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Old 23rd August 2011, 15:41   #81
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Awful place - and generally a wicket thats too flat as well.
On my first two visits to Uxbridge (20 years apart) I saw an aggregate of 795 for 5.
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Old 23rd August 2011, 15:52   #82
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Last time I went Chris Martin hit his first ball into the covers and, but for some good fielding, would have got the run that, sadly, evaded him during his time with Warwicks.
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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.
Didn't like Derby when I first visited it in about 2002 but have been really impressed with the work they've done there in recent times. Turning the wicket round, as well as avoiding all those delays, just seems to make it work so much better as a ground now.
Agree with you about Leicester too - a good quirky bookshop makes a nice change from the endless supplies of equipment and clothing found in several county shops these days.
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Old 23rd August 2011, 20:38   #84
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Agree with you about Leicester too - a good quirky bookshop makes a nice change from the endless supplies of equipment and clothing found in several county shops these days.
Yes - when I was there I bought Gerald Brodribb's "Next Man In", (excellent book) some old Cricketer magazines from the mid-1970s (you know, the ones with letters saying that there is too much cricket and that one-dayers are ruining the game), and a Leicestershire CCC glass tankard that I drink from quite often.
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Yes - when I was there I bought Gerald Brodribb's "Next Man In", (excellent book) some old Cricketer magazines from the mid-1970s (you know, the ones with letters saying that there is too much cricket and that one-dayers are ruining the game), and a Leicestershire CCC glass tankard that I drink from quite often.
Oh dear. You buy cricket crap as well?

I cant resist.
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Oh dear. You buy cricket crap as well?

I cant resist.
Oh yes.

In fact, I think my first thoughts on visiting a ground are:

- Is there a supporters' club shop to plunder?

- Is there a restaurant?

At the England Lions v Sri Lanka at Scarborough game I bought Playfair Annuals 2000, 2001 and 2002 for 1 each from the bookstall on the second day (and only day he turned up) - from Ted Kirwan, who is based in Leicester. He must have driven from Leicester and back for that day. People like him deserve a medal. Or at least a lot of free pints.
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Yes - when I was there I bought Gerald Brodribb's "Next Man In", (excellent book) some old Cricketer magazines from the mid-1970s (you know, the ones with letters saying that there is too much cricket and that one-dayers are ruining the game), and a Leicestershire CCC glass tankard that I drink from quite often.

Doh! I gave away a load of Cricketers and Wisden Cricket Monthlys when I moved house ten years ago. In fact, I donated them to Mr Summerfield's travelling bookshop which is ever present at Kent grounds during the summer. I'm told there's no market at all for latter day magazines.
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Doh! I gave away a load of Cricketers and Wisden Cricket Monthlys when I moved house ten years ago. In fact, I donated them to Mr Summerfield's travelling bookshop which is ever present at Kent grounds during the summer. I'm told there's no market at all for latter day magazines.
Give it 40 years and they'll be scrapping for mags about England's Golden Age.
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Following on from The Hanging Monkey's 'Visiting All Of The Counties' thread, Hector and I reckon that it would be an idea to get this baby going again. So, I've updated my list to kick it off. Still no ruddy Grace Road but I'm hoping to finally add my one missing big ground quite soon.

Buxton -1 day
Chesterfield -1
Ilkeston -1
Chelmsford - about 50
Colchester - about 15
Ilford - half a dozen
Southend (Garon Park) - 1
Southend (Southchurch Park) - 4
Basingstoke - 2
Portsmouth - 1
Southampton (County Ground) - 1
Southampton (Rose Bowl) - 4
Beckenham - 10
Canterbury - couple of hundred
Dartford - half a dozen
Folkestone - 4
Maidstone - 20ish
Tunbridge Wells - about 35
Liverpool - 2
Lytham - 1
Old Trafford - 1
Lord's - about 80
Southgate - 2
Uxbridge - 6
Northampton - 5
Trent Bridge - 1
Bath - 4
Taunton - 3
Guildford - 5
The Oval - about 80
Whitgift School - 1
Arundel - 4
Eastbourne - 1
Hastings - 1
Horsham - 2
Hove - about 30
Edgbaston - 2
Worcester - 1
Scarborough - 4
Cheltenham - 2
Cardiff - 1
Radlett - 1
Richmond - 1
Merchant Taylors School - 1
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Trent Bridge (hundreds)
Headingley (a few)
Chesterfield (twice)
Derby (a few)
Grace Road (a few)
Oakham (once)
Edgbaston (once)
Worcester (once)
Northampton (once)
The Oval (once)
Lords (once)

(I think that's it)

I've got Cheltenham down to be my new ground for this year.
Never did make Cheltenham.

I think I can only add Taunton, Blackpool and Welbeck to this.

