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Friendly: Warton v Carnforth at Warton CC, Sunday 10 April 2011

Warton CC are defending Westmorland League champions and their village ground with a superb old-style wooden pavilion looked a picture on a glorious day. The ground is just off the A6 north of Carnforth next to the main West Coast railway line.

Northern League Carnforth made 209 including an explosive 51 from pro Gareth Pedder. A superb 120 from Phil Bovis saw Warton home by four wickets with three balls to spare. A great way to start the season.


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We held our Natwest Cricketforce Day on Saturday (nationally promoted day for clubs to renovate their facilities) and couldn't believe the weather or how hard our pitch was. We've got a pre-season friendly on Easter Sunday with league action beginning Sat 30th. Could've had more looking at it!



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14/4 Middlesex v Essex. Will probably pop in on two or three days.
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Monday - Fenners (44) Cambridge Uni 276ao V Middx
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Friday - Taunton - Warwicks 642ao V Middx

Ironically high score given end result!

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Sat 16 Apr: Northern League Division One: Preston v Carnforth

West Cliff staged Lancashire CCC matches in the past, the last in 1952 and though part of the ground has now been taken over by a 3G hockey pitch it is still a huge playing area. Preston CC is one of the oldest cricket clubs in the world, formed in 1821.

Preston were bowled out for just 94 with Carnforth pro Gareth Pedder taking 7 for 32. Carnforth looked to be cruising as they reached 48 for 1, but pro Saeed Bariwala took five wickets on debut to bowl out the visitors for 78.

Sun 17 Apr: Central Lancashire League: Crompton v Heywood

A glorious day at a lovely ground in Shaw near Oldham with sweeping views across the Pennines. Crompton have a rich and illustrious history and their pavilion is full of superb photos and displays.

Heywood are well supported and a good-sized crowd saw the visitors reach 220 for 4 in their 50 overs, skipper Bobby Cross making an accomplished 100. Crompton lost wickets regularly and were bowled out for 135 in reply. A good tea bar was in operation and this completed a fine first weekend of competitive action.


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Saturday 23 April: Northern League, Darwen v Fleetwood

Darwen CC are celebrating the Club’s Centenary year and have a well balanced side that has a good chance of winning the title in this most competitive of leagues. Their Birch Hall ground looked a picture but the setting seemed strange as the iconic rocket that is Darwen Tower in the distance lost its nose piece in winter storms and has not been repaired as yet. Fleetwood were destroyed by seamer Chris Wade who took five wickets to hasten their demise for 93. Darwen pro Zimmy Khan hit an unbeaten 54 to steer his side to victory by seven wickets before the reading of the football results.

Sunday 24 April: Saddleworth League, Friarmere v Bamford Fieldhouse

Frairmere CC is in a remote and beautiful location between Denshaw and Delph; funded by a wealthy mill owner in 1880, JL Byrom who built the pavilion and 12 cottages for his team and groundsman. Today they were up against the league champions and team of all the talents, Bamford whose latest recruit is South African born batsman Grant Hodnett. Hodnett struck a mighty 200 out of Bamford’s 320 for 7, with some incredible hits. He damaged three car windscreens and the final overs, when he ran amok, saw the Bamford players in the car park, guarding their cars against damage. Friarmere managed 138 in reply. The tea was first-class, the people friendly and this was a wonderful afternoon, the first double hundred I’ve ever seen in league cricket and apparently the first Hodnett has ever made.


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Sunday 24 April: Saddleworth League, Friarmere v Bamford Fieldhouse

Frairmere CC is in a remote and beautiful location between Denshaw and Delph...





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Sunday 24th April, 40 over league - group stage, 1.45pm

at New Road, Worcester; Middlesex beat Worcs by 24 runs

Entry - £17 for adults (no discounts for OAP's/disabled - meanies!)

Programme - A4 scorecard (see below) for £1.00

I don't normally post on my cricket matches as I don't attend that many, normally only on Sundays if weather is good and there is no football. This was however my third visit to Worcester for cricket and by a curious coincidence the previous visits were at 10 year intervals, in 1991 and 2001. On both occasions Middlesex had been thrashed so it was good to see them win there, even if they were wearing pink shirts this time.

Just to show how much train services have improved in recent years, in 1991 the first train from London was a decrepit old rolling stock and did not arrive until around 1.30pm (good job it was a 2pm start for all 40 over games then) and I had to rush to get to the ground. In my hurry I climbed over a gate near Shrub Hill station and got some sort of industrial grease on my jeans. In 2001 and 2011 I arrived a lot earlier and in fact yesterday I had time to go and look at Worcester City's ground which has hardly changed since my 'tick' of it in 1986.

The cricket ground has improved a lot since 2001, with a large uncovered (permanent) stand behind the bowler's arm at the south end, called the Basil d'Oliveria Stand. There is also a new pavilion, named after Graeme Hick, who I had seen in the 1991 match. I am not in favour of any buildings,etc being named after living persons, but these new stands are very good, with steep seating rakes.

One disappointment was that Worcs no longer issue the very good B5 programme that they did for the 2001 game (and for all subsequent years up to and including 2009, judging by the back issues that are for sale at 50p. each in the club shop) with only an A4 scorecard being issued, and not cheap either at £1. There is however, an A4 4-page membership brochure available in the club shop, and this can be used as a wraparound for the scorecard if you desire. It is also annoying that while they charge only £5 for kids, pensioners have to pay the full price of £17.
But these criticisms apart, it was a good day out and I hope the ground will have improved further still by my next visit (in 2021?)


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Sat 30 April: Northern Cricket League: Chorley v Blackpool

Alex Smith hit a fluent 54 in Blackpool’s 183/6, Chorley’s leg-spinning pro Gaurav Dhar taking 4/75. Chorley looked well set for victory when wicketkeeping captain and opener Andy Holdsworth made 54. But when he was out the game changed and fast bowler Richard Gleeson took five wickets in a superb spell to bowl out the home side for 150. A programme was produced and the teas were excellent.

Sun 1 May: MCCA Trophy: Cheshire v Cumberland

A beautiful setting at Neston CC on the Wirral, and though Cumberland made 282/9, opener James Lowe hitting a superb 128, the feeling was they were 40 runs short. So it proved as Cheshire got home after losing four wickets with five balls to spare, skipper Andrew Hall 57ono, Lee Dixon77no, Warren Goodwin 59.


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Sunday 1 May 2011, 13:45am; Middlesex beat Holland by 1 run; 40-over League, Group A; att: 2,000 h/c ; Entry £17; programme issued.

With Leyton Orient’s season effectively over by Saturday evening, and the weather glorious, it felt like time to open my cricket season. And where better to begin than at the top and a visit to Lord’s. I’ve had my irritations with Lord’s in the past, but I do still believe that it is the finest cricket ground of those I’ve visited.

To my mind the 40 over or 50 over game is the best option for spectators. I can’t work up any enthusiasm for the 20:20 game and few of us have the time to follow a full championship or test match. But the 40 over game seems to be slipping down the priorities. Only the Grandstand and the Compton Stand were available to non-members for this game and I noticed that whilst there was much publicity outside the ground for forthcoming 20:20, Championship and International matches, the existence of this fixture was not mentioned at all. A hangover of the old pomposity surrounding Lord’s matches came in the announcements that not only was a scorecard available (for 60p), but an “illustrated programme” was also on sale, as if this was somehow rather distasteful. But the programme (£2) was a poor effort and not up to the standards of recent years. And of course the crowd was rather small. Middlesex have never attracted much of a following, but I’ve always found it hard to understand why so few neutrals are drawn to County matches at Lord’s. Amongst the scattered crowd I did spot bcleary1 of this message board, who I can now ‘out’ as a suit-wearing pavilion-dweller. And was that a copy of the Telegraph we spotted him reading, over in the posh seats?

In sunny but blustery conditions it was a day for the batsmen. Scott Newman slogged 73 for Middlesex early on, and we admired the rather more subtle batting of Paul Stirling. But it was the Dutch batting that really impressed. Tom Cooper hit a personal best one-day total of 126. He is more Australian than Dutch I believe, but his Dutch fans were optimistically calling him Tommy Kuipers. And Mudassar Bukhari hit a rapid 36 to bring the outcome down to the last ball where Netherlands needed three but could only manage a single. The crowd chant for Bukhari goes:
Bukhari, Oh Oh Oh,
He comes from Calcutta,
He loves Lurpak Butter”.
I need help understanding that one please. I thought he was Pakistani? And Lurpak’s a Danish brand isn’t it, not a Dutch brand.
Overall this was good entertainment, if a little chilly by the end.


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Monday 2nd May.
CB40.GROUP.B.
LEICESTERSHIRE FOXES v DURHAM DYNAMOS.
ADMISSION. FREE - LIFE MEMBER.
SCORECARD- 50p.

Leicestershire won toss and put Durham in to bat. Leicester got there first wicket at 17 -1. England u 19 allrounder Ben Stokes came in and tried to hit every ball for 6 but after almost getting caught he calmed down . He went on to score 50 . Durham then started to crumble and found them self 127 for 5. Gareth Breese joined Ian Blackwell and they shared a partnership of 144. Blackwell hit 5 sixes and 7 fours on his way to 98 before being caught and bowled by Wyatt. Breese made 44. Durham then lost 4 wickets for 14 runs , 6 of them were given as a penalty for slow over rate. Durham finished on 285 - 9. Wyatt , Hoggard ,Malik and Henderson all took 2 wickets. Leicestershire got off to a bad start losing Du Toit for 4 with the score on 7. England lions batsman Taylor joined Josh Cobb and the pair put on 97 for the 2nd wicket . Cobb made 87 before being bowled and leicester then started losing wickets regualy and were finally out for 216. Stokes and Blackwell took 3 wickets each.


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Saturday 30th April
Sheaf Sports Yorkshire & Derbyshire League Division 3
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Millhouses Works 133-7 Whittington Wanderers 130ao

First game of the league season. Millhouses struggled on a pitch offering variable bounce and we were fairly pleased to keep them down to 133. Dave Whiteley being the pick of our attack with 3-37 off 11 tidy overs. At 100-3 we were cruising it. Opener Paul Fletcher grafted for 39, I pulled a huge six, dispatched another first bounce into the hedge for four and then tossed my wicket away for 15. A collapse of 8-30 ensued and we were all out four short of victory with four balls remaining. Gutted! Next up is a visit to Bracken Moor, Stocksbridge, 2pm start on Sunday 8th May.



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Sunday 1 May 2011, 13:45am; Middlesex beat Holland by 1 run; 40-over League, Group A; att: 2,000 h/c ; Entry £17; programme issued.

To my mind the 40 over or 50 over game is the best option for spectators. I can’t work up any enthusiasm for the 20:20 game and few of us have the time to follow a full championship or test match. But the 40 over game seems to be slipping down the priorities. Only the Grandstand and the Compton Stand were available to non-members for this game and I noticed that whilst there was much publicity outside the ground for forthcoming 20:20, Championship and International matches, the existence of this fixture was not mentioned at all. A hangover of the old pomposity surrounding Lord’s matches came in the announcements that not only was a scorecard available (for 60p), but an “illustrated programme” was also on sale, as if this was somehow rather distasteful. But the programme (£2) was a poor effort and not up to the standards of recent years. And of course the crowd was rather small.



Also at this game - I always try to see 'new' sides play Middlesex at Lord's (last one was Herefordshre in the Nat-West Trophy about 12 years ago)

I agree with you about 20-20, will be boycotting it in future as I cannot stand the type of spectators who come along to watch it at Lords.

I was very interested to read about the tannoy man telling spectators that Middlesex programmes were on sale. An important point to make here for anyone who hasn't done Lords yet - Middlesex programmes are only sold from the club office /club shop in a bungalow behind the pavilion. This is a long running story. The Marylebone CC scorecard that is sold for all games (whether MCC, England or Middlesex games) at Lords is undoubtedly the world's longest running match programme/scorecard, as I believe it has been issued since at least 1848 (but please feel free to correct me if necessary) and the size /design has changed very little over the years. It is printed on the premises, yet they somehow get at least one non-playing team member on it most matches!
It is a jealously guarded tradition, to the extent that the MCC (as opposed to MCCC) are very reluctant to allow any other type of programme/scorecard to be sold at the ground. In fact there was no other programme or brochure on sale during the 1981 Test v. Australia (the only Test match I've ever attended) and this ban applied to Middlesex matches up until around 1993, when a compromise was reached. It was decided that programmes could be sold for Middlesex games in the Sunday League, as long as the teams were omitted. This ensured that spectators would still need to buy the MCC scorecard if they wanted to know who was playing. This compromise still stands today.


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Chris - I too attended one day of that Test vs Australia in 1981. At the time it was possible to queue up on the day and buy a ticket which allowed you to sit on the grass behind the boundary rope, something I did for several Tests in that era. I have a dodgy pirate programme for the game, purchased outside, which really only has a few player photos. And I have two MCC scorecards from the day, one a tea interval update. I don't think the printing office produces these updated cards throughout the day now like they used to, but I might be wrong.

At the recent Holland game, and also at a Sunday League game I attended at Lord's last summer, I found that the Middlesex programme can now also be purchased from a little kiosk just inside the Grace Gate (and possibly the other gates too) and no longer has to be sought out in the shop.


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Chris - I too attended one day of that Test vs Australia in 1981. At the time it was possible to queue up on the day and buy a ticket which allowed you to sit on the grass behind the boundary rope, something I did for several Tests in that era.


Discussed with a warm, fuzzy, nostalgic glow in this thread:
http://www.nonleaguematters.co.uk/...?post=311276;#311276


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Chris - I too attended one day of that Test vs Australia in 1981. At the time it was possible to queue up on the day and buy a ticket which allowed you to sit on the grass behind the boundary rope, something I did for several Tests in that era. I have a dodgy pirate programme for the game, purchased outside, which really only has a few player photos.


Like yourself, I sat on the grass at that Test (the first day to be precise) although I did move into a proper seat near the end of the day's play. As for the pirate programme, I also have one from the 1981 series, although I purchased it from a programme dealer many years later. However, it has a photo of Mike Brearley rather than Ian Botham (who he replaced as captain halfway through the series) on the cover, so it may have been on sale at the Oval rather than at Lords. Does yours have Ian Botham on the cover?
Also, my copy has 'J & D Enterprises, Clapham' on the back cover in very small print, is yours the same?


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Botham resigned as captain after the Lord's Test.


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Does yours have Ian Botham on the cover?
Also, my copy has 'J & D Enterprises, Clapham' on the back cover in very small print, is yours the same?


Oh dear - that one is very deep in the archives. I will dig it out and reply one day, but it won't be any time soon. I do remember that it has a predominantly green cover and is roughly A4 size.


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Thursday 12 May 2011: Liverpool Echo Knockout Trophy First Round, Burscough v Alder

The Liverpool Echo competition gives cricket groundhoppers a great opportunity to visit new grounds in midweek they otherwise wouldn’t get a chance of seeing due to other commitments. Fixtures and results are updated regularly on the excellent website here: http://www.ldcc.org.uk/
Burscough play at a new ground on School Lane with a great wicket and huge playing area and a lovely new pavilion. The game was played very seriously and to a good standard. Alder posted 173/6 and Burscough made 144 in reply, being dismissed in the last over at 8.46pm with the light still good. Great evening’s entertainment enjoyed by around 50 spectators.


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GrundyHiller, you're clearly a man who knows about league cricket in Lancashire. The people I talk to reckon that the Liverpool & District is now by some distance the strongest league in Lancashire, and that the Northern Premier in particular is going backwards.

Are they about right?


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Sunday 15 May 2011, 1:45pm; Sussex beat Derbyshire by 8 wickets; 40 over league; att: c.2,000 ; Entry £15; programme issued.

This was quite a good afternoon’s cricket on a chilly day at the seaside. Arriving with time in hand at Brighton station I decided not to take the bus over to Hove but to walk, stopping for refreshment at the Neptune Inn by the seafront. I was slightly irritated then to find on arrival that spectators who could show they had come by bus got £5 off the admission price, as an initiative to keep people out of their cars. It’s a while since I have taken in a game at the County Ground and was interested to see the new ground developments, some of which are still a bit ‘work-in-progress’. A substantial new stand has gone up in the south-west corner. 19 rows of uncovered white seats with ‘SHARKS’ picked out in dark blue. And next to it is a new South Stand, which is really a media centre and TV studio with a small number of seats perched on the top. The rest of the ground is traditional. A small two-tier stand next to the pavilion plus areas of grass banking with a mix of benches, individual seats or deckchairs to chose from. My ground photo is here:
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Derbyshire arrived as table-toppers and with a home victory over Sussex already under their belts. But they looked a bit shaky with the bat and suffered a late collapse to finish on 196 for 8. Sussex immediately looked more proficient and Chris Nash (78) and Ed Joyce (90) chalked up an opening partnership of 161, leaving little time for debutant Lou Vincent or anyone else to impress before it was all over with 10 overs and 8 wickets to spare. A very comfortable win for Sussex which moves them to the top of the table.

The County Ground has a wide variety of refreshment opportunities (albeit all rather pricey) and there is Greene King IPA direct from the cask at the two public bars. Free samples of beef and mushroom pie were well appreciated. A combined match programme and scorecard sold for £1 and is a reasonable issue for the price.


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Saturday May 7th Birmingham and District Premier League Division One (second tier) Coventry and North Warwickshire 156-8 Old Hill 162-3.

Football referee assessing duties in the afternoon and rain earlier in the day meant that I only got to Binley Road (on the east of the city) in time for Old Hill's reply in a game reduced from the regulation 55 overs by the heavy morning rain. They were never troubled, despite the presence of Stefan Piolet of Warwickshire in the home team. Cov and NW always struggle at the start of the season and then do just enough to avoid relegation at the end, indeed last season they staged a Lazarus - like recovery in their last 3 games, winning them all. However, on the evidence of what I saw here they are surely destined for a season of struggle, an opinion confirmed by Saturday's results when both they and Old Hill were trounced by their respective opponents.
The ground, which has staged Warwickshire games in the past, is an unexceptional one although they do serve a decent pint of Bombadier in the swish clubhouse.



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middlesex publish a programme for most matches and certainly for festivals, they often sell out as in the game i went to at uxbridge on monday v sri Lanka.
I am doing a cricket blog which can be found at wishmaster3211.blogspot.com

It never ceases to amaze me that clubs dont produce progs as its just turning money away, although to a memorabilia collector it is the scorecard that is all important!



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Some of the people involved in the Liverpool & District Competition seem to be able to spread the word that it is perceived knowledge they have the best league in the universe. They undoubtedly have some good grounds and teams but on the evidence of games I've watched in that league they have very few supporters apart from clubs like Bootle and have problems like any other leagues. Teams like Ormskirk, Bootle, Northern etc have excellent facilities and very good players but others are less impressive.

The general theory is that league cricket is of a lesser standard than say 30 years ago. This was backed up on Sat when I saw 64yo Mel Whittle, a league legend, take 5/66 off 24 overs as sub pro for Carnforth against Chorley, he was magnificent. I think it's unfair to pinpoint the Northern League as being particularly in decline as clubs in that league have excellent grounds and pros and some good players, players like Andrew Flintoff, Steven Croft, Tom Smith and James Anyon graduated out of the lge into county cricket. And Lancashire Colts elected to apply to field a team in the Northern League in preference to others.

Last year's Fleetwood pro Matt Frith who played in Sydney grade cricket said the Northern Lge was as good as Sydney grade cricket, a view backed up by Callum Ferguson in 2008 when he pro'd for Netherfield.

From what I've seen over the past few years I'd say the intensity and skills of the top Central Lancashire League sides make that the strongest league locally and that the Bolton League remains very strong and competitive. But the Northern League is still a strong league with some great clubs and has good support. The Lancashire League has great traditions and some wonderful grounds and is also well supported. We're just lucky to have so many great cricketing leagues within a small radius.

Players may be less committed overall than 30 years ago but there is still such a great cricketing tradition in this part of the world and I much prefer watching league cricket to county cricket for many reasons.


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Does yours have Ian Botham on the cover?
Also, my copy has 'J & D Enterprises, Clapham' on the back cover in very small print, is yours the same?


Oh dear - that one is very deep in the archives. I will dig it out and reply one day, I do remember that it has a predominantly green cover and is roughly A4 size.



Sounds like the same one...well, if anyone on here has a copy of that 1981 issue with Ian Botham (not Brearley) on the front cover, I will pay good money for it - just PM me. And I will throw in the one with Brearley on the cover for good measure, which may interest anyone who attended the Oval Test!


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Lancashire LCB Cup First Round
After last Sunday’s wash outs there were plenty of games to enjoy, played on a Twenty20 basis before the end of the week. Lancashire League Colne were unavailable due to league commitments on the Sunday and took an under-strength side to Northern League Darwen on Thursday.
Thursday 19th May: Darwen v Colne
Darwen made 157/4 with Neil Cordingley hitting 69no off 43 balls with 5 fours and 4 sixes. Colne made light of the target, Pakistan A selection Mansoor Amjad marking his pro debut with 51 but he was upstaged by Mitesh Desai who hit 66no.
This was a big blow to Darwen in their Centenary year. Their Birch Hall ground looks a picture but the famous Darwen Tower landmark looks odd due to losing its nose-piece in winter storms.

Friday 20th May: Atherton v Leyland
Atherton’s Higham Park ground, behind Howe Bridge Sports Centre was in superb condition and there was a good crowd including a big following from Leyland. Northern League champions Leyland restricted the hosts to 94/9 and Chris Parkinson (53no) and South African pro Brett Pelser (35no) knocked off the runs after they lost two early wickets.


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Thanks for the info about the leagues, GrundyHiller. Yes, my spies in Lancashire are people involved with the Liverpool & District!


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Birmingham and District Premier League Division One

Attock 216-7 Coventry and North Warwickshire 218-2 at Binley Road

Made the short trip from the Ricoh to Binley Road after I had finished working there to see an inspired CNW win with over 20 overs to spare against Birmingham based Attock who replace them at the bottom of the table. An amazing transformation from 2 weeks ago when I last saw them as Matt Pickering (77) and Ricky Du Plessis (68 not out) put the visitors' attack to ther sword and I saw barely an hour of cricket as a consequence.



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National Knockout Club Cup 2nd Round Oxford 144 v High Wycombe 145-2 (21 overs)

All of the English Premier League Clubs are eligible to enter this 45 over apiece competition but many opt out in a competition which attracts around 250 entrants. This was a very one-sided game between two Home Counties League teams which leaves me just the two HCL teams to do (Bishop's Stortford and High Wycombe) and I still haven't seen a HCL game! Surprising result because Oxford have started the season far better than Wycombe. The ground is on Roman Way Cowley right next to the BMW plant (indeed the factory was immediately behind the sightscreen at the far end of the ground) on the same site as a couple of Oxfordshire Senior League clubs. Wycombe looked a useful outfit and if they are at home in the next round I may well visit them.
Sadly no sign of the Bard of Oxford.



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The Wycombe Warriors are indeed at home in the next round - they'll play the winners of yesterday's match between Banbury and Stanmore (result not yet in) on 19 June. Rather a nice ground too (as indeed is Bishop's Stortford, although it's on a mountain side).

Reading are not a Premier League club at present - currently in Division Two West of the Home Counties League - but they too have reached the third round and will be at home to Ealing. Ealing win the Middlesex League for fun (currently on six championships in a row), but they've never won the National; this rankles with them!


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Brilliant article on Liverpool Comp here (look at story under News items:'Empire Building'):
http://www.ldcc.org.uk/


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Interesting stuff, thanks for that. Although one does have to question why the L&D's two most remote clubs, Colwyn Bay and Lytham, aren't mentioned there - they don't seem to have struggled too badly. Now OK, Colwyn Bay have the advantage of being the leading club for quite a large area - but Lytham are really in Northern League territory, and manage to field three teams for competition in the Liverpool area.

In the south as it happens, most people seem tolerably happy with the development of pyramids - indeed, you'll hear some players at the top level saying they want a bigger pyramid. A London Premier League will probably happen eventually and has Angus Fraser as an influential supporter.

Only five of the ten clubs in this year's Kent Premier were traditional top league clubs; the other five who have risen through the ranks certainly don't feel that they have over-reached themselves. Among the "traditional" five are Blackheath, who put out nine teams each Saturday (despite having exclusive use of only one ground; arranging nine teams and hiring pitches for them all is a full time job) and claim to be England's largest cricket club.


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The First Class counties begin the Twenty20 Cup towards the end of next week, and while most are tied up with another round of Championship matches starting on Sunday, a couple have taken the opportunity to visit a nearby Minor County for a 20-over warm up over the weekend. these fixtures are Dorset v Gloucestershire on Friday at Sherborne School, and Dorset v Hampshire on Monday at the former first-class venue of Dean Park, Bournemouth. Somerset, Middlesex and Warwickshire are also free from the weekend, but I've not been able to trace any reference to them playing a similar match, although the first two mentioned did so last year, v Dorset and Berks respectively I think. If anyone knows different please post here.

http://dorsetccc.play-cricket.com/home/home.asp


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Sileby Town v Loughborough Town in Leicestershire Premier League Sileby 218 (50 overs exactly) Loughborough 222-5 38.5 overs.

My first visit of the season to the LPL which is always worth visiting. Sileby's ground is a most attractive one on the edge of the town on the right as you come in from Loughborough. Loughborough are always one of the strongest sides in this league and were easy winners after they restricted Sileby to a total which always looked well below par on a very good track. They went off like a house on fire and were 81-0 after 8 overs and although they lost a few wickets as the innings progressed were never in any danger. I even managed a half in the GBG entry in nearby Mountsorrel during the tea interval. Just the two promoted clubs to do in this league now.



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Minor Counties Knock Out Cup Hertfordshire v Oxfordshire played at North Mymms ( a village so small I couldn't even find it in my very large road atlas!) Scorecard £1.
Oxfordshire 163 Hertfordshire 149

Enthralling game which proved that you don't need to see a huge number of runs to have a good day's cricket. Oxon recovered from 16-4 and 99-8 to post a total that was far higher than it should have been thanks to some sloppy Herts bowling in the latter stages and a failure to introduce a spinner till the 43rd over. It still didn't look a competitive total on a blameless wicket but imaginative captaincy and better bowling including 2 spinners enabled the visitors to keep their hopes of progress alive in an idyllic setting which could only be reached by going through a farmyard! Well worth a visit if North Mymms progress in the National Village Knockout.



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Saturday June 4th
England v Sri Lanka at Lords
In the Mound Stand and restricted view as I can't afford the full price tickets Wink


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England v Sri Lanka at Lords
In the Mound Stand and restricted view as I can't afford the full price tickets Wink


Sunday June 5th - Compton Upper (£60)

Too much rain, not enough cricket.
Only 5 balls bowled after tea.



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North Mymms ( a village so small I couldn't even find it in my very large road atlas!)


A bit of an odd case, that one. There never was a village called North Mymms, which is the name of the parish but not of any of the four settlements within the parish. Yet there is a village of South Mimms (note different spelling).

The nearest village to the cricket ground is Welham Green, and the ground is about a mile and a half from Welham Green station.

As for the village knockout, North Mymms have reached the Beds and Herts final. They will play at Reed (near Royston) on Sun 12 June.


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sunday 5th june,t20 at taunton.
somerset 235-5
middlesex 195-9

ticket £20
programme £1
pint of fosters £3


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Saturday June 4th Leicestershire Premier League Thorpe Arnold 197-3 (44.5 0vers )v Kegworth 193 (49.1 Overs) Thorpe Arnold won by 7 wickets

New entrants to the LPL Thorpe Arnold's ground is literally a few hundred yards out of Melton Mowbray on the left on the Grantham road. It is a small ground and this coupled with the fact that the ball did not appear to be doing a great deal which led me to believe that Kegworth's total of 193 was about 50 runs short of a winning total and this proved to be the case with Thorpe Arnold never looking in any danger of not reaching their target. On this showing I would expect them to consolidate their new status. That just leaves Barkby United for me to do to complete this league.



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Saturday June 4th
England v Sri Lanka at Lords
In the Mound Stand and restricted view as I can't afford the full price tickets Wink


Sunday June 5th - Compton Upper (£60)

Too much rain, not enough cricket.
Only 5 balls bowled after tea.

Went on Saturday.
£25 ticket, a decent view just a corner of the boundary at the Pavilion End was obscured
£5 programme
Food - not at those prices £4.95 for a pie was too much even for me. Took my own sarnies with me
A good days cricket with Prior and Broad doing well only for the bowlers to get nothing from the wicket


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Sunday June 5th National Village Knockout Group Semi Final Wormelow 158-8 (40 overs) Bretforton 162-3 (34.5 overs)

Made the trip into deepest Herefordshire not far from the Welsh border(about halfway between Hereford and Monmouth) for this delayed match in a competition where I always try to see one game a season. Rain delayed the start by 70 minutes but no reduction in overs was made. The opening bowlers for Bretforton started badly but there was improvement as the innings wore on but even on a very slow pitch 158-8 never seemed to be enough and so it proved as Bretforton cruised to victory and a group final at Colwall this Sunday. The ground was in a staggeringly beautiful part of the country and was the first saucer shaped cricket ground I have come across! Standard was better than might have been expected with the main weakness being the pace and accuracy of the bowlers. Nevertheless despite the cold weather a most enjoyable day out.



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Monday June 6th Day 4 England v Sri Lanka at Lord's Ticket £40 (Grandstand) Programme £5.

Up at the crack of dawn for my annual visit to the home of cricket and the first time I have ever seen day 4 of a test match there. London Midland did me proud with their trains being bang on time in each direction and I was home by just after 10pm (unfortunately I did have to miss the last 25 minutes as I was on a pre booked train). A 40 minute walk mainly across Regent's Park and I was at the ground by 10am where I had a long wait for some cricket, and then an inexcusable further 4 over delay when the umpires ridiculously took the players off for bad light when the floodlights were on. I too took my lunch with me and avoided paying for the ludicrously expensive food here. An enjoyable enough day out but it is getting very expensive and more should be done to get play on than it is at present.



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Saturday June 11th Birmingham and District Premier League Division 3

Handsworth v Lichfield

Lichfield 217-9 Handsworth 184-9

Handsworth are one of four new clubs in Division 3 this season, being promoted from the Warwickshire League at the end of last season. Their ground is at the far end of Handsworth coming from Coventry and is actually part of Handsworth Park - the ground is railed off from the surrounding parkland, no doubt to stop the local crackheads from vandalising everything. Having said that it is a really attractive setting with lots of mature trees of various types surrounding the ground which is in a natural bowl which means that you are well above proceedings when you watch. Handsworth were a much older team whose fielding was far weaker than the visitors and their opening bowlers looked woefully inadequate although their first change bowlers did much better, whereas it was the reverse with Lichfield , who featured a pair of young opening bowlers who bowled with both hostility and accuracy and occasionally found a spot which when the ball hit ,climbed viciously. Surprisingly Lichfield did not introduce a spinner till the 42nd over and he gave the ball very little air and did not look a threat. They also dropped the dolliest catch I have ever seen missed and that was to cost them in the end as the Handsworth Number 11 batsman just managed to hold out for the last over. One other interesting feature was that Handsworth featured 11 players of Afro-Caribbean heritage whilst Lichfield fielded 11 Caucasians.



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Handsworth v Lichfield

Lichfield 217-9 Handsworth 184-9

Handsworth are one of four new clubs in Division 3 this season, being promoted from the Warwickshire League at the end of last season. Their ground is at the far end of Handsworth coming from Coventry and is actually part of Handsworth Park - the ground is railed off from the surrounding parkland, no doubt to stop the local crackheads from vandalising everything. Having said that it is a really attractive setting with lots of mature trees of various types surrounding the ground which is in a natural bowl which means that you are well above proceedings when you watch. Handsworth were a much older team whose fielding was far weaker than the visitors and their opening bowlers looked woefully inadequate although their first change bowlers did much better, whereas it was the reverse with Lichfield , who featured a pair of young opening bowlers who bowled with both hostility and accuracy and occasionally found a spot which when the ball hit ,climbed viciously. Surprisingly Lichfield did not introduce a spinner till the 42nd over and he gave the ball very little air and did not look a threat. They also dropped the dolliest catch I have ever seen missed and that was to cost them in the end as the Handsworth Number 11 batsman just managed to hold out for the last over. One other interesting feature was that Handsworth featured 11 players of Afro-Caribbean heritage whilst Lichfield fielded 11 Caucasians.

Were they from Georgia,Armenia or Azerbaijan?Smile



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Saturday June 4th
England v Sri Lanka at Lords
In the Mound Stand and restricted view as I can't afford the full price tickets Wink


Sunday June 5th - Compton Upper (£60)

Too much rain, not enough cricket.
Only 5 balls bowled after tea.


Friday June 10
T20: Oval
Surrey (dnb) v Glamorgan (167/7)
Ticket: £15
Programme: £3
Tea: £1.80

Half time rain curtailed what was shaping up to be an interesting contest.
Rain. Story of my cricket watching at the moment!
I did get a full day's umpiring in on the Saturday though.



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friday 17th june,t20
somerset v surrey


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Minor Counties Western Division at Henley on Thames Cornwall 189 and 193 Berkshire 405 Berkshire won by an innings and 23 runs.

Henley on Thames is in Oxfordshire but Berkshire play at this attractive almost oblong ground which is just before the bridge over the Thames which marks the boundary between the two counties. Consequently although down as Henley the ground is actually in Remenham which is in Berkshire by 100 yards. Berkshire were still batting at the start of the day as they attempted to add some quick runs in an attempt to ensure an innings victory. As a result I saw something I have never seen before at a cricket match - the first ball of the day being hit for a six. They soon declared and quickly brought on ex England bowler Shaun Udal but with the pitch essentially only 2 days old he did not get a lot of spin. However, the Cornwall team batted as if they could not wait to get back over the Tamar Bridge and subsided very quickly. With a couple of suicidal run outs and one of their players unable to bat it was all over by 2.40 pm and this on the best day of the year for my cricket viewing!



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Days 2 and 3 of England v Sri Lanka at the Rose Bowl. Tickets £60 each day (although I will get a 50% refund for Friday's severely truncated play).

We were frustrated by the weather on both days, particularly on the Saturday when the covers had to be put on 6 times and the umpires did not distinguish themselves by having the tea interval in the only 20 minute slot in 3 hours when play would have been possible. However, Hampshire CCC deserve great credit for the way they organised the event. I went by train to Southampton Parkway on the Friday and thence by bus to the ground (a 15 minute journey) whereas on Saturday as I was going home straight afterwards I drove from Southampton where I was staying and used the other park and ride facility on the other side of the ground but also 15 minutes journey by bus. Everything went like clockwork and there were no delays at all - quite remarkable when you remember the reputation the Rose Bowl has for ultra slow getaways. Stewards, bus drivers and car park wardens were all very helpful and friendly and I can't fault Hampshire CCC for their organisation. The ground itself is in a beautiful setting with a stand similar in design to the Mound Stand at Lord's and there were a multiplicity of food outlets of various cuisines.
On the field Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell were in particularly good form with the bat but in the end the amount of time lost to rain proved fatal to England's chances of victory.



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National Knockout Cup Group Semi Final High Wycombe 344-4 (Nitin Sehgal 206 not out) Stanmore 195

A first for me - a double century in a one day match and in only 45 overs to boot, with Sehgal opening the batting and closing the innings by hitting the final ball for 6 as he did with great frequency throughout his innings in a magnificent display of controlled hitting on an admittedly quite small ground which was almost a square shape. The ground is on a roundabout on the main A40 through Wycombe with some stunning deciduous woodland on the far side of the ground above an area of open parkland which was immediately beyond the ground. Stanmore were always up against it but started at a phenomenal rate of over 10 an over but kept losing wickets at regular intervals. The highlight of their innings was a 75 by Nicholas Goh which included some of the biggest sixes I have ever seen including one which sailed over the A40 and smashed the windscreen of a car parked at the front of the car showroom on the other side of the road. Fantastically entertaining and a great day's cricket. This is the second time I have seen High Wycombe in the competition and they look like a team who will take some beating.





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The Wycombe Warriors certainly are a good team, and it's a nice ground too. Now that Bromley have decided to move away from having a team full of ex-pros, Ealing are probably the only team in the south east who would start as favourites against the Warriors.

Ealing beat Reading on Sunday to take their place in the Regional Round (i.e. the last 32), while their great rivals Teddington lost at Roffey (from Horsham).

Regional round (3 July): South Northumberland or Blaydon v Chester le Street, East Bierley v Hyde, Sandiacre Town v West Indian Cavaliers (Nottingham), Morecambe v Northern (Crosby), Preston or Ormskirk v Bradshaw or Eagley, Prestwich v Darwen, Grappenhall (Warrington) v Walmley, Wolverhampton v Shrewsbury, Cardiff or Sully Centurions v Bath, Werrington (Cornwall) v Bridgwater, Havant v Ealing, Kibworth v High Wycombe, Cambridge Granta v Wanstead, South Woodford v Brentwood, Roffey v Spencer (Wandsworth), Tunbridge Wells v Ashtead.


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WEDNESDAY 22nd JUNE
LV COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP . DIV 1. DAY 3
WARWICKSHIRE v SOMERSET.
ADMISSION .FREE (COMPLIMENTARY)
SCORECARD 50p

Warwickshire started the 3rd day on 398-7 and added an extra 50 runs to the total and were all out for 448 ,a lead on 186. Somerset lost 1 wicket before lunch and went to lunch on 36-1 . Trescothick completed his half century but was finally out for 55 when attempting a sweep and was caught by westwood in the helmet close in. He put on 65 for the 2nd wicket with Nick Compton. At tea somerset were 121 -2 but then lost 6 wickets for 50 runs .including England keeper Kieswetter for 0 who got a pair in the match. Warwickshire then claimed the extra half an hour to try and win the game in 3 days but an excellent 81 not out by Nick Compton and first Kirby 4 from 46 balls and then last man Willoughby saw somerset through to the close with a lead of 5 runs and with 1 wicket remaining. R.Clarke took 3 wickets in 25 balls with Metters also taking 3 wickets.


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It's a possibility I may go to Bignall End v Alsager on Saturday. There could be another reason to go....

http://www.camrapotteries.co.uk/WeekAhead.html



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Not really a where did you go,but I watched five overs at Castleford today on the way to Cutsyke

The only thing worthy of comment was I assumed with only about ten people watching this would be 2nd XI but I have checked and this was ECB league, which is I
believe the top level in the county. I thought this would have drawn a much higher crowd.

Any views, just the wrong venue or are crowds a thing of the past in this league


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Not really a where did you go,but I watched five overs at Castleford today on the way to Cutsyke

The only thing worthy of comment was I assumed with only about ten people watching this would be 2nd XI but I have checked and this was ECB league, which is I
believe the top level in the county. I thought this would have drawn a much higher crowd.

