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Introducing…the Scotiabank National T20 Championship

Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 24, 2009

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The Scotiabank National T20 Championship is the first ever Twenty 20 domestic competition in Canada held by Cricket Canada. First season started in 2008 from May 17th to 19th, at Maple Leaf Cricket Club near Toronto, Ontario. Held on a rotational basis, this year the Ontario Cricket Association hosted teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and the Nova Scotia. Ontario ‘B’ were champions defeating Quebec in the final.

Teams:
The eight teams are represented by their respective states, only the Ontario has two teams.

  • Ontario
  • Ontario B
  • British Columbia
  • Alberta
  • Nova Scotia
  • Quebec
  • Manitoba
  • Saskatchewan

    Sponsorship:
    Scotia Bank is the sponsor for this Twenty 20 event.

    Links leading to more information on the Scotiabank National T20 Championship:

  • Canadian Cricket- Domestic Season
  • Canadian Twenty20 championship

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

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    Introducing…the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 4, 2009

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    The KFC Twenty20 Big Bash is the domestic Twenty20 cricket competition in Australia. The competition is organised by Cricket Australia, and sponsored by fast food chicken outlet KFC. Australia was slower to pick up the format of Twenty20 cricket than other countries such as England and South Africa, but eventually established a league amongst the domestic Australian sides in 2005. The inception of the domestic Twenty20 competition was hailed as one of the games biggest innovations in Australia since the advent of World Series Cricket nearly 30 years previously. The format has proved highly popular with crowds in excess of 10,000 for games even during the working week.

    The format for the 2007/2008 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash consisted of a 15-match competition which saw each State play 5 matches. The teams which finished first and second on the points table met in a final at the first placed side’s home ground. The final was held at the WACA Ground in Perth with Victoria beating Western Australia.

    As in other countries, Australia has taken a light-hearted high entertainment approach to the domestic Twenty20 competition, with cheerleaders, DJ’s, and nick-names all being features. The crowd are encouraged to wear fancy dress, and create a carnival atmosphere. Big hitting and fast scoring is a notable feature, and encourages crowd involvement.

    Teams:

  • Victorian Bushrangers(VB Victorian Bushrangers)
  • New South Wales Blues(SpeedBlitz Blues)
  • Tasmanian Tigers(PKF Tasmanian Tigers)
  • Western Warriors(Retravision Warriors)
  • Southern Redbacks(West End Redbacks)
  • Queensland Bulls(XXXX Gold Queensland Bulls)

    Records:

  • Highest Score: 7/233 Victorian Bushrangers vs New South Wales Blues, 21 Jan 2006, at North Sydney Oval.
  • Lowest Score (batting first): 97 (19.3 overs) Southern Redbacks, vs Western Warriors, 8 Jan 2008, at Adelaide Oval.
  • Biggest Winning Margin: 93 Victorian Bushrangers vs New South Wales Blues, 21 Jan 2006, at North Sydney Oval.
  • Lowest Winning Margin: 2 Victorian Bushrangers vs Western Warriors, 6 Jan 2006, at WACA Ground, Perth.
  • Highest Individual Score: 111 (56 balls) Michael Dighton, Tasmanian Tigers vs New South Wales Blues, 10 Jan 2007, at ANZ Stadium, Sydney.
  • Most Runs (Overall): Brad Hodge (476) for Victorian Bushrangers
  • Best Bowling: 6/25 (3 overs) Michael Dighton, Tasmanian Tigers vs Queensland Bulls, 1 Jan 2007, at The Heritage Oval, Toowoomba.
  • Most Wickets (overall): Shaun Tait- South Australia, Brett Dorey- Western Australia, Shane Harwood- Victoria Bushrangers (all took 15 wickets each)
  • Most Catches: 12 David Hussey, Victorian Bushrangers.

    References:

  • Cricinfo – Records – in Australia – Twenty20 matches – Smallest victories (including ties)
  • Cricinfo – Records – in Australia – Twenty20 matches – High scores
  • Cricinfo – Records – in Australia – Twenty20 matches – Best bowling figures in an innings
  • Cricinfo – Records – in Australia – Twenty20 matches – Most catches
  • Cricinfo Australian Domestic Cricket Archive

    Links to more information on the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash:
  • KFC Twenty20 Big Bash @ cricketworld.com

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

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    What is Twenty20 cricket?

