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Post by Gingernuts on Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:45 am

RIP Richie.

Summer will never be the same again.
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Post by Lee on Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:06 am

Really sad, like all of us, to see Richie go.

I grew up when he was captaining Australia and he was a breath of fresh air, rescuing a game that was mired in boring draws and often a game of attrition.

He brought excitement and flair, a very good leg-spinner and, for the time, a great no 6,7 or 8 batsman who had plenty of ability.

His main contribution, though, was playing the game and commentating with respect for the soirit of the game, an area that some of today's prima donnas would do well to take notice of.

A gentleman cricketer and commentator.

One of the very best.
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Post by Gingernuts on Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:15 am

Let's not forget his influence in taking on the establishment with Kerry Packer as well.

Perhaps only Bradman has left a greater legacy on the game IMO.
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Post by Scrappy on Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:46 am

Spot on Gingernuts
I consider Ritchie to be the greatest Australian ambassador of cricket
Must have been a great cricketer
Excellent Author
Commentator extraordinaire


Perhaps a song to commemorate the great man would be fitting
Heres a verse

Our Richie Benaud
What a marvellous what a marvellous fellow
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Post by bayman on Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:41 pm

RIP

Richie Benaud




he obviously had a good innings & probably had the best job in the world too
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Post by Chambo Off To Work We Go on Sat Apr 11, 2015 11:42 am

Scrappy wrote:Spot on Gingernuts
I consider Ritchie to be the greatest Australian ambassador of cricket
Must have been a great cricketer
Excellent Author
Commentator extraordinaire


Perhaps a song to commemorate the great man would be fitting
Heres a verse

Our Richie Benaud
What a marvellous what a marvellous fellow

Ditto.
I was not born when he played, so never saw his bowling / captaincy skills first hand.
But in his own understated way, was probably the most influential figure in modern cricket.
Truly one of crickets greatest ambassadors and statesmen.
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Post by Chambo Off To Work We Go on Sat Apr 11, 2015 11:47 am

Gingernuts wrote:Let's not forget his influence in taking on the establishment with Kerry Packer as well.

Perhaps only Bradman has left a greater legacy on the game IMO.

in my opinion Ginge, Bradman left a greater legacy for on field actions, but Richie left a greater one for off field actions.
There are many influential cricketing characters over Bradman's duration as an administrator that would not subscribe to his greatness as an administrator.

I would say that Richie was part of a cricket overhaul that has left the game in a much better position when he retired from involvement in the game.
I do not believe the same could be said of Bradman.
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Post by bayman on Sat Apr 11, 2015 5:41 pm

Chambo Off To Work We Go wrote:
Gingernuts wrote:Let's not forget his influence in taking on the establishment with Kerry Packer as well.

Perhaps only Bradman has left a greater legacy on the game IMO.

in my opinion Ginge, Bradman left a greater legacy for on field actions, but Richie left a greater one for off field actions.
There are many influential cricketing characters over Bradman's duration as an administrator that would not subscribe to his greatness as an administrator.

I would say that Richie was part of a cricket overhaul that has left the game in a much better position when he retired from involvement in the game.
I do not believe the same could be said of Bradman.

Ian Chappell would agree with you for sure Chambo
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Post by Gingernuts on Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:46 am

bayman wrote:
Chambo Off To Work We Go wrote:
Gingernuts wrote:Let's not forget his influence in taking on the establishment with Kerry Packer as well.

Perhaps only Bradman has left a greater legacy on the game IMO.

in my opinion Ginge, Bradman left a greater legacy for on field actions, but Richie left a greater one for off field actions.
There are many influential cricketing characters over Bradman's duration as an administrator that would not subscribe to his greatness as an administrator.

I would say that Richie was part of a cricket overhaul that has left the game in a much better position when he retired from involvement in the game.
I do not believe the same could be said of Bradman.

Ian Chappell would agree with you for sure Chambo

Yes I concur with all of that. Personally I would say that for the sum of all acts within and around the game, Benaud comes out in front of Bradman IMO.
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Post by bayman on Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:29 pm

the first test between The West Indies & England is about to start & they've just had a minutes silence & are wearing black armbands out of respect for Richie


btw West Indies won the toss & have chosen to send England into bat


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Post by Chambo Off To Work We Go on Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:42 am

bayman wrote:
Chambo Off To Work We Go wrote:
Gingernuts wrote:Let's not forget his influence in taking on the establishment with Kerry Packer as well.

Perhaps only Bradman has left a greater legacy on the game IMO.

in my opinion Ginge, Bradman left a greater legacy for on field actions, but Richie left a greater one for off field actions.
There are many influential cricketing characters over Bradman's duration as an administrator that would not subscribe to his greatness as an administrator.

I would say that Richie was part of a cricket overhaul that has left the game in a much better position when he retired from involvement in the game.
I do not believe the same could be said of Bradman.

Ian Chappell would agree with you for sure Chambo

And Victor Richardson.
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Post by Chambo Off To Work We Go on Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:45 am

The Howzat (Kerry Packer's War) series painted Bradman as some sort of demi-god that the whole ACB was fearful of.

