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Old 14th August 2013, 17:07   #1
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Minor Counties Cricket

Does anybody on here go and watch the minor-counties cricket? I've been on 3 separate occasions this summer and its been good stuff to watch. There's also a decent amount of spin on show rather than a flotilla of pacemen pounding in all day.
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Old 14th August 2013, 21:56   #2
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I've never been but have wanted to go for years.

With my limited chances to watch, county cricket has tended to take priority.

How many people go to the games?

How on earth do the clubs sustain themselves? I believe some players even get reasonable renumeration? It's a total mystery, a tier of sport ignored by the wider - or even narrower - world.

It must be totally unsustainable in financial terms?
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Old 15th August 2013, 12:37   #3
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I'm not sure it's ignored by the wider world, it's just fairly low level, low quality sport. The games are all covered on cricinfo and it's never difficult to find scores, reports and tables in the local papers. It doesn't get much national coverage, but why should it? To be fair, the Eastern Daily Press cover Norfolk in greater depth than the Derby Evening Telegraph cover Derbyshire - probably because the minor county teams generally represent their local area a bit more than the first-class counties, with their assorted journeymen and overseas players.

I've been to Manor Park (where Norfolk play) on a couple of occasions. There are maybe 500-700 people around the ground on the Sunday (the first day of the three-day games) and maybe a couple of hundred on the other days. Parking and a scorecard cost a couple of quid from what I can remember, and the bars and food stalls were doing a roaring trade.

From what I can gather, only a few of the players are contracted, and even then maybe only getting a couple of hundred quid a day rather than a regular salary, so I very much doubt it's as financially unsustainable as the situation of the majority of first-class counties.
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Old 15th August 2013, 19:36   #4
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I've never been but have wanted to go for years.

With my limited chances to watch, county cricket has tended to take priority.

How many people go to the games?

How on earth do the clubs sustain themselves? I believe some players even get reasonable renumeration? It's a total mystery, a tier of sport ignored by the wider - or even narrower - world.

It must be totally unsustainable in financial terms?
Similar to you, some of the details are a total mystery to me as well!
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Old 17th August 2013, 10:16   #5
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Minor counties cricket is shamefully ignored by the cricketing world. Especially since the demise of their participation in the 50 over game. There should have been a route for one or two of them to qualify for the T20. Perhaps one per region?

I have been to a couple of minor (that title should be improved) county games and the atendances were surprisingly good. Sadly if you don't have sky and don't live in a first class county, then the game seems to care little for you. Perhaps rather than out grounds, counties should be faced to play one game a season at a minor county venue to spread the word.
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Old 12th September 2013, 08:21   #6
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Congratulations to Cheshire who won the Minor Counties Championship yesterday.
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Feeling sorry for Dorset Cricket Board this morning. They have organised a T20 double header against Hampshire at Dean Park in Bournemouth for tomorrow in what is likely to be a fairly decent pay out for the minor county. Particularly as Hampshire have named a full strength side in preparation for the T20 Blast. However, the weather forecast is appalling, thus denying a decent day all round. (I have bought a ticket as well, so its gonna deny an interesting few hours out!) The same happened 3 years ago when Dorset organised a similar fixture against their illustrious neighbours.
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Feeling sorry for Dorset Cricket Board this morning. They have organised a T20 double header against Hampshire at Dean Park in Bournemouth for tomorrow in what is likely to be a fairly decent pay out for the minor county. Particularly as Hampshire have named a full strength side in preparation for the T20 Blast. However, the weather forecast is appalling, thus denying a decent day all round. (I have bought a ticket as well, so its gonna deny an interesting few hours out!) The same happened 3 years ago when Dorset organised a similar fixture against their illustrious neighbours.
Let's hope it goes ahead.

I read that Dean Park is under serious threat, with developers eyeing it up?
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On a work day? I'm surprised if they will get many in.
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Old 7th May 2014, 13:02   #10
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Let's hope it goes ahead.

I read that Dean Park is under serious threat, with developers eyeing it up?
Indeed. As far as I am aware, this could be the last summer of cricket at the venue unless enough money can be stumped up to take over the lease from Bournemouth Uni.
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On a work day? I'm surprised if they will get many in.
I expect they had to agree a date with Hampshire and their fixture list / requirements.
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I expect they had to agree a date with Hampshire and their fixture list / requirements.
Dorset also have an away match against Devon in the MCCA Tophy this Sunday as well.
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Old 8th May 2014, 13:07   #13
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Dorset's big day has indeed been abandoned. Disappointed for them, would have been an interesting afternoon playing the Hampshire T20 first XI.

Although the fixture may well be re-arranged according to the email i have received from Dorset CB.
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I used to watch a fair bit of minor counties cricket when I was younger. I didnt live anywhere near a first class venue at the time, so it was my only 'connection' with the game.

Minor counties cricket is shamefully treated. Perhaps the 50 over game against first class counties was too much for them.... but the best three should either directly be allowed into each of the T20 proper groups.... or play in a mini tournamrnt with say Holland, Scotland and Ireland to earn the right to (top 3 out of the six go through).
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I used to watch a fair bit of minor counties cricket when I was younger. I didnt live anywhere near a first class venue at the time, so it was my only 'connection' with the game.

Minor counties cricket is shamefully treated. Perhaps the 50 over game against first class counties was too much for them.... but the best three should either directly be allowed into each of the T20 proper groups.... or play in a mini tournamrnt with say Holland, Scotland and Ireland to earn the right to (top 3 out of the six go through).
I've really enjoyed my dalliances with minor counties cricket over the last year or so. A decent standard to watch, played at a decent pace on some attractive grounds. The T20 idea is interesting, its in theory the format where they would perhaps most have a chance of competing although, ironically, its the one format that they don't play at minor county level. Player availability may be an issue as I'm guessing most players are amateurs at minor county level.
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An afternoon at minor counties cricket: free entry, parking one's car a dozen paces from the boundary edge, watching from one's own fold-up chair, mooching in and out of the pavilion and rubbing shoulders with the players, one couple parking their motorhome on the far side of the ground and watching from under the awning, 17/18 overs an hour, love it! I'd recommend a trip if you get a chance.
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Congrats to Staffordshire who have won the newly branded Unicorns Championship today, beating Wiltshire by 28 runs in what looked a very evenly matched contest.

A good summer for Wiltshire though, they also made the semi-finals of the Unicorns Trophy.
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Minor Counties fixtures now out. Glad to see that there is a T20 competition included this year. Should be interesting!
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Minor Counties fixtures now out. Glad to see that there is a T20 competition included this year. Should be interesting!
It's a pity that there's now no competitive cricket between the Minor Counties and the First Class counties - either individually or a combination (Unicorns) side. I thought Michael Vaughan's idea for an FA Cup style t20 competition was great.

Much of the variety of the season has been eroded down the years - no longer are there none of the above, but also the counties no longer play the MCC (except once in Abu Dhabi), or Scotland and Holland, and the number of games against touring countries has drastically decreased. Also in the latter case the inviation XIs such as Lavinia Duchess of Norfolk's XI, T N Pearce's XI etc, are all now long gone.

It's true there's some additions, with the counties playing more universities (though now condensed into a tiny window in April) and against some countries' touring "A" teams, though I get the impression some counties wouldn't mind doing away with these so they were left to solely play matches against each other.
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I liked Vaughan's idea (as loathe as I am to type that). It appeals to the glorious underdog tradition we have and would be better than the lets just play the same local teams every season in wildly different strength groups.
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