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Old 13th April 2011, 23:32   #41
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How the hell does everyone remember all this?
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Old 14th April 2011, 00:17   #42
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Ive never been to Glamorgan (Swalec tho have been to Colwyn Bay) or Scarborough.

Favorites in order:

Hove
Trent Bridge
Durham/Rose bowl

Not keen in order:

Edgbaston (hope this changes this year)
Gloucester
Headingley

but Billericay was the worst
The redeveloped Sophia Gardens (I don't do sponsors' names) feels like a football ground. It's almost square and the biggest stands are square on to the wicket. I don't mind it though. Scarborough has to be the most substantial outground in the country. It has a bit of an antiquated "seen better days" look about it, but is certainly characterful. I think it's due for some sort of redevelopment as Scarborough CC recently secured a ten year deal to continue hosting YCCC matches. (I can't count it yet myself though as the day's play was washed out when I visited.)

Favourite Test grounds:
Lord's
The Oval
Trent Bridge
(Not keen: Riverside - an odd layout and could be a lot better when you think it was purpose-built.)

Favourite other County grounds:
Worcester
Canterbury
Taunton
(Not keen: Derby - seems to lack character and a focal point.)

Favourite outgrounds:
Chesterfield
Cheltenham
Arundel
(Not keen: Tunbridge Wells - overrated and poor for non-members.)

To be honest though, the sheer variety of grounds is fascinating and makes just about all of them worth a visit at least once.
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Old 14th April 2011, 00:20   #43
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I enjoyed Sophia Gardens but I went before they tarted it up for the Ashes. Haven't been back since, but still have quite a lot of friends in Cardiff so will do so.

I forgot that I have been to the Riverside although it wasn't for cricket but for a staff bonding day for the shank job I was doing at the time. We were in the boxes and they were quite nice. The setting is quite cool with Lumley castle there.
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Old 14th April 2011, 08:50   #44
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The redeveloped Sophia Gardens (I don't do sponsors' names) feels like a football ground. It's almost square and the biggest stands are square on to the wicket. I don't mind it though. Scarborough has to be the most substantial outground in the country. It has a bit of an antiquated "seen better days" look about it, but is certainly characterful. I think it's due for some sort of redevelopment as Scarborough CC recently secured a ten year deal to continue hosting YCCC matches. (I can't count it yet myself though as the day's play was washed out when I visited.)
The redevelopment has already happened, with a picture of it shown on Look North yesterday. Apparently it's been officially being opened on Friday.
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Old 14th April 2011, 08:58   #45
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As you will guess I have been around the cricketing block.
Derbyshire-Derby
Durham-Chester-le-Street
Essex-Chelmsford,Southend,Colchester,Ilford
Glamorgan-SWALEC, Swansea,Pontypridd,Ebbw Vale
Gloucs-Bristol,Gloucester(two grounds there?),Cheltenham
Hants-Southampton,Basingstoke,Portsmouth,Bournemouth
Kent-Canterbury,Folkestone,Tunbridge Wells
Lancs-Old Trafford
Leics-Leicester
Middx-Lord's, Southgate
Northants-Northampton
Notts-Trent Bridge
Somerset-Taunton,Bath
Surrey-Oval,Guildford,Whitgift School,Imber Court(amazingly they played two early T20s there),Byfleet (in my pram)
Sussex-Hove,Arundel.Eastbourne
Warks-Edgbaston
Worcs-Worcester
Yorks-Headingley
Scotland-The Grange
Oxford Uni-The Parks
Most of these were quite a while ago as, in some cases, may be obvious. Couldn't quite remember which ones I saw WG playing at.
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Old 14th April 2011, 10:13   #46
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I enjoyed Sophia Gardens but I went before they tarted it up for the Ashes.
The Prince was right - it is like a football ground now!

Grounds I've watched county cricket at...

Rose Bowl (my second home)
Arundel (closest to my real home)
Hove
Headingley
Old Trafford
Sophia Gardens
Chelmsford
The Oval

Will be checking out a few outgrounds this summer with Hampshire SXI.
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Old 14th April 2011, 12:05   #47
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The redeveloped Sophia Gardens (I don't do sponsors' names)
No cricket fans do sponsors' names, Prince. This is why I'm perfectly happy for counties to obtain such sponsorship - you give our club loads of money, and we won't ever refer to your corporate name.

Also - does anyone call their club's one-day team by its silly name? The only people who ever refer to "Spitfires" are the Sky commentators...the fans all say "c'mon, Kent" (or "get on with it, Kent").
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Old 14th April 2011, 13:18   #48
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No cricket fans do sponsors' names, Prince. This is why I'm perfectly happy for counties to obtain such sponsorship - you give our club loads of money, and we won't ever refer to your corporate name.