Any views, just the wrong venue or are crowds a thing of the past in this league



Sadly, crowds are dwindling in this League although your estimate of about 10 does seem a little low. There are usually a few more than that with WAGs and parents. The game you saw (if it was Savile Park you dropped into) was Castleford v Harrogate which Castleford won by a massive 150 runs by scoring 296-5 in their 55 overs (Andrew Bourke 131) and then bowling out Harrogate for 146 in 33 overs (Chris Young 6-54).

A few more at the game that I went to which was a local derby in the York Senior League (Premier Div) where Sessay (near Thirsk), the national Village k/o winners last year, entertained Studley Royal from Ripon. Sessay batted first and built a solid 216-4 (50 overs) based around a fine 118 not out by opener Mark Wilkie. The visitors lost a wicket in the opening over and were soon 20-2 but recovered well and increased the pace with Gary Blackburn looking to steer them to victory before he was out for 86 with 6 overs left and 50 still needed. 16 year old George Lamb then took 16 from an over as Sessay brought back the opening bowler and 21 were needed from 2 overs with 4 wickets left. Some frantic running, a stumping and a run out then saw 6 needed from the last two balls and any of 4 possible outcomes possible. Sessay kept it tight though as Studley ended on 212-8 and claimed 17 points from the draw with Sessay gaining 27.

A few more at this game - my estimate was around 30 to 40 in a lovely setting with views across the Vale of York to the White Horse at Kilburn. A bonus of games like this is that a tea is usually available and this was no exception with a good spread and plenty of refills for the tea mug at a sensible price of £3.50.



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Birmingham Premier League Division 3

Wednesbury 173 v St George's 89

Less than half a mile from Junction 9 of the M6, the ground is on the right as you travel towards Wolverhampton. You have to double back on yourself as it is on a dual carriageway. A very small ground and most unusually shaped - it looks more like a football pitch being the traditional rectangular shaped and with very short boundaries on either side of the wicket. Later in the game I spotted the remains of football pitch markings on the outfield, so this clearly once was a football ground. It is on Wood Green Road. Can anyone tell me who used to play there?
As for the game there was a 15 minute delay to the start due to overnight rain. St George's opening bowlers were of the buffet variety and Wednesbury made hay early on before collapsing and then staging a late revival. The pitch was certainly a bit lively but I did not think this was a winning score. How wrong I was as Werdnesbury's bowlers were far better than the visitors and they took wickets at regular intervals to wind up easy winners.





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Walsall played at Wood Green Oval in the late 19th century but I doubt any pitch markings would be leftWink I've seen pictures a long time ago but I assume it's different to the venue you went to as I think there was just an old retaining wall left from the old Walsall ground.

Probably just used for Sunday in recent times.



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Minor Counties Eastern Division Staffordshire 139-4 v Hertfordshire 172 Day 1 Admission £5 (I believe that there are only three counties which charge:Cumberland and Norfolk being the other two I know of) at Hem Heath - a ground built on the site of an old coal field and right next to Stoke City's academy which is adjacent to the Britannia Stadium.

Heavy overnight rain meant a delay to the start of an hour but admirably in the Minor Counties they just add the hour to the end, so we finished at 8. This new ground (12 years old apparently, and staging its first ever Staffs game) offers little in the way of shelter but we managed to find some and settled down on a baking hot day to some excellent cricket. More scenic than you think, this ground because of its elevation could be rather cold and windswept but fortunately that was not a consideration today. Staffs are always well supported and well organised and that was the case today with a three figure crowd in attendance(very unusual from my experience).



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I believe that there are only three counties which charge:Cumberland and Norfolk being the other two I know of


Norfolk charge £4 admission when they play at Manor Park, which is their main home venue. They also play some of their games at North Runcton near King's Lynn, and are unable to charge there because the ground is on common land.

Northumberland used to charge admission at Jesmond; not sure whether they still do.


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Lancashire v Durham (County Championships Division One, Day 2/4)

The first day of the top of the table clash at Aigburth had seen twenty wickets fall. Lancashire started the day 4-0 in their second innings, needing another 98 just to make the visitors bat again. Around me in one of the temporary stands people were guessing what time the match would end - sometime in mid-afternoon seemed favourite. However Horton and Moore put on 58 for the first week, with Brown keeping company with Horton until lunch, by which time Lancashire had managed to get a lead of two runs. The afternoon session was better for Durham as they took four wickets for the addition of around eighty runs. Durham came out after tea on top as they took a couple more wickets before Luke Proctor and the Lancashire tailenders started swinging the bat around - Junaid Khan managed one six into the lower tier of the pavilion with another coming from an overthrown four after two runs had already been taken. Eventually Durham bowled out their hosts for 282. That left 10 overs for Durham to start towards their target of 181 and things certainly didn't go their own way as some excellent bowling saw them reduced to 27-3 at the close, setting the scene for an interesting morning and early afternoon tomorrow.

Aigburth is holding the majority of Lancashire's championship matches this season but the setup is little different to how it has been when used as an outground in previous seasons with I think an extra area of temporary seating and this is arranged slightly differently. A very enjoyable place to spend a sunny day.


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Day 2 Minor Counties Western Division at Usk Wales v Berkshire. Berkshire 368-6 Wales MC 162 AND 234-8

A delightful ground in this pleasant Welsh market town, which is well worth exploring. It features a fairly ancient clubhouse, unlike the other two Minor Counties venues I have visited this week. Wales, who apparently had been 6-5 the previous day fought back well to total 162 and battled well in their second innings, helped by Berkshire dropping 5 catches which if they had been taken would undoubtedly have meant the game finishing on Monday. Bad light meant an early finish at 6.50 but not before a staggering number of overs had been bowled - I made it 130!



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Day 3 Minor Counties Western Division Wiltshire v Dorset at Devizes Dorset 285 and 242 Wiltshire 238 and 263 Dorset won by 26 runs.

A very entertaining day's cricket which ebbed and flowed constantly with Dorset holding their nerve to win. I thoroughly enjoyed my fleeting tour of Devizes which has many interesting buildings as well as several fine shops and at least 3 pubs worth a visit. It is not an easy place to get to by road but worth the effort once you get there. The ground is on the London Road immediately behind the Wiltshire Police HQ from where the force helicopter took off on three separate sorties in the course of the day's play.



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Sunday 3rd July : During my brief football hiatus, I'll make do with Leics v Northants in the T20 at Grace Road as the weather forecast looks decent.


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Two matches watched in the past week:

Saturday 25 June 2011
Twickenham CC 104 all out, following Ealing CC 310/4 declared after 58 overs

I can’t claim to have watched every ball of this rather one-sided game on Twickenham Green (there is the excellent distraction of three Good Beer Guide pubs within five minutes walk), but I did actually watch most of it. Ealing CC are said to be one of the best club sides in England and even I could spot that they were playing some high quality cricket. A glance at the Middlesex League website suggests that it is not often that they lose a game.

The ground is quite picturesque for an urban setting. Enclosed since 1815, it has busy roads on two sides of a triangle and a quiet one on the third. The cricket field takes up most of the space, with dog-walkers, ball-throwers and picnickers confined to one point on the triangle. Some mature trees and about a dozen park benches surround the field. In the south-west corner is a good-looking, two storey pavilion which contains toilets and a licensed bar in addition to the dressing rooms. Lots of passers-by paused to watch some action and I would say that the ‘crowd’ probably peaked at around 50.

Tuesday 29 June 2011
England 229/8 (32 overs) Sri Lanka 121 all out (27 overs)

A slightly frustrating day at the Oval with a 25 minute delay to the start, closely followed by a near 3 hour break for rain and the finish not coming until after 9pm. When play recommenced, England looked pretty good with the bat, but really took command when fielding in the evening drizzle – Jimmy Anderson particularly impressing. The Oval is always packed for an international, even at £55 a ticket. Not too many ‘barmies’ near us, but the beer was definitely beginning to talk by the end of the day. £5 for a glossy programme covering the T20 game and the 5 ODIs, £3.90 for handpulled Marston’s Pedigree. I notice that many of the food outlets have been branded since my last visit – so now instead of a tea bar there is a ‘Costa, instead of a burger wagon there is a ‘Pizza Express’ etc... Not a patch though on what I saw recently at baseball parks in the States.


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Friday 1 July

England v Sri Lanka @ Headingley

An early start saw us catch a lovely new train from Dronny to Sheffield (wifi points etc). We then boarded a heap o junk and proceeded to Leeds in several hours, highlight of which was stopping at Castleford and then backing up for miles until we eventually arrived at Leeds Central. Sausage Butty in Headingley saw us join the horrendous bag search queue and eventual entry to the ground at 11.15 by which time Sri Lanka were 17-1 and we'd missed 6 overs. After wading ankle deep in piss, the bar was sought out. Four pint carrier was inevitable given the queues (another 5 overs missed) and we finally settled down to see Jayawardene score a turgid but highly impressive 144 from nearly as many balls, only 60 of which came in boundaries. 309 was way beyond England, only Anderson and Swann being anything like with the ball. Morgan proved to be the highlight of the England innings which concluded some sixty or so runs short. Several more bar stops, several more ventures into the pissy bogs from hell. People did mexican waves, stacked pint pots to form a massive chain (disrupted by stewards) and generally did anything to ignore the very poor performance from England. Cook did not impress in my eyes. £65 a ticket to see third rate cricket from the home side on a ground that can't cope with the influx of 17500 people, perhaps soured the day for me. The final carriage of our train home filled with smoke at Wakefield and we were made to leave the train at Meadowhall for our own safety due to danger of inhalation. This prompted a chorus of 'whooaahhh my train is on fire' a la Kings of Leon (followed by a prompt phone call to the missus to pick us up). An experience (saw every microcosm of life) but can't see me repeating it in a hurry. I'm warming up Alastair and I want the Kirkstall Lane end!



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T20 @ Grace Road. Leics 131-4 in 17.5 overs beat Northants 130-0 (20 overs). Admission £15 (advance £12); Programme £2; scorecard 50p. Att 2,500 c

My first visit to Grace Road and I have to say I really liked it. It's spacious with several rows of plastic seating ringing most of the boundary in a number of varying stands and had loads of food and drink outlets as well as ample bogs. Wiki says it has a capacity of 12,000 of which I'm slighly dubious, but it certainly catered well for a decent crowd on a blistering day in south Leicester.
The ground is just off the main road south from the centre heading for Lutterworth and there's plenty of street parking avaliable within 5 minutes walk if you're not inclined to use the car-parks. All was very relaxed and there appeared to be no restriction on where to sit so I plumped for the birds-eye view from the open-top stand to the right of the pavilion. Well it was close to a bar with no queue (pint £3.30) and a stand with delicious roast beef and gravy cobs (£4).
Northants are having a lousy T20 season and their 130 was never going to be enough, Shafayat top-scoring with 28. Leics lost a couple of early wickets but 5 sixes by Jefferson in a top-scoring 41 meant they could meander to a victory which they did with relative ease.
All done by 5.15 and back indoors by 6.30, looking very red apparently.


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T20: Arundel Castle; Sussex 125-4 off 18.1 overs, beat Gloucestershire 121 all out off 18.2 overs. Admission £20; Programme issued; Att c.3,000

Ah yes, Arundel Castle Cricket Ground; everybody’s favourite first class venue and I wasn’t going to miss this one, even if this year it is 20/20, my least favourite cricket format. You could tell there was going to be a big crowd even in the ticket queue at Victoria Station – those people with cold boxes, fold-up chairs and French loaves didn’t look like they were going to Brighton beach. Arundel is a lovely little town and its nine pubs were doing a roaring lunchtime trade as everyone slowly made their way up the hill and behind the castle to the cricket ground. This is fully tree-lined, with a viewpoint across the Arun valley to the east; although unfortunately the castle itself remains out of view. The pitch is encircled by four or five rows of free-standing plastic chairs. These had been pretty much all snapped-up by my arrival 85 minutes before the start. Half the pitch is further encircled by steep grass banking, which quickly filled, leaving a ring of standing around the back for later arrivals. A couple of large marquees for the suits, a scattering of beer tents and food concessions for the plebs, and a discrete pavilion tucked away in the trees completes the scene. It felt good to be in such a large crowd for county cricket at an out-ground, a bit like the old days of the Sunday League when I started attending at Hastings and Eastbourne in the late-70s.

Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to bat – the trend these days in 20/20 where teams seem to like to try to defend a first innings total. But 121 all out, despite plenty of big hits, never looked to be enough – Chris Nash being the unexpected Sussex hero, taking 4-7. Sussex started also with the ‘big hit’ approach, but lost a couple of wickets cheaply. A change of plan to more of a ‘ticking over’ approach paid off and the target of 125 was achieved with 11 balls to spare. A comfortable win. It was good to see Muttiah Muralitharan given the ball, and he took Murray Goodwin and Matt Prior’s wickets with successive balls in his first over. Good too to see Murali patiently signing dozens of autographs as he was pursued around the boundary by swarms of kids.

A glossy match programme and integral scorecard sold around the ground for £2 and was a decent enough read. At £4 a pint for GK Old Speckled Hen, I did not spend as long as usual in the beer tents.


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Leicestershire Premier League Barkby United v Barrow Town - Barrow 290-5 (Rishi Patel 114 Ramesh Kara 107) Barkby 233-9 (Craig Hendry 113)

A sublime setting for a very good day's cricket. Deep in the Leicestershire countryside this must be the only cricket ground in the world with SIX trees in the playing area, one a mere 30 yards from the wicket. Apparently ground rules are that if it hits the tree it is in play and you can be caught out off a tree (although that never happens). Barkby are newcomers to the LPL and apart from the trees fielders have to put up with the most undulating and uneven outfield I ahve ever seen at this level with ridges all over the place. This all added to the charm though and represented a champagne job for me as I finished the current LPL 12. The trees were only hit once all game on a wicket that was the colour of straw and played beltingly well all day as was evidenced by the 3 centuries I saw, a first for me at this level of the game. There is also a magnificent brand new pavilion faced in wood to fit in with the copious woodland which surrounds the ground. On the pitch Barrow's opening partnership put on 242 in 44 overs before a late innings collapse and they really should have won as Barkby's hero Craig Hendry, who at 6 feet 6 and 18 stone is possibly the biggest (in all senses) cricketer I have ever seen, was dropped by the Barrow skipper in the deep while still in his 30s. I would be surprised to see Barkby escape relegation as their bowling was well below par but fingers crossed they do if only to see their ground remain at this level



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National Knockout Cup Last 32 Kibworth v High Wycombe High Wycombe 209-8 Kibworth 206-8 Wycombe won by 3 runs.

One of the best and most competitive club games I have ever seen this would undoubtedly have graced the final. I have previously visited Kibworth (featured in Michael Wood's Story Of England on BBC4 earlier this year) but could not resist going to this one having see HW look really impressive in the previous 2 rounds. The ground has possibly the most impressive pavilion I have ever seen at club level, beautifully designed and 2 storeys high it is more imposing than some county ground pavilions. However, the locals who were out in force, went home decidedly unhappy as in a game of several contentious umpiring decisions the visitors just (deservedly imho) scraped by but not without several scares. Once again Nitin Sehgal was in imperious form for HW,following his 206 not out against Stanmore in the previous round with an excellent 91 against some tight Kibworth bowling. 209 looked about 30 runs too few to me but former Sussex and Notts player and HW Director of Cricket Keith Newell marshalled his bowlers extremely well and had the courage to put his spinners on for the last three overs. It worked a treat with Kibworth needing 13 off the last over. The first ball went for four, the second to a fielder at deep mid on who promptly dropped it - 2 more! -, the next two balls proved crucial as the batsman could not score. The fifth was sent to the identical spot where the second was hit and the same fielder dropped it again! 2 more runs. That meant Kibworth needed 5 to win off the last ball and 4 to tie but the batsman could only hit a single. HW's Eddie Hemmings/ Jack Simmons lookalike a spinner by the name of Russell Sketchley was once again the star with the ball with his 9 overs only costing 20 runs, although he is a noisy b***** on the pitch!
High Wycombe are now at home to Cardiff or Bath in the last 16 on July 17th. I really fancy them to go all the way and to meet Ealing in the final if they are on opposite sides of the draw.



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This Sunday, July 10th, more T20 nonsense between Middlesex and Somerset at Southgate.


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monday 11th july
nottinghamshire v somerset
county championship


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National Village Cup Last 16 : Dumbleton 237/9 beat Ynystawe 216 all out in the 39th over by 21 runs (if the score board is to be believed!). No adm/prog; Att 200

Collected Shotton Brian from Sandwell and Dudley and headed to this tiny village off the Tewkesbury-Evesham road arriving about fifteen minutes before a 1 o'clock start that wasn't going to happen. The visitors from South Wales had coach problems on the way up so it would be 1.45 before we were to get off.
As the barbie smelled irrestibile it was the first port of call where three rashers and a fried egg in a bap cost the princely sum of £2. Happy days.
Dumbleton will be hard to top as village grounds go; the village itself is impossibly cutesy and the ground is tree-ringed perfection. The new 2001 clubhouse is fabulous, being built in a swiss chalet style with decking balconies and frontages and another balcony to the rear overlooking an ornamental duck pond; to the rear of all this is the magnificent Dumbleton Hall, now a hotel, which towers over the whole scene and through the gaps in the trees are sweeping views down the Vale of Evesham. And the whole village seemed to be here - all that missing was Inspector Barnaby. The local cop-car did show up during the second innings as the Welsh supporters began to sing, but he just sat on his bonnet and watched an hour or so before tootling off. No sign of Cully at all.
Ynystawe, who have been winners of this competition in the past, would have been favourites and brought about fifty fans with them who went for it the moment they arrived -they were easy to spot among the genteel Cotswold set.
Dumbleton set what we reckoned was a competitive score although the visiting coach was heard to say that if his star man (at 3) got in, it could be over very quickly. Ynystawe dawdled along and only had around 70-1 at half way before the "star man" cut loose and it's fair to say that his controversial run-out changed the game as his barrage of boundaries had put the Welsh very much on course. No one else came to the fore and there were many Hooray's as the last man fell.
Top marks to the catering ladies (who have a 2011 calendar girls thing going on) for the huge spread of tea, available to non-players for £2, and a dizzying range of cakes.
A wonderful quintessentially English Sunday afternoon out.


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Birmingham and District Premier Division 3 Barnards Green v St George's
St George's 237-8 Barnards Green 238-4

Delightfully set at the foot of the Malvern Hills the ground is about a mile from town. Barnards Green have done brilliantly since being promoted from the Worcestershire League last season and they and Brewood have been running away at the top. After Saturday's games Barnards Green have opened up a gap as Brewood lost. St George's performed better than the last time I saw them and posted a reasonable total but an appalling first two overs by their opening bowler (21 runs) led to his permanent removal from the attack. They managed to drop 7 catches in Barnards Green and that removed any chance they had of winning although a 40 minute hold up because of a heavy shower meant that they only had 45 overs to get the runs - they did it with 3 balls to spare.



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National Village Cup Last 16 Shipston on Stour v Woodhouses
Woodhouses 267-4 Shipston 119

Strangely just like Buncrana Boy we had a problem with the visiting team's coach breaking down resulting in an 80 minute delay. The ground is shared with Shipston Excelsior of the Stratford Alliance on the London Road and had a huge slope up to the pavilion from the square. Although pleasantly situated it cannot match the magnificence of Dumbleton. Woodhouses (from Greater Manchester) looked very impressive throughout although some very sloppy fielding from Shipston meant that they added 30 or so more runs than they should have. As soon as Woodhouses started bowling the difference in class was obvious with their opening bowler causing no ends of problems. Their first four bowlers all looked impressive and the game was effectively over before the 20 overs mark. There then followed a tedious pattern of play as bowlers 5,6 and 7 were brought on and Woodhouses very obviously relaxed their grip - they were after all staying the night and consequently in no rush! Shipston were unwilling to throw the bat and so the game subsided until Shipston were eventually put out of their misery.
It will take a very good side to beat Woodhouses - watch out for them in the quarter finals.





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Twenty20 Cup - South Group
Sunday 10 July 2011 at Southgate
Somerset 143-6 vs Middlesex 143-7; Match tied.

This looked like being a walkover for Somerset as they led by 17 runs in the final over but ended up all square. Never seen a tie before, like most people I expect. I am generally a fan of the longer game but it's a lot easier to get a T20 game in timewise so that's all I see except club cricket and this showed it at its best.


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monday 11th july,lv champ div1.day 1 of 4
nottinghamshire
somerset 341-5

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bit of a dodgy start by somerset but centuries by craig kieswetter & james hildreth gave somerset a decent 1st days score.


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FRI 15th July: Sophia Gardens, Caerdydd T20

Tkt: £12 Prog: £3 Att: approx 1,250

GLOUCESTERSHIRE 133 all out

GLAMORGAN 67 for 2 from 7 overs

Revised target after rain was 62 off 8 overs

Having done all the cricket first class county grounds before I hadn't been to see wielding the leather on willow sport for some time. Despite the occasional break in the game for hefty showers and the farce that is D/L method for a result I still managed to enjoy the game.

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thurs 21st july,day1-4
somerset 409-7
durham

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Sat 30 July

England v India

Trent Bridge Day 2



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CB40 Group B @ Grace Road
Admission £12
Scorecard 50p (containing the wrong team line ups and several players who didn't feature in either 11)

Leicestershire 209-5 (30.4 overs) easily beat a woeful Northamptonshire Steelbacks 202-6 (40 overs) by 5 wickets.

After going unbeaten until early June the real Steelbacks have replaced the ringers and we are back to our usual erratic ways.

Still at least I finally tick Grace Road, not one of the better county grounds it must be said and with very little cover. Fortunately, cover wasn't required on this warm day.



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Huddersfield league
Hall Bower v Clayton West

Brief stop here today at this beautiful spot right below Castle Hill in Huddersfield, part of a complex with a couple of rugby fields, although I'm told the rugby league club are not allowed to use the changing rooms, so the 1st team play at Newsome school. Thjere are several benches on the right hand side of the clubhouse - much of the broundaries are stone walls. Clayton West seemed to be on top. The (keg-only) bar only opens for cricket games, but just down the road is Hall Bower Athletic Club. That was my main destination, as it had a beer festival on today (2.50/pt). It has a great view from the library(!) upstairs over Huddersfield and a changing guest beer.



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Lancashire v Nottinghamshire (County Championship Division One)

The closest sports ground to me is Southport & Birkdale Cricket Club and it would have been rude not to attend the first couple of days of the first championship game here in 12 years. Excellent weather has meant near capacity (around 2500) crowds on both days and apparently beer and ice cream supplies have been severely depleted. Lancashire appeared to be well on top in the opening session when they reduced the visitors to 27-5 then 69-7. However the Notts tail did some serious wagging and reached 203 before losing their last wicket just before tea. Lancashire then began batting well but went from 67-0 to 86-4 at the close of play yesterday. Today Nottinghamshire managed to bowl out Lancashire fairly cheaply, for 179, and then put on 233 in their second innings, the tail again wagging in the form of a 71 partnership for the eighth wicket. Lancashire made 8-0 in the one over they managed before close and need another 250 over the next few days to get a win they really need to maintain their title challenge.


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Wednesday 3rd August
CB40 Group B 3.40pm
Surrey Lions v Northamptonshire Steelbacks

Crucial game against the league leaders that we simply have to win to stand any chance of making the Semi-Finals. After winning our first 5 games we've lost the last 3 badly to Scotland, Leics & worst of all Hampshire.

Tickets at the Kia Oval a more than reasonable £10 which is twice what Hampshire charge & by far the cheapest admission price I've seen in county cricket for many a year



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Wednesday 3rd August
CB40 Group B 3.40pm
Surrey Lions 273-9 bt Northamptonshire Steelbacks 261-9 by 12 Runs
Admission £10 (Hampshire, who charge £20 take note)
Scorecard 50p (with just one change on each side to that published)

Still not sure how we lost this but then again we ARE Northamptonshire so find all manner of ways to lose. Surrey rewarded for sensible pricing with a decent crowd and a very enjoyable game despite the result.



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Sunday August 7th National Knock out Cup Quarter Final West Indian Cavaliers v Chester le Street Admission free but raffle and programme (4 page A4) £1.

CLS 155 37.2 overs
WIC 158-5 40.1 overs

The Cavaliers' ground is in the Bilborough area on the outskirts of Nottingham is part of a community centre and surrounded by housing with what looks like an old football pitch at one end. Amazingly their side contains 3 ex -test players! Alex Tudor and Usmaan Afzaal of England and Saqlain Mushtaq of Pakistan. Of these Afzaal had the biggest influence on the game scoring the highest score of the match(66). He was brought up in Nottingham but I am not sure what the other two are doing playing here, unless there is a major benefactor supporting the club. 155 never looked likely to be a winning score even though the pitch was not the easiest to play on and Cavaliers eased to victory in a most uncavalier-like fashion with Ufzaal playing a very disciplined innings. Having seen Wycombe play three times in previous rounds I have to say they looked a much better side than either of these two - just need to see how they did against Ealing now.



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To answer my own question Ealing thrashed High Wycombe in a rain-affected match and are at home to Cambridge Granta in one semi whilst Shrewsbury entertain West Indian Cavaliers in the other. My money is heavily on Ealing to win it now with Shrewsbury to win the other semi-final (which probably means it will be WIC v Cambridge in the final!).
Today I completed the current Wiltshire grounds with a visit to Trowbridge to see day 2 of Wiltshire v Cheshire (Admission free - scorecard £1). Wiltshire 206 Cheshire 278-6. A rain-affected first day meant a late finish and Cheshire will look to push on in the morning and bowl out Wiltshire for a second time. Not the most inspiring day's cricket on a ground whose main distinguishing feature is a huge double decker wooden pavilion which is about to be extended even further. Wiltshire's bowling attack looked weak and it was something of a surprise that they managed to get 6 wickets.



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In Reply To
Sunday August 7th National Knock out Cup Quarter Final West Indian Cavaliers v Chester le Street Admission free but raffle and programme (4 page A4) £1.

CLS 155 37.2 overs
WIC 158-5 40.1 overs

The Cavaliers' ground is in the Bilborough area on the outskirts of Nottingham is part of a community centre and surrounded by housing with what looks like an old football pitch at one end. Amazingly their side contains 3 ex -test players! Alex Tudor and Usmaan Afzaal of England and Saqlain Mushtaq of Pakistan. Of these Afzaal had the biggest influence on the game scoring the highest score of the match(66). He was brought up in Nottingham but I am not sure what the other two are doing playing here, unless there is a major benefactor supporting the club. 155 never looked likely to be a winning score even though the pitch was not the easiest to play on and Cavaliers eased to victory in a most uncavalier-like fashion with Ufzaal playing a very disciplined innings. Having seen Wycombe play three times in previous rounds I have to say they looked a much better side than either of these two - just need to see how they did against Ealing now.



From what I remember, there's an interesting story about the guy who runs the Cavs and his involvement in a local housing association, providing homes for a lot of the Cavs players (many of whom are of Carribean origin).



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Originally, they all were - although that's no longer the case. Of the eleven that beat Chester le Street, three were of Caribbean heritage, one black African, six Asian, and one white. Which is as it should be - I don't want clubs to restrict themselves to one section of the community - but it does make the name slightly misleading.

They are essentially the same organisation as a team called BWIA Cavaliers who used to play in North London; I think their sponsor in London died and they found a new sponsor in Nottingham. It's still the case that a number of the players live in London and only travel to Nottingham for games. Saqlain Mushtaq, for instance.


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WEDNESDAY 10th AUGUST
3rd NPOWER TEST . DAY 1.
ENGLAND v INDIA. @ EDGBASTON.
ADMISSION. £36
PROGRAMME inc SCORECARD. £5

An excellent day 1 of a test match. England won toss and put India in to bat in very cloudy conditions. England made 1 change to the last match Bopara replaced the injured Trott. India brought in Sehwag, Gambir and Mishra. England got off to a good start getting Sehwag out (only after referral) for a golden duck caught off his glove by keeper Prior off Broad's first ball in the 2nd over of the day. Gambhir and Dravid then put on 51 for the 2nd wicket. Gambhir played on when on 38 off the bowling of Bresnan. That brought Tendulkar to the crease to a standing ovation but he was soon gone c. Anderson b. Broad. 1. Bresnan bowled Dravid for 22 and lunch was taken . India 75-4 . After lunch laxman hit 30 but India slipped to 111-7 . Kumar joined his skipped MS Dohni at the crease and the pair put on 84 for the 8th wicket. Kumar made 26 including 1 six. Dhoni then tried taking strike and was only trying to hit boundries. He was finally the last man out making 77 including 3 sixes. India all out for 224. Broad 4-53 and Bresnan 4-62 . England had 25 overs to bat for Strauss and Cook saw England through to close with 84-0 .Strauss 52 and Cook 27. A great day for England.


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DAY 2 ENGLAND v INDIA EDGBASTON R.E.S. WYATT STAND £40 PROGRAMME £5 INDIA 224 ENGLAND 456-3

My first visit to the remodelled Edgbaston and what an improvement on the old, with the £32 million stand a vast improvement on the old hotch potch of a pavilion, although it does look awful from the outside.
This was another very one-sided day's play as the Indians continue to send out all the wrong body language and dropped three of the biggest sitters you will ever see missed at this level of the game. It is actually quite sad to see how much they have regressed but on the other hand let us just rejoice that England are now such an efficient team (not 11 individuals like India) that they have never looked like letting them off the hook in this game. Expect an acceleration in scoring in the morning!



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Sunday 14th August
LV= County Championship Division Two
Middlesex v Northamptonshire Day 4 @ Lord's

It's usually a very pricey £15 a DAY to go to Lord's for a Championship game but Middlesex only charge £5 for the last day Smile

Middlesex 317 Northamptonshire 188-2 at Close of Day 2. Leaders Northamptonshire are 5 points clear of 2nd placed Middlesex who have a game in hand but still have to travel to Northampton and it could be a very good day's Cricket for a fiver especially if a result is possible.



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Middlesex 313-8 before the players shook hands @ 4.50pm despite there being 25 overs remaining and the earliest time the game can end being 5pm!

As always Middlesex produce a really good programme for each individual game, £2 from the Middlesex CCC Shop behind the pavilion. Do any other county clubs issue an actual programme? Most just seem to do a scorecard these days, and they usually don't include the correct line ups either. MCC Scorecards available for 60p

Middlesex comfortably batted out for a draw but it could have been a lot more interesting if Rob White hadn't badly dropped the match fixer when he was on 61 (he went on to score 145 so must have had a bet that he'd score that many today). Young Wicketkeeper John Simpson batted very well for Middx putting on 188 with the match fixer and he looks a decent prospect who could one day replace Matt Prior for England maybe.

Northants remain ahead of Middx by 7 points but have played a game more although Middx still have to travel to Northampton for the return game.



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Sunday 14 August
CB40: Horsham; Sussex 399-4, beat Worcestershire 319 all out. Admission £15; Programme issued; Att c.2,000-plus

My parents often fondly reminisce about the day they saw Sussex involved in a 40 over game featuring in excess of 600 runs at Southampton back in the early 1990s. I missed that game, but finally caught up yesterday, watching an extraordinary game with over 700 runs. The Cricketfield Road ground is one of my favourites, and one I have visited many times over a period of 30 years. It’s always good for a few runs and almost always good for a Sussex victory, in one-day games at least. The vista is a picturesque one, tree-lined at the edge of this pleasant town, with the spire of St Mary’s church prominent and the occasional train rumbling past. Members have access to the fixed seats in front of the modest pavilion, with the rest of us limited to five or six rows of individual seats arranged in rings around the boundary. With a big crowd in, the seats soon filled up and it was standing room only around the back for many people and a large crowd built up in front of the beer tent (or “beer marquee” as it was officially called).

Sussex won the toss and elected to bat on what both captains had described as a “good” track. We were immediately treated to a batting exhibition by Ed Joyce and Joe Gatting who matched each other run for run to an opening wicket partnership of 210, a club record stand in this competition. I’m not sure how many sixes were walloped, but it was a good number, with numerous delays as small children were dispatched into the surrounding trees in search of the ball. The last over was dramatic as Sussex seemed destined to reach the mythical 400 run total, but a single off the last ball left them on a frustrating 399 – still, a competition record score apparently. Worcestershire are ‘concentrating on the Championship’ and were not fielding their strongest XI. Their task looked hopeless, especially when Solanki fell in the first over. But a magnificent knock of 158 by Moeen Ali remarkably kept them in the game for 30 overs. But once he was out, the tail enders were skittled out quite quickly, leaving Worcestershire 80 runs short.

The usual array of burger wagons and so on were present at the ground, but at Horsham on a Sunday there is only one food stall worth visiting. The ‘Horsham Ladies’ tea and cake tent did a roaring trade with homemade cakes, sandwiches and rolls and real lemonade, at sensible prices. A very nice and substantially-sized match programme was available, along with a free scorecard. The programme had also covered the preceding four day Championship game and was being sold off yesterday for £1 (cover price £3).


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LVCC Div 2

Castle park, Colchester.

Essex 359/6 (85). Wheater 135, ten Doeschate 120*

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hugely entertaining game with Essex at one stage 55/5 and a scoring rate of 6+ rpo in the second session. A nice typical festival ground for my 50th tick (the next 50 will be a challenge unless I go abroad as I dont fo anything below MCCA or 2nds!!

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Thursday 18 August.
Test Match, Day One: Oval Cricket Ground; England75-0 against India. Admission £48; Programme issued; Att: full house.

The BBC were warning people not to go out of the house, it was going to be so rainy. But we trudged down to the Oval just in case and at least did get to see two hours of play – working out at just short of £2 an over. England won the toss and elected to bat. Myself, my friends, and seemingly everyone sat around us, were disappointed by this – I think we all wanted one last chance to see Tendulkar at the wicket. But it was Strauss and Cook who walked out from the pavilion at 11am, under threatening skies.

The first over took almost 8 minutes to bowl, twice interrupted by people taking their seats in one of the upper tiers of the Vauxhall End, above the sightscreen and behind the bowler’s arm. Repeated announcements, booing and slow handclapping did not stop the movement in this area as besuited, posh-seat holders kept wandering in. All around the rest of the ground there were stewards holding people at the entrances until the end of the over, but not here, where it is most important. Apparently at that level of the ground you get inherently decent people who do not need stewarding. When we finally got underway, it was very steady stuff. Much of the bowling looked wayward – but it can be hard to tell when sitting in Row 19 at square leg. Radio commentary confirmed that it was indeed pretty poor. I’ve been watching mostly one day cricket this summer, so it was always going to seem a bit slow, but this really was slow. My newspaper today describes it as the ‘dullest session of the summer so far’. The main excitement was a bouncer from Sharma that took a chunk out of Andrew Strauss’ helmet.

Conspiracy theorists (of whom there are many at this sort of event) were in their element at 12:55. India suddenly speeded up the bowling and squeezed in two rapid overs before lunch at 1pm. This brought the morning’s total to 26 overs, one more than the 25 which would have resulted in a partial refund if there was no more play. A few minutes into the break, the rain started to fall, and when it was still raining at 3:15, I headed for home. Very disappointing, but that is the risk you take when a game is so popular that you have to buy tickets six months in advance.


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Sunday August 21st National Club Knockout Cup Semi Final at Ealing CC Programme free No Admission Charge Attendance peaked at around 200.
Ealing 183 (45 overs) Cambridge Granta 185-8 (44 overs)

My fifth and final game in this competition this season and a magnificent game to finish with. Ealing were put in to bat and after a good start a collapse left them on 111-7 but a good fightback left them with a total which I thought was around 20 runs short, but given the reputedly extremely parsimonious nature of their bowling they still had a chance. The visitors' innings was a thriller with first one team then the other on top, until the Ealing skipper decided to bring on a new bowler for the 37th over - Simon Hawk - whose one over went for 11 - to hand the initiative to Granta. The next over was a good one for Ealing but the damage had been done and three boundaries in the 39th over clinched victory for Cambridge who will meet Shrewsbury in the final. A really good day out at this well-organised and very friendly club just off the North Circular.





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saturday 17th sept.
somerset v surrey
clydesdale bank 40 final at lords,


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saturday 17th sept
somerset 214 all out
surrey 185-5 d/l

cb40 final @ lords
ticket:£40
prog:£5
pint of fosters:£4.20
fish & chips:£8

surrey lions won this rain affected match, somerset badly let themselves down with a poor batting display considering they are one of the best batting teams in one day cricket.


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1st Test, Galle
Sri Lanka v England
Admission: (officially) 5000 rupees / 7500 rupees (aircon tent)

Great venue, which I was fortunate to pick up some complimentary tickets for every day sold on by a local taxi driver at a fraction of the public price. Day 1 you could have walked in for free though (and I heard day 4). Many England fans could not be bothered with that and watched from the adjoining fort anyway, for free. It's cooler up there due to the breeze but there's no cover - the seats under canopies in the ground being the opposite. England's batting 1st innings cost them, playing it like a 50-over game, scoring at 4 runs per over but losing wickets far too recklessly for a Test match. This is a great place to watch though, with plenty of lunch restaurant options and the bus/train station over the road. Had a beer at the infamous Sydney Hotel (pit) aswell as more salubrious joints (well everywhere is). Aside from the massive profiteering on ticket prices (560 rupees last year when West Indies played here), this is a great place to watch cricket.

2nd Test, P Sara Oval, Colombo
Admission: as above

More permanent stands at this nice venue, but it's a little smaller and there's no local restaurants (several miles to the east of the city centre). However, there is a swimming pool, if you want a dip at lunch. I was only there for the first day, I'm sure the pool will have been busier the rest of the week. No problem walking into the aircon bar and watching the last session in there (glass front). Some nice (Underground style) signs outside - I have a photo with a cow sauntering past! Incidentally, my hotel in Colombo was clean, comfortable, had a nice little bar and had satellite TV showing football and cricket in the rooms - and it was pretty cheap - PM me if a recommendation is needed.



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County Championship Division 1
The Oval, 5-8 April 2012
Surrey beat Sussex by 85 runs


Surrey carried on where they left off last season with a fairly convincing win over their rivals to the south. I managed to see all of day 2 (Good Friday) plus the swift conclusion on the final morning (Easter Sunday).

Fifteen wickets had fallen on day 1, with Surrey all out on 264 and Sussex slumping to 105/5 overnight. Three early wickets fell on the second morning before Joe Gatting, supported by the tail, got the final tally up to 196 leaving Surrey to face one over before lunch. Strolling onto the outfield to have a closer look at the pitch, it looked a lot better for batting than the scores suggested; although admittedly the chilly overcast conditions on the first day wouldn't have been ideal.

