Throughout recent generations of boundary culture we have heard the consistent plea from inside commentary boxes, upper tiers of the stands and in dressing rooms up and down the country asking why England is witnessing a superior demise in the availability of top class slow bowlers for the longer format? supporters and professionals alike find themselves guilty in this belligerent claim despite the reasons for cause standing in plain site, in the form of a white ball cricketer, stood willingly at the crease, prepared to entertain.
for 16 Tests Moeen Ali has provided a fair substitution whilst we search for a more justifiable replacement, his 45 wickets at an average a shade over 36 (36.04) speaks volumes of the importance of slow bowling, regardless of conditions. Despite these numbers and without undermining the Worcester mans talent and contributions it is near impossible for any lover of the game to argue his description is much more suited to ‘batting allrounder’ as opposed to the reverse.
Test match cricket is no doubt moving forward and we often hear the word ‘brand’ used by captains and coaching staff alike to describe their aggressive intent to win at all costs, with this we have witnessed the natural merge in tempo from the one day format, particularly evident in the run rates with the average for the 2015 Ashes Series at 3.74 an over, in comparison Moeen’s 420.4 overs have thus far run a cost of 3.85 runs per over bowled (4.41 in the 2015 ashes series). The role of the modern day spinner is often diverse and has been for many years, ranging from all out attack with men around the bat to the much more negative task of restriction. In either case there is a strong argument to say the jury is still out on Ali’s credentials. Continue reading The Demise of Finger Spin
Earlier this month, the Cricket Fiji senior men’s squad travelled to Essex, England to compete in the ICC World Cricket League Division 6 event. Fiji had qualified for the event with a blistering performance, being crowned champions of the ICC World Cricket League qualifiers held in Lismore, Australia in late 2014.
After a week of competition, finishing with two huge wins over Botswana and the Cayman Islands, the team returned to Fiji on the 16th of September. With much excitement in the team, Lauan born Fijian fast-bowler Sakiusa Dokosabau had unfortunately missed his connecting flight from Korea to Fiji. Unable to secure a new flight on the same day Cricket Fiji management contacted the Fijian Embassy in South Korea who kindly offered to look after the player until his return to Fiji.
With Saki scheduled to arrive in Suva tomorrow morning, Cricket Fiji would like to extend a huge Vinaka Vakalevu to all the staff in the Fijian Embassy in South Korea for looking after a fellow Fijian in an unforseen circumstance. Cricket Fiji administration, management and players are excited by having one of it’s stars Saki back in Fiji so the celebration can officially begin after a successful tournament in England. Continue reading Final of the Fijian Cricketers returns home
The Samoan women’s cricket team have taken the gold medal at the 2015 Pacific Games in a nail biting match at Amini Park.
After defeating Vanuatu in the semi-final this morning, Samoa’s bowlers managed to restrict PNG in difficult conditions to claim victory by 3 runs.
In front of a vocal home crowd, the PNG Lewas were on top early with Samoa 3/20 before captain Regina Lili’i and Faela Pula combined to steady the innings.
Regular wickets continued to fall with Samoa eventually making 103 off their 20 overs. Lili’i was the top scorer with 30 while Tanya Ruma took 3/11 for PNG.
PNG’s run chase started strongly with openers Norma Ovasuru and Varoi Morea continuing their good form putting on 37 for the opening wicket. But Morea’s departure triggered a collapse of 5/21 and saw the momentum swing to Samoa.
Tanya Ruma’s 23 off 28 balls almost saw the PNG Lewas home before they fell agonisingly short on home turf. Marita Paulo took 4 crucial wickets to finish with 4/23. Continue reading Samoa claim gold in thriller with PNG