Friday, July 17, 2009

Summer break

The Steel Daffodil is taking a summer break for a few weeks, but rest assured, all of the usual interests will still be being followed via all modern gadgets!

Monday, July 13, 2009

England v Australia, Day 5, Cardiff

Well what a fantastic finish to a wonderful 5 days!

Firstly, many congratulations to everyone @ Glamorgan who made it such a special occasion. You are a credit to Glamorgan, Cardiff and Wales, reflected in the glowing praise showered upon the club by the international media.

Secondly, the cricket or the 'Great Escape'. A losing draw as club cricketers would call it, but a draw nonetheless and 0-0 in the series.

Thirdly, let's not hide the fact that Australia were a team of better cricketers who played better cricket. England will have to play a lot better to even draw this series, let alone win it, and that starts with certain batsmen.

Finally, it was a week in Cardiff I'll never forget, and one which I never thought I'd see. To be a part of thousands of people strolling through Bute Park towards a Test Match was an absolute priviledge. Fantastic.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

England v Australia, Day 4, Cardiff

Another good day of Test Cricket saw Australia pile on the agony for England - a 200 stand for the 6th wicket between Brad Hadin and Marcus North preceded two early wickets in England's innings.
Start of the day and teams coming out here
Marcus North passess 100 here
Brad Haddin's ton here

Brad Haddin drives

Another full house @ Cardiff

Flintoff to Haddin

Panesar to North

Graeme Swann and Ravi Bopara in the field


Haddin: out for 121

North not out 125

Mitchell Johnson

Johnson to Cook

Johnson to Strauss

Hilfenhaus to Strauss

Test Cricket under floodlights in the UK: another first for Cardiff

Bopara lbw b Hilfenhaus 1

Saturday, July 11, 2009

England v Australia, Day 3, Cardiff

An Australian batting masterclass on day 3 of the Cardiff test, most notably from captain Ricky Ponting.


Ricky Ponting and Simon Katich prepare to continue England's punishment
Panesar to Ponting
Cardiff: looking magnificent as a Test Match venue

Katich: out at last for 122

The Ponting show goes on...

...up to 150...

...and then out.

The Australian captain taking the applause of the Cardiff pavilion here.

England v Australia, Day 2, Cardiff

England's tail wagged effectively on the 2nd morning, making 435, but the Aussies fought back strongly with some proper Test Match batting.
Stuart Broad to Simon Katich

James Anderson to Simon Katich

England's 12th men: Tom Maynard and Nick James of Glamorgan

Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff

Flintoff to Katich

Broad to Ricky Ponting

The England slips

Graeme Swann

Monty Panesar in front of the Grandstand

Ricky Ponting (passing 11,000 Test runs in this innings)

Friday, July 10, 2009

England v Australia, Day 1, Cardiff

So a piece of sporting history was made - Cardiff became the 100th Test Match venue. And what a magnificent occasion it was.

The captain toss the coin amongst the media scrum.

Katherine Jenkins belts out the National Anthem (of Wales)

Australia take the field

Over #1: Mitchell Johnson to Andrew Strauss

Peter Siddle to Ravi Bopara

Mitchell Johnson

Jack Russell

Ben Hilfenhaus

Peter Siddle to Kevin Pietersen

Peter Siddle to Stuart Broad
And there's an over on you tube here.