Hobart Hurricanes favourites to enter BBL semi-finals, take on Heat

The Hobart Hurricanes cricket club in the Big Bash League 2011-12 are currently at the top of the points table with four wins in as many games. As things stand, they look like the only cricket club to be assured of a semi-finals berth while six other sides fight for the remaining three spots in the semi-finals.

It also seems like the Brisbane Heat cricket club have been knocked out of the tournament with their four losses in four games. It remains to be seen which of the remaining, Perth Scorchers (6 points), Adelaide Strikers, Sydney Thunder, Melbourne Renegades, Sydney Sixers (4 points each) or Melbourne Stars (2 points) will make it to the semi-final of the inter-club cricket tournament, the Big Bash League 2011-12.

The next game is between the team placed last, the Heat and the table-toppers, Hobart Hurricanes. A win for the Hurricanes will ensure that whatever little chance that the Brisbane have of qualifying will be out of the window.

The cricket club of Hobart Hurricanes will be led by Xavier Doherty, who is currently having a great time with the ball alongside his teammate and quick bowler, Naved-ul-Hasan Rana. The two have destroyed batting line-ups with a combination of suffocating and attacking lengths and it will be interesting to see how the Heat handle the pair.

Brisbane will sorely miss both their original foreign signings, Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum. While Vettori continues to remain injured, McCullum has been away, playing for his domestic team back home in a T20 competition.

This has meant that Heat has had to sign on Roelof van der Merwe, who was caught in a drinking-related incident and had to miss the previous game. The ban was imposed by his cricket club. He should be free to play this game.

On the other hand, Hurricanes will hope for Travis Birt to come good again. He has been their most consistent batsman and second on the list of top run-getters this season.


Michael Yardy

by admin on December 23, 2011

Michael Yardy

Sussex cricket club player Michael Yardy has spoken to the media for the first time about how the issues around his mental illness meant that he was left depressed.

Yardy, who last played for England during this edition of the World Cup before returning back to his country in the middle of the tournament because of the mental illness, said that he was left without too much sleep.

The left-arm spinner who has led the English cricket club of Sussex, said that he will still like to do a job for his team in the smallest format of the game.

Yardy said that he needed to perform well for Sussex to be able to come in contention for a place in the national side.

He added, “I would love to play for England in Twenty20 cricket. No one can argue that I didn’t perform well and to help win the last World Cup was one of the highlights of my career.

Yardy suffered from a similar mental issue that Marcus trescothick had endured, which meant that he needed to quit the team midway through the World Cup. .

Following the well-publicised struggles of Marcus Trescothick and Stan Collymore, there is a growing understanding that depression can hit sportsmen as easily as anyone else.

The left-armer agreed that he was one of the more privileged people around and yet, he wasn’t able to cope with the pressure.

However, the English club cricketer defended himself by comparing his problems with a physical injury. He said, “I see it in the same way as a player who has had injury ­problems. I don’t think it is any different. There is always a risk that someone might pull a hamstring if they have had hamstring ­problems before.”

Yardy was one of the World T20 Cup winning players in 2010.

He has also said that he wasn’t able to get any sleep and hence was like a zombie during the World Cup in India.


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