That Woman Perry Again
Stats can be interesting things and not all fall easily out of the offerings
on web sites around the world. Here's one for instance which I would not
only not have realised, but which I wouldn't have thought to look.
It looks like a drink in the Cricketers' Arms has been well earned!
What Makes a Match 'Official'
When the ICC took over the Administration in 2005 only 10
countries were given official status; Australia,
England, India, Ireland,
The Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri
Lanka, and West Indies.
This can only be changed after the World Cup Qualifying Competition.
Hence Bangladesh were 'official' status in 2011 knocking out The
Netherlands which has now lost its (official) ODI
Status. To maintain their status a side has to play
3 ODI's and 3 T20 matches in any
12 month period.
You will see in the list of teams several countries
appear e.g. Denmark, who took part in World Cup and
European Cup. An International XI
played in 2 World Cups as there were not enough teams available to
play in Tournament. Jamaica and
Trinidad and Tobago, played as separate countries
until West Indies was formed.
Japan played in IWCC Trophy in 2003.
As this was an official IWCC Competition it was agreed by the ICC that
they should remain 'Official'.
Also Scotland Played in IWCC Trophy in
2003 As this was an official IWCC Competition it was agreed by the ICC
that they should remain 'Official',
Young England Played in first World Cup as there were
not enough teams available to play in Tournament
The European Cup again was an 'official ' competition
recognized by the IWCC from1989 until 2001 and therefore all
those matches recognized as 'official'.
There have been over the years Unofficial Test and
ODI Series usually because the away team were not
'selected ' but were available and had to pay all their expenses or
they were an Under-23 , or Under-20
side for example. However, it was the IWCC/ICC who decide if
a match was/is 'official' and if a country made a decision to send
along a side they considered an age-group side, the ICC still
recognised it as a full international side. This happened to England
at one point (in 2001) after some of the matches in a European Cup
were considered by the IWCC to be official since they were between two
nations with that status, while England claimed it was an age-group
side that had represented them. A number of players e.g. Kate
Oakenfold are thus not considered as internationals by England but
they are by the ICC. The particular tournament in question raised
further embarrassment for the ECB when England, the favourites, well
beaten by Ireland, with their right-arm medium pacer, Saibh Young,
claiming just the 5th ODI hat-trick in women's ODIs. One of the
victims is now a well-known face on TV. You will find details of that
match and a clue to those unfortunate players who acquired only a
'virtual' England cap in the stats on this site. (see the match of
12th August 2001 here.)
They Don't Hang About
Have you ever watched any
blind cricket. I have to confess I have only seen one game, but I
discovered recently that they certainly know how to make runs.
172-3 in 16.1 overs is quite
a charge. There are plenty of sighted clubs around who'd like to
It also serves as a reminder
to more developed countries that maybe they should be doing more to
encourage blind women and girls to play this sport.
The Sussex County Cricket Club have just published an article on their web
site in recognition of a man who served women's cricket for 27 years
before finally retiring from his post.
Terry Burton, here with his daughter Charlotte a Sussex player for many
years and later the Senior Team Coach, at Fenners in Cambridge. The Cup and
champagne acknowledge Sussex's winning of the County Championship in 2005,
one of six years from 2003 to 2013. 2005 marked a hat-trick of consecutive
Terry not only gave his time at matches etc, but spent many years as an
officer on the Sussex Women's Cricket Association committee serving at
various times as Secretary, Minutes secretary and Vice Chairman.
Always present at meetings and willing to tackle whatever tasks were
required, he was always prepared to tackle work away from the limelight off
the cricket field.
I have on file team shots from almost all years from 2003 to 2015. Never one
to push himself forward I can find Terry in only a handful of them.
In 2003 Sussex were rewarded for their Championship win with a match against
the international touring side, South Africa, at Fenners in which Sussex won
a very closely matched contest. Terry is, as so often, in the background.
Also responsible for some innovations, here the Sussex girls took on a Sussex
Visually Impaired team in 2007 and struggled to come to terms with a
slightly different cricket ball.
Rosalie Birch Tries to impart spin on an unusual (for her) cricket ball.
Note the relaxed umpire and also the unusual wickets
Charlie Russell bats - well they say it should look as big as a football but
it still has to be middled.
Sussex Team with the Championship Trophy in 2008
... and at Horsham CC with the Cup in 2010
Terry's Work Acknowledged by the Sussex Women's Cricket Association.
His period with the team has undoubtedly been the most successful in its
long history, at one time boasting no less than 6 players in the England
squad, a record that will be hard to match. Often found at senior matches,
age-group matches, county selection days, and awards nights he has given
unstintingly of his time to help not just the women but also the girls' game
prosper in the county and, in co-operation with other counties, tried to
ensure the cricket at this level provided the players on which international
Many volunteers give of their time to keep this sport afloat without
financial incentive or reward but few give of their time as generously as
Terry Burton over so many years. He has left Sussex, and women's cricket in
general, in a far better state than when he joined it all those years ago,
not least due to his efforts and the few like him.
Women's cricket owes him a great debt!