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 28, 2008

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    Twenty20 is a form of cricket, originally introduced in the United Kingdom for professional inter-county competition by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), in 2003. A Twenty20 game involves two teams, each have a single innings, batting for a maximum of 20 overs.

    A Twenty20 game is completed in about two and half hours, with each innings lasting around 75 minutes, thus bringing the game closer to the timespan of other popular team sports such as football. It was introduced to create a lively form of the game which would be attractive to spectators at the ground and viewers on television and as such it has been very successful. The ECB did not intend that Twenty20 would replace other forms of cricket and these have continued alongside it.

    Since its inception the game has spread around the cricket world. On most international tours there is a Twenty20 match and most Test-playing nations have a domestic cup competition. The inaugural World Twenty20 was played in South Africa in 2007 with India defeating Pakistan in the final. The Indian Premier League is currently the largest and most popular (in terms of attendance and television audience) Twenty20 league in the world.

    History:

    Origins

    The idea of a shortened format of the game was discussed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 1998 and 2001.

    When the Benson & Hedges Cup ended in 2002, the ECB needed another one day competition to fill its place. The cricketing authorities were looking to boost the games popularity with the younger generation in response to dwindling crowds and reduced sponsorship. It was intended to deliver fast paced, exciting cricket accessible to thousands of fans who were put off by the longer versions of the game.

    Twenty20 cricket was formally introduced in 2003 when the ECB launched the Twenty20 Cup and was marketed with the slogan “I don’t like cricket, I love it”.

    Twenty20 Worldwide:
    On 12 January 2005 Australia’s first Twenty20 game was played at the WACA Ground between the Western Warriors and the Victorian Bushrangers. It drew a sellout crowd of 20,700.

    Starting 11 July 2006 19 West Indies regional teams competed in what was named the Stanford 20/20 tournament. The event has been financially backed by billionaire Allen Stanford, who gave at least US$28,000,000 funding money. West Indies legends also backed the programme, and several “looked after” the teams during their stay in and around the purpose built ground in Antigua. It is intended that the tournament will be an annual event. Guyana won the inaugural event, defeating Trinidad and Tobago by 5 wickets. The top prize for the winning team was US$1,000,000, but other prizes were given throughout the tournament, such as play of the match (US$10,000) and man of the match (US$25,000).

    On 1st of November 2008 the Superstars 101-0 West Indies team beat England 99 by 10 wickets. England slumped to 33-4 and then 65-8 after 15 overs before Samit Patel’s 22 took them to 99 in 19.5 overs, still easily their lowest Twenty20 total. Chris Gayle got an amazing 65 runs not out.

    On 5 January 2007 Queensland Bulls played the New South Wales Blues at The Gabba, Brisbane. A crowd of 11,000 was expected based on pre-match ticket sales. However, an unexpected 16,000 turned up on the day to buy tickets, causing disruption and confusion for surprised Gabba staff as they were forced to throw open gates and grant many fans free entry. Attendance reached 27,653.

    For 1 February 2008’s Twenty20 match between Australia and India, the Melbourne Cricket Ground was sold out based on pre-ticket sales and 84,041 people attended the match involving the Twenty20 World Champions against the ODI World Champions.

    Twenty20 Internationals:
    On 17 February 2005 Australia defeated New Zealand in the first men’s full international Twenty20 match, played at Eden Park in Auckland. The game was played in a light-hearted manner – both sides turned out in kit similar to that worn in the 1980s, the New Zealand team’s a direct copy of that worn by the Beige Brigade. Some of the players also sported moustaches/beards and hair styles popular in the 1980s taking part in a competition amongst themselves for best retro look, at the request of the Beige Brigade. Australia won the game comprehensively, and as the result became obvious towards the end of the NZ innings, the players and umpires took things less seriously – Glenn McGrath jokingly replayed the Trevor Chappell underarm incident from a 1981 ODI between the two sides, and Billy Bowden showed him a mock red card (red cards are not normally used in cricket) in response.

