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totallyuntamed
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Jul 27, 2019, 10:57 PM

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Saturday July 27th West of England Premier League Cheltenham 124 32.3 overs Clevedon 123 39.2 overs No admission charge or scorecard.
A late change of venue from my first choice Moddershall because of a slightly more favourable weather forecast really paid dividends as that game was abandoned without a ball being bowled while here, although the start was delayed by 100 minutes, resulting in a reduction to 40 overs each, we had no further delays and we finished at 7.25 pm.Tony Lewis once remarked that the only way you locate Cheltenham CC's Victoria Ground was by getting a taxi; I can see what he meant as without googlemap I don't think I would have found it, tucked away off a side street almost in the centre of town. It was opened in 1897 (Queen Victoria's silver jubilee year) by WG Grace and was a regular venue for Gloucestershire games between the wars with up to 3 county games per season. They did not return after WWII and the last first class game here was against the Indian tourists in 1986. There is a small car park but most spectators chose to watch from beyond the boundary of a ground which was reduced in size when some of the land was sold in 1963 in order to raise funds to build a new pavilion to replace the original one. This pavilion is looking rather dated now, not helped by a two storey white painted extension which looks out of place amidst the regency splendour of Cheltenham. Cheltenham are former one day club knockout winners, commemorated by newspaper articles on the clubhouse wall, who were promoted at the end of last season. Clevedon who were champions of the West of England Premier League last season have lost 5 players from that team, and consequently have struggled this year (see my match report from Ealing game for more on this). The ground has Cleeve Hill looming over at the far end and the top of this was shrouded in low cloud when we arrived and at other times of the day.It was very much a bowler's day with Clevedon gaining two lbw decisions in the first over of Cheltenham's innings without a run on the board. From then on it was a real struggle, apart from captain Nick Evans whose 52 turned out to be a match winner. 124 looked eminently gettable especially as they had marginally the better of the weather conditions. However, more tight bowling with the spinners doing surprisingly well on both teams on a day when conditions were against them meant that going into the last two overs Clevedon still needed 10. An enormous six off the first ball of the penultimate over by Nick Thirkell made Clevedon the favourites but when he tried to repeat the shot off the last ball of the over he was stumped by feet. And so to the last over with the visitors needing 2 runs to win with 9 wickets down. The first ball was missed by the batsman but he was "strangled" next ball, a decision which he clearly disagreed with - so a victory by 1 run for Cheltenham in a simply gripping game of very high quality, and the closest I have ever had to a tie in my 51 year cricket watching life.






"There's a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Milletts".


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Jul 28, 2019, 10:48 PM

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Sunday July 28th 2019
ECB National T20 Competition, Group One (North East Regional Final) @ Billingham Synthonia Cricket Club (11am start, delayed an hour owing to a wet outfield)
Game One: Harrogate 129-6 off 20 overs tied with Billingham Synthonia 129-7 off 20 overs (Harrogate won by losing fewer wickets)
Game Two: Hanging Heaton 130-5 off 20 overs beat by 38 runs Burnmoor 92-5 off 20 overs
Final: Hanging Heaton 165-5 off 20 overs beat by 60 runs Harrogate 105-7 off 20 overs
Free admission, free teamsheet
Attendance 175 (h/c)
Refreshments available (didn't sample)


Holders Hanging Heaton cruised through this regional round at the vast Chiltons Avenue ground. The Bradford Premier League club aren't having a particularly good season (prior to this engagement on Teesside, they'd lost their last eight matches, in all competitions), but were way too good for Burnmoor (second in the North East Premier League) and Harrogate (Yorkshire Premier League North strugglers). One of the Hanging Heaton players told me the team is suffering "burnout" after an extremely busy - and successful - last three seasons. "We need something to cheer us up," he said. With the outfield slow and the wicket turning, winning both tosses was a big help to the Kirklees men. Hanging Heaton opted to bat twice, and on both occasions set a target the opposition couldn't get near. Experienced skipper Gary Fellows led from the front, hitting an unbeaten 68 against Burnmoor in the eliminator then 50 in the final against Harrogate. Hanging Heaton now meet Sheffield Collegiate (Yorkshire South Premier League) on August 18, with a place at the nationals finals day at stake.

Best contest, by some distance, was the first. Event hosts Billingham, chasing 130, needed 20 off the last over. They managed 19, tying the scores thanks to a last ball four, the shot assisted over the rope by an horrendous blunder from a Harrogate fielder. Despite that howler, Gate squeezed through having lost six wickets to Billingham's seven. The final, held in worsening light, amid a growing threat of rain, was a bit of a non-event. Hanging Heaton batted as if their earlier effort against a disappointing Burnmoor XI had been a mere warm-up. Ben Kohler-Cadmore (39) gave Fellows good support. Corrie Keable (40) and Josh Atkinson (27) were Harrogate's leading run-makers. Hanging Heaton spinner Callum Bethel took 3-23. The pugnacious Atkinson had earlier notched 38 against Billingham.

Full credit to the Billingham ground staff for getting the pitch playable. Apparently, downpours left it under water yesterday. The start was put back an hour to give the outfield further opportunity to dry. Spots of rain fell several times during the day but quickly eased, allowing play to continue unabated. A very long day finished at 8.13.

The Chiltons Avenue ground, too open to feel intimate, is dominated from the east by the unsightly cooling towers and chimneys of Billingham's chemical plant (formerly ICI). The cricket club started life as the plant's works team - just the same as Northern League Billingham Synthonia FC, whose former Central Avenue ground is nearby. A mysterious buzz from the plant, not to mention periodic escapes of steam, were a constant backdrop to the action. The cricket ground has changed a lot in the last 12 years or so. Land on the west side once occupied by a pavilion and tennis courts was sold to a housing developer. The substantial sum raised put the Billingham club back in the black and paid for the smart, two-storey clubhouse, opened in 2007, which now occupies much of the east side. Adjacent is a low wooden building, formerly the tea room, used today as additional dressing rooms. From side to side, the playing area is huge. Even though this was chance-your-arm T20, I doubt more than 10 sixes were struck during the three matches. The pitch, which I was told takes a full day to mow, could be even bigger because there is plenty of spare turf at each end. Both ends are lined with mature trees. The new houses, depressingly generic designs, loom over the west side boundary. Not a single batter managed a hit so prodigious it finished up in a garden. Though on site parking is limited, there is plenty of space on Chiltons Avenue.


