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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Australian league is next move, says NZ head

Entering a team in Australia’s Baseball League by 2014 and building a permanent facility was now in the sights of Baseball New Zealand after their credible performance at last month’s World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament, according to the sport’s chief executive.

Insert “Eddie Gaedel was a Hobbit” joke here.

Gamingboy Posted: December 05, 2012 at 02:27 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: australia, international, new zealand

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   1. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: December 05, 2012 at 04:36 PM (#4318085)
Not for nothing, but "Diamondblacks" is an awesome name.

The two losses to Taiwan, 10-0 in pool play and then 9-0 in the final, had been a lot closer than the scorelines suggested Flynn said, with the Taiwanese scoring eight runs in the fifth innings of the first game and six in the fourth innings of the final.

Inning, singular, fellas. Innings is cricket. Just sayin'.
   2. Greg K Posted: December 05, 2012 at 05:46 PM (#4318162)
A friend lent me a DVD set of the 2005 Ashes. Starting to get into this whole cricket thing.

Though I'm not sure if I'm ready for a full test match live...these two and a half hour condensed versions are enough for me so far.
   3. Flynn Posted: December 05, 2012 at 06:01 PM (#4318173)
Test cricket is outstanding. You don't follow Test cricket in terms of sitting on the edge of your seat like other sports, you relax, watch it leisurely or even better listen to it on the radio. But a tense moment in Test cricket lasts forever - in a good way. A team chasing 300, 8 wickets down with 40 runs to go, it's like having a 3-2 count for half an hour.
   4. Greg K Posted: December 05, 2012 at 06:12 PM (#4318182)
A team chasing 300, 8 wickets down with 40 runs to go, it's like having a 3-2 count for half an hour.

I just watched the 2nd Test Match of the Ashes. (Excuse my muddled terminology I'm still relatively new) Australia was down about 80+ runs with two wickets left and Shane Warne (who I gather is better known for his bowling than his batting) went on a run and made it close. It was the only section of the edited match where they pretty much showed every bowl. After scoring 45 or so poor Warne stepped on his stumps and from there on in Australia chipped away with singles until the English wicket keeper made a diving catch when they were just 3 runs back.

I imagine that would have been a hell of a stretch to watch live.

I did catch some of the Australia-South Africa Test match last weekend as I happened to be up at 4am. But I was up that late mostly because I had been drinking for several hours so I wasn't picking up on a lot...except that it appeared to be Nicky Ponting's last match (or last season, I was fuzzy on that). Is he a former great? From what I recall of that match, and what I've seen so far of the 2005 Ashes he doesn't exactly seem like a current great.
   5. asinwreck Posted: December 05, 2012 at 09:11 PM (#4318279)
Did someone mention Shane Warne?
   6. Gamingboy Posted: December 05, 2012 at 11:37 PM (#4318357)
Not for nothing, but "Diamondblacks" is an awesome name.

You should have seen their haka.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: December 06, 2012 at 12:43 AM (#4318371)
Shane Warne (who I gather is better known for his bowling than his batting)

Well, best known for his womanizing including part of Liz Hurley's decline phase.

But when it comes to Aussie cricket, there's only one thing to remember: underarm bowling.

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