This Surrey team tends to bat in cavalier fashion bordering on the reckless, with little heed to the notion of batting the opposition out of the game before looking for the win. At 55/4 in the second innings the game was in the balance, but a brilliant partnership of 136 between Hamilton-Brown and Maynard put Surrey back in control, before another collapse from 191/4 to 210/8.

A fifty partnership for the ninth wicket between Meaker and Lewis ensure that Sussex began their chase for victory on the third morning faced with a stiff target of 342. Against Surrey's battery of pace bowlers they were always going to be second favourites, and the final day began with them on 240/8; young Luke Wells standing firm on 96 not out. Wells completed his century thanks to an uncharacteristing misfield from substitute fielder Jason Roy, but was last man out after just under 45 minutes of play.

The Sussex attack looked at least one bowler light with Wright and Panesar missing whereas Surrey's greater bowling resources, with all four main seamers taking at least two wickets in the first innings and the experienced Batty on hand to provide a spin option, stood them in good stead.

Next up for Surrey is a trip to Lord's for the "London derby" with Middlesex, last year's other promoted team, and with two of the following three games being against most people's relegation favourites Worcestershire there looks to be a good opportunity to establish a firm position among the leaders over the next four weeks.


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MCCA Trophy Group 3, Herefordshire v Cumberland at Eastnor CC played Sunday 22 April 2012; scorecard: £1; No admission

Sterling work by the groundstaff enabled the game to take place. Eastnor is a glorious rural setting with the castle next door, set in a valley close to Ledbury. Cumberland struggled on a slow, damp pitch and were 53/5 before Alex Atkinson (53) and Chris Thompson (40) led a revival. The visitors totalled 174/7 in 46 overs after two interruptions for showers. Herefordshire’s revised D/L target was 195 in 46 overs. They looked well set at 98/2 before left arm spinner Toby Bulcock, the Carnforth professional took two wickets in two balls. Off-spinner James Lowe then got to work, claiming five wickets and Bulcock got the last as Herefordshire were 154 all out just after 6-30pm.


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Good match selection, GrundyHiller! Of the eight matches scheduled for yesterday, that was the only one played to a proper result. Berkshire (playing a home game at Henley, which is in Oxfordshire) beat Wales under D/L, and the other six matches were rained out.


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MCCA Trophy Group 3: Cumberland v Northumberland at Tynefield Park, Penrith (Sunday 29Apr12); No admission; Scorecards (£1) and county yearbook (£5) available

Miraculously play began on time despite heavy rain on the M6 northbound and glowering skies. The Penrith ground, Tynefield Park, which is in an elevated position close to J40 of the M6 on Wetheriggs Road was bone dry. Northumberland surprisingly elected to bat and were bowled out for 142 at, spookily, 1.42pm. Skipper Adam Craggs hit 27 off 78 balls and tail-ender Stuart Graham made an unbeaten 30 to repair the damage from 78/7. For Cumberland SLA Toby Bulcock continued his fine form with a spell of 4/17 and a run out while offspinner James Beaumont conceded just 17 runs from his ten overs. Cumberland would have fancied their chances but rain during the lunch interval ruined hopes of further play. With no let-up in sight the captains shook hands at 4-15pm.


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Wednesday 2nd May and Thursday 3rd May.
LV County Championship Division 2.
YORKSHIRE v LEICESTERSHIRE . At Scarborough Cricket Club.
Admission £ 15 / £10.
Score Card £1

Having got a week off work decided to have a few days away just out side Scarborough, leicestershire were playing Yorkshire at Scarborough cricket club. A chance to tick off Scarborough cricket ground. An excellent ground. Liked the tea room. It was doing a roaring trade in the cold weather.
DAY 1.
Leicestershire won toss and put Yorkshire in on a over cast day and it payed off as Yorkshire were soon 33-3. Skipper Gale and Bairstow rallied and took Yorkshire to lunch at 84-3. Gale and Bairstow both passed 50 as they pushed the score along. Gale was finally caught behind for 80 as the pair put on 160 for the 4th wicket. At tea Yorkshire were 207-4. Bairstow completed his century and finished the day on 141 not out. He had also put on an unbroken partnership of 112 for the 6th Wicket with A.McGrath who was 49 not out at close. Yorkshire closed on 329-5.

DAY2.
This was the coldest day of cricket i have been to in a long time. even both teams fielded in hats., something i have not seen in 20 years of watching cricket.
Bairstow and McGrath continued day 2 as they finished day 1 , Bairstow completing 150 and McGrath his 50 . Bairstow was finally out for 182, an excellent innnings .The pair put on 159 for the 6th wicket. McGrath was finally out for 90 just after lunch as Yorkshire were all out for 447. In Yorkshire's innings Bresnan was brilliantly ran out by Wayne White from out on the boundary. White was the pick of the bowlers taking 5 wickets. Leicestershire soon found the going tough and went in to tea at 50-5. They were all out for 116. McGrath picking up 4 wickets and Patterson 3 wickets. Leicestershire followed on and in 2 overs lost Greg Smith for 3 . Close of play 3-1.


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MCCA Trophy Group 3, Cheshire v Cumberland (at Christleton CC) played Sunday 6 May 2012; No admission; Scorecards: 50pence

A fantastic game that produced 623 runs for 9 wickets on a great batting pitch that had been under water earlier in the week; Cheshire prevailed by one run at 6-26pm. New skipper James Duffy and K Sawas on debut both scored hundreds in Cheshire’s 312/4. Duffy made 100 off 101 balls with four fours and seven sixes, but his superb knock was eclipsed by Sawas’s undefeated 119 off 89 balls with 11 fours and seven sixes.

Jonathan Miles hit 54 off 60 balls to get Cumberland off to a good start, Liam Livingstone supplied the fireworks with 62 off 42 balls including five sixes and five fours. Skipper Gary Pratt hit a magnificent undefeated 104 off 93 balls including five fours and five sixes but Adam Syddall kept his nerve to bowl two dot balls at the end.


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MCCA Trophy Group 3, Cheshire v Cumberland (at Christleton CC) played Sunday 6 May 2012; No admission; Scorecards: 50pence

A fantastic game that produced 623 runs for 9 wickets on a great batting pitch that had been under water earlier in the week; Cheshire prevailed by one run at 6-26pm. New skipper James Duffy and K Sawas on debut both scored hundreds in Cheshire’s 312/4. Duffy made 100 off 101 balls with four fours and seven sixes, but his superb knock was eclipsed by Sawas’s undefeated 119 off 89 balls with 11 fours and seven sixes.

Jonathan Miles hit 54 off 60 balls to get Cumberland off to a good start, Liam Livingstone supplied the fireworks with 62 off 42 balls including five sixes and five fours. Skipper Gary Pratt hit a magnificent undefeated 104 off 93 balls including five fours and five sixes but Adam Syddall kept his nerve to bowl two dot balls at the end.

Also at this one - absolutely cracking game - I think its the highest overall number of runs I've seen in a 50 over game that I've ever been at - though one slight correction, Cumberland did scramble a single off the last ball to take them onto 311... but no chance of a second. I also thought indiscipline at the end of the Cheshire innings by Cumberland enhanced the target by 15 runs at least - they scored 42 off the last two overs and a few of the Cumberland players were really turning on their captain at this stage.

Wasn't massively impressed by the ground tbh - it was good to see a lot of runs after the damp pitches encountered so far this season but many of the MCCA grounds have more character... also no food on which with a decent crowd was disappointing and the pub down the road was extortionate (£8 a sandwich)


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Monday 7th May
CB40 Group A.
LEICESTERSHIRE v ESSEX.
ADMISSION . FREE (LIFE MEMBER)
SCORECARD. 50p

Arrived at Grace road at 13.45 expecting to see some cricket,didn't think we would get a full match in but enough overs for a result due to weather forecast. Start was delayed due to a light shower but after 2 pitch inspections the umpires abandoned the match at 15.30 dispite the best effects of the ground staff.


Wednesday 9th May.
LV COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP .DIV .2.
DAY.1
LEICESTERSHIRE v NORTHAMPTONSHIRE.
SCORECARD. 50p

Leicestershire made 3 changes to last weeks defeat to Yorkshire. Captain Matthew Hoggard made his first appearance of the season after injury . Leicestershire won toss and put Northants in to bat. Hoggard picked up a wicket in the 3rd over of the day. R.Newton out for 0 lbw. Northants 1-1. K.Coezter joined S.Peters and they moved the score along nicely putting on 73 for the 2nd wicket before R.Joseph returned for a 2nd spell and with the first ball had Peters caught behind by Eckersley for 32. In his next over he removed D.Sales for 5 again caught behind by Eckersley. 88-3. Northants went to lunch at 95-3. Rain came at the lunch interval and start delayed by 20 minutes. After just 1.2 overs rain returned
with Northants on 99-3. K. Coetzer not out 43. No more play was possible.


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Sunday May 13th

MCCA Knock out Trophy Bedfordshire v Oxfordshire at Cople Argus. No admission charge Scorecard for a donation (most gave a £). Two sausages in a roll £2 (delicious!)

Oxfordshire 261-9 Bedfordshire 159-9 (one man short as one of their batsmen retired after a nasty blow in the face from the ball)

Finally got my season under way after the recent appalling weather at this attractive ground on the outskirts of Bedford which I had never heard of till I spotted this fixture. The home club prepared well for the day and it all went very smoothly on a surprisingly dry pitch. However, Bedfordshire were outplayed and it was a very easy victory for the visitors in front of a reasonable size crowd including a gathering of groundhoppers numbering double figures who struggled to keep warm on a chilly day for mid May.



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Sunday May 6th
Indian Premier League
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore 185/5 (18.5 Overs) beat Deccan Chargers 181/2 (20 Overs)
Ticket: 2750 Rupees (app. £35)
Biscuits: 60 Rupees (app. 75p)
Coke: 40 Rupees (app. 50p)

My first experience of the IPL. An 8pm start, with two "strategic time outs" (or ad breaks if you like) per innings to make the match slightly longer than a T20 over here.

Ticket prices ranged from about £5 - £500 (depending on location and amount of hospitality (!) required). We went for lower tier roughly behind the bowlers arm with zero hospitality (i.e. you purchased your own food/drink). I've been to cricket in India before so I wasn't surprised when we weren't allowed to take food/drink purchased before the start of play to our seats. However, you could also purchase the same food/drink from vendors throughout the match without leaving your seat!!

Bangalore won the toss (greeted enthuiastically by the large crowd), decided to bowl and were set a target of over 9 an over. By this time, having heard both teams "theme tunes" (played after boundaries/wickets) umpteen times I had declared them equally nauseating (unlike the cheerleaders).

Bangelore's reply was stop/start (e.g. Chris Gayle hit a six out of the ground and was bowled next ball attempting a repeat). The 18th over was pivotal. The rate had reached 13 an over, when AB de Villiers took 23 off Dale Steyn's bowling. Four balls later, de Villiers had levelled the scores. The non-striker during this carnage (I forget who) was left to hit the winning runs next ball.

Most of the crowd seemed to stay on for the after match presentations etc. so getting away wasn't a problem. A good evening's entertainment (but I'll always prefer Tests).



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Was planning to go to Cheshire v Herefordshire at Bramhall on Sunday, but the Cheshire secretary tells me the fixture may be moved as Bramhall is under water. Watch this space!


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England v WIndies at Lords on Sat 19th with Broadfields Utd as back up plan in case of iffy weather Wink


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Seaton Burn 42 all out (19.0 overs), Ashington 43-4 (17.0 overs) - Division A2 Twenty twenty cup - attendance 8

Twice this season I've tried to get to see Seaton Burn play football on the adjacent pitch, and this was my second attempt to see this game after a late abandonment last Tuesday (and indeed the fifth attempt to play round one before round 2 tomorrow...) The pitch really was doing all kinds of things, and walking around the boundary really was quite sodden in parts (which explained the low scores in part).... but it was just a massive relief to get the game in.

Seaton Burn is around a 20 minute bus ride from Newcastle, and is quite a pleasant area (technically in North Tyneside authority) - the nearby Moor House pub is probably worth a visit just for the wide array of free food available on the bar. The walk to the ground involves passing a field full of goats, sheep and chicken and really has a rural feel (number of dog walkers briefly added to the attendance) - although tranquility was undermined by it being on a flight path and very close to the A1....

As stated, the pitch was sodden, runs were very difficult to come by, but it did also exemplify the unfortunate gap between divisions A1 and A2 (Ashington having finished bottom of the former last year but taking a flyer in the latter) - and it would also be fair to say that the facilities at grounds in the higher division are generally a lot higher... though that is not to dissuade anyone from coming here because they are a very friendly club.


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Sunday May 6th
Indian Premier League
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore 185/5 (18.5 Overs) beat Deccan Chargers 181/2 (20 Overs)
Ticket: 2750 Rupees (app. £35)

Ticket prices ranged from about £5 - £500 (depending

Who'd have thought they charge that sort of money in a Third World country. I know India's economy is supposed to be doing well but these sort of prices means the local shanty town inhabitants have no chance of being able to watch cricket. By the way, do they issue scorecards or programmes at IPL matches?


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Sundays Cheshire v Herefordshire game will now go ahead at Bramhall as planned, subject to no more heavy downpours, though the forecast for Sunday is a bit iffy


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A reminder for those at a loose end that Cumberland are playing Cambridgeshire in the MCCA Trophy next Monday (21 May) at Workington CC, 11am start. Josh Tolley, John Huck and Nick Caunce make their Cumberland debuts.


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Sunday May 6th
Indian Premier League
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore 185/5 (18.5 Overs) beat Deccan Chargers 181/2 (20 Overs)
Ticket: 2750 Rupees (app. £35)

Ticket prices ranged from about £5 - £500 (depending

Who'd have thought they charge that sort of money in a Third World country. I know India's economy is supposed to be doing well but these sort of prices means the local shanty town inhabitants have no chance of being able to watch cricket. By the way, do they issue scorecards or programmes at IPL matches?


Didn't see any progs/scorecards. Tickets also only seemed to be available on a match by match basis so we didn't get our tickets til the day before the game. Not sure if you can get round this by buying online.
There were long queues to buy tickets on the night with people coming in long after the start. I saw an article in one of the papers in Bangalore about touts offering tickets for double money to people at the back of the queue!



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Re Cheshire v Herefordshire on Sunday, I've received the following message from the Cheshire secretary

"Just to let you know that the game on Sunday, if played, will be at Bramhall.

However, I have just come back from the ground and there is not a bat in hell’s chance of the game going ahead. The water table is up to the level of the outfield and walking over that and the run-ups is like bouncing up and down on a water filled sponge. It is soft and soggy and would be dangerous to play on – even for club 3rd XIs. Juniors might get away with it if they didn’t mind getting wet."

Looks like I'll be going to Wakefield for the rugby instead!


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Nottinghamshire Cricket Board Premier League
Wollaton Sports Association, Wollaton
Wollaton won the toss and opted to bowl

Clifton 232 all out (49.1 overs)
Wollaton 132 all out (34.2 overs iirc)

Clifton win in the league again on a poor wicket (Wollaton always is from what I gather from regulars). Mansfield Hosiery Mills await at home next week, could be interesting as they scored 323/5 in 46 overs in a winning draw.



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Southern Cricket League 20/20 cup 1st round

Hambledon 113-8 (20 Overs) lost to Fawley 116-4 (17.5 overs)
Admission/team sheet: no
Tea: Free - weather too cold to charge the tea lady said!
They did have Fullers London Pride for £2 a pint but at that price it had to be dicey.
Att: 42


Fed up with chasing clubs to reply to pre-season friendly requests and a dry day forecast I was looking forward to my 1st game of cricket for the season, heading to the birthplace of cricket, but alas Hambledon rarely play at Broadhalfpenny down much these days, instead at Ridge Meadow which whilst closer to the village is still out in the middle of nowhere off the road to Droxford.

Ground is pleasant enough wooden clubhouse and changing rooms next to the nets as you enter the ground with a few benches spread around the boundary, although most of us simply spent the time walking around the pitch taking in the views both of the cricket and countryside.

As for the match, Hambledon batted first and never really got going bar a 54 run partnership for the 4th wicket. Very few boundaries as Fawley's fielders threw themselves about willingly.

Fawley struggled early on and at one stage were 30-3 of 10 overs, but step forward the opening batsman who then crashed, banged and walloped a quickfire 64 after struggling before the 3rd wicket went down.

One absolutely stunning catch with a Hambledon fielder at Mid on running backwards towards the boundary then diving full length to grab it.



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Sunday 20 May 2012: Bradford Cricket League Priestley Cup Second Round: Pudsey St Lawrence v Woodlands; Admission: £3 including programme; raffle ticket: £1

PSL’s ground is a historic one where Len Hutton learnt his cricket; it’s well appointed and has a lovely, revamped pavilion with bar serving real ale and excellent tea facilities. The braised steak barm cakes and pork pies were fabulous. Holders of the Priestley Cup, PSL were well beaten for the second day in a row by Woodlands who looked a class apart. The experienced Peter Swanepoel and Safraz Ahmed captured four early wickets and only Chris Marsden’s fighting 29 delayed the inevitable as PSL were bowled out for 91. PSL fought hard but Woodlands won with five wickets and 20 overs to spare.
I called in at Hullenedge Road on the way home, another lovely cricket ground, where prolific West Indian Lorenzo Ingram’s 66 steered Elland to a six wickets win over Shepley in the Huddersfield Cricket League


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Heading to England v W Indies at Trent Bridge on Sat May 26th



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18/05/2012 CC D1 New Road Worcester

Worcestershire 259ao V Sussex 143/0 bad light then rain stopped play.

Coffee £1.80 (!!!)

Frustrating day as it seemed OK at the start but ended up raining by 4pm. Could easily have played until tea but the Umpires went off for bad light at 15.20 with Joyce and Nash clearly in "danger" milking the bowling at 5 rpo. getting utterly sick of umpires windbagging over bad light particularly in this season. Needs to be stopped NOW as it makes a mockery of the game. the laws say it must be dangerous yet the interpretation is something like

"if more than three clouds are present overhead we will go off in Test or Championship cricket except when a result is imminent. In a one day game this applies in the first innings but not in the second inns or if a result is imminent in which case you could have Colin croft and Andy Roberts bowling in the pitch black but would still carry on playing". UTTER NONSENSE.

Retired to the Plough for a couple of pints of MHB Black Pear and a pleasant natter with a number of other cricket fans...

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Heading to England v W Indies at Trent Bridge on Sat May 26th


Will also be here. Weather forecast looks encouraging.


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Friday May 18th England v West Indies Lord's Day 2 Admission £45 plus £5 administration charge (scandalous) Denis Compton Stand Lower Tier front row Programme £5. West Indies 243 England 259-3

A very cold day which did not go down well with the West Indies fielders who looked as if they would much rather be anywhere else. Not the most exciting day's test cricket I have ever experienced but Lord's was as magnificent as ever and I always look forward to my annual trip there. Picked up the new Cricket Paper at the ground which i sproduced by the same stable who produce the Non League Paper - just about worth £1.50 and is particularly good for its coverage of the Premier leagues (26 now, up one on last year).



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Saturday May 19th Warwickshire Cricket League Premier Division Nuneaton v Kenilworth Nuneaton 176 Kenilworth 91 No admission charge or programme

Day dawned dull, dark, dank, dismal and depressing, the perfect day for a trip to "Treacle Town" (don't ask) for Nuneaton's first fixture after 3 abandonments. A miserable day to be watching cricket at the Weddington Road home of the cricket club which is on the same site as Nuneaton Old Edwardians RFC and has the west coast mainline immediately behind one wicket. There were more trains passing than runs scored on a very slow wicket and outfield. Some trees dotted around the boundary hepled with the look of the ground which was in good nick considering the recent wet weather and the proximity of the River Anker. I spoke to the groundsman as I made my way on the first of several perimeter perambulations as I vainly tried to keep warm and he predicted that 180 runs would be a competitive total... and he wasn't wrong. There was a good standard of fielding and bowling but batting was difficult throughout. This is a good league and there isn't a huge difference between this league and the bottom division of the Birmingham League (to which the champions of this league are promoted).



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Monday 21 May 2012: MCCA Trophy- Cambridgeshire 199/6; Cumberland 202/6 (at Workington CC); Admission: free; Scorecards: free

Cumberland qualified for the last eight of the MCCA Trophy for a second successive season after a tense four wickets win over Cambridgeshire at a sun-baked Ernest Valentine Ground at Workington.

The Barrow all-rounder Liam Livingstone played an innings of great maturity to steer Cumberland home, hitting an unbeaten 59 off 68 balls including five fours and one six. Woodhouses batsman Josh Tolley, on his county debut, made an impressive 53 off 100 balls to help Cumberland to victory.

The County’s reward is an away quarter-final against Cornwall at Truro on Sunday 17 June.

After their victory over Northumberland on Sunday Cambridgeshire had kept alive their own hopes of finishing runners-up to Cheshire in Group 3.

The visitors made 199/6 in their 50 overs after Cumberland skipper Gary Pratt won the toss and invited them to bat. Chris Thompson batted stylishly for 49 off 95 balls until he was brilliantly caught on the long on boundary by Arwen Jones off the bowling of off-spinner Livingstone. Glen Goosen top-scored with 69 off 106 balls, as Cumberland bowled and fielded impressively.

Workington CC made splendid arrangements for the match as the return of Minor Counties cricket to the scenic ground three years after the devastating floods was marked by a day of unbroken warm sunshine and a good-sized and appreciative crowd.


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Wedneday 23rd May

County Championship Division 2 Day 1
Rip off Bowl (see below)
Hampshire 316 all out (3pts) v Glamorgan 13-0 (3pts)
Admission £15 or £20 if you paid on the day
Scorecards 50p
Parking £8
Food and drink- forget it take out a mortgage you'll pay less


First trip in 3 years to the Rip off sorry Rose, no Ageas Bowl and after this week probably my last.

Weather set fine and sunny so decided on today and tomorrow's play as busy friday and Saturday. phoned up and booked my tickets yesterday as aware of the price differential on the day and as a blue badge holder and crap public transport links from Portsmouth to that part of Hedge End asked about parking "yeah no probs, just turn up and they'll guide you where to park."

Turned up, "That'll be £8 please" said someone standing in the road with a yellow jacket on. I was too stunned to speak even more where he showed me the parking was simply on the road itself.

Picked tickets up, walked in, got a scorecard and went to find a seat and on passing the catering facility looked over at the prices in case I fancied a drink once my own ran out a bit later.

What caught my eye wasn't the price for a cup of tea or coffee which at £2 I think is excessive but £5 for a cornish pasty and £7 for a SandwichShocked. Just what planet do these people live on?

Fortunately I had taken my own food (cheese and pickle doorstep sarnies mmmmm) and a bottle of drink so was fortunate I didn't need to pay for their veritous feast.

Anyroads onto the cricket - Glamorgan won the toss and put Hampshire into bat on a very green wicket and the Hogs were soon on the back foot on 22-2. Then Adams and Katich made a recovery before Katich was plumb lbw in the penultimate over before lunch at 87-3.

Eventful 1st couple of overs after lunch saw Hampshire fall to 96-5 and Sean Ervine dropped 1st ball by the wicketkeeper- a chance whilst difficult he would expect to hold and we then had another Hampshire recovery as Ervine and wicketkeeper Bates smashed a quickfire 63 between them before Bates was bowled for 41 and the score 159-6.

Hogs then settled down to try and grind out the rest of the day and with little happening made their way to 204 before losing 2 wickets in 2 balls making it 204-8.

New batsman Tomlinson continued with Ervine in the same way trying to bore everyone into submission and it was a relief when Tomlinson was out on 231.

Last man Balcombe came in and with his first ball made his intentions clear hammering the first boundary in nearly an hours play. This woke Ervine up from his slumber and in a mixture of dogged play and some flamboyant stroke making, they quickly upped the scoring rate with Ervine hitting a majestic 6 straight back over the bowlers head to bring up his 100.

Balcombe shortly after played imo the shot of the day, a glorious back foot cover drive for 4 before trying it on once too often getting caught at Mid on to bring Hampshires score into a modicum of respectability at 316 all out.

Glamorgan came out for 7 overs, hit a couple of boundaries and played and missed at a couple but at the end of day one it was probably honours just about even.

Still going back for day 2 tomorrow- my bank manager has kindly allowed me to remortgage the flat to pay for it.



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Wedneday 23rd May

County Championship Division 2 Day 1
Rip off Bowl (see below)
Hampshire 316 all out (3pts) v Glamorgan 13-0 (3pts)
Admission £15 or £20 if you paid on the day
Scorecards 50p
Parking £8
Food and drink- forget it take out a mortgage you'll pay less



The cost of County Cricket is getting unaffordable! £80 to watch all 4 days of a County Championship match???

For the T20 this year some of the prices are outrageous

Kent £25 (62.5p an over Crazy)
Essex £23
Somerset & Middlesex £20

Glamorgan is the cheapest T20 ticket I've found at just a tenner but they charge you £2 to book in advance?!?!



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Wedneday 23rd May

County Championship Division 2 Day 1
Rip off Bowl (see below)
Hampshire 316 all out (3pts) v Glamorgan 13-0 (3pts)
Admission £15 or £20 if you paid on the day
Scorecards 50p
Parking £8
Food and drink- forget it take out a mortgage you'll pay less



The cost of County Cricket is getting unaffordable! £80 to watch all 4 days of a County Championship match???

For the T20 this year some of the prices are outrageous

Kent £25 (62.5p an over Crazy)
Essex £23
Somerset & Middlesex £20

Glamorgan is the cheapest T20 ticket I've found at just a tenner but they charge you £2 to book in advance?!?!


Hampshire's full price list

County Championship £15 if bought before the day or £20 on the day.
40 Over clashes £15 if bought upto 7 days in advance otherwise its £20
20/20 £16 if bought upto 7 days in advance otherwise its £20
One Day International v West Indies - Cheapest ticket £53, most expensive £128.

Anyroads onto today's action

Hampshire 316 and 25-0 v Glamorgan 327 all out.
Admission £15
Scorecard 50p

In the end I didn't need my 2nd mortgage today. I found plenty of parking at Hedge End railway station and with the half hourly no 8/8a bus going from there to the Rosebowl I saved plenty of money there and with a packed lunchbox, flask and bottle of water I was well prepared.

1st Session - All Hampshire except in the wicket column. Just 2 wickets down but the Glamorgan batsmen played and missed at least once an over or shots in the air were just short of the fielders.

2nd Session - more even. Spratt and Marcus North put on 96 for the 3rd wicket but once Spratt went the wickets started falling again at regular intervals with players just getting in before giving their wicket away.

Final Session - Tail hung around alot longer than Hampshire had probably anticipated taking their score over Hampshire helped no end by some wayward bowling which saw 18 no balls and 12 byes none of which the keeper Bates could do anything about, in fact he probably saved about 20 more with his acrobatics.

Eventually the tail did succumb and Hampshire had 8 overs to bat out, which they did pretty comfortably scoring 18 of the 25 runs in a 6 ball spell in the 2nd and 3rd overs before shutting up shop for the night.

2 days to go. I can't get to either and I wouldn't rule out any of the 3 possible results at this stage.

Currently 6 bonus points each.



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Wedneday 23rd May

County Championship Division 2 Day 1
Rip off Bowl (see below)
Hampshire 316 all out (3pts) v Glamorgan 13-0 (3pts)
Admission £15 or £20 if you paid on the day
Scorecards 50p
Parking £8
Food and drink- forget it take out a mortgage you'll pay less



The cost of County Cricket is getting unaffordable! £80 to watch all 4 days of a County Championship match???

For the T20 this year some of the prices are outrageous

Kent £25 (62.5p an over Crazy)
Essex £23
Somerset & Middlesex £20

Glamorgan is the cheapest T20 ticket I've found at just a tenner but they charge you £2 to book in advance?!?!


I have never watched T20 but I always considered 4 day to be amazing value. Bear in mind I live in a County with no FC team so I would usually only go to one day so the cost of "all 4" wouldnt be an issue.

Obviously these prices would make Membership attractive but I looked at Memberships and for where I live it will simply never pay. It would pay if they had a more sensible fixture list but as long as they have the early finish and the godawful T20 break it would never be worth it.

When you put it that way I think this seasons price inflation is a bit excessive. Though I do notice many Counties doing discount multi day tickets.

Personally I think the ECB and the Players would love to kill off the Chamionship. Not least due to the fact that the so called "big" counties lose a packet on it (try going to Sorrey for a 4 day game).

Anyway.

22/05/2012 Taunton : Somerset 400/9 (Trego 89) and 152/5 (Suppiah 72) Beat Durham 167 ao (Dockerell 6/29) by 5 wkts.

Adm £17, Coffee £1.80 Pasty £2.50 though neither partaken as I just popped into the town, but at least they aren't rip off prices.

My first full days cricket saw a very exciting and entertaining game at Taunton. I overslept 1C04 as well so ended up on the stopper via Weston which was a most uncomfortable experience as it must have been kicking out time at the various B&B institutions in Weston, with stops at Highbridge and Bridgwater just adding to the general "carnival" atmosphere. Even this train still got me in at 1105.

Session 1 : Some big hitting from Trego to get Somerset their last batting point then a declaration, even though the last pair were still hitting it well. Durham reached 59/1 at lunch losing only Di Venuto after he had hit a few good boundaries.

Session 2 : Compton switched Overton C and Thomas around leading to two quick wickets. Blackwell, who always had weight problems but now must be causing a one man pie shortage in Durham by the looks of him, then proceeded to tear into his former team mates then strangely just scooped Dockerells slower ball back to the bowler. Cue a massive collapse leaving them on 131/7 with only Collingwood at the crease. Dockerell then mopped up the tail. Now I wasn't behind the bowlers arm but Dockerell did seem to bowl very well, however I think there was some uneven bounce aiding him, though looking at the pitch I couldnt see anything.

Session 3: Somerset lost two quick wickets but Blackwell didnt have the turn or variation to run through them like his counterpart and a fine innings by Suppiah took the home. Kieswetter won the game with an enormous six over mid wicket.

The difference between these sides was the two youngsters (Overton's C and J) were effective replacements for injured first string bowlers whilst Durhams two ex England bowlers Plunkett (so crap he didnt even bowl in the second innings) and Harmison (fat and lumbering in at a pace that my mother wouldn't have been troubled by) were not. Plus you had that great spell by Dockerell.

Retired to the Plough which has been removed from the GBG of late. It still does beer and cider from the barrell but I would have to say it was a bit pricey and not served at the right temperature - it was too hot!! Trouble is all the other pubs are the wrong way for the station so I stuck with it.

Crowd peaked at about 2500 i should think and were royally entertained.



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The cost of County Cricket is getting unaffordable! £80 to watch all 4 days of a County Championship match???

For the T20 this year some of the prices are outrageous

Kent £25 (62.5p an over Crazy)
Essex £23
Somerset & Middlesex £20

Glamorgan is the cheapest T20 ticket I've found at just a tenner but they charge you £2 to book in advance?!?!


I was brought up in London and seemed to spend most of my summers at Lord's or the Oval. The price of admission never bothered me.

As a student I lived in West Yorkshire and frequented games at Leeds and Bradford. I was poor, obviously, but the price of admission never bothered me.

When I started working I moved to Peterborough. There was no local first class cricket so I divided my loyalties between Leicester and Northampton. The price of admission never bothered me.

Nowadays I adopt more of a groundhopping mentality to my cricket watching. I earn more and, despite the requirements of a wife and teenagers, I am better off than I have ever been. However the price of admission for cricket has now started to become an issue for me. I am not bothered about one-day cricket, they can charge what they like for that. After all that was the whole point of its introduction. However it seems to me that counties are just attempting to fleece spectators at first-class games. They seem to be taking the view that very few people will go but those that do will go regardless of the price. The discount for advance purchase (make that a surcharge for paying on the day) is a disgrace. It simply a way of trying to make money even if it is raining on the day. How much do I actually cost them when I go to a game? I can see an argument for admitting spectators free. I would be much more inclined to purchase food at the ground if I hadn't paid for entry.

Having said all that I would give Lord's a pat on the back. I went to the final day of a Championship game there last year and entry was an extremely reasonable £5, free for juniors and OAPs. I did try to persuade them that I was a junior and, when that failed, an OAP but no diceSly.


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Well, I can't complain about the weeks cricketing action that I've managed to fit in - 4 games over the last 5 days, costing the grand total princely sum of £1

Monday - Yorkshire 2nd Xi v Durham 2nd Xi at Marske - the only one where admission was charged, though the scorecard at £2 was a total rip off. They did have real ale on, but the weather was absolutely utterly freezing. Pleasant enough ground although the wicket was very batsman friendly, and certainly did nothing for the spinners - Adil Rashid having been hit all over the place. Keaton Jennings did the damage for Durham with both bat and ball as they won by 21 runs against a Yorkshire side with more first team experience - how he isn't challenging for the first team in a season where they've been so turgid I do not know. The ground is about a 10 minute walk from Marske centre.

Tuesday - Stocksfield v Corbridge - ten minute walk from Stocskfield station, and this really is one of the most picturesque grounds in the north east - the football ground is just behind it. £2.40 a pint in the pub in the ground, and the pitch really is immaculately kept. Corbridge started slowly but accelerated very well at the end to reach 124 in their 20 overs, Stocksfield collapsed to 62-6 after a promising start, but somehow one end held it together to take it to the last 2 balls with 3 needed to win - before losing the last wicket with one ball to spare.

Wednesday - Wylam 2nd xi v Belsay - five minute walk from Wylam station in Jubilee Field, though the pub opposite isn't 1/10th of the pub that the Boathouse (next to the train station) is. Belsay were truely awful in every department, Wylam knocking off their 48 runs to win in just over 7 overs for the loss of one wicket. Even some of the stances at the wicket were very strange, but I think that they almost gave away as many extras as anyone in their team scored. Ground has a strange slope up to the boundary on the 'scoreboard' side.

Friday - Hetton Lions v Stockton - Very strange one this - Stockton had an excellent 2nd wicket partnership and then some hitting out at the end took them onto 148-5, made to look even better by the fact that two Hetton fielders suffered very nasty finger injuries fielding. At 0-1 after two balls I thought it would be very one sided, cue a 117 partnership for the second wicket, followed by 5 quick wickets. 24 still needed off 24 balls, but some aggressive hitting by the number 3 who stuck around throughout won it almost single handedly. Ground is right next to a bus stop (x1 from Newcastle takes 52 minutes) and has Camerons Strongarm inside. Very picturesque rural feel.

Overall though, given the cheap prices and the glorious weather for the week, I don't really understand why more people don't make it along to such games, cracking free entertainment and generally a really good standard. I'd take that above paying £20 to watch Durham in the T20 any day of the week thank you!


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Trent Bridge tomoorow (27th).

KP at the crease so fireworks hopefully....



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BIRMINGHAM LEAGUE DIVISION 1

WHITCHURCH CC 206 all out SMETHWICK 209 FOR 3

Bat and ball yesterday for a welcome change; the ground regularly stages Minor Counties cricket over the seasons; the home side recovered from losing a wicket from the second ball of the day to reach a respectable 113 for 2; thereon in they collapsed to 206 all out; the visitors had no problems knocking off the runs for the loss of 3 wickets; the added bonus was that the cricket club is a regular entry in the Good Beer Guide and six ales were on offer; this enabled me with the addition of a visit to the Old Town House Vaults in the middle of Whitchurch to complete Shropshire in the current guide.


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Worcecstershire Sunday Club Cricket League : Feckenham v Studley f&n

The missus wanted Sunday lunch and a bucket of wine with an old mate so I had to kill three hours while they cooked nicely in the sun at The Boot in Mappleborough Green.

Six miles away was the nearest first team cricket action I could find and Feckenham CC is idyllic being located at the bottom of Mill Lane, just off the village green and a couple of hundred yards past the old football ground. Thirty or forty down there, lounging around in baking weather, some looking the worse for wear after a session last night and today's roasting. An ideal afternoon to chill in the sun with a cool cider or two.
Studley scored 278 from their 40 overs and some ridiculously young chap smashed 150-odd; he apparently plays Saturday cricket for Coventry and North Warwick in the Birmingham League and looked a class apart, even annoyed with himself when out late on.
Some canteen bowling and comedy fielding but who cares.......I watched two overs of the reply only because it took that long to extricate myself from the plastic chair ro which I had become welded.

And I ask the question put to ShottonBrian yesterday to which we never did receive a satisfactory answer - how much of a cricket match do you have to see before counting the ground? I've counted this one.............


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I'd say a session (usually two hours in a County game or three in a club match) counts as 'ticking the ground'- after all it's longer then we spend at most football grounds we visit. I also count a complete match- say a game is rained-off after ten overs and I've seen the full overs then I count it. I decided against football with the weather so glorious and headed off to Huddersfield and Carnforth over the weekend:

Sat 26 May 2012: Huddersfield Cricket League, Hall Bower v Scholes
The Hall Bower ground is situated in the shadow of Huddersfield Castle at an altitude of 630 feet. The views are spectacular and the cricket ground, surrounded by stone walls, was in immaculate condition. The pavilion is functional but the lady in charge of the teas is a highly talented caterer and a magnificent cricket tea for £3.50 was simply superb. Scholes’ prolific former Indian Test opener Wasim Jaffer batted faultlessly for 90 minutes until he edged Sykes to the ‘keeper and departed for 48. The home side battled hard in the field on a gloriously hot and sunny afternoon and restricted the visitors to 228/6. It proved just too much as despite a brave effort they were bowled out in reply for 192. The Huddersfield League website is much improved this season and carries full scorecards of all games together with fixtures and tables etc. A good-sized crowd, many from Scholes enjoyed the match.

Sun 27 May 2012: Northern Cricket League: Carnforth v Lancashire Colts
Lancashire Colts were mightily impressive as they completed a resounding win by 178 runs at Lodge Quarry. Carnforth’s ground is situated just off the A6 to the south of Tesco and with the highly respected Peter Robinson in charge they have a ground that looks as magnificent as Lord’s. I’ve never seen a club cricket ground look as good. On another glorious afternoon Fayez Ughader’s 114 underpinned the Colts’ challenging 267/4. Radcliffe paceman Michael Burns then got to work, with an impressive spell of fast bowling. Once he removed Carnforth’s star batsman Ryan Nelson, bowled off stump the writing was on the wall. Burns collected 5/26 as Carnforth were bowled out for 89. A good crowd soaked up the rays and were disappointed the game finished prematurely at 6-10pm.


