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EDD wants you to leave the car behind when going to the cricket

By 10 January 2014

The funsters at the Economic Development Directorate are expressing a preference for cars not to be driven to the PM’s XI:
If you’re going to the Prime Minsters XI V’s England match at Manuka on Tuesday, your best bet is to leave the car at home and catch an ACTION bus, and it won’t cost you [...]

Congratulations to the groundkeeper!

By 28 December 2013

Manuka Oval’s former groundsman and long term ACT Comets player has just taken his 100th test wicket in the Boxing Day Test against England keeping us in the running to take a clean sweep!
Congratulations to him on an unexpectedly prolific test career!

Test match cricket for Manuka at Perth’s expense?

By 18 December 2013

Geoff Koop on The Roar is engaging in some wishful thinking about getting Test cricket here to Canberra.
At the end of the day we might get the odd one but it’s hard to see the cricketing world letting the vast Perth market wither in favour of Canberra’s small population so very close to Sydney.
Let’s get [...]

Brett Lee to captain the PMs XI

By 4 December 2013

Tony Abbott has just been on the teev to announce Australia’s leading exponent of no-ball bowling Brett Lee will be leading the Prime Minister’s XI against Perfidious Albion at Manuka next month.

Manuka endorsed for more cricket

By 16 October 2013

The ABC has the reassuring news that the Cricket World Cup boss John Harnden likes what he’s seen at Manuka Oval as it transforms into a serious cricket ground:
Organising Committee CEO John Harnden says he expects all three world cup matches in Canberra to sell out when Australia hosts the world championship.
Mr Harnden says [...]

ACT Cricket season launches

By 10 October 2013

Today Andrew Barr officially launched the ACT cricket season. I assume today was chosen for the launch because the weather finally got hot enough to make standing around in the sun all day uncomfortable, and cricket is all about misery.
This will be another big summer of local cricket, with the highlight being the Prime Minister’s [...]

Don Bradman at Manuka

By 28 August 2013

The all seeing eye has turned up a Yahoo Sport picture of Don Bradman here in Canberra:
9th February 1963: Australian cricketer Don Bradman, statistically the greatest batsman ever, strolls onto the pitch to bat at Canberra, where the MCC are playing the Prime Minister’s XI. Sir Donald Bradman (1908 – 2001) was the first cricketer [...]

PM’s XI to take on the poms

By 1 July 2013

Andrew Barr has just facebooked:
The match is set to take place on Tuesday 14th January against England at Manuka Oval in a day/night 50 over one day match under the award winning lights.
The 2014 match will also be the first cricket match played on the new playing surface which will see work begin straight [...]

Lessons not learned at the cricket

By 7 February 2013

After the PMs XI I had a few quibbles with the running of Manuka Oval.
It seems nothing was learned despite a China People’s Daily impersonation at the Canberra Times which promised all would be well the second time around.
Business coach Tony Ozanne has offered up a critique which differs from the enthusiastic tweeting of those [...]

Sixteen ejections from Manuka Oval

By 7 February 2013

ACT Policing has praised the good behaviour of people who attended the one day international between Australia and the West Indies at Manuka Oval last night (Wednesday, February 6).
Operation Commander for the event, Station Sergeant Matthew Corbitt said the crowd was generally well behaved with sixteen people being ejected for being intoxicated or behaving in [...]

Coin toss on the tele from Manuka!

By 6 February 2013

What a beautiful thing to see on the TV, international cricket live from Manuka Oval!
Hopefully they’ve fixed the “technical issue” which scuppered the beer filling machines at all the bars for the PM’s XI.

Free buses to the cricket

By 4 February 2013

TAMS are letting the world know you don’t have to drive to the cricket on Wednesday:
Cricket fans attending the 2013 One Day International Commonwealth Bank Series on Wednesday 6 February 2013 are encouraged to catch a free ACTION bus to the match.
The match starts at 2.20 pm at Manuka Oval and will be the first [...]

Day night cricket at Manuka Oval. A review of sorts

By 30 January 2013

A man couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a birthday.
A cracking game of cricket with the home side getting home and over 640 runs scored.
An afternoon and evening sitting on the grass on the hill with friends and a very great amount of beer.
The lights at Manuka were magnificent.
Sadly the catering was [...]

The lights go on at Manuka Oval

By 23 January 2013

To celebrate your correspondent’s 40th birthday the powers that be have put on a rather grand game of cricket next tuesday and Ricky Ponting is going to captain a side against the West Indies at Manuka Oval.
Migrane@Kingston has sent in these cracking pictures of the new lights turned on for the first time despite the [...]

Two weeks until the Manuka lights come on! Come and show your support for Canberra’s young men.

By 15 January 2013

Come along and support Menslink at the PM’s XI cricket match on Tuesday January 29th.
Menslink are a Canberra born and bred charity who have supported local young men for over ten years through our free counselling and mentoring programs. We strongly believe in the potential of all young men regardless of background.
We’ve been selected by [...]

Haddin and Ponting to lead the PM’s XI

By 11 January 2013

Senator Lundy has announced the Prime Minister’ side to face the West Indies at the first ever day night match at Manuka Oval coming up this January 29.
• Ricky Ponting (Captain) TAS
• Brad Haddin (VC) NSW
• Fawad Ahmed VIC
• Jono Dean ACT
• Alex Doolan TAS
• James Faulkner TAS
• Peter Handscomb VIC
• Usman Khawaja QLD
• [...]

