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Old 7th January 2015, 00:24   #41
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So imagine the difference in interest if Cornwall were playing Somerset in a t20 knock-out game at Truro.

However, the counties seem to regard anything other than playing each other, preferably at an HQ ground, mostly as a chore. They complained about having to travel to Holland for the Pro 40. This despite the fact that it only involved six counties having to go there once a year. Holland were so keen to stay in the one-day competition that they then even offered to play their home games in England, but that was rejected.

The Unicorns (i.e. Minor Counties) were equally keen but they were also given short shrift and now have to make do with one game a year against a touring "A" team.
I think the complaints of the counties about the participation of Holland had more to do with the fact that they had picked up this terrible habit of refusing to finish last in the competition, unlike Scotland and the Unicorns.

And after their performance in the World T20, I can't see any county being enthusiastic about including them in a T20 knock out.
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Brad Wadlan has joined Cornwall as a professional after his successful winter in Zimbabwe. He's also been in talks with Glamorgan and is still hopeful of finding an opening with a First Class county.
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Brad Wadlan has joined Cornwall as a professional after his successful winter in Zimbabwe. He's also been in talks with Glamorgan and is still hopeful of finding an opening with a First Class county.
He's got a great record over there and in minor counties cricket here. Even looks like Graeme Swann. Surprised he hasn't been signed by a first-class county.
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He's got a great record over there and in minor counties cricket here. Even looks like Graeme Swann. Surprised he hasn't been signed by a first-class county.
It's a bit baffling. He must be a much better player than some guys who have First Class contracts. It seems he's linking up with Glamorgan in some way before the Minor Counties season begins.
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Old 9th April 2015, 12:15   #45
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It's a bit baffling. He must be a much better player than some guys who have First Class contracts. It seems he's linking up with Glamorgan in some way before the Minor Counties season begins.
Possibly one or both of the following:

1.) Counties dont rate performances in Zimbabwean domestic cricket
2.) Counties dont want to take a risk on a raw spin bowler.
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Old 9th April 2015, 12:32   #46
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Possibly one or both of the following:

1.) Counties dont rate performances in Zimbabwean domestic cricket
2.) Counties dont want to take a risk on a raw spin bowler.
I'm sure the perceived risk element is a major factor. But then again, I've seen some of the lower-placed counties offer deals to guys who already haven't made the grade at another county and them get several years of chances to show their worth - Michael Thornely at Sussex and Leicestershire springs to mind.
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4-18 from 10 overs for Brad Wadlan as Cornwall beat Dorset by 15 runs in a low scoring encounter at Dean Park. Wadlan opened the bowling and also scored 29 at a run a ball batting at number 3.

Will be interesting to see how long he remains in minor counties cricket!
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4-18 from 10 overs for Brad Wadlan as Cornwall beat Dorset by 15 runs in a low scoring encounter at Dean Park. Wadlan opened the bowling and also scored 29 at a run a ball batting at number 3.

Will be interesting to see how long he remains in minor counties cricket!
As you hinted earlier, the stumbling block for guys like this is that a club has to be prepared to make a substantial investment - they're basically hoping that a company (in this case, the club) will create a job for them. Are they prepared to invest ??,??? in a new player's contract?
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As you hinted earlier, the stumbling block for guys like this is that a club has to be prepared to make a substantial investment - they're basically hoping that a company (in this case, the club) will create a job for them. Are they prepared to invest ??,??? in a new player's contract?
I shall keep an eye on how he gets on over the next few weeks. Admittedly it looks like Dean Park was a bowler's paradise on Sunday but if he keeps taking wickets and chipping in with decent contributions with the bat surely someone will take a punt on him.
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I shall keep an eye on how he gets on over the next few weeks.
Took 3-18 for Glamorgan 2nds in a t20 game on Friday.
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Took 3-18 for Glamorgan 2nds in a t20 game on Friday.
2-12 from 8 overs in Cornwall's abandoned match against Wiltshire yesterday as well.
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Does anyone think a minor county will make the step up to County cricket any time soon. I've always thought it would make much more sense if there were 20 County teams as it would be easier to organise them into groups and divisions.
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Does anyone think a minor county will make the step up to County cricket any time soon. I've always thought it would make much more sense if there were 20 County teams as it would be easier to organise them into groups and divisions.
I cant see it. There are 2 things going against them: the difference in playing standard and facilities. Minor counties cricket is at best equitable with a modest standard of second xi cricket. No doubt a new first class county would attract first class standard players but it'd be a big jump for those players who were part of the minor counties squad. Would the county ditch all of its players in favour of other players with first class experience or would they be willing to give them a go?

Facilities is now a major issue. None of the present minor counties has a venue that could host first class cricket without having to get in temporary stands and all the other stuff that are apparent at an outground. So it would be expensive.

Dont get me wrong, i'd love to see it happen, but i cant see it happen.

Having said that, i've watched a bit of minor counties cricket over the last couple of summers and it is a joy just rocking up, placing one's fold-out chair by the boundary and being close to the action. The standard is decent as well.
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Having said that, i've watched a bit of minor counties cricket over the last couple of summers and it is a joy