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Old 15th April 2011, 11:56   #61
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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.
SWALEC seems to be the exception. Quite a few people on here use that name, possibly as it's effectively a new ground on the site of a previous one.

It's always been a bugbear of mine that the media seem to religiously call The Oval "The Kia Oval" (and before that "The Brit Oval" and "The Foster's Oval" etc.)

Last weekend at The Oval with a group of friends, one of them departed with the sarcastic comment "see you next month at 'The Probiz'", which suggests that the worst sounding sponsored names have a greater chance of subliminally infiltrating their way into popular useage.
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Old 15th April 2011, 12:12   #62
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Probiz are sponsoring the Hover Cover for Lancs this season!
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Old 15th April 2011, 12:26   #63
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Hampshire's main shirt sponsor as well.
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Old 15th April 2011, 17:15   #65
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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).
Sometimes club grounds get a county game when they're celebrating some landmark of their own - my home club, Pentyrch, had one in the 90s for that reason.

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Hampshire's main shirt sponsor as well.
Very glad they're spreading their money around cricket although personally I'm not too keen on the concept...
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Old 16th April 2011, 02:13   #66
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Probiz are sponsoring the Hover Cover for Lancs this season!
I know I could "Google" it, but that would spoil he fun. Can anyone tell me exactly what "Probiz" do? I'm intrigued. I'd never heard of them until their present rash of sports sponsorships, which include "naming rights" to the
Sussex CCC ground at Hove and the Castleford RLFC ground at Wheldon Road. (As well as the various shirts and hovercraft of course!)
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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?
No, but if only the BBC would release a "best of" DVD or something - even YouTube throws up onlythe merest handful of county cricket clips that are pre-2005 or so, and not a single John Player game.

I wonder if the matches are sitting in their archives.
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I know I could "Google" it, but that would spoil he fun. Can anyone tell me exactly what "Probiz" do? I'm intrigued. I'd never heard of them until their present rash of sports sponsorships, which include "naming rights" to the
Sussex CCC ground at Hove and the Castleford RLFC ground at Wheldon Road. (As well as the various shirts and hovercraft of course!)
Probiz are a kind of franchise offering for accountancy firms, which is why I know of them. They offer tax schemes, business toolkits and marketing processes for advisers who are too lazy to work it out for themselves.
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How could I forget that I went to the Merchant Taylor's school near Moor Park to see Middlesex play Gloucs in a pre-season game in 2007. Even more unforgivably it was with 2 ex 247'ers in Creamy Goodness and IGHOLS. We had had a do the previous evening when actually we had one of our best turn outs and before I got drunk Creamy had suggested going to the remote north west of the London travel zones to watch this game. That evening before was even more notorious for me being stupid enough to let an otherwise homeless Fatslogger kip in my then spare room after him talking for two hours about Read and Jones over a couple of bottles of wine when we were both gone. That was at least a sure fire cure for insomnia!

Anyway I woke up rather late and I'd already had a couple of missed calls from creamy and it was with a very pounding hangover that I headed up to the ground and finally caught up with him and we had to keep walking around the boundary for me to try and shake off the hangover. We also couldn't believe our eyes when IGHOLS turned up out of the blue having walked straight from some party in Whitechapel right through to that ground, apparently. I don't remember checking whether his pupils were dillated. I can remember little about the game to be honest. Probably for the best!
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Have seen many grounds but only played on 3. Southend (worra dump), Chelmsford and Southgate. Didn't know that Fenners and the Parks were county grounds tbh, but if we're including Minor Counties such as Cambs and Oxon..... If so then I would be forced to include a few Herts, Beds and Bucks grounds. Southgate is a yowser of flat track with the joy of pinging the passing Potters Bar traffic. You ain't lived until you've bounced one off a passing 4x4 at Southgate.
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This thread has brought back a few memories for me and I have been searching the database on The Cricketer website to view the scorecards from some of the matches.

I am sure a lot of you have already used it but in case anyone out there hasn't discovered it, this is the general search option where you can put in a venue and by drilling down a few times may find a scorecard of the match you attended at the Ground.

http://cricketarchive.com/cgi-bin/search.cgi

As you will see there is a specific scorecard and individual player search too.
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Never made it to Liverpool this summer as I had hoped in an earlier post, but four new grounds in the past week have brought me up to 50 county grounds in total which has been an aim for several years.

