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Old 26th November 2013, 12:10   #161
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Typical Yorkshire ... the fixtures went up at 09:30 & the site collapsed soon after .... even worse .. the had the first 2 matches starting on a Saturday, missed the Warwick home match completely & had us playing at Old Trafford on the dates for the T20 Quarter Finals !!! ... yes I got a copy af 09:30:15 !!!

Thankfully this has now been corrected but they still have our 'away' 50 over match to Lancs starting at 11, whilst the LCCC site has a 14:00 start & the away 50 over match to Hants is a D/N on their site

I'm 'concerned' about the 50 over competitions ... our 4 home matches are all mid week .. 2 being at Scarborough (good), seperated by a 'dead' day (Mon & Wed), with a further 'dead' day before the start of a Championship match (Fri-Mon) ... not good ..... do I really want to spend 2 days mooching about Scarborough ... or will we just go for the championship match starting on the Friday?
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Old 26th November 2013, 12:10   #162
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On first glance, I didn't think too highly of the fixture list but now that I'm carefully plotting my way through each of the Home Counties' schedules, it looks like there's a veritable feast of Championship cricket all summer long.

Has anyone else noticed that Middx have an LVCC game against Sussex at Merchant Taylor's School in Northwood? This ground has never previously played host to a Championship match; the fixture clashes with Tunbridge Wells Week but I think I'll simply have to find space for it.

Paul…I forgot to let you know…I've been made redundant again - yippee! Apart from the fortnightly trip to the Jobcentre, the Summer is all mine!!
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Old 26th November 2013, 12:41   #163
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What a let down.

1.) Four bank holidays and not one of them features cricket at the Rose Bowl. That's the second season in a row that the Hampshire havent been at home on any of the BH's. Thanks all round.

2.) Tis similarly poor fare for my outground travels. Only Horsham and Richmond likely to be ticked off my list.

Looks like i'll be watching plenty of second XI and minor counties cricket in 2014!
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Old 26th November 2013, 12:45   #164
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What a let down.

1.) Four bank holidays and not one of them features cricket at the Rose Bowl. That's the second season in a row that the Hampshire havent been at home on any of the BH's. Thanks all round.

2.) Tis similarly poor fare for my outground travels. Only Horsham and Richmond likely to be ticked off my list.

Looks like i'll be watching plenty of second XI and minor counties cricket in 2014!

Aye…I've realised that the modern fixture list is great if you live close to London but not so good if you're located elsewhere (unless you're willing to drive miles).

Does the Merchant's School one tickle your fancy at all, Tongo? I know it's not a Hants game but it'll be a new outground and a Championship first.
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Old 26th November 2013, 12:48   #165
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Aye…I've realised that the modern fixture list is great if you live close to London but not so good if you're located elsewhere (unless you're willing to drive miles).

Does the Merchant's School one tickle your fancy at all, Tongo? I know it's not a Hants game but it'll be a new outground and a Championship first.
I'm not worried about watching Hampshire, i was more looking at fixtures scheduled for outgrounds in general. Tis disappointing that alternative fixtures are required for the other venues on my wishlist!
Not sure about Merchants School. Depends on what comes from the second XI and minor counties fixtures lists as i need to cut the cloth accordingly to keep Mrs Tongo happy!
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Old 26th November 2013, 12:56   #166
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I used to look forward to the fixture lists coming out, but in recent years ther seems to have been an element of uniformity to them.
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Old 26th November 2013, 12:59   #167
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I used to look forward to the fixture lists coming out, but in recent years ther seems to have been an element of uniformity to them.
Warwickshire's change of name to the Birmingham Bears for the T20 partly confirms me theory that county cricket is becoming a city based circuit. How soon before Hampshire become the Southampton Royals?
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Old 26th November 2013, 13:15   #168
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Warwickshire's change of name to the Birmingham Bears for the T20 partly confirms me theory that county cricket is becoming a city based circuit. How soon before Hampshire become the Southampton Royals?
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.
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Old 26th November 2013, 13:20   #169
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Disappointed again to see not a single CC match at the Oval in July and August. At least we managed to get 5 Sundays with CC action - even though I think this is pitiful in itself...
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Old 26th November 2013, 13:32   #170
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Has anyone else noticed that Middx have an LVCC game against Sussex at Merchant Taylor's School in Northwood? This ground has never previously played host to a Championship match; the fixture clashes with Tunbridge Wells Week but I think I'll simply have to find space for it.
It did host First Class cricket a couple of seasons ago- Middlesex played Durham UCCE there in 2012.
I went along for the first session of the Sunday- I only lived 10 mins drive from it at the time.
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Old 26th November 2013, 13:50   #171
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Disappointed again to see not a single CC match at the Oval in July and August. At least we managed to get 5 Sundays with CC action - even though I think this is pitiful in itself...
Yes, so much for the improved calendar. Only three CC matches for Surrey in July/August: Gamorgan away at either Swansea or Colwyn Bay, Kent at Guildford and Leics away.

