Cricket fans get a free hit ahead of domestic one day season

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    The JLT Cup kicked off on Wednesday and in a huge boost for cricket lovers everywhere, or mainly just those in WA, QLD, Tasmania and NSW, spectators will be able to watch the games free of charge.

    The domestic one-day series is a great introduction to the summer of cricket and it now gets easier for fans to take in the action.

    The boffins at Cricket Australia have finally relented and thrown the gates open for a format which has dwindled in popularity over the years, but still provides a welcome return to the game after several months of footy.

    I remember around the early 2000s, getting ready to ply my trade for Merimbula in the local cricket comp on the NSW Far South Coast, I would enjoy watching about 15 overs of this format before I headed out to bumble my way through 40-odd overs and it was a great start to a Saturday, getting you in the mood for the game ahead.

    These days, there is not enough interest to warrant a TV deal, with games streamed on CA’s website and the tournament is reduced to less than a month, as it has been for the last few years, which is a great idea, keeping games coming in thick and fast and not dragging it out over several months.

    Games are played in small, quaint grounds like Hurstville Oval where I will head in a couple of weeks, and afternoons are spent lazing on the grass, taking in the action and that’s really what cricket is all about.

    Other venues include Allan Border Field and the iconic North Sydney Oval, where about 1000 runs get scored and if a day of cricket at this grand old ground doesn’t get you excited, nothing will.

    The tournament, dominated by NSW in recent years, will be reliant on international players to give it a boost, however most of them will be away on duty, but it’s still a great day out for the family, or on your own, and finally a sporting body has given fans something to be happy about, after most of us get gouged with crazy ticket prices to attend the sport we love.

    I went to a game at North Sydney Oval several years ago and got burnt to a crisp sitting on the hill, and then in around 2014 my dad, a family friend and I took in a game at Hurstville Oval, where I stood next to Stuart MacGill at the canteen as he ordered lunch, but I was too shy to say g’day.

    The first game started on September 27, with the final to be held at Blundstone Arena on October 21.

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    • September 29th 2017 @ 4:56am
      ruchi said | September 29th 2017 @ 4:56am | ! Report

      The JLT One-Day Cup or the Matador BBQ Cup as it was earlier called is an A list domestic cricket competition played out in Australia and organised by Cricket Australia.

      It is usually held over a three-week period at the start of the domestic season in the country. It is one of the most unique competitions because it is aired on free to stream TV called 9Gem. It is also one of the only tournaments left in the world which feature 50 over cricket outside of the test format in the A list cricket scene.

    • September 29th 2017 @ 8:46am
      Marshall said | September 29th 2017 @ 8:46am | ! Report

      Allan Border Field is a great place to watch cricket and I wish I was up there today instead of in the bloody office!

      • September 29th 2017 @ 1:24pm
        matth said | September 29th 2017 @ 1:24pm | ! Report

        I was fully thinking of going but then I stepped outside. It’s bloody hot out there today.

    • September 30th 2017 @ 12:30am
      Don Freo said | September 30th 2017 @ 12:30am | ! Report

      TheMightyMarshMen!!!

      Mitch’s captaincy got WA to that win…but…Shauny!!!

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        September 30th 2017 @ 8:02am
        Rellum said | September 30th 2017 @ 8:02am | ! Report

        Always good to see NSW get beaten.

        Now that QLD and SA have got through their practice matches we can get onto the real thing on Sunday. Still can’t believe that law change that law change that saw Labuschagne pulled up for a fake throw. It has never been an issue in that game.

        • September 30th 2017 @ 10:10am
          Don Freo said | September 30th 2017 @ 10:10am | ! Report

          I saw something similar way back when. In a grade game, Ross Edwards (he was WA’s reserve keeper) was keeping for Claremont/Cottesloe. He was keeping up to the stumps and turned his back after seeming to have fumbled the ball. As he was cursing himself, John Inverarity took off from first slip to chase the byes. When the batsman took off for a run, Edwards whipped off the bails while Invers was still chasing the imaginary ball to the boundary.

          The good thing was that they all cracked up laughing and recalled the batsman.

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            September 30th 2017 @ 11:02am
            Rellum said | September 30th 2017 @ 11:02am | ! Report

            We used to get taught to fake cut off the ball. I have no issue if you get tricked into getting out. I guess others do.

            If you look at some of the MLB fake outs it shows great imagination to pull it off.

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          September 30th 2017 @ 11:08am
          Ryan H said | September 30th 2017 @ 11:08am | ! Report

          Agree I really don’t like the implementation. It’s been used for as long as I can recall by fielders, and I see honestly no issue with it. Batsmen are allowed to move around in the crease, advance down the wicket – whatever they please to throw off bowlers and fielders. And at least give a side a warning for doing it first like a lot of other things. I see this as change for the sake of change.

          • October 1st 2017 @ 12:58am
            Don Freo said | October 1st 2017 @ 12:58am | ! Report

            Yep. I can’t even think why it is wrong. Surely batsmen watch the ball and know where it is.

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              October 1st 2017 @ 1:00pm
              Rellum said | October 1st 2017 @ 1:00pm | ! Report

              I would assume it is something brought in by other nations who would see it as unsporting behavior.

      • September 30th 2017 @ 2:14pm
        Rissole said | September 30th 2017 @ 2:14pm | ! Report

        He was great in his use and rotation of bowlers (especially Short). When you have Tye & Dorf bowling the last 4 overs and the chasing team needs at least a run a ball, you can’t lose!!!!
        Shaun Marsh looked superb, especially early.

        • October 1st 2017 @ 12:59am
          Don Freo said | October 1st 2017 @ 12:59am | ! Report

          Imagine when NCN and Joel Paris are bowling the death.

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          October 1st 2017 @ 12:30pm
          Ryan H said | October 1st 2017 @ 12:30pm | ! Report

          WA’s quick bowling depth is scary. Mackin could not win a place in the side, and this is a squad without Paris and NCN. Their best three are probably Behrendorff, Paris and NCN you’d say? So that still would leave names like Tye, Richardson and Mackin out of the XI…very strong

          • October 1st 2017 @ 12:52pm
            Don Freo said | October 1st 2017 @ 12:52pm | ! Report

            Richardson, too, is really exciting. He is lightning quick despite his shortish stature.

            In the field he has a fantastic arm, really safe hands and may well be the fastest runner in Oz cricket.

            His batting, also is genuine #7 or 8.

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            October 1st 2017 @ 1:03pm
            Rellum said | October 1st 2017 @ 1:03pm | ! Report

            QLD looking good so far this one day comp. Fielding under Wade’s coaching is great, some good catches today. Our bowlers looked to have picked up some speed as well, but that is just me watching on the stream.

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              October 1st 2017 @ 6:50pm
              Rellum said | October 1st 2017 @ 6:50pm | ! Report

              That batting effort was not good.

              I will say Carey looks very good keeping back to the fast men, but very scrappy up to the keepers. That maybe what he needs to work on now.

    • October 4th 2017 @ 9:22pm
      Perry Bridge said | October 4th 2017 @ 9:22pm | ! Report

      The old stagers – – Cam White 165 off 154 and Pete Siddle 3-27 off 10 to put the sword into Tassie.

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        October 5th 2017 @ 10:24am
        Ryan H said | October 5th 2017 @ 10:24am | ! Report

        It was always going to take some big performances like that from Vic’s veterans to give them any chance. Not surprised to see White back in the same scintillating form he’s shown in this same tournament for the last 2-3 years.

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