Whilst they left Bradman out of the show in any direct way, the commentary clearly portrayed who was directing traffic from the establishment side.

The line, "...he loads the bullets but never pulls the trigger" says it all.
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Post by Scrappy on Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:20 am

Has been mentioned in the press that Richie made his debut for New South Wales in 1948 , the same year Don Bradman retired from Test cricket
But only just, Richie debuted on 31/12/1948 , as a teenager , only turning 18 a couple of months prior


Here is the debut of the great man

NS V QL
QL 202 
did not bowl
NS 180
Benaud LBW  Len Johnson 2
QL 120
did not bowl

NS needed 143 for the win , and judging by the previous 3 innings , that may have been a task

NW 0/143
Arthur Morris spanked them making 108* in 82 minutes
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Post by Scrappy on Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:33 am

Richie Benaud debuted in 1948 , but had to wait till 1949 to take his first wicket Wink

SA V NS [1949]

SA 181
Benaud 0/21[6]
NS 463
Benaud 10 LBW Oneil
SA 450
Benaud 1/76[24]
NS 2/60

Match drawn
Richies first wicket was that of Lance Duldig 
Duldig is not related to Geoffrey Boycott ....
SA were in strife at 4/136 in the 2nd dig, were saved by Phil Ridings who made 131
Interesting to note that Duldig and Ridings both passed away one day apart
Ridings 13/9/1998
Duldig 14/9/1998

Both would have seen Richies first wicket
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Post by Scrappy on Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:50 am

Richies 3rd game was against Victoria

NS V VI [1949]
NS 360
162 Jim Burke 162* carried his bat
Benaud  c Kerr B Hill 68
VI 353
Benaud 2/72[20]
NSW 123
Benuad LBW Kerr 5
VI 5/132
Benaud 0/18[3]

Victoria won by 5 wickets

At this stage of his career Richie might have had a batting weakness
He must know what Shane Watson went through in the next millenium
Richie in his first 3 games was out LBW in all 3 matches
The sequence
LBW
LBW
Caught
LBW

I wont go through Richies entire career , but what a career it was

TEST BATTING
2201 runs
24.45
122 highest [made 3 tons + 9 half tons]

TEST BOWLING
248 wickets [a Test record at that stage ?]
27.03 ave
7/72 best [16 x 5 wicket hauls + 1 x 10 wicket haul ]

FIRST CLASS BATTING
11719 runs
187 best [23 first class tons + 61 half tons]
36.50 ave

FIRST CLASS BOWLING
945 wickets
24.73 ave
7/18 best [56 x 5 wicket hauls + 9 x 10 wicket hauls]

Richie was a star Test player
His first class stats are astonishing
He must be considered one of the greatest first class allrounders off all time

What a man what a player

PS
He didnt get out LBW in his next match !
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Post by Booney on Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:53 am

Why use many words when one will suffice?

Legend.
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Post by Scrappy on Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:18 am

SA V NS [1951]
Adelaide Oval
If you had a time machine you might want to go back to this game

SA 217
Favell 86
Benaud 0/25[6]
NS 280
Benaud 117
SA 9/343 dec
Favell 164
Benaud 1/65 [12]
NS 5/267
Benaud 23 

Match drawn involving 2 'legends'
The other was a South Australian legend in Les Favel
The 117 was Richies first first class ton

It was also Les Favells first first class ton
86 +164 is a great effort
Even greater when you consider it was Les Favells debut match !
Wonder how the NS players felt, Les was born in NSW
The SA legend was out in this manner
Favell C Trueman B Benaud 164

In the NSW 2nd dig
Benuad out for LBW Shocked  for 23 and on that dismissal[5/267] it appears the game was called off, or shortly after
Oh dear !

Ahh to have a time machine
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Post by Lee on Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:35 am

Looks like time ran out with only 13 needed.

Those who don't know Les Favell, don't think technique, think ability, attack, etc. I have his book signed, titled "By Hook or by Cut".

Great attacking captain, too.
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Post by Scrappy on Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:36 pm

TOSS
" The hallmark of a great captain is the ability to win the toss, at the right time."

MEDIA
" Media were never allowed into an Australian dressing room until I became skipper.I changed that and invited them in at the close of each day, thereby confirming for many administrators they had appointed a madman as captain."

20/20 CRICKET
" If any form of game can pull 20,000 spectators into a game of cricket its great for the sport
I think its wondeful
As long as the people who run the game have the brains and keep three forms of cricket I think it will be terrific."


Love em
Richie had the wonderful ability , with dry wit whilst making a point
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Post by Gingernuts on Tue Apr 14, 2015 1:30 pm

In my opinion the sign of a great man/leader is one who can deliver criticism/comment while still being respectful and kind to all parties involved.

Richie was able to do that and more. If only there were more in the world like him it would be a far better place.
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Post by bayman on Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:57 pm

i never saw Favel play but i loved his commentary on the radio
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