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SKY BLUE TAT
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Aug 1, 2019, 9:53 PM

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Thursday 1st August 2019
2nd XI T20 . North Group.
Leicestershire v Derbyshire.
Admission. Free.
Scorecard. Free ( 1 for each game ).

Game 1. 11.30 am
Derbyshire batted first and made 154-9 . Skipper Harvey Hosein made 58. Leicestershire's Ben Mike picked up 4 wickets.
Leicestershire reached the target of 155 with 5 balls to spare thanks to a 2nd wicket stand of 125 between N.Welch and M.Azad. Welch was 84 not out at the end. Azad made 43 and A.Javid was 14 not out. Godsal picked up the 2 wickets.

Game 2. 3 pm
The 2nd game was abandoned after 13.4 overs due to heavy rain . Leicestershire were struggling on 86-6. A.Ali made 23 while Sam Evans was 21 not out. Godsal again picked up 2 wickets.
Leicestershire picked up 3 points while Derbyshire got 1 point.


AV1960
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Aug 2, 2019, 3:26 PM

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DUMBLETON v M.C.C.
MONDAY 29TH JULY, 2019
FRIENDLY (11.30AM TO 6.00PM + 20 OVERS)
M.C.C. 283 FOR 6 DEC. DUMBLETON 189 ALL OUT
AT DUMBLETON C.C., DAIRY LANE, DUMBLETON, GLOUCS.


I have been told more than once by a trusted friend that this was a ground I absolutely had to visit. The club's annual cricket week provided a number of opportunities, from which I selected the game against the M.C.C. Fortunately the sun (mostly) shone and what a pleasure to find that the ground actually exceeded my expectations.


The centre point of the ground is the dark brown, wooden pavilion which has a veranda running almost the full width outside and inside is a cosy club room with bar. The surroundings to the ground offer many different aspects with undulating countryside disappearing into the distance on one side and the half timbered houses of apparently different vintages running along Dairy Lane. The far side borders the grounds of Dumbleton Hall Hotel, a grade two listed former manor house. Many acres of grass dotted with trees are heavily populated by sheep with the hotel itself presiding over the estate from the top of a slight incline. As you complete a circuit while taking in all of these wonderful sights you then come across the final piece in the jigsaw as hidden behind the pavilion is a most attractive large pond. No doubt this is the home to many cricket balls which have cleared the pavilion!


There are a number of benches dotted around the ground and there are plenty of trees to avoid the worst of the sun. Drivers arriving at the ground will find a car park immediately in front of them as they arrive but there is a second parking option. If you turn into the driveway to the Dumbleton Hall Hotel, this runs close to the edge of the cricket ground at one point and parking is permitted on the grass at this point. A number of gates lead through the fence into the cricket ground but care must be taken to close these behind you as the club would probably not appreciate an invasion of the neighbouring sheep!


Dumbleton play in Premier 2 Glos/Wilts, the second tier of the West of England Premier League, so good standard cricket is available on Saturdays. My game was a typical M.C.C. out game. When Dumbleton were foundering at not many for six, the M.C.C. immediately used their second (and third) string bowlers to jolly Dumbleton along with them eventually reaching 189 all out just after six o'clock. The overriding sentiment is that a day playing cricket in the sun at such an outstanding venue must not be needlessly shortened by carelessly bowling out the opposition any faster than you can avoid. A thoroughly enjoyable day at a gem of a ground which comfortably gets into my top ten club grounds.



Witton Ender


Feversham Lens
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Aug 3, 2019, 8:38 PM

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Saturday 3rd August 2019
Glossop versus Denton West
Greater Manchester League, Division One A (tier two, 50 over match, 1pm start)
Glossop won the toss and elected to field
Denton West 145 off 39.3 overs (6pts) beat by 62 runs Glossop 83 off 31.4 overs (0pts)
Free admission, no programmes
Attendance 77 (h/c)
No refreshments (other than the clubhouse bar)


"At half-time, I thought it was going to be a doddle." The verdict of a disgruntled Glossop supporter after seeing his side hammered in an important promotion battle. The second tier of the Greater Manchester League is very tight. Before play, just seven points covered the top six. Glossop (fourth) and Denton West (third) were among three clubs on 48 points, four behind leaders Moorside.

All to play for, then. Glossop had the good fortune to win the toss. Having put in the visitors, then dismissed them for just 145, Glossop appeared well set. Unfortunately, the hosts batted extremely poorly. Defeat sees them slip a place, with Denton West remaining third, on the same number of points as Glodwick, three behind Moorside, still top.

Alex Coates (4-28) and Will Hargreaves (3-41) bowled tidily as Denton West failed to reach 150. Professional Semila Seyibokwe gave Glossop a major boost by needlessly running himself out for 26. Liam Kilburn, in at No 8, top scored with 36. Aaqib Uppal contributed 31. Glossop's reply got off to a poor start. The hosts found themselves 10-3 after five overs. Glossop's hopes pretty much evaporated when professional Alex Browne (29) teed up an easy catch. Cameron Ball (26) was the only other batter to reach double figures. Ben Lowndes finished with 5-32 and the influential Kilburn 2-12.

I fancied a trip to North Road on the first day of the football season because it was at this ground Glossop FC played during their brief spell as members of the Football League. Bankrolled by the Hill-Wood family, the source of whose wealth was Glossop's cotton mills, the club (who dropped the North End suffix on joining the Football League) spent one season, 1899-00, in the First Division. They won only four of their 34 games and were relegated. Results included a 9-0 defeat at eventual champions Aston Villa. A photograph of that memorable campaign's squad and officials can be seen in the cricket clubhouse's members bar. Glossop remains the smallest community (population in 1899 was about 22,000) to support a First Division club. The football pitch, in situ until the mid-Fifties, was in the southeast corner of the spacious site. Grass banking (beneath which lurks, I was told, railway sleeper terracing) survives on the south side, next to the Dinting-Glossop branch railway. There used to be a grandstand at the North Road (near) end. In 1899, North Road could accommodate 10,000 football spectators. The area where the grandstand was located is now occupied by the cricket club's car park and retirement flats, Ladybower Court. Samuel Hill-Wood, the prime mover behind Glossop's elevation to the Football League, played first class cricket for Derbyshire. His name appears on an honours board in the members bar. The Hill-Woods later decamped to Arsenal.

