Yuvraj Gets Theological!

“No point saying it will be a normal match,”

Yuvraj said.

“You all expect us to win, the whole country expects us to win. We are doing the best we can and leaving the rest to God.”

Pakistan vs. India for a spot in the World Cup Final…and everyone starts getting a little religious!

Alex Keath meets Credo Lions at Reclink Super 8’s

Bushranger Alex Keath congratulates Credo Lion, Wayne Harris on his player of the match award

Thumbs up for Alex Keath, the emerging Bushranger who not only got selected to play against England twice this season (for Victoria and the PM’s XI) but was the special guest presenter at the  Reclink Super 8’s Grand Final Day this week.  Doing the Reclink gig has seemed to bode well in the past for emerging players in terms of future selection so we wish him all the best.

John Kilgour from The Lord’s Taverners who sponsor a lot of community cricket initiatives also spoke at the presentation.

The Urban Seed/ St. Marks Credo Lions went down to traditional rivals Sacred Heart Mission in the A Grade Grand Final but another great day was had by all.

Credo Lions

England vs Ireland Highlights World Cup 2011

Love it when an underdog gets up!  Go the Oirish…via a great KJ OBrien knock of 113 off 63 balls!  Fastest World Cup century ever.

Wonder what the ICC will do now as they try to keep the minnows out of future World Cup’s!  This sort of thing is what keeps it interesting!

England vs Ireland Highlights World Cup 2011 | My Cricket Highlights.

Ema Kuribayashi

Ema Kuribayashi is visiting Australia from the Japan Cricket Association doing her level 2 coaching accreditation. She is the captain of the Japan Women’s National Team.  Ema opened the batting for the Cricket Victoria staff team in the Master Blasters Corporate Twenty20 last Friday night.  A nuggetty, small left hander in the mould of Justin Langer, Ema was spared no quarter being peppered by unrelenting short stuff from the opposition openers who stood over the six foot tall!  After taking a couple in the ribs she holed out in the deep hooking! Legend!

Victoria’s ‘Noogal Tooengorrt Tani’ Team @ Imparja Cup 2011

Jacob and Benny Cook-Harrison from Horsham

Annie Hateley from Cricket Victoria put this great video and report together about the Noogal team at the this months Imparja Cup, the National Indigenous Cricket Carnival.  It was amazing to be in Alice Springs, a town of many of the most extreme contrasts of Australian life.  The red centre was wet and green and there was lots of great cricket played by young and emerging players.

I especially loved the beautiful Coolamon trophy from the women’s tournament.  The mens teams made a guard of honour as a the women came off the ground as a statement against domestic violence which was very powerful given the difficult realities that we were made all too aware of during our time together.

It was great to attend to National Indigenous Cricket Advisory Council and hear about the progress and issues faced with cricket in indigenous communities around the country as well as see the progress in the development of our young team having been involved in their warm up game against Master Blasters Corporate Twenty20 last month.


Hi All

I just wanted to give you a wrap up of the Imparja Cup which was a huge success for Victoria.

Victoria won three games over SA, TAS and ACT. We had a couple of really close games but overall a very good result for a young team.

We finished 5th in the tournament. For full results please visit:


Stuart Clark and David Bourke did an amazing job finding three Indigenous players in the pathway program (U16 & U18) and one Premier cricketer – Fletcher Stewart from Fitzroy Doncaster.

With 6 boys under the age of 18, they did very well considering they played older and experienced teams with grade players.

Many of the states and organisers offered compliments to our young players as well.

Fletcher Stewart’s accomplishments throughout the tournament were a highlight. Fletcher finished fourth in the overall tournament bowling averages.

At the presentation dinner he was named in the honour squad for 2011 receiving a black cap. Only the third Victorian player to do so (Barry Firebrace and Tyrone Bean the other two). Not only this but he was named in the Development Squad which will go the Centre of Excellence and a squad tour in 2011.

Cricket Australia also reserved two scholarship places for Indigenous cricketers in the mainstream youth development squad. Fletcher received one of these scholarship places and will go on tour to Indian with the squad later in the year.

Fletcher returned to Melbourne early for Premier cricket and missed receiving his black cap so we are looking to present this to him at his club within the fortnight. We will let you know the details as we confirm this and forward on to journalists locally and nationally.

In addition to this, 3 Victorian players attended the Cricket Superstars trials. Two players – Ben Abbatangelo and Alex Kerr were both selected to go to Brisbane for 4 days in September for the next stage of selection and filming. They were two of only 4 players selected for the second stage of Cricket Superstars. Ben finished fourth in the fielding averages for the tournament.

Over the weekend, we received further positive feedback on CV’s  involvement in the Indigenous Surfing Carnival.

Thank you all for your involvement, administration and support with these two events.

