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Australia edges fascinating second day in Adelaide Test

Updated November 28, 2015 23:09:33

Martin Guptill trudges off the field on day two at the Adelaide Oval Photo: New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill leaves the field after being dismissed by Australia’s Josh Hazlewood for 17. (AAP: Dave Hunt)
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Not every day of Test cricket is filled with verve. Not every day produces a thrill. Even if you love the game, you know that some days wander to their conclusion with the dry feeling of a responsibility discharged rather than a drama played out or a work of art created.

But the second day and night at the Adelaide Oval offered all these things, as the crepuscular Test match continued to offer the most competitive and entertaining cricket in this Australia versus New Zealand series.

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The only blemish was an embarrassing mistake by third umpire Nigel Llong: solitary, but of a magnitude that might yet decide the winner.

On a mild Adelaide afternoon, the endless days of batting from Brisbane and Perth faded like the memory of a long and meandering train trip, as life for Australia’s batsmen suddenly got tricky, and then hard, and then downright devilish.

At its worst Australia’s score was set to crash to 9 for 116, with only Mitchell Starc left to limp in on a fractured foot.

But Llong’s mystifying reprieve of Nathan Lyon allowed a lower-order rally to take the team to 224, a lead of 22 runs on the first innings.

How significant it would prove. Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Marsh responded with great intent to Starc’s absence as a bowler, combining to remove New Zealand’s top five batsmen with 98 on the board, and to curtail the visiting side to 116 by stumps, a lead of 94 runs with five wickets remaining.

Even if New Zealand’s lower order can fight on tomorrow, with Mitchell Santner to resume on 13 and BJ Watling on 7, this is a game that should now finish within three days.

But there will be none of the wailing accompanying the concurrent match of the same duration between India and South Africa.

The comparatively low scores in this match have been down to some very good bowling, a pitch with a modest amount of assistance, and a lot of batting without due attention or care. It’s hard to object to a short contest that has remained a contest throughout.

Given the way Steve Smith and Adam Voges breezed to centuries in each other’s company in Perth, you couldn’t help expecting more of the same when they jogged out to face the bowling.

But Tim Southee was all over Voges in the third over of the day: an edge past slip for four, a leading edge for none, then a catch to third slip to end the batsman’s stay for 13.

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Edginess ends in calamitous run-out

The suffocating stand between Smith and recalled batsman Shaun Marsh set the tone for the rest of the innings. Smith was nervous about a team slide, Marsh was nervous about his place in the side, and Smith was nervous about Marsh’s nervousness.

Through the next 24 balls only four runs were added.

Then Marsh pushed to long off, Smith turned to watch the ball, Marsh ran without calling, Smith turned back and started to run, Brendon McCullum dived and gathered in the rebound, both batsmen stuttered, and by the time they continued McCullum had thrown down the non-striker’s stumps from flat on the ground.

Marsh had gone for 2, and as one Twitter wag noted, raised his Adelaide Oval batting average to 1.66.

The younger Marsh brother, Mitchell, lasted twice as long – 25 balls for 4 runs instead of 12 balls for 2 – before nicking a wide Doug Bracewell ball with a prod.

Smith and Peter Nevill almost got to the tea break, but then disaster struck.

First Smith nicked the off-spin of Mark Craig after a mystifying charge and attempted wallop went wrong, and Watling took a stunning catch towards the leg side.

Peter Siddle edged to short leg the same over, then Santner drifted and spun a left-arm ball into Hazlewood’s stumps.

DRS controversy clouds brilliant day

Nathan Lyon and BJ Watling on day two at Adelaide Oval Photo: Lyon had walked most of the way to the fence before he was called back. (AAP: Dave Hunt)

It was 8 for 116 at that stage, then two overs after tea the key controversy arose. Nathan Lyon swept at Santner, the ball bouncing from the back of his bat into his shoulder and then to slip. The on-field umpire called not out and the New Zealanders instantly reviewed.

The replay clearly showed a deviation as the ball passed the bat, and a Hot Spot mark from two different angles, but the softer sound from the back of the bat didn’t make a notable spike on the Snickometer.

Lyon had already walked most of the way off the field after the first replay, but had a good five minutes to search for pink marks on his bat for Llong decided he was not out.

The decision has been savaged, and rightly so. All discussion of Hot Spot and Snicko aside, the plain old replay showed an edge that was not detected.