I've always liked Glossop, cradled dramatically by a bowl of Dark Peak hills. Many summits are visible from the cricket ground, which is large and well appointed. Indeed, Derbyshire Seconds played a T20 fixture there last midweek. An impressive stone, two-storey clubhouse dominates from the North Road side. This afternoon, its first floor function room and viewing balcony were out of bounds. A wedding party was in attendance. I guess Glossop Cricket Club make more money out of one wedding than half a season of cricket matches. The clubhouse is relatively new, having opened about 15 years ago. The upstairs rooms of Edwardian villas, immediately to the north, have a fine view across the pitch, which slopes downhill - end to end - towards the railway. There is no escaping the railway, along which electric multiple units clatter every 15 minutes or so. Glossop station is close by, slightly nearer than Glossop North End FC's Surrey Street ground. During the steam traction era, the noise and vapour produced by hardworking locomotives was deemed a major distraction for the cricketers. This afternoon, if the passage of a train coincided with an impending delivery from the south end, the umpire halted play.

Interesting Manchester Guardian description, on the cricket club's website, after North Road's opening match on August 9, 1880: "Glossop is an amphitheatre of hills. At one end the batsman has in front of him the White Nab, the backbone of the Peak range. On the other side is the pleasant height of Pickness, green with meadows grass and with many clumps of trees. The ground has two drawbacks. The first is that it adjoins the railway of the Great Central Company. The noise is rackety and dreadful, and at times the smoke from the engine obscures on one side both hill and valley. The other drawback is the ground is five or six feet higher at one side than the other." Not much has changed!


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Sunday 4th August 2019
Burley-in-Wharfedale versus North Leeds
Waddilove Cup (Airedale & Wharfedale League), Final @ North Leeds CC (45 over match, 1pm start)
Burley-in-Wharfedale won the toss and elected to bat
Burley-in-Wharfedale 260-5 off 45 overs beat by 19 runs North Leeds 241-9 off 45 overs
Admission £2
Programme (w/a) 4pp
Attendance 252 (h/c)
Hot and cold food available (e.g. two onion bhajis and a samosa for a quid)


Burley celebrated a 10th Waddilove Cup success after a tight, tense clash at The Homestead. Jason Wright, Burley's Australian skipper, led from the front, hitting 87 as his team set a testing target then taking 3-41 to help ensure event hosts North Leeds fell agonisingly short. Miraculously, the thundery downpours heading east, and forecast to reach Leeds any time after two o'clock, all but avoided Roundhay Park. Aside from a 15-minute interruption 75 minutes in, the weather smiled (if dark clouds can smile) on the Airedale & Wharfedale League's big annual occasion. At times, it was touch and go. In the distance, thunder could be heard and lightning seen. Just how fortunate we were became apparent on the drive home. Leeds's outer ring road and the A64 were awash as rain pelted down.

Opting to bat, Burley were soon in trouble against their First Division rivals. North Leeds's bowlers were assisted by plenty of movement as Burley slumped to 6-2. Key was Burley's astonishing acceleration during the last 15 overs. Wright and Redmond Bolton (72 not out) put on 129 for the fifth wicket. Opener Nicholas Brook scored 52 and wicketkeeper Nicky Bulcock a useful 24. Pacer Farhan Khan, who opened the bowling, took 3-39 while veteran spinner Barry Singleton conceded just 20 in nine miserly overs.

North Leeds also had early problems. They were 21-2. Khan, showing he could bat as well as bowl, got them going with 41. Taran Chana (79) and Anil Chana (33) added 52 for the fifth wicket. Singleton, in at No 8, pushed Burley all the way with a determined 31. His knock featured the day's biggest six - out of the ground, over Old Park Road and into the front garden of a house on the far side. Wright was backed by Sam Fox (2-33).

Last season, Burley finished second and North Leeds third, behind champions Otley. Both Burley and North Leeds have struggled in 2019. Burley are now safe from the drop but North Leeds, third from bottom and winners of the Waddilove Cup only once, way back in 1955, have work to do over the campaign's closing weeks to ensure they stay up.

The Waddilove Cup Final host is chosen at the start of the season. It was pure chance North Leeds reached the final. They did a fine job of staging the event at The Homestead, an immaculate arena on the southwestern edge of Roundhay Park, in one of Leeds's most affluent districts. Fringed on three sides by mature trees, it is an intimate setting, boasting a huge number of benches. The smallish pitch slopes down from north to south. The light, bright clubhouse, a modern, single-storey structure with a seated verandah, occupies the southwest corner. Impressive it is, too. Seldom have I seen such a display of historical photographs. The interior is tastefully decorated and furnished. In contrast to the rest of the ground, the east end is open. It backs on to spare turf, part of which accommodates North Leeds's permanent nets. The club car park is tiny but Old Park Road, and streets leading off it, affords plenty of parking opportunities. A bowling green, beyond the car park, completes an extremely tidy picture.


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Chris1963
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I do not get to tick cricket venues very often but this year alone I have managed five new ticks (or six if you count Merchant Taylors School as two grounds)

Durham v Lancashire at South Northumberland CC, Gosforth on Tuesday 30th April 2019 (50 over competition) Lancashire won by three wickets
Although this was not the first time Durham have played at this venue, it was the first time I had seen a good opportunity to go there (some of the earlier games may have been on Saturdays when I would have been at football) and anyway, how could I go through life without ticking a ground used for professional cricket in the city where I was born?

I travelled up to Newcastle-upon-Tyne on the train, and then took the Tyne & Wear Metro to South Gosforth station as the morning start meant that I did not have enough time to use my Freedom Pass on the local buses. Fortunately the train from London was on time and I arrived at the ground 25 minutes before the start of play. The ground is very compact and fully enclosed. There is a large and fairly new sports hall behind the north end wicket and this is covered in advertising hoardings as well as a sightscreen and a function room on the ground floor. It gives the venue a slightly ‘stadium-ish’ appearance. Other than that, the whole area is very flat with plenty of bench seats and folding chairs available for spectators. A large and modern clubhouse and changing room building is located in the north-west corner. All these new facilities perhaps explain why Durham have chosen this ground as the venue for their visits to Newcastle rather than the ground in the nearby suburb of Jesmond (which they used occasionally while the Chester-le-Street stadium was being built) which has a bigger spectator capacity.

