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Old 13th April 2011, 16:47   #21
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Plagiarist! I got as far as a title and a plan as well - along the same lines. Mine was going to concentrate more on members/supporters, but like you, Ive never got much further than a few notes. Did spend a whille
making notes on a voice recorder Mrs Kim had given me but managed to delete it all somehow.

As a result, Im in awe of the discipline of people who write books.
Do it, Kim, or somebody else will.

About 25 years ago, a good cricket watching friend and I were discussing the large number of cricketing suicides. We concluded that it would make a brilliant idea for a book and that we should get working on it. We didn't. Doh!!
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Old 13th April 2011, 17:25   #22
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Old 13th April 2011, 17:39   #23
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I really need to pull my finger out. I'm getting well left behind.

There was a time, many moons ago, that serious thought was being given to developing Orpington CC's ground into a first class venue.
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Old 13th April 2011, 17:53   #24
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DERBYSHIRE
Derby x1, Chesterfield x2

DURHAM
Riverside x2

ESSEX:
Colchester x2

GLAMORGAN
Cardiff x2, Swansea x1

GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Bristol x1, Cheltenham x1

HAMPSHIRE
Rose Bowl x3, Basingstoke x1

KENT
Canterbury x3, Beckenham x2, Tunbridge Wells x1

LANCASHIRE
Old Trafford x1

LEICESTERSHIRE
Grace Road x2

MIDDLESEX
Lord’s about 10, Southgate x1, Richmond x1

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
Northampton x3

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
Trent Bridge x1

SOMERSET
Taunton x1, Bath x1

SURREY
The Oval numerous, Whitgift School x7, Guildford x2

SUSSEX
Hove x4, Arundel x2, Horsham x1

WARWICKSHIRE
Edgbaston x1

WORCESTERSHIRE
New Road x2

YORKSHIRE
Headingley x1

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
Fenners x1

SCOTLAND
The Grange x1


The one glaring omission in my list is Chelmsford, the only county headquarters I’ve yet to visit. Surrey haven’t often been in the same division as Essex in recent years and our last two CC visits have been to Colchester. I aim to rectify this come September.

I’m also hoping to visit Gloucester for Surrey’s T20 match in June and Clontarf for the Ireland v England ODI in August and take in some of Lancashire’s tour of outgrounds in the west of the county, but my plans are a bit up in the air at the moment until I’ve secured a steady job. I think Middlesex are playing the Sri Lankans at Uxbridge shortly, so that’s another I might tick off if possible.

I’ve visited both Blackpool and Scarborough without seeing a ball bowled, which being two of the most distant venues for me, was frustrating to say the least! (I did manage to see a small amount of a league match at Scarborough against Barnsley on an earlier occasion, but I don’t count that.) I regret missing what I believe was a unique occasion to see a county first team match at Cresselly a few years back when Glamorgan hosted Surrey in one of the limited overs competitions.

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Old 13th April 2011, 17:53   #25
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There was a time, many moons ago, that serious thought was being given to developing Orpington CC's ground into a first class venue.
That would've been so handy. When I next move house I'm going to move near one.
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Old 13th April 2011, 17:58   #26
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How the hell does everyone remember all this?
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Because we aint stupid

Hove about 30 times
Horsham every year since I were a kid (apart from one year when I think there wasn't a game there)
and I played at Arundel once
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Old 13th April 2011, 18:26   #28
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Much shorter list for me:

Headingley x many
Lords, 5+ times
Oval 2
Chelmsford 3
Canterbury 3
Trent Bridge 1
Old Trafford 1