    The first Twenty20 international in England was played between England and Australia at the Rose Bowl in Hampshire on the 13 June 2005, which England won by a record margin of 100 runs.

    On 9 January 2006 Australia and South Africa met in the first international Twenty20 game in Australia. In a first, each player’s nickname appeared on the back of his uniform, rather than his surname. The international match drew a crowd of 38,894 people at the The Gabba. Australia convincingly won the match with man of the match Damien Martyn scoring 96 runs.

    On 16 February 2006 New Zealand defeated West Indies in a tie-breaking bowl-out 3-0; 126 runs were scored apiece in the game proper. The game was the last international match played by Chris Cairns – NZC handed out life-size cardboard masks of his face to patrons as they entered the ground.

    Criticism:
    Although the format has proved successful, it is not without its critics. Purists[who?] feel that Twenty20 waters down the sport and draws attention away from the more serious and technical arm of the sport, first-class cricket and Test Cricket.

    It is also argued that since Twenty20 encourages far-from-technical cricket, youngsters wanting to pick up the game will be misguided into believing that cricket is all about trying to hit 6’s and 4’s no matter how you do it. Also it may create the misconception that cricket is a batsman’s game and there is little incentive learning how to bowl, since it is the bowlers that are usually at the receiving end, leading to fewer youngsters taking up bowling.

    Rules of Twenty20 Cricket:

    A Twenty20 game involves two teams, each have a single innings, batting for a maximum of 20 overs.

    The Laws of cricket apply to Twenty20 with some exceptions:

  • Each bowler may bowl a maximum of only one-fifth of the total overs per innings (generally four, for a full, uninterrupted game). i.e., 4 in the 20 overs
  • Should a bowler deliver a no ball by overstepping the popping crease, it costs 1 run and his next delivery is designated a “free-hit”, from which the batsman can only be dismissed through a run out, as is the case for the original “no ball”. (Strictly speaking, the almost never seen methods of dismissal from a “no ball” — for hitting the ball twice, obstructing the field or handling the ball — also apply to the “free-hit” delivery.)
  • Umpires may award five-run penalty runs at their discretion if they believe either team is wasting time.
  • The following fielding restrictions apply:
    -No more than five fielders can be on the leg side at any time.
    -During the first six overs, a maximum of two fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle.
    -After the first six overs, a maximum of five fielders can be outside the fielding circle.
  • If the fielding team doesn’t start to bowl their 20th over within 75 minutes, the batting side is credited an extra six runs for every whole over bowled after the 75 minute mark; the umpire may add more time to this, if he or she considers the batting team is wasting time.
  • If the match ends with the scores tied and there must be a winner, the tie is broken with a one over per side “Eliminator” or “Super Over”. Each team nominates three batsmen and one bowler to play a one over “mini-match”. In turn, each side bats one over bowled by the one nominated opposition bowler, with their innings over if they loses two wickets before the over is completed. The side with the higher score from their over wins.
  • If the teams finish tied on runs scored in that one over, the side with the higher number of sixes in its full innings and in the one-over eliminator will be declared the winner. If the teams are still tied, the one with the higher number of fours in both innings will win.

    Twenty20 Records:

  • Highest individual score – Brendon McCullum (Kolkata) 158* (73) (2008 IPL)
  • Highest team total – Sri Lanka 260/6 (20 overs) (2007 ICC World Twenty20)
  • Most sixes in an innings – Graham Napier (Essex) 16 (2008 Twenty20 Cup)
  • Most sixes in career – David Hussey 63
  • Fastest hundred – Andrew Symonds (Kent) 34 balls (2004 Twenty20 Cup)
  • Fastest fifty – Yuvraj Singh 12 balls (2007 ICC World Twenty20)
  • Most hundreds – Ian Harvey 3
  • Best innings bowling figures – Sohail Tanvir (Rajasthan) 6/14 (2008 IPL)
  • Highest Paid – M.S.Dhoni (Chennai) 5.8 million US dollars (2008 IPL)
  • Most runs in one over – Flag of India Yuvraj Sing 36, 6 balls 6 sixes (2007 ICC World Twenty20)

    Links to more information and records on Twenty20 Cricket:
  • The Twenty20 Cup
  • List of Twenty20 International Records
  • List of Twenty20 International Games
  • The history of Twenty20 Cricket

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

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    Introducing… The Stanford 20/20 Tournament

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 4, 2008

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    The Stanford 20/20 Tournament is a cricket tournament in the Caribbean island of Antigua. It was held first in July and August 2006 in the West Indies at the Stanford Cricket Ground, St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda and the same place the year after. It is a variety of the popular Twenty20 format first introduced in English cricket in 2003.