A scorecard was on sale for £1 but no programme or club magazine was available. I had booked a ticket online a couple of days earlier but the saving (after the booking fee) was only £1.50 and the main reason why I did this was because of the limited capacity of the ground. Tickets were however on sale at the main entrance, which is in the north-west corner of the ground.

On a personal note, the best moment of the day for me came when I was having a look around in the clubhouse after the match and was delighted to find a framed tribute to my cousin, John Bradford, on the wall. He sadly died at just 55 from an asbestos-related illness but is held in great affection by South Northumberland CC for whom he played and helped administer for many years. He also played semi-regularly for Northumberland and is listed in the Minor Counties averages in some 1970’s editions of Wisden.

As my booked train back to London did not depart until 21.15, I walked the three miles or so back to the city centre, passing the maternity hospital where I was born, although this now seems to have become a school or college.

Bedfordshire v. Oxfordshire at Ampthill Town CC on Sunday 12th May 2019 (Minor Counties 50 over knockout competition) Oxfordshire won by eight wickets
This was not an easy decision for me to make, having to choose between this fixture or an equally good one at Bishops Stortford in the same competition. I eventually chose this one because the weather forecast suggested that it would be a bit sunnier and a little less windy in Ampthill than Bishops Stortford, despite the relative closeness of the two places. The Ampthill cricket ground is a fairly straightfoward walk of around 45 minutes from Flitwick station, with a pavement all the way. (Lidlington station is probably slightly closer, but the Bletchley-Bedford line which the station belongs to is closed on Sundays.) To reduce the train fare, I used my Freedom Pass on the Green Line coach from London to Luton and then completed the rest of the journey by train from Luton to Flitwick.

The Ampthill Town CC ground is a very scenic venue, being located in Ampthill Great Park, Woburn Road. (the ‘Great’ probably refers to the Great War, or WW1, because there is a memorial to the fallen of that war near the cricket ground) It is next door to Ampthill Town FC, whose ground I had ticked many years ago. There is a steep grass bank around part of the outfield and with several benchseats on top of the bank, this gives a superb view of the action. The only drawback is that the ground is not enclosed and the constant stream of dog walkers going past along the top of the bank is a bit of a distraction if you are watching the game from there. Another impressive feature of the ground is the large brick scorebox. Look inside the pavilion for a framed photograph dated 1986 which shows the same pavilion, but with a different appearance. This is probably due to an extension having been added to the side facing the playing area, although it is hard to spot the join.

A scorecard was available for £1 and it was very attractively printed on light blue card, rather than the white card normally used. It was also designed to be folded to make an A5 4 pager. I normally write the scores neatly on my scorecards but as I thought it wasn’t right to do so with such attractive paper, I printed off the scorecard from the internet instead. For limited-overs competitions such as this one, I also keep a written record of the runs scored at the end of each over. As for the match, it was easily the most one-sided I have ever seen in this competition. Bedfordshire were very poor and did not look better than a village or club side. Oxfordshire knocked off the required runs in just 18.3 overs, finishing the game with a six-hit. Due to the ground being in a public park the crowd fluctated between 40-60 with some people watching only for a short while, including some who had a picnic on top of the grass bank.

As the game had ended so early I did not rush back home, but instead took the opportunity to have a look around Ampthill town centre, something I had not bothered to do when ticking the football ground. It is a very historic and unspoiled place, with the only modern building being a supermarket (where I did a bit of shopping) which is largely hidden away behind a car park.

Glamorgan v Gloucestershire at Spytty Park, Newport on Wednesday 15th May 2019 - 2nd day of a County Championship game.
Although this match had started on Tuesday 14th July, I decided to attend the Wednesday’s play instead because I wanted a gap of more than one day between the cricket at Ampthill and this one. Also, the weather forecast suggested that it would be a bit less windy on Wednesday than Tuesday. In common with Ampthill, this match was played next door to a venue which I had already ticked for football. As with the Newcastle trip, the train from London fortunately ran on time but as Freedom Passes issued in England cannot be used on buses in Wales, I was faced with a fairly long walk from the railway station to Spytty. To access the ground, you have to cross a busy dual carriageway and the safest way to do this is via the footbridge which is located a further 5 -10 minutes walk beyond the sports complex.

Entry was by purchasing a ticket at a table by the entrance. I can’t remember if advance online booking was available, but the prices were very reasonable. A Glamorgan CCC magazine (described as ‘Summer 2019 edition’ was on sale alongside the scorecard – the price isn’t shown on the cover but I think I paid £3 for my copy. I am aware that the ground has already been described on this thread, but my view is that to describe the clubhouse (pavilion) as being of an ‘unusual’ design is being too kind. The roof is best described as ugly. The nicest viewing area is a bench seat on top of a small grassy raised area in the corner opposite the pavilion but if you sit there you cannot see the scoreboard. I watched the later stages of the day’s play (when the sun was not so intense as it had been earlier) from the temporary stand that had been erected behind one end. One further point of interest is that the complex contains two football grounds which I have not yet ticked! One of them should be easy enough as it is a 3G pitch used for Welsh League matches but the other (situated next door to the cricket ground) belongs to the Welsh FA and has been used for only one proper match so far, the Welsh Intermediate Cup Final a few years ago when both finalists were south-based clubs. I did consider going there but there must have been something else better elsewhere that particular Saturday and it may be many years before the final involves two southern clubs again.

Hampshire v. Nottinghamshire at Newclose Cricket Ground, Newport (not the same Newport as above!) on Monday 20th May 2019 - first day of a County Championship game.
This was not the first time I had watched a cricket match outside the UK mainland, as I had attended a one-day international between Canada and the United Arab Emirates at Toronto’s main cricket ground in 2001, although that trip had been primarily to watch football.