I notice all the fixture lists seem to have Glamorgan playing at home to Surrey in July and Essex in August at "venue TBC", and the GCCC website says they'll be playing at Swansea and Colwyn Bay again. Does anyone have any idea which game is likely to be at which venue? I'm desperately hoping for Colwyn Bay as it's the only Division 2 ground I've never visited. (We had Swansea in 2006 and I can't help thinking the Colwyn Bay game is likely to be August, in which case we could be back to Swansea again.)
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Yes, so much for the improved calendar. Only three CC matches for Surrey in July/August: Gamorgan away at either Swansea or Colwyn Bay, Kent at Guildford and Leics away.

I notice all the fixture lists seem to have Glamorgan playing at home to Surrey in July and Essex in August at "venue TBC", and the GCCC website says they'll be playing at Swansea and Colwyn Bay again. Does anyone have any idea which game is likely to be at which venue? I'm desperately hoping for Colwyn Bay as it's the only Division 2 ground I've never visited. (We had Swansea in 2006 and I can't help thinking the Colwyn Bay game is likely to be August, in which case we could be back to Swansea again.)
Recent fixtures at both grounds seem to be all over the place so it's difficult to predict.
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By the way, two fixtures not on most lists:

The traditional curtain-raiser. MCC v Durham, is still exiled in a stadium in the desert, on March 23.

First day of cricket at Lord's is therefore April 13.

Also, which I have just seen, apparently MCC are playing The Rest of the World at Lord's on July 5.
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A change I have noticed is that there are only 2 rounds of MCCU matches - that stuff's all over rover by April 9.

Unless they're not listed, they've done away with the third round of games, which were non-first class, unlike the first two rounds.
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Yes, so much for the improved calendar. Only three CC matches for Surrey in July/August: Gamorgan away at either Swansea or Colwyn Bay, Kent at Guildford and Leics away.

I notice all the fixture lists seem to have Glamorgan playing at home to Surrey in July and Essex in August at "venue TBC", and the GCCC website says they'll be playing at Swansea and Colwyn Bay again. Does anyone have any idea which game is likely to be at which venue? I'm desperately hoping for Colwyn Bay as it's the only Division 2 ground I've never visited. (We had Swansea in 2006 and I can't help thinking the Colwyn Bay game is likely to be August, in which case we could be back to Swansea again.)
WalesOnline (which I think is the website of the Western Mail) shows the Surrey fixture as Colwyn Bay tbc and the Essex fixture as Swansea tbc.
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What's going on with that bl00dy fixtures wallchart thingymagig? Does anyone know where there is a good old fashioned excel document?
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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.
Indeed. But days of yore did at least witness some trips out to various county outposts.
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What's the thinking behind Middlesex going to Merchant Taylor's School after the announcement about the partnership with Radlett last year?
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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.
But there would be riots in 2 counties if they changed their one day team name after the home city .... although at times the people in charge at Yorkshire appear to think they are Leeds CCC ... even though many of 'the faithful' travel from all parts of the county (& beyond)
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What a let down.

1.) Four bank holidays and not one of them features cricket at the Rose Bowl. That's the second season in a row that the Hampshire havent been at home on any of the BH's. Thanks all round.

2.) Tis similarly poor fare for my outground travels. Only Horsham and Richmond likely to be ticked off my list.

Looks like i'll be watching plenty of second XI and minor counties cricket in 2014!
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!
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