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In the International Spotlight…Estonia Cricket

Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 15, 2008

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The Estonian Cricket Team is a fledgling team which represents the nation of Estonia in International Cricket competitions. Granted Affiliate Status in June 2008. Estonian cricket relies upon the support of touring sides from Britain and other European nations to get matches to play. In the 2007 season they won over 80% of all their games.

The president of the Estonian Cricket Association is Barry Jason, who currently holds the world record for the most amount of countries played in by one person, 128 in total. Estonians who have recently made the grade as International players include Andres Burget, Gleb Bihanov, Andrus Kämbre, Kristjan Kogerman, and Risto Koovit.

The most famous tourists to Estonia have been Sir Tim Rice, and his team the Heartaches, the MCC, the Lord’s Taverners and most recently Carmel & District Cricket Club captained by Timothy Abraham.

Estonia is also home to a unique variant of the game in Ice Cricket. The Ice Cricket World Championship is held annually in the Estonian city of Tallinn and is played upon the surface of a frozen lake. These tournaments are now sponsored by Bulmers Original Cider, Scottish & Newcastle, and they last from January until late March.

The year 2007 saw the formation of the Estonian cricket league. The league consists of four Tallinn based teams who compete in a round robin format. Players who are members of the Estonian Cricket League are eligible to be selected for the National side. 2007 saw a victory for Kalev CC captained by Andres Burget.

Links to more information on cricket in Estonia:

  • Estonian Cricket Website
  • Estonia Cricket on Cricinfo’s Beyond the Test World
  • Estonia Cricket Association on Facebook
  • Estonia Win Twenty20 Tournament

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    In the International Spotlight…Estonia Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 14, 2008

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    The Estonian Cricket Team is a fledgling team which represents the nation of Estonia in International Cricket competitions. Granted Affiliate Status in June 2008. Estonian cricket relies upon the support of touring sides from Britain and other European nations to get matches to play. In the 2007 season they won over 80% of all their games.

    The president of the Estonian Cricket Association is Barry Jason, who currently holds the world record for the most amount of countries played in by one person, 128 in total. Estonians who have recently made the grade as International players include Andres Burget, Gleb Bihanov, Andrus Kämbre, Kristjan Kogerman, and Risto Koovit.

    The most famous tourists to Estonia have been Sir Tim Rice, and his team the Heartaches, the MCC, the Lord’s Taverners and most recently Carmel & District Cricket Club captained by Timothy Abraham.

    Estonia is also home to a unique variant of the game in Ice Cricket. The Ice Cricket World Championship is held annually in the Estonian city of Tallinn and is played upon the surface of a frozen lake. These tournaments are now sponsored by Bulmers Original Cider, Scottish & Newcastle, and they last from January until late March.

    The year 2007 saw the formation of the Estonian cricket league. The league consists of four Tallinn based teams who compete in a round robin format. Players who are members of the Estonian Cricket League are eligible to be selected for the National side. 2007 saw a victory for Kalev CC captained by Andres Burget.

    Links to more information on cricket in Estonia:

  • Estonian Cricket Website
  • Estonia Cricket on Cricinfo’s Beyond the Test World
  • Estonia Cricket Association on Facebook
  • Estonia Win Twenty20 Tournament

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

  • Posted in Andres Burget, Barry Jason, Estonia Cricket Association, Estonian Cricket League, Ice Cricket, Kalev CC, M.C.C, Old Boys Cricket Club, Reval Cricket Club, Sir Tim Rice, Tallinn, Tallinn Cricket Club | Leave a Comment »

    In the International Spotlight…Singapore Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 4, 2008

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    The Singapore national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Singapore in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1974 and have played in every edition of the ICC World Cup Qualifier (formerly the ICC Trophy) to date with the exception of the 1986 and 2005 tournaments. They have also ruled themselves out of qualification for the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier after finishing fifth in Division Five of the World Cricket League in 2008.

    They also have played in each edition of the ACC Trophy and its predecessor the South East Asian Tournament. They play annually against Malaysia in the Saudara Cup three-day match and the Stan Nagaiah Trophy one-day series and between 1991 and 2004 played Malaysia, Hong Kong and Thailand in the Tuanku Ja’afar Cup.