Getting to the ground (situated to the south of the island’s main town of Newport) by 11 am was always going to be a challenge and it did not help matters when I read on the National Rail website on Sunday night that delays could be expected on Monday morning due to a broken rail in the Wimbledon area. Consequently, I decided to travel from Victoria rather than Waterloo although this meant a longer journey time. I eventually arrived at the ground some 30 minutes after the scheduled start. Obviously this was disappointing but at least play was extended for about 35 minutes past the scheduled close of play at 6 pm, probably because of a slow over rate. Another London-based hopper who I knew told me at lunchtime that he had arrived before the start of play, although he had left home at around 5 am which was not something I had wanted to do. On the other hand, a busload of cricket fans (Hampshire had laid on special buses from Cowes, although I had travelled from Ryde as the fare from London was cheaper than Cowes) arrived at the ground about 15 minutes after my arrival, so at least I was not affected as badly as them.

I had purchased a ticket online, as the saving involved in doing this was £6. Unfortunately, such generosity did not extend to the match programme, which at £5 was a rip-off for an A5 sized production that resembled a non-league football programme. However, I think it was produced by the ground authorities rather than Hampshire.

The ground is very scenic, although I think the grass bank around the outfield appears to be man-made (rather than natural as was suggested by another poster) because it is very smooth indeed. The whole ground is relatively new but there is very little or no shade for spectators as all the trees are some distance from the ground perimeter. Fortunately it was a cloudy day so I did not have to worry about getting sunburnt.

A pleasant surprise during the day was bumping into an old work colleague. He is a cricket umpire who officiates at games on Hertfordshire and the Isle of Wight (where he has family connections, hence his reason for being there that day) In fact this was not the first time I had seen him at a cricket match – like myself, he had also attended the MCC v Hertfordshire match at Lords in 2014 which had been played to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the world’s most famous cricket ground.

The ground is on the main road leading south from Newport, and this quite dangerous for pedestrians as it is narrow and without pavements. Because I was in a hurry I decided to walk this way, but after the close of play I made sure that I used the walking route which Hampshire had recommended on their website, which is a footpath bordering the west side of the cricket ground. This is a very pleasant walk back to the town centre, although I was rather surprised to see some spectators walk in the opposite direction. I don’t know if they had made a mistake or if they were going to walk all the way to the south of the island!

Yorkshire v. Warwickshire at York Sports Club, Clifton Road, York on Tuesday 18th June 2019 - second day of a County Championship match
I was particularly fortunate with this one. I had been unable to attend on the Monday because I had been flying back from the Czech Republic on that day, and I believe there may have been rain interruptions on both Monday and Wednesday. I was also fortunate enough to nab a bargain rail ticket with Grand Central at just £30 for a return despite booking it less than a week in advance. The only problem was that the booked train back to London was a little earlier than I would have liked at 19.12 and with play going until at least 6.40 pm (the over rate must have been very slow for this to happen) I had to leave the ground at that time to be able to walk back to the railway station. I would never leave a football match before the 90 minutes were up, but cricket is different because if you’re only attending the first day of a four-day game, what does it matter if you leave early while there are still a few overs to be bowled?

Again I’m aware that this ground has been described on here, so I won’t add too much, other than that I was grateful for the large temporary stand, even if the seating rake was not as steep as I would have liked. Many thanks to the poster who said that the crowd for this day was 3,021 as I would never have known otherwise. I have written that figure on my scorecard. But one thing that I don’t think has been mentioned is that the ground is also used by York Rugby Union Club and there is a small but modern and slightly elevated stand. It wasn’t very far from the cricket outfield but unfortunately it had been rendered useless for viewing by someone’s ill-advised decision to place a refreshment marquee in front of it. The programme, like that at Newport (IOW) cost £5 but was much better value for money as it was an A4 brochure with a glossy laminated cover and in full colour with a decent amount of reading.

Middlesex v Gloucestershire at Merchant Taylors School on Sunday 7th July 2019 (first day of a County Championship game)
This was my second visit (and second tick?) to this venue, which is less than ten minutes walk from Moor Park tube station (it is often described as being in Northwood, but is actually about halfway between that place and Watford) As you enter, you will see a couple of signs directing you to the ‘OMT Pavilion’ and the ‘MTS Pavilion’ which implies that there are two separate grounds. The OMT ground is the one that had been used on my only previous visit to the venue in 2014 which was for a game in the 20 over league. ‘OMT’ stands for ‘Old Merchant Taylors’ and is presumably a club for ex-pupils of the school. It has a perfectly flat outfield and a relatively small but very modern wooden pavilion. However, expecting a revisit to this ground, I was very surprised to find this Championship game was being played on the MTS (Merchant Taylors School) ground. This ground has a much older, and more attractive, pavilion but the outfield has a clearly visible slope. The two grounds are more or less adjacent, but there are plenty of trees between them so the closeness is not immediately obvious to a first time visitor. In fact, despite having taken photos on the 2014 visit, it took me a good few minutes to remember where the OMT ground is located, as the whole complex is a vast one. Anyway, if you’ve only done one of these two grounds, it may be worth contacting Middlesex in advance to find out which ground at MT they are using for future games there. Of course, if you only want to count the two as one ground, that’s up to you.

For a few years not so long ago, Middlesex were issuing A5 programmes for their Championship games but they have since stopped this and the current situation is that if you purchase a scorecard, you are also given a double-sided A4 sheet on card giving plenty of information about the game. This particular one was very interesting as it lists all the nine different grounds that hav been used by Gloucestershire for their home County Championship games against Middlesex, which include such unlikely venues as Stroud, Gloucester (Spa Ground) and Chetenham (Victoria) although I guess most of these were probably before WW2. This information sheet was only available in the Middlesex club shop tent, even though scorecards were also available at the ground entrance. So this something you need to bear in mind if attending Middlesex home games (for their home games at Lords, you need to enquire at their office behind the pavilion.)

Other matches
I also attended the first day’s play of the England v Ireland Test at Lords the other week. This was only the second time I had ever attended a Test, the previous occasion being for England v Australia in 1981, also at Lords. On that occasion I had been able to pay a small admission fee (can’t remember what it was as I didn’t keep my tickets in those days, but probably something like £1.50 as I would not have been able to afford much more than that) to sit on the grass behind the boundary rope, as was allowed in those days. For the Ireland game I bought a ‘restricted view’ ticket in the Mound Stand online for £15.00 because I was familiar enough with Lords to know that the view isn’t actually very restricted at all. Non-restricted view tickets cost up to £85, and that was just for one day’s play.

