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Old 24th July 2017, 01:17   #121
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I wasn't that shocked to be honest. Having followed the Women's team for around a year now, I kinda knew India had to get there within the first five wickets coz they have a non-existent lower order. So, I was never celebrating even at 191/3.

Either way, congratulations to England for holding their nerve and coming out victorious in a great final of a WC which does feel like the most significant till date in terms of public awareness of women's cricket.
That's interesting! I guess we almost assume it's the norm nowadays in ODI cricket that your lower order (let's say wickets 6-9) might fail if required to score big runs, but can basically tick along at a run a ball towards the end of an innings. But evidently not. It's a shame, I would have liked India to win just because of Kaur's innings in the semifinal
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Old 24th July 2017, 02:43   #122
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Congratulations gals. That was superb. The men's teams should be strapped down in chairs a la Clockwork Orange and forced to watch this. For 3 days! Grit, determination and sheer bloody-mindedness. Sort of thing our wussie pants England men's teams are lacking. Anita Shrubsole should do the team talk at the Oval next Thursday. Threaten them with rusty garden implements if they don't get out there and give SA a good working over. Played 6 lost 1. What wouldn't Bayliss give for that right now? More importantly they played badly and won. On several occasions they looked down and out. They still got the job done. A Liverpool footie manager once said "The sign of a great team is when they can play s**** and still win". This is the most successful England cricket team ever. Sports team maybe.

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Old 24th July 2017, 13:15   #123
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If I understand Graves/Harrison correctly, the raison d'etre behind their new 20 over scheme is to attract a new audience (old farts not welcome), specifically mothers and their kids.

Watching the World Cup games I've seen loads and mothers and kids so perhaps Harrigraves should turn their attention to the women's game which could well provide the answers and render the new competition proposals redundant and irrelevant. I could be wrong, of course.
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Old 24th July 2017, 13:45   #124
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If I understand Graves/Harrison correctly, the raison d'etre behind their new 20 over scheme is to attract a new audience (old farts not welcome), specifically mothers and their kids.

Watching the World Cup games I've seen loads and mothers and kids so perhaps Harrigraves should turn their attention to the women's game which could well provide the answers and render the new competition proposals redundant and irrelevant. I could be wrong, of course.
Will this group of people be that attracted if there are still a rather large element of p*ssheads at t20 game? I can't see that group depleting, especially when it might be a corporate junket.
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Old 24th July 2017, 13:54   #125
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Will this group of people be that attracted if there are still a rather large element of p*ssheads at t20 game? I can't see that group depleting, especially when it might be a corporate junket.
As good and necessary as close-to-capacity crowds are at these games, it is important to make the experience family friendly. If that means having parts of the ground which are alcohol-free zones, so be it. I believe they do this in the Aussie Big Bash.
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Old 24th July 2017, 14:43   #126
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If I understand Graves/Harrison correctly, the raison d'etre behind their new 20 over scheme is to attract a new audience (old farts not welcome), specifically mothers and their kids.

Watching the World Cup games I've seen loads and mothers and kids so perhaps Harrigraves should turn their attention to the women's game which could well provide the answers and render the new competition proposals redundant and irrelevant. I could be wrong, of course.
Can do both, and still have four day games for the farts.
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But that was the only ordinary note in an otherwise delightful day. I've never seen so many women and children at a cricket match, the Indian fans were great fun with their cordial cacophony and it was a contest to savour. Rather reminiscent of a 1970s B&H Final, I thought.

So, after 12 fruitless trips to Lord's Finals, the side I've supported on the day has finally prevailed If you want a job doing properly, give it to a woman.
Thought I'd pop in here to see if anyone else went yesterday, guess I shouldn't be surprised you were there Rob.

I went to Lord's for the first time in 6 years yesterday. Put off by extortionate pricing I've been getting my fixes on tours of the country. Things I noticed that had changed included ridiculous long queues to get in but far comfier seats in the Compton Upper.

I took my 12 year old daughter who has been playing for just over a year. She is lucky to be coached by a former England Women's Head Coach (2003-07) who has daughters of a similar age and started a local club. A squad of 20 in 2016 is now over 50 this year and they are making startling progress - recently beat the school boys team!!

It was great than India made the final - We got a large number of passionate fans instead of a smattering of Aussies which added so much to the occasion. The atmosphere was as good as I can remember - perhaps only rivalled by that Kaif/Yuvraj chase of 320 odd in the early 2000's. But this time we got the right result.

I've been offered a 70 ticket to the Oval on Thursday - doesn't really feel like value for money after the 30 I spent yesterday!!
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Old 24th July 2017, 14:50   #128
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Will this group of people be that attracted if there are still a rather large element of p*ssheads at t20 game? I can't see that group depleting, especially when it might be a corporate junket.
Surely these are the last days of corporate junkets, and taxpayers won't allow their money to be used to finance such nonsense for much longer. London is probably already massively unrepresentative of UK cricket in this regard.
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Gutted for India but they should be very proud of themselves - they've done the country proud.