    History:

    Beginnings of cricket in Singapore:
    The first recorded mention of cricket in Singapore was in 1837 when a “Mr Z” complained, in a letter to the Singapore Free Press, of cricket being played near a church on a Sunday in violation of the Sabbath. This resulted in cricket being banned on Sundays, a prohibition that remained in place until the 1930s.

    Cricket was an important recreational activity, with matches often played against the officers of visiting ships. The Singapore Cricket Club was formed in 1852 and played its first match amongst themselves the same year. The quality of cricket in these early years was quite poor, and it wasn’t until 1865 before a team total of more than 100 was scored. Louis Glass became the first person in Singapore to record a century two years later.

    The Singapore Cricket Club eventually began to play against teams from other parts of British Malaya such as Penang, Perak and Kuala Lumpur and this eventually led to an invitation from Hong Kong to send a team there, which saw the beginning of the long running series of “Interport Matches”.
    Singapore team:
    (First matches)
    The Singapore team did play twice during the Straits Settlements team era, playing twice against WAS Oldfield’s XI in 1927, losing both matches by an innings. They next played in 1957, drawing at home to Ceylon. Various teams visited Singapore in the 1960s, including Worcestershire.

    The Interport Matches resumed in 1968 with Singapore drawing against Hong Kong. These matches were played occasionally until 1987. In 1970, the Saudara Cup match against Malaysia was played for the first time, this continues annually to the present day. Also that year, Singapore played an MCC side captain by Tony Lewis and featuring Geoff Boycott. The match was won by the MCC.

    ICC membership:
    Singapore became an associate member of the ICC in 1974 and three years later won the Saudara Cup for the first time. In 1978, Singapore played India at home, the match ending in a draw. Singapore took part in the first ICC Trophy in England in 1979 but could only finish fourth in their first round group after only beating Argentina. They finished fourth out of eight teams in their first round group in the 1982 tournament and withdrew from the 1986 tournament when several of their players couldn’t get leave from work.

    Singapore played in the South East Asian Tournament for the first time in 1984, playing in the event again in 1988 and 1992 (when they hosted), though they never reached the final as Bangladesh and Hong Kong finished first and second on each occasion. The final Interport Match took place in Singapore in 1987, with Hong Kong beating the home side. They returned to the ICC Trophy for the 1990 tournament in the Netherlands, beating Malaysia and Israel during the event, and failing to progress past the first round.

    Singapore began playing in the Tuanku Ja’afar Cup in 1991, an annual tournament against Malaysia, Hong Kong and Thailand. They won the event just once, in 1994, a year in which they finished 19th out of 20 teams in the ICC Trophy. The Stan Nagaiah Trophy, an annual three match series of one-day matches against Malaysia, began the following year. Singapore played in the first ACC Trophy in 1996, beating the Maldives and Thailand but failing to go past the first round. They finished 14th in the 1997 ICC Trophy and could only beat Papua New Guinea in the 1998 ACC Trophy, again failing to go past the first round.

    21st century:
    The first two major tournaments of the 21st century for Singapore got them off to a bad start as they lost all their first round matches in both the 2000 ACC Trophy in the UAE and the 2001 ICC Trophy in Ontario, their final ICC Trophy to date. They hosted the ACC Trophy in 2002, beating the Maldives and Thailand (by 325 runs) but again failing to progress beyond the first round, a performance they repeated in 2004. The finished fourth in the ACC Fast Track Nations Tournament in 2004 and 2005.

    Singapore began to show an improvement in their form in 2006. That year they finished third in the ACC Premier League and finally passed the first round stage in the ACC Trophy, finishing fifth to qualify for Division Five of the World Cricket League in 2008. They didn’t progress beyond the first round of the 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup, beating only Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, but captain Chaminda Ruwan did make the highest score of the tournament. In the World Cricket League Division Five tournament in Jersey, Singapore finished fifth after beating Botswana in a play-off, though they did beat Afghanistan during the first round, who went on to win the tournament.

