With that in mind I thought it would be nice to share my three favourite cricketing moments of the past year and hopefully you can share yours too.
15 & 16 January – Ponting’s 209 at Bellerive against Pakistan
Ponting’s double century at Bellerive could conceivably be his last hundred and it showcased everything that has made him the outstanding Australian bat of his generation. It was an absolutely brilliant innings made especially memorable because it was the first Test that my 8 year old son, Patrick, ever attended.
He’ll never forget it. Just like my father told me stories about attending the SCG with his Dad as a ten year old in 1947 where he witnessed Bradman score 185 against India, the stage is now set for my descendants to sit on Pat’s knee several decades into the future to hear of the day when Tasmania’s finest bat was dropped on the boundary hooking first ball only to dig in and score not one but two hundreds in a mammoth stand with Michael Clarke.
28 February – Tasmania defeating Victoria to win the One-Day Cup
Beating the Vics is always sweet but in a final at the MCG it was most enjoyable. A Tim Paine ton and Gerald Denton’s five wickets were the dominant performances but like most wins for the Thylacines it was a wholehearted team effort that saw them bring the trophy home to Bellerive.
You can read the report and many of the excellent comments by following this link.
3 November – Murali’s last match at the MCG
Murali’s joy for the game was contagious during what turned out to be a very exciting and for Australians, a hugely deflating, One Day International in Melbourne.
In the field he just never stopped grinning and appeared as though he was having the time of his life. Even at 107/8 chasing 244 Murali was sitting on the bench with pads on laughing and joking as if he knew what Mathews and Malinga would soon achieve. When Malinga fell with still four runs to win Murali walked out to the middle shared a joke with Mathews, laughed off some sledging from Watson and then promptly dispatched him to the boundary to polish off a remarkable comeback.
While Pup, head bowed, led his shocked team from the field the Lankans celebrated their first series victory of any sort in Australia by chairing Mathews and Malinga around the MCG and hugging anyone in their vicinity. Murali just followed on behind the pack smiling and talking to Sri Lankan expats in the outer and his attitude that day reminded me why I love this game so much.
Happy New Year!!