I haven't even been to Scarborough, though with luck I hope to cross that one off the list this year, and maybe Chesterfield in August too.
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Old 13th April 2011, 18:43   #29
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How the hell does everyone remember all this?
I actually make a written record every time I go to a cricket match. I don't count the times when there is no play.
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Old 13th April 2011, 18:54   #30
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Durham: Riverside
Essex: Chelmsford, Southend, Colchester
Glamorgan: Cardiff, Swansea, Abergavenny
Gloucestershire: Bristol, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Swindon
Hampshire: Rose Bowl, Northlands Road, Portsmouth, Basingstoke
Kent: Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells
Lancashire: Old Trafford
Leicestershire: Grace Road
Middlesex: Lord's, Uxbridge, Southgate, Shenley
Northants: Northampton
Nottinghamshire: Trent Bridge
Somerset: Taunton, Taunton Vale, Bath, Weston-Super-Mare
Surrey: The Oval, Guildford, Whitgift School
Sussex: Hove, Arundel, Horsham
Warwickshire: Edgbaston
Worcestershire: New Road, Kidderminster
Yorkshire: Headingley
Unicorns: Bournemouth, Wormsley
Others: Bath CC for a women's international (different to the Bath Rec where Somerset play), The Parks, Trowbridge

46 in total. I have no idea how many times for some of those grounds as I go to the likes of Bristol, Taunton and Lord's a lot! The northern headquarters are my weak point - only been to Headingley, OT and Riverside once.

Hoping to break the 50 barrier this season. I've got Liverpool lined up for next week, Scarborough, Blackpool and Colywn Bay lined up for three consecutive days in August and Exmouth for our Unicorns game. Maybe Bury St Edmunds too.

I know someone who's well over the 100 ground mark. Phenomenal.
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Old 13th April 2011, 19:11   #31
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Trent Bridge x a lot
Lord's x2
The Oval x3/4
Chester-le-Street x1
Headingley x3/4
Edgbaston x2

Only tend to watch England and Notts, so will probably never amass many. Would like to do all the Test venues, and should be ticking off Old Trafford this year. For ease I may refuse to acknowledge Cardiff. Oh, and biased but think TB is hard to beat. It and Lord's are miles ahead of all the others, anyway.
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Old 13th April 2011, 19:16   #32
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Derbyshire: Derby, Ilkeston, Chesterfield
Durham: Riverside
Essex: Chelmsford
Leicestershire: Grace Road
Nottinghamshire: Trent Bridge, Newark, John Player Ground
Warwickshire: Edgbaston
Worcestershire: New Road
Yorkshire: Headingley, Hull

Also: Lords for the B&F Final Notts v. Somerset

Watched Championship Cricket at Trent Bridge, Newark (Notts played three or four games there late 60's, early 70's – RHP Ground if memory serves) and Ilkeston. The other grounds were one-day games only.
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Not as many as Summer of '77 but more than Zebby.

Old Trafford - probably at least a half century been going on and off for 20 years.

Headingley - about 4 T20 games there and a day at a test match

Wantage Road x 1

Oval - T20 Finals Day

Lords - 2006 C & G Final Lancs v Sussex

The Parks (does that count?) Fenners but only the gym overlooking the pitch so I don't think that counts!!

Off to Trent Bridge this summer for a test match. Do maybe need to travel further a field in future.
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I don't like being the benchmark for crapness in this thread. I feel like Jimmy Anderson.
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I don't like being the benchmark for crapness in this thread. I feel like Jimmy Anderson.
Ouch. When I was posting that comment I was recalling the famous line by Andi McDowell's character in Four Wedding's and a funeral...
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Always buy a scorecard and fill it in as the wickets fall. Keep your ticket. File said items in a clearly labelled folder when you get home.
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Always buy a scorecard and fill it in as the wickets fall. Keep your ticket. File said items in a clearly labelled folder when you get home.
There's a lot of anoraks out tonight!
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There's a lot of anoraks out tonight!
As Keith's Dad used to sing:

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Don't give me no anorak
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Old 13th April 2011, 22:23   #39
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For county cricket the only ones I can remember are:

Southchurch Park
Chelmsford
Garons Park
Lords
Oval

Have no idea how many times to each though. I've done rather more international or football grounds.
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How's that for spectators? Scorecard etc?
I went there about 15 years ago to a Holland game (vs Leicester IIRC) and I don't think they had a scoreboard then. It is (or at least was in those days) a shared cricket/football ground, so they had a stand along one side of the pitch only.

I've been to:

Holland:
Excelsior (Schiedam)
HCC (The Hague): ICC Trophy final 1991 & European Championship final 1998
VRA (Amsterdam): South Africa - Kenya, World Cup 1999
Haarlem: Holland v England A, Holland won
Some ground in Rotterdam

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