    Records:

    ICC Trophy:

  • Highest team total: 231/6 v Gibraltar, 25 February 1994 at Ruaraka Sports Club Ground, Nairobi
  • Highest individual score: 77 by Joshua Dearing v Canada, 28 June 2001 at Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club
  • Best innings bowling: 5/39 by M. Rajalingam v Fiji, 5 July 1982 at Solihull Cricket Club Ground

    Overall:
  • Highest team total: 440/2 v Thailand, 16 July 2002 at Kallang Ground, Singapore
  • Highest individual score: 191 by K Mendis v Thailand, 16 July 2002 at Kallang Ground, Singapore
  • Best innings bowling: 8/8 by Mahesh Mehta v Malaysia, 14 September 1979 at The Padang, Malaysia

    Links to more information on Singapore Cricket:
  • Singapore Cricket Association
  • Singapore Cricket Club
  • Cricinfo Blog on Singapore Cricket
  • Singapore Cricket Timeline

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    In the International Spotlight…Singapore Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 4, 2008

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    The Singapore national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Singapore in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1974 and have played in every edition of the ICC World Cup Qualifier (formerly the ICC Trophy) to date with the exception of the 1986 and 2005 tournaments. They have also ruled themselves out of qualification for the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier after finishing fifth in Division Five of the World Cricket League in 2008.

    They also have played in each edition of the ACC Trophy and its predecessor the South East Asian Tournament. They play annually against Malaysia in the Saudara Cup three-day match and the Stan Nagaiah Trophy one-day series and between 1991 and 2004 played Malaysia, Hong Kong and Thailand in the Tuanku Ja’afar Cup.

    History:

    Beginnings of cricket in Singapore:
    The first recorded mention of cricket in Singapore was in 1837 when a “Mr Z” complained, in a letter to the Singapore Free Press, of cricket being played near a church on a Sunday in violation of the Sabbath. This resulted in cricket being banned on Sundays, a prohibition that remained in place until the 1930s.

    Cricket was an important recreational activity, with matches often played against the officers of visiting ships. The Singapore Cricket Club was formed in 1852 and played its first match amongst themselves the same year. The quality of cricket in these early years was quite poor, and it wasn’t until 1865 before a team total of more than 100 was scored. Louis Glass became the first person in Singapore to record a century two years later.

    The Singapore Cricket Club eventually began to play against teams from other parts of British Malaya such as Penang, Perak and Kuala Lumpur and this eventually led to an invitation from Hong Kong to send a team there, which saw the beginning of the long running series of “Interport Matches”.
    Singapore team:
    (First matches)
    The Singapore team did play twice during the Straits Settlements team era, playing twice against WAS Oldfield’s XI in 1927, losing both matches by an innings. They next played in 1957, drawing at home to Ceylon. Various teams visited Singapore in the 1960s, including Worcestershire.

    The Interport Matches resumed in 1968 with Singapore drawing against Hong Kong. These matches were played occasionally until 1987. In 1970, the Saudara Cup match against Malaysia was played for the first time, this continues annually to the present day. Also that year, Singapore played an MCC side captain by Tony Lewis and featuring Geoff Boycott. The match was won by the MCC.

    ICC membership:
    Singapore became an associate member of the ICC in 1974 and three years later won the Saudara Cup for the first time. In 1978, Singapore played India at home, the match ending in a draw. Singapore took part in the first ICC Trophy in England in 1979 but could only finish fourth in their first round group after only beating Argentina. They finished fourth out of eight teams in their first round group in the 1982 tournament and withdrew from the 1986 tournament when several of their players couldn’t get leave from work.

    Singapore played in the South East Asian Tournament for the first time in 1984, playing in the event again in 1988 and 1992 (when they hosted), though they never reached the final as Bangladesh and Hong Kong finished first and second on each occasion. The final Interport Match took place in Singapore in 1987, with Hong Kong beating the home side. They returned to the ICC Trophy for the 1990 tournament in the Netherlands, beating Malaysia and Israel during the event, and failing to progress past the first round.

    Singapore began playing in the Tuanku Ja’afar Cup in 1991, an annual tournament against Malaysia, Hong Kong and Thailand. They won the event just once, in 1994, a year in which they finished 19th out of 20 teams in the ICC Trophy. The Stan Nagaiah Trophy, an annual three match series of one-day matches against Malaysia, began the following year. Singapore played in the first ACC Trophy in 1996, beating the Maldives and Thailand but failing to go past the first round. They finished 14th in the 1997 ICC Trophy and could only beat Papua New Guinea in the 1998 ACC Trophy, again failing to go past the first round.

    21st century:
    The first two major tournaments of the 21st century for Singapore got them off to a bad start as they lost all their first round matches in both the 2000 ACC Trophy in the UAE and the 2001 ICC Trophy in Ontario, their final ICC Trophy to date. They hosted the ACC Trophy in 2002, beating the Maldives and Thailand (by 325 runs) but again failing to progress beyond the first round, a performance they repeated in 2004. The finished fourth in the ACC Fast Track Nations Tournament in 2004 and 2005.

