Ian Blackwell’s record, Tim Wigmore once wrote, “made him arguably the best county all-rounder of the 2000s.” That record was very good: he played for a decade and a half, making over 11,000 First Class runs, averaging barely a shade under 40, and picking up over 600 wickets (across formats) to boot.
1: You came into the South Australian side in the 2000-01 summer, aged just 17, having come through all the age-group levels. Coming through all those development sides, how had they prepared you for the step up to professional cricket, and what was the junior infrastructure like in South Australia at the time? Cameron Borgas: … More 20 Questions: Cameron Borgas
Recently, I was fortunate enough to sit down with Wellington’s new coach, Bruce Edgar at the Wellington Firebirds’ training set-up at Westpac Stadium. Most of what we discussed will be coming shortly, in a feature piece discussing his career – from his playing days as a stoic opening bat, to coaching, being New Zealand selector, … More Bruce Edgar: Wellington coach
Leg spin is the most difficult art to master. As a very rubbish leg-spinner myself, I understand that perfectly well. Women’s cricket is a perfect example of just how hard it is – aside from Dane van Niekerk leading the South African attack, and Amelia Kerr making waves as a 14 year old for Wellington, … More Six Ball Over: Kristen Beams
In my first ‘Six Ball Over’ in over six months, Stiaan van Zyl has been kind enough to talk to us about his cricketing career to date. In fact, we even bowled a couple of wides, so we’ve got a nine ball over! Van Zyl made his Test debut in the series against the West … More Nine Ball Over: Stiaan van Zyl
Originally published on DV Mace’s Smorgasbord of Sport, 06-Nov-2014. Jeremy Snape is the world’s most eminent cricket psychologist – and one of the most notable sports psychologists in any field. While it’s the players and coach who are the most likely to receive kudos for team performance, a lot more goes on behind the scenes … More Six Ball Over: Jeremy Snape
Originally published on DV Mace’s Smorgasbord of Sport, 03-Nov-2014. The art of left-arm unorthodox spin – or Chinaman bowling – is incredibly rare. Only really Brad Hogg, Paul Adams and the one-Test Beau Casson have made decent goes of the art in recent years. The South African-born Dutchman Michael Rippon, however, is doing is … More Six Ball Over: Michael Rippon