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Chris1963
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Due to the terrible weather I had no opportunity to watch an uninterrupted day's cricket this season until Sunday 22nd July. The previous Sunday (15th) had been a disaster as I had gone to Uxbridge only to find Middlesex's 40 over league match off due to a saturated outfield following a Saturday deluge in the area.

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

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

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


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Wednesday 25th July

Birmingham League T20 competition - quarter final

Walsall CC 270/2 beat Penn 74/6

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

Excellent evenings entertainment enjoyed immensely by the crowd of 40.


GrundyHiller
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Jul 27, 2012, 10:11 AM

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Huddersfield League, Scholes v Golcar, Saturday 21 July

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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Jul 29, 2012, 1:07 AM

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Birmingham League Division One Coventry and North Warwickshire v Dorridge

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

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



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wishmaster3211
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Jul 29, 2012, 9:43 AM

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Sat 28//7/12 Grace Rd Leicester

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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wishmaster3211
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Please ECB, can we have Unicorns in our CB40 group next season & get to come back

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



wishmaster3211
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CC Div 2, Bristol

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


wishmaster3211
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I was planning on going to Taunton, however, due to the distance involved I decided to ring up first. On hearing even the recorded information line sounding less than hopeful I went to Bristol instead.

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

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

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



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

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

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


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Sunday 5 to Tuesday 7 August
Minor Counties Championship Western Division

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

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

Full report on the Cheshire website
http://www.cheshire-county-cricket-club.org.uk/...BerkshireReport.html


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Was the ''Doom Bar'' on form ?



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Eminently so!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


wishmaster3211
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County Championship Div 1, Hove, Day 3 of 4:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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


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



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

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

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


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


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



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

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

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