Exmouth, as I mentioned on the Unicorns thread, was a delightful seaside ground. Scarborough was the pick for me, a real sense of occasion with a fantastic atmosphere and a ground I definitely would like to return to in the future.

Blackpool produced the most intriguing cricket of my travels with Lancs and Worcestershire evenly matched throughout the day but I felt that the facilities could have done with a bit more care and attention - a spot of paint to brighten things up a bit down one side, additional toilet facilties were needed around the ground and I'm not sure the Lancs committee would have been impressed having to sit right next to the boisterous hospitality tent all day!

Finally, Colwyn Bay brought up my half-century. A very quaint little ground, with a fantastic view from the far end on the mound.

Favourite grounds out of the 50:
1. Trent Bridge - for superb facilities and views around the ground
2. Cheltenham - for a very special festival atmosphere
3. Lord's - for the sense of history and occasion, even when it's a small county crowd
4. Arundel - for its beauty and charm
5. Worcester - for the view from the pavilion, just edging out Taunton
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I have not travelled around the country extensively but I have been to the obvious places like Lords, the Oval, Headingley and Edgbaston. As I am a Notts fan I have also been to Northants (hmmm), Derby (bigger hmmm) and Leics (hmmmm again) which are not the greatest grounds to visit but have the advantage of being relatively local. However, Oakham school is quite a nice ground to visit (sometimes used when Leicestershire play Notts).

After TB I would have to say that Edgbaston is my favourite groud, many happy memories there. Northants is my least favourite for all manner of reasons but mainly becuase I knocked myself out cold on a piece of scaffolding that was brilliantly left sticking out of a building at head hitting height!
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I have not travelled around the country extensively but I have been to the obvious places like Lords, the Oval, Headingley and Edgbaston. As I am a Notts fan I have also been to Northants (hmmm), Derby (bigger hmmm) and Leics (hmmmm again) which are not the greatest grounds to visit but have the advantage of being relatively local. However, Oakham school is quite a nice ground to visit (sometimes used when Leicestershire play Notts).

After TB I would have to say that Edgbaston is my favourite groud, many happy memories there. Northants is my least favourite for all manner of reasons but mainly becuase I knocked myself out cold on a piece of scaffolding that was brilliantly left sticking out of a building at head hitting height!
Must say that I like Grace Road a lot - an old-fashioned county ground with a 1970s feel - plenty of good viewing spots, a great supporters' bookshop with all sorts of old gems to buy and a very decent restaurant.

I was quite shocked that an HQ ground could be as basic as Derby, but they've also done a good job with it, modernising it with the indoor school. Also very decent food and a good bookshop.

The only ground that didn't do much for me was Uxbridge - nothing to do or see, no stand, very basic fooded and a rather faded feel.
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The only ground that didn't do much for me was Uxbridge - nothing to do or see, no stand, very basic fooded and a rather faded feel.
And yet, you've been to Beckenham!!??

To be fair, our day at Beckers was probably the most glorious of that summer and all grounds will tend to look special under a blue sky with dazzling sunshine. Uxbridge is, as you say, pretty basic....but this year, for the Sri Lanka tour game, it came alive: a big crowd, some additional catering (including a curry stall) and a group of protestors providing acoustic entertainment over the other side of the road.
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And yet, you've been to Beckenham!!??

To be fair, our day at Beckers was probably the most glorious of that summer and all grounds will tend to look special under a blue sky with dazzling sunshine. Uxbridge is, as you say, pretty basic....but this year, for the Sri Lanka tour game, it came alive: a big crowd, some additional catering (including a curry stall) and a group of protestors providing acoustic entertainment over the other side of the road.
Yes, I did think about that. Uxbridge could have really done with a curry stall when I was there!
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Must say that I like Grace Road a lot - an old-fashioned county ground with a 1970s feel - plenty of good viewing spots, a great supporters' bookshop with all sorts of old gems to buy and a very decent restaurant.

I was quite shocked that an HQ ground could be as basic as Derby, but they've also done a good job with it, modernising it with the indoor school. Also very decent food and a good bookshop.

The only ground that didn't do much for me was Uxbridge - nothing to do or see, no stand, very basic fooded and a rather faded feel.
Awful place - and generally a wicket thats too flat as well. Last time I went only food available was from a burger stand manned by a person with a heavy cold.

I dont like Gloucester very much either. If you dont like Cornish Pasties, you would die of malnutrition by day 4.
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