It’s just so frustrating, as players, as spectators, as whatever. The whole stadium thinks it’s out, and it’s given not out.

Chris Rogers

“For him to say there is no conclusive evidence is just unbelievable,” said ABC Grandstand’s Simon Katich after listening to the third umpire’s deliberations.

“It’s just so frustrating, as players, as spectators, as whatever. The whole stadium thinks it’s out, and it’s given not out,” added Chris Rogers.

To paraphrase Samuel L. Jackson, the decision broke New Zealand’s concentration. Lyon then played out the batting equivalent of It’s a Wonderful Life, celebrating his reprieve with joyous abandon.

Two fours and a six from a later Santner over were the centrepiece of a 74-run partnership with Nevill, ending when Lyon edged Trent Boult to gully for 34.

The hobbling Starc added further sting: his first-ball lbw was overturned on review, then his desire to avoid running manifested in three sixes and two fours. By the time Nevill was out to a brilliant diving Santner catch at deep point, Australia had gone from a possible 85-run deficit to a 22-run lead.

New Zealand went to the dinner break with all square, having made back those 22 runs without loss, and would have had hopes of playing through the opening bowlers to make Australia feel Starc’s absence.

But Hazlewood’s full length drew Martin Guptill and Tom Latham into nicks behind the wicket, then Mitchell Marsh produced an crucial spell, both for his team and for him personally after indifferent batting returns, removing Kane Williamson via an edge for 9, and McCullum leg-before for 20.

The conditions made life difficult for the batsmen, coming in under black skies to adjust to the glare and the bright ball, and McCullum especially struggled to pick it up.

Once Ross Taylor was lbw to a Hazlewood yorker, much of New Zealand’s two sessions of good work looked to have been undone.

“He let the ball do the talking,” said Grandstand’s Dirk Nannes in praise of Hazlewood’s mature approach. “If the wicket’s doing enough, just let the wicket do the work. You don’t have to blast teams out, just be persistent and hit that spot. The ball is going to take the wicket.”

But there remains the hope of easier batting tomorrow, and if New Zealand’s lower order can bat some time and extend their lead, Australia could end up being the ones having to chase under lights.

Like the rest of this Test to date, the opening exchanges on day three should make for compelling viewing. And even if it does wrap up, that leaves all the more time to invest in the Adelaide Oval social scene.

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First posted November 28, 2015 22:05:27

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Victory go top with 2-1 win over Adelaide as fans stage walk-out protest

Updated November 28, 2015 21:33:09

Melbourne Victory have gone prime of the A-League with a 2-1 win over Adelaide United at Docklands Stadium.

Besart Berisha and Oliver Bozanic got the ambitions in the very first half in a match which featured a walk-out from about 1,000 Victory fans more than the FFA’s remedy of 198 fans on its banned list.

Marcelo Carrusca slotted a objective in the dying stages but the Victory hung on to leapfrog Brisbane into first spot on the ladder.

Far more to come.

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First posted November 28, 2015 21:31:21

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Hundreds march in Adelaide for White Ribbon Week

Posted November 28, 2015 14:09:56

A crowd of people sit on Parliament House steps. Photo: Participants in Adelaide’s White Ribbon march finish up at Parliament Home. (ABC News: Matt Coleman)
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Far more than 200 people have marched by way of Adelaide’s central company district to raise awareness about domestic violence.

The White Ribbon March from Victoria Square to Parliament Home featured police, politicians, sporting identities and assistance groups.

Domestic violence survivor Heather Margrison spoke to the crowd and said it took her 20 years to leave her psychologically abusive companion.

She stated she was now committed to helping other people.

“I was in a position to get out, and with the superb assistance and help from the Central Domestic Violence Service, I was able to cut my strings, and free of charge myself from his abuse,” Ms Margrison stated.

“Recovery has taken me practically 10 years and I am nonetheless a work in progress but I am alive.”

White Ribbon Week was held across Australia this week in a campaign to stop domestic violence.

The Federal Government estimates domestic violence charges Australia $ 21.7 billion annually.

Members of crowd hold a banner deploring domestic violence against women. Photo: About 200 people participated in Adelaide’s White Ribbon march from Victoria Square to Parliament House. (ABC News: Matt Coleman)

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Man arrested for allegedly lighting a brush fence fire in Adelaide

Posted November 28, 2015 13:05:46

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A man has been arrested after allegedly lighting a brush fence at Golden Grove in Adelaide’s northern suburbs overnight.