It has been a very big and successful week in Indigenous cricket and we couldn’t have achieved these outcomes without your support.

Thanks! Annie.

Compton Cricket Club Australian Tour 2011 Media

Hugh Snelgrove getting that pic in Hosier Lane, Melbourne

Awesome effort on media by Compton Cricket Club support staff Katy Haber in the US and Hugh Snelgrove and photographer Kimberley Low in Oz.  I’ve run a lot of community cricket events in my time and with all the efforts that go into getting 22 people on a field across geography and social divides… the story doesn’t  always get out! Thanks for all your good work!


The Sun UK


Media Bistro

NBC Sports


Sports Grid

7.30 Show ABC

ABC on line February 2nd

Latin Fox News February lst.

ABC Rural Victoria News

Metro UK

MSNBC : Compton Cricket Club arrive in Sydney


Getty Images


Tom LaBonge LA : A send-off for the Compton Cricket team on their way “Down Under”

90’s Guy : Compton Cricket Club: From gats to bats

Susanne Gervay: Homies and The Popz Compton Cricket Club & Father Chris Riley off the Streets in Sydney


Punch Magazine: Bravado and ‘me, me, me’ are destroying modern sport (Including a pic of a street cricket match with Ted Hayes wearing oven mits!)

Wimmera Times: American Cricket Team to Take on Harrow

Wimmera Times: Cultures Combine

ABC News: Compton Cricketers Score Down Under

Marie Claire Magazine  Article:  Guns for Runs

Compton Cricket Club Australian Tour Victoria Highlights & Thanks


Cap presentation by Urban Seed EO Chris Lacey at Laneway Cricket Match in the heart of  Melbourne.

Photo shoots and autographs with locals via the Marie Claire article found in the magazine rack at the local ‘servo’ in Skipton!

Moments of silence :

  • before the game at Harrow remembering members who had died from both teams and the original 1868 indigeonous team.
  • Remembering victims of recent floods for whom the team raised money at each event.
  • At Johnny Mullagh’s Grave in Harrow.

Ted Hayes motivational speaking and especially his honouring of elders in front of the town at Harrow.

Ted Hayes chasing a kangaroo through the bush whilst ‘spotlighting’.

Lenny Coops Man of the Match performance batting and bowling for the Mullagh XI.

Powerful cultural education at the Brambuk Cultural Centre in Gariwerd (Grampians) including some hilarious (and dangerous!??) boomerang throwing!

“Front foot,,,, Back foot… Square Cut and a …Hoooook!” Issac and Theo Hayes rapping “Shots” at Harrow.

(Including post game on Monday night in front of the town and leading a rap workshop and cricket clinic with 60 students representing Edenhope, Goroke and Balmoral Schools the following morning.)

Local indigenous cricketer, Barry Firebrace being made an honorary member of the Compton CC and his unbeaten knock against ACS.

Lots of great chats about the love and struggles of the game of cricket and what it means for us in each of our differing contexts.

Dreaming crazy dreams of the many ways we may continue to support our communities and build connections through the game we love!

Thankyou ‘s

Stuart Welsh and David Sprigg for driving huge distances and running a cricket clinic at Harrow.

Phil Yew and the Urban Seed, Credo Cricket mob for organising the Laneway Cricket Match in Hosier Lane, Melbourne including Rayzer Kuffelkoff as umpire.

Uncle Wayne ‘Swisha’ Bell from Heywood and the local Wotjaboluk elders for welcoming us and pulling together the Johnny Mullagh XI Team.

Ange Newton from Harrow Discovery and Johnny Mullagh Cricket Centre for tirelessly organising and promoting the Harrow experience.

Harrow & District local’s for their hospitality at the Conniewirrico campsite.

Ian Hammet and the Chamberlin Trust Committee of the Australian Cricket Society for organising the immaculate University Oval courtesy of Melbourne University CC for the match against the Wandering XI.

Barry Firebrace and Rob Hyatt from Indigenous Sports and Recreation, Victoria for playing with the Compton CC against ACS.

Hugh Snelgrove and Katy Haber for managing the Australian Tour and working so hard on publicity.

Hip Hop… Hooray for the first All American Born Cricket Team to tour our shores.

Say Compton… Say… Crickeeeerrrrrrt!

Compton CC vs ACS Wanderers at Melbourne University

Custard's shot that that ended up on the ABC cutting room floor in preference of the 'stuck on the crease, nick behind, dropped!' that made the video! photo: David Boon

“We couldn’t beat the Poms, How about the Yanks?”  Link to the ABC  News report on The Compton Cricket Club versus Australian Cricket Society at University Oval.  Thanks to Ian Hammet, Graham Burgess and the Societies’ Chamberlin Trust Charity Arm for supporting the event so well.