    The format was initially devised and made possible by Allen Stanford as a part of his (private) plan to bring West Indian cricket back to life. 19 teams took part in the inaugural knock-out tournament and 20 teams took part in the second tournament (although 21 teams were originally scheduled to take part). It will now be a part of the official calendar of the WICB.

    Current teams participating in the Stanford 20/20 Tournament:

  • Flag of Anguilla Anguilla Pro Team
  • Flag of Antigua and Barbuda Antigua & Barbuda Pro Team
  • Flag of the Bahamas Bahamas
  • Flag of Barbados Barbados
  • Flag of Bermuda Bermuda
  • Flag of the British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands
  • Flag of Cayman Islands Cayman Islands
  • Flag of Cuba Cuba (in 2008 [barred])
  • Flag of Dominica Dominica
  • Flag of the Dominican Republic Dominican Republic (in 2009)
  • Flag of Grenada Grenada
  • Flag of Guyana Guyana
  • Flag of Jamaica Jamaica
  • Flag of Montserrat Montserrat
  • Flag of Nevis Nevis Pro Team
  • Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (in 2009)
  • Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts
  • Flag of Saint Lucia Saint Lucia Pro Team
  • Flag of Sint Maarten Saint Maarten
  • Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Flag of Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad & Tobago
  • Flag of the Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Islands (in 2008)
  • Flag of the United States Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands
  • Links to more information about the Stanford 20/20 tournament:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Stanford Super Series
  • Stanford 20/20 Official website
  • Stanford 2020 – You Gotta See This
  • Allen Stanford Blog on Cricket-Other Sports
  • Discussion About the 2007 Tournament
  • Cricinfo.com tournament page

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

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    Introducing… The Stanford 20/20 Tournament

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 4, 2008

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    The Stanford 20/20 Tournament is a cricket tournament in the Caribbean island of Antigua. It was held first in July and August 2006 in the West Indies at the Stanford Cricket Ground, St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda and the same place the year after. It is a variety of the popular Twenty20 format first introduced in English cricket in 2003.

    The format was initially devised and made possible by Allen Stanford as a part of his (private) plan to bring West Indian cricket back to life. 19 teams took part in the inaugural knock-out tournament and 20 teams took part in the second tournament (although 21 teams were originally scheduled to take part). It will now be a part of the official calendar of the WICB.

    Current teams participating in the Stanford 20/20 Tournament:

  • Flag of Anguilla Anguilla Pro Team
  • Flag of Antigua and Barbuda Antigua & Barbuda Pro Team
  • Flag of the Bahamas Bahamas
  • Flag of Barbados Barbados
  • Flag of Bermuda Bermuda
  • Flag of the British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands
  • Flag of Cayman Islands Cayman Islands
  • Flag of Cuba Cuba (in 2008 [barred])
  • Flag of Dominica Dominica
  • Flag of the Dominican Republic Dominican Republic (in 2009)
  • Flag of Grenada Grenada
  • Flag of Guyana Guyana
  • Flag of Jamaica Jamaica
  • Flag of Montserrat Montserrat
  • Flag of Nevis Nevis Pro Team
  • Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (in 2009)
  • Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts
  • Flag of Saint Lucia Saint Lucia Pro Team
  • Flag of Sint Maarten Saint Maarten
  • Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Flag of Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad & Tobago
  • Flag of the Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Islands (in 2008)
  • Flag of the United States Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands
  • Links to more information about the Stanford 20/20 tournament:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Stanford Super Series
  • Stanford 20/20 Official website
  • Stanford 2020 – You Gotta See This
  • Allen Stanford Blog on Cricket-Other Sports
  • Discussion About the 2007 Tournament
  • Cricinfo.com tournament page

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

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    New Zealand Cricket Test, ODI and Twenty20 schedule

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on November 6, 2008

    Here is a schedule of the games that are going to be played by New Zealand at home during the 2007/2008 home summer season. Make sure you proudly show your support for your favourite teams and make this summer of cricket an entertaining occasion, and who knows, you could be made famous by showing some enthusiasm and dedicated support for your team.