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Sunday 27th May - Tynemouth 202-9 (45 overs), Sunderland 191 all out (43 overs) - Preston Avenue, ECB cup - Free in, 70 or so in attendance

Very entertaining game this one as the hosts overcame the NEPL pacesetters in good style in spite of their score looking about 15 below par. Certainly when they were batting at 120-2 and scoring over 5 an over, they looked well on course to get 250. Alas, chasing after the spinner too often and losing wickets at regular intervals undermined this. Sunderland's innings started much slower, marred by the early wickets until Chris Rushworth came to the crease and nearly turned it round.

Still, after he fell, around 5 an over was needed with three batsmen left, and they did get into range of targetting it, but the number 11 was clean bowled on the last ball of the third last over with 12 still required.

A very smart ground (that I can vouch stages an excellent beer festival each September). Thankfully the low cloud that threatened to envelope proceedings until 15 minutes before the game dispersed quickly and left clear sunshine. The ground is around a 15 minute stroll from either Tynemouth or North Shields Metro station, the latter allowing for a trip to the excellent Oddfellows Arms.


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Saturday May 26th Warwickshire Premier Division Four Oaks Saints v Kings Heath No admission charge or programme. Four Oaks 221-6 Kings Heath 222-3 (23 0vers)

An unusual ground in the shadow of two of the Sutton radio masts and with an easy to miss entrance next to a row of shops. It is saucer shaped and such is the slope down to the square that I would imagine that drainage could be an issue when there is heavy rain. Trees line the ground and their shade was welcome on a baking hot day. With the wicket doing nothing for the bowlers and a very small ground I thought that Four Oaks total was about 30 runs short of a defendable total, but so poorly did they bowl and so ferociously the league leaders bat that the total was nearer 230 runs short!





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Sunday May 27th Kingfisher National Knock Out Trophy Cuckney v Doncaster Town No admission charge or programme. Doncaster Town 170-9 Cuckney 172-3 23.1 overs

A beautiful ground in what remains of the ancient Sherwood Forest, it is on an A road and nowhere near Cuckney. All of the facilities here are very recent and help to make for a very smart set up. On another wonderful weather day Doncaster's score never appeared to be sufficient, and Cuckney, who bowled and batted very well, easily knocked off the runs in slightly more than half the available number of overs(45). They could well be a side to watch in this competition. Although they are away in the next round I do not know where at present.



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Trent Bridge tomoorow (27th).

KP at the crease so fireworks hopefully....



Hmmm. Prediction at start of day - England to be 620 for 9 at close.

Actual close - W Indies 61 for 6.

Funny old game.



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27/05/2012

Hove CC D1 Day 3.

Nottinghamshire 428ao Rikki Wessells 199 Sussex 177/4 Goodwin 51* (58 ahead)

Admission: £10 (£5 discount in May due to my Brighton Buses ticket!) Scorecard £1. No food or drink purchased but Pasties were £3 and Coffee £1.60. Real ale was available but it was Gr*** K***.

On the day of the IPL Final I chose to watch some proper cricket. Sussex's first inns total looks below par here. Wessells got out on 199 as I walked through the door (I am not counting it as I never sae him score a run!) but they still added another 80 or so by the end, at a decent rate. Dont know whats wrong with Panesar but he appeared to offer no threat on a wicket where Patel and Nash both managed quite a few.

Sussex got off to a decent start but then Joyce and Nash were out in quick succession and the crablike Gatting, with a technique so awful you couldnt see how he could hope to hit the ball, followed shortly after. there was then a brave and turgid rearguard action by the out of form Goodwin, ably supported by Luke Wright, to at least give us a lead that the West Indies can but dream of!

Nonetheless, with a very long tail I cant see Sussex salvaging anything from this match, and they are only being kept in the Division by the fact that the likes of Durham and Lancashire are even worse.

We need an overseas batsman to replace Prior, not a bowler, in my opinion, particularly if the best we can get is MacGoffin.

Despite the slow scoring, although not hugely entertaining this was pretty compelling and the weather was absolutely superb, this and the discount making it a good value day out, though I didnt appreciate the appalling conditions on the train back from Brighton!

Poor attendance, est at 700, but then it always on a Sunday for Champ cricket at Hove.



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26 May
England v West Indies at Trent Bridge (Day 2)
Admission: £35 / £10
Attendance: Full house (17,000?)

This year's installment of what has become an annual Test match visit for three generations of the male line of the Part-Timer family as Part-Timer Junior joined me and and Part-Timer Senior for a day of glorious sunshine at Trent Bridge. Trent Bridge is probably my favourite Test venue in this country. It's easily accessible (£4 for a car full at the park and ride just a ten minute trip away. Play finished at 6.10 and we were home, 60 miles away, by 7.45), spectators are close to the action and the stewarding is always friendly.

England dominated the day, knocking over the last four West Indies wickets well before lunch before patiently building a solid foundation for what ought to have become a large score. A Strauss century and Pietersen starting to tee off late in the day were the highlights. Poor West Indies bowling (Rampaul excepted) and fielding, and people chucking beachballs about or trying to start Mexican waves whenever the action slowed (eg a maiden was bowled), the lowlights; and why do people wear fancy dress to Test matches, does my head in.

Let's home the weather holds and I can get some county cricket in now.


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The cost of County Cricket is getting unaffordable! £80 to watch all 4 days of a County Championship match???

That's clearly far too much when there are so many empty seats in the ground. I would imagine the only people likely to pay on the day for all four days are away club members, so the host club probably takes the view that it's easy money.

Last time I went to the Rose Bowl there were only about 200 people in the ground, albeit on a very chilly, overcast day when nevertheless there was no play lost.

Surrey charge £10 for Championship games (£1 for under 16's) which seems reasonable, and the whole ground is now opened for these games.


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Poor West Indies bowling (Rampaul excepted) and fielding, and people chucking beachballs about or trying to start Mexican waves whenever the action slowed (eg a maiden was bowled), the lowlights; and why do people wear fancy dress to Test matches, does my head in.


It's a long, long time since I went to a test match and mostly for this very reason (the last three matches I went to were at Trent Bridge and it was pretty obvious the way it was going back then). Lord's appears to be about the only venue where this behaviour is absent or at least very limited but it's so bloody expensive.

Even listening to TMS is irritating as their engineers seem to place their only sound effects microphones just where the noisiest rabble are located. Much less obtrusive on TV.


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That's clearly far too much when there are so many empty seats in the ground. I would imagine the only people likely to pay on the day for all four days are away club members, so the host club probably takes the view that it's easy money.


That's probably right. Kent members also get in free at Essex, Hampshire, and Sussex - except when those counties are playing against Kent. Most (not all) of the other counties have similar arrangements.

The ECB won't like it and the counties will like it even less, but four day county cricket will probably have to go to free admission before many more years. Australia has the same issue, and by now only the MCG charges admission for Sheffield Shield games. (And even there, it's free if you present the Melbourne equivalent of a One Day Travelcard.)

Still a far cry from Zimbabwe, mind you. An old friend of mine spent a season playing league cricket in Harare, and went to watch quite a bit of the domestic four day competition on his free days. In England he was no more than a decent club player, but twice he got to field for visiting teams who hadn't brought a twelfth man, and once he stood at square leg for an hour while one of the proper umpires nipped off to collect his kids from school. In first class cricket.


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That's probably right. Kent members also get in free at Essex, Hampshire, and Sussex - except when those counties are playing against Kent. Most (not all) of the other counties have similar arrangements.

I believe there are four groups of counties that have reciprocal arrangements with their neighbours whereby any member of any county i the group can get in as long as their own county isn't the opposition. I think Surrey, Middx & Lancs are the only three not having this arrangement.

I remember speaking to a self-employed Gloucs supporter a few years back, who had four memberships for various counties that got him into fifteen of the eighteen counties, and basically took four months off work every summer to travel around the country watching Championship cricket. I think one group was Yorks/Durham/Notts/Leics, another was Essex/Kent/Hants/Sussex, a third was presumably Gloucs/Glam/Somerset and the fourth would have been Worcs/Warks/Derbys/Northants, or something like that.


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I think it will be a while before they stop charging. Firstly if they did they would lose all the income from members, which I suspect even at clubs that appear to be badly supported like Sorrey, is substantial. Secondly you have clubs like Somerset that get 2-3000 regularly without trying too hard.

I see a real issue brewing in the fact that most of the best supported counties are the ones that dont have Test grounds....There is definitely scope for someone to suggest a Premier League, some already think they are in it: buying up players on fat salaries, driving around in Range Rovers etc when the money would be better spent engaging with the local community.



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Saturday: Birmingham League Division 3 Streetly v Aston Manor - one of the two new clubs I need (the other being Penkridge).

Sunday: Yorkshire Tea Cricketer Village Cup Bretforton v Astwood Bank - I believe that some of the groundhopping glitterati visited this one in the latter stages of the same competition last season. Would do one in the Kingfisher if there was a game within 100 miles but quite happy to do this one instead.



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Saturday: Birmingham League Division 3 Streetly v Aston Manor - one of the two new clubs I need (the other being Penkridge).

Sunday: Yorkshire Tea Cricketer Village Cup Bretforton v Astwood Bank - I believe that some of the groundhopping glitterati visited this one in the latter stages of the same competition last season. Would do one in the Kingfisher if there was a game within 100 miles but quite happy to do this one instead.


did it a few years ago for a benefit game. dont forget to visit the Fleece.



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Anyone on here been to the Berkshire MC ground at Henley CC?

The postcode on the MCCA site seems to resolve into a farm so I cant work out where it is. I am trying to establish whether I can easily walk to it from Henley Station.



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I've not actually been there, but yes you can - about ten minutes walk from Henley station.

From the station, walk up into town and over the bridge into Berkshire. Once over the bridge, the ground is on the left in about 400 yards. If you're using Google Maps, RG9 2LT comes out directly across the road from the ground.


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Just over the bridge from the town and thus in Berkshire rather than Oxfordshire - I walked into town in the lunch break last year. Not sure where station is but ground is only 5 minutes walk from town centre. Over the bridge and on the left.



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Birmingham Premier League Division Three Streetly 146 Aston Manor 147-9 Admission £1.50 for programme Cheesy chips £1 "Sutton sage" headcount 50

Sadly we were back to the miserable weather of 2 weeks ago for this very tight clash watched by various cricket groundhopping alumni at the home of league newcomers Streetly. The ball was moving about off a particular spot throughout the game and the outfield was also rather patchy in places and caused various problems for fielders. The ground is a strange shaped one with a couple of chunks of the ground missing where neighbouring properties intrude and the overall effect is that this is quite a small playing area and in better conditions than today 146 would never have been a competitive total. However, the game constantly swung to and for and this was one of those rare occasions when a tie was a possibility as what turned out to be the last ball was bowled. Credit to the last wicket pair for Aston Manor who put on a dozen or so and a slightly risky single gave them a victory which they just about deserved.



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Sat 2 June: Northern Premier Cricket League: St Annes v Carnforth at Vernon Road

St Annes, reigning champions, have made a poor start to the season with injuries affecting several of their squad. They still have arguably the best pro in the league in Dinuka Hettiarachchi, the Sri Lankan slow left arm bowler and also ex-Pakistan Test player Atiq Uz-Zaman, a prolific runs-scorer. Carnforth put up a good fight in an enthralling match; they scored 198/8 in their 50 overs with Ryan Nelson making a cultured 68 and enjoying a century second wicket stand with pro Toby Bulcock (47). Dinuk bowled unchanged and collected 5/67.

When Atiq was LBW to Adam Cowperthwaite for 50 St Annes were wobbling but veterans Andy Kellett, the captain, and Neil Bradley steadied the ship with crucial innings and Dinuk then came in to hit a run-a-ball unbeaten 48 to secure victory by three wickets with nine balls to spare despite good bowling from Cowperthwaite (4/90) and Bulcock (3/72). St Annes ground is well appointed with an excellent club house and good food but a misty sea fret settled over the ground for most of the day making it something of an endurance for spectators.


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Sunday 10th June
CB40 Group C
Kent Spitfires (?) v Northamptonshire Steelbacks
1.45pm
@ Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells

First of 3 new (for me) outground CB40 fixtures for the Steelbacks this season, the others being Sussex @ Arundel & Unicorns @ Wormsley both at the end of July.



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Staffordshire Club Cricket championship - Division One.

Milford Hall 270/8 beat Aldridge 135 all out.

My first club cricket match for over 20 years, and I had forgotten just how long these games go on for! A 1.00pm start with 50 overs a side, and when the Milford innings took just over 4 hours to complete I could see us finishing in the pitch dark if Aldridge had made a game of it. Luckily they didn't and were all out for 135 in the 35th over, much to the disappoinment of their two elderly fans complete in cricket jumpers and club jackets and age 80+ I would reckon.

The highlight of the day was a superb 150 not out by Milford Hall player Todd Henderson who rescued the team from a rather dicy 28/2 after 10 overs.

Lovely set up, in the village of Milford, which is just outside Stafford on the A513. Bloody cold though.


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Saturday 2nd June
2 Day Tour Match.
Leicestershire v West Indies.
Admission .Life member
Score Card . 50p

Only 50 overs were bowled on day 1. West Indies won toss and chose to bat as they looked to give there batsmen some time at the crease. West Indies were 25 -2 with N.Malik picking up the wickets of Powell (9) and Edwards (0) . Barath and Bravo put on 111 for the 3rd wicket. Bravo out for 66. Barath made 53 not out when bad light stopped play at 5pm.
West Indies ended on 150-3.


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Sat 2nd JUNE

Bradford league first division Pudsey Congs 170 for 4 Undercliffe 165 all out
£3.00 inc 4 page programme


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Minor Counties Championship, Sun 10 to Tues 12 June, Cumberland v Staffordshire at Barrow-in-Furness; Scorecards: £1

The Ernest Pass Memorial Ground is situated on Abbey Road, close to the Furness Abbey and next door to the hospital. It’s a beautifully appointed venue with rural views to the east and the Barrow club are well organised with teams of club members engaged in all the various tasks needed to stage a game.

Staffs batted first on a warm Sunday morning, opener Chris Beech making a battling 55 as they were dismissed for 200. Left arm spinner Toby Bulcock bowled a marathon stint of 39 overs and took 3/95 with Chris Thompson’s second spell accounting for five wickets. Skipper Gary Pratt showed his fielding prowess remains undiminished with two direct hits for run outs.

Greg Willott, a well built left arm seamer then exploited the conditions superbly taking 7/20 to bowl out Cumberland for 115, despite Thompson’s 47. Second time around Bulcock and fellow spinner Chris Miller each took five wickets as Staffs set the home side a victory target of 256. Again the top order failed and despite Thompson’s half century Staffs wrapped up victory by 50 runs just after lunch on the third day, left arm spinner Paul Byrne taking five wickets. It was Cumberland’s first defeat for 16 games since they lost to Staffs at Barrow in 2009. A really good three days' cricket; the visiting Staffs supporters (some of the posters on here) enjoyed their stay.


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MCCA KO Trophy QF

Corsham

Devon 258/9 (Woodman 52 Thomson 54 Bhatt 10/3/17/2), Wiltshire 259/5 (Breet 83 Kilbee 73)

Adm Free, scorecard £1, 2 real ales available in the pavilion plus hot food and drink. Att peaked at 125.

Its that time of year when the ECB decrees that Cricket fans don't get any cricket to watch while the meaningless cash register that is Twenty Twenty Instant Mash Cricket fills (or rather increasingly doesnt fill) our County grounds with people who actually don't like Cricket.

So, once again the MCCA Trophy throws up a potential match of the season as Wiltshire send the Devonians packing in this extremely close encounter, which ebbed and flowed in precisely the way that T20 cant.

Devon started off like a train as Wilts sent down a barrage of dross early on including an over with 6 wides in it. They got to 100/0 off 14 but then the excellent SLA of Bhatt put the brakes on. In a key phase of play both he and Bowler outbowled the Devon spinners. Thomson held the innings together, and they accelerated at the end though were held back by the excellent outcricket of the home side, notably two superb catches by Morrison (one to remove the dangerous Woodman) which would have put most County sides to shame

Wilthires classy openers put on 96 at a good rate, but the intervention if two rain delays and a bit of complacency during that 50 over fallow period had me worried that at 184/4 theyd be going out on DL. I had forgotten that its only at the professional end (where people pay lots of money to watch...) that umpires fuss and faff over a bit of rain. The second heavy shower would probably have seen a County game reduced by about an hour. I went into town for some shopping and as I came back 20 mins later the players were chasing the covers off the pitch!

PLEASE PLEASE WILL THE ECB TAKE NOTE THESE ARE AMATEURS AND IF THEY CAN PLAY IN IT FOR NOTHING THEN WHY CANT THOSE ON £50K a year. SCANDALOUS!

Anyway I thought the captain Joe Breet had missed the boat by his slow scoring, as did a couple of Devon fans I spoke to, but together with Langford they duly put the hammer down in the last ten overs. Then right at the end a fantastic throw from the Deep Square boundary ran out Breet. They still needed 15 or so off 2 1/2 overs. Cue Morrison, who bowled some right dross in the Devon innings. He hit a towering six to seal it with an over to spare!

Great to put one over those "aristocrats" from Devon too and cracking entertainment for which really they should charge. I feel I cheated them getting that for free!

Wiltshire are away to Staffordshire in the semis in two weeks.

Of note here, Wiltshire had a bowler called Bowler and a bowler called Bhatt! they bowled together, but I am told that while Bowler can bat, Bhatt cant. neither was Holding a Willey!



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Birmingham League Division Three Penkridge 255-8 (55 overs, including an hour rain break) Streetly 109-0 (20 overs) No admission charge nor scorecard.

This ground is deep in the Staffordshire countryside and is a good mile and a half outside Penkridge next to a garden centre. There are short boundaries at either end of the ground but width wise it is quite sizeable. This was one of those frustrating days where the rain spoilt what was a potentially intriguing game, although both teams should be blamed for their abysmally slow over rates which meant that the requisite number of overs (25) were not bowled in the Streetly innings to get a result. The Streetly scorer was mouthing off at the Penkridge fielders at the end for their slowness in putting the covers on, but if his side had fielded a spinner they would have finished their overs quickly enough for the 25 overs to have been bowled in their innings! A champagne job for me as I finished the Birmingham League once again.




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Another frustrating day as we travelled to Toft for the Minor Counties Knock Out Quarter Final between Cheshire and Dorset having first rung to check we did not have a wasted journey. Yes the lady who answered the phone said as long as there was no more rain the game would be on. What she had not realised was that the covers had been ripped by the overnight wind and when they removed them later all the water went on the square so the prospects of play were very remote, although the umpires were unwilling to entertain the idea of a bowl out at that early stage, so rather than wait around six hours and even then with no certainty of play we headed back down the motorway to Water Orton v Fillongley in the last 64 of the Village Knock out. No admission or scorecard. Water Orton 207-8 (40 overs) Fillongley 117(32 overs).

Quite a shock to see Water Orton in this competition as I have seen them in its "big brother" competition the National Knockout fairly recently. I assume that as they have been relegated to the third tier of the Birmingham League they have decided to enter this competition now, although given its size I am perplexed as to how it qualifies as a village! On the pitch Fillongley from 2 leagues lower bowled fairly tidily until some agricultural blows form the Water Orton number 6 who accrued a rapidfire 49 took the game out of their reach. Water Orton's bowling was more penetrating and the game was won for them by their spinner who took four wickets in quick succession after being introduced just past the half way mark. I think that Water Orton must be one of the favourites for this and I will look to see who they have got in the next round. As is usual in this competition there was a decent sized attendance, peaking around the 100 mark. The ground is a very tight one with very little space for spectators around the boundary. Entrance is obtained by means of the rear of the Digby pub car park.




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Its that time of year when the ECB decrees that Cricket fans don't get any cricket to watch while the meaningless cash register that is Twenty Twenty Instant Mash Cricket fills (or rather increasingly doesnt fill) our County grounds with people who actually don't like Cricket.


I used to get annoyed when no proper cricket was scheduled for a bank holiday or a Saturday (I was prepared to let them play one day nonsense on a Sunday) but now it's a whole month. I have taken to smiling when it rains at this time of year. It does at least create a window for taking a summer holiday.


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Sunday 17 June 2012: MCCA Trophy Quarter final: Cornwall v Cumberland

After a long overnight bus trip Cumberland were put into bat in damp conditions at Truro. Josh Tolley batted beautifully to anchor the innings, reaching a well deserved, unbeaten century off the last ball- a fine effort. Chris Thompson’s hard hit 39 enabled the visitors to reach a highly competitive 224/7. Thompson and Toby Bulcock then combined to bowl out the home side for 105. Truro CC is a scenic ground next to the river, with distant views of the cathedral. The game attracted a good-sized crowd and thankfully the rain stayed away. Cumberland now travel to Dorset for the semi-final on 1 July, to be played at Dean Park, Bournemouth.


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Well well well! Despite the prophets of doom at Toft (who I allowed myself to be persuaded by) they actually played a 35 over match which probably means they started around 2 o'clock with an easy win for Dorset.



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Sunday 17 June 2012: MCCA Trophy Quarter final: Cornwall v Cumberland

After a long overnight bus trip Cumberland were put into bat in damp conditions at Truro. Josh Tolley batted beautifully to anchor the innings, reaching a well deserved, unbeaten century off the last ball- a fine effort. Chris Thompson’s hard hit 39 enabled the visitors to reach a highly competitive 224/7. Thompson and Toby Bulcock then combined to bowl out the home side for 105. Truro CC is a scenic ground next to the river, with distant views of the cathedral. The game attracted a good-sized crowd and thankfully the rain stayed away. Cumberland now travel to Dorset for the semi-final on 1 July, to be played at Dean Park, Bournemouth.



I will be hoping for a Wilts V Dorset Final then Smile

I too used to get annoyed at lack of Cricket on Bank Holidays. Ordinary people are astonished that they actively avoid playing on some bank holidays. Its hard to make people understand that the ECB and the Players really want noone to watch the 4 day game so they can avoid the "hassle" of having to play so many matches. This is something they have achieved in most countries already. Strangely, we are number 1 in the world and have the best 1st Class competition though...........

Anyway, the Kwik cricket has only served to increase the popularity of Minor Counties. Frankly the MCCA 50 over Trophy seems to serve up seem really high quality games.



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Minor Counties cricket is hugely enjoyable; the commitment of the players and committees involved is extraordinary. Cumberland's trip to Cornwall was a massive logistical exercise to organise but the players really enjoyed the trip and the fact everyone got home safely was all that mattered. We are looking forward to our trip to Dean Park Bournemouth in a fortnight amd it will take a very good side to beat Cumberland, just ask Cornwall, they were very complimentary about the CCCC's all round strengths.


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I've not actually managed to see any games in this year's competition yet, but time for a quick look at the Kingfisher Cup. Yesterday was Regional Finals day, when the identity of the sixteen clubs qualifying for the National Round was due to be established. But as was only to be expected, five of the games were rained off and they'll have another go on Sunday 24 June.

1. York v Blaydon - postponed (rain)
2. Cuckney v Hanging Heaton - postponed (rain)
3. West Indian Cavaliers v Ockbrook and Borrowash - postponed (rain)
4. Blackpool 90 Chorley 94-3
5. Ormskirk 192-5 Northern 192 (Ormskirk won by losing fewer wickets)
6. Farnworth 167 Bamford Fieldhouse 170-3
7. Neston 154-8 Chester Boughton Hall 149-9
8. Kidderminster Victoria 147-7 Walsall 98
9. South Wilts 156-8 Sully Centurions 119
10. Bridgwater v Bovey Tracey - postponed (rain)
11. Spencer v Havant - postponed on police orders (ground is currently being treated as a crime scene after three people were injured by a falling tree)
12. Barnt Green 191-7 Banbury 145
13. Great Witchingham 161-9 Brentwood 165-1
14. Wanstead and Snaresbrook 235-9 Harrow 174-9
15. Teddington 172 Ealing 169
16. Hastings and St Leonards Priory 212 Tunbridge Wells 215-7

National Round draw:

Chorley v 2
1 v 3
Neston v Kidderminster Victoria
Bamford Fieldhouse v Ormskirk
Brentwood v Barnt Green
11 v Teddington
Tunbridge Wells v Wanstead and Snaresbrook
South Wilts v 10

Matches to be played Sunday 8 July.


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Minor Counties cricket is hugely enjoyable; the commitment of the players and committees involved is extraordinary. Cumberland's trip to Cornwall was a massive logistical exercise to organise but the players really enjoyed the trip and the fact everyone got home safely was all that mattered. We are looking forward to our trip to Dean Park Bournemouth in a fortnight amd it will take a very good side to beat Cumberland, just ask Cornwall, they were very complimentary about the CCCC's all round strengths.


I think it was Cumberland I saw lose to Berkshire in a semi final. was that last year? Berkshire would give a few Counties a battle in 50 overs games. Dean Court is a cracker. I wish i could do both games. The commitment really puts the pros to shame. They cant wait to get back afyer rain delays.



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Well well well! Despite the prophets of doom at Toft (who I allowed myself to be persuaded by) they actually played a 35 over match which probably means they started around 2 o'clock with an easy win for Dorset.



We actually started at 2.45 and despite bowling ok, Cheshire probably allowed Dorset 20-30 runs too many and then batted like drains.

Dorset 170-9 (35 overs)
Cheshire 102 all out (30.3 overs)


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Saturday 23 June 2012; Lancashire League: Lowerhouse v Todmorden; Admission £4

Lowerhouse CC is situated on the Padiham road out of Burnley. They are an object lesson in how to maximise your facilities, and have turned around their fortunes in the last few years. By placing an emphasis onto a youth structure and with a talented and pro-active professional (the South African Francois Haasbroek), the ‘House won the League last year and are favourites to win it again.

Club officials and volunteers started working on the ground in the early hours after the torrential rain of Friday and miraculously got a game on under largely glowering skies. The pro came up with a quick-fire 63 after a slow but steady start by the openers and 190/7 was a competitive total on a rain-affected pitch, the innings cut short by three balls by rain.

After a rain delay Todmorden were set 152 in 36 overs but after two poor overs Joe Hawke decided to bowl line and length and the opening bowler was rewarded with the first six wickets to fall, twice being on a hat-trick. Todmorden subsided to 82ao, Hawke taking 6/34. A really friendly, progressive club this one with an enviable junior set-up, I really enjoyed my visit here. The tea hut proprietor purveyed excellent pie and peas as long as you said ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’


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Warwickshire Premier League Kings Heath v Nuneaton

Nuneaton 170-7 50 overs Kings Heath 174-5 37.2 overs

Runaway leaders Kings Heath went 50 points clear with yet another victory at their ground which is situated on the A435 Alcester Road south of the city. It is easy to miss the turning to the ground which is on the left as you come from the city. It is a large ground and has been used by Warwickshire for second eleven games in the past. There are houses with substantial gardens bordering the ground on two sides with a brook running on the far side of the ground which meant that with all the recent rain this part of the ground, which was placed outside the boundary ropes, was very damp. Nuneaton's total never looked likely to be sufficient but represented a considerable revival after they were 60-6 at one stage.



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Minor Counties West Division

Oxfordshire 116 all out v Dorset 178ao and 43-3.
Admission: Free
Scorecard: By donation
Tea: 60p
Att: 30


An excellent suggestion by Wishmaster here.

Game was scheduled to be played at Banbury CC in Bodicote, but upon arriving just after 10:30 and finding little sign of life I looked around and found a committee member who said due to problems with Banbury's pitch it had been moved the 10 miles or so to the picturesque Little and Great Tew CC.

Arrived at Gt Tew 2 minutes after the advertised start time of 11am to find they had actually started at 10:30 to try and recover some of yesterday and Dorset were reeling at 11-3 which became 40-6 before Parks and Denman put on 72 for the 7th wicket with some sensible batting.

The last 2 wickets saw a few shots slogged to up the score, before the hosts batted and were quite frankly awful.

Got tied down trying to block everything rather than try and play a few shots too and it came back and bit them. Either side of tea they lost 4 wickets for 3 runs and it wasn't until Blanchard came out and started slogging a quickfire 19 that there was any spark in the home innings. They eventually scrambled their way to 116 all out after being 57-7.

Dorset came out to bat again and despite losing an early wicket dug in for the remaining 20 overs in the day before losing a wicket with what turned out to be the last ball of the day.

Stroke of the day came from Dorset's Khan who hit a magnificent 6 and hit the Pikey caravan going past the ground at the time.

Despite losing a days play yesterday, with another dry and sunny day tomorrow a result is very much on the cards (especially if they play for 9 hours again!) and anyone in the vicinity with time to spare could do worse.

After the close Wishmaster and I headed for the Crown in Church Enstone for quite possibly the best pint of Hooky I've had. Not normally a lower of their beers but this was excellent.

A top day



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Minor Counties West Division

Oxfordshire 116 all out v Dorset 178ao and 43-3.
Admission: Free
Scorecard: By donation
Tea: 60p
Att: 30


Game was scheduled to be played at Banbury CC in Bodicote, but upon arriving just after 10:30 and finding little sign of life I looked around and found a committee member who said due to problems with Banbury's pitch it had been moved the 10 miles or so to the picturesque Little and Great Tew CC.
After the close Wishmaster and I headed for the Crown in Church Enstone for quite possibly the best pint of Hooky I've had. Not normally a lover of their beers but this was excellent.


You mean you didn't go the the Falkland Arms in Great Tew?!?!?!?!?

At Christmas in the frozen winter of 81-82, I played in an impromptu football match on the snowbound Great Tew cricket field, arranged in the Falkland Arms a day or two before. Villagers v. Outsiders. Fifteen minutes each way was enough. The score was 1-1 and I'm afraid I missed a penalty for the Outsiders...


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Hectic week for me:

Monday - Ulgham v Clara Vale - picturesque village ground down an alleyway. Hosts won comparatively easily

Tuesday - Bomarsund v Kirkley - Not such a great ground but an excellent 108 from the Kirkley number 3, bludgeoning it all over the place. The 177 they complied enough to win by 50

Wednesday - Northumberland Over 50s v Cumberland Over 50s @ Warkworth Castle - a lovely ground with excellent views of the castle from one side and of the sea from the other. Couple of good pubs in the village too, and a decent standard of cricket. Cumberland's 223 from 45 overs far too much for their hosts who were all out with 11 balls to spare

Friday - Worcestershire's capitulation at home to Warwickshire - a reinforcement of my hatred of T20 on the Warwickshire 'supporters' on the train back to the midlands when there was almost a Villa/Birmingham fight. Bet none of them could name 5 of the cricketers who had played

Saturday - Northants poor form continuing at home to Worcestershire who won by 14 runs in spite of posting a very average 142 (it looked like being way below that until James Cameron hit a cracking innings out of nowhere). A cracking pub has opened near the ground (Olde England).

Sunday - Tried to get to see some of Wolverhampton v Walsall, but on arrival covers on, no imminent play and megabus to Newcastle time was ticking down - so left at around 4 when it started raining again

Monday - Durham 2nd XI (team contained Di Venuto, Thorp, Harmison, Stoneman and Blackwell) thrashed an inexperience Northants side at Brandon. Not my favourite venue for 2nd XI cricket but I didn't fancy the jaunt to watch Worcestershire at Pudey against Yorkshire with the game in doubt.


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Sunday 24 (no play), Mon 25, Tues 26 June 2012: Minor Counties Championship Eastern Division, Cumberland v Lincolnshire at Furness CC, Barrow-in-Furness; Scorecards: £1

Cumberland completed their first Championship victory of the season when they defeated Lincolnshire by ten wickets at Furness CC in Barrow. The ground is beautifully maintained and is usually a batsman’s paradise but this time it was different. Despite losing the whole of the first day due to the waterlogged ground after the storms of the previous Friday, Cumberland needed only 72 minutes play on the third day to finish the game.

Toby Bulcock continued his outstanding season for the County with match figures of ten for 60 as Lincolnshire were dismissed for 95 and 109. Fresh from his unbeaten century at Truro in the MCCA Trophy Semi-Final opener Josh Tolley again bolstered the Cumberland batting with 90; Ryan Brown also scored his maiden Championship fifty for the County with 52 in his side’s 201.

Brett Houston produced outstanding figures of eight for 53 for the visitors with skipper Dan Birch making a defiant 64 in their second innings. Despite their efforts Cumberland required only four runs to win in their second innings.

Play got underway at 10-30am on the Monday morning after a valiant effort by the Furness groundstaff who worked long into Sunday night and again from early on Monday morning to make the ground playable. It was a good job for Cumberland that the game was over so quickly, as the rain duly arrived as forecast at 3o’clock on Tuesday afternoon but by then the players had long departed.

Trophy Semi-Final action next Sunday, Dorset v Cumberland at Dean Park, Bournemouth- another two long bus journeys through the night, but 140 miles less far than Truro on the round trip where CCCC played in the last round.

By the way, Cumberland have produced some lovely lapel badges which can be obtained for £3 plus postage from the Secretary.


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Makes my journey from Wilts to Leek on Sunday look small. Perhaps we should trade weather reports?

Incidentally i am continually frustrated by the lack of available info on mcca cricket. We were told the ground switch at Oxon was "on the website" yet i had checked at past midnight. Play cricket is never up to date and often venue club websites make no mention of hosting mcca games. Yet when i mention it at games people seem to act surprised. Is there a secret website or a secret part of play cricket that is actually kept up to date!?



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I understand your frustration- I have watched a lot of Minor Counties cricket these last few years and it's very hard to find information. All Minor Counties are required to update their playcricket websites after each day's play- I do this for Cumberland, and some have Total Cricket Scorer which updates during the day. A few counties have their own websites, a few use Twitter (I update the Cumberland games) but that's about it. There's nothing sinister in the lack of information, there's no secret society, I think it's just that most Minor Counties are run by a small amount of people who are stretched and harrassed on match days. They are all volunteers who have other jobs or are retired. The Shropshire Chairman Toby Shaw has commissioned a report into Minor Counties cricket seeking to bring it into the 21st century with greater use of websites, Twitter, facebook etc. That will be interesting. In my experience Minor Counties cricket largely isn't geared up to spectators, as they don't expect anyone really to turn up.


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Wiltshire is definitely run on a shoestring!

Still the ko trophy has got a three fig gate at every tie ive been to so id expect some effort for the semis. To be honest with the silly t20 break theres quite a bit of scope for increased focus on spectators at mcca games if only a bit more publicity was done. The standard has gone up in recent years with Counties using it as a nursery.



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Saturday 30th June
FriendsLife t20
Mid/Wales/West Group
6pm @ The SWALEC Stadium a.k.a. Sophia Gardens
Admission £10 in advance (£15 on the day) kids FREE
Programme £3 (36 pages, covering their three t20 games this week)

Welsh Dragons 110-9 (20 overs) lost to Northamptonshire Steelbacks 111-1 (13.1 overs) by 9 nine wickets SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

A win as easy as it was suprising. Glamorgan started slowly and never really got going against Northants 'spinners' and we cantered home with virtually 7 overs to spare. Game lasted less than 2.5 hours & still feels strange for a game to be over that quick when you're used to the longer format of the game. The missus was happy though!

I really liked Sophia Gardens, very close to the city centre & sensible pricing (take not Kent CCC who charge £25 on the day for t20 Crazy).

The ground is quite small & it's difficult to fathom how it can be granted an Ashes Test ahead of Edgbaston but for county cricket it's a nice compact venue & well worth a visit. Very little cover would be the only negative but thankfully it stayed dry throughout

Parked for free on Cathedral Road, a short 2 minute walk from the ground to avoid paying £8 in the car park adjacent to the Stadium.



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Yorkshire Tea Village Cup Last 32 Bretforton v Rolleston No programme or admission charge. Bretforton 133 all out 38.3 overs Rolleston 131 all out 40 overs Bretforton won by 2 runs

It's really hard to find details about this competition but well worth the effort when you get to a game. Even this morning the website was denying that there were any games being played today. A couple of judicious phone calls by my travelling companion confirmed that the game was on and off we went to the Cotswolds.
133 never looked to be a winning total even on a slow pitch as some good bowling from the visitors meant that Bretforton never got going. However, Rolleston never managed to get ahead of the run rate and some tremendous bowling kept the visitors' batsmen under tight control. Ultimately two silly run outs and then two wickets in the last over gave Bretforton a victory that they should not have achieved. Ultimately the large number of wides that Rolleston bowled cost them victory.
The day was topped off with a visit to the quite superb Fleece Inn half a mile away from the ground during the tea interval. Highly recommended!



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Sophia Gardens is a pretty dreadful place to watch the Championship. Far too big for their 3 men and a dog crowds since they made it a Test venue!

Yesterday I went to leek for the MCCA trophy Semi Final Staffs V Wilts. The forecast was good, and for the first 100 or so miles it was mostly sunny. On turning off the M6 however it started to rain and it didnt stop until about 6pm.

Lots of Wilts fans plus a few cricket hoppers (I chatted to two from Worcester) were there already. There wasnt much chance of play today either so i think the plan is to reconvene in two weeks.

Looks to be quite a nice ground with a well appointed bar and pavilion, lots of wooden bench seats and plenty of pitch side car parking. Nice views too. Not much cover though. Sadly I cant count it as I didnt see a ball bowled and i cant really afford to go back in two weeks either!!

Did however score two locomotives and 10 miles of new track in visits to the Rudyard lake Railway and the Churnet Valley nearby.

The Black Lion at Consall Forge was very "average" as usual.... Smile



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Sunday 1 July 2012

ODI: Kennington Oval; England 252-4 (45.4 overs), beat Australia 251-4 (50 overs). Admission £57; Programme issued; Att: Full house

Such has been the misfiring nature of the summer weather so far that this was only my fourth day of cricket of the year, and one of them was a ‘no result’. And it’s my fourth different format, having previously seen County Championship cricket at Hove, 40 over cricket at Horsham and 20 over cricket at Lord’s. It is a baffling fact of English cricket that the fewer overs you see (generally speaking) the more you are expected to pay for it.

The nature of these ODIs is that you buy the ticket the year before and then spend about 8 months with your fingers crossed that it does not rain. We had two little showers yesterday, but only lost about 50 minutes to the weather and the Duckworth-Lewis methodology was not called in to play. A much better return for my near-£60 than on two occasions last summer.

There seems little point in me trying to give a match report of this one as it is in all the media. Suffice to say that Australia appeared to be so poor, that it was a little hard to tell if England were really good. The English bowling at least did appear to be rather excellent. Ian Bell and Ravi Bopara batted very nicely, and from the moment England came in to bat, it never looked like they would have any problem matching Australia’s total. The one disappointment from England’s point of view was the needless running out of Bopara when only 2 runs were needed for the win, with five overs and seven wickets in hand.

We had seats in the front row of the newest stand, which would not be my ideal choice. But at least it meant we were relatively free from obstruction. But we did have loudspeakers aimed right at us from ground level just outside the boundary rope, which was a bit of an irritation. The atmosphere was noticeably restrained for this game, with relatively few ‘barmies’ present and the scattering of Aussies keeping an unusually low profile – not the sort of profile that comes naturally to most Australians. Chants of ‘Easy, Easy’ at the end.

