Monday, 24 August 2009

This post is for the benefit of Australian cricket lovers

This sad news will most likely be hidden from view by OZ national newspapers between a 'Hair loss Advert and one giving a ten per cent discount for a treatment for hemorrhoids.
Have a thoughtful day , Vest.


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npower Test Match Series: England v Australia
20-08-2009 at The Brit Oval, Day 4 of 5
England beat Australia by 197 runs
England won the toss and decided to bat
England 1st Innings
332 all out (90.5 overs) England 2nd Innings
373 for 9 (95.0 overs)
Australia 1st Innings
160 all out (52.5 overs) Australia 2nd Innings
348 all out (102.2 overs)


England 1st Innings - All out
Runs Balls 4s 6s
Strauss c Haddin b Hilfenhaus 55 101 11 0
Cook c Ponting b Siddle 10 12 2 0
Bell b Siddle 72 137 10 0
Collingwood c M Hussey b Siddle 24 65 3 0
J Trott run out 41 81 5 0
Prior c S Watson b M Johnson 18 33 2 0
Flintoff c Haddin b M Johnson 7 19 1 0
Broad c Ponting b Hilfenhaus 37 69 5 0
Swann c Haddin b Siddle 18 28 2 0
Anderson lbw b Hilfenhaus 0 6 0 0
S Harmison not out 12 12 3 0
Extras 18nb 3w 12b 5lb 38
Total all out 332 (90.5 ovs)

Bowler O M R W
Hilfenhaus 21.5 5 71 3
Siddle 21.0 6 75 4
Clark 14.0 5 41 0
M Johnson 15.0 0 69 2
North 14.0 3 33 0
S Watson 5.0 0 26 0
Fall of wicket
12 Cook
114 Strauss
176 Collingwood
181 Bell
229 Prior
247 Flintoff
268 J Trott
307 Swann
308 Anderson
332 Broad


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Australia 1st Innings - All out
Runs Balls 4s 6s
S Watson lbw b Broad 34 69 7 0
Katich c Cook b Swann 50 107 7 0
Ponting b Broad 8 15 1 0
M Hussey lbw b Broad 0 3 0 0
M Clarke c J Trott b Broad 3 7 0 0
North lbw b Swann 8 17 1 0
Haddin b Broad 1 9 0 0
M Johnson c Prior b Swann 11 24 2 0
Siddle not out 26 38 5 0
Clark c Cook b Swann 6 8 1 0
Hilfenhaus b Flintoff 6 21 1 0
Extras 1nb 1b 5lb 7
Total all out 160 (52.5 ovs)

Bowler O M R W
Anderson 9.0 3 29 0
Flintoff 13.5 4 35 1
Swann 14.0 3 38 4
S Harmison 4.0 1 15 0
Broad 12.0 1 37 5
Fall of wicket
73 S Watson
85 Ponting
89 M Hussey
93 M Clarke
108 North
109 Katich
111 Haddin
131 M Johnson
143 Clark
160 Hilfenhaus


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England 2nd Innings - Declared
Runs Balls 4s 6s
Strauss c M Clarke b North 75 191 8 0
Cook c M Clarke b North 9 35 0 0
Bell c Katich b M Johnson 4 7 1 0
Collingwood c Katich b M Johnson 1 7 0 0
J Trott c North b Clark 119 193 12 0
Prior run out 4 9 1 0
Flintoff c Siddle b North 22 18 4 0
Broad c Ponting b North 29 35 5 0
Swann c Haddin b Hilfenhaus 63 55 9 0
Anderson not out 15 29 2 0
Extras 9nb 7w 1b 15lb 32
Total for 9 373 (95.0 ovs)

Bowler O M R W
Hilfenhaus 11.0 1 58 1
Siddle 17.0 3 69 0
North 30.0 4 98 4
M Johnson 17.0 1 60 2
Katich 5.0 2 9 0
Clark 12.0 2 43 1
M Clarke 3.0 0 20 0
Fall of wicket
27 Cook
34 Bell
39 Collingwood
157 Strauss
168 Prior
200 Flintoff
243 Broad
333 Swann
373 J Trott


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Australia 2nd Innings - All out
Runs Balls 4s 6s
S Watson lbw b Broad 40 81 6 0
Katich lbw b Swann 43 68 7 0
Ponting run out 66 103 10 0
M Hussey c Cook b Swann 121 263 14 0
M Clarke run out 0 4 0 0
North st Prior b Swann 10 24 2 0
Haddin c Strauss b Swann 34 49 6 0
M Johnson c Collingwood b S Harmison 0 5 0 0
Siddle c Flintoff b S Harmison 10 14 1 0
Clark c Cook b S Harmison 0 1 0 0
Hilfenhaus not out 4 8 1 0
Extras 6nb 7b 7lb 20
Total all out 348 (102.2 ovs)

