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Old 27th November 2013, 08:58   #181
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Yesterday I had e-mails from several different counties about their fixture list all because I booked tickets to see games at them several years ago. Summer, I really would like to go to Beckenham. Not really that far from me and a new ground.
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Old 27th November 2013, 10:46   #182
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Just to add to my previous post, the third MCCU matches will still exist - but as they are not first-class they've slipped off the fixture list.

For example, Cambridge play Worcestershire May 12-14.

Will try and root out the others if possible.
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Old 27th November 2013, 12:09   #183
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Unfortunately the modern fixture list isn't set up to cater for the likes of you and I.

Hoping to get matches at Basingstoke and Whitgift is a bit like turning up at Kings Cross station for your train and hoping to find a Class 40 locomotive whistling away at the head of a rake of Mark 1 coaches.

But just as in the latter case, it can still be done - it's just one has to dig a bit deeper for it; and in that comes the reward!

As you say, games such as 2nd XI matches is one way to watch cricket at different grounds. But I find there's always plenty out there - it's just going the extra mile to find it.

For example, even in just the second week of the season, Somerset are playing Leeds/Bradford MCCU at Taunton Vale Sports Ground - so there's an outground match even in April!
Indeed. The four bank holidays and no cricket at the Rose Bowl thing has really irked me though. Although Hampshire are due to play Cardiff MCCU starting on 5th May.
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Old 27th November 2013, 12:09   #184
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Just to add to my previous post, the third MCCU matches will still exist - but as they are not first-class they've slipped off the fixture list.

For example, Cambridge play Worcestershire May 12-14.

Will try and root out the others if possible.
Hampshire are due to play Cardiff MCCU starting on 5th May. Venue tbc.
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Old 27th November 2013, 12:10   #185
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Cardiff v Hants, TBC, May 5-7

Durham v Northants, Durham Uni, May 5-7

Cambridge v Worcestershire, Fenner's, May 12-14

Loughborough v Lancashire, Loughborough, May 19-21

Oxford v Middlesex, The Parks, June 9-11

Leeds/Bradford v Leicestershire, Weetwood, June 9-11

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Old 27th November 2013, 15:14   #186
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Although not First Class, I notice the Scotland v England ODI is at Aberdeen in 2014. I did that fixture at The Grange in Edinburgh in 2010 just to tick the ground. Unfortunately Aberdeen will be totally impractical for me this time.
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Old 27th November 2013, 19:29   #187
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Despite the 'shire' names, domestic cricket has always been largely city-based, though. For decades. there have been county HQs in London (2), Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Southampton, Worcester, Canterbury and Brighton. I believe Northampton and Taunton are the largest towns in their respective counties.
Gloucester as well.

I think the only two counties that don't play in their largest conurbations are Durham and Essex.
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Old 28th November 2013, 17:24   #188
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Flippin' 'eck….my 2014 KCCC Membership Pass has arrived and it's not even December, never mind 2014.
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Old 28th November 2013, 18:08   #189
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Flippin' 'eck….my 2014 KCCC Membership Pass has arrived and it's not even December, never mind 2014.
Wow ... I''m impressed ... in 2013 Yorkshire got some of their passes out AFTER the first day of the season

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Old 28th November 2013, 18:13   #190
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Wow ... I''m impressed ... in 2013 Yorkshire got some of their passes out AFTER the first day of the seasam
Oh dear!! Was there a queue of angry members at the Sutcliffe Gates?

Also surprising, Kent have sent me the Lord's International Tickets order form. Not cheap, mind.
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Oh dear!! Was there a queue of angry members at the Sutcliffe Gates?

Also surprising, Kent have sent me the Lord's International Tickets order form. Not cheap, mind.
No, but there was a rather large queue at the offices on St Michael's Lane

& sadly the Suffcliffe Gates have gone
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Old 30th November 2013, 12:17   #192
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Will probably kick off with Surrey v Glamorgan on April 6 and then head up to Cambridge for the first day of their game v Essex the following day.

Looking ahead, rather like the idea of Oxford v Middlesex - cricket at The Parks in June, what could be finer? But I'll have to have a ponder.