Another interesting comparison was in the programmes available. In 1981 there was no publication other than the MCC scorecard available inside Lords, although a ‘pirate’ programme exists (I bought a copy on e-bay recently) and this may have been sold outside Lords on the day. I entered through the north entrance, as I have always done when visiting Lords and the pirate programme may have been more likely to have been sold outside the Grace Gates as more potential buyers would have been there. In contrast, the Ireland test had three official publications available. In addition to the usual MCC scorecard (£1.00) there was a perfect-bound programme costing £6 which was smaller than A4 and contained little of interest, with most of the content being interviews. A pleasant surprise though, was the glossy 16 page programme that was given away free. This had been produced by the ground authorities and contained an advert for the Lords souvenir shop but it also contained some interesting information not found in the £6 programme.

The most unexpected sight of the day, other than England being dismissed for 85, was a kiosk inside Lords with a notice saying “Indian food stall” on it, even though India were not playing there. The funny thing though, was that another notice on the stall said “our food is halal” despite the fact that Muslims make up only 14% of India’s population. The white people who were running the stall may have been unaware that India is basically a Hindu country. At least they didn’t make the mistake of including beef on the menu!


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One additional point on North Road, Glossop, is that the ground was still used for football for several years after Glossop moved to Surrey Street, as Old Glossopians, latterly Glossopians, of the Lancashire Anateur League and then the Manchester League played, until they folded, around 1988, when the Manchester League insisted that spectator areas were railed off. I never got there, but did see the club in a very local derby away to Glossop in the Derbyshire Senior Cup.
Their most famous, or infamous, ex-player is disgraced broadcaster Stuart Hall.


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Yes. One of the elderly spectators I chatted to said he'd played, for Glossopians, on the North Road football pitch.

Twenty-odd years ago, I wrote a magazine feature, for a defunct Peak District magazine, about Glossop FC's time in the Football League. Spent a morning with a couple of Glossop Heritage Centre volunteers who had done all the research. Very interesting.


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Back from Edgbaston somewhat earlier than expected Although I held little hope of England avoiding defeat I did however, believe I would get a least two sessions for my £25. We may have put the Aussies under a bit more pressure had not Jason Roy played one of the most brainless shots imaginable, given the task facing England. I fear it's a lost cause for England already.


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Sunday 4th August
T20 Blast North Group
Worcestershire 119 (19.2 overs) lost to Leicester 152 (20 overs)
Attendance 5,000 est
Advance ticket £20
Scorecard £1 (saw no additional programme)


Had planned to visit New Road for the match vs Durham the previous Sunday but bottled it as rain was forecast only to find the whole game was played so made another attempt for this game. Expected the hosts and reigning champions to have too much for the visitors who were bottom of the group. Hosts won the toss and put the visitors into bat and bowled them out with 8 catches and 2 bowl outs, including the last wicket with final ball of the innings. Leicestershire posted what would normally be seen as a reasonable score except that last week on the same pitch Durham posted 181 and Worcestershire chased down that total in little more than 12 overs so 152 should have been a piece of cake for them, right? Wrong. The hosts started promisingly enough but then Martin Gupthill was caught out in the 4th over and from then on regular wickets were taken preventing the Rapids from getting into a rhythm. Going into the last over the hosts were still 34 runs behind with only one wicket remaining. After managing just a single off the first ball the result was mathematically beyond them and a big swing with the second ball looked to heading for a six but was caught on the boundary and that was the end of the game. just like the first innings the wickets were 8 catches and two bowl outs. Can't recall seeing a game before where both teams were bowled, especially in T20.

New Road must be the most picturesque ground in county cricket. Lots of individual open seated stands and it has no fewer than four pavilions of various age. On the west side the ladies pavilion in an old white building with bench seats in front, next to this the modern Greame Hick pavilion which houses the changing rooms with an open seated stand in front. The only covered stand is an old white painted structure on the north side with corporate boxes on the balcony above sheltered by bedouin style roofs and next to this is a modern building near the top of which is the highest seated area of the ground known as 'The View'. The main entrance is a building in the north east corner and is shared with a Premier Inn while Worcester Cathedral provides a spectacular backdrop on the east side over the River Severn which I crossed with a ride on the Cathedral Ferry, actually just a rowing boat, for the bargain price of just 40p!

Next planned cricket, weather and ticket availability permitting, is Middlesex v Gloucestershire at Radlett next Sunday. Had hoped to go to Sussex v Middlesex at Hove on Friday but this has already sold out.


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National Village Knockout Semi Final at Astwood Bank: Houghton Main 232-6 40 overs Astwood Bank 211-9 40 overs No scorecard or admission charge but raffle run and various food and drink outlets.
Having only written about Astwood Bank a month ago I won't repeat what I wrote then about the ground. However, such was the level of interest that a field opposite the ground had to be utilised for car parking. AB were ultimately to fall just short on the pitch but off it they gained a lot of plaudits for their organisation and general nous about the big occasion with the score being read out at the end of every over to boot. Match winner for Houghton Main was one Simon Ward, their opening batsman and wicket keeper. It was if Colin Milburn had been reborn (younger readers refer to Google). I would imagine that he must be all of 20 stone but boy could he bat and after playing out a maiden in the first over of the match he put on a sumptuous display of batsmanship. Unsurprisingly no quick singles were run, unlike in AB's innings which featured loads of them and it was therefore ironic that his fine innings of 103 should be ended by a run out. Unfortunately for Astwood Bank two of their bowlers leaked runs and the Houghton bowlers were of decidedly better quality. Congratulations to them on what was a cracking occasion played in just the right spirit. My money will be on them to triumph at Lord's.




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Next planned cricket, weather and ticket availability permitting, is Middlesex v Gloucestershire at Radlett next Sunday.