Bowler O M R W
Anderson 12.0 2 46 0
Flintoff 11.0 1 42 0
S Harmison 16.0 5 54 3
Swann 40.2 8 120 4
Broad 22.0 4 71 1
Collingwood 1.0 0 1 0
Fall of wicket
86 Katich
90 S Watson
217 Ponting
220 M Clarke
236 North
327 Haddin
327 M Johnson
343 Siddle
343 Clark
348 M Hussey


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Umpires: Asad Rauf, B F Bowden, R S Madugalle, P J Hartley
England: Strauss (C), Cook, Bell, Collingwood, Flintoff, Prior (W), Broad, Swann, J Trott, Anderson, S Harmison
Australia: S Watson, Katich, Ponting (C), M Hussey, M Clarke, North, Haddin (W), M Johnson, Clark, Hilfenhaus, Siddle

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Our journey to England and back July 18 to Aug 19

It is two days since my wife Rosemary, son Chris and yours truly arrived in Sunny Sydney and were greeted after clearing customs with a stiff breeze with a wind chill factor of 8 deg Cel, mind you the Summer temp in London's Heath row airport was about 10 Cel.
The journey out and returning included a cabin baggage check, this resulted in having a small pair of scissors a nail file and for some odd reason a plastic jar of Rosemary's face cream siezed as dangerous items, However, strange as it may seem, steel knives and forks were available in the departure lounge eateries and tough plastic knives on board the plane.
The 14.5 hour nonstop journey to Abu Dhabi, followed by a 7 hour trip to Heath row was as boring as one might expect, then the prospects of a similar reverse journey was constantly on our minds during our visits to numerous relatives and friends during our stay in the UK. It would be doubtful that BA or Qantas would be more comfortable but our deal with Emirates saved us $3,600.00 by not travelling BA or Qantas. This saving allowed us to rent a brand new Avis; Peugeot automatic, with a left hand drive Frog made steering column on the right drivers side, meaning when you indicated left the wipers came on instead. The total cost of car and fuel amounted to approx $2,100 covering about 2,780 kilometers.
The visits to relatives and friends were quite amicable and most of all enjoyable.
A lot of special effort went into making our visits to the homes of our relatives and friends pleasing, great dinner parties, Barbies and Pub dinners too, followed by a last night party attended by about 25 relatives.
My niece Christine who is employed by the channel tunnel authority arranged for us to travel through the tunnel to Calais and on to Boulogne where we had a superb lunch in a French restaurant and then returned to Folkestone and on to Dover where we were staying with Christine.
Two days before returning to OZ we visited the Isle of Wight Via the car ferry, where we were driving on roads about ten feet wide in some rural areas.
Returning home by car after our arrival at Sydney was so sedate and the roads seemed so wide and traveling on the motorway (F3) was a picnic where the majority of drivers stay on the speed limit, not so in merry England where madness reigns and the speed limits are ignored on motorways, the worst mayhem is encountered on London's M25.
Our visit to the 'Bat and Ball' Pub at Hambledon in Hampshire where we had a wet lunch was enjoyable. The cricket pitch was set on a low plateau where any ball struck and not fielded would race away to the boundary. The ground was too wet for play so both teams settled in at the pub while we discussed the prospects of the ongoing test match. The site of the 'Bat and Ball' is where according to legend the first game of cricket took place, back a fair bit.
During the time in the UK hundreds of photo's were taken by Chris and Rosemary I may get some on the blog should Chris find time to deal with the matter, he is the Photo person and requests for pics must be made to him through this blog.
I would now like to thank those relatives and friends in the UK for their generosity and time spent looking after our needs, thanks everyone.
this will be all for now until we get back into the swing of things, back soon.VEST.

Ps forgot to mention: We visited the pub in Warborough near Oxford where the Midsomer Movie set is. We were also near Cromer in Norfolk where the plague of zillions of lady birds (Bugs USA)descended upon us, Quite unbelievable.
Eating Halal (Mussie Grub) on the plane,Etihad The Emirates Nat Airline. on the return journey I left Two uneaten PORK pies on the seat when leaving the plane in Sydney(A ghastly Infidel trick.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Vest is Back and will be posting soon.

I returned from the land of hope and glory 24 hours ago. I shall be resting awhile due to the lack of sleep. Will be back soon.

Goodbye Dear Rosemary. (Final)

      It was around 3 pm Wednesday March 8 That Rosemary returned from 'Day Care', she looked fine and healthy and bubbly and gave ...