Congrats to England, superb stuff under pressure and worthy winners!

As others have said, this tournament feels like a watershed moment for women's cricket.
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Thought I'd pop in here to see if anyone else went yesterday, guess I shouldn't be surprised you were there Rob.

I went to Lord's for the first time in 6 years yesterday. Put off by extortionate pricing I've been getting my fixes on tours of the country. Things I noticed that had changed included ridiculous long queues to get in but far comfier seats in the Compton Upper.

I took my 12 year old daughter who has been playing for just over a year. She is lucky to be coached by a former England Women's Head Coach (2003-07) who has daughters of a similar age and started a local club. A squad of 20 in 2016 is now over 50 this year and they are making startling progress - recently beat the school boys team!!

It was great than India made the final - We got a large number of passionate fans instead of a smattering of Aussies which added so much to the occasion. The atmosphere was as good as I can remember - perhaps only rivalled by that Kaif/Yuvraj chase of 320 odd in the early 2000's. But this time we got the right result.

I've been offered a 70 ticket to the Oval on Thursday - doesn't really feel like value for money after the 30 I spent yesterday!!
I've watched the highlights twice now - possibly the first time I've done that for a match I've attended in person.

I felt the same about the atmosphere. Cordially competitive without the boorish beery mentality (those who drank seemed to be able to handle it). Oddly, for one who is generally indifferent to children, I really enjoyed their wide eyed awe and enthusiasm. A father with two young girls sat behind me and he was constantly answering questions about why this and that was happening (including "Dad, why is the Spanish flag flying over the pavilion?").

I'll be at The Oval tomorrow, in the Peter May Stand. I've paid a similar amount for my ticket and, y'know, I bet the day isn't nearly so pleasantly enjoyable as Sunday.
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I've watched the highlights twice now - possibly the first time I've done that for a match I've attended in person.

I felt the same about the atmosphere. Cordially competitive without the boorish beery mentality (those who drank seemed to be able to handle it). Oddly, for one who is generally indifferent to children, I really enjoyed their wide eyed awe and enthusiasm. A father with two young girls sat behind me and he was constantly answering questions about why this and that was happening (including "Dad, why is the Spanish flag flying over the pavilion?").

I'll be at The Oval tomorrow, in the Peter May Stand. I've paid a similar amount for my ticket and, y'know, I bet the day isn't nearly so pleasantly enjoyable as Sunday.
That is priceless!

Sounds like a belting day. Hoping to go to Arundel for the KSL match.
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That is priceless!

Sounds like a belting day. Hoping to go to Arundel for the KSL match.
I hope it gets a decent turnout. It does seem a bit of an out of the way venue for such a game - although one that will truly reward those who makes the effort.
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I've watched the highlights twice now - possibly the first time I've done that for a match I've attended in person.

I felt the same about the atmosphere. Cordially competitive without the boorish beery mentality (those who drank seemed to be able to handle it). Oddly, for one who is generally indifferent to children, I really enjoyed their wide eyed awe and enthusiasm. A father with two young girls sat behind me and he was constantly answering questions about why this and that was happening (including "Dad, why is the Spanish flag flying over the pavilion?").

I'll be at The Oval tomorrow, in the Peter May Stand. I've paid a similar amount for my ticket and, y'know, I bet the day isn't nearly so pleasantly enjoyable as Sunday.
My daughter has watched the highlights twice as well, she even spotted me in the crowd looking a bit perplexed as the Indian fans around me waved their flags following a boundary (flags at Lord's???). At last night's net training all the kids were trying the Shrubsole Yorker.

The TV numbers announced were astonishing. 1.1 million watched, more than the average Prem League game and 400,000 more than saw the conclusion of Eng v SA at Lord's.

I went to a KSL match at the Ageas last year and it was great (I became quite the Elysse Perry fan I'm afraid), probably about 1500 there, will be plenty more this year I'm sure. All players hung around for ages afterwards signing autographs and taking pictures with kids.
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Funny how some matches remind you of others in the past..........had to look up this scorecard as it's been toying with me. Not quite as extreme but there were definite similarities.

http://cricketarchive.com/Lancashire.../57/57191.html
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Funny how some matches remind you of others in the past..........had to look up this scorecard as it's been toying with me. Not quite as extreme but there were definite similarities.

http://cricketarchive.com/Lancashire.../57/57191.html
That's weird...Anya's bowling on Sunday reminded me of Ian Austin, and I say that entirely in a complimentary sense.

I might try to catch a KSL game at The Oval or Guildford to see Surrey Stars, for whom Maids of Kent Beaumont and Marsh play.
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http://cricketarchive.com/Lancashire.../57/57191.html
In the days when Mark Butcher was a bowling all-rounder!
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In the days when Mark Butcher was a bowling all-rounder!
And Thorpe a batting one!!
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