Also - does anyone call their club's one-day team by its silly name? The only people who ever refer to "Spitfires" are the Sky commentators...the fans all say "c'mon, Kent" (or "get on with it, Kent").
We all do but then our one day silly name is our name; we are the Bears more than we are Warwicks.
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almost none in what appears to be the grans scheme of things

Worcs : New Road
Worcs : Kidderminster
Edgebastard
Lords
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Worcs have a 40 over game there, I guess I won't go, but I really want to - not sure if it would be brilliant or crap.
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Old 14th April 2011, 21:33   #50
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Gloucester(two grounds there?)
Yep, the current King's School and the old Wagon Works ground in the Tuffley part of the city. Never went to the latter, think they last played there in the very early 1990s.
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Old 14th April 2011, 21:37   #51
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The redeveloped Sophia Gardens (I don't do sponsors' names) .
Neither does the MCC by the sound of the teatime scores announced at Lord's this afternoon: "...and in Division Two, at Sophia Gardens....."
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Old 15th April 2011, 01:03   #52
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How's that for spectators? Scorecard etc?
The match was the 40 Over competition match against Yorks last season .. so we had the standard competition scorecard .. as we arrived early we got decent seats ... there was food & drink available & best of all there was free coffee for the first hour of the match .. being Yorkshiremen we availed ourselves of the facilities.
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Old 15th April 2011, 01:51   #53
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I've visited quite a few English county grounds in my four decades of watching cricket :

Derbyshire-Derby , Buxton, Chesterfield
Durham-Chester-le-Street, Stockton
Essex-Chelmsford,Southend,
Glamorgan-Sophia Gardens, Swansea, Pontypridd
Gloucs-Bristol,Gloucester
Hants-Southampton,Basingstoke,Portsmouth,Bournemouth
Kent-Canterbury,
Lancs-Old Trafford, Blackpool, Southport
Leics-NONE !
Middx-Lord's, Southgate, Uxbridge
Northants-Northampton, Wellingborough School
Notts-Trent Bridge, Worksop, Newark-on-Trent, Cleethorpes
Somerset-Taunton, Bath, Weston-super-mare, Millfield School, Glastonbury
Surrey-Oval,Guildford,
Sussex-Hove,Arundel, Horsham
Warks-Edgbaston, Coventry
Worcs-Worcester
Yorks-Headingley, Scarborough
Oxford Uni-The Parks
Cambridge Uni - Fenners

Making 46 in all so far.

I've also been lucky enough to actually play cricket at Cleethorpes, Uxbridge, Southgate, Newark, Pontypridd and Millfield School.
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Derbyshire-Derby , Buxton,
Then, you must have had a sight of Fred Swarbrook, Doc !!!
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New Road
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Worcester (RGS ground)
Gloucester (Kings School)
Cheltenham
Moreton-in-Marsh
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I was about to write to ask if anyone had been to Moreton-in-the-Marsh. It is just that I vaguely remember some time in the late 80s a televised sunday league game being broadcast from there and it looked like one of the prettiest locations for cricket that there was. Basil has just got in to mention he's been there. Any further comment on it?
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It was a very pretty ground -I went to a Sunday League match in 1985
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I was about to write to ask if anyone had been to Moreton-in-the-Marsh. It is just that I vaguely remember some time in the late 80s a televised sunday league game being broadcast from there and it looked like one of the prettiest locations for cricket that there was. Basil has just got in to mention he's been there. Any further comment on it?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vasspho...rs/3584860982/

One of what looks an extraordinary comprehensive set of ground photos.

It was used almost exclusively for Sunday League cricket from 1972 to 1996.

Last had a second XI game played there in 1991.
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One of what looks an extraordinary comprehensive set of ground photos.

It was used almost exclusively for Sunday League cricket from 1972 to 1996.

Last had a second XI game played there in 1991.
Thanks for that, a treasure, but I presume it is hugely expensive to host games in the backwoods and I think that venue could be described as that.
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Does anyone remember the 'clinching' John Player League game of the 1975 season, between Derbyshire and Hampshire - the only List A game ever held at Darley Dale on the edge of the Peak District?

It was, of course, televised, and I recall the ground consisted of little more than a field with a small pavilion building, absolutely no raised seating but deckchairs scattered all around. Richards and Greenidge put on quite a few for Hants' opening wicket before Fred Swarbrook brushed aside the middle order. Derbys were dismissed with relative comfort and along came Peter Walker to present Richard Gilliatt with the JPL Trophy.

Why that particular ground was chosen, I've never been able to fathom. It had hosted just a couple of Second XI games in the previous twenty-odd years and could hardly have been the easiest venue for the Derbyshire faithful to get to (let alone the visiting supporters).
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