The familiar ODI Series A5 match programme issued for £5 and supplemented by an A4 scorecard. Marston’s Pedigree at £4 a pint was drinkable, if subject to long queuing. I’m back again at the Oval on Tuesday evening, weather permitting.


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Sunday 1 July 2012: MCCA Trophy Semi-Final, Dorset v Cumberland (at Dean Park, Bournemouth)

This was another long bus trip for Cumberland’s cricketers who arrived in Bournemouth just after 3am and were playing an important semi-final eight hours later. The Dean Park ground looked immaculate though sadly I understand from locals its future is uncertain when the current lease runs out in 2014. Fine bowling by Richard Gleeson helped reduce Dorset to 49 for 5 and though wicketkeeper Chris Park led a revival with a fighting 50, the total of 184 looked well short of par on a good pitch. Cumberland made hard work of their reply, losing wickets regularly as Dorset fought hard in the field. Skipper Gary Pratt steered his side home with an astutely played 71 not out as the visitors won by four wickets with three balls to spare. Cumberland will play Staffs or Wiltshire in the final at Wormsley on Wed 29 August. The Cumberland players reached their pick-up point in Leigh just after 1am, some staying over and some then going home. With trips to Truro and Bournemouth in recent weeks they have reached the final the hard way.


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Friday 13th July
CB40 Group C
Northamptonshire Steelbacks v Derbyshire Phantoms
3.40pm @ Wantage Road

Then the following day

Saturday 14th July
LV= County Championship Division Two
Day 1 of 4
Northamptonshire v Glamorgan
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Saturday 7 July

Cheshire County League Div 2

Aston 127-8 (45 overs) Romiley 69 ao

As a brief respite from the beer festival at the Bhurtpore Inn just down the road I decided to spend a few hours at the cricket (in two spells - went back to the fest between innings). One of the very few grounds in South Cheshire I can't remember either playing on or spectating. After Friday's rain congratulations to the groundsman for getting the game on, but a very bowler friendly pitch made me wish I was 20 years younger. Game over by 6pm allowed me to enjoy a few more of the offerings at the Bhurty before a much disrupted journey back to Crewe due to a freight train derailment at Shrewsbury - 10 miles in three and a half hours??


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Minor Counties Championship Eastern Division; Cambridgeshire v Cumberland at March Sun 8-Tues 10 July 2012

Sadly play was only possible on the Monday when 131 overs were bowled; a case of the famine and the feast. Nasty, persistent light drizzle set in on Tuesday morning and the game was abandoned just before lunch-time. On the Sunday the effects of a week of rain were such that despite waiting until after 5pm nothing could be done.

March Town CC is situated amidst a pleasant housing estate a mile or so from the centre; the locals were really friendly and made visitors welcome. The pitch was slow and not conducive to stroke-play. Cambs made 303/8 with Chris Thompson battling through 244 balls for an unbeaten 117 and opener David Clarke making 76. Spinner Toby Bulcock bowled unchanged for 40 overs to take 2/94. Jon Miles made a welcome return to form hitting an unbeaten 58 as Cumberland closed 127/5 in a day dominated by the home side.

MCC game, Fri 13 July Northern Premier Cricket League U21s v MCC at Carnforth CC

Lodge Quarry looked immaculate as always as long as the estimable Peter Robinson is groundsman; despite a week of rain the pitch was hard and white. MCC made 160/9 in 52 overs before declaring with Queenslander Clint Perren, the Littleborough pro top-scoring with 47. Teenagers Patrick Allington and Danny Lamb each took three wickets for the NPCL U21s who performed excellently, captained by Toby Bulcock, the Carnforth pro. Jon Miles hit 55 and Jack Bentham 38 as the NPCL side won by seven wickets just before the start of the last hour at 5-30pm.

With rain falling heavily in areas south of Lancaster it was a relief to get the game over under leaden skies and sure enough the rain finally reached Carnforth within a few minutes of the close. It was a really good occasion this one, the home club making splendid arrangements with excellent catering. A number of cricketing groundhoppers were in attendance, a select five invited for lunch and tea by the Carnforth CC President. The MCC players and captain were fulsome in their praise for the organisation of the game.

Huddersfield League Sat 14 July, Skelmanthorpe v Kirkburton; Programme with admission: £1.50

This was a simply fantastic game, just about the best game of league cricket I’ve seen. The local derby which began ten minutes late due to a sodden outfield finished in dramatic fashion just before eight o’clock. With some high quality cricket and splendid catering this was a great advert for the league.

The home side batted warily in the damp conditions then accelerated after drinks at 74/1 to post 243/4 in their 48 overs. Ex-Yorkshire batsman Matthew Wood made 93 in ‘Burton’s reply but the visitors lost wickets in a dramatic finish and needed an improbable 24 off the last over with two wickets in hand. Incredibly it went 664611 and the Kirkburton players and supporters were celebrating a dramatic victory. The catering was something else- not only a wide range of sandwiches and salad but pasta and then a choice of five sweets and a cup of tea, all for £3.50. No wonder the village club has a reputation for the best teas in the league.




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Sunday 22nd July
CB40 Group C
Sussex Sharks v Northamptonshire Steelbacks
1.45pm @ Arundel Castle

Really really looking forward to this one, so can we please have some nice weather Smile



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Sunday 15th July - North East Premier League T20 Finals Day at Stockton

Free entry - programmes (2 sides of A4) £1

Quite why they had to choose the main southerly outpost of the league to host this I know not - they always have it at the home of one of the finalists, but Blaydon or Chester le Street would have been so much less travel... indeed, the pitch was totally saturated on arrival to the point that the run up on one side was causing all kinds of problems with the bowler tumbling over. But for it being finals day, I really don't think that this would have gone ahead...

But go ahead it did, and we were treated to three very close games of cricket and a reasonably priced barbeque (although Stockton isnt my favourite ground for viewing cricket in the league)... and unlike some of the other clubs had no real ales on offer, not even of the bottled variety.

In the first semi - Chester le Street beat Blaydon by 3 wickets with 4 balls to spare, nearly making a mess of chasing 112 (after Blaydon had been 31-3 at the halfway stage).

In the second semi - Stockton somehow beat South Northumberland with 116 on the board after a collapse of biblical proportions (losing 6 wickets for 9 runs) at the end of the SN innings.

The final was probably the most comfortable win of the day, Chester le Street winning by 6 wickets with 5 balls to spare chasing Stockton's 140.

Can't grumble at the value for an excellent free day out - I just think other clubs have pushed the boat out a bit more when hosting this.


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17/07/12 CB40

Cheltenham

Worcester Royals 144/7 Hughes 64* Gloucester Gladiators 148/6 (27.1) Gidman 33*

Adm £20, Programme £3 (Both of these overpriced, and I am starting to feel a bit milked now after this seasons price rises). Plenty of catering available plus a Real Ale tent. Crowd of about 4000.

Glad to see any cricket after the current weather, particularly at this lovely location. However it was a poor game. Although I suspect this was a good toss to win, Worcester didnt really make life easy in the batting stakes, and dont be deceived by Hughes' score, he took nearly 100 balls to get 50, mistimed almost every shot and refused at least 10 two's. I was impressed by Liam Norwell for Gloucs, who bowled with good pace and accuracy. Gidman took 3 wickets though mainly by less than confident batting. Gloucs were also very tight in the field.

The score was never going top be enough. Gloucs raced away against some dross bowling at the start but were pegged back by the spin of Ali (3/33) and one B D'Oliveira (!) 2/35. For a while it was quite close but they had nothing to back them up with and Gidman steadied the ship and took them through to victory.

I suppose Gidman would be man of match but I really enjoyed watching D'Oliveira, a right chip off the old block, lively in the field, aggressive with the bat and hugely impressive with the ball.

Since I would have missed the 1825 train I visited the Jolly Brewmaster on the way back, and found this to be an excellent GBG recommendation with 8 handpumps and a Real Cider, all proper independent ales.



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Off to The Oval tomorrow. When I worked in Central London in the early 90s I used to take out Surrey membership and get Test tickets when I wanted them. Now I have to rely on a mate who lives in France to get them!



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Warwickshire League Premier Division Kenilworth v Highway. No admission charge or programme.

Wonderful game of cricket on a cracking ground with a magnificent new clubhouse and next to it a two storey pavilion with the bridge club on the ground floor and changing rooms on the top floor. These were built after a 2006 fire which destroyed the previous clubhouse. The ground is on the outskirts of the town on the road to Warwick.

Highway 139 41.2 overs Kenilworth 141-9 47.4 overs.

Kenilworth made very hard work of what should have been a straightforward task in a game which did not finish till 7.40. Cracking entertainment and great tension at the end until the Kenilworth Number 11 hit a full toss for 4 to win the game and then nearly came to blows with a couple of the Highway team who objected to his over the top celebrations. Very good standard of cricket in this top division of one of the feeder leagues to the Birmingham League.





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Thursday 19th July - Day 2 of Lancashire v Worcestershire, Old Trafford, Admission £17

I know that I maintain four day cricket offers far better value than T20, though I don't know of many sides other than the 'Rose Bowl Rip off' where the charge is over £15 to get in to see one. Still, that made the collapse that was witnessed this afternoon (and the second collapse the following day - 63 all out) all the sweeter.

Worcestershire were without a win all season in the competition, with Lancashire in a relegation dogfight in spite of being champions. On day one, Ben Scott and Matt Pardoe had put on 127 of Worcestershire's 291 to make the score competitive having been 93-6. But with Worcestershire pace bowlers struggling with very damp run ups that had delayed the start 45 minutes, and Lancashire coasting on 61-0, it looked woefully inadequate. That was until Stephen Moore throwing his wicket away with a lofted catch off Moeen sparked a ridiculous collapse, that led Lancs to 119-9, all wickets going to the part time spin duo of Moeen and Shaaiq Choudhary.

The final 2 batsmen (Hogg and Kerrigan) took Lancs over the follow on target to 162... with Worcestershire making 9-0 before the rain that had threatened all afternoon finally started to get a bit heavier and put paid to it for the day... so 61 overs seen, 148 runs and 10 wickets...

Though that was nothing compared to the Friday when 20 wickets fell for a total of 193! Modern day batsmen really do struggle to deal with spin and too many play it as if they're in T20 mode - some of the dismissals (charging down wicket and being stumped, lofting a sweep etc) were nothing short of comical.

The ground is close enough to Old Trafford Metrolink, so a tram to Shudehill and a good couple of hours in the excellent Angel Inn before the Megabus home - top day out!


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Sunday 22nd July
CB40 Group C
1.45pm (such a bizarre start time, what's wrong with 1.30 or 1pm??)
@ Arundel Castle
Admission £15
Programme (Arundel Festival covering 3 games) & incorrect Scorecard £3
Parking FREE on A284

Sussex Sharks 130-2 (30.3) beat Northamptonshire Steelbacks 129 (39.5) by 8 wickets

Easy win for Sussex at the lovely Arundel Castle Ground. Northamptonshire have one won ONE game all season in t20 & CB40 Cricket Frown very youthful side today, well bowling wise anyway. Not sure why we felt the need to 'rest' Vaas, Brooks & Hall as they haven't played since Tuesday & have a further week off before next Sunday's game v Unicorns which they won't play in either. So by the time we play again v Yorks in the Championship they won't have bowled for two weeks Crazy

Arundel is a lovely & very picturesque ground, albeit a little basic in facilities and no shade from the blazing sun today.

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Village Knockout Trophy Last 16 Quatt v Cropston (venue switched from last week)
Quatt 158-6 (40 overs) Cropston 159-7 (38.4 overs)

At last a beautiful day to watch cricket on a ground which is on the Kidderminster to Bridgnorth road. No shade surrounding the pitch but a beautiful new clubhouse built predominantly of wood to fit in with the surrounding countryside in which you could sit if you wished.
Quatt recovered from being 60 odd for 5 to post a halfway decent score which in this wet summer of lowslow pitches and low scores might have been good enough if they hadn't bowled a succession of wides during the innings. The final irony was that the winning score came from a wide. Cropston meet Water Orton away next.



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Minor Counties Western Group

Berkshire 183 all out - 73 overs
Devon 121-3 - 37 Overs

@ Finchampstead

Scorecards: by donation
Pints of Orange Juice and Lemonade £1.80
Att: varied between 80-150 throughout the day


Glorious weather means Sunday at the cricket and I plumped for this minor counties clash.

Winning the toss, Berkshire decided to bat but struggled before lunch to put any pressure on the bowlers who were accurate and the Devonian fielding was sharp getting to 83-2.

The first hour after lunch Devon were rewarded for their earlier pressure as the hosts lost 6 wickets for just 25 runs. A kamikaze run out starting it off followed by a wonder catch - running backwards at mid-off just stuck out the one hand and the ball stuck.

Berks then had their best partnership of the innings making 72 before being bowled on the stroke of tea.
It took just one over after tea to wrap the innings up.

Devon batting in contrast was fluent without being spectacular with the strike rotated regularly. 2 quick wickets gave Berks a sniff but the current partnership is 70 with both batsmen looking comfortable.

The ground is also home to Finchampstead FC although there is no sign of it any where in the way of a rail. Even the area where the goalmouths would be look immaculate after being re-seeded.

On the way home, took a detour to tick off a GBG entry high on my list - the Watership Down inn in Freefolk (between Overton and Whitchurch). And it was worth it and unbeknown to me before the pub was having a beer festival that weekend. The Saxon Archer by Pewsey brewery was excellent.

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Minor Counties Western Group

Berkshire 183 all out - 73 overs
Devon 121-3 - 37 Overs

@ Finchampstead

Scorecards: by donation
Pints of Orange Juice and Lemonade £1.80
Att: varied between 80-150 throughout the day


Glorious weather means Sunday at the cricket and I plumped for this minor counties clash.

Winning the toss, Berkshire decided to bat but struggled before lunch to put any pressure on the bowlers who were accurate and the Devonian fielding was sharp getting to 83-2.

The first hour after lunch Devon were rewarded for their earlier pressure as the hosts lost 6 wickets for just 25 runs. A kamikaze run out starting it off followed by a wonder catch - running backwards at mid-off just stuck out the one hand and the ball stuck.

Berks then had their best partnership of the innings making 72 before being bowled on the stroke of tea.
It took just one over after tea to wrap the innings up.

Devon batting in contrast was fluent without being spectacular with the strike rotated regularly. 2 quick wickets gave Berks a sniff but the current partnership is 70 with both batsmen looking comfortable.

The ground is also home to Finchampstead FC although there is no sign of it any where in the way of a rail. Even the area where the goalmouths would be look immaculate after being re-seeded.

On the way home, took a detour to tick off a GBG entry high on my list - the Watership Down inn in Freefolk (between Overton and Whitchurch). And it was worth it and unbeknown to me before the pub was having a beer festival that weekend. The Saxon Archer by Pewsey brewery was excellent.

Back for day 2 today


Back for day 2 as promised, meeting up with Jaundiced Hack.

And it was a batsmans paradise today. Devon making 354-6 in their 90 overs before Berkshire ended the day on 162-1, just 5 runs short of the visitors.

Devon's 4th wicket partnership made 232 effortless runs before Burke was bowled in the 2nd over after lunch for 143 with 2 more quick wickets falling in their final run chase.

Berkshire's batting wasn't pretty, but it did the job stiffling the visitors in the heat which had me at one point scampering back to the car for a napCrazy.

Alas commitments elsewhere mean I cant make the final day tomorrow but an enjoyable couple of days in the sunshine nevertheless.



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Just wanted to say I too was at this test in 1981

Although nearly

did not make it as my dads car brke down half way there and had to get the train the rest of the way.



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Chris - I too attended one day of that Test vs Australia in 1981. At the time it was possible to queue up on the day and buy a ticket which allowed you to sit on the grass behind the boundary rope, something I did for several Tests in that era. I have a dodgy pirate programme for the game, purchased outside, which really only has a few player photos. And I have two MCC scorecards from the day, one a tea interval update. I don't think the printing office produces these updated cards throughout the day now like they used to, but I might be wrong.

At the recent Holland game, and also at a Sunday League game I attended at Lord's last summer, I found that the Middlesex programme can now also be purchased from a little kiosk just inside the Grace Gate (and possibly the other gates too) and no longer has to be sought out in the shop.


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Due to the terrible weather I had no opportunity to watch an uninterrupted day's cricket this season until Sunday 22nd July. The previous Sunday (15th) had been a disaster as I had gone to Uxbridge only to find Middlesex's 40 over league match off due to a saturated outfield following a Saturday deluge in the area.

My first choice for the 22nd was Somerset at Bath, a ground I needed to tick. Much to my disappointment this match was switched to Taunton, although I don't know if the weather had anything to do with this.

I looked at the internet with a view to buying a ticket for the 4th day's play at the Oval Test, but was disgusted to find that the prices were £60 and £86 for available seats.

Eventually I settled on a revisit to Leicester (original visit was in 1992) which was a reasonably good choice particularly as I also ticked off the re-opened Coventry-Nuneaton railway line en route to South Wigston, which is 35 minutes walk from Grace Road. (From the train, you can see the Butts Stadium in Coventry city centre, with its huge new stand.) Thanks to my railcard, London Midland's generous fares policy and split ticketing I paid little more than £17 in fares.


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Wednesday 25th July

Birmingham League T20 competition - quarter final

Walsall CC 270/2 beat Penn 74/6

I know this is only 'village cricket' , but to score 270 in twenty overs is pretty good going. One of the Walsall openers made a massive 130 not out, which included 12 sixes and nine fours and this was a very powerful batting display from a team top of the Premier Division, against their visitors who are in the relegation zone of division two.

Excellent evenings entertainment enjoyed immensely by the crowd of 40.


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Huddersfield League, Scholes v Golcar, Saturday 21 July

If you choose a game between the top six sides in this highly competitive league you can usually be guaranteed a good game. This was as close as it gets, with the hosts chasing 148 and getting home by one wicket with 14 balls to spare. Scholes’ ground is small but impressive with great views, close to the village centre. There is a well appointed pavilion with cask ales and great teas and a large crowd enjoyed the sunshine.

Wet weather earlier in the week made conditions difficult and Golcar struggled on a damp pitch, their tail-enders battling to get the score up to a competitive one. Scholes have a prolific batsman in former India Test opener Wasim Jaffer. Sadly on this occasion he was out cheaply, stumped for 4 in the third over. Golcar’s Steve Whitwam bowled impressively but could not prevent the hosts squeezing home in a tense finish to a good day’s cricket.

Minor Counties Eastern Division, Bedfordshire v Cumberland at Bedford Modern School, Sun 22, Mon 23 July

Cumberland went to the top of the Eastern Division table after completing a victory by an innings and 110 runs over Bedfordshire at the well-appointed Bedford Modern School ground in glorious weather. The ground had a big marquee and there was a festival air with good crowds on both days. It was just a shame the game finished so early, Cumberland's highest-ever winning margin was completed with two hours to spare on the second day after a ruthless team performance.

On the bowling front Toby Bulcock again led the way with nine wickets in the match to take his tally to 29 in four Championship games this season at a cost of just over 13 apiece. The slow left-armer was supported by fellow spinner Chris Miller and opening bowlers Richard Gleeson and Paul Hindmarch as the hosts were dismissed for 160 and then 184 second time around.

James Lowe hit his highest score for Cumberland, an imposing 134 and skipper Gary Pratt compiled a stunning unbeaten 114 in the visitors’ 454/3, their highest-ever first innings total and second highest innings overall. Josh Tolley made 85, Jon Miles 42 and Alex Atkinson an explosive unbeaten 53. For Beds Dan Bendon hit 78 in quick time in the second innings, striking the ball superbly.
Torrential rain on the previous Wednesday had made the ground extremely wet but fortunately the first sustained hot spell of the summer enabled conditions to improve markedly and the ground looked a picture. The groundsman there is clearly a master of his craft. Post match refreshments were taken at the nearby Wellington Arms on Wellington Street, one of the best pubs I've ever visited.


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Sunday 22 - Tuesday 24 July
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Cornwall (184 and 346 - 8 dec) beat Cheshire (168 and 257)by 105 runs

An interesting game at a beautiful venue. Cornwall won the toss and unsurprisingly decided to bat in perfect conditions against a road weary Cheshire XI who only arrived at their digs at 4am. A 1st wicket stand of 80 was follwed by a collapse of monumental proportions to 139-9 before the last wicket put on an irritating (from Cheshie eyes) of 45. Cheshire then followed suit, going from 45 without loss to 78-7 before recovering to 156-9 at close of play. The second day was completely different with cornwall batting all day after taking the remaining Chehire wicket to reach 313-8 at the close. They batted on for half an hour on Tuesday setting Cheshire 363 to win, but we lost wickets at regular intervals being all out on the stroke of tea, which at least gave me a bit of extra time to do the Martime Line Real Ale Trail in the evening. Especially recommended is the Seven Stars in Penryn.


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Birmingham League Division One Coventry and North Warwickshire v Dorridge

Dorridge 290-5 (55 overs) CNW 250-7 (55 overs)

Tootled along here for the last couple of hours after my shift at the Olympics had finished to see two spinners bowling in tandem - what a treat after all the wet weather we have had. CNW were already well behind the necessary run rate and as they regularly lost wickets after I arrived never looked likely to reach their target. The Dorridge bowling lacked the necessary penetration to get the remaining three wickets, despite constant bowling changes after I arrived.



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Sat 28//7/12 Grace Rd Leicester

CC Div 2 (2/4) Leicestershire 320 Yorkshire 346/5 (92) Lyth 159* Bairstow 118.

Adm £10 breakfast £3.90 coffee and cake at tea £1.75 scorecard 50p
Att 475e

Well this was it. One look at the weather at work persuaded me to get straight on the 0615 Vomiter off my night shift and complete my set of al 18 counties with a visit to Grace Rd.

I have to say this was a good way to complete the set. A proper traditional ground buried in amongst old fashioned housing annd forming a lush green oasis. Great facilities for non members and some quirky stands together witn a lovely old scoreboard and lots of ironmwork sporting the fox motif. 15/20.

The first session was finely balanced with Leics quickly all out and Yorks losing two wkts for 93. Lyth and Jaques having feasted on Hoggards pies but then been.pegged back by tight bowling.

After lunch Lyth dug in and Bairstow played around him. Leicesters distinctly minor counties attack wilted in the heat, Henderson bowled unchanged throughout the session, but although he did get some disconcerting bounce in occasion he wasn't turning it enough to take wickets. Yorkshire got quickly on top and scored at mostly 4 an over.

In the first hour after Tea Bairstow started to hit out and Lyth accelerated once past the 100. Scoring was nearly 6 an over as they put on a really good display. This was only halted by the new ball with the excellent Buck removing Bairstow.

This was an excellent days cricket at a lovely venue. Sadly there appears to be litle interest among locals and had it not been for Yorkshire fans the crowd would have been at Minor Counties levels just like the Leicester team.

One word of caution. Its horrid to get to by public transport. Buses go almost right past it but they don't stop anywhere near the station! This leaves you a walk in the wrong direction of about 3/4 mile which nobody seemed to be able to recommend a way round!



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Sunday 29th July
CB40 Group C
1.45pm @ Wormsley
Admission (in advance) £10.00 + £1.20 Booking Fee + £2.25 Transaction Fee - on the day £15
Parking FREE if booked in advance £5 on the day
Scorecard £1
Attendance 500 est

Unicorns 163-8 (34) lost Northamptonshire Steelbacks 167-2 (26.2)

Wonderfully quintessentially English Cricket Ground in a beautiful location. Rained from 1pm until 2.30, very heavily at times, yet 20 minutes later we were underway with a reduced overs game.

Easy win for the Steelbacks but today was all about the location rather than the Cricket. If you haven't been, I can't recommend a visit highly enough Smile

Car Park was a cowpat filled farmers field but it's adjacent to the ground so I could wait in my car until the rain stopped. Stacks of plastic chairs scattered around the ground allowing you to pick your own and choose where you want to sit. Only one scoreboard which meant if you sat on the raised grass banking you couldn't see it, but I grabbed a spot with a view of it as well as the lovely thatched roof pavilion.

I've been lucky enough to visit to lovely out grounds with Northants but none as lovely as today SmileSmileSmileSmile

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Please ECB, can we have Unicorns in our CB40 group next season & get to come back

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If you fancy a revisit, its also used for Buckinghamshire Minor Counties games, and on August 29 Wiltshire are playing there in the MCCA 50 over final, when I look forward to ticking it myself!



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Can't wait till the MCCA Trophy Final at Wormsley myself.

Meanwhile I saw some cricket over the weekend:
North Yorkshire & South Durham ECB Premier League, Richmondshire v Darlington, played Sat 28 July; admission by donation

I decided to make the long trip up the A1 for this top of the table clash, my first venture into this league. Richmondshire’s ground is located on Hurgill Road, just a short walk away from the town centre. Parking is limited and I was stung £4.10 for a council car park close-by. The ground is beautifully maintained and there is a large stone pavilion. A good crowd turned up for this one and very knowledgeable and friendly folk they were. The chap collecting the gate once took ten wickets for Dorset while doing his National Service.

The home side invited Darlington to bat and routed the league leaders for 53 in 37.5 overs. James Clarkson, bowling metronomic fast medium left arm conceded just ten runs from 17 overs and captured six wickets, three going to pro Shanuka Dissanayake with his slow left arm. From what I saw the pitch, well paced and pale was not to blame; some of the batting was very disappointing. Darlington rely much, I am told on their opening bowlers Barnes and Mulholland. They both looked good bowlers but with nothing to defend they had little chance. Clarkson completed his own ‘Cut out and keep’ day by scoring 31no as Richmondshire won by nine wickets at 4.53pm.

I called into Northallerton Town’s match with Redcar an on the way home; this was in NYSD League Division One. This was another pleasant venue with a huge outfield located off Farndale Avenue in the Romanby district of the town. Chasing 131 to win Redcar got home by 7 wickets at 6.37pm on a beautiful sunlit evening.

Bolton & District Association: Darcy Lever v Little Hulton, played Sun 29 July.

I had intended going to Cockermouth for their county cup semi-final against Barrow but this was called off due to a waterlogged ground. Instead I stayed local and enjoyed my first visit to Darcy Lever. The Bolton area is a real hot bed of cricket and supports two leagues, the Bolton Cricket League and the Association. The latter is now in its 124th season, where the former was founded in 1930 after many former Association clubs broke away to form their own league. There’s an interesting article with historical background on the League’s website: http://www.boltoncricket.co.uk/.

Darcy Lever play at The Levers on Hacken Lane, a short distance from Farnworth. The ground is surrounded by mature trees and the playing area was well maintained while there is an excellent pavilion. After torrential rain in the morning put paid to the Bolton League (Hamer) Cup Final at nearby Kearsley this game started late with both sides restricted to 35 overs. It was remarkable that cricket was played at all, such was the extent of rain that fell. Though beginning the game second from bottom Darcy Lever won this one convincingly; Little Hulton, chasing 152 were bowled out for 69 in 18.1 overs, two home bowlers each taking five wickets.


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Saturday 4th August- Bradford League, Lightcliffe v Bradford & Bingley

Forecast showers failed to materialise and I saw an enthralling, high scoring game at a beautiful ground. Lightcliffe is a small village with an elevated view close to Brighouse and Halifax; their ground is reached via a small track off Wakefield Road. There is a lovely old pavilion and the teas (ordered during first innings for £4) are superb. A good-sized crowd saw Lightcliffe struggle early on, then blossom as Alex Stead (128) and Suleman Khan (106) batted superbly to reach an imposing 282/4. The visitors lost two key batsmen to run-outs and despite a fighting 54 from James Davies and Harry Smallwood’s unbeaten 40 they finished on 224/9. Lightcliffe also produce a fine, match-day programme and are a really friendly club. This was a most enjoyable afternoon. The experience is further enhanced, if you have internet access, by the Bradford League providing a live scores update on their website throughout the afternoon.

Sunday 5th August- Minor Counties Championship- Eastern Division- Northumberland v Cumberland at Jesmond.

Cumberland's hopes of lifting the Eastern Division title were virtually washed away during a thunderstorm of Biblical proportions at Jesmond. The visitors had reached 89/1 after 26.3 overs of an interrupted morning session on the first day when the players were forced off just before lunch.

Rain of an intensity rarely seen in this country left the ground severely waterlogged while a savage thunder and lightning storm raged overhead. Within minutes the ground was under several feet of water with huge rivers cascading into the entrance from the Osborne Avenue side of the ground.

The whole playing area was covered by the water and with no let-up in the conditions the Umpires and Captains had no option but to abandon the game at 2-45pm on the first day after consultations with the groundsman, who assured them there was no hope of the ground recovering in time for further play.

It was a sad way to mark the final Minor Counties game before retirement of Umpire Paul Joy. The players watched on from the pavilion boundary with a mixture of wonderment and horror while the spectators huddled under cover and consoled themselves that surely next season cannot be as bad as this one weather-wise.

Ironically if no play had been possible both Counties would have taken eight points from an abandoned game. As it was both took four points from what counts as a drawn game; the meagre return left Cumberland with slim hopes of maintaining their lead at the top of Eastern Division after Bucks earned the maximum 24pts from their game against Bedfordshire to go to the top with a 19-pt lead.

Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th August- Minor Counties Championship- Western Division- Shropshire v Wales Minor Counties at Oswestry.

After the abandonment at Jesmond I decided to take the opportunity to watch Wales MC for the first time. They are a young side captained by Darren Thomas, ex-Glamorgan. I thought they acquitted themselves well against an experienced Shropshire side.

The first day had been badly rain-affected; on the second left-handed opener Richard Oliver continued from his overnight 99 not out to reach an untroubled 175 before being caught on the boundary. He’ll never have a better chance of scoring 200. Wicketkeeper Anthony Parker supplied late aggression with an excellent unbeaten 53.

Shropshire reached on 401-7 after their 90 overs and Wales replied with 150-4 before the extended close at7-30pm, openers Griffiths and Evans posting a century stand. Rhodri Evans, a compact left-hander with a good range of shots made 80 before falling lbw.

After rain delayed the re-start by an hour on the third morning two declarations set up an intriguing game. Wales declared on their overnight score and Shropshire bashed 68-1 from six overs before setting the visitors 320 to win in a minimum of 84 overs.

Again Evans batted well, this time reaching his first Minor Counties hundred; his sixth wicket stand with Thomas realised 100 and Wales MC looked favourites until Evans was out for 112. Thomas reached 51 but spinner Rob Foster took four wickets and seamer Tom Friend five as the visitors fell short; they were bowled out for 275 at ten to five.

The Morda Road ground in Oswestry is a lovely, friendly and peaceful place to watch cricket with a well-appointed pavilion and good viewing from the boundary edge. Both days were well attended and the weather on both days became warm and sunny, these two days made up for my disappointment at Jesmond.



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CC Div 2, Bristol

Gloucestershire 271ao and 101/4 V Hampshire 276ao (McKenzie 94)

Adm £15, scorecard 50p, burger £4.50 Shocked pint cider £3.30 Crazy yep, your booze is cheaper than the high street but your food is 3 times face value...I wonder which they sell more of...I only had the burger as I had been on ham sandwiches yesterday and didn't want them again!

Pleased to see a game of cricket in reasonable weather at last, albeit not of a great standard. Hampshi*e batted pretty well before lunch, McKenzie being particularly severe on anything short. At this stage they were playing a few "one day" shots and scoring at 4 rpo. He was however out last over before lunch.

After Lunch, Gloucs tightened up their bowling and Hants just gave up the chase. Ervine, not a defensive player, allowed himself to become bogged down and some accurate bowling whittled away at the rest. I really feel that had Ervine had a go at the bowling before the new ball they'd have been looking at a 50 run lead, as it was, with their bizarre selection of 5 seam bowlers at Bristol they allowed 218/4 to become 276 all out. Payne and Norwell impressed for Gloucs, as in fact did the part time seam of Howell.

Make no mistake though this session was turgid stuff and not good to watch, the sort of session that makes it hard to justify to people why you watch the game.

After tea Gloucs went from 51/0 to 101/4 so maybe a result is still on the cards though I don't really think either side deserves it. the pitch is slow but does allow some seam/swing movement.

Att estimated at 355, paltry, and about a tenth what they get at Cheltenham....I don't understand why they are so keen on staying in Bristol when there just isn't any interest in them there. The ground was looking tidy, it is well appointed but somehow lacks character and atmosphere and in contrast to say Grace Rd, far too much of the best bits are members only.



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Somerset v Nottinghamshire
LV County Championship Division One
Venue: Taunton
Date: 8 August (Day Two)
Admission: £13.50
Attendance: 500ish

I had never been to Taunton before. It had always seemed just too far away, necessitating getting up too early to get there. However, as I had to take Mrs Part-Timer to the airport at a stupidly early time, this seemed a perfect opportunity. There had been virtually no play on the first day and, with rain forecast overnight, I was a little apprehensive about play starting on time but the forecast for the rest of the day was OK so I thought I would give it a go. The weather was reasonable until I got within 30 miles of Taunton when it began to drizzle so it was no surprise when I got to the ground to find that there would be no play before lunch due to a wet outfield, although I was a little surprised to see no effort being made to dry the offending areas. It did give me a little time to explore.

The ground is a mixture of old and new. One of the newer stands, named after Ian Botham, rather bizarrely faces at a bit of an angle to the pitch, requiring its occupants to sit with their necks twisted slightly. The best part of the ground was the Old Pavilion which contains a bar serving both food and drink. I was supplied with a very acceptable coffee (£1.70) by a delightful young lady. There is also a cricket equipment shop where bats are made by hand. I chose to sit upstairs in the Old Pavilion where there was a good view behind the bowler’s arm and which had seats that looked like they had come out of a theatre – padded all round.

Play got underway at 2.15 after the players had spent half an hour warming up on the outfield – one of my pet hates. If conditions are fit enough for a warm up they must be fit for play; the players could warm up in the indoor facilities. They played for just under an hour before rain intervened again during which time Nottinghamshire lost two wickets and James Taylor was afforded a warm welcome when he came out to bat following his Test debut last week. After that it was the traditional covers hokey cokey for the rest of the afternoon – rain stops, covers come off, umpires inspect and before play can begin it rains again and the covers go back on.

Play finally resumed at 5.25 for about 20 minutes before the heaviest rain of the day forced the players off for good. Nottinghamshire had progressed from 18-1 to 48-3 and I had seen 15.4 overs bowled so not a particularly successful visit, although I did manage to read quite a lot of my book.


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I was planning on going to Taunton, however, due to the distance involved I decided to ring up first. On hearing even the recorded information line sounding less than hopeful I went to Bristol instead.

Taunton has serious drainage problems since they built the new stand, which have plagued them this season and may ultimately scupper their title chances.

As to your comment about warming up on the outfield and dithering about going on and off, wholeheartedly agree with you. It is a particular issue at Taunton as well. No doubt they will claim that only part of the ground is too wet for play, but once play has started they are still dreadfully slow at coming back out.

Real shame the weather ruined your visit. In terms of facilities for non members its by far the best ground in my opinion, and its also quite pretty.



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Thursday 9 August 2012: Second Eleven Trophy Unicorns A v Durham Seconds at Abbeydale Park, Sheffield

On a gloriously sunny and warm day I was really pleased to visit Abbeydale Park for the first time, a ground that had long been on my ‘hit list.’ Situated in Dore, it has staged first-class games for two counties, Derbyshire and Yorkshire and doubles up as the home for Sheffield RU club and Sheffield Collegiate CC. A lovely, scenic setting and an impressive ground with excellent catering facilities; the steak pie was beyond reproach and proper coffee, too.

The Unicorns relied on Herefordshire’s Brad Wadlan for early momentum but sadly he got himself out, caught at mid off for a quick 38 when he looked capable of many more. Wiltshire’s Jayden Levitt batted superbly for an unbeaten 60 as the Unicorns made 187-5. Durham bowled their overs very quickly with the spinners really getting through their stints and the innings was over within two hours ten minutes. After a quick turnaround Durham got off to a lightning start, Singh thrashing 46. Though the Unicorns fought hard in the field Gordon Muchall saw Durham home by seven wickets with 13 balls to spare with an unbeaten 47 after being dropped first ball. A number of familiar Yorkshire stalwarts lined the boundary, their main topic of conversation being the former Yorkshire Chief Executive's current role with the Scottish FA.


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Sunday 5 to Tuesday 7 August
Minor Counties Championship Western Division

Cheshire 244 and 321 beat Berkshire 244 and 158 by 183 runs

First Championship win of the season for Cheshire. Highlights being a 1st Championship hundred for Cheshire's Khalid Sawas and a remarkable 7-27 for Danny Woods as Berks collapsed from 107-1 in the second innings.

Full report on the Cheshire website
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Was the ''Doom Bar'' on form ?



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Eminently so!


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Sat 11 August- Bradford Cricket League: Undercliffe v Pudsey Congs; Admission with programme: £3

Undercliffe are founder members of the Bradford League and their splendidly appointed ground on Intake Road, just off the Bradford ring road is a lovely place to watch cricket. A large crowd assembled for this keenly fought relegation clash between two of the sides in the bottom three; the quality and intensity of the cricket was outstanding. To add the enjoyment the tea room was first-class.

Undercliffe got off to a good start, Callum Geldart and Matthew Bottomley were still together at drinks. They posted 124 for the first wicket before a collapse, the last ten wickets falling for 76 runs. Geldart posted 72 but Eugene Burzler took 4-32 and the hugely impressive Basil Akram 3-18 with Glenn Roberts, ex Derbyshire 3-49. The home side would have been disappointed with their total of 200 which locals reckoned was 30 below par.

Congs then crept home by four wickets with 4.3 overs in hand thanks to Burzler’s 69 and Andrew Bairstow’s 47. Yasir Abbas took 4-57 as the home side fought valiantly in the field. Bradford League cricket takes some beating for quality.

Sun 12 August- Lancashire Cup semi-final: Heyside v Bamford Fieldhouse

Bamford Fieldhouse are a team of all stars including ex-Test cricketers in Marlon Black and Chris Schofield with Lancashire’s Warren Hegg also playing on occasions. Their pro is Grant Hodnett, ex-Glos who is a destructive opening batsman.

This semi-final pitted two Saddleworth League teams in opposition, Heyside having a South African pro in Gerrie Snyman. Snyman is a hugely talented player but on this occasion finished second best.

Heyside’s ground adjoins Little Hey Street close to Royton in Oldham; it’s a small compact venue with a popular and well appointed club house, a fantastic tea room and rural views to two sides. Rain threatened the game and Heyside’s innings was interrupted and reduced to 35 overs. Snyman threatened mayhem until he was caught on the boundary in the twenties. Heyside mustered 142 when they had hoped for far more.

