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The Future of County Cricket
Nice to know they put their own comforts ahead of giving the paying public what they want.
LE - aka John
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Not about the paying public sadly,all about Strauss& the ECB
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(20-03-2016, 12:52 PM)Terry Wrote: This article shows up the mis-match between what the players want and what the fans want:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-crick...82645.html

Interesting thought in that article that a franchised T20 could operate independently of the county system. Solves the problem of which counties get a franchise and which don't: none of them do. With drop-in pitches on football grounds the counties would be completely out of the loop. As a business model, I can imagine that being very appealing to the ECB.
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Anyone want to buy a county?
http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-crick...89197.html
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Members of this forum could raise £50k between us. But we won't count Warley as he will see this as the opportunity for the club to merge with Leics :-)

Seriously though, this is a sad state of affairs.
LE - aka John
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Speak for yourrself LE.

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Well I was thinking of all you workers out there !!
LE - aka John
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This makes fairly grim reading:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cricket/2016/...realities/
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Thanks Terry..... Interesting though....
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http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/cont...11543.html
Hmmmm!
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Warley's county mergers take another step nearer.

Has to be wrong to increase administration amount while reducing grass-roots and county amounts.
LE - aka John
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The thoughts of chairman Graves.... http://m.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/36320180
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(19-05-2016, 10:10 AM)Warleybear Wrote: The thoughts of chairman Graves.... http://m.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/36320180

To paraphrase Henry Blofeld. Colin Graves is often described as a no-nonsense Yorkshireman yet everything  I've heard from him has been total nonsense.
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(19-05-2016, 10:10 AM)Warleybear Wrote: The thoughts of chairman Graves.... http://m.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/36320180

To paraphrase Henry Blofeld. Colin Graves is often described as a no-nonsense Yorkshireman yet everything  I've heard from him has been total nonsense.
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I'm all for trying a championship match in June that is day / night.... or having one or two slightly later starts..... I'm note sure if test cricket works much past 8pm even in June? Gates seem healthy - although I don't have access to the current Test. Perhaps they are concerned that the UK bubble will burst?
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I saw some stats somewhere that showed early season tests outside London have been attracting poor crowds.

Personally I think may is too early to play test cricket.

I can only see day night working in mid summer and attendances would be fine then anyway.
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This country isn't warm enough for day/night test cricket. Once the sun has set you'll be lucky if the temperature stays above 15C.
Proud to be a Bear
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I agree.... but I do think a couple of championship games in late May / June could be played during the week with playing hours of approx. 1.00pm to 8.00pm. Its hardly day / night - but it does allow people to get to see a final session or two after work.

I also think that there should be (and I keep banging the drum for this) a large digital screen outside the ground showing fixtures, ticket prices, adverts and state of play. Its 4pm on an 8pm finish in the championship and the board shows adults £ 2 children free (or whatever 'flexible' pricing is chosen) and Bell and Trott are at the wicket nearing their centuries; then it may entice a family or two across from canon hill park - from small acorns etc. I saw the old style fixture board had been removed the other week... don't know if its been replaced. Anyway - county cricket needs some positive lateral thinking to promote itself.
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The one thing that struck me in both of the interviews with Graves on BBC and Sky was that 4 day CC cricket was scarcely mentionned. The ECB should be banging the drum for this competition which, despite the lack of interest they seem to have in it, is without doubt the strongest and best first class league in world cricket. 

And for once I agree with WB. A degreee of soft promotion of CC cricket - evening sessions, Saturday starts,  free entrance for u16s or kids for a quid would all help. I've seen what Wasps have done done in Cov from a standing start to make afternoons at the Ricoh an event. A bit of creative thinking with CC cricket might just improve it's profile. The product itself is superb as anyone that was at Nottingham last week will tell you.
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I'm afraid that Graves doesn't strike me as the kind of guy who thinks very deeply before opening his mouth. There's a lot of wishing and hoping in his interview but where's the strategy? That's his job and he's been in it for long enough now to have gone beyond waffle. At least Giles Clarke had an agenda even if none of us liked it. What is Graves actually trying to do?
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