No longer an option as Radlett is now sold out according to Middlesex websiteFrown. The storms forecast for Friday put me off booking too far in advance but weather looks more promising for Sunday and the strong winds on Saturday should dry the outfield. Now looking at either Bexley v Swardeston in National Club Championship Quarter-Final or Berkshire v Wiltshire Unicorns Knockout Trophy Semi-Final at Finchampstead, presumably the same ground where their former Hellenic League football club played.


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Friday 19 July
Leicestershire v Lancashire
Grace Road, Leicester
T20
Match abandoned without a ball bowled.
Admission: FOC


My wife is not a huge sports fan. She has accompanied me to a number of events over the years but a professional cricket match has never been one of them.

As we arrived the players were warming up. The toss was held then, in line with ancient tradition, the rain came down. We try again with another free, hospitality-laden T20 at Leicester on August 9.

Given the weather forecast we are now not attempting this. However, with the afternoon off work booked by us both we needed something to justify it so we are going to Newmarket races instead. I have sold that one to her on the basis that Heather Small and Bananarama are performing (on stage afterwards, not on the track).


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Friday 9th August
T20 Charity match @ Fawley CC
Lashings World XI 149/4 (20) beat Fawley 137 all out (18.2)
Attendance 300 est
Admission £4 - Programme £2

Entertaining match. Arrived in pouring rain 5/10 minutes after the scheduled 4pm start to find 5 overs had already been played with Lashings having already posted 51/0 but the players had just come off, presumably they started 15 minutes early to beat the showers. Fortunately play resumed after a 20 minute delay and there was no more rain, at least not enough for the players to come off again. Once play resumed with Blowers commentating the run rate slowed and Fawley managed to take a few wickets and reduce Lashings to a reachable target of 149/4. It looked like the game would be over in double quick time as Fawley were just 40/5 after 9 overs with ex South African international Charl Willoughby taking 4 of those wickets, but then an extraordinary turnaround saw a partnership of 73 and Fawley were on 113/5 after 13 overs and in the box seat with less than a run a ball to win. Then an ageing John Emburey managed to bowl one of the batsmen out to break up the partnership, this turned out to be his last act as he injured his back in the process and had to be substituted. After this the wickets began to fell but the game was still in the balance at the end of the 18th over with the hosts 137/8 12 runs behind with 12 balls remaining, but the final two wickets fell with the first two balls of the 19th over. Also in the Lashings line-up coached by Gordon Greenidge were Martin Bicknell, Devon Malcolm, Chris Lewis and Andrew Caddick.

Fawley Cricket Club play at the same venue in Holbury as the football club but there is no overlap between the pitches with the football ground enclosed by a fence. A marquee, which was heavily populated, was put up on the east side of the ground in front of the main building, there is an electronic scoreboard on the south side but this packed up after a power cut just before the end of the Lashings innings, possibly the same power cut which affected much of the country on Friday. Power was restored at the start of Fawley's innings. The soon to be demolished chimneys of Fawley oil refinery/power station provide an industrial backdrop from the side of the football ground. The adjacent original football pitch, with its covered standing area, appears to be in use again with two goals and one net up but no markings. It was used by Fawley Rugby Club until they moved to a new ground next door to Blackfield & Langley FC a few years ago.

Lashings' next outing is at Elsecar, near Barnsley, on Friday 16th August. Another T20 game, this time with a 3pm start according to Elsecar CC facebook page.


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Sunday 11th August
Unicorns Knockout Trophy Semi-Final @ Finchampstead CC
Berkshire 202/6 (43.3) beat Berkshire 199 all out (49.1)
Attendance 250 est
Scorecard £1 - Yearbook £2 (much better value than Lincolnshire's)

Arrived an hour after the 11am start and the first person I bump into is DJ! On my arrival the visitors were 77/2 after 16 overs, apparently they were 60/0 at one stage. Wiltshire lost a third wicket soon after my arrival but were doing reasonably well until losing two wickets in the 25th and 26th overs with 113 on the board, that was when the game really swung in the hosts favour. By the end of the 36th over Wilts were 150/8 and it looked as if they be all out long before the 50 overs were up so they did well to hang on until the last over agonisingly failing to reach the magic 200 mark by a single run when losing their final wicket with the first ball of the last over. Berkshire didn't match Wiltshire's early run rate but only needed to average 4 per over to stay on target. Intermittent wickets kept the visitors in the hunt until the hosts scored a few sixes and by the 42nd over just needed another 10 runs. At this time it started to rain but luckily being so close to the end the players stayed out, unlike my original choice at sold out Radlett in the T20 Blast which needed DLS with less than two overs remaining. Good job it finished when it did as the rain got heavier after leaving the ground.

Barely recognised the ground from my only previous visit for football when Finchampstead were on the Hellenic League Hop one Saturday morning in September 2010 IIRC. I believe the football pitch was in the gap to the right of the cricket pitch with a slight overlap. A womens match between Finchampstead and Ealing was taking place on another cricket pitch behind the hedge.


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Sunday 11th August
Unicorns Knockout Trophy Semi-Final @ Finchampstead CC
Berkshire 202/6 (43.3) beat Berkshire 199 all out (49.1)


Is this the first time a county has played itself



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cherryhopper
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Sunday 11th August
Unicorns Knockout Trophy Semi-Final @ Finchampstead CC
Berkshire 202/6 (43.3) beat Wiltshire 199 all out (49.1)


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Tuesday 13th August
KIA Super League @ Liverpool CC, Aigburth
Lancashire Thunder 142 all out (19.1) lost to Yorkshire Diamonds 151/6 (20)
Attendance 600 est
Admission £5
No programme, just an A4 sheet as scorecard given away free.

My first ever women's cricket match which, after a slow start, turned out to be an exciting game and was in the balance until the last over. The visitors were first to bat and made slow progress but didn't lose their first wicket until the 10th over, and their second not until the 15th. After this Diamonds took a few more risks and lost a wicket in each of the last four overs but also steadily increased their run rate to reach a competitive total of 151. Two of the wickets were taken by captain Katie Cross, who is the daughter of 1980's West Ham United striker David Cross. The hosts lost their first two wickets in the 3rd and 4th overs but were ahead of the visitors score at the same point when an unfortunate incident at the end of the 15th over saw the two batters collide going for an extra run, Boyce was knocked out and once she recovered was given a run out. At this stage the hosts were 90/5, a run a ball but needing more than two runs per ball to win. A big 16th over saw Thunder score 19 runs with a 6, three 4's and a single and seemed to swing the game in the hosts' favour but two quick wickets late in the 17th and early in the 18th gave Diamonds back their shine but Thunder recovered with a couple of big hits to end the over on 137/7 needing 15 off 12 balls and the game perfectly in the balance. The momentum shifted again in the penultimate over with Ecclestone stumped and Cross run out leaving Thunder needing 10 off the last over but with only one wicket remaining which went when Threlkeld was caught out on the first ball.

