Snapshot Sunday: The Cricket World Cup

It’s hard to believe that it is four years since the men’s Cricket World Cup was held in Australia and New Zealand. Although David was sick as the tournament began I was able to attend a match in Hobart and eagerly watched the matches in other states and in New Zealand on TV. This time around it is being held in England and Wales and I have subscribed to a sports channel for a month so I can watch it. I watch a game most evenings even if Australia is not playing; might as well get my money’s worth. As the matches start in the early evening our time and go on till 2 or 3 am I don’t always stay for the end, there are handy replays the next day. The format of the tournament is a bit different from the last time and I have rather missed seeing Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Zimbabwe although Afghanistan and Bangla Desh are participating. As it is summer in England it is, of course, raining a lot and several matches have been completely rained out which is a pity as it may affect the outcome. In the event of a washout, teams are awarded a point each. Australia has been lucky not to have had a match washed out so far. It is a shame for the fans at the ground who sit in the rain all day hoping for some cricket until the officials finally decide it is too late to play.

My photos are from matches that I attended at Blundstone Arena in Hobart in the past. I haven’t been to a match in a couple of years now and don’t know if I will ever be able to attend another.

A Photo A Week: Action

It’s Not Just Cricket

I do enjoy action photography although I find it quite difficult. We used to go regularly to the Australian Grand Prix when it was held in Adelaide and I took many photos there, most of them still not on the computer as this was in the days of film.

Between 2010 and 2017 I practiced my skill at capturing moving objects at  cricket matches at Bellerive Oval in Hobart. I went to a lot of games in that time always striving for the perfect capture, when I wasn’t busy cheering for our team or groaning at some awful play that is. The photography part was always fun even if we lost. Here are a variety of shots from those years.

Australian fast bowler Mitchel Starc.

Looking up at the ball

One of the few occasions I’ve captured the ball leaving the bat.

practice before the game.

Spin bowler

The Hurricanes warm up before a game.

Tim Paine, Hurricanes and Australian wicket keeper.

Snapshot Sunday: Cricket at Bellerive

Mitchell Johnson 2010

Ricky Ponting 2010

 

Bellerive Oval January 2010

This has been the first summer in seven years that I have not attended a cricket match at Bellerive. I’ve been very lucky to have seen Australia play against many other countries as well as attending Hobart Hurricanes games in the Big Bash League. This year I had to be content with watching it all on television and I missed being able to take photos of the ground and the players. These photos were taken at the very first match I attended in January 2010, a Test Match between Australia and Pakistan.

Bellerive Oval, now more often known as Blundstone Arena looks very different now with the new Ricky Ponting Stand where two older, smaller stands are in my photo. It is a beautiful stand but I rather miss the view of Mount Wellington.

Ricky Ponting Stand, Blundstone Arena, Bellerive

Snapshot Sunday: Thirsty Work

Hurricanes bowler Clive Rose at Blundstone Arena, Bellerive January 2017

There is a lot of cricket played in Australia in January. There is a Test Match early in the month, One Day Internationals and the domestic Big Bash competition is in full swing. This photo was taken last summer when I attended a Hobart Hurricanes match at Bellerive.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Looking Up

Looking Up at the cricket

I was too disorganised to post anything this week so in the spirit of better late than never I’m posting my entry now.

Looking Up at the Night Sky Bellerive Oval

Looking Up at the Ricky Ponting Statue

Looking up at the ball

Looking up at the new grandstand

Looking up the steps at the new entrance to the cricket ground.

Looking up at the fans.

Snapshot Sunday – Josh Hazlewood – Australian Cricketer

Josh Hazlewood warming up.
Josh Hazlewood warming up.

As Australia wrap up a three test series against Pakistan here is a photo of fast bowler Josh Hazlewood taken during the Australia v South Africa Test Match in Hobart in November.