My long retired gimmick still gets the occasional outing and so in honour of Bangladesh batsman Fazle Mahmoud… here it is!
Mahmoud quacked on debut against Zimbabwe and today followed it up with another inglorious duck. Having debut ducked he was made to sit and wait second time around as his side’s opening batsman compiled a century stand that lasted in excess of twenty-six overs. Against such weak opposition as Zimbabwe, it’s not really an excusable start for Mahmoud. It’s a small sample size though and many legends of the game have come back stronger after inauspicious starts.
There’s one match left in the series and Bangladesh have recalled another batsman in the form of Soumya Sarkar but still retained Mahmoud. It’s Mahmoud style ineptitude that endears a player to me so I sincerely hope he has a third opportunity in the final ODI and makes some kind of score.
Silly Point’s long-retired gimmick has today come out of retirement to celebrate the astounding ineptitude of Pakistan’s Sahibzada Farhan’s introduction to international cricket. The international virgin managed to get himself stumped off a wide from the very first delivery that he faced in Harare today. That’s right, the opening batsman’s inscription in the scorebook reads: Out 0, Balls Faced 0!
I can emphasise with Farhan as I once did the same thing myself. It wasn’t quite on the same scale, the Harrogate and District Evening League probably isn’t comparable to international cricket! In my defence, I’d only played a handful of matches at the time and unlike Farhan, I’m not a professional cricketer who has been practicing day after day for a number of years!
All joking aside, congratulations to Farhan on representing his country and fingers crossed for him that they’ll be opportunities in the future to put things right.
I recently went hiking and not until over a week later did I realise that I’d forgotten to take my old mate L.B. Wilson with me. As a result, I’ve been feeling quite guilty, like a fielder who’s dropped a catch. The truth is though that little Leo’s never been the same since my wife, when vacuuming, hit the CD storage facility that he resides in and as a result of the fall, decapitated him! Though an attempt at reconstructive surgery was made, Leo’s future has long been in the balance. Combine Leo’s injury with the fact that I’m clearly not responsible enough to remember to take him out with me whenever I go hiking, I’ve decided that L.B. must go the same way as my other retired gimmick, International Duck Watch.
R.I.P. L.B 2016-2018
Some of you may be wondering why a bright yellow rubber duck has appeared on your device screen. Whether you’ve followed Silly Point since inception or have only recently hopped aboard then you might still be wondering. Though the tough call was made to drop IDW sometime ago, that isn’t to say that it can’t rear it’s head from time to time.
Today, courtesy of England’s Stuart Broad, I provide to you a Brucy Bonus (Apt?) edition of International Duck Watch in all its glory. Four scoreless deliveries before becoming Shannon Gabriel’s fourth victim in the second Test at Headingley against the West Indies means that Broad and he alone is today’s duckee, Gabriel being the duck-enforcer or ducker if you prefer.
Anyway, that’s enough ducking around!
It’s been a while since Neil Broom got a mention here at Silly Point. The New Zealand bat gained some airtime when he ditched a county contract to answer a recall to his nation’s limited overs side and promptly topped the run charts with 228 over the three-match series against Bangladesh. This included a maiden international hundred (109 not out in Nelson) followed by a run-a-ball 97, also in Horatio’s city.
Broom did register a score of 73 against Australia but in the absence of Ross Taylor, greeted the Test world off the back of a ODI series against South Africa that brought him scores of 2, 2 and 0, so it probably didn’t come as a surprise to many when he lasted only four runless deliveries against the same opposition in the second Test in Wellington, Rabada-de Kock the combination responsible for his downfall. For those of you missing our old favourite…
… here’s an International Duck Watch special just for you, courteousy of Neil Broom!
It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the retirement of International Duck Watch. I know that this will come as a huge blow to many keen followers but in an attempt to return to the original philosophy of this blog, namely to provide in-depth articles that matter and to maintain a standard of quality, I have decided to retire my leading gimmick.
If I were by some miracle a full-time blogger, with no family or work commitments and could throw my bat into the Twittersphere, then I would continue with IDW but in truth, it can become a little bit of a chore having returned home from work.
For now I will continue to bring to the crease my travails on Don Bradman Cricket 17, L.B. Wilson’s adventures (Admittedly a gimmick!), if I ever get out of the house that is and book reviews etc, as well as those random articles about all things cricket that was the whole point of Silly Point in the first place.
Warning! Do not bat in an odd numbered position in Australia’s middle order in a ODI.
Today, Peter Handscomb at three, Glenn Maxwell at five and James Faulkner at seven, faced a grand total of seven deliveries between them for the princely sum of exactly zero runs.
Earlier in the day, New Zealand’s Tom Latham and Lockie Ferguson also failed to get off the mark and so out of 19 wickets to fall in Hamilton, five combined to make nought.
New Zealand won by 24 runs and thus sealed a 2-0 series victory against a patch Australian side.
South Africa sealed a 3-0 clean sweep in their home ODI series against Sri Lanka today, courtesy of a comprehensive seven-wicket victory in Johannesburg.
In Sri Lanka’s pitiful 163 all out both Lahiru Madushanka and IDW veteran Suranga Lakmal made perfectly round zeroes, both victims of Dwaine Pretorious.
Basically half the England team!
England’s best with bat ‘n’ ball collapsed from 119-2 to 127 all out to lose the T20I series against India by 2 goals to 1. That’s a collapse of 8-8 and is bloody brilliant even by England’s standards!
There were gloriously gleaming goldens for Roy and Plunkett and stunningly shining silvers for each of Buttler, Jordan and Mills.
I’m just going to publish this now and if Sri Lanka have any duckees in their chase against South Africa we’ll honour them later. England deserve to stand alone, for a time at least.
20:05pm: For the record… Lakshan Sandakan, fourth ball to Imran Tahir.
In the first ODI between New Zealand and Australia in Auckland, the hosts claimed first blood in the battle of the Tasman. Tim Southee ducked for NZ and for the tourists…
… Josh Hazlewood, having never been dismissed in any of his thirty-three previous ODI outings, was run out for an epic duck having survived 26 minutes and not faced a single ball alongside Marcus Stoinis. Their partnership reached 54 before Australia fell just 6 runs short of New Zealand’s total. Stoinis, who was playing only his second ODI and first since 2015 was left stranded 146 not out from 117 deliveries, an innings that included 9 fours and 11 sixes.
Credit any bloggers out there that have previously called for a recall to national colours for MS!
In New Zealand’s total of 286-9, Neil Broom made 73 from 75 deliveries and in doing show displayed that it’s not just Bangladesh he’s capable of scoring runs against. His average now stands at 28.81 and though this has nothing to do with ducks, it provides us with an opportunity to revisit some great (Self-proclaimed!) headlines.