    If you are a BlackCaps supporter lets attend the games’ dressed in black and on mass and let Bangladesh, West Indies and India know that we are a force to be reckoned with!

    Here is the Black Cap’s home schedule for the home summer season of 2008/2009:

    2008:

    West Indies in NZ

    Test
    Dec 11-15: New Zealand v West Indies Dunedin
    Dec 19-23: New Zealand v West Indies Napier

    Twenty20
    Dec 26: New Zealand v West Indies Auckland
    Dec 28: New Zealand v West Indies Hamilton

    2009

    One-day matches
    Dec 31 New Zealand v West Indies Queenstown
    Jan 3 New Zealand v West Indies Christchurch
    Jan 7 New Zealand v West Indies Wellington
    Jan 10 New Zealand v West Indies Auckland
    Jan 13 New Zealand v West Indies Napier

    India in NZ

    Twenty 20
    Mar 6 New Zealand v India Wellington

    One-day matches
    Mar 8 New Zealand v India Napier
    Mar 11 New Zealand v India Hamilton
    Mar 14 New Zealand v India Auckland
    Mar 17 New Zealand v India Wellington
    Mar 20 New Zealand v India Christchurch

    First class match
    Mar 22-24 New Zealand v India Lincoln, Canterbury

    Test Matches
    Mar 26-30 New Zealand v India Hamilton
    Apr 3-7 New Zealand v India Wellington

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    New Zealand Cricket Test, ODI and Twenty20 schedule

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on November 6, 2008

    Here is a schedule of the games that are going to be played by New Zealand at home during the 2007/2008 home summer season. Make sure you proudly show your support for your favourite teams and make this summer of cricket an entertaining occasion, and who knows, you could be made famous by showing some enthusiasm and dedicated support for your team.

    If you are a BlackCaps supporter lets attend the games’ dressed in black and on mass and let Bangladesh, West Indies and India know that we are a force to be reckoned with!

    Here is the Black Cap’s home schedule for the home summer season of 2008/2009:

    2008:

    West Indies in NZ

    Test
    Dec 11-15: New Zealand v West Indies Dunedin
    Dec 19-23: New Zealand v West Indies Napier

    Twenty20
    Dec 26: New Zealand v West Indies Auckland
    Dec 28: New Zealand v West Indies Hamilton

    2009

    One-day matches
    Dec 31 New Zealand v West Indies Queenstown
    Jan 3 New Zealand v West Indies Christchurch
    Jan 7 New Zealand v West Indies Wellington
    Jan 10 New Zealand v West Indies Auckland
    Jan 13 New Zealand v West Indies Napier

    India in NZ

    Twenty 20
    Mar 6 New Zealand v India Wellington

    One-day matches
    Mar 8 New Zealand v India Napier
    Mar 11 New Zealand v India Hamilton
    Mar 14 New Zealand v India Auckland
    Mar 17 New Zealand v India Wellington
    Mar 20 New Zealand v India Christchurch

    First class match
    Mar 22-24 New Zealand v India Lincoln, Canterbury

    Test Matches
    Mar 26-30 New Zealand v India Hamilton
    Apr 3-7 New Zealand v India Wellington

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    Adam Gilchrist goes Nuts!

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 29, 2008

    A few days ago I was frightened, because Adam Gilchrist went nuts…No he wasn’t admitted to a mental institute but he went nuts in the Indian Premier League the other day by blasting 109 not out off 47 balls which included an impressive 10 sixes and 9 fours. It was his scintilliating performance that enabled the Deccan Chargers to take charge of their match against the Mumbai Indians in style by beating them by 10 wickets. It was an excellent display of power hitting by Gilchrist, who is known for his brilliant attacking acts with the bat, and I’m sure that him and the Kolkata wicket keeper and New Zealand International, Brendon McCullum, will be challenging eachother for the rights as the most explosive batsman in the Indian Premier League. McCullum is currently the 2nd highest run scorer in the league so far and even though Gilchrist is a few places behind him I’m sure that with more punishing displays like that he will definetly provide a challenge. To the Deccan Chargers: Congratulations for the win! Enjoy the spoils of that huge win and let that build your confidence up for your remaining time in the tournament, to the Mumbai Indians: Bad Luck this time, lets see you assess what went wrong and hope for some success for you in your remaining time. I have noticed that Twenty20 games can be unpredictable and it can take only one mistake to turn a whole game around, I think its that which will keep us on the edge of our seats for the remainder of the tournament.