A large and vociferous crowd had built up by the time Bamford commenced their innings. Hodnett survived an early chance in the covers to display a type of destructive hitting rarely seen in games of this importance. Some of his shots were simply awesome and he peppered the houses at the Oldham end of the ground with some huge sixes. Bamford raced to their target in only 15.3 overs, Hodnett reaching an amazing hundred near the end and finishing 104no in the ten wicket win.

The game was played in a great spirit and Heyside are a really friendly and welcoming club. The standard of the cricket on display was very high and this was a memorable occasion.


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County Championship Div 1, Hove, Day 3 of 4:

Middlesex 211 ao (68), Dexter 40, Khan and Anyon 3 wickets each, Sussex 98/2 (25) win by 8 wickets.

£15, scorecard £1 (!), coffee £1.60, excellent bacon rolls at £2.80, pint Thatchers £3.80 (some Greene King rubbish refused, apparently they've usurped Harveys sadly, but you can still get the proper stuff at the Sussex Cricketers.)

Att:1200 ish. Apparently they had 3000 on Day 1. For some reason Sunday Championship play is a hard sell at many grounds.

Not a bad days cricket at this wonderful venue (not only my words, but the comment from my Middlesex supporting friend sat next to me). Starting at 95/2, Middlesex looked to be building a decent second innings, but a string of poor shots initiated by Malan, together with hostile bowling by Amjad Khan, reduced them to 177/7 at lunch.

There was a brief fightback as Dexter, coming in way down the order, marshalled the tail, until James Anyon came into the attack. He hit both batsmen, Rayner quite badly. Rayner was plainly unsettled and started backing away from every ball and the end came soon after.

95 was never going to be enough. Sussex almost knocked them off before tea but the umpires took them off at 68/2 saying there was no chance of them getting the runs in the mandatory extra 4 overs. Predictably, Goodwin came out and thrashed Rayners off spin for two sixes and they won 2.5 overs into the post tea session!

The pitch was a bit variable, it was green on top but otherwise like a normal Hove pitch, however some deliveries went right through the top. Monty was saying that these hard patches sent the ball flying off randomly and were damaging it. Home advantage was obviously a factor here, as it is proving at a lot of venues due to the adverse weather and its effect on pitch preparation.

This win moves the mighty Sharks up to second just 10 behind Warwickshire, but having played one game more. Had Sussex started the season better they could be on for another title (Anyon and Khan were unrecognisable today from my first game V Notts) but I suspect they have left themselves too much to do.

Train and bus connections worked flawlessly, the journey taking less than 3 hours in both directions. As usual Southern were their reliable selves. Had time for a celebratory pint of Harveys Olympian at the Lord Nelson before the journey home.
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County Championship Div 1, Hove, Day 3 of 4:

Middlesex 211 ao (68), Dexter 40, Khan and Anyon 3 wickets each, Sussex 98/2 (25) win by 8 wickets.

£15, scorecard £1 (!), coffee £1.60, excellent bacon rolls at £2.80, pint Thatchers £3.80 (some Greene King rubbish refused, apparently they've usurped Harveys sadly, but you can still get the proper stuff at the Sussex Cricketers.)

Att:1200 ish. Apparently they had 3000 on Day 1. For some reason Sunday Championship play is a hard sell at many grounds.

Not a bad days cricket at this wonderful venue (not only my words, but the comment from my Middlesex supporting friend sat next to me). Starting at 95/2, Middlesex looked to be building a decent second innings, but a string of poor shots initiated by Malan, together with hostile bowling by Amjad Khan, reduced them to 177/7 at lunch.

There was a brief fightback as Dexter, coming in way down the order, marshalled the tail, until James Anyon came into the attack. He hit both batsmen, Rayner quite badly. Rayner was plainly unsettled and started backing away from every ball and the end came soon after.

95 was never going to be enough. Sussex almost knocked them off before tea but the umpires took them off at 68/2 saying there was no chance of them getting the runs in the mandatory extra 4 overs. Predictably, Goodwin came out and thrashed Rayners off spin for two sixes and they won 2.5 overs into the post tea session!

The pitch was a bit variable, it was green on top but otherwise like a normal Hove pitch, however some deliveries went right through the top. Monty was saying that these hard patches sent the ball flying off randomly and were damaging it. Home advantage was obviously a factor here, as it is proving at a lot of venues due to the adverse weather and its effect on pitch preparation.

This win moves the mighty Sharks up to second just 10 behind Warwickshire, but having played one game more. Had Sussex started the season better they could be on for another title (Anyon and Khan were unrecognisable today from my first game V Notts) but I suspect they have left themselves too much to do.

Train and bus connections worked flawlessly, the journey taking less than 3 hours in both directions. As usual Southern were their reliable selves. Had time for a celebratory pint of Harveys Olympian at the Lord Nelson before the journey home.
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I was at this game on both Saturday and Sunday. I am hopeless at estimating crowds and would have put the figure lower for Sunday but it was significantly bigger on Saturday. I did find myself wondering why there was such a difference as the game, on paper, seemed interestingly poised on Sunday.

It was my first visit to the Hove ground. I have seen it many times on the television and it always struck me as a dull, functional venue. Far from finding it wonderful I was disappointed with it. It has undoubtedly not been help by the erection of hideous blocks of flats and ten apparently randomly located floodlights around the ground, however no attempt seems to have been made to soften the architecture. Various bits of scaffolding for cameras have been left in place giving the place a pretty shoddy feel. The facilities were fine though and the view from the main entrance down to the sea was very nice.

On both days I entered via the north east gate and on both days I simply walked in. Nobody asked me for any money or checked to see if I was a member or had a ticket; most bizarre. I should point out that I had bought tickets on line in advance but I will be writing to the club about this.

It was nice to see a pitch with pace and bounce although there were far too many balls flying off a length. I was told that this is a re-laid pitch. Let’s hope that when it settles down the pace and bounce remains. Over the two days that I watched the only batsman who played fluently and looked comfortable was Chris Rogers, who learnt his trade at the WACA in Perth. Ollie Raynor’s response to being hit was poor. No one likes being hit but for a batsman who averages over 25 and has first class centuries to his name to start running backwards like a ten-year-old facing a hard ball for the first time was embarrassing.

Ultimately the game was settled by the team that had the most big, fast bowlers. Magoffin, Anyon and Khan all find the pitch to their liking whilst only Roland-Jones got anything out of it for Middlesex, their other seamers being gentle medium pacers. I suspect that this pitch would not have been used if Steven Finn had been available for Middlesex! Roland-Jones was quite impressive. I suspect the England selectors might be taking a look at him.

It was no great surprise when the umpires decided that tea need to be taken when the game was almost over. It gives the bars 20 minutes to make some extra sales!

Highlight of the day: Monty Panesar taking a steepling catch just inside the boundary at third man and standing waving his arms in the air in celebration waiting for his team mates to congratulate him, only to find that they were yelling at him to throw the ball back. Monty was apparently the only person in the ground who had failed to hear the umpire call ‘No ball’.Smile


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Second Eleven Trophy: Lancashire v Yorkshire at Todmorden, Tuesday 14 August 2012

Centre Vale, Todmorden is one of my favourite grounds and I always try to visit once a year. Both Lancashire and Yorkshire use the ground for second team games and this was Lancashire’s home fixture. A championship game is due to start on Wednesday but as the forecast was unpromising I decided to go to this one day game on a gloriously sunny Tuesday afternoon.

The ‘full-up’ signs were in evidence at the car park long before the noon start and a good-sized crowd lined the enclosure where cricket has been played for 175 years. The tea bar is simply outstanding, the views stunning and the playing arena one of the best.

Sadly the cricket failed to live up to the setting with Yorkshire batting dismally against a strong Lancashire side that included Saj Mahmood, Luke Procter, Steven Parry and Oliver Newby. I was impressed by the teenaged keeper Ash Gowers as Yorkshire subsided to 140 all out with 15 balls of their 40 overs unused. It was a poor effort with some awful shots played against tight and keen bowling. Gavin Griffiths was especially impressive as a new ball bowler of fire and hostility.

Lancashire’s opening stand of Procter and Louis Bentley soon made inroads into the modest target, Bentley making 50 and Procter 42. Though Gurwan Randhawa then bowled his slow left arm to good effect, Dan Hodgson kept wicket slickly and Alex Lilley bowled tidily Lancashire had the impetus to survive a flurry of five wickets and win with many overs in hand at 4-25pm. At least I was able to make the game at Burscough Richmond (West Lancashire League D1) in good time for the 6-30pm kick-off. And it was better than working. Just.


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Friday 17th August
LV= County Championship Division Two
Hampshire v Northamptonshire
Day 3 of 4
Tickets £15 in advance £20 on the day

Day off work booked & weather looks OKish so I'll remortgage the house and head down to the 'Rip-off' Bowl for a day's Championship Cricket.

Been here several times before to watch CB40 games v Northants and also a couple of England ODIs. The place never gets any better and is one of the most souless, expensive and unpleasant places to watch Cricket, which makes be constantly bemused by the media, aka SKY Sports, love-in of this place!



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Friday 17th August
LV= County Championship Division Two
Hampshire v Northamptonshire
Day 3 of 4
Tickets £15 in advance £20 on the day

Day off work booked & weather looks OKish so I'll remortgage the house and head down to the 'Rip-off' Bowl for a day's Championship Cricket.

Been here several times before to watch CB40 games v Northants and also a couple of England ODIs. The place never gets any better and is one of the most souless, expensive and unpleasant places to watch Cricket, which makes be constantly bemused by the media, aka SKY Sports, love-in of this place!


You have forgotten the £7 car parking or alternatively the ££££ taxi fare from the nearest station. . .



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Friday 17th August
LV= County Championship Division Two
Hampshire v Northamptonshire
Day 3 of 4
Tickets £15 in advance £20 on the day

Day off work booked & weather looks OKish so I'll remortgage the house and head down to the 'Rip-off' Bowl for a day's Championship Cricket.

Been here several times before to watch CB40 games v Northants and also a couple of England ODIs. The place never gets any better and is one of the most souless, expensive and unpleasant places to watch Cricket, which makes be constantly bemused by the media, aka SKY Sports, love-in of this place!


You have forgotten the £7 car parking or alternatively the ££££ taxi fare from the nearest station. . .


I now refuse to go to the Rip-off Bowl, but for those who want to go, First Bus no 8/8a bus from Hedge End station drops you by the ground. Every 30 minute service mon-sat



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LV= County Championship Day 2
Worcestershire 219-6 v Lancashire

No play on 1st day so wouldn't normally have gone except my made had prebooked his rail ticket. Turgid days cricket with the run rate only getting over 2 an over after tea. Only Chapple and Hogg consistantly threatened with the ball for Lancs though Kerrigan got a few to turn late on. I can see why these two are struggling in the table, a win is essential for both in this game and this was no way to go about it. Back to Minor Counties action with Cheshire on Sunday (Herefordshire at Chester Boughton Hall). At least I'll see some batsmen who want to get on with it!


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I'll grant you expensive , I can see why you might think its souless , but I fail to see how its unpleasant , you can see all of the ground from any of the seats , and its very easy on the eye , it is in a pleasant setting .

OK i'm Hampshire member and its my home but i'm very aware of its downfalls but come on unpleasant ?
I suppose you'd prefer a visit to Chelmsford , the only place i've felt threatened in a cricket ground or some of the "big" grounds ,ie Lords where evrything is made "unpleasant" by the stewards or have you been to Hove for t20 , THAT is unpleasant

The Rose Bowl might not be everyones cup of tea but I just don't understand why so many people are so negative about it



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Friday 17th August
LV= County Championship Division Two
Northamptonshire 356 & 176-5
Hampshire 276
Admission £15
Scorecard free
Parking free 5 mins walk away

Very entertaining days play with a good mix of runs & wickets but the draw still looks the more likely result unless Northants collapse tomorrow morning (currently 256 ahead) or Hampshire's overseas players fail again & the batting falters in their run chase. The boundary on the leg side was very short as they're using virtually the last pitch on the square so most of the crowd gathered to the right of the pavillion.

Half of the Aegas Bowl looks good, even if the member's area bar looks more like a Tennis Club than a Cricket 'Pavillion' but the rest is unfinished and looks very temporary especially the media facilities which have been that way for 12 years and block the view from lots of seats at the Northam End.

Good luck to anyone paying £58 to watch the SA v Eng ODI and being given a temporary uncovered plastic seat with a pathway around the ground between you & the action. Everyone to their own opinion of course but compared to places like, Worcester, Taunton, Arundel, Lord's, The Oval, Canterbury & even my own beloved Northampton the Rose Bowl is a bland, expensive & souless place to watch Cricket.



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I've only been once to the Rose Bowl. That was last season when Adams and Vince thrashed the Saltires. I thought it was reasonably priced and quite a pleasant venue. It's very similar to Chester le Street and , to a lesser extent, Cardiff. All three are pleasantly located and I would quite be happy to go back to any of them.
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New Road?

Has to be in anyones top five, only major flaw is non members facilities though I think the New pavilion looks pretty awful. But the setting and Cricket atmosphere is wonderful, helped by the fact that they get big crowds.

I agree with Steelback about the Rose Bowl. I dislike it, too uniform, not enough cover, no atmosphere. And I am kind on it compared to some of my mates. Wouldnt say it was unpleasant though. The only ground I dislike to that extent is Edgbaston, though I am going to steer well clear of Old Trafford now they've turned it into some grotesque conference centre. Headingley used to be pretty ropey too. The worst First Class venue I have been to is Stockton.

Steelback please can you advise where this FREE Parking was as I have been ripped off by them once too often so just wont go there any more and I cant for the life of me think where you could legally park there for seven hours! Have the Club had a change of heart?



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Lots of street parking 10 mins walk away on various side roads just off B3035. I always park just outside the cemetery on West End Road. Kenilworth Gardens off Telegraph Road is also about 5 mins walk away & doesn't have any double yellow restrictions



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Dont normally post on the cricket section. But having visited pretty all the first class grounds (main HQ) except Hove and a lot of out grounds, I fely compelled to give you my take on this .

I agree with Steelback (a rarity in itselfWink) Rose Bowl is a souless place to watch cricket, the pitch is dead, the atmosphere is turgid and the access to the ground make the whole day a real bind.

Scarborough (for obvious reasons) is my fave out ground by a distance, but have enjoyed some lovely days at Tunbridge Wells, Southgate, chesterfield and Cheltenham to name but a few. As regards Main HQ grounds, I liked Chelmsford and Canterbury and indeed Worcester as there is a still a very old fashioned charm to them, Taunton has recently been ruined by a horrible new stand as has Derby. I really liked Northampton where I went recently, despite having been before many years ago, the improvements they have made have been tastefully done and the ground still fells like a cricket ground. My worst experiences have always been at Bristol though, poor viewing, locals a bit odd and in your face.

As regards second team grounds there are some gems, personal favourite is Todmorden, but I also have enjoyed days @ Pudsey Congs, Barnsley and St Annes recently.




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Counties have sadly cut back on festivals and fixtures at their 'out grounds'. I've seen Worcestershire play county championship matches at Kidderminster and away at Colchester's Castle ground (more than twenty years ago, though).


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Sussex v Middlesex Day 3

Also at this one and what a treat to visit a proper cricket venue with the excellent new (since my last visit) "Spen Cama legacy" stand available to non members, plonked myself on the back row and stayed there for the whole day. Wonderful view and almost behind the bowler at the sea end's arm. How this can be described as "shoddy" is beyond me. The flats have been there since I started watching cricket here 40 years ago and are nothing to do with the club - the whole point is that development here has taken place on a piecemeal basis and consequently it is a quirky and individualistic ground and the antithesis of the ghastly Edgbaston. I would imagine the camera facilities have been left in place as it is cheaper and easier than dismantling them after every tv appearance and then having to put them up again soon afterwards.



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Also at this one and what a treat to visit a proper cricket venue with the excellent new (since my last visit) "Spen Cama legacy" stand available to non members, plonked myself on the back row and stayed there for the whole day. Wonderful view and almost behind the bowler at the sea end's arm. How this can be described as "shoddy" is beyond me. The flats have been there since I started watching cricket here 40 years ago and are nothing to do with the club - the whole point is that development here has taken place on a piecemeal basis and consequently it is a quirky and individualistic ground and the antithesis of the ghastly Edgbaston. I would imagine the camera facilities have been left in place as it is cheaper and easier than dismantling them after every tv appearance and then having to put them up again soon afterwards.


According to my plan of the ground the Spen Cama stand is the square of the wicket. I was in the Herbalife Stand, pretty much behind the bowler's arm at the Sea End. I had no complaints about the view, it was the ground itself that I felt was a bit shoddy. I accept that there is not much the club can do about the flats, but they do make it look ugly. While the development has undoubtedly been done in a piecemeal way a good developer would produce each new bit in a sympathetic way, ensuring that the various bits hang together coherently. Lord's is a fantastic example of this at one end of the scale and they are doing a pretty good job at Northampton at the the other end. Beauty being in the eye of the beholder I am quite happy if you think it's quirky. I thought it was messy. Scaffolding left in place for economic reasons? I am sure you are right. It's difficult to blame them for that, but it looks shoddy, in my opinion.

Edgbaston was ghastly before the recent re-fit. I have not been there since but from what I have seen on TV it does seem that they may have done the seemingly impossible and failed to improve it.


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All valid points - and as you say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The reason I referred to the Spen Cama Legacy Stand in parentheses was that although it may be known as the Herbalife Stand it was built as the result of a huge legacy from Spen Cama - sorry but I didn't check my map of the ground. Incidentally having been to Edgbaston soon after they opened their new stand I do think that it is a vast improvement on the old pavilion. You are of couse quite right about the development at Lord's but you do need to remember that Hove has never been nor never will be a test match venue and thus up until the Spen Cama legacy Sussex have never been in a position to lavish large amounts of money on developing the ground. Hence, perhaps, the "problems" that you mention about the piecemeal nature of the development of the ground.



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used to enjoy watching Worcestershire at Dudley, Stourbridge, Kidderminster and Hereford; there may have been others!!!


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I agree with you. I think Hove has been very sympathetically redeveloped. The new stand replaces essentially a bit of terracing with green plastic seats on it and to me is a vast improvement. The whole developed part of the ground is uniformly white, and it has some lovely quirky touches. The Cromwell Road end with all the deckchairs facing seaward is a lovely place to watch from.

I am not originally from Sussex, far from it in fact, and it is the charm of the ground and its location as it is hemmed in amongst all the flats of various vintage, that adds to its charm.

Having visited them all (and then some!) i think the best ground is Taunton. I know a lot of people dislike the redevelopment but I don't have a problem with it. In terms of stands and architecture, setting, etc, personally I like Lords. If you want somewhere a bit less developed then you can't beat Cheltenham. I would have had Worcester up there, and i still think everyone ought to visit it, but the new pavilion there really is an eyesore and in all fairness its not a great place for non members. The old stands at Canterbury are pretty pornographic too.

Horsham, Arundel, Guildford, Whitgift all score highly as outgrounds.

I agree with the comments above about Bristol, the locals are a bit odd (lets face it they really do all know each other, I am always the youngest person there who isnt a minor!). Cardiff is similar in this respect. In fact at Cardiff the crowd (if you can call it that) is often so old that the last two times I have been there someone has required medical attention Unimpressed. They do seem to have haemorraged support since the first Glamorgan game I saw, at Swansea in the mid 90s, when there were a raucous 3-4000 in...



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Time ran out for me yesterday, before posting this:

Monday 20/08/2012

MCCA Western Div, Devizes, Att 70

Wiltshire 44/2 (when i left...) V Oxon 275/9 dec (Kauffman 168) (68 overs).

Sadly this was the day Wiltshire threw away the Championship. I don't know if their first inns 306 was good or not, but the morning session here where they fed the destructive Kauffman to his strengths with over after over of short and wide stuff outside off to an 8:2 field was pivotal. They (well, He specifically) scored at 6 an over and you can see the rest only just about managed 100. His 168 included 100 in one session and was scored at a strike rate of nearly 100!! The declaration took us all by surprise as Wiltshire were still desperately trying to get a valuable first inns lead.

When they finally batted they initially struggled with Keegans pace but looked OK when i left. However they were rolled over for 129 and with Cornwall winning at Wales MC that was it.

I am sure they will all be disappointed with this performance, none of they key bowlers really performed here and even the fielding wasn't up to the usual standards in what has been the best ever season for Wiltshire. A little disappointed that the Oxon side included only about 3 from the last time I saw them this season and Chad Keegan appeared to be a bit of a ringer, last time I saw him he was playing for Berkshire. Having said that though it was Kauffman that beat them and he is an Oxon stalwart.

I can only hope they have got these bad habits out of their system for the 50 over final next week. I suspect Grundy will take solace in this report though...

The ground at Devizes completes the current Wiltshire set for me. Its not the best to be honest, though has a very good (if modern) pavilion that serves real ale (Wadworths of course!). You can just see the White Horse of Wadworthshire fame but its otherwise just on empty green space behind the rather ugly Police HQ on the edge of town.



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Sunday 19 August 2012

CB40: Castle Park, Colchester; Essex 314/8 (40 overs), beat The Netherlands 197 all out (32.2 overs). Admission £19; Programme issued; Att: c.3,500

I usually try to visit at least one new first class cricket ground each summer amongst my usual diet of Hove (lovely ground!), Arundel, Horsham, Lords and the Oval – this year I made a first visit to Colchester. I know the town of Colchester quite well, and knew that the cricket ground is a pleasant spot. Despite being quite central within the town, and just 15 minutes walk from the railway station, it is entirely tree-lined and shielded from traffic noise, so that once inside it has the feel of a rural ground. The pavilion is set well back from the boundary rope, and access is jealously guarded by membership card checkers, so I didn’t get a close up of the facilities. Elsewhere around the perimeter there were two temporary stands, one for members and one for nons, the former having a little bit of cover/shade. Otherwise it was four or five rings of individual plastic seats all around, plus a block of hospitality tents. Add in a beer tent, the scorers’ tent, a groundsman’s tent and random portaloos etc.. and it was a colourful scene. The antique Essex mobile scoreboard was also present, something I have not seen since my days as a regular at the much-lamented Ilford Cricket Festival.

I had assumed that I would bump in to one or mnore of my many Essex supporting friends at some point, but did not, so found myself restricted to the non-members half of the ground. This was fine except that there were too few catering outlets and I had not put together my usual picnic. Two ice cream vans and one burger van was the entirety of the food options. The burger van was charging prices suitable to its monopoly status but unsuited to my budget. On the plus side, there was a very good beer tent, with a range of real ales including some from local micro-breweries – so it was a liquid lunch for me yet again.

A big crowd had gathered (I’m hopeless at estimating the size of cricket crowds) and it was standing room at the back only by the time play commenced. The sun shone relentlessly and play was mostly quite brisk. Essex chose to bat and lost a man almost immediately but on the whole kept up a good run rate. Even the announcer was losing track of who was whom however as more than one batsman came in wearing the shirt number of another. 314 looked a good total for Essex, but Holland started well and for a while were ahead on DL, only to somewhat collapse and in the end fall 117 runs short.

An unusual match programme was issued for £1. This consisted of an A4, full colour, landscape-format, glossy wraparound over a scorecard.


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Sunday 19 - Tuesday 21 August

Minor Counties Championship Western Division (Chester Boughton Hall)

Cheshire 476-8 drew with Herefordshire 298-9

A fitting end to a miserable summer. Only 34 overs possible on Sunday and then a torrential downpour at lunchtime on Tuesday saw the abandonment of the game with Cheshire on the verge of enforcing the follow on. Cheshire's score was a county record with the highlight a superb 166 from Khalid Sawas following his hundred in the last game at Nantwich. Danny Woods took 6-71 in Hereford's innings giving him a seasons total of 34 championship wickets in 5 games.




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Saturday 18 Aug 2012: Huddersfield League, Hoylandswaine v Slaithwaite

I’d been to Hoylandswaine before, a delightful village on the Sheffield road near Denby Dale with spectacular views. They have a star-studded side with Joe Sayers, John Sadler and Alex Morris, in their top three, an Aussie all-rounder called Michael Cramner who is class and some top bowlers. They bowled out the visitors for 160, with Bjorn Taylor making a high-class 70 until he needlessly gave his wicket away. Morris batted superbly, making 89no with Cramner contributing 40 as league leaders ‘Swaine won by seven wickets with nearly 18 overs in hand. The early finish, just after 5-30pm enabled me to pop in at one of the oldest grounds in the country, Lascelles Hall on the way home. Formed in 1825 they are currently in the bottom tier of the league and lost their local derby to Kirkheaton by six wickets, but what a wonderful setting, especially on such a pleasant day as this.

Sunday 19-Tuesday 21 August: Minor Counties Championship Eastern Division, Cumberland v Hertfordshire

Sedbergh School is in a jaw-dropping setting and the beautifully maintained cricket ground is a sight to behold. Sadly this game was blighted by weather, just four and a half hours play possible on the first two days, another four or so on the third. Ironically the dying embers of the game were played out in glorious sunshine. Cumberland bowled out the visitors for 158, replied with a quick-fire 211/4 declared and then tried to bowl out the visitors after tea on the last day. They finished 138/5 thanks to Steve Snell’s 74. Toby Bulcock capped a marvellous season by reaching 50 wickets in league and cup for Cumberland; he is likely to be playing first-class cricket next year as quality slow left armers are hard to find. James Lowe (89*) and Josh Tolley (76*) also got in good practice ahead of the MCCA Trophy Final against Wiltshire.

Wed 22 August Day2: County Championship: Northants v Derbyshire at Northampton

My first taste of County Championship cricket this season and to be honest I was bored stiff. I like the County Ground and agree with davyc that it’s a nice, stress-free place to watch cricket. But too many of the players seemed to be going through the motions and the standard of the bowling was generally very poor. After Northants stretched their first innings to 400 Derbys replied with a turgid 163/5 from 58 overs. Dan Redfern batted fluently for 70 and skipper Wayne Madsen was 37no at the close. I’ve followed Madsen’s career with interest since he pro’d in the CLL with great success for Unsworth and sub-pro’d on occasions for Carnforth. In those days I always rated his bowling more than his batting. It shows how much I know as he went on to make 233no.

Thursday 23 August, MCC v Minor Counties at Lord’s

Why go and pay £80 or so to watch Test cricket at Lord’s when you can enjoy games like this for free admission at the Home of Cricket? On a gloriously sunny day it was a pleasure to be here and the way the fixture was organised was first-class. The standard of the scoreboard and PA announcer both contributed to a really enjoyable game. What a wonderful venue, simply breathtaking.

Graham Grace, what a good name for an opening batsman, made a splendid 124 as MCC made 284/6 in their 50 overs. The 37-year-old Rhodesian born left-hander was in superb form. Minor Counties struggled in reply, only a last wicket stand of 49 between Toby Bulcock and Adam Syddall enabling the deficit to be cut to under-one hundred runs. The Minor Counties made 189. I had gone along with a fellow committee man to support Cumberland players Paul Hindmarch and Bulcock in this game and we were invited along to a post-match cocktail party in the pavilion. Three-and-a-half hours later we were sipping pints of Holt Mild in the Crown, something of a culture shock but equally as enjoyable.


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You should have gone to the County ground Northants on Thurs! I was due to be there Weds as well as my wife has to work down there (well Daventry) now and again - but she got a lift
Would fancy a midweek football game around there sometime - preferably somewhere picturesque with somewhere nice to eat - any ideas?


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You may already know but this is the site of the former Devizes Town FC before they moved to the school which is next door to where they are now.
The pitch was I believe to the left nearest to the tree lined walk which is called Quakers Walk.
Any pics or other info would be welcome as it is a venue which has cropped up in several of my club histories and I have yet to see a pic of it.


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Sunday 26 August: ECB National Club Championship, National Semi-final, York v Bamford Fieldhouse; Admission with programme: £2

Club games don’t get much bigger than this one and the intensity and quality of the contest did huge credit to both sides. A large crowd gathered at the Shipston Road ground on the A19 off the York ring road, a very impressive sports complex with a new pavilion and a vast area that also caters for rugby union and tennis.

York batted first and made 196/8, Ollie Hairs making 56 off 40 balls as he took on the Bamford bowlers in a superb display of free-hitting. But he fell lbw to Bamford’s ex-England leg-spinner Chris Schofield whose spell of 5/22 looked to be pivotal. York slipped from 105/1 as Schofield and off-spinner Grant Hodnett bowled in tandem to good effect.

With glowering skies threatening Bamford lost three early wickets, including the key ones of Hodnett and Schofield, the latter sent packing lbw by the same umpire who had adjudged him three of the same. A rain break then saw Bamford set a revised target of 189 from 39 overs. Despite a battling innings from skipper Warren Hegg, the former England wicketkeeper, York skipper Danny Woods wreaked havoc. The Cheshire County player took 6/14 with his left arm spin as Bamford were dismissed for 120. York look a very impressive all-round side and this was a memorable occasion. I wish them luck in final at Derby on Sun 16September.


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28/08/12 Taunton CC Div1 Day 1

Surrey 317 (Piteresen 163) V Somerset 41/2

Adm £17 Scorecard £1

Basically a one man show and a number of us were surprised that he even turned up for a rare Championship outing. Kirby bowled well on an uneven and pacy surface on which Sorreys batting was exactly that. I was quite amused when one of their fans refused to believe Kartiks Playfair average when he started whacking sixes at number eleven on the grounds that "he has done nothing all season". And the other ten have?

Fantastic innings by Pietersen, played himself in, punished the short ball, picked boundaries at will. They only got him out because they resorted to 8 men on the boundary. I don't like him but I was privileged to watch that. He may have rescued Sorrey as their team selection of only four bowlers of which two were spinners seemed completely at odds with the conditions.

Ticked the Castle Green on the way back, but found it to be not as good as the Plough so ended up there in the end as usual.

29/08/12 MCCA KO Cup Final at Wormsley (10)

Wiltshire 142/8 (36) close

Adm £5, scorecards allegedly available for 50p, with incorrect information on them, and nobody seemed to knwo ehere yo cold get them from anyway. Food and drink very limited at total rip off prices.

You could say I was lucky to get this one in. It absolutely poured down for 4 hours and most of the Cumberland fans left early, murmuring about "ridiculous not calling it off", but you couldn't get the ground staff to say anything other than there would be play when it stops raining. A quite amazing effort to get play in and ensure I can tick this venue..HOWEVER.....

They duly started at 1630 in atrocious batting conditions. Wiltshire lost the toss and were put in. The hopper in me would have traded abandonment as I cant see us coming back from this. The ball was moving around all over the place and Cumberlands strength is their bowling. It was already looking pretty bad until a stunning hattrick by Chris Thompson ripped out the lower middle order. Some tail end resistance followed but in better conditions and with our more wayward bowling I cant see a comeback on the cards.

The venue is jaw droppingly pretty but otherwise frankly rubbish. Its disorganised from a Spectator point of view, with limited and expensive catering. There is no public bar and alcohol prices were higher than Lords, there are no stands or even benches for spectators, indeed they seemed surprised that about 250 turned up and had to open up a marquee to prevent us all getting drenched. Its also totally in the middle of nowhere, with no mobile coverage, so I got horribly bored watching the rain fall for 4 hours, with the only entertainment being the antics of the "Wiltshire White Horse". If I hadn't gone on the Wiltshire Supporters coach I would have left when the Cumberland fans did......but then Id not have been able to count it. Ultimately a frustrating day....



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So what happens now, is the title shared or will they try again?


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Continues today in far better conditions hence my doubts that Wiltshire have much of a chance.



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Sat 1 September 2012, Bradford Cricket League: Pudsey Congs v Woodlands; Admission including 4pp programme: £3

These two sides have dominated Bradford League cricket in recent years but Congs are currently struggling against relegation. Top-of-the-table Woodlands, though, lost out in a thrilling finish after a compelling game of hard-fought cricket that was sadly tarnished by some poor behaviour from home players. One swore openly when a chance went down, and was admonished by the lady taking the gate; another showed an appalling level of dissent when given out lbw, audibly swearing in English as he slowly departed the crease, then demonstrating he was bi-lingual with a rant in a foreign tongue in the dressing room that seemed to involve some flinging of bats at the walls. Poor stuff and unless the league takes a stance against behaviour of this type then league cricket is on the road to ruin.

As for the game, Woodlands reached 201/8 after their 50 overs, Chris Brice making a superb unbeaten 73 after profiting from an escape when on 5. Simon Mason hit 44 with Eugene Burzler taking 4-58 and impressive off-spinner Edward Walmsley 3-54. They made 131 after drinks were taken at 70/2.

Congs relied on opener Nick Lindley for a fluent 55 after he had escaped with an edge second ball. But with Brice and captain Peter Swanepool bowling well, Woodlands appeared to have got on top. But no9 Richie Lamb hit two huge sixes and the last pair of Barney Gibson and Mushy Shah scrambled the last 14 runs in the gloaming. Left arm spinner Brice finished with 4-45.

The League has an online scores facility that updates scorecards regularly and adds to the enjoyment of following the game. The Congs ground is well appointed with good pavilion facilities and the ladies running the tea bar were expert caterers, the bacon and egg barm cakes being highly recommended. The game attracted a sizeable and knowledgeable crowd who watched the game intently; such a shame that isolated instances of poor behaviour by players blighted the enjoyment.



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Wed 29, Thurs 30 August- MCCA Trophy Final at Wormsley, Cumberland v Wiltshire

As wishmaster3211 states, Sir Paul Getty’s ground is beautifully situated amidst tranquillity and stunning scenery but is hardly spectator friendly for an important match such as this. A county ground would have been a far better location had one been available at the right price. What Wormsley do have, though, is an incredibly dedicated and talented groundstaff who take it as a personal blight when play does not take place when the rains have stopped.

With poor weather around it was nothing short of miraculous that 36overs were bowled on Wednesday, the groundstaff working over-time to make a start at 4-30pm. It was always going to be an important toss to win and Cumberland captain Gary Pratt inserted Wiltshire in a move that paid dividends. With regular Trophy ‘keeper Ryan Brown unavailable Pratt donned the gloves and overcame a dodgy start, damaging his finger and conceding four byes to display his superb all-round abilities.

Pratt took four catches as Wiltshire, 142-8 overnight reached 184. Cumberland have bowled and fielded well throughout the season and Paul Hindmarch, Chris Williams and Toby Bulcock all bowled well; but Chris Thompson’s hat-trick that ripped the heart out of the middle order rightly won him the MoM award. Wiltshire big guns Jayden Levitt and Joe Breet both fell after making starts and it was left to Ashur Morrison who hit an impressive 59 to take Wilts to a competitive total.

The weather was much better on Thursday and the outfield remained lighting fast. Though James Lowe departed early, victim of an unlucky deflection for a run out, Josh Tolley and Jon Miles calmed Cumbrian nerves with a century stand for the second wicket. Miles made 41, Tolley a superb 67 and Pratt and Liam Livingstone saw Cumberland home with 17.2 overs to spare at 3-15pm on the second day.

Many Cumberland supporters of long-standing were in attendance and they enjoyed their day in the sun; for many had suffered through some desperately dark days as the county suffered many two-day defeats in the Championship and a string of one day defeats. But success has a price and several Cumberland players may be moving on; three have trials with first-class counties, another with the MCC staff. That’s what Minor Counties cricket is all about, providing young cricketers with the stage to test themselves and move onwards if they have the ability and temperament. Wiltshire have a good side with some talented players and will surely challenge again, but in the rainiest season in memory this was Cumberland’s day in the sun.


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A good summary. What was nice to see is two sides that don't rely on bringing in ex First Class ringers to bolster their sides (particularly the bowling), but prefer to give a chance to younger players. In even conditions I have to say i think Cumberland would still have just had the edge as your bowling had more depth than Wiltshires. Our batting is our strength and is probably better than Cumberland, but does rely on blasting away at a high run rate and this hasn't come off always toward the end of the season.



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Sun 2 September 2012, Heavy Woollen Cup Final: Townville v Wrenthorpe at Liversedge CC; Admission: £3 including 4pp programme

The Heavy Woollen Cup is England’s oldest cricket cup competition, dating back to 1883. There is a fine archive site here: http://www.bradfordcricketleague.org/hwhistory.htm

Entry is restricted to clubs within an 18-miles radius of Batley Town Hall and this year’s final pitted two Central Yorkshire League sides, Wrenthorpe and Townville in opposition. Wrenthorpe had won the cup four years in succession until last season and are the dominant club in Yorkshire at the moment but Townville gave them a good game in what was a hugely enjoyable occasion.

A good-sized crowd gathered at Liversedge CC, a well appointed ground with fine, flat playing area and good facilities. Wrenthorpe fought hard with the bat after losing three of their best batsmen early against good bowling by Ritchie Bresnan and Wade Lezar. The talented left-hander Luke Patel made 46, ex-Yorkshire batsman Bradley Parker 37 and Oliver Whittaker 33 with Bresnan, brother of England star Tim taking 4-37. They reached 198-9 which was a good, competitive total after the recent rains.

Townville got off to a good start, ex England U-19s, Northants and Essex batsman Tim Walton making a fluent 51. But ex-Northants all rounder David Paynter entered the attack and bowled his off breaks superbly, taking 5-25 with Patel capturing 3-21. Townville were dismissed for 137 with 10.2 of their 50 overs remaining as Wrenthorpe celebrated retaining the cup at just after six o’clock on a beautiful sunlit evening.


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Saturday September 8th Birmingham League Division One Coventry and North Warwickshire v Ombersley

Ombersley 295-5 (after being 4-2 very early in the innings) CNW 233-7

This result has gone a long way towards relegating CNW as their main rivals for the second relegation spot - Old Hill - crushed Kenilworth Wardens and are now within easy reach with only wooden spoonists Whitchurch to play next week whilst CNW have to visit promotion chasing Walmley. CNW were cruising to victory on a real flat top, having hit nearly 40 runs from the two previous overs, both bowled by spinners, when they brought back their pacy opening bowler who promptly produced a superb hat trick (one lbw, one caught and one bowled). This stopped CNW in their tracks, and they settled for a losing draw, which will almost certainly not be enough to keep them in this division.



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Sunday 9 September 2012, Bluefin Insurance Group Cumbrian (Meageen) Cup Final at Haverigg CC, Barrow v Workington; Admission: £2 including 4pp scorecard

Haverigg CC made splendid arrangements for this important game despite recent wet weather. Hot and cold food were available and bar facilities, the scorecard was informative and the scoreboard in good order. A good-sized crowd, the majority supporting Barrow turned up on what began as a warm and sunny day. Haverigg is relatively remote, being a mile or so from Millom on the Furness Peninsula coastline, the playing area is well maintained, the square having the reputation as one of the best in Cumbria. With great views inland to Lakeland fells this is a lovely place to watch cricket.