Excellent attendance for this match which compares favourably to those at Womens Super League football matches and more than a lot of men's county championship games get. Aigburth is the home of Liverpool Cricket Club, the ground has a lovely grand old green and white tudor pavilion with a small open stand at the front with three rows of white seats. I think only members were allowed to watch from there but from half the stand the view of the wicket was blocked by the large wooden screen on wheels you get at each end of cricket grounds which was painted black instead of the usual white. Not much else apart from the pavilion, not even a barrier to divide spectators around the pitch. At the far end are grass tennis courts and two scoreboards, a large manual one used by the home club not in use, only the small electronic scoreboard next to it which was a little too small to read from the opposite end so the announcer gave a running commentary of the score at the end of each over.

Unlikely either side will make it to finals day, which they have to finish in the top 3 to qualify for. This was Yorkshire's first win but they followed this with a loss on Thursday, while Lancashire finally registered their first points with a tie at Surrey. For that reason I'm leaning more towards one of the National Club T20 quarter-finals on Sunday rather than Yorkshire's game at Loughborough Lightning or Lancashire's home game with Western Storm at Chester Boughton Hall which sounds like you can't pay on the gate, website says entry is by ticket only.


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Saturday 17th August 2019
Darlington versus Richmondshire (50 over match, 1pm start)
North Yorkshire & South Durham Premier League, Premier Division
Richmondshire won the toss and elected to field
Darlington 146 off 49.5 overs (5pts) lost by five wickets to Richmondshire 147-5 off 46.4 overs (20pts)
Free admission
Programme £1 (8pp)
Attendance 108 (h/c)
Cricket tea £3.50 (didn't sample)


Lacking four regulars (owing to holidays, a stag do and football), Richmondshire cleared a tricky hurdle to extend their lead and plunge Darlington deeper into relegation trouble. The visitors, with four games of the season remaining, have a 19-point lead over title rivals Marton, who could manage only a losing draw at Barnard Castle. With Great Ayton winning at Middlesbrough in a crunch relegation battle, Darlington slip a place, to 10th, 10 points above the drop zone, occupied by Seaton Carew and Middlesbrough.

The departure, to a soft catch, of professional Tom Hewison (63) sparked a costly Darlington collapse. The last five home wickets produced just 17 runs. Callum Lethbridge's 27 was the only other decent score. Sam Wood (3-25), Chris Layfield (2-6) and Steven Reeves (2-29) shared the bulk of the wickets. Reeves, Richmondshire's Australian professional, played a key role as the visitors chased down a modest target. Darlington, boosted by early breakthroughs from pacer Shaun Charlton (2-53), appeared in with a chance when Richmondshire were reduced to 53-3, opener Robert Carr hitting 26. But Reeves, a big fella, steadied the ship with an unbeaten 44. Darren Van Der Vyver (20) and Wood (19) did what was necessary at the other end.

When I worked on Teesside during the Nineties, I was a reasonably regular visitor (mostly on midweek evenings, accompanying colleagues) to Feethams to watch Darlington FC. This was my first return since the football ground was sold, by the cricket club, to a housing developer. The cricket club banked a million, by common consent rather less than the land was worth. It was good to hear the cricket club have had no further problems this season with an occupier on the new estate, who complained to the local authority (and the national Press) about the noise emanating from the adjacent nets. Essentially, the cricket club, under pressure from the spineless council, agreed to use the nets only at certain times. Not ideal but, in the interests of being a good neighbour, they were prepared to be flexible.

Feethams must be one of the best appointed town centre cricket grounds in England. Benefiting from the attentions of a full-time groundsman, the pitch - and its surroundings - are maintained immaculately. Floral displays - beds and hanging baskets - are an eye-catching feature. A traditional, two-storey pavilion, the oldest bits dating from 1906, occupies the northwest corner. There is a smashing selection of archive team pictures (the oldest 1920) adorning the walls of the pavilion's 1992 extension. The pavilion boasts a seated paddock. To the left is a raised area of benches. Plenty of benches around the boundary, notably on the east side, around which one walked, clutching a ticket, when accessing the football ground. A road, for the benefit of the new houses' occupants, along with unsightly high fencing, now separates the cricket ground from the River Skerne. A neat scorebox, erected in 2014, is positioned in the southeast corner. Victorian South Terrace (in one of whose houses the club president lives) overlooks the square from the north end. The permanent nets, cause of so much grief, take up much of the south end. Sorry to note Darlington's 'Twin Towers', the main turnstiles for the football ground, have been demolished. A poor replica - larger but without a roof - has been built pretty much in the same place.

Darlington have suffered more than most as a result of this summer's atrocious weather. Today's match was the first senior game at Feethams to avoid either postponement, abandonment or being contested over a reduced number of overs.

A match programme was a pleasant surprise. Turns out Darlington issue for every home fixture, unusual (in my experience) in the NYSD. An elderly chap tours the boundary, hawking a very decent issue, as soon as the action gets under way.

Feethams hosts the second teams of Durham and Essex next week. There are two T20 games on August 19 (11.30am) and a three-day match on August 20-22 (11am). Waste of time, according to the groundsman, who has to set aside a wicket for the entire summer, because, he revealed, fewer spectators watch Durham's Second XI at Feethams than Darlington's first team. Given all the rain we've had, it was interesting to hear he has been mowing the pitch four times a week. Each 'cut' takes two-and-a-half hours.

Bradford League action for us tomorrow: the Jack Hampshire Cup Final, at Liversedge Cricket Club (noon), between Championship Two high-fliers Birstall (second) and Yeadon (third). Two dry days in a row. Can it be true?


(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Aug 17, 2019, 10:02 PM)

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