Must try harder.
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Old 10th August 2017, 18:43   #91
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I'm feeling pretty inadequate having seen some other people's lists here, but, for what it's worth, here's mine:

Canterbury - a lot
Tunbridge Wells - a fair number of times
Maidstone - a fair number of times
Dartford - twice
Dover - twice
Gillingham - once
Folkestone - a few times
Beckenham - a few times
Lords - a fair number of times
Oval - a few times, but not this millennium!
Ilford - once
Trent Bridge - three times
Edgbaston - twice
Cheltenham - twice
Worcester - three times
Swansea - once
Abergavenny - once
Taunton - three times (I think)
Portsmouth - once
Southampton (the old ground, not the Rose bowl) - once
Hove - once
Eastbourne -once

I think that's it!
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I've been to:

Derbyshire - Derby, Chesterfield
Durham - Chester-Le-Street, Hartlepool, Durham, Gosforth, Darlington, Stockton, Gateshead
Glamorgan - Cardiff, Colwyn Bay
Gloucestershire - Bristol
Lancs - Old Trafford, Southport
Leics - Leicester
Notts - Trent Bridge
Somerset - Taunton
Worcestershire - Worcester
Yorkshire - Leeds, Scarborough, Middlesbrough
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Old 10th August 2017, 21:57   #93
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Chelmsford
Colchester - once
Ilford - once
Cardiff - once
S & B
Liverpool
OT
Lord's
Uxbridge - one game
Southgate - one game
Radlett (does that count?)
Merchant Taylors - one game
Taunton
TheOval
Whitgift School
Guildford
Horsham
Hove
Arundel
Canterbury - once
Beckenham
Rose Bowl - once
Fenner's
The Parks

I think that's it plus a fair few others to see Lancs 2s which aren't or haven't been first class grounds.
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Trent Bridge
Old Trafford
Lord's
The Oval
Cardiff
Canterbury
Folkestone
Edgbaston
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Not a vast amount of County Cricket grounds, really (past and/or present) but I've watched cricket at the following:

Essex: Chelmsford, Brentwood (just club cricket there, but it was a county ground)
Middlesex: Lord's
Surrey: The Oval
Hampshire: Rose Bowl, Bournemouth (again, just club cricket but it was a county ground)
Glamorgan: Cardiff
Lancashite: Old Trafford

And then elsewhere:

Ireland: Cork (albeit for about 3 balls before bad light stopped play; pretty sure it was inter-County though)

Australia: SCG, MCG, Bankstown Oval

and then of course NZ

Auckland: Eden Park
Central: Pukekura Park, McLean Park, Saxton Oval
Wellington: Basin Reserve, Cake Tin
Canterbury: Hagley Oval
Otago: University Oval

Not too far off the full set of current Kiwi first class grounds. Missing the whole of Northerns though - the prime one being Seddon Park, but also Bay Oval (Mount Maunganui) and Cobham Oval, Whangarei. All of which are fantastic looking grounds. Also, there's the one down at Queenstown - not sure how often domestic cricket gets played there though.
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I couldn't even begin to list the grounds I've been to but they are nowhere near as many as some people have listed. When I was working I travelled a lot and was not fond of driving around in my leisure time.
To jog my memory I even dug out my copy of the Official ECB Guide to Cricket Grounds but it's a bit out of date.

I do keep scorecards as my notes tell me the bits that Wisden doesn't and I guess I need to plough through them. It's good to see that others descend on booksellers at grounds and I have to admit to spending more than a few bob on forgotten gems. By the way does anyone remember the old Cricketer Quarterlys?
I often look at my small collection for details of MCC tours and domestic cricket in our former colonies.
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Nowhere near as many as some others (doffs cap )

Trent Bridge
Welbeck
Derby
Grace Road
Scarborough
Edgbaston
Headingley
Lords
Darlington
Chester-Le-Street
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Derby
Chesterfield
Chester-le-Street
Chelmsford
Cheltenham
Canterbury
Beckenham
Tunbridge Wells
Old Trafford
Leicester
Lord's
Uxbridge
The Oval
Whitgift School
Hove
Arundel
Headingley
Scarborough
Fenner's
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Derby
Chesterfield
Chester-le-Street
Chelmsford
Cheltenham
Canterbury
Beckenham
Tunbridge Wells
Old Trafford
Leicester
Lord's
Uxbridge
The Oval
Whitgift School
Hove
Arundel
Headingley
Scarborough
Fenner's
Not been to Trent Bridge?

What's wrong with you?
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Not been to Trent Bridge?

What's wrong with you?
Indeed.

The challenge is that my two bases when I am in the UK are London and Scarborough. So now all the counties I have left are either in the Midlands or the south-west.

Nottingham is do-able in a day from London or Scarborough - but a long day. Otherwise it would be a stay-over. Certainly not averse to that. One option would be to try to do some sort of mini-groundhop over three or four days, perhaps notching Nottingham, Birmingham and Worcester in one go.
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