Monday, April 30, 2012

Who Are the Top Ten Cricket Batsmen of All Time?

There have been many excellent cricket batsmen to play the game over time. There is much speculation about what makes a player the top batsmen, is it most runs, highest average, a combination of both? Today I would like to discuss who I feel the top batsmen of all time are mostly by average as this represents consistently but also a combination of other factors.
At number ten, we have Jacques Kallis, also known as JH Kallis. Kallis is an active player and currently has a batting average a little under 58. Jacques is a right-handed batsman from South Africa, who has primarily played for the country of South Africa. There is great promise that Kallis could be greater than number 10 as he is currently only 36 and could have a few more great years of cricket still in him.
At number nine we have a man who played for the West Indies named Garfield Sobers. Sobers played cricket from 1954 until 1974 and ended his career with a batting average of 57.78. Sobers ended his career with a very impressive 8064 runs. At number eight we have Wally Hammond with an average of 58.46. Hammond played from 1927 until 1947 for England.
In the number seven spot we have a man named Everton Weeks. Weeks had an average of 58.61 but what was most impressive is his career was quite short for a cricketer, only ten years. He played for the West Indies. The batsman with the sixth highest record is England's Ken Barrington. Barrington's average was just a little above Weeks at 58.67. His career was thirteen years long ending in 1968.
At number five we have an English cricketer names Eddie Paynter. He had a very impressive record of 59.23 in just eight years of playing. The number four player is a man named Herbert Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe, an English cricketer, played from 1924 until 1935 and finished his eleven-year record with a batting average of 60.73.
The third best batsman is George Headley. He finished his career in 1954 with a batting average of 60.83. Headley played cricket for the West Indies. The second best batsman of all time is another South African named Graeme Pollock. Pollock's batting average was 60.97 and he played for just seven years. In those seven years he managed to have 2256 hits.
The top batman in cricket of all time is a man named Donald Bradman, also known as Sir Donald Bradman. Bradman played for Australia from 1928 until 1948. In that time he had 6996 hits and an unheard of batting average of 99.94. He has been retired from the game for almost 64 years and still no cricketer has even come close to touching his amazing records.
And there you have it, the most talented cricket batsmen of all time. The newest cricket players have quite a bit to live up to with such amazing past cricket batsmen. The question is do you think anyone can beat a record of over 99%? Nor do I.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Why it's important to sponsor youth cricket in the US

Let's revisit Youth Cricket in America.  As you may remember we, at thecricketspot.com, have partnered with the Indiana Youth Cricket association as part of the USYCA to support youth cricket programs in the US.  I just found this post on the USYCA site and think it's great.  http://usyca.org/why_children_should_play_cricket.cfm

Why Should American Children Play Cricket?
Benefits of Cricket
Cricket, the world's second most popular spectator sport, can provide a fun way for children of all ages to stay or get in shape. Cricket improves speed, agility, flexibility and reflexes; it increases concentration, the ability to think strategically and to utilize decision-making skills. Cricket also, unlike what most children are exposed to in most American sports, prizes sportsmanship and fair play - self control, integrity and respect for others is central to the game of cricket. Many children who are reluctant to take part in team sports find themselves well suited for cricket.
Physical Benefits
Everyone who plays cricket can expect to experience physical benefits. For example, sprinting between the wickets provides an excellent aerobic workout. Cricket shares some basic foundations with some of the martial arts (or even dance and music for that matter!). Some examples of these: measure, tempo change, timing, velocity, and proper execution and simplification of technique. Therefore, children can associate the learning from one subject or skill set to another, linking the common ground to broaden their life perspective.
Mental Benefits
Cricket is an excellent mental exercise. Any cricketer who makes a serious effort to learn the game cannot help but develop greater powers of observation and a greater understanding of strategy. A cricketer, at the game's top levels, must learn to develop a complete repertoire of shots (if one is a batter) or variations in bowling (if one is a bowler), and learn how to judge and determine their opponent's thoughts and character so as to anticipate their actions. The cricketer must learn to use this ability to entice or draw an opponent into making a mistake, by leading them into thinking that they are in control of the contest.
Social Benefits
Cricketers often become friends and competitors, finding themselves meeting hundreds of people over the years as they travel to competitions locally, nationally, and internationally. Not surprisingly, cricket is the fastest growing sport among universities across Canada and United States. Very skilled players may have the opportunity to train overseas, compete in prestigious tournaments, which in the future may also include the Olympic Games.
What Will Cricket Do For Your Child?
- Promote discipline, self-assurance, and responsibility
- Develop coordination, strength, and decision-making skills
- Provide positive interaction with peers and adults
- Teach the ability to think tactically to overcome an obstacle
Why Play Cricket?
Because cricket is always FUN! Cricket bridges gaps between sexes, sizes, ethnicity and personality (as is seen when both young girls and boys defeat an opponent with technique and timing when confronted with brawn and bulk!). Cricket is a great way to develop a child's mind, body and spirit, helping to lay the foundation for success as an adult!
Cricket - The Perfect School Game:
Cricket is the perfect game for group instruction:
  • It can be played indoors or outside, on a basketball court, asphalt or grass.
  • It allows the instructor to observe students both as individual participants and as parts of a team.
  • Cricket appeals to all children, not just those who are typically large, strong or fast. (In groups, this propensity causes many disaffected children to shrink away from active participation. This means less involvement and a discouraging, awkward experience for the child; it also makes the task of assigning that student a fair grade more difficult for the instructor.)
  • Cricket rewards patience, technique and intelligence; stature has very little to do with eventual greatness. This encourages all children to participate, and draws out those typically disaffected.

