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6 Memorable Sporting Events Caught On Video

Sport is a way of life to billions of people all over the world, but as with so many other things in life, the best, and most memorable moments often slip by us in our excitement to see the best sportsmen and women compete for the ultimate prize.

However, the ultimate prize is often much less than the silverware or a huge check; it is often just the desire to get through a match or competition without suffering embarrassment or ridicule (or death by shark bite), and so in this list, we present you with 6 memorable sporting events that caught the world’s attention for various reasons… Continue reading “6 Memorable Sporting Events Caught On Video”

The Cricket World Cup

The Cricket World Cup is the most important cup in the ODI. The first one was organized in England in 1975; The Woman’s World Cup was held in 1973 and is still held every 4 years. The Finals of this cup are played together with all ten tests and ODI contestants along with other nations which qualify for the Cup. Out of all the teams Australia has been the most successful, winning 4 titles.

First world cup was played in 1975, and West Indies won this one. The second one was no different with West Indies winning it in 1979. After the first two occasions, asians took the lead. 1983 cup belongs to India. Australia won their maiden cup in 1987. Pakistan was brilliant under the captaincy of Imran Khan, one of the best cricket captains the world has ever seen, and won the 1992 cup. In 1996, the cup still remained in Asia, and Srilanka emerged as winners. Australia has been ruling the cricket world for the past decade, and has bagged the cup in 1999, 2003 and 2007.

In 2007 the format of cricket changed allowing 16 teams to compete; these teams are divided into 4 groups, each group playing one another in a round robin format. Points are then earned for wins and ties, the top 2 winners of this then advance into a super 8 round, the points are won the same way, each team carrying their points from previous rounds. The final top 4 teams advance on to the semi finals, where the winners of the semi finals move on to the final.

The ICC trophy which is presented to the winner of the cup was created in 1999 and was the first permanent prize awarded. This trophy made of silver and gold features a golden globe which is supported by 3 silver columns, which represent the 3 aspects of cricket, such as batting, bowling and fielding where the globe stands for a cricket ball.

You can get further information on the World Cup by logging onto

Indoor Cricket Net Session

Last winter we held our inaugural under fifteen indoor nets for 12 weeks. This was a huge leap forwards compared to the past where we normally had only about four sessions, in a local school sports hall, without nets and just warm up drills with basic fielding drills. By having indoor net session it was beneficial since the harsh winter season did not create any obstacle for us our players utilised the nets before the start of the matches.

We aimed to get our young players ready to compete in the adult league hence it was different this year.

We hired 3 ECB level 2 coaches and a couple of helpers for the indoor nets. We planned on using the indoor facilities to the max, there were four nets in the hall which was a great place for training purposes. Every week had a different training schedule as listed below:

• Week 1, Ground Fielding.

• Week 2, Catching. High and low.

• Week 3, Straight Drive.

• Week 4, Pull and cut shots.

• Week 5, Bowling, line and length.

• Week 6, Fielding, catching – Slip and diving.

• Week 7, Straight drives having completed the bleep test first.

• Week 8, Bowling.

• Week 9, Indoor Game.

• Week 10, Players clinics, where each player had specific coaching on one thing they felt desperate to improve upon.

• Week 11, Full nets session for 2 hours.

• Week 12, Bleep test followed by an indoor game.

WE followed the session plan for an hour after which there was netting for the final hour. We offered batters one to one coaching in one net, before going on to the main nets, with the bowlers.

Due to the training schedule all the players improved dramatically. The coaches and players thoroughly enjoyed the sessions though personally I fell more could have been done. We were unable to start the season well and underperformed throughout the season. Maybe my expectation was too high, as they are only a club under 15 side, not District or County. Even though, there are individuals that represent both.

As a result we have now started planning for the next winter nets sessions. Currently, we are discussing the format of the net sessions. One of our coaches feels it would be more beneficial if we exclusively used the nets for the entire 2 hours. Though, another coach feels we over used the nets and should practise drills and introduce the mental side of the game. I think we had the right balance but, didn’t unfortunately did not get the best out of the players.

Our adult nets, used the nets only, last year and we had faced a lot of shoulder injuries, where bowlers were over bowling, due to lack of numbers.

Have you planned a Winter Cricket Program? What do you think the best approach would be? How can I get the best out of the facilities, players and coaches?

Stuart is a Qualified ECB level 2 Coach and has just completed his Club coach award (awaiting the results). He plays Cricket and coaches aswell. His Cricket equipment is all Kookaburra and his bat of choice is Salix.

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Summer Cricket

When the warm weather hits and the long summer afternoons set in, cricket becomes part of the Australian social fabric and lifestyle. From impromptu beach games and backyard bowling, to days in front of the TV watching our national players, cricket is an important part of the national culture and social life. A Sydney summer’s just not complete without a good dose of cricket!

If you’re visiting Sydney, then do as the locals do and set aside some time for some cricket. The hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) comes alive with fans from all walks of life and is a great day out.

Here are some of the biggest games coming to Sydney. Get your tickets now!

The Vodafone Fifth Ashes Series. The Ashes Test cricket series is played between Australia and England. The series dates back to 1882, and represents one of the biggest rivalries in international cricket – both Australians and the English take this Test very seriously! The 5 Test matches are played between November 25th and January 7th, and the games last 5 days at a time. The 2010/2011 Ashes Series are played in 5 destinations. The first Test is played in Brisbane, the second in Adelaide. The third is played in Perth, and the infamous Boxing Day Test Match is held in Melbourne. Sydney hosts the fifth Test match, held at the SCG from January 3rd to January 7th. You can get a ticket for the whole 5 days. Or, if one day of cricket is enough, you can buy daily tickets. There is a range of Sydney accommodation that is within easy distance of the SCG.

One Day Internationals. Sydney will host two one day international games between Australia and England. These games are part of the Commonwealth Bank Series played over January and February. The Sydney games will be played on Sunday, January 23rd and Wednesday, February 2nd at the SCG.

If you can’t make it to one of the games in person, don’t worry! There are pubs all over Sydney airing the games. Or, you can watch from the comfort of your own home or your accommodation in Sydney.

Once you’ve picked up a few tips from the professionals, head down to a Sydney beach for another Australian tradition and play a friendly game of beach cricket. If you’re coming to Sydney in summer, then you have to watch and play cricket. It’s just not summer without it!

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