    Singapore began to show an improvement in their form in 2006. That year they finished third in the ACC Premier League and finally passed the first round stage in the ACC Trophy, finishing fifth to qualify for Division Five of the World Cricket League in 2008. They didn’t progress beyond the first round of the 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup, beating only Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, but captain Chaminda Ruwan did make the highest score of the tournament. In the World Cricket League Division Five tournament in Jersey, Singapore finished fifth after beating Botswana in a play-off, though they did beat Afghanistan during the first round, who went on to win the tournament.

    Records:

    ICC Trophy:

  • Highest team total: 231/6 v Gibraltar, 25 February 1994 at Ruaraka Sports Club Ground, Nairobi
  • Highest individual score: 77 by Joshua Dearing v Canada, 28 June 2001 at Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club
  • Best innings bowling: 5/39 by M. Rajalingam v Fiji, 5 July 1982 at Solihull Cricket Club Ground

    Overall:
  • Highest team total: 440/2 v Thailand, 16 July 2002 at Kallang Ground, Singapore
  • Highest individual score: 191 by K Mendis v Thailand, 16 July 2002 at Kallang Ground, Singapore
  • Best innings bowling: 8/8 by Mahesh Mehta v Malaysia, 14 September 1979 at The Padang, Malaysia

    Links to more information on Singapore Cricket:
  • Singapore Cricket Association
  • Singapore Cricket Club
  • Cricinfo Blog on Singapore Cricket
  • Singapore Cricket Timeline

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    Laws of cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 17, 2008

    Hey everyone here’s a handy resource that might help you if your knowledge about crickets rules and regulations are not as much as you would like, here is the link/URL for it: Click here for Rules and laws for cricket, from Marybelone Cricket Club, England This link will take you to a website that will also explain the history of cricket and when the laws and regulations first came about, if you would like any more info please don’t hesitate to drop by and leave a comment/request. In most cases they can be translated to the language of your choice (your browser should have a translation button pre installed on there, if not please let me know and I can see what I can do).

    Also can anyone tell me who will win the o.d.i and test series between new zealand and england? just asking for opinions etc, I would hope that new zealand will mount a good challenge against the poms, well i hope so because we need to since we have a shane bond-less bowling attack and our top order batting is lacking in performance issues, which need to be addressed immediately, wish matthew sinclair could go back to the days when he got that magnificent 214 against the west indies in the 1999/2000 season in nz (if you are wondering,his innings ended when he got bowled by reon king). the 47 he got against bangladesh was the scratchiest innings ive seen, probably ever, whether it was plain luck he managed to get that far due to the inept fielding skills of the minnow bangladeshis (he repeatedly nicked the ball through to the wicketkeeper and the slips cordon) or due to certain issues, lets just hope he remedies them issues.

    Cheers everyone!

    Rob

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    Laws of cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 17, 2008

    Hey everyone here’s a handy resource that might help you if your knowledge about crickets rules and regulations are not as much as you would like, here is the link/URL for it: Click here for Rules and laws for cricket, from Marybelone Cricket Club, England This link will take you to a website that will also explain the history of cricket and when the laws and regulations first came about, if you would like any more info please don’t hesitate to drop by and leave a comment/request. In most cases they can be translated to the language of your choice (your browser should have a translation button pre installed on there, if not please let me know and I can see what I can do).

    Also can anyone tell me who will win the o.d.i and test series between new zealand and england? just asking for opinions etc, I would hope that new zealand will mount a good challenge against the poms, well i hope so because we need to since we have a shane bond-less bowling attack and our top order batting is lacking in performance issues, which need to be addressed immediately, wish matthew sinclair could go back to the days when he got that magnificent 214 against the west indies in the 1999/2000 season in nz (if you are wondering,his innings ended when he got bowled by reon king). the 47 he got against bangladesh was the scratchiest innings ive seen, probably ever, whether it was plain luck he managed to get that far due to the inept fielding skills of the minnow bangladeshis (he repeatedly nicked the ball through to the wicketkeeper and the slips cordon) or due to certain issues, lets just hope he remedies them issues.

    Cheers everyone!

    Rob

    Posted in England, Guidelines, Laws of cricket, M.C.C, Rules | Leave a Comment »