Police stated a member of the public noticed the man acting suspiciously almost the fence on the Golden Way just ahead of three:00am.

She saw the man leave the area on foot and provided emergency services with a description.

Crews extinguished the blaze, which had currently began spreading to nearby trees, and police arrested the suspect.

A 48-year-old man from Greenwith was charged with arson and will face the Elizabeth Magistrates Court in December.

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Why Adelaide can claim to be the home of night cricket

By Daniel Keane

Posted November 25, 2015 14:41:08

Electric light cricket in Melbourne Photo: RAAF trainees playing a game of electric light cricket at Melbourne’s Exhibition Constructing in 1941. Note the elevated white boundary tape. If a ball is struck more than the tape on the complete, the batsman is out. (The Australasian / Trove)

The appeal of novelty is typically greater than the appeal of history, which is perhaps why most of the talk ahead of the first pink ball Test at Adelaide Oval has been of new beginnings, rather than homecomings.

But Adelaide can make a reasonable claim to becoming the original and rightful residence of cricket below lights simply because of a variant of the game pioneered in the city.

“Evening cricket actually most likely began with electric light cricket here in Adelaide, years prior to Packer came along,” stated former Norwood footballer and night cricketer Roger Woodcock.

Born in a suburban back garden, “electric light cricket” was, as its name suggests, played at evening with the help of artificial illumination. A tennis ball was utilised and bowling was underarm. Runs have been awarded based on where the ball was hit.

“[It’s] a standalone sport,” mentioned cricket and social historian Bernard Whimpress. “It wasn’t just a 1-off experiment.”

The game was invented by returned serviceman and tram dispatcher Alf Stone at his Cowandilla residence in Adelaide’s west in 1930, early in the depression. In an interview 19 years later, Stone described its serendipitous beginnings:

“I have a fair-sized back lawn at my home in Cowandilla and decided 1 day to roll element of it for a cricket pitch. When that was done I invited the nearby young fellows – most of them unemployed – for a hit with the bat at evening,” he stated.

External Hyperlink: A demonstration of electric light cricket: diggers play a game at Caufield.

“Soon up to 50 youths had been coming in each night. I had rigged up an overhead light, utilizing most of the home light globes. My wife did not take kindly to that at very first.”

Stone shared the game that evolved with mates at the Hilton branch of the Returned Soldiers’ League, and it spread throughout the state’s RSL clubs. In the meantime, Stone patented it. The initial official match was in 1933.

As a result of its RSL association, electric light cricket became identified as the Diggers’ Game and made restricted inroads interstate, with Test players which includes “Chuck” Fleetwood-Smith, Ernie McCormick, Lindsay Hassett, Bert Ironmonger and “Nip” Pellew taking portion. Wimbledon finalist John Bromwich also played, but the sport remained distinctively South Australian.

“Back in the 1980s, when I was attending a sports history conference interstate, and told individuals about this sport, everybody believed that I was just having them on,” Whimpress stated.

“By the mid-1930s, it had undoubtedly been established among a lot of organization houses, factories, workshops, sport clubs and so on about the city.”

Dozens of teams sprouted up, and separate men’s and women’s competitions were formed.

The only rival to its claim as the original night cricket is most likely the so-called Gaslamp Game of 1889 at The Oval in London. As the match in between Yorkshire and Surrey neared a conclusion in fading light, lamps in the pavilion and surrounding streets have been turned on but proved to be of restricted worth. One particular batsman reportedly received bruises on the hands from balls he could not see.

Digger's Game Photo: An post from November 1934 in Adelaide’s The Advertiser reflects the developing rise of electric light cricket, which also became knows as the Digger’s Game. (The Advertiser / Trove)

The experiment was not repeated in England until 1952, when Middlesex took on Arsenal Football Club at Arsenal’s residence ground in Highbury, which had new electric lights.

“Flood-lit cricket has great possibilities,” stated England captain Len Hutton, right after taking part in a related game in Bradford in the identical year. But the remark earned him a rebuke from an Adelaide Advertiser journalist, who noted “Hutton certainly does not know about our electric light cricket”!

