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paulsre 5th February 2010 10:33

ECB Unicorns ECB 40 "home" fixtures
 
A bit of surfing around reveals that they will be called the ECB Unicorns.

Um, "home" fixtures:

v Glamorgan, 16 May TBC

v Sussex, 23 May - Arundel

v Worcestershire, 25 July - Kidderminster

v Somerset, 8 August - Exmouth

v Surrey, 22 August TBC

v Lancashire, 30 August Colwyn Bay

Rey 5th February 2010 10:35

Looking past the silly name, it's good they're giving out-grounds these games

Aidan11 5th February 2010 10:42

The ECB invited people to give this team a name. I entered but I can't remember my suggestion. It certainly wasn't Unicorns.

paulsre 5th February 2010 13:08

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aidan11 (Post 382694)
The ECB invited people to give this team a name. I entered but I can't remember my suggestion. It certainly wasn't Unicorns.

:D Same here.

southwood 5th February 2010 14:48

Not sure whether this is as appropriate as it first seems.

The Unicorn is best known,in heraldry, in the Scottish Coat of Arms where 2 Unicorns support the Scottish Arms.

In the English Coat of Arms it is a Lions and a Unicorn that support the CoAs.

Not only that but the Unicorn is a mythical animal which does not say much for those that will be selected to play for them.

Dpressed 5th February 2010 15:54

They might already have got sponsorship from Robinson's of Stockport, who brew their beer at the Unicorn brewey

stevieh 5th February 2010 16:24

Anyone have a link to the background of this thread - can find no reference to the ECB Unicorns in the usual sources.

Josh 5th February 2010 16:38

Quote:

Originally Posted by stevieh (Post 382733)
Anyone have a link to the background of this thread - can find no reference to the ECB Unicorns in the usual sources.

It's what is referred to as the 'ECB Recreational XI' in this article.

http://www.ecb.co.uk/news/domestic/e...308182,EN.html

It's basically a filler team for the 40-over competition, masquerading as a player development scheme. I think the original idea was that Ireland would have a spot but they turned it down.

stevieh 5th February 2010 17:00

Quote:

Originally Posted by Josh (Post 382736)
It's what is referred to as the 'ECB Recreational XI' in this article.

http://www.ecb.co.uk/news/domestic/e...308182,EN.html

It's basically a filler team for the 40-over competition, masquerading as a player development scheme. I think the original idea was that Ireland would have a spot but they turned it down.

Thanks for that, Josh. Somehow this had bypassed my radar up to now.

geoff_boycotts_grandmother 5th February 2010 17:20

Quote:

Originally Posted by southwood (Post 382721)
Not sure whether this is as appropriate as it first seems.

The Unicorn is best known,in heraldry, in the Scottish Coat of Arms where 2 Unicorns support the Scottish Arms.

In the English Coat of Arms it is a Lions and a Unicorn that support the CoAs.

Not only that but the Unicorn is a mythical animal which does not say much for those that will be selected to play for them.

Ah, so it is the alternative to the Lions. There is some sort of logic in it, although as you say unicorns are best known for being mythical.

V4never 5th February 2010 18:06

Like Rey, I like the idea of them using outgrounds. Will probably pop along to the game at Arundel - nice way to spend a weekend!

GloriousGloucesters 5th February 2010 19:20

Very tempted to go to Exmouth for the Somerset game. Hmm, unicorns - think I suggested recreational rejects or misfits!

Fatslogger 7th February 2010 13:37

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aidan11 (Post 382694)
The ECB invited people to give this team a name. I entered but I can't remember my suggestion. It certainly wasn't Unicorns.

Was it clean?

Aidan11 7th February 2010 14:37

Oddly enough, yes.

Fatslogger 7th February 2010 16:00

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aidan11 (Post 382954)
Oddly enough, yes.

How out of character.

Aidan11 7th February 2010 17:44

Indeed.

paulsre 9th February 2010 10:51

I don't suppose the Unicorns have much of a fan base. Imagine if they got to the final.

We love the Uni, Uni-Unicorns,
Heading from Exmouth up to Brit Oval,
Passing through New Road, Hove and Taunton - ow!
Three thousand miles, but we'll get there somehow.
Oh! Arundel's our home and so is Colwyn Bay,
And Unicorns the team that will show the way.

[clapping]

Uni!

[clapping]

Uni!

Fatslogger 15th February 2010 00:31

It will just be you singing that, you're right.

paulsre 17th February 2010 09:30

Chop chop, ECB, it was "revealed" that they would be called Unicorns here, there and elsewhere.

It's interesting that they refer to them as "youngsters" as I hadn't read of any age group stipulation before.

http://www.ecb.co.uk/news/domestic/c...309234,EN.html

Anyway, now we know all the venues:

v Glamorgan, 16 May - Bournemouth

v Sussex, 23 May - Arundel

v Worcestershire, 25 July - Kidderminster

v Somerset, 8 August - Exmouth

v Surrey, 22 August - Wormsley

v Lancashire, 30 August Colwyn Bay

Would be well up for the Wormsley game.

Rey 17th February 2010 10:50

Expect it'll be a mix of university and minor counties players; they'll maybe plunder the MCC staff too. The definition of 'youngsters' will probably be very loose.


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