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The Future of County Cricket
(15-03-2018, 07:39 PM)Leicester Exile Wrote: Has GD ever written anything where you could question his judgement and views?

He paints a very worrying picture and I really do worry for the future of our game.

He did write an article last year where he forecast that Moeen Ali was coming back to the Bears - but in general, he is spot on.
I would imagine that whoever at the ECB sends out his media pass to him each year does so through clenched teeth.
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(15-03-2018, 09:58 PM)Terry Wrote: He did write an article last year where he forecast that Moeen Ali was coming back to the Bears - but in general, he is spot on.
I would imagine that whoever at the ECB sends out his media pass to him each year does so through clenched teeth.


To be fair Terry, GD wasn't the only one putting 2 and 2 together on the Moeen situation! Wink

I've always been at odds with him over his support for our our erstwhile CEO, Mr Povey.

But his writing in the last couple of years has been of ouststanding quality, integrity and passion.

The fact that he's one of very few writers that sticks up for the 4 day game marks him out as exceptional.
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Counties flexing their muscles?
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(16-03-2018, 05:45 PM)DaveC Wrote: Counties flexing their muscles?

Yes, agreed - though if the quoted date of 2 March is right, they must also be doing a bit of time travel.
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(16-03-2018, 06:07 PM)Terry Wrote:
(16-03-2018, 05:45 PM)DaveC Wrote: Counties flexing their muscles?

Yes, agreed - though if the quoted date of 2 March is right, they must also be doing a bit of time travel.
But I see it's now been amended to 29 March, which is what the Telegraph says.
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On a happier note our skipper Marie Kelly 's team Box Hill are into next weekend' s grand final, Marie herself top scoring with 74*as they chased down 214-getting into prime form for the start of the season onMay6
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(16-03-2018, 05:45 PM)DaveC Wrote: Counties flexing their muscles?

Does sound like it.  I'm a big believer in an eighteen county game and I think cricket watchers are being sold short by the plans for an eight franchise T20.  So I hope Graves gets turfed out but I doubt the chairmen of the other 10 counties have enough determination (or votes) to do this.  From the George Dobell piece they went along with the proposals in the first place because he shouted at them / promised certain counties certain deals, promises that he didn't deliver on subsequently.  A bit more on this in the Telegraph.  Sadly I think Warwickshire are on the ECB's side in all of this.

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Been great reading everyone's views on this subject over the last month or so. Seems a shame a couple of regular posters on here haven't given there views. What has happened to Lilly this winter, nether slow coming forward giving opinions on cricket in the season, or is he keeping a low profile because WBA are going to get relegated? Come on Lilly be nice to read your opinion. Remember the days when TGM/Tall bear was the most opinionated person on this forum. Don't remember him giving any opinions for a couple of years now on any subject. Come on TGM surprise us all, and give an opinion on this subject.
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Wait for the season to start, then despite the fact neither attend the games there will be no stopping them telling us how well or badly the team is doing
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(18-03-2018, 06:19 PM)rednalbear Wrote: Been great reading everyone's views on this subject over the last month or so. Seems a shame a couple of regular posters on here haven't given there views. What has happened to Lilly this winter, nether slow coming forward giving opinions on cricket in the season, or is he keeping a low profile because WBA are going to get relegated? Come on Lilly be nice to read your opinion. Remember the days when TGM/Tall bear was the most opinionated person on this forum. Don't remember him giving any opinions for a couple of years now on any subject. Come on TGM surprise us all, and give an opinion on this subject.

Shame eh - WBA getting relegated - Only going where they've been before - Strange though that when they sacked Tony Pulis they weren't in the bottom three - Could they do a Sunderland and end up in League 1? Oh how sad that would be eh?
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A good ding-dong in the Financial Results thread that kind of feeds into this one.

Warwickshire will get a regular £1.2m from the city T20 pot and the ground is a preferred base for a franchise meaning major sales and marketing opportunities. The club has done very well from the major match allocation and presumably is a potential beneficiary of the £500k bung for non-international years that has caused the row to erupt.

Given all this, I see it as pretty unlikely that our chairman is going to do anything to upset the apple cart this week. I would guess, on the same basis, that Graves knows he can count on the support of the other test venue chairmen.
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Interesting story that the Yankees and the Red Sox are considering playing two competitive baseball matches in London next year. Whilst that doesn't matter much in the short term, the ECB might well worry what the long term impact on their ersatz baseball competition would be if Major League Baseball chose to make more of a push into the UK. I don't imagine they would regard the ECB as much competition.
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I would rather watch Baseball than T20.

However a game of Baseball can last longer that 50 over cricket especially as they play until there is a winner. Not sure how that would go down with the T20 supporting mob
LE - aka John
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Wouldn't be popular I'm thinking, far too long- imagine having to be there all day!!
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This looks like a very dodgy deal:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/2...ging-tests
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Similar to the EU paying farmers for NOT using fields for crops or livestock. As the saying goes - you couldn't make it up.
LE - aka John
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This should be an interesting meeting at Edgbaston on April 10th:
https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/s...-1-9082217
Question is - will the ECB listen to whatever comes out of it?
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2nd Question is - Will the chairmen bring the views of their members/supporters with them?
LE - aka John
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(26-03-2018, 08:25 AM)Leicester Exile Wrote: 2nd Question is - Will the chairmen bring the views of their members/supporters with them?

Well it's the Directors of Cricket not the Chairmen, so I guess they will be looking at it mainly from the perspective of players and coaches.
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As you were.


Graves addresses doubts over Test Match payments at board meeting
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