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Old 3rd April 2014, 17:31   #21
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Old 3rd April 2014, 17:35   #22
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So, they have to attend one of a very select few universities - already indicating elitism - and they'd otherwise possibly be 'lost to the game'? If they're lost to the game, no great loss; they probably weren't very good anyway if they couldn't successfully combine their studies with their cricket. Elitism, payola, ECB in cahoots with the education business bigdogs. It's all absolutely ridiculous IMO
Cardiff, Leeds Met and Bradford are hardly 'elite universities'.
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Old 3rd April 2014, 17:53   #23
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There were a huge amount of first-class debutants among the university sides this week. Of course there's always going to be a lot of flow of players in and out, but it looks as if a lot of the better players graduated last year.

Whatever the scores may be, the MCCUs provide a significant talent pool into the county game - Andrew Strauss being the most notable player.

Around a fifth of all English-qualified players in the county system attended an MCCU.

The guys playing in this weeks's matches are, after all, students competing against seasoned full-time professionals.

Before anyone says the matches shouldn't be first class, the MCC pays 82,000 per year to each MCCU for their programmes, one of the conditions of that money being that there are these first-class fixtures (presumably to ensure that the counties take them 100% seriously). I would say that's a small concession for such significant investment. The matches give the students a taste of the level required to make it professionally, while the system overall ensures that people can combine pursuing professional aspirations with receiving a university education.
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Old 3rd April 2014, 19:58   #24
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I nobly concede the argument. Although I'd still like you to fully explain to me who it is that benefits from the UCCE sytem - surely not the universities? And surely not the ECB committee members who pay the money to the universities and inevitably gain their favour?

I'd like to know how much money goes into Premier League club cricket and Minor Counties cricket
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Old 3rd April 2014, 20:00   #25
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So, they have to attend one of a very select few universities - already indicating elitism - and they'd otherwise possibly be 'lost to the game'? If they're lost to the game, no great loss; they probably weren't very good anyway if they couldn't successfully combine their studies with their cricket. Elitism, payola, ECB in cahoots with the education business bigdogs. It's all absolutely ridiculous IMO
Whatever the truth, I enjoyed watching some free first-class cricket at the Parks last summer and will be venturing down to the Rose Bowl Nursery ground next month when Cardiff are in town.
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Old 4th April 2014, 09:48   #26
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So, they have to attend one of a very select few universities - already indicating elitism - and they'd otherwise possibly be 'lost to the game'? If they're lost to the game, no great loss; they probably weren't very good anyway if they couldn't successfully combine their studies with their cricket. Elitism, payola, ECB in cahoots with the education business bigdogs. It's all absolutely ridiculous IMO
What complete nonsense. I don't understand why you are so hostile to a system that provides an excellent avenue for cricketers' development.

Your post just comes across as very negative and embittered.
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Old 4th April 2014, 09:55   #27
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Young Oxford skipper Wilf Marriott played a captain's innings to see them hang on for a draw. He's got lots of runs for Hampshire 2nds and is an interesting prospect.

Adam Riley also led with the bat to steer Loughborough to a draw v Sussex.
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The Parks beats Fenners hands down. I'm hoping though that the Light Blues triumph this evening.
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The Parks beats Fenners hands down. I'm hoping though that the Light Blues triumph this evening.
Havent been to Fenners but went to the Parks last year when Worcestershire played Oxford whilst me and Mrs T did have a mooch up to the boundary edge last Saturday when we were in the city. A cracking spot to enjoy an afternoon's cricket.
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Alex Lilley tore through Somerset's batting with a 5-fer and then scored 25*.
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I think he went to one of the schools in the town I work in.
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Although the Leicestershire-Derbyshire fixture has been moved to June 8-11, Leicestershire will still also play Leeds/Bradford MCCU from June 9-11 as originally scheduled.

Although the latter isn't first-class, it is is still classed as Leicestershire playing (not Leicestershire 2nd XI). This means Leicestershire will in fact play two games at once. I think this has happened before in county cricket history, though I am not sure when the last occurrence was. It's an interesting trivia question, and I haven't found the answer as yet.
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What the cricket set up like at Durham Racecourse?
From the photos I've seen it looks pretty idyllic.

As I've never even been to Durham - something I was chastised for by a friend just recently, who then proceded to show me around on Google Streetview - I would really like to notch the place.

Unfortunately if one wants to go to a Durham MCCU v county fixture there it needs planning as it's basically one game per year. Of course this year it's Northants, so if you were thinking of doing it I would say go for it. I can't possibly think you would regret visiting the place. I don't suppose the ground has so much in the way of facilities but it's quite near to the historic city centre.

I'm thinking of trying to do it next year or the one after if the fixture is at a doable time.
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Northants had to register five players today as the team we are sending up is threadbare to say the least. Its almost an NCL 11.
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Just come back from Hants v Cardiff MCCU at the Rose Bowl Nursery Ground. An entertaining afternoon but it was tempered a little when I heard one player say to another (well they were wearing one of the team's kit!): "Its difficult to give a fig when the players you're playing against don't give a fig." (Substitute fig for a term that means effluence and you get the exact quote!) Which was a little disappointing as i'd just walked into the ground!
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Just come back from Hants v Cardiff MCCU at the Rose Bowl Nursery Ground. An entertaining afternoon but it was tempered a little when I heard one player say to another (well they were wearing one of the team's kit!): "Its difficult to give a fig when the players you're playing against don't give a fig." (Substitute fig for a term that means effluence and you get the exact quote!) Which was a little disappointing as i'd just walked into the ground!
I find that very surprising indeed (presumably it was an MCCU player that said that?). I am sure Lewis McManus gave a fig! The scorecard suggests that Hampshire went pretty hard for runs and then declared to put Uni on the back foot. It's not my first-hand experience of these matches of players not caring. When I have been to games at Surrey and Sussex they gave the unis a hard workover, with a lot of chat as well.
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I find that very surprising indeed (presumably it was an MCCU player that said that?). I am sure Lewis McManus gave a fig! The scorecard suggests that Hampshire went pretty hard for runs and then declared to put Uni on the back foot. It's not my first-hand experience of these matches of players not caring. When I have been to games at Surrey and Sussex they gave the unis a hard workover, with a lot of chat as well.
I'll let you come to a conclusion as to which team's players uttered the above!

Yeah, some of the Hampshire players looked interested. Super knock from McManus and Tom Alsop played some cracking shots in his fifty. Was very enjoyable. Balcombe's agricultural and oft kamikaze innings late on was very entertaining as well!
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