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The Future of County Cricket
In one week, I have seen the slowest ever Championship century and the fastest (and highest) hundred in a one-day final.
Of course, for sheer excitement, Andy Umeed's effort far outshone the Hales innings.
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Paul
I was listening to the end of the Surrey innings on the radio and had to laugh as Adam Holloiake was urging on Stoneman to beat Boycott's record score in a final only to actually see it done a few hours later by Hales. Don't particularly like Surrey (who does) but did not want to see Notts win only because of the total **** from Notts who chastised 2 of our supporters for leaving early during our defeat against them in May. Had they not have been 70+ he might not have said anything but I told him what I thought of him but unfortunately a punch in the face would have seen me probably lose my membership. Notts have a few buffoons in their side like Patel and Fletcher who thinks he's a character and big and tough as he tried to sledge Trott from mid-on in 2014 - after all the problems Trott had been through just before that time, it was hardly brave stuff. The useless oaf should remember he only plays for Notts when others are injured. Surrey must be wondering what they have to do to win a final, are they the new Somerset.
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(02-07-2017, 01:02 PM)paulbear Wrote: I was listening to the end of the Surrey innings on the radio and had to laugh as Adam Holloiake was urging on Stoneman to beat Boycott's record score in a final only to actually see it done a few hours later by Hales. Don't particularly like Surrey (who does) but did not want to see Notts win only because of the total **** from Notts who chastised 2 of our supporters for leaving early during our defeat against them in May. Had they not have been 70+ he might not have said anything but I told him what I thought of him but unfortunately a punch in the face would have seen me probably lose my membership. Notts have a few buffoons in their side like Patel and Fletcher who thinks he's a character and big and tough as he tried to sledge Trott from mid-on in 2014 - after all the problems Trott had been through just before that time, it was hardly brave stuff. The useless oaf should remember he only plays for Notts when others are injured. Surrey must be wondering what they have to do to win a final, are they the new Somerset.

I think that was the time I had to turn on a man in the crowd who called Trotty a coward - he was just coming back from being ill. Worst sort of bullying. I told him a definition of a coward was someone who sat behind a fence abusing a player who can't answer back. It did shut him up. I've never like Fletcher. Always thought he was an oaf!!!
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Sounds like the same game. Siddle was having a go, fletcher joined in and the crowd could sense that there was all sorts of things being said and loads of us had a go back and then Hales joined in and started to do his version of a 'Brummie' accent. I think Notts were more ****** off because they had dominated on day 1 (217-2, 338-4) only to see the game slipping away from them which it eventually did. Don't like sledging, that is the biggest form of cowardice as you have 11 players who can have a go at 2 batsmen and because it is not a contact sport, you can't even give someone a good thump like you can in other sports. You have to just stand and take it and if you complain, you are called a 'whinge'r. If they are talking about discipline and sending playesr off, they could start with the first sledge and as soon as the umpire hears the first utterance from a fielder, that is a warning and once more, they can go off for half an hour. All this Michael Vaughan garbage about it being a great part of the game and that it is good to see is rubbish, might look good on TV but not if you are trying to bat.
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(02-07-2017, 02:09 PM)paulbear Wrote: Sounds like the same game. Siddle was having a go, fletcher joined in and the crowd could sense that there was all sorts of things being said and loads of us had a go back and then Hales joined in and started to do his version of a 'Brummie' accent. I think Notts were more ****** off because they had dominated on day 1 (217-2, 338-4) only to see the game slipping away from them which it eventually did. Don't like sledging, that is the biggest form of cowardice as you have 11 players who can have a go at 2 batsmen and because it is not a contact sport, you can't even give someone a good thump like you can in other sports. You have to just stand and take it and if you complain, you are called a 'whinge'r. If they are talking about discipline and sending playesr off, they could start with the first sledge and as soon as the umpire hears the first utterance from a fielder, that is a warning and once more, they can go off for half an hour. All this Michael Vaughan garbage about it being a great part of the game and that it is good to see is rubbish, might look good on TV but not if you are trying to bat.

Michael Vaughan (what is there to like about him) also raves about the worst excesses of the Eric Holles stand when its in full flow. Yes it is great if you don't like to watch the cricket. Bet he's never asked his wife or kids to sit there! Idiot.
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Hmmm.... its a packed EH stand for several days a year that helps fund the game.

It does seem a shame that the game seems to think that empty seats in major games isnt a problem. I predicted empty plastic seat syndrom on this and the old bears web site over a decade ago. Lack of visibility in terrestrial tv and ticket prices have been a problem. To be fair.... Efforts seem to be being made to deal with both these issues.
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I had my annual treat yesterday, watching Devon play minor counties cricket at Sidmouth. There can't be a ground in the country where it is more likely that the ball will be hit into the sea. It didn't happen yesterday although the croquet players next door had to scatter a couple of times. Two pounds to sit in a deckchair all day, a reasonable bar and well stuffed bacon rolls. There was spin, there was seam. There were sixes, there were wickets. There was good fielding and a dropped dolly.

OK, it won't pay the interest on a monstrous property development debt but as a spectator experience it's hard to beat. Maybe some of the bigwigs from the ECB should drop in for the rest of the match.
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I see Leicestershire have managed to prop up division 2 despite Durhams penalty in the race for the wooden spoon.

T20 is probably the only way forward for teams like Leics and Derbys....
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It seems that setting up a big T20 competition in order to make money is a bit if an act of faith which is not working so far in South Africa:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/2...bal-league
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All a bit like the ECB thinking it would be a good idea if 9/10 grounds spent millions getting to test match standard.

I worry the same will happen in UK when they swamp the fixtures with the city franchise idea
LE - aka John
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You mean there isn't going to be enough money to put a big see-through tent over every ground?

If I were a roaming T20 star, I think I would start to want to be paid up front for agreeing to play in some of these competitions.
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Well, that all appears to be going well:
http://www.skysports.com/cricket/news/12...-postponed
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Here's hoping the ECB take a similar decision before losing millions
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I don't know where else to post this link - just to say that while there are young people like this around, cricket ( and the Bears) are in safe hands:
http://emsownlittleworld.blogspot.co.uk/...n.html?m=1
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That's a very good piece. I think Deep Extra Cover should sign her up.
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Where do you find 'em,Terry. That was such a refreshing article and, as you say, gives hope for the future of cricket. As GB says - sign her up now.
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(19-10-2017, 07:33 AM)GrizzlyBear Wrote: That's a very good piece. I think Deep Extra Cover should sign her up.

Yes, I agree - I will see what I can do, though I might be doing myself out of my role as their unofficial Warwickshire correspondent.
I did, via twitter, suggest to her that she should sign up here.
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Whilst we are not quite at the stage of this whole T20 project collapsing around Mr. Graves, things don't look too rosy at the moment:
http://www.espn.com/cricket/story/_/id/2...ts-new-t20
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When greed and incompetence come together.......................................
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A thought-provoking ( and sobering) view of the viability of T20 leagues worldwide:
http://www.thecricketmonthly.com/story/1...king-money
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