Racially based teams for Canberra’s local T20 comp

By 14 December 2012

Chris Bourke has the curious announcement that Canberra’s getting a local twenty over cricket competition. But how are they forming the teams?
The eight Champions Trophy teams are the Pakistan Greens, Pakistan Stars, Sri Lankan Lions, West Indies Lions, Australian Taipans, Afghanistan Leopards, Indian Royals and the Indian Strikers.
Dr Bourke said, “With the support of the [...]

First light tower going up at Manuka Oval

By 13 December 2012

Andrew Barr has let it be known that at 9am this morning the first light tower is going up at Manuka Oval.
I eagerly await Canberra’s admission into the horrifically named Big Bash League on this basis.

Ponting’s swansong for Johnboy’s birthday

By 27 November 2012

Well look at this.
Cricket Australia have announced that the greatest Australian batsman since Bradman is going to do a victory lap as captain of the Prime Minister’s XI at Manuka Oval on January 29.
The match will be played against the West Indies on Tuesday 29 January at Manuka Oval, and a capacity crowd is [...]

HAQ – The Final Chapter

By 8 September 2012

To say it had been an average season for the Haq boys (note I use the term boys) would not be inaccurate. Running into the Final series EVER at the Lyneham CC, I can’t remember back-to-back wins, I certainly can’t remember big epic wins of old. What I can remember however, is playing short a [...]

Cricket in the ACT?

By 20 July 2012

Are there any decent cricket teams worth watching round here in the summer?
I see Australia have got WI in February at Manuka, but is there a local league, or any professional sides?

Windies named to face Australia at Manuka

By 19 July 2012

Andrew Barr has excitedly announced Canberra’s first One Day International will be on 6 February 2013 between Australia and the West Indies:
Manuka Oval will host the one-day international match on 6 February 2013 as part of the 2012-13 Commonwealth Bank Series. It will be a day-night fixture.
The Australian team is coming to Canberra as part [...]

Canberra to finally get a One Day International with Australia playing

By 8 June 2012

Andrew Barr has the happy news that the Centenary will feature a game of One Day Cricket now that the interim format is well and truly on the nose.
This morning I joined Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland to announce that Australia will play a one-day International at Manuka Oval as part of the 2012-13 Commonwealth [...]

Big bash for Canberra?

By 12 January 2012

The Daily Telegraph has musings from Cricket Australia about expanding the woefully named Big Bash League to include a Canberra team next year.
THE Gold Coast, Canberra, Newcastle and Geelong are all in the running to have a Big Bash team as soon as next summer as the reinvigorated Twenty20 competition continues to explode.
With ratings [...]

India and the Chairman’s XI don’t feel like playing any more

By 21 December 2011

The Canberra Times have the bizarre news that with no rain, decent light, and 45 runs needed for victory the teams at Manuka have decided they don’t feel like playing any more.
But at 0-100, with dropped Test batsmen Usman Khawaja on 56 runs and Phil Hughes on 42 runs, both teams agreed to end the [...]

Police charity cricket. Traffic ops v. Criminal Investigations

By 19 December 2011

Members from ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations (CI) and Traffic Operations (TOPs) are gearing up to play in a modified rules charity cricket match today (Monday, December 19).
The cricket match is to raise money for a member’s 5-year-old daughter, Sarah, who has recently been diagnosed with leukaemia.
The match is being held at the enclosed playing fields, [...]

Former Manuka groundsman in test match thriller

By 12 December 2011

The cricket is going down to the wire with Australia chasing victory and on the last wicket.
Canberra raised Nathan Lyon is last man in after a pretty good bowling performance.
Here’s hoping he can hold in there!
UPDATE: And our man has been clean bowled. New Zealand win the test.
Great effort though.

First Bloke’s XI vs Australian Transplant Cricket Club – This Sunday

By 1 November 2011

[ 6 November 2011; 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. ] OPEN INVITATION THIS SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2011 – FIRST BLOKE’S XI vs AUSTRALIAN TRANSPLANT CRICKET CLUB

Pack up a picnic and bring the family and friends this Sunday 6 November 2011 to Phillip Park, Woden to cheer on the First Bloke’s XI versus the Australian Transplant Cricket Club from 11am – 4pm.
 
The Prime Minister’s partner Tim Mathieson [...]

Festival of Cricket- Summer just got a whole lot more interesting!

By 28 October 2011

Cricket fans are especially spoilt for choice in Canberra this summer with several National and International cricket events to be held at Manuka Oval. The inaugural Festival of Cricket sees the NSW Speedblitz Blues taking on Tasmania in a one-dayer and test match, and Cricket Australia’s Chairman’s XI battling India in an event that should [...]

Canberra’s Nathan Lyon stars in Test debut!

By 2 September 2011

A quick shout out for debutant Test cricketer and local lad Nathan Lyon who took 5 for 34 in his debut against Sri Lanka at Galle last night. Not a bad effort for just his sixth first class match!
Given Lyon is so new to the international scene there may a few that have not heard [...]

The Festival of Cricket this December!

By 28 July 2011

Cricket is not what it was, and so of course now is the time we get a Festival of Cricket!
Andrew Barr has announced December will bring us a protracted period of flanneled excitement:
The festival which has been funded for 3 years is great news for local cricket fans and great news for local tourism [...]

Canberra gets a four day cricket game against India. India!

By 14 June 2011

Cricket Australia have announced that the mighty Indian cricket team is coming to Canberra for a four day game against a Chairman’s XI before Christmas!
Canberra will also enjoy plenty of action, hosting the traditional PM’s XI game against Sri Lanka, whilst also playing host to the CA Chairman’s XI v India tour game in the [...]

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