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R.I.P Richie Benaud

His distinctive tones set the scene for many of the most memorable cricket matches of my childhood, and few people in the sport have ever been more beloved than Richie Benaud, a legendary Australian leg spin bowler and captain, who became the voice of cricket for more than three decades.

So it was with great sadness that I awoke in Byron Bay on Friday morning to a news report about the passing of one of a genuine sporting icon, a man who loved the game, and always insisted that it should be played in an exciting, progressive manner.

He had fought a long battle with skin cancer, and his overall health took a tumble after a car accident in 2013, although he continued to be active on the broadcast scene in Australia until earlier this year.

Richie Benaud

A commentating style based on a subtle, understated and dry delivery – something that could be said for his bowling as well – never threatened to over embellish the footage, or self promote the man who was speaking; Benaud was the master of sprinking a dash of garnish when the moment called for it.

In 2005 he called his final Test matches for English television, fittingly the Ashes that year is considered one of the greatest series of all time, and the commentary team that Channel Five assembled was akin to a who’s who of the good and great living orators in the booth.

An absolute surge of well-wishes and tributes have poured in from the cricketing world since news of Richie Benaud’s demise became widespread. His voice, sparkling personality and quick wit will be sorely missed in the game.

R.I.P Richie.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Gayle Force W.Indies

West Indian opening batsman Chris Gayle spanked Zimbabwe’s bowlers all over the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Tuesday afternoon, blazing a trail towards a record obliterating score of 215 at the cricket World Cup.

The previously out of form 35 year-old  already held the individual record score for Twenty20 cricket, rattling along to 175 not out for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors India during the 2013 IPL season.

Chris Gayle

A breakdown of Gayle’s record breaking innings

215
The highest individual score ever in a World Cup, beating Gary Kirsten’s previous mark of 188 not out for South Africa against United Arab Emirates in 1996.

138
The number of deliveries it took Gayle to reach his double hundred, the fastest ever 200 in One Day International cricket.

16
ODI record-equalling number of sixes scored by the West Indian in his innings, a total previously achieved by India’s Rohit Sharma and South Africa’s AB de Villiers.

1st
Gayle is the first non-Indian player to score a double ton in ODI cricket, and this was the first score of 200+ made outside of the sub-continent.

372
Gayle’s partnership of 372 with Marlon Samuels is the highest of all-time, easily surpassing the previous record stand of 331 set by Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid for India against New Zealand.

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Gayle’s innings ended when he was dismissed from the final delivery of the West Indies’ innings going for one final, record breaking maximum. His 215 is the third highest ODI score of all time, still falling well shy of Rohit Sharma’s knock of 264 for India against Sri Lanka in November last year.

The West Indies will believe that, despite possessing a mediocre squad, they have an outside chance of capturing the trophy if their main man can continue his destructive form. Even if he can, he’ll be hard pushed to match an incredible innings from a big match player who once again lit up the big stage.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.