Vale Greg (Snake) Mathews
The sad passing of one of the game's true
Pictured above: Greg (Snake) Mathews (Right) sharing a drink
with old mates Hully (Left) and Scoie (Centre)
August 7, 2017:
It is with much sadness Indoor Cricket World notes the sudden passing
of Greg Mathews, known around Australia and the world as "Snake".
One of the finest gentlemen to ever grace an indoor cricket court,
and in my opinion, the greatest player.
RIP mate, and thank you for some of the finest, most breathtaking
memories our sport will ever provide.
Sheldon Levis. Guildford, August 2017
Before we continue, there is something of the utmost importance
we must draw to the attention of all visitors to our site:
The World Indoor Cricket Federation boldly states on its website
that Indoor Cricket started in Australia in 1984, after being brought
there from Germany!!! THAT IS UTTER NONSENSE of course!!
I umpired the National Indoor Cricket Championships in Perth in
1984 for goodness' sakes . . . and I bet this is news to Dennis
Lillee, who was running an indoor cricket centre in Perth in the
late 1970s. Come one, seriously, the WORLD Indoor Cricket Federation
doesn't even know how, where and when the sport it apparently represents
came into being? Seriously? I sure hope they didn't pay for the
information on their website . . .
So, here is the true story: Indoor cricket was the brainchild of
a couple of blokes (whom I shall name later, if they agree) from
Perth (Western Australia), and the first games were played in the
1970's. It did not come from Germany. Indoor Cricket experienced
rapid growth up until the early 1990s (the 1996 Sports Census showed
indoor cricket to be the fifth most popular of all sports, in terms
of total number of registered players, with 35% more registered
players than outdoor cricket). Sad to say, at the grassroots level
it has declined in participation rates since those heady days, although
the international elite level of the game, manifest through the
Indoor Cricket World Cup, has expanded to include exciting new teams
like Singapore and India. That tournament is played around the world,
but at the local suburban centre level the game is wanting a tad
in comparison to its earlier heady heights.
Like Indoor Cricket itself, this site is not mainly about the elite
players and their competitions. Both experienced players and those
unfamiliar with indoor cricket will find all they need to know in
the coming pages: from descriptions and explanations of the game,
through the setting up of playing courts and playing equipment used,
to basic game strategies, and complete rules and tips for players
and umpires. We also have interviews with established Indoor Cricket
personalities. And we are particularly proud to feature the most
extensive library of photographs of Indoor Cricket action to be
found anywhere--and yes, we certainly do sell our photographs, email
us for details.
Photographing Indoor Cricket
We do get a lot of enquiries about our photographs . . . mainly
along the lines of "how?". We're working on several articles
for all you budding photographers out there. . .