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The Future of County Cricket
If sky think women's cricket is a poor product why do they give it such extensive coverage? Good luck to Sophie Devine Jenny Gunn and Amy Jones, the only bears appearing on finals day - gloat gloat
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(27-08-2018, 09:30 AM)The Good Mugabe Wrote: 1)  the broadcaster may have a contractual obligation to show certain events, often as part of a rights contract for other, more commercially attractive, events.
2)  as the majority of staff used by sky are freelance workers they may already have commitments for other work today, so are unavailable to cover yesterdays event.
3) Likewise, most of the equipment used is on hire from independent specialists and will probably be committed to other events today, especially as it is a bank holiday with an extensive horse racing schedule.
There is only a finite amount of the required equipment and suitably skilled personnel available, trying to arrange cover, for a bank holiday Monday, late on a Sunday would be almost impossible logistically.
I've no doubt that showing the Somerset game would have given Sky more viewers, and greater advertising revenues, if it had logistically been possible to show the game.

It's unfortunate that many fail to understand the underlying reasons some decisions are taken.



Sky have been showing T20's on the same day as Test Matches for the last couple of years - often starting on the red button or Sky Sports Mix.

So your explanation doesn't really bear much scrutiny.

Suspect - much like the ECB - it's down the 3 P's.

As it was I've just screen-shared Somerset's live feed from my phone to tv and enjoyed watching the – albeit limited – coverage available.

As for women's cricket. Tried it a few times - watched the WCF last year and thoroughly enjoyed it but the T20 stuff at this franchise level is pretty ordinary IMHO.

And as we know for the 3rd Bank Holiday running there has been no "scheduled" List 'A' or 1st class cricket. The ECB and the counties should really hang their heads in shame.

In my final update to our "summer of cricket", here are the stats.

Between 4th July (1st T20 v Notts) and 20th August (2nd and final day of Glos CCD2 at Edg) Warwickshire played cricket on 19 days out 47 available - meaning they rested for 60% of that period.

In terms of actual overs played the total was 990 overs. Extrapolate that over first class 96 over days and you get just over 10 days of actual play - which means that they played for just about 22% of the time available during high summer.

And just to confirm what we already know they played cricket on only 3 weekend days in July and 2 weekend days in August. So cricket played on 5 weekend days from a possible 17 available in the same period - less than 30%.

If the ECB wanted to know why people aren't attending perhaps they'd do well to look inwards at their own stupid scheduling.

Let's hope the Indian summer arrives and we get full value from the CC in September.
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(27-08-2018, 11:25 AM)narsty simon Wrote: If sky think women's cricket is a poor product why do they give it such extensive coverage? Good luck to Sophie Devine Jenny Gunn and Amy Jones, the only bears appearing on finals day - gloat gloat

It's an ok product; but what a daft idea to have only three matches on Finals Day.  It gives so much of an advantage - time in the middle - to the team winning the first game.
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Actually there are two games on finals day the sides 2nd and 3rd in the table play off and meet the team that finished top, I take your point but I can understand rewarding the group winners with a bye, the fairest system would be to award the title to Loughborough but this system means more games and therefore more money
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(27-08-2018, 05:54 PM)narsty simon Wrote: Actually there are two games on finals day the sides 2nd and 3rd in the table play off and meet the team that finished top, I take your point but I can understand rewarding the group winners with a bye, the fairest system would be to award the title to Loughborough but this system means more games and therefore more money

Sorry, yes I meant two matches and three teams rather than three matches and four teams as in the men's Final Day.
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In an interview in Wisden Cricket Monthly, Virat Kohli says: "I feel somewhere the commercial aspect is taking over the real quality of cricket and that hurts me."
I doubt that the ECB will hear the sound of a nail being hit firmly on the head; but you never know.
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Nor will they see the ones they keep driving in to cricket's coffin.
LE - aka John
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Em reports on the first day of trialing The Hundred:
https://deepextracover.com/2018/09/what-...dge-pilot/
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(17-09-2018, 06:59 PM)Terry Wrote: Em reports on the first day of trialing The Hundred:
https://deepextracover.com/2018/09/what-...dge-pilot/

Interesting day watching how the new format may unfold!
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Do I sense a hint of desperation here?
https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/10...ndred-news
They could actually use an orange.  Now that would be a novelty!
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Way back in May, Wasim Khan who chairs a working party looking into the future shape of domestic cricket promised that the views of fans would be taken into account:
"And yes, we're definitely looking at canvasing the views of spectators. We're looking at setting up an email address. We'll encourage people to send their views in. A lot of good people watch cricket and have for a long time. Let's get their views on what they think would work."
Have I missed that fan consultation or did someone at the ECB tell Wasim that the fans are the last people they want to hear from?
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According to a leak reported in The Times the earth-shattering conclusion of the review is that there should be two divisions, one of 10 teams and one of 8 but that teams would only play 14 games in total. Sounds familiar except that it will be Division One that is unbalanced whereas Division Two will be all play all. Words fail me but acronyms may do. OMG. WTF?????
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(Yesterday, 03:10 PM)Terry Wrote: Do I sense a hint of desperation here?
https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/10...ndred-news
They could actually use an orange.  Now that would be a novelty!

A Lemon would be more appropriate.
LE - aka John
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