    Right click HERE to view the the story behind Adam Gilchrist’s brutal innings.

    Posted in Adam Gilchrist, Batting, Deccan Chargers, Explosive, Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians, sixes, twenty20, Wicket-keeper | 3 Comments »

    Adam Gilchrist goes Nuts!

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 28, 2008

    A few days ago I was frightened, because Adam Gilchrist went nuts…No he wasn’t admitted to a mental institute but he went nuts in the Indian Premier League the other day by blasting 109 not out off 47 balls which included an impressive 10 sixes and 9 fours. It was his scintilliating performance that enabled the Deccan Chargers to take charge of their match against the Mumbai Indians in style by beating them by 10 wickets. It was an excellent display of power hitting by Gilchrist, who is known for his brilliant attacking acts with the bat, and I’m sure that him and the Kolkata wicket keeper and New Zealand International, Brendon McCullum, will be challenging eachother for the rights as the most explosive batsman in the Indian Premier League. McCullum is currently the 2nd highest run scorer in the league so far and even though Gilchrist is a few places behind him I’m sure that with more punishing displays like that he will definetly provide a challenge. To the Deccan Chargers: Congratulations for the win! Enjoy the spoils of that huge win and let that build your confidence up for your remaining time in the tournament, to the Mumbai Indians: Bad Luck this time, lets see you assess what went wrong and hope for some success for you in your remaining time. I have noticed that Twenty20 games can be unpredictable and it can take only one mistake to turn a whole game around, I think its that which will keep us on the edge of our seats for the remainder of the tournament.

    Right click HERE to view the the story behind Adam Gilchrist’s brutal innings.

    Posted in Adam Gilchrist, Batting, Deccan Chargers, Explosive, Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians, sixes, twenty20, Wicket-keeper | 3 Comments »

    Brendon McCullums Record Brutal Bludgeoning

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 19, 2008

    Wow! What a magnificent innings by Brendon McCullum of the Kolkata Knightriders! He certainly put on a magnificent show full of fireworks, I’m sure the crowd had great viewing pleasure, who wouldn’t? Well not the Bangalore Royal Challengers anyway…

    McCullum bludgeoned all the bowling deliveries from Kolkata to all parts of the park, eventually scoring a record 158 n.o from 73 balls- the highest score by a single batsman ever in an Twenty20, of which was a HUGE factor in his teams 140 run rout of Bangalore. When Ricky Ponting didnt even get a start the Kiwi decided to lift his game to an extraordinary level, its a remarkable innings given that it wasn’t in a ODI or Test where he would’ve had all the time in the world to plot his attack on the bowlers. For this game the Bangalore side didn’t appear to be “Royal Challenges” at all.

    I can’t say much about the innings as when I heard it on the news I was speechless, I havn’t seen such an explosive innings before (well I can remember Nathan Astles 222 against England in a test way back in 2002) especially by a New Zealander. It was great to watch and I can see that he will be the batsman that bowlers from the opposition would love to loathe, shall he continue on more punishing innings that would make the BlitzKrieg look like a bunch of toddlers playing in a playground. Lets hope he can give many encores of his brilliant performance!

    And as I said before his innings made me speechless, and as the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, I find that so true, do you? Well I wonder how many words a video would have…Here is a clip from Youtube of his record performance:

    *Acknowledgements to owner of the video (Its awesome!)

    Posted in Bangalore Royal Challengers, Brendon McCullum, Explosive, Indian Premier League, Kiwi, Kolkata Knight Riders, New Zealander, Plundered, Record Innings, twenty20 | 2 Comments »