South Shields Daily Photo

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The Kookaburra

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Cricket at Whitburn near South Shields

Cricket at Whitburn

The Kookaburra is one of the most popular willow bats for cricketers in South Shields and around the world, it is used by professionals and amateurs alike. There is beauty to the beast that is blessed in no other bat. Its Ferocious power holds the ability for one to control the game. The massive hitting zone, its arched power bow more strength, more power!

Here we see it being used in the forward defensive stroke, a straight perpendicular bat pushed down and forward against the hard leather ball. I caught the action during a match between Whitburn and Seaham and the young batsman is 14 year old Lee Henderson who shows immense promise for a lad of his age. He has already been picked to represent Durham at county level in a game against Lancashire!

We are pretty strong on cricket in South Shields during the summer months, we have our own South Shields and Westoe club at Woods Terrace, another pitch at the Jack Clark Park, and another at Oakleigh Gardens, but my favourite has always been the village ground in Whitburn.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 450mm lens, 1/750 second, f8, iso 200


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Written by curly

June 15, 2008 at 12:01 am

Posted in Colour, Events, People, Sports, Whitburn

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  1. Lovely timing …..


    June 15, 2008 at 2:10 am

  2. I dont know the game very well, but its a great shot.

    Jim K

    June 15, 2008 at 4:21 am

  3. I did not know Kookarruba; otherwise than in Australian bird

    A beautiful photograph of cricket which is an incomprehensible sport in France


    June 15, 2008 at 9:02 am

  4. Nice shots! (the photo and the straight bat!)

    Sadly it’s footy season here, so I have to be content with news of our blokes doing the rounds of the West Indies!

    No lenses longer than 200 mm allowed in Australian Cricket grounds, at least for the equivalent of County matches and tests.


    June 15, 2008 at 12:10 pm

  5. Well captured at peak action!! I’ve seen cricket matches a couple time, but never knew the special properties of the Kookaburra.


    June 16, 2008 at 4:56 pm

  6. Anyone else find themselve humming:

    “Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree… merry, merry king of the bush is he. Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra gay your life must be?” Or is it just me?


    June 16, 2008 at 10:16 pm

  7. I like this sporting action shot. However, here in the States, (upper midwest), we know very little about cricket. In fact, the ONLY cricket we know about is the game we play in darts. I really wish a match were televised here.


    June 17, 2008 at 10:10 pm

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