Former Secretary of the now defunct Electric Light Cricket Association, Roger Woodcock, played the game for 35 years. Woodcock mentioned the rules were revised a number of instances, but the simple characteristics remained constant.

Electric light cricket was played in an enclosed location about three quarters the size of a tennis court. Shots that created it to the fence had been, depending on where the ball landed, awarded two, four or, in later years, six. There have been 36 overs in an innings, and every single over was created up of 12 deliveries. Teams had up to 18 players. Batsmen did not run, so only one particular was on the pitch at any time. “That batsman had to retire at one hundred runs, and he may well make that in three-and-a-half overs,” Woodcock said.

To score, the batsman had to hit the ball via a U-shaped ring of fielders guarding the fence behind them. “There was a line running about the perimeter of the fence about six feet above the ground. If you bounced the ball into the ground and [it] went over that line, that was six.” Team totals of much more than 1,000 have been not unheard of.

Electric light cricket Photo: RAAF trainees play a game of electric light cricket in Melbourne in 1941. (The Australasian / Trove)

Six particular courts and a clubhouse have been built in Adelaide’s southern parklands on Peacock Road, among King William Road and King William Street. “The lights had been strung up directly above every single court, and there were 3 of these huge bulbs straight above the middle of every single court, operating down the guts.”

The game encouraged innovation. A single report from the late 1930s noted it involved batsmen creating shots “Bradman does not know exist”.

“It provides you an appreciation of the old form of cricket when cricket itself was all underarm bowling,” Whimpress stated. “Even with a tennis ball the bowl could be bowled quite quickly.”

After Planet War II, electric light cricket grew in popularity, with 7,000 players by 1949. It also spread to a new generation of Test cricketers. Sir Garfield Sobers, Ian Chappell, Gil Langley, Barry Jarman and, much more lately, Wayne Phillips (whom Woodcock rates as the very best electric light cricketer he’s seen) are among these who took element.

“Sturt Football Club had some amazing evening cricketers and essentially they did this, not so a lot to attempt and keep fit, but to preserve the guys with each other in the off-season,” Woodcock mentioned.

Glenelg’s Colin Churchett and Sturt’s John Halbert played with distinction.

“It was bloody serious in the ’70s and ’80s , I will tell you,” Woodcock recalled.

“It was fantastic. The sledging was unbelievable. It was unbelievable!”

There was also a great deal of skill involved.

“One particular guy in our side, he was a left-arm spinner and he had an action that you couldn’t [pick],” Woodcock mentioned.

“He used to spin it about a foot and he was practically unplayable.”

Electric light 'Test Match' Photo: An electric light cricket “Test match” was played in St Kilda in 1938 as component of a push to introduce the sport to Melbourne. (The Argus / Trove)

But electric light cricket proved unsustainable. It entered a twilight phase in the 1980s, largely thanks to the rise of indoor cricket. After a mini-revival in the 1990s, waning interest and rising costs helped hasten its decline. The association pulled up stumps in the mid-2000s, and the game seems likely to fade additional into obscurity.

Novelty has become history: the clubhouse in the southern parklands has been demolished, the courts replaced with wetlands. Significantly less than a decade right after its disappearance, tiny trace of the game remains. Only a small sign marks the spot where it was as soon as played by hundreds of folks.

Electric light cricket even lacks a Wikipedia page which, given the entries for non-entities such as the Adelaide Thinkers in Residence System, is not a very good sign of its prospects for retrospective glory.

Electric light cricket has turn into a ghost game, surviving only in the memories of these who after played it. The English nature writer Robert Macfarlane has referred helpfully to “ghost species”, a notion from conservation science:

A “ghost” is a species that has been out-evolved by its atmosphere, such that, whilst it continues to exist, it has small prospect of avoiding extinction. Ghosts endure only in what conservation scientists call “non-viable populations”. They are the final of their lines.

Macfarlane goes on to note that “the species most most likely to grow to be ghosts are those that are most spot-faithful”. Electric light cricket was indeed that. Both Whimpress and Woodcock contemplate its fate a great shame.

“I never know that anyone at the ICC would have had electric light cricket in mind when they [chose Adelaide for the 1st day-night Test],” Whimpress observed.

“I doubt whether or not any person creating the decision either at the ICC level or at Cricket Australia level would have known such a game existed.

“It makes it a nice coincidence.”

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