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The first ball

November 18, 2013

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The first ball of the first Test First comes sport. Later on comes sex and love. Songwriter Paul Kelly, paraphrased from The Age, April 24, 2004 The first ball of the first Test The first rays of the summer sun The first stroke of the willow bat The first run The first bounce of the […]

Radio Days

October 14, 2013

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In October 2013 ABC Radio announced that, due to new arrangements with Cricket Australia, it would not be able to broadcast ball-by-ball descriptions of Sheffield Shield matches. It is the summer of 1968/69. I am ten years old, living in the Melbourne suburb of Mentone. On Saturday mornings I read my cricket magazines in the […]

The DRS of Life

August 6, 2013

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In Test cricket players can challenge the decision of the umpire. This is known as the Decision Review System, or DRS. The DRS of Life Got poor marks for your homework back in Grade Six? Consult the DRS. Sick of your big brother teasing you, your little sister getting her way? Consult the DRS. Still […]

Macedon wins Ashes thriller

February 21, 2013

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Macedon regained the Ashes from Aireys Inlet by just one run in the 30th anniversary game between the two towns that were devastated by the Ash Wednesday bushfires of February 16 1983. The fires killed 75 people and destroyed 2500 homes in South Australia and Victoria. Since February 1984 Macedon and Aireys Inlet have competed […]

The broken wedding bat

January 15, 2013

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Julie and I were married 25 years ago on a sunny Saturday afternoon: 16 January 1988. We had a picnic wedding in a big park in Geelong, just up from Eastern Beach, not far from the local botanical gardens. It was a BYO occasion, with guests invited to bring picnic lunches, folding chairs, picnic rugs, […]