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totallyuntamed
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May 21, 2012, 3:11 PM

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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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totallyuntamed
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May 21, 2012, 3:22 PM

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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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GrundyHiller
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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.


splodge
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May 23, 2012, 10:14 PM

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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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Steelback
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May 24, 2012, 8:30 PM

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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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splodge
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May 24, 2012, 10:11 PM

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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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wishmaster3211
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May 25, 2012, 8:55 AM

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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.


sewnapart
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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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grumpydwarf
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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.............


GrundyHiller
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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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sewnapart
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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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wishmaster3211
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May 28, 2012, 9:54 AM

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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.


Richard Watts
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May 28, 2012, 10:32 AM

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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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May 29, 2012, 1:05 PM

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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.


Richard Watts
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May 29, 2012, 5:09 PM

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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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May 29, 2012, 5:17 PM

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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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May 30, 2012, 4:38 PM

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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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