Suitability:
Cricket is suitable for boys and girls to participate in from an early age. Children from the age of 5 years old can begin to learn cricket by participating in the USYCA program. Cricket is a non-contact sport and at this age is played with a soft cricket ball to ensure the safety of the children. Cricket is a great way for children to learn to work together in a team environment while developing important physical and mental skills.

Fun for all ages, and in all places
Boys and girls of all ages can play cricket both socially and competitively. While competitive cricket is mostly played on a pitch on an oval field, cricket just for fun can be played in backyards, parks, and streets or on the beach.
Getting started
To play backyard cricket you just need some friends, a bat, a ball and wickets. To learn the skills, children can participate in a clinic, or join a local youth league.
Rules of the game:
The basic rules of cricket are:
  • The object of the game is to score more runs than the opposing team.
  • One team fields while the other team is the batting side.
  • The fielding team bowls the cricket ball at the batsmen who tries to hit the ball with their bat. The fielding team is trying to get the batsmen out while the batting team is trying to score as many runs as they can without getting out.
  • When the two batters cross over to each other's wicket, they have scored one run for their team. Batters may run on any ball whether it is hit or not. Off each delivery a batsmen can score 0 through to 6 runs.
  • If a ball is hit to the boundary along the ground it is worth 4 runs. If a ball is hit over the boundary it is worth six runs.
  • When the batting team has only one player remaining that is “not out” they must switch around and become the bowling team.
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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Announcing the Partnership Between The Cricket Spot and Indiana Cricket

The Cricket Spot has recently decided to partner with the Indiana Youth Cricket Association. The partnership will begin Spring 2012 and continue for at least the next year. This partnership will mainly focus on reaching all Physical Education teachers and coaches in the state of Indiana.
The Indiana Youth Cricket's mission is "to Promote Cricket and expand Youth cricket with Educational Instructions & Training to Indiana schools and to promote fitness and advance the sport of cricket across Indiana." With these goals in mind we will hopefully bring the game of cricket to youth all across the state. Currently, the Indiana Youth Cricket Association has brought cricket to eleven schools in Indiana with another nineteen interested in learning more about the sport. This could be huge for all of indiana Cricket.
In May 2012, we will participate in a health fair in Hamilton County. This fair is focused on youth nutrition and exercise/sports. Our goal is to reach out to the kids at this event and introduce them to the sport of cricket. We also plan to have a training this summer for all 60,000 PE teachers in the state to learn more about cricket as well.
March 24 was national Youth Cricket Day, a day in which we all United States Youth Cricket can celebrate one day of the sport universally. In other United States Youth Cricket news, Reebok Cricket recently signed a deal to become the official cricket apparel sponsor for at least three years. This is the first ever of a sponsorship of this magnitude and could mean great things for Youth Cricket here in America. Currently, most Cricket players in the US are immigrants from Australia, England, India, South Africa and the Caribbean and hopefully this large effort to increase youth cricket can help make it an American born sport.
The sport was introduced to schools in 2010, on the east coast, and since there have been over 1000 schools to introduce cricket to their school, we find this growth to be impressive. There currently is a program for schools to receive a free cricket set if interested. And The USCYA along with the INYCA will both provide free training and instruction to all interested parties.
In conclusion, we are very excited about this new partnership. We are sure that this new growth will ensure that the United States will follow in the rest of the world's passion for the sport of Cricket!
Lyndea Ward is the author and can provide more information on this and other cricket shopping and caring for tips. Visit http://www.thecricketspot.com today, at thecricketspot.com we focus on selling top of the line cricket products from premier lines such as; Kookaburra, Gray Nicholls, Gunn and Moore and more. Visit http://www.thecricketspot.com today and receive 10% off your order with coupon code enjoy10.