion seems to be that you wouldn’t just tag ‘cricket’ or ‘joe root’ but ‘how to play cricket’ or ‘batting tutorial’. The fact that most search terms that people have used to find our blogs display as ‘Unknown Search Terms’ really isn’t helpful. If we could see what people have keyed in then it would be extremely beneficial. Of course my articles aren’t generally ‘How to…’ videos. Most people seem to come to my blog for my Don Bradman and Ashes Cricket computer game articles. They seem to have typed for example ‘Don Bradman career mode’ or ‘Ashes Cricket PS4’ into a search engine and found my work. Ultimately those games are a niche area with, in the grand scheme of things, limited content on the world wide web. If somebody types in ‘cricket’ or ‘Virat Kohli’ then they’re unlikely to find my blog at the top of Google!

I’ve always said that “My blog might be rubbish but at least it’s my rubbish”. The content, though sometimes inspired from other written work is my research and content. The photos, though occasionally a photo of a trading card or a calendar are my photos. I stopped following the copy and paste addicts a long time ago but I do think that a lot of bloggers need to educate themselves on use of images online.

I hope that one or two things I’ve written above are helpful to other bloggers and if anyone can help me with tagging tips and general advice on gaining exposure then please let me know… but please don’t tell me “Social media”… I know!

Great Britain Olympic Cricket Team

Please take a look at my latest YouTube video. Remember to ‘Like’ and ‘Subscribe’. My videos will get better, I promise!

Here’s my Great Britian Olympic Cricket Team in full:

England: James Vince (C), Sam Billings (W), Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Scotland:  Matthew Cross (W), Josh Davey, Calum MacLeod, Safyaan Sharif, Ireland: Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Wales: Aneurin Donald, Brad Wadlan, Jersey: Harrison Carlyon, Jonty Jenner, Guernsey: Matthew Stokes, Montserrat: Quinton Boatswain

Please let me know your thoughts on my squad and whether or not cricket should be at the Olympics at all…

Heat’s Harris Graces Big Occasion!

Brisbane Heat opener Grace Harris required only 42 deliveries to reach a scintillating century against Melbourne Stars in WBBL 2018-19.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r-llQ6ixZcg

Harris has history at this level but appears to have been employed primarily as a bowler when donning Australian colours. She’ll be hoping that her exploits with the willow can earn her a recall to the national side then both Australia’s men’s (Marcus) and women’s teams could have Harris at the top of the order.

Cricket Films Worth Watching

Following on (See what I did there?) from my recent post titled ‘Cricket Books Worth Reading’…

https://sillypointcricket.com/2018/11/28/cricket-books-worth-reading/

Here are some cricket films that are well worth watching. As was the case with books, it’s pretty much all non-fiction (Documentaries). Oh, and actually some of them are books as well…

Death of a Gentleman

For cynics of cricket’s top brass, feast on this!

Fire in Babylon

Focusing on West Indian success throughout the 1970s and 80s.

Out of the Ashes

This film charts the rapid rise of the Afghanistan men’s team… including the unceremonious ditching of their coach!

Warriors

I bet that you never thought you’d watch a film about cricket and female genital mutilation did you?

Here’s the link to my original write-up…

https://sillypointcricket.com/2017/01/19/warriors-dvd-review/

Howzat: Kerry Packer’s War

This is actually a two-part television drama and the book that it’s based on featured in my ‘… Worth Reading’ list…

https://sillypointcricket.com/2017/06/29/christopher-lee-howzat-book-review/

In terms of fiction, there are films such as P’tang Yang Kipperbang and Wondrous Oblivion to Watch.

Lookout for my review of Sachin: A Billion Dreams soon. Because somebody’s getting it for Christmas!!!

New Zealand Select Young to Avoid Growing Old!

Wherever Will Young is, the Central Districts batsman better leave right now! He’s been called up to New Zealand’s Test squad for the home series against Sri Lanka. Young will be hoping to light my fire (Or maybe his own fire) and have an evergreen international career for Aotearoa. The twenty-six-year-old will be determined to commence an all time love with the national side.

Meanwhile, spinner Will Somerville has rather harshly been omitted from the playing party, despite claiming match figures of 7-127 against Pakistan on debut.