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The Future of County Cricket
Just who are the STAR names that city franchises bring in that will actually attract the punters?
LE - aka John
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Interesting response from Middlesex:
http://www.middlesexccc.com/news/2016/se...yesterday/
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(15-09-2016, 01:14 PM)Terry Wrote: Interesting response from Middlesex:
http://www.middlesexccc.com/news/2016/se...yesterday/

"We made it very clear to the ECB that we could not consider voting for such a dramatic change to the domestic cricket landscape without first consulting our members"

Why did they vote for it then?!
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I saw Warwickshire say the matter will go to the General Committee.

So will they consult the members as well?

If this is given the go ahead will they allow the members to preference whether the team name should return to Warwickshire for the county based Blast competition?
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They will probably consult the members the same way they did for renaming parts of the Big Fridge and West Stand. Ask the members for their opinions then ignore them.
LE - aka John
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Based on this,I think it would be fair to say that confusion reigns:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-crick...MP=OTC-RSS
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This sums things up nicely for me.... http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/37384828

Talking of Derbyshire.... How's the annual wooden spoon race going? Derbys were my favourites..... although everyone was telling me that Leics were nailed on certainties for promotion having finally winning more than one game this season. Have the other perennial wooden spoonists finally come good or have they too failed again? Northants have had a good season... Winning the T20 and doing OK in the championship..... But what is the latest status on their financial position - and how did that extraordinary general meeting go?

Cricket needs a shake up.... It's sadly become mostly a low profile public school play thing that is rapidly falling off the general publics radar in some formats. It's happening like a tsunami.... It will be interesting to see what a major Lords cup final between two well supported top teams produces in the way of empty seats? I remember when Lords finals were always sell outs. But as we know Turkeys don't vote for Christmas and many county members generally consider the sport as a hobby in their declining years.... which is dangerous as county memberships in all forms fall under a very worrying 80,000. So what pays for that hobby and what pays for all those players and administrators salaries?
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I notice that Sky are now showing the Mddlesex v Yorks match next week and will have cameras at Taunton and elsewhere.

I believe there has been some disquiet expressed by some of the counties to the ECB at the lack of interest Sky were showing in what has been a thrilling climax to the CC season.

I suspect that when the current TV contract ends the CC may be split out in the same way that Sheffield Shield has been in Australia allowing counties to provide their own coverage -as Lancs and Notts have done this year. A good thing IMO.
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I've just received a very nice membership book for 2017 from the club. its actually very enticing...

I notice that the club is adding value to the T20 season pass (page 11). At £77 it includes home matches, the 2017 year book, BTB, etc. It goes on to say that you save more than you spend with this membership package. It would seem that the club is now seeing this as virtually a T20 only membership package - the only thing I cant see is the ability to 'sit upstairs'. Good move IMHO.
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T20 a different Club now effectively with the Birmingham Bears thing.

They won't be members as they don't have voting rights or own the Club but it doesn't surprise me they have separate categories given different badge, different name etc.
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In the last two decades, I wonder what voting rights actually achieve in reality?
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Somerset staged a Q&A session at Taunton this evening. The Chairman and CEO were very open and (seemingly) honest about the new proposal. Somerset didn't want it but accept that they are going to get outvoted by the counties that are skint. That no doubt includes us. As we have suspected, it is all about selling the TV rights and money trumps everything.
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I believe that Somerset should be given elite city status for their innovative approach to cricket over the last five decades.... Particularly one day cricket..... and I don't mean the infamous Worcestershire B&H game either....
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(20-09-2016, 09:15 PM)Warleybear Wrote: I believe that Somerset should be given elite city status for their innovative approach to cricket over the last five decades.... Particularly one day cricket..... and I don't mean the infamous Worcestershire B&H game either....

Somerset actually v traditionalist.

They don't use a silly name. they are just called Somerset. they wear old fashioned cable knit sweaters for first class cricket.

They have a carvery and fish and chip restaurant and everybody at the Club so friendly.

I love Somerset.

They won't be involved though because population of Taunton is only 60000. But they do fill ground for every T20 and sell out every hotel room in Taunton.
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Go off and support them then!
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Unfair NS - you can love/support other teams as well as your own. There are some Villa fans that actually like Blues :)
LE - aka John
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I'll still be supporting Warwickshire CCC long after you disappear.
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I still believe that they have been very inivitive as a smaller county.... unlike some I could mention. From Richards and Botham onwards they have pushed the boundaries of the game and made people interested. Traditionalists.... No..... Indeed, this is full of modernity and perhaps pushed the boundaries too far? ;-) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1979_Ben...Hedges_Cup

Talking of modernity.... No Durham in those B&H tables....
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(21-09-2016, 09:27 PM)Warleybear Wrote: I still believe that they have been very inivitive as a smaller county.... unlike some I could mention. From Richards and Botham onwards they have pushed the boundaries of the game and made people interested. Traditionalists.... No..... Indeed, this is full of modernity and perhaps pushed the boundaries too far? ;-) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1979_Ben...Hedges_Cup

Talking of modernity.... No Durham in those B&H tables....


I think you are about 30 years out of date.

They are the most traditionalist of all counties now.
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So they are modern traditionalists .... I think Chris Gayle was perhaps more post modernist? ;-)
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