Man City Transfer Target!
Apr 26, 2011, 6:13 PM
Location: North London
Team(s): Oxford United / Groundhopper
Sunday 24th April, 40 over league - group stage, 1.45pm
Re: [Mr. T] Where are you going - where did you go? CRICKET!!!
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?)
(This post was edited by Chris1963 on Apr 26, 2011, 6:14 PM)