Ben Bashs

For Stokes on 99, McCullum can only summon up two slips, a gully, and a regulation field. Stokes has slapped the funk out of McCullum. Bashed the attacking right out of New Zealand. It took him 85 balls.

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Another great post by Jarrod Kimber about a special innings.


Eternal 63* – Phillip Hughes

Eternal 63* – Phillip Hughes | cricket with balls.

Moving words about this sad event.

Freddie’s final

Freddie completes the single and shakes the hands of the umpire. For a man of his talent, it’s a modest bits-and-pieces game. And yet still, Freddie has almost won the game. He almost sucked the victory into his orbit. Just by being there. Freddie is a marvel, even when he isn’t. It was finals day, he wasn’t even supposed to play, and even on the losing side at the non-striker’s end, he is the story… … Freddie is still the hero. But it’s not his time.

via Freddie’s final | cricket with balls.

Another lovely piece of cricket writing by Jarrod Kimber about the final of the T20 Blast.

Jimmy Anderson and the eleven legends

Until you know what it is like to walk out on the field as a No. 11, with the opposition sniggering, and your team preparing to take the field behind you, it’s impossible to know what batting at No. 11 is really like. It takes a special person to bat last.

via Jimmy Anderson and the eleven legends | cricket with balls.

Great piece by Jarrod Kimber.