Barrow began the day as leaders of the Northern League and with four of this season’s Cumberland team in their ranks and Lancashire’s Jordan Clark as sub-pro were favourites. But Workington had other ideas; well-led by Simon Beare, a Kiwi who has made his home in the town they were superior to Barrow in all departments.

Opener and wicketkeeper Callum Moffat batted superbly to make 114 for Workington after they had been inserted; he put on 104 for the third wicket with Beare in a stand that effectively decided the game. Moffat cut and pulled to great effect and made his runs off 109 balls, Beare hit 68 off 58 balls. Daryl Wearing took 3-35 for Barrow but Workington’s 226/6 from 40 overs was a challenging total.

Barrow were destroyed by Beare and Anthony Ireland, a highly promising 17yo who is on Durham’s books. In no time at all they were 12/5. Beare bowled a superb line and length, trapping Ryan Brown lbw and clean bowling Liam Livingstone in successive balls, then having Clark caught on the off-side for 1. Only captain Chris D’Leny provided much resistance. Barrow were 72/7 after 23 overs when rain stopped play. After a lengthy delay they were set a revised target of 157 in 28 overs. D’Leny was caught behind for a valiant 45, Wearing hit two huge sixes in making 24 off 12 balls but Barrow were bowled out for 114. Beare took 4-20, Ireland 3-34 and Matthew Lowden 3-25. With rain falling the presentations took place in the club house and Moffat was the Man of the Match, a difficult choice for the adjudicator between him and Beare. A most enjoyable afternoon.


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TUESDAY 11th SEPTEMBER
LV COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP .DIVISION 2
DAY 1
LEICESTERSHIRE v GLOUCESTERSHIRE.
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This was the last chance i had to watch cricket this season, as this is the last round of county matches. Gloucestershire won toss and decided to bat. A decision they must of wished they had not made as they soon found themselves 71-4. Shiv Thakor picking up 2 wickets. Cockbain joined Marshall and the pair put on 50 as gloucs went in to lunch at 121-4. After lunch the pair continue to push the score along before Marshall went for 47 with the partnership being 96. Cockbain soon followed for 48 and gloucestershire were 175-6. W.Gidman and J.Batty put on 50 for the 7th wicket and Gloucestershire went in to tea on 227-7. It took leicestershire just 11 balls after tea to dismiss gloucestershire and they finished on 234. There was still 28 overs left for leicestershire to bat and despite W.Gidman picking up 2 wickets leicestershire closed on 94-3. Opener Greg Smith was unbeaten on 47.


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Wed 12/9/12
England (118-5) v. South Africa (90-5)
T20 International
Edgbaston
£35 in the cheap seats

My last cricket international was way back in 1981, coincidentally also at Edgbaston, when I saw Australia beat England by one run (never mind, eh? There's always the Test series Cool). The ground is unrecognisable from 30-odd years ago, and is now an impressive modern arena. We (no.1 son & myself) were sitting in the upper Press Box Stand, which is a small area sat high above the ground at the north end. The view from the front is great, but the rake is too shallow, so the near boundary wasn't visible from the back. Unfortunately this area was populated by two large groups of teenage kids on an outing. They spent most of the time running up & down the steps, and can't have seen much of the action.

Arriving just after 5.00 for a 6.30 start, we soon had to resort to standing in one of the eateries looking out glumly as the rain lashed down outside. At that point we didn't think there was much chance of a game, but it stopped at about 6.00, and the groundstaff set to work with the mopping-up operation. The game eventually started at 8.12 (exactly!), and was reduced to 11 overs.

For someone who hasn't seen live pro cricket for a few years, this was fantastic entertainment. I know that T20 isn't "real" cricket, but it's like watching a highlights programme. Over 200 runs were scored, and 10 wickets fell in the 22 overs. Some spectacular bowling, batting & fielding by both sides. Thoroughly enjoyable, and I don't think I'll leave it as long until I see something else of this ilk. Bloody cold, mind.


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Thursday 13 September 2012, Second Eleven Trophy Final, Lancashire Seconds v Durham Seconds, at Moor Park, Crosby (Northern CC). Admission and scorecards foc.

The match was originally scheduled for the previous Tuesday but the conditions were so bad that sensibly it was decided to switch the game to the Thursday. Even so, the start was delayed until 12-30pm and areas of the outfield were very wet. Credit to both sides and the umpires for getting the game played. Ironically bright, warm sunshine emerged from behind the cloud bank as soon as the game finished shortly before 5-30pm.

For a final this was a rather low-key affair with many Lancashire supporters down the road for the first-team game at Aigburth. Northern CC are one of the most successful club sides in the country and their historic ground, situated just off the A565 road between Southport and Liverpool is beautifully appointed. Lancashire batted first and relied upon opener Luis Reece for bolstering their innings. Reece batted sensibly for 75 and Lancashire were bowled out for 190 with an over unused. Mitch Claydon took four wickets despite having been forced off the field for a time after slipping in the outfield.

Lancashire bowled and fielded tightly and put Durham under pressure from the outset. The visitors soon slipped behind the run-rate and their task became a forlorn one long before the end. Kyle Hogg applied the cutting edge with a five-wicket haul as Durham subsided to 114 all out leaving Lancashire winners by 76 runs. Captain Steven Parry received the cup and Lancashire had at least won some silverware in a poor season overall. I would expect several members of this side, notably Reece, Aaron Lilley, Jordan Clark and Gavin Griffiths to be pushing for a first-team place next season.



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Thursday 13 September
Lancashire v Surrey
County Championship Division 1 (Day 3)
Liverpool CC, Aigburth
Admission £17

A bit of a funny old day at Aigburth, where Lancs v Surrey finally got underway on day 3 after each of the first two days had been abandoned without a ball bowled. Play began promptly in bright sunshine in front of a sparse crowd with Surrey "invited to bat" by their hosts.

Surrey's first three wickets all featured a fifty partnership, with Burns adding to his impressive catalogue of fifties since assuming the mantle of opening batsman following the T20 window. The pitch looked fairly slow, if not surprisingly a bit moist, with rough starting to appear after just one session. There was little in it for the bowlers, and with a lush and very slow outfield the scoring rate soon dipped after the first fifty had come up inside ten overs.

It felt odd watching a game with nothing riding on it, after spending almost all season waiting in vain for a win or two to stave off the threat of relegation. The locals began arriving in greater numbers throughout the morning, presumably having waited to see if play got underway before turning up. I don't think I've ever expericed an atmosphere of such apathy and indifference at a Championship match. I suppose it resembled something of a wake for the locals following confirmation of their relegation last week. Shots were middled to the boundary for four without so much as an appreciative murmur or ripple of applause. Even the fall of Harinath's wicket and a perfect straight six by De Bruyn off Kerrigan elicited no notable reaction beyond the boundary ropes. At one point my friends and I, sitting on a bench at the midwicket boundary, applauded as loudly and enthusiastically as possible when De Bruyn launched an on drive over the top, bouncing just in front of us and over the ropes. Several people nearby turned suddenly to glare at us as if we'd just broken wind in a library.

There was a bit of a middle order collapse as Surrey sank from 160/2 to 179/5. Procter, the pick of the Lancs bowlers, was on a hat-trick after clean bowling Roy then getting Davies caught behind off the next ball. Procter is a short, stocky seam bowler who runs in vigorously and bowls chest-on with a fast slightly roundarm action uncannily like that of his great South African namesake of the 1970s. However Jewell, on his first Championship appearance for three years, survived the hat-trick ball and prospered in an unbroken sixth wicket partenrship with De Bruyn, in which he passed fifty while his partner passed 100. Surrey had reached 324/5 from 99 overs at stumps, with Lancs apparently doing their utmost to slow down the over rate in the final half hour when it looked like 100+ would be bowled in the day. The start of the final over was delayed whilst copious amounts of protective gear for the short leg fielder were summoned from the dressing room on the top floor of the three storey pavilion.

I thought perhaps Surrey could have declared overnight, then an innings forfeit by each side would have left Lancs to chase a target on the final day, but in the event the rain returned to reduce the final day's play to around sixty overs and the game petered out in a tame draw.

Aigburth is a pleasant, old fashioned outground that must have looked more or less the same throughout the past century. It's dominated by the imposing red brick pavilion; unfortunately 90 of the 120 seats in front of the pavilion were cordoned off behind the bowlers arm so there was limited opportunity for spectators to watch from this vantage point. There was a small temporary stand each side of the sightscreen at the other end, with a longer similar stand along one of the square boundaries. Sadly the bright morning sunshine was soon replaced by gloomy grey clouds rolling in from the Mersey, which finally dispersed again midway through the evening session.

So that's my last cricket until next April, and at least the final session was a cheerful if low key affair with two Surrey batsman reaching milestones in the early Autumn sun.


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Sun 16 Sep 2012- Black Sheep Champions Trophy Final, Whitley Hall v Wrenthorpe at Elsecar CC; Admission (incl 8pp programme) £3

The Black Sheep Trophy is to determine the champion club of Yorkshire with the champions of seven major leagues entering the competition plus the holders. The final was a magnificent showcase for the very best in league cricket. Whitley Hall, from the South Yorkshire League just prevailed after a tense and exciting game against Wrenthorpe, champions of the Central Yorkshire League to retain the trophy.

Located south of Barnsley, Elsecar CC staged the game superbly- the Crab Field ground, which has staged cricket since the 1850s was in perfect order and the tea room and club house were fully operational and well frequented. The PA announcer kept spectators fully informed and the whole organisation of the event was exemplary. A good-sized crowd, estimated at around 400, watched the game intently and thankfully the forecast showers stayed away until the game was concluded at 6-25pm.

Whitley Hall batted first and made 204/9, four of their batsmen reaching the 30s but then not going on further. Wrenthorpe’s bowling and fielding was of a high standard and they showed their depth by coping with an injury to one of their key bowlers who only bowled nine balls before suffering a back injury.

Wrenthorpe started well but then collapsed from 41/0 to 100/7. Ex-Yorkshire batsman Bradley Parker sparked a revival with a superb half-century and his dismissal, lbw to Hall’s South African all-rounder Jaco Castle was crucial. The last wicket fell just as rain began to fall from a leaden sky, a superb catch at third man sparking joyous scenes of celebration from the Hall players and supporters. I was really impressed by Whitley Hall who used seven bowlers and whose approach to the game was terrific. Top-class club cricket in Yorkshire really takes some beating for quality and entertainment.


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Sat 22 September 2012- Central Yorkshire League Premier Division: Birstall v Altofts;

With Wrenthorpe having won the title the focus shifted to the relegation battle in the CYL on the last day of the season. Mirfield-based Moorlands, champions of Division One have decided to leave the league and join the Huddersfield League and so only one relegation place was open. Any one of three clubs were endangered, Batley, Birstall and Altofts.

Batley beat Carlton batting first to ensure safety and so long before the end of this game it was clear that one of these would go down. Play here had started at 11-30am but was then delayed for half-an-hour while the ground had further work done at it after a rainy week. Batting first on a gloriously sunny day Birstall slipped to 103/5 but were then revived by a superb, hard-hitting 85 from their no7 batsman James Byrne who faced only 62 balls and smashed eight fours and five sixes, with some sublime timing. Jonathan Donnelly and Ian Tennant each took four wickets for Altofts who, as things transpired, needed to reach 177 (75pc of Birstall’s score) and avoid being bowled out to ensure safety.

Altofts made a decent start, reaching 125/4 but veteran seamer Kevin Watson hauled Birstall back into the game with some wily bowling. About 12 overs from the finish Altofts looked to have decided to settle for the 177 target and avoid being dismissed. As the sun went down and the temperature dipped the last hour was very tense and a large crowd built up. Stephen Palmer batted well for 42 but others around him failed and Altofts gradually looked more and more anxious as the drama unfolded. With five overs left they were 164/5 but Watson took two crucial wickets and finished with 5/33 and in a dramatic final over Byrne ran out Palmer. Come the last ball Altofts needed three runs with their last pair at the crease but Byrne ran out Andrew Armitage as they chanced a second run. Altofts were 175 all out, two runs from safety and Birstall’s joy was unconfined. The game finished in the gloaming at 6-48pm.

Birstall have played at their present ground since 1870- there is a marvellous website attributed to the cricket clubs of this area as part of the University Of Huddersfield’s archive section funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund http://www.ckcricketheritage.org.uk/northkirklees/birstall/clubhome.htm





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Sunday 23 September 2012: Saddleworth League: Uppermill v Bamford Fieldhouse

Bamford Fieldhouse won the Lancashire Cup last Sunday and so their final league game of the season was re-arranged; it was played at Uppermill on a chilly and overcast autumnal afternoon on a wet and boggy ground with the green pitch barely discernable from the outfield. Bamford had an 18-pt lead over the defending champions and so this was effectively a title decider, though Bamford had a clear advantage. A devout band of cricket enthusiasts gathered in time for the noon start and enjoyed a fine afternoon’s entertainment.

Though the Saddleworth League does little to promote itself, the excellent sports columns of the Oldham Chronicle being the best source of on-line news, the standard of cricket is surprisingly high. Uppermill proved that by showing depth to their batting, the middle and late order batsmen all producing fine shots and both wicketkeepers were excellent. Darren Shadford, who played for Lancashire in the late 1990s bolstered the Uppermill innings with 65 and they made 184/9 after their 45 overs. South African born Martin Smith bowled unchanged to take 5/101 with Marlon Black, a former West Indies Test player and Chris Schofield, ex Lancashire, Surrey and England, sharing the workload at the other end for Bamford.

Bamford gave two young batsmen a chance to open the innings and they batted well, giving their side impetus. Later, Paul Roberts, who had kept wicket so well standing in for the usual ‘keeper Jason Maher hit an aggressive 50 and ex-county batsman Grant Hodnett was unbeaten on 22 as Bamford reached their victory target for the loss of five wickets with 9.3 overs in hand. Uppermill fought hard in the field and the game was played in a fine spirit, really reflecting well on the league as a whole. The two elderly umpires were masters of their craft, authoritative and understated.

Paddy McKeown, another ex Lancashire player, and the Bamford captain received the league championship trophy from the league chairman in a small ceremony at the conclusion of the game just after five o’clock. No sooner had that been concluded the rain poured down from leaden skies that had encircled the stark Pennine hills surrounding the ground during the afternoon and another cricket season was consigned to the record books. Rain, rain and more rain was the abiding memory of the season but I was fortunate to see some good cricket in-between particularly in the Northern Leagues and Minor Counties. I made many new friends and caught up with many old friends and acquaintances made over the years. This was a good way to put the season to bed and credit goes to both teams for providing a memorable game on a dismal afternoon.


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Sunday 7 April 2013, Friendly Bamford Fieldhouse v Cumberland CCC

Cumberland got their season underway with a hard fought victory by 54 runs over Lancashire Cup holders Bamford Fieldhouse at Hollin Lane, Bamford.

The MCCA Trophy holders needed a tough work-out before they begin the defence of their title against Cambs at March in a fortnight and they certainly got one against a star-studded opposition side which also reached the semi-final of the ECB National Club Championship last season.

The Bamford ground looked immaculate despite weeks of extreme wintry weather. On a slow paced pitch Cumberland made 163, James Lowe hitting 47 and skipper Gary Pratt 38. Martin Smith underlined his reputation as one of the best bowlers in club cricket with a superb spell of six for 27 from his nine overs for Bamford.

Cumberland’s opening bowlers Richard Gleeson and Ben Potter quickly tore into the Bamford batting line-up the hosts struggled to 13 for 4. Toby Bulcock, the leading wicket-taker in the Minor Counties last season then went on to capture four wickets for 16 runs as Bamford were dismissed for 109 despite spirited late resistance from former West Indies Test player Marlon Black, who made 27. It was great to be back watching cricket and though it got chilly late on the weather was fine and sunny.


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Sunday 21 April 2013- MCCA Trophy: Cambridgeshire v Cumberland at Wisbech Town CC;

Barrovians Jonathan Miles and Liam Livingstone both played starring roles as Cumberland began their defence of the MCCA Trophy with an impressive six wickets win over Cambridgeshire at Wisbech.

The left-handed Miles anchored Cumberland’s successful chase of a target of 233 with a patiently compiled 69 off 126 balls on a slow, early season Fenland pitch. Livingstone then supplied the fireworks to see his side over the finishing line with a dazzling array of shots in his unbeaten 51.

Chris Williams, now pro at Unsworth CC was the only member of the side which defeated Wiltshire in last season’s final to miss out due to club commitments.

After electing to bat, Cambs posted 232 for 9 in their 50 overs with the experienced Garry Park underpinning their innings with 65 off 117 balls. Park added 87 for the sixth wicket with James Williams (50) after the home side had slumped to 96 for 5 in the 24th over.

The game was switched from March due to problems with the outfield there, after crows attacked and damaged the outfield in search of bugs in the soil. It was sunny but with a chill breeze at Wisbech, a pleasantly appointed ground close to the town centre. Good to see several groundhoppers there, including several Kempsterites.


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MCC Universities Match, The Parks, Oxford.

Oxford Univ 220ao (80), Marriott 81, Jones 5/45, Cox 7 dismissals behind stumps.
Worcs 348 and 80/0 (kervezee 49*) Close

Entry Free, Scorecard, Free, no facilities whatsoever!
Att: usually about 100 watching at any one time.

For my first game of the season, I saw the last two sessions of play in the bucolic surroundings of the Parks, with many students sunbathing and playing impromptu games around the boundary. Marriot'ts innings wasn't chanceless but he did bat well with the tail and score some good boundaries. Worcester, playing largely a Second XI, altered their batting order and Kervezee was pretty entertaining at the end. Coxs work behind the stumps was impressive and the players seemed to think it may be a record for Worcs.

The parks is a lovely venue but has no facilities and I suggest to visit go on a sunny day and take a picnic. Its only a 15 min walk from the bus station up the Banbury Road.

This was meant to be part of a double with Mansfield Rd in the Oxon Senior Lge, which is almost adjacent, but I never had any more than 50% hope as this appallingly orgnaised League doesn't have a single internet link that is up to date. Needless to say there was no sign of a game when I walked past so I adjourned for a meal and drink in the White Horse, amusing myself watching the antics of an "Inspector Morse Pub Crawl", all of whom were wearing matching T shirts and completely missing the point by drinking tasteless chemical fizz. I am sure the Inspector would have downed his pint in double quick time had he seen this lot approaching!

As ever with Oxford, an engaging day out.



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MCCA Trophy Oxfordshire v Bedfordshire at Bicester and North Oxford CC Admission Free Scorecard (very basic) for a voluntary contribution.

Bedfordshire 262-6 (50 overs)
Oxfordshire 266-9 (49.4 overs)

Thrilling encounter which swung first one way then the other in a setting where the drone of traffic on the nearby M40 was ever present. The ground is nowhere near Bicester (a good 4 miles distant) and although in the countryside, fails to provide any shelter of any sort in a set up which looks very new with a very smart looking pavilion. There is a second pitch the other side of the pavilion where a women's match was going on.

As for the main fare, some dreadful fielding from Oxon saw numerous dropped catches and some fairly undistinguished spin bowling allowed Beds top post a healthy total. After a tremendous start with a second wicket stand of well over a hundred and a run rate of over seven at the half way mark Oxon seemed to be cruising. However, the drinks break as is so often the case provided the catalyst for a huge change in affairs, with wicket after wicket falling, the first one just two balls after the break. Some tight spin bowling dried the runs to a trickle for a while but Oxon recovered enough to squeak home with two balls to spare. Great entertainment for all in the healthy sized crowd which built up in numbers throughout the afternoon.



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Sunday 5 May 2013, ECB National Club Championship First Round: Egerton v St Annes

Egerton is a picturesque village ground situated just off the A666 road from Bolton to Darwen. The pavilion is well appointed and there is plenty of car parking. The club is well supported and a great venue to watch competitive league cricket in the Bolton League. The ground slopes down from the road side and there are magnificent views across to Winter Hill. Considering the ground was under a heavy carpet of snow six weeks ago the condition of the playing area reflected huge credit on the groundstaff.

I remember the feats of future Australian great Mark Waugh here in the 1980s; arriving as an amateur to help his brother Steve, the professional, he was plummeted into the job when Steve was called up for an Australian training camp after scoring a century in his only appearance for the club.

Northern League side St Annes dominated the game on a slow-paced pitch, restricting the home side to 110 for 8 in their 45 overs with a fine display of out-cricket. With three teenaged batsmen in their top four St Annes then made light work of their target, 18yo Matthew Taaffe hitting an impressive unbeaten 45no in their eight wickets win.


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With three teenaged batsmen in their top four St Annes then made light work of their target, 18yo Matthew Taaffe hitting an impressive unbeaten 45no in their eight wickets win.


St Annes had a good youngster a few years ago - Andrew Flintoff. He made his debut in the First XI at age 14.


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In case anyone is interested, Eversley CC are at home to a 'Lashings World X1' on Friday 31st May, starting at 1pm. I found this out when attending Eversley & California v. Cobham today. The cricket ground is next door to the football ground but is accessed from the main road rather than Fox Lane and is a very nice venue with a good scorebox.


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MCCA Trophy Oxfordshire v Bedfordshire at Bicester and North Oxford CC Admission Free Scorecard (very basic) for a voluntary contribution.

... The ground is nowhere near Bicester (a good 4 miles distant) and although in the countryside, fails to provide any shelter of any sort in a set up which looks very new with a very smart looking pavilion. ...

The ground is in the village Chesterton and I'd say it's more like about 2 miles from Bicester rather than 4. Bit of a hike for anyone travelling by train though since the main station is the other side of the town. I'm pretty sure Bicester and North Oxford CC moved there while I was living in Bicester which would have been between 1993 and 1997, the club having previously shared with football and rugby clubs in Oxfrod Road. Rob


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MCCA Trophy Oxfordshire v Bedfordshire at Bicester and North Oxford CC Admission Free Scorecard (very basic) for a voluntary contribution.

... The ground is nowhere near Bicester (a good 4 miles distant) and although in the countryside, fails to provide any shelter of any sort in a set up which looks very new with a very smart looking pavilion. ...

The ground is in the village Chesterton and I'd say it's more like about 2 miles from Bicester rather than 4. Bit of a hike for anyone travelling by train though since the main station is the other side of the town. I'm pretty sure Bicester and North Oxford CC moved there while I was living in Bicester which would have been between 1993 and 1997, the club having previously shared with football and rugby clubs in Oxfrod Road. Rob




This ground is part of the Bicester Sports Association who also own Oxford Road. What Rob says is correct. It was also meant to be the home of Bicester RFC and the local hockey club but no one seems to want the hike - be it 2 or 4 miles to play there. It has never been a success as a sports ground, Oxford United used it as a training ground for a while. Highfield Old Boys of the Banbury District and Lord Jersey play there. I have never seen a game of any sport there yet. With Bicester Town now resigned to the great Hellenic League in the Sky and the Rugby Club not wanting to move I can't see much happening at this venue until the monster that is Bicester Outlet Village engulfs the southern end of Bicester (they already have Tesco's in their sights) meaning all sports clubs will have to move there or join Bicester Town in the defunct section. Chesterton is or soon will be part of Bicester as the town expands in all directions, it's unstoppable onwards march to met up with it's twin Didcot and concrete in everything from the M4 to the M42.


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England v New Zealand 1st Test at Lords Sat 18th May
Spoilt for choice here as I've got a ticket for the Test in the John Edrich Lower but also want to go to the Div 2 Play off final at Wembley


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England v New Zealand 1st Test at Lords Sat 18th May
Spoilt for choice here as I've got a ticket for the Test in the John Edrich Lower but also want to go to the Div 2 Play off final at Wembley


Do both. It's no more than 45 minutes by public transport between Lord's and Wembley. You could do the first hour at Lord's, go to Wembley and, even if it goes to extra time, you can be back for the final hour or more.

By the way the Edrich Stand is named after Bill not John. John played for Surrey!


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Flog one or the other! No idea how much Test cricket is, but I know it's a lot, albeit for all day. But not worth shelling out that much, I'd have thuoght, just for a couple of hours.



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England v New Zealand 1st Test at Lords Sat 18th May
Spoilt for choice here as I've got a ticket for the Test in the John Edrich Lower but also want to go to the Div 2 Play off final at Wembley


Do both. It's no more than 45 minutes by public transport between Lord's and Wembley. You could do the first hour at Lord's, go to Wembley and, even if it goes to extra time, you can be back for the final hour or more.

By the way the Edrich Stand is named after Bill not John. John played for Surrey!


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Flog one or the other! No idea how much Test cricket is, but I know it's a lot, albeit for all day. But not worth shelling out that much, I'd have thuoght, just for a couple of hours.


Mishi, not too bad £35 for the ticket. Will probably go to cricket as Dickie Bird is doing a book signing that day and we can swap Barnsley stories. Haven't got a ticket for the play off final yet, think they go on general sale from the clubs tomorrow


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Sunday 12 May 2013: Heavy Woollen Cup First Round: Mirfield Parish Cavaliers v Barkisland

The Heavy Woollen Cup is the oldest cricket competition in the world and this clash between MPC (Central Yorkshire Lge) and Barkisland (Hudderfield Lge) showed that the cup still means a lot to the players involved.

MPC’s ground at Wellhouse Lane was featured as part of the excellent Huddersfield University study into local cricket clubs and their heritage: http://www.ckcricketheritage.org.uk/northkirklees/mirfieldparish/clubhome.htm

It must be one of the smallest grounds I’ve ever visited which means that watching from the boundary gives you virtually the same view as the umpire. Barkisland made 259/8 in 45 overs, their brilliant West Indian pro Lorenzo Ingram making 92. Locals reckoned this was 80 below par on a ground where shots are usually 1, 4 or 6 with very few 2s or 3s. But the home side succumbed to 147 all out in reply.

With the weather forecast being accurate, little or no play was possible in Lancashire. I was glad I made the effort to travel over the big hill and the players did well to stay on during the second innings as light drizzle fell. The tea room was simply magnificent by the way. A Photo of Lorenzo Ingram and a ground shot is attached.
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CC Div 1, taunton, Day 1

Middlesex 293/8 (96), Dexter 73*, Rogers 56, Denly 55, Overton 4/65 Leach 3/36.

Adm £18 Scorecard £1. 4 day cricket used to be great value but £18 is prohibitive surely, hardly encouraginf people to go to more than one day.

Attendance c800

I have been struggling to get to Cricket this year as bad weather has conspired against me, However this was a superb day's play which seesawed between both sides with neither ever being on top.

Middx won the morning session and Rogers then dug in while Denly flayed some wayward bowling. It was obvious that Jamie Overton was Somersets best bet for wickets yet Trescothick inexplicably had Thomas and Kirby chucking down pies for an hour, without which Middx would have got nowhere near the score they ended up with. Lesson learned, Overton and leach ripped through the Middx middle order with blocking learly not the answer. In the last hour, Middx promoted Roland Jones, who proceeded to flail the new ball around with Dexter to regain some initiative. Leach bowled steadily with some turn on a strange, green pitch that didn't seem to help the seamers and certainly didn't justify Tresco inserting the opposition. Overton was superb, he was hostile, varied his length without losing accuracy and was largely unplayable. Today he has gone on to take 6 wickets. he is only 19 and is a star in the making.



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First Test Day 4

England 232 and 213 defeated New Zealand 207 & 68Shocked

Admission to Mound Stand: £40
Scorecard: £1 (Programmes were available for £5 which cover both tests)

Food - Run by Jamie Oliver & far too pricey to contemplate
Tea: £2.20


With ticket prices what I'd consider reasonable prices for an international sporting contest, my 1st ever visit to the home of cricket and what a day to choose to go. They say Lords has an aura about it, and I certainly felt that and was like a kid at Xmas wandering around before play started.

The basic maths: 108 runs and 14 wickets in little over 3 1/2 hours.

From my seat in the lower Mound stand it just looked on the whole that the batsmen were just looking to slog every ball for 4 rather than look to build an innings, hence the large amount of catches to slips, but after watching the highlights this evening credit must also go to the bowlers Southee for the Kiwis, and Anderson and Broad for us who worked well in tandem with Broad getting the rewards for Anderson's tight bowling from the pavilion end.

Tube back to Hillingdon then A40/M25/A3 were clear and I was home at ht in todays Premier League games.



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Sunday 19 May 2013: Huddersfield League Sykes Cup Second Round: Thongsbridge v Hoylandswaine; Admission: £1.50

A glorious setting close to Holmfirth at a beautifully appointed ground whose history is covered here in the excellent Huddersfield University project:
http://www.ckcricketheritage.org.uk/southkirklees/thongsbridge/clubhome.htm

‘Swaine are defending League champions but their star-studded side which includes several current or ex-county players has begun the season disastrously and they are currently bottom of the Premier Division. Ambitious Thongsbridge, aiming for promotion to the top flight sensed an upset.

On a slow-paced pitch Joe Sayers (40) and Alex Morris (58) batted beautifully to lay a sound foundation but ‘Swaine lost their last seven wickets for 22 in an amazing collapse, seamer Ben Howitt taking 5/29 and effecting two run-outs. Though their total of 174 was maybe 50 below par ‘Swaine were still favourites.

So it proved as the home side struggled in reply and were bowled out for 117, ‘Swaine captain John Sadler taking 3/17 with his occasional off-spin. The teas were top class and the Miry Lane ground was a delight to visit on a rare dry and warm afternoon.

I called in at the historic Paddock ground, once home to Gary Sobers, on the way back to the motorway, their tie against Lascelles Hall was nearing a conclusion and I saw the visitors complete a victory by six wickets. The Huddersfield Cricket League provides excellent entertainment and visits here rarely disappoint. The league website is here: http://www.huddersfieldcricketleague.co.uk/


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Been to a few place recently, and can never remember to post to be honest. Recent visit to Hanging Heaton v Pudsey St lawrence in the Bardford league on saturday will be up on www.cricketyorkshire.com probably by the wekend latest. The game itself was a gem and ended in a tie. standard, as one would expect in the Bradford League was very good.

Possibly more Bradford league action this saturday with East Bierley v Woodlands currently favourite. Although Triangle CC in the Halifax League looks a prospect as well




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Saturday 25th May

2nd Test, Day 2

Headingly, Leeds

England v New Zealand

Weather permitting, Wilson of this parish and I will enjoy an excellent day at the test match.


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Saturday 25th May

2nd Test, Day 2

Headingly, Leeds

England v New Zealand

Weather permitting, Wilson of this parish and I will enjoy an excellent day at the test match.

I will also be there with Part-Timer Senior and Part-Timer Junior. The weather forecast currently looks promising for Saturday (although a few extra degrees on the temperature wouldn't go amiss!) but not Friday.


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Wednesday May 22nd

Leicestershire 2nd XI v Nottinghamshire 2nd XI
3 day friendly @ Kibworth CC

first ever attempt at cricket photography and uploaded 39 photos of the Notts 2nd innings @ http://robcampionphotography.zenfolio.com/p726337858



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Tuesday 21 May 2013: Second Eleven Trophy: Lancashire v Durham at Westhoughton CC

A veritable cornucopia of cricketing groundhoppers were present at St George’s Oval including Peter the Pullover, Drip Dry, Mr Sunshine, Diditellyouwhen, XL, Scotch Arthur, FruitmachineKen and BocaTony. The attendance was really impressive for a midweek Second Eleven game and hopefully many more Lancashire games will be staged at Westhoughton CC’s splendid new ground, a mile or so from the historic Tyldeseleys, now covered by a Sainsbury’s supermarket.

After early morning drizzle the start was put back to 1pm without loss of overs. Lancashire made 236-5 with wicketkeeper Alex Davies compiling a flawless 94 until he was caught behind down the leg side. Durham fell just four runs short despite an excellent 106 from opener Rammy Singh. It was great entertainment at a lovely venue. Lancashire are the SET holders having beaten Durham in the final at Northern CC last September and they look a good all round side.


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First Test Day 4

England 232 and 213 defeated New Zealand 207 & 68Shocked

Admission to Mound Stand: £40
Scorecard: £1 (Programmes were available for £5 which cover both tests)

Food - Run by Jamie Oliver & far too pricey to contemplate
Tea: £2.20


Here for the 3rd day
Admission to Edrich (Bill) WinkStand £35
Food Chicken and bacon sandwich £3.60 Hot dogs were £8.50 which makes Wembley seem cheap so they were swerved. Seemed to be a lot of £8.50 prices about !
Good days cricket with Joe Root starring with the bat but it was a tad fresh to be sat about !
9 degrees max today at Headingley and no cricket to warm them up. They have my sympathy


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Todays play abandoned for the day at Headingley (4pm). There have been heavy showers all day so far.


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Going to tick number 55 tomorrow Middlesex V Yorkshire at Radlett. Apparently and as far as i can tell a very rare List A venue.

It doesn't look too far from the station, but the Club is even offering free transport from there. An excellent initiative which would be of even more use at places like Uxbridge.



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Torn between this or Unicorns myself for Monday. I expect the attendance at Radlett will be severely depleted by Watford's involvement in the Championship Play-Off final at Wembley which wouldn't have been a problem had the game not been moved from it's original date of Sunday. I believe this venue is also the home of Tabard Rugby Club but sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong!


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MCAA Knockout Cup group 1
@ Cople CC, Cople, Beds.
Cornwall 328-6 defeated Bedfordshire 272-9

Admission: Free
Scorecards: By donation
Att: 175 (h/c)
BBQ ran through the day: Cheesburger £2.50
Can of Coke 80p
Winning Raffle ticket £1Smile


My 1st Minor counties action of the summer and the result was never in doubt.

Bedfordshire's bowling was erratic with plenty of wides giving the visitors another 2 overs to continue hitting the ball out the park. When Cornwall did lose wickets, they lost 2 or 3 in quick succession, but once the new batsmen got themselves in after an over, they were pretty much set.

On the other hand, Bedfordshire just never got going after losing 2 early wickets and falling well behind the required run rate. Only the 3rd wicket partnership and the enjoyable last wicket partnership who put on 64 in just 5 overs otherwise the winning margin would have been far bigger.

Ground is basic and functional, but in a pleasant setting.

Popped over the road to the village pub The 5 Bells between innings for a pint. Greene King Mild was ok.

Stopped off at the B&T brewery tap in Shefford on the way back to the M1. Shefford best in top form as was the music on the CD player behind the bar, as Stiff Little Fingers inflammable material was blasted out.

All in all a very pleasant enjoyable day in glorious sunshine.



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Torn between this or Unicorns myself for Monday. I expect the attendance at Radlett will be severely depleted by Watford's involvement in the Championship Play-Off final at Wembley which wouldn't have been a problem had the game not been moved from it's original date of Sunday. I believe this venue is also the home of Tabard Rugby Club but sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong!


I didn't attend Radlett today - would liked to have done so as weather was OK but was returning from football on the Continent (WDYG posts to appear later) but the point is why would the attendance be badly hit by a Watford football match? Middlesex fans are no more likely to follow Watford than any other London club (in fact, I think Arsenal are the most popular as the junior members scheme has some sort of tie-up with the Gunners.)


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Monday 27th May

Solly Sports Yorkshire County ECB Premier League

Abbeydale Sports Club, Sheffield

York CC 251-8

Sheffield Collegiate CC 123 All Out

York won this top of the table (1st v 3rd) clash comfortably by 126 runs.


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Torn between this or Unicorns myself for Monday. I expect the attendance at Radlett will be severely depleted by Watford's involvement in the Championship Play-Off final at Wembley which wouldn't have been a problem had the game not been moved from it's original date of Sunday. I believe this venue is also the home of Tabard Rugby Club but sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong!


I didn't attend Radlett today - would liked to have done so as weather was OK but was returning from football on the Continent (WDYG posts to appear later) but the point is why would the attendance be badly hit by a Watford football match? Middlesex fans are no more likely to follow Watford than any other London club (in fact, I think Arsenal are the most popular as the junior members scheme has some sort of tie-up with the Gunners.)

Radlett is only 4 miles from Watford the nearest Football League club, while it wouldn't have put most Middlesex regulars off I'm sure a lot of locals who had been planning to see a rare first class cricket match in their area had to pass up the opportunity due to their local football team having such an important match.


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In any case, this isn't the first time Middlesex have played a game in the 40 over league at Radlett. They had one (I was there) sometime around 2005.
I understand they have done some improvements to the facilities there, and although these are mainly for the players rather than spectators, it may mean more 1st team games there in future.


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I can confirm Watford's appearance at Wembley did not deter the loclas or the Yorkshire Travelling support in very well attended game at a sun kissed Radlett, an excellent day.




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I can confirm Watford's appearance at Wembley did not deter the locals or the Yorkshire Travelling support in very well attended game at a sun kissed Radlett, an excellent day.


Indeed, it was probably fortunate that there were alternative attractions as the place was packed out with many people standing. Having been alerted to our mutual attendance on twitter, met up with DavyC and Stephen J at ST Pancras before the game and enjoyed an entertaining match in good company at a lovely venue. DavyC was less than happy with the result albeit it did fulfill predictions.

Yorkshire 236 (Jaques 81, Ballance 40, Rashid 45* ) lost to Middlesex 237/4 (Malan 96, Rossington 79*)

Radlett. Att 2000-2500 Est whatever it was packed
Adm £15 Prog / Scorecard £2.50
Burgers (excellent) £3 various other food items available, all good quality yet at normal burger van prices. Fullers KEG £3.20 . Coke was only 80p (!).

Yorkshire score relied on partnership between Jaques and Ballance that inclluded some big hitting, Jaques got out at the wrong time and despite a good finishing knock by Rashid they were always a bit short, particularly with their depleted bowling.

Middlesex lost a couple of early wickets but Yorkshire seemed to panic into too many bowling changes rather than stick to a plan. When Malan and Rossington (prev highest score only in the 20s and promoted up the order) started a partnership they chucked the initiative away completely by putting on part time filth and the match was effectively gone. Great innings by Malan ably supported by Rossington who looks a far better batsman than Simpson the 1st XI keeper.

Of note Bresnans performance in this game was awful. he chucked quite a few pies down that went for four, got a vital 4 ball duck at number 8, and was clumsy in the field. Really strikes fear into the Aussies that he is still in our squad. Similarly Morgan has been badly affected by the IPL, he came out and played a reverse sweep to Rashid first ball and was LBW! Even my cynical prediction had been that he would wait until the second to play this shot!

Radlett is a typical Minor Counties type venue, only the members-only pavilion is permanent (a modern structure) all other accommodation was by tip-up seats. With such a big crowd visibility was limited (and had it rained everyone would have been drenched as there was no cover). Its picturesque, leafy suburbia and quite atmospheric and you cant fault the organisation, notably the catering facilities which put places like Uxbridge to shame. To be paying Step 5 non league prices for drinks and what would be advertised as gourmet burgers on the high street was superb.