There's also a rather rich vein in the south in May from May 11-14, when Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire are all at home and Essex also play Sri Lanka on May 13.
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Will probably kick off with Surrey v Glamorgan on April 6 and then head up to Cambridge for the first day of their game v Essex the following day.

Looking ahead, rather like the idea of Oxford v Middlesex - cricket at The Parks in June, what could be finer? But I'll have to have a ponder.

There's also a rather rich vein in the south in May from May 11-14, when Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire are all at home and Essex also play Sri Lanka on May 13.
I'd fully recommend a trip to the Parks. Its a lovely ground and a great place to watch cricket if the sun is shining.
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Old 1st December 2013, 12:21   #194
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A Glamorgan supporting friend tells me he's had an email from GCCC confirming Surrey as the opponents for the annual Championship match at Colwyn Bay.

*Edit: Also confirmed on Surrey website:

http://www.kiaoval.com/cricket/1st-x...esults/?m_id=7
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Old 2nd December 2013, 15:31   #195
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Browsing the fixture list in more detail, I can't help thinking that t20 is just a bit over-egged/cooked/whatever - there's more t20 games than there were this year, right?

Everything goes fine with the Fridays and so on until July, when it looks as if the fixture compiler has realised "Uh-oh, I still need to fit in loads of t20 group games by the end of this month."

Then you get Yorkshire playing two home games in succession, on a Tuesday and Wednesday - Surrey playing Kent on a Wednesday when both sides have games on the Friday - Warwickshire playing at home on a Tuesday and then at home on the Friday of the same week - Kent going to Sussex and then Essex on successive days - Essex also playing at home on a Tuesday and a Friday - Lancashire at home on a Thursday and a Saturday.

These are just ones that I spotted. Watching the games on TV last year, the gates at one venue could fluctuate quite dramatically from one game to the next and surely many fans are going to choose one or the other when games come in very quick succession?

This could have been avoided with a leaner group stage.
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A warning to Yorks & Durham followers.

According to the Yorks & Durham websites the Yorks/Durham T20 match at Headingley is scheduled for Wed 2nd July .. but Yorkshire have just launched a 7 for £70 offer on T20 matches ... the webpage for the advert shows various Yorks cricketers on horsback ... & that the Yorks/Durham T20 match at Headingley is scheduled for Tue 12th June !!!

I suspect the fixtures (& actual advert) are correct

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Despite the 'shire' names, domestic cricket has always been largely city-based, though. For decades. there have been county HQs in London (2), Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Southampton, Worcester, Canterbury and Brighton. I believe Northampton and Taunton are the largest towns in their respective counties.
An interesting article on cricinfo on the subject:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine...ry/698611.html

This is the most concerning piece of rhetoric from the ECB:

"Warwickshire are keen to engage more closely with the vast ethnically diverse communities in the city itself - and they believe the name change will assist with this process."

Unbelievable, horrendous corporate cliche.
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An interesting article on cricinfo on the subject:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine...ry/698611.html

This is the most concerning piece of rhetoric from the ECB:

"Warwickshire are keen to engage more closely with the vast ethnically diverse communities in the city itself - and they believe the name change will assist with this process."

Unbelievable, horrendous corporate cliche.
Why can't people running the game leave anything unchanged for more than about five minutes?
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Hampshire have raised their ticket price for T20 matches from £16 to £20!

25% increase! So that's more matches than 2013 and a higher ticket price.....hmmmmm.
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Essex have raised their too. Now £18 members, and £29 non members. They say on their website:-

: Why have the NatWest T20 Blast tickets gone up in price?

We have listened to the feedback from our Members and supporters and have taken the decision to reduce our capacity at these sell out games.

The price for Members NatWest T20 Blast tickets have been frozen at the price of £11 for unreserved seating and £18 for reserved seating.

Most importantly by purchasing a reserved seat you are 100% guaranteed an allocated seat for the first time, with less people at The Essex County Ground we are looking to make the atmosphere more family friendly and create a better all-round experience for you.

The reduced capacity will also help reduce the queues whilst using the toilet facilities, when visiting our food and drink areas, or when visiting one of our Retail Outlets.

In addition a number of reserved and allocated seats will be available on the Grass Area located in front of the Pavilion.

A very limited amount of ground entrance tickets will be made available in Spring 2014 – however these will not include a seat and will be standing only tickets
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