Rounded the day off in the Euston Tap which was also a GBG tick for me.
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Sunday 26 May 2013- MCCA Trophy Group 3, Northumberland v Cumberland at Jesmond; Programme: £1

The Trophy holders Cumberland went down to a comprehensive defeat against Northumberland at sun-baked Jesmond on Bank Holiday Sunday. Gary Pratt’s side gave an uncharacteristically poor all-round performance as they went down by the huge margin of 173 runs.

Lacking four of last season’s final-winning side due to club commitments, and with several other key players also unavailable Cumberland chased leather in the field as the home side compiled an impressive 302/4 from their 50 overs in perfect batting conditions. Teenagers Jack Clark (52) and Reece Carr (89) laid the platform and pro Jacques du Toit supplied the fireworks, blasting an unbeaten 76.

In reply Cumberland mustered only 137- and that largely thanks to a last wicket stand of 52 between Paul Hindmarch and Richard Gleeson. Jesmond looked a picture in the sunshine and a good-sized crowd enjoyed the home side’s dominant display.

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England 337-7 v New Zealand
Day 2 (after no play on day one)
Venue: Headingley


An entertaining day's play and I suspect in years to come I will look back and say I was there on the day the Joe Root scored his first test century.

I had deliberately avoided the Western Terrace due to what I had seen in previous years on TV but I was close by. The day was marred for me by the disgusting behaviour of many in that stand. I saw more fights and ejections from the ground than I saw in the whole of the last football season, some were so drunk they could barely stand and I went home with my jacket soaked in other people's beer. The media sanitises what goes on in that area. It is not all innocent fun. I won't be rushing back to Headingley for another test match in a hurry.


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Sunday 27 May 2013- Bradford League Division One- Woodlands v Manningham Mills; Admission including excellent programme: £3

This was the top of the table clash in the Bradford League and the rain, which ruined many games in Lancashire and over the Pennines happily stayed away. The BBC weather forecast was absolutely spot-on.

Second placed Mills struggled against the excellent Woodlands bowling attack, skipper Peter Swanepeol taking four wickets and spinner Chris Brice and impressive young seamer Scott Richardson three apiece. Surprisingly pro Safraz Ahmed was, for once, not among the wickets.

Mills fought hard in the field, their pro Noman Ali bowling a miserly spell of slow left arm in a bob cap. They had some really pacy bowlers who were all impressive. The crowd built up in the second innings and Woodlands lost wickets regularly in a tense and gripping contest. Wicketkeeper Usman Salim kept his cool, steering his side home to a hard earned win by four wickets in partnership with Swanepoel at a quarter-to-eight.

Woodlands’ ground is easy to find just off J26 of the M62 in the village of Oakenshaw. They are a really friendly club who make everyone welcome and the teas were excellent. I really enjoyed this game. The Bardford League runs a live scores service on their website so if you have access to the internet you can keep up with the game and others in the league. It’s a brilliant service which really enhances visiting this league.


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Sunday 02 June
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Hoping for better weather than last year's visit which was called off after 20 overs. Anyone else think 1.45pm is to late to start as the game doesn't finish sometimes till after 7.30pm



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sunday 26th may- Leicestershire 324-4
somerset 323-3

somerset batted well hitting a big score of 323 with trego making 118 & buttler smashing a few at the end to finish on 54. the Leicestershire openers won the game for the foxes with cobb hitting 130 & smith 135 not out to win the match by six wickets at a sunny grace road.


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I can confirm Watford's appearance at Wembley did not deter the locals or the Yorkshire Travelling support in very well attended game at a sun kissed Radlett, an excellent day.



Yorkshire 236 (Jaques 81, Ballance 40, Rashid 45* ) lost to Middlesex 237/4 (Malan 96, Rossington 79*)

Radlett. Att 2000-2500 Est whatever it was packed
Adm £15 Prog / Scorecard £2.50

raly gone. Great innings by Malan ably supported by Rossington who looks a far better batsman than Simpson the 1st XI keeper.

Radlett is a typical Minor Counties type venue, only the members-only pavilion is permanent (a modern structure) all other accommodation was by tip-up seats. With such a big crowd visibility was limited (and had it rained everyone would have been drenched as there was no cover). Its picturesque, leafy suburbia and quite atmospheric and you cant fault the organisation, notably the catering facilities which put places like Uxbridge to shame. To ]


Excellent report but I am amazed that such a big crowd turned up as Middlesex are not particularly well supported. In fact I recall that the crowd was probably less than 1,000 last time they played at Radlett in the 40 over league, although as it was on a September day it was probably a 'dead rubber' game. Certainly no tip-up seats then, just chairs around the pitch. I'm surprised you haven't mentioned the impressive scorebox which (apart from the fact that it isn't electronic) compares favourably with those at 1st class county venues.


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An entertaining day's play and I suspect in years to come I will look back and say I was there on the day the Joe Root scored his first test century.

I had deliberately avoided the Western Terrace due to what I had seen in previous years on TV but I was close by. The day was marred for me by the disgusting behaviour of many in that stand. I saw more fights and ejections from the ground than I saw in the whole of the last football season, some were so drunk they could barely stand and I went home with my jacket soaked in other people's beer. The media sanitises what goes on in that area. It is not all innocent fun. I won't be rushing back to Headingley for another test match in a hurry.


I know where you are coming from Part Timer. We got tickets for the non-alcohol block the other side of the ground from the West Terrace. I like a beer or two myself but can't be doing with getting drenched in beer dregs when those beer snakes collapse! Enjoyed the whole of the second days play in a very civilised part of Headingley.


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England v New Zealand Friday May 17th Lord's Day Two Mound Stand Ticket £65 plus £5 booking fee Programme £5. England 232 New Zealand 153-4

Fascinating day's cricket on my annual day out at a very cold Lord's although fortunately the Mound Stand is nowhere near as cold as the Compton and Edrich lower tiers where I normally sit. Stiil that is all you can expect when you are daft enough to watch cricket in this country in mid May. Despite the costly tickets Lord's was still packed and although not the most exciting of cricket it was nonetheless quietly gripping stuff.



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Sunday May 19th Minor Counties Knock Out Trophy Buckinghamshire 188 Wales MC 192-7 played at Dinton CC. Admission free but weighty programme was £2.

Pleasant ground on the main Aylesbury to Oxford road just outside the village. Very near to the 800 year old church which attracted a great deal of photographic attention throughout the game. Attractive new pavilion was in place and unlike Bicester there was some shade here (always important to me, a non sun worshipper.) Wales looked impressive in this match and easily overhauled an inadequate Bucks total.



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Saturday May 25th Warwickshire Cricket League Premier Division Rugby v Olton and West Warwicks Admission Free No scorecard. Rugby 152-8 (50 overs) Olton 154-3 (42.1 overs).

I wondered what I had let myself in for when the opening bowler for Olton's first over included 5 wides and one no ball but fortunately things soon improved from an unpromising start in this interesting ground on Webb Ellis Road. It has the Rugby rugby ground on one side and a sports centre on another and the entrance is easy to miss. It is surprising to see how modest the Rugby rugby ground is for a club who not so long ago were in the national league set up. Rugby CC are an historic club, over 150 years old and have just regained their place in the top Warwickshire League after years in the wilderness but they will have to do a much better job than this if they hope to retain their place as they were outclassed by a patently superior Olton outfit. The very old pavilion with its display of ancient photographs is well worth a visit.



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Sunday May 26th Minor Counties Knockout Trophy at Kidmore End (in Oxfordshire - why do Berkshire play two of their home games outside the county?) Admission Free but contributions asked for Scorecard 50p. Buckinghamshire 175 (48.2 overs) Berkshire 176-2 (41 overs)

Difficult ground to find in an idyllic part of the country. The ground is in a stunning setting with verdant woodland around it and a simply stunning new pavilion overlooking the dramatically sloping pitch. Berkshire were very impressive although it must be said that they had the best of the conditions after putting Bucks in on a pitch which apparently was quite damp early on. Certainly it was a struggle for most of their innings for the Bucks batsmen. Next week's decider at Mumbles CC for Berkshire against Wales MC should be we well worth watching, but sadly is rather too far for me to travel.



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Venue: Headingley


An entertaining day's play and I suspect in years to come I will look back and say I was there on the day the Joe Root scored his first test century.

I had deliberately avoided the Western Terrace due to what I had seen in previous years on TV but I was close by. The day was marred for me by the disgusting behaviour of many in that stand. I saw more fights and ejections from the ground than I saw in the whole of the last football season, some were so drunk they could barely stand and I went home with my jacket soaked in other people's beer. The media sanitises what goes on in that area. It is not all innocent fun. I won't be rushing back to Headingley for another test match in a hurry.


But Michael Vaughan thinks it's a great laff so who are we to complain? After all, he was England's most successful captain so he knows what he's talking about.

In 1995, colleagues of mine went up to Headingley to see the NatWest semi-final between Yorkshire and Northants and got caught up in some serious and frightening trouble on the Western Terrace. Northants won easily batting first and the 'locals' didn't like it.

It'll take a death or two before anything's done about it.


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Monday May 27th Nottinghamshire Premier Cricket League Mansfield Hosiery Mills 209-9 (50 overs) West Indian Cavaliers 213-2 (42.3 overs) No admission charge or teamsheet.

Surprisingly very few Premier Leagues decided to arrange fixtures today and as the Notts League was closest for me I took advantage of the first decent weather on this particular bank holiday for three years. The ground which is in a bowl is located right next to the Mansfield Hosiery Mills football ground in the heart of Sutton in Ashfield and was therefore something of a contrast to my previous ground at Kidmore End. Entry can only be obtained through the sparkling new clubhouse which was well populated by members of the MHM Sports Club throughout the game. A howling gale made conditions very difficult but WIC made light of the fact that they turned up with only 10 men to ease to victory, helped by a sparkling innings of 78, including four sixes by their skipper and ex England player Usman Afzaal who is still only in his mid thirties.



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On reflection that wasn't perhaps not the best description of the seating, folding chairs would have been better. The attendance I quote is a wild estimate as it was far too busy to be able to count them - people were sat 3-4 rows deep all around the pitch, the Pavilion was full and many were standing.

In my experience Middlesex get pretty good crowds for their out grounds (even the awful Uxbridge). When they use Southall they even hire in temporary grandstands, though I would say this was definitely the largest crowd I have seen at one of their games.

I didn't regard the scoreboard as being anything remarkable, being similar to that at a lot of Minor Counties grounds, though I did think the scoreboard operators were superb.

PS: Agree with comments re Headingley. Been to three Tests there and it blighted all of them. Particularly nasty at England V Pakistan in the 80s (heaven knows how bad that would be nowadays...) I also wonder what people think when they find their £75 seat has someone wearing a gigantic fancy dress costume sat in front of them so they can't see the play. Edgbaston also has similar issues in one area of the ground.



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Leicestershire Premier League Broomleys 202-5 Market Harborough 135 No admission charge or scorecard.

Broomleys is a district of Coalville and the ground is very difficult to spot on Blackwood - the entrance being very easy to miss. It lies behind the cemetery and has a huge slope from pavilion end down. The pavilion is a more modest affair than most I have seen this season. Broomleys posted what I thought was an uncompetitive total but after a good start the visitors soon lost wickets at regular intervals and although the ninth wicket pair held out for some time, two wickets in three balls wrapped up proceedings at 6.50.



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Thursday 30 May 2013: Cumberland XI v Northumberland XI at Carlisle CC

The County introduced a Development Team for the 2013 in conjunction with Cumbria Cricket Limited and the first game was a big success, a Cumberland XI enjoying victory by 48 runs against Northumberland at Carlisle. Early morning murkiness gave way to a glorious afternoon and the Edenside ground looked a picture in the sunshine.

Half-centuries by Greg Platten (57), Ben Barrow (54) and Glen Weightman (57) set up the home side for a challenging total of 245 for 3 in their 50 overs. Platten and Barrow both batted beautifully in an opening stand of 123 before both batsmen retired at drinks. Keswick captain Weightman then pushed the score along in partnership with Carlisle all-rounder Michael Slack, who finished unbeaten on 46, in a stand of 105.

Northumberland quickly lost both openers but Tim Hughes and skipper Joe Coyne helped repair the damage. But Northumberland’s hopes declined after Coyne was bowled by Oliver Wileman for 66. The slow left-armer also accounted for Thomas Cant (28) in an impressive spell while Slack came on to complete a good all-round performance with two wickets, including that of Hughes for a patient 55, as the visitors fell 48 runs short on 197 for 8.


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Saturday 1 June 2013: Cheshire County ECB Premier League, Toft v Grappenhall

Toft is a glorious, rural ground situated on the Chelford road just out of Knutsford. This was a gripping contest, beginning at 12.30, which fluctuated throughout before the visitors clinched victory at ten to seven.

The home side made 198/9 in their 55 overs, Victoria B batsman Jake Hancock carrying his bat for an unbeaten 100. Toft were 186/1 but after England U17s all-rounder Rob Jones was out for an impressive 51 they lost eight wickets for 12 runs, Luke Williams claiming 5/60.

James McCoy gave Grappenhall a great start, bashing 58 but when he was out they collapsed from 108/1 to 126/6. Skipper Richard Green saw them home with an accomplished unbeaten 71 despite slow left-armer James Lomas bowling unchanged to take 4/97.


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Friday 31 May 2013: Central Lancashire League Twenty20 Radcliffe v Unsworth

The various leagues in the Lancashire region run Twenty20 competitions which allow cricket groundhoppers access to grounds they may never otherwise visit. Radcliffe is a famous club which ranks the late Frank Worrell and Sir Garfield Sobers amongst its former professionals. The ground, next door to Radcliffe Borough FC, looked immaculate, a vast, superbly maintained playing area with a well-equipped tea room and bar. The terraces behind one sightscreen are a reminder of days gone by when CLL games often attracted huge crowds.

Radcliffe, batting first, made 121/9 and despite losing two early wickets. Unsworth reached their target with eight balls to spare without further loss, professional Chris Williams making an accomplished unbeaten 57. A decent-sized crowd enjoyed the sunshine on a bright but increasingly chilly evening.



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Friday 31 May, Hove

CC Div 1 Notts 322/7 (96) Patel 157, Jordan 5/85 V Sussex.

Adm £15, Scorecard £1, Att 1200 Est.

Sussex inserted Notts under cloudless skies, presumably due to the rain overnight, and at one stage had them 112/6. England hopefuls Hales and Taylor were done over by the excellent Chris Jordan. This is now the second time I have seen Taylor roughed up and nothing will convince me he is anywhere close to a Test player. Anyway having got them on the ropes, Hamilton-Brown (or Klown, as I call him) dropped Franks and then Patel led an excellent fightback as Sussex didn't bowl well with the old ball. Patel dug in early on but his last two fifties were run a ball jobs. Ultimately they were let off the hook and Patel took advantage, Notts going on to score 360+ which is probably 100 more than they should have got.

Most impressed with Jordan who was unplayable for his first two spells and is clearly some talent. He can also bat and took a great catch at first slip too. It hasn't taken much for Sussex to get him back on the rails after Surrey did their best to ruin him.

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Sunday, 2nd June

Lancashire League

Acre Bottom, Ramsbottom

Ramsbottom 177-9 Haslingden 176-6

Admission £4 Programme 50p Steak Pie & Peas £2.75 Tea 65p Slice of Cake £1.25

Acre Bottom is a cracking ground in a rural setting. A super old pavillion sits below the Peel Monument high up on Holcombe Moor. Steam trains on the East Lancs Railway are an added bonus. The tea bar has a impressive menu to tempt the large crowd. I chose the homemade steak pie and peas for lunch and enjoyed tea & cake at the interval.

An excellent result for Haslingden who took local rivals Rambottom's unbeaten record with a hard fought 4 wicket win with nine balls to spare. The visitors bowled well to restrict Ramsbottom to 177 with Neary taking 4-45 and pro Parchment 3-50. Ramsbottom only had one partnership of over 50 with opener Faulkner and Pilling putting on 56 for the fourth wicket. Faulkner top scored for the home team with 30. In reply Haslingden looked like they would struggle when they they stuttered to 26-3. After 30 overs they had scored a painfully slow 78 but with Coleman and Ingham putting on 116 for the fourth wicket they started to believe the win was possible. Ingham finally fell for 68, bowled by Ramsbottom's pro Malan but Coleman remained unbeaten and saw his team home with a score of 64 with an over and a half to spare.

As the sun started to fall behind the hills an excellent pint of bitter rounded off a perfect afternoon. Oh and one more plus - I won £10 in the interval draw with yellow 196-200!!!


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ECB Kingfisher Cup (National Knockout) Third Round

Hartley Country Club 237-7 Bromley 181

Hartley's total was par, but no more than that on a small ground. It was built around 107 from former Kent batsman James Hockley. Bromley have for years been the Chelsea of Kent cricket - a team full of pros, and an attitude to go with. But that's all changed, and they're currently rebuilding with a very young team. After losing early wickets to Ashley Shaw (Cheshire and Kent), they were never really in the hunt - although they got closer than they really should have done because Hartley relaxed rather once they knew the game was won.

Hartley play in Longfield; cross country their ground is scarcely 400 yards from Corinthian FC. It's only a mile from Longfield station, but all uphill - so get the bus up and walk back. The ground is surrounded by expensive houses which means the boundaries are short, and after the club bought part of one garden and incorporated it into the ground, but were unable to buy part of another, the ground is a rather odd shape.

Hartley will now visit Eastbourne in the Group 16 Final for a place in the National Round.


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National Knock Out Cup Third Round Cuckney 192 all out (44.4overs) Swarkestone 98 all out (32.4 overs).

Surprisingly easy victory for the visitors on a small ground where 192 really did not seem to be a winning total with Nick Langford's 118 proving decisive. Cuckney fielded William Root who of course is the younger brother of Joe and had had his moment of fame at Lord's two weeks ago when he was England's 12th man with plenty of on pitch time. The ground is about 100 yards from the local nursery (the garden variety not small children) and is just off the A514 road. It is surrounded by fields and the only cover was in the shade in front of another new pavilion. Swardestone never really got going in their reply to a score which my travelling companion and I both thought was well under par. However, they never recovered from losing four early wickets in the face of some accurate and effective bowling from a Cuckney side who will take some beating if they bowl like this in the next round.



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I didn't attend Radlett today - would liked to have done so as weather was OK but was returning from football on the Continent (WDYG posts to appear later) but the point is why would the attendance be badly hit by a Watford football match? Middlesex fans are no more likely to follow Watford than any other London club (in fact, I think Arsenal are the most popular as the junior members scheme has some sort of tie-up with the Gunners.)


Just so this doesn't go unmentioned Chris, Watford are NOT a London club. Having been born, like my dad, next to the ground, I am happy to be a Hertfordian and not a Londoner! I thank you!


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Sunday 2nd June
YB40 Group A
Northamptonshire Steelbacks 263-4 (40) beat Kent Spitfires 232 all out (39.4) by 29 runs
1.45pm @ The Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells
Admission £15 in advance otherwise £20 on the day, no booking fee either
Festival Week Programme £4 including free scorecard (really good read & worth the money despite the odd size)

Cracking game of Cricket at a lovely ground that somewhat bizarrely hosted a World Cup match in 1983. Wakely 102 & Newton 88 (retired hurt) added 144 in 18 overs for the Steelbacks to set a very healthy total for a young Kent side to chase. A 132-1 in the 24th over a great finish looked in prospect until Kent had a mid inning collapse, losing 4 quick wickets. Some late hitting from Alex Blake got them past 200 but Copeland took 3 wickets in an over to wrap up a great win for the much improved Steelbacks. We only won 4 games out of 38 last year but have already won 6 of 11 this year SmileSmile a great day out & unlike a lot of county cricket these days, especially Worcestershire & Hampshire, very sensibly priced, well done Kent!

Next up

Thursday 13th June
ICC Champions Trophy Group A
England v Sri Lanka
1pm @ The Kia Oval



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Sunday 2 June 2013: MCCA Trophy Group 3, Cumberland v Herefordshire; Scorecard: £1; County yearbook: £8

On a fast-scoring ground Herefordshire put the trophy holders to the sword, amassing 335/6 in 50 overs with left-handed opener Brad Wadlan hitting a simply marvellous 127. Cumberland made a good fist of their reply and the middle order of Alex Atkinson and Chris Thompson threatened a comeback. But both were out in quick succession after both reaching aggressive fifties and Cumberland were 273 all out with 7.4 overs remaining, Wadlan taking 4/46 with his left arm spin.

Tynefield Park is a historic ground and that doyen of local journalists, the late John Hurst, spent many happy hours here. He wrote a model Club History of Penrith CC. With glorious views it is a really pleasant place to watch cricket except on this occasion if you were a bowler.
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sounds a lovely place - any photos?


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Sadly no - I have not mastered digital photography.



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sounds a lovely place - any photos?


Some on the front page of this http://www.pitchero.com/...dmoreendcricketclub/, including the uneven (!) pitch, but you'll have to register to view the gallery.


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Weekend plans

Saturday 13:00

Bradford Cricket League

Tofts Road, Pudsey

Pudsey St Lawrence CC v Saltaire CC

Sunday 13:45

YB40

Highfield, Leek

Derbyshire Falcons v Essex Eagles


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Southern League Division 3

Portsmouth & Southsea 259-9 (50 overs) lost to
Portsmouth 261-2 (45.4)

The big local derby saw a crowd which at times swelled upto 75 in the grounds of St James Hospital (local mental hospital) 3 sides hidden by trees with a driveway into the hospital on the 4th.

As I made the mistake of sitting closest to it, I was "volunteered" into the role of scoreboard operator Shocked

Hosts batted first and were quite steady all the way through. Lewis bowled shortly before the end after smashing a quick fire 100. P&S also had the advantage of 5 runs for the ball hitting the helmet behind the wicketkeeper.

Visitors batted well. Starting very slowly but once the bowlers started to lose their early zip in the soaring heat, put paid to some very wayward bowling, running out winners comfortably with Jones unbeaten on 112 hitting the winning boundary.

Hopefully a much more relaxing day tomorrow at Salisbury for Wiltshire v Shropshire.



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Bradford Cricket League

Tofts Road, Pudsey

Pudsey St Lawrence 308-5 Saltaire 125

Admission £3 inc programme

An enjoyable afternoon's cricket on yet another sunny Saturday! I liked Pudsey St Lawrence's smart Tofts Road ground with it's Sir Len Hutton Memorial Gates and whitewashed stone walls. It has a smart clubhouse with three handpulled local ales on offer and lots of intresting Sir Len Hutton stuff on display. The tea bar had a good selection and I enjoyed my pork pie and sandwich for lunch and keema curry & chips for tea!

Pudsey St Lawrence comfortably beat Saltaire, taking maximum points from this Bradford League fixture. Batting first St Lawrence lost two quick wickets but Adam Waite and James Smith came together and shared a big third wicket stand. Both fell just short of their centuries with Smith scoring 84 and Waite 93. Rapid fifties from the unbeaten Duce and Marsden ensured the home side posted a formidable target as they finished on 308-5. Saltaire never looked like getting close as they were skittled out for 125 after just 31.5 overs. Craig Wiseman finished with impressive bowling figures of 6-45.


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Leicestershire County Cricket League - Division 1

Rothley Park v Shepshed Town
@ Westfield Lane, Rothley

Adm / prog / scorecard: none
2013 Fixture Booklet - Free

Shepshed Town posted 241/7 from their 45 overs with Dean Scaysbrook scoring 82. In reply Rothley won the match with an over to spare by scoring 245/6. Top scorer for Rothley was Rich Mear who hit 79 n/o.

37 photos taken during the game online @ http://www.flickr.com/...s/72157634020807453/



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MCAA Championship Western Division

At South Wilts CC

Wiltshire (Won toss and batted 1st) 434-9 off 90 overs
v
Shropshire 67-0 off 16 at close of play.
Scorecard: £1


A day that will live long in the memory, as I saw the best innings since Flat Jack Simmonds singlehandedly destroyed Hampshire in a Sunday League game at Portsmouth in the mid 80's

Step forward M Coles of Wiltshire who at the end of the innings was unbeaten on 227. More of this later

Wilts got off to a shaky start and were 2 down with just 27 on the board but recovered their composure to go in at lunch 129-2.

Wickets fell quickly after the return and at one stage they were 161-5, but step forward M Coles who almost singlehandedly blitzed the Salopian bowling taking the score to 287-7 at tea.

The 8th wicket fell immediately after the resumption with no addition to the score and what can I say, he quickly got to 100. I then worked out it took him just 16 balls to get from 100 to 150.

Coles just kept hitting a boundary with the first 2 balls of the over, blocking the next 2 then either blocking the 5th or getting a single so the no10 Gardner would have to face a ball.

They had actually put on 97 as a partnership before Gardner scored his only run of his innings, and once he was caught LBW, Coles acted as if he hadn't a care in the world. I'll even let him off hitting my car 50 yards back from the boundary with one of his 6's such was the enjoyment I and the 100 or so spectators were getting.

I calculated that in the 147 runs Wiltshire added after tea, he had scored 139 of them!

Shropshire came out to bat for the last hour and a bit and whilst not as overly agressive as Coles was, set about chasing down the mammoth scoreline Wiltshire have set them.

Same time tomorrow? You bet



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Devon 1st XI League - Division A:

Paignton 300-7 (50 overs)
Plymstock 249 all out (46.2 overs)

A beautiful warm, sunny seven hours spent at Queens Park, Paignton for this A Division clash. Paignton never looked like losing to a below standard visiting side, who's only real hope was their number 2 bat, who hit 133. Noticed in the local Sunday paper that they got the score wrong, they gave Plymstock's score as 265-8, but they hit 4 more runs and lost their last two wickets in the 3 balls that followed the 8th dismissal.



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Sunday 9th June - Bradford Cricket League - Twenty20 Cup - 1st Round

Keighley 120 (all out) v Woodlands 188/7

Admission: none - Programme/Score card: none

This was only the seventh game of Cricket that I have ever been to! The main reason for going was to give my 5 year old son a taster of what Cricket was all about and a very pleasant experience it was.

Woodlands have lifted the 1st division championship six times in the last eight years and were simply far too good for 2nd division Keighley. For the uninformed, Keighley play at the side of Cougar Park/Lawkholme Lane, the home of Keighley Cougars RL and a former home of Silsden FC. It's quite a large ground but that didn't stop Woodlands from clearing the boundary on numerous occasions, especially when Farakh Hussain was at the crease, scoring a brutal 37, which I believe included 5 maximums!

Keighley tried their best but they simply could not match the 10 runs per over rate that Woodlands were scoring at. Not even veteran Richard Robinson (the league's highest scoring batsman of all time, with 16,572 runs) could swing the game in the favour of Keighley, as their innings petered out with a few overs left.

An excellent couple of hours spent in the glorious midday Sun. As well as some entertaining Cricket, the crowd were also treated to some superb home cooking, with pie and peas proving very popular and I can personally vouch for their sausage butty, which along with 2 hot drinks and a packet of sweets for the nipper cost me a bargain £2.40!

As the game finished for 1.25pm (11 am start) there was enough time for me to ferry Holy Diver down to Bingley, for a 2pm start against Undercliffe Smile


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Day 2

MCAA Championship Western Division

At South Wilts CC

Wiltshire (Won toss and batted 1st) 434-9 1st innings and 156-8 at close
v
Shropshire 357 all out



After yesterday's heroics by Michael Coles with the bat, todays praise to Shropshire as a team who just 233 behind and only 9,10 and 11 left for Wiltshire must surely have a great chance of winning this clash tomorrow?

Morning session was pretty mundane with not alot happening and at lunch the score had drifted along to 186-3.

No sooner had Jaundiced Hack of this parish had to leave for work, then Wiltshire's bowling improved, Salop's batsmen took off the chains and he had an absorbing middle session of cricket including a stumping and a fantastic fingertip run out by the bowler deflecting the ball onto the stumps to leave Ali stranded.

Shortly before scheduled tea interval the innings was wrapped up and after tea Wilts came out but yesterdays hero Coles was to last just 2 balls before nicking one to 2nd slip.

That set the pattern for the rest of the days play as Wiltshire gifted wickets to the opposition who by the end were sensing the game was there for the taking with all 11 around the bat.

Not as fluid as yesterday's crash bang wallop but an absorbing day no less.

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I didn't attend Radlett today - would liked to have done so as weather was OK but was returning from football on the Continent (WDYG posts to appear later) but the point is why would the attendance be badly hit by a Watford football match? Middlesex fans are no more likely to follow Watford than any other London club (in fact, I think Arsenal are the most popular as the junior members scheme has some sort of tie-up with the Gunners.)


Just so this doesn't go unmentioned Chris, Watford are NOT a London club. Having been born, like my dad, next to the ground, I am happy to be a Hertfordian and not a Londoner! I thank you!


I was just referring to the popular perception of Watford, based on the fact that the London Underground goes there.


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Yorkshire Bank CB40

Highfield, Leek

Derbyshire Falcons 321-5 beat Essex Eagles 258 by 63 runs

Admission £16 Programme & Scorecard £2.50

When Chesney Hughes hit the first three balls of Tim Phillips opening over of the Derbyshire innings it was obvious that this was never going to be a low scoring game! Hughes didn't last long but Wes Durston took over scoring 71 off just 46 balls hitting 7 fours and 5 sixes. When Durston was finally bowled by Saj Mahmood he was replaced by the classy West Indian, Shivnarine Chanderpaul who went on to make 85 not out off 69 balls. He was joined late on by Alex Hughes who hit a quickfire 59 off 36 balls. Even with the Eagles big guns 321 was always going to be a formidable total to beat and so it proved. While Essex kept up with the required run rate of eight an over the scoreboard pressure put them under pressure and they lost wickets at reguklar intervals. When Mark Pettini and Graham Napier were together at 195-5 they briefly threatened to make it close but when Napier holed out to Madsen off the bowling of Footitt the fat lady started to warm up. Pettini finally fell for 88 and Essex were all out for 258 almost 7 overs left. While my team lost I couldn't complain about the entertainment on offer with just short of 600 runs scored, including no fewer than 20 sixes! A slugfest in the Staffordshire sunshine!


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In Reply To
Day 2

MCAA Championship Western Division

At South Wilts CC

Wiltshire (Won toss and batted 1st) 434-9 1st innings and 156-8 at close
v
Shropshire 357 all out



After yesterday's heroics by Michael Coles with the bat, todays praise to Shropshire as a team who just 233 behind and only 9,10 and 11 left for Wiltshire must surely have a great chance of winning this clash tomorrow?

Morning session was pretty mundane with not alot happening and at lunch the score had drifted along to 186-3.

No sooner had Jaundiced Hack of this parish had to leave for work, then Wiltshire's bowling improved, Salop's batsmen took off the chains and he had an absorbing middle session of cricket including a stumping and a fantastic fingertip run out by the bowler deflecting the ball onto the stumps to leave Ali stranded.

Shortly before scheduled tea interval the innings was wrapped up and after tea Wilts came out but yesterdays hero Coles was to last just 2 balls before nicking one to 2nd slip.

That set the pattern for the rest of the days play as Wiltshire gifted wickets to the opposition who by the end were sensing the game was there for the taking with all 11 around the bat.

Not as fluid as yesterday's crash bang wallop but an absorbing day no less.

A shame that I can't make tomorrowUnsure


And this duly ended actually as a very damp squib, unless you enjoy watching pies being smacked back over the boundary against mindbogglingly inept field placements.

Salop got the required 237 to win, off presumably just under 50 overs after a delayed start at 1445. Wilts took a wicket in their first over but Oliver (72) and Shafayat (97) plundered the bowling at a rate of between 6 and 7 an over and barely needed the extra allocation of overs, getting there in 39 I think. It may look good in my Run Rate stats but it was a terrible advert for Minor Counties Cricket, because Wiltshire's bowling was so bad I should think any half decent Club side would have got there. Every over included at least two half volleys and the ball was sprayed all over the place. They didn't even have the intelligence when this was going on to stick players on the boundary or attempt to slow the scoring rate. In fact it was pretty much declaration bowling for the last hour and not much of a contest before then. Add to that the sight of a Keeper wearing a helmet to a portly medium pace trundler who the Batsman was happy to face in a cap and it really was comedy cricket.

I am not impressed and would hope to see quite a few changes next time I watch the County, as there has been an alarming drop off in performances since the KO Cup Final last season. The batting is OK but full of sloggers, the keeper coming in at 6 is no great shakes with the bat (frankly he ain't that great with the gloves either) and the bowling is just poor. Its a one man attack and that one man is of fragile ego.

Incidentally, I assume the rules for ex Pro's in MCCA cricket have been relaxed? It was my understanding they had quite a severe restriction on games played in the previous year, yet Shafayat played 8 Championship matches last year for Hants let alone List A . Seems a bit of a fudge to me, perhaps Wiltshire should also play this game if its now allowed.



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Thursday 13/06/13

Chelmsford, Day 2, Essex 273 ao Lancashire 266/7 (80) Katich 120*, Prince 56.

In: £13 (£5 day member upgrade), Scprecard 50p. Not impressed by hugely overpriced food and drink.

Excellent day's cricket at one of my favourite grounds, although it has to be said in the prevailing weather (consant drizzle) the upgrade was a must as non members facilities are very sparse and were miles from the square in use, plus I was sat next to moronic Lancys who applauded every run however streaky and unintentional of their own side but nothing that Essex did, whereas those in the members area were much better company.

I barely recognised the Lancs team on the scorecard, it was like Minor Counties for order changes. They are in a right state with only 4 proper batsman and opening with an all rounder and a kid from the seconds in his first game. Totally reliant for runs on Prince and Katich (yes, another kolpak fudge, Prince was "overseas" last year now apparently is English. I am sure how recently you represented your Country should come into this really).

Anyway Katich was impressive in nasty conditions against what it really a Div 1 attack let down by non selection of a spinner, with Saj Mahmood relegated to 4th seamer and still leaking runs like a sieve. Napier and Masters most impressive for Essex who struggled towards the end of the day in the Captaincy department handing too many easy runs to Katich.

All credit to the umpires, they started in drizzle with Lights on and ignored every spot of rain until one big shower late on, ironically when it was largely sunny!



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My cricket season has got of to a slow start this year, but I have managed three days, briefly covered below:


Thursday 13 June 2013

ICC Champions Trophy: Oval: England 293/7 (50 overs), lost by 7 wickets to Sri Lanka 297/3 (47.1 overs). Admission £35; Programme issued; Att: 23,500

A very enjoyable day’s cricket at the Oval, albeit with disappointment for England. The weather was cool and breezy, but no raindrops fell. The sell-out crowd’s attention was fully on the game throughout. Some say the match was lost on the toss, Sri Lanka putting England in to bat and then enjoying themselves much better batting conditions later in the day. Personally I think they would have won anyway, their batsmen showing more aggression, more class and better tactical nous. It is always a pleasure to watch Sri Lanka play, and it’s hard to believe that players such as Dilshan, Jayawardene, Malinga and Sangakkara are still performing at such a high level after so long on the international stage. I got the distinct feeling that I was seeing each of them for the last time. Sangakkara’s batting was a class above anything else on view yesterday. And I was also impressed with Nuwan Kulasekera, who I was seeing in the flesh for the first time. There were good moments from the England team too – especially Ravi Bopara, whose splendid batting cameo had the crowd chanting his name. And clearly young Joe Root will be a big star.

We had good seats, under cover at the Vauxhall End and sheltered from the wind. Because Marston’s are not sponsors of this particular competition, there was no real ale available today, which was a bit of a downer. Food concessions seemed even more over-priced than usual. But there was a nicer atmosphere here than sometimes for ODIs – little bad behaviour, helped by significantly less in-your-face stewarding than has been the norm in recent years. An 82 page tournament group stage brochure sold for £5. This had a fold-out scorecard inside the back page and a set of stickers with names of squad players from all eight nations to peel off and apply to your scorecard.


Thursday 6 June

County Championship, Division 2: County Ground, Bristol; Gloucestershire v Glamorgan, day 2. Admission £17; Scorecard issued; Att: c.350

My first visit to this ground, which is very much a ground in transition. A new pavilion is under construction at one end, and a large block of flats is going up at the other. This led to somewhat restricted seating opportunities for the small crowd. A lovely sunny day, but the cricket was a little slow and it was played out to a constant, and irritating, background of noise from the construction work at both ends. A typical cricket scorecard was issued for 50p, updated with the previous day’s play.


Sunday 26 May

YB40: Horsham Cricket Club; Sussex 222 all out, beat Kent 202 all out. Admission £15; Programme issued; Att: c.5,000

One of my favourite cricket grounds. A bumper crowd in today, the largest anyone could remember here since the 1980s, after Sussex had beaten Somerset inside two days in the County Championship game to curtail the amount of play at this year’s Horsham Cricket Festival. It was not a classic, high scoring Horsham day, but a satisfying Sussex win nonetheless. I got reminiscing with my neighbours in the fifth row behind the boundary about real classic Horsham days. We all remembered Garth le Roux’s last ball, match-winning 6 sometime back in the early 1980s. And the day the crowd was entertained by watching Ian Botham play Viv Richards at tennis after a game against Somerset was abandoned to rain. And the classic 718 run game against Worcestershire in 2011, when several 40 over competition records were broken. As always at Horsham these days, a smart Festival Programme was sold for £3.


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Saturday 15th:

Francis Clarke Devon First XI League - Division A:

Paignton v Barton (12:30)

A nice local derby at Queens Park between two former Premier Division big hitters.



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My cricket season has got of to a slow start this year, but I have managed three days, briefly covered below:


Thursday 13 June 2013

ICC Champions Trophy: Oval: England 293/7 (50 overs), lost by 7 wickets to Sri Lanka 297/3 (47.1 overs). Admission £35; Programme issued; Att: 23,500

A very enjoyable day’s cricket at the Oval, albeit with disappointment for England. The weather was cool and breezy, but no raindrops fell. The sell-out crowd’s attention was fully on the game throughout. Some say the match was lost on the toss, Sri Lanka putting England in to bat and then enjoying themselves much better batting conditions later in the day. Personally I think they would have won anyway, their batsmen showing more aggression, more class and better tactical nous. It is always a pleasure to watch Sri Lanka play, and it’s hard to believe that players such as Dilshan, Jayawardene, Malinga and Sangakkara are still performing at such a high level after so long on the international stage. I got the distinct feeling that I was seeing each of them for the last time. Sangakkara’s batting was a class above anything else on view yesterday. And I was also impressed with Nuwan Kulasekera, who I was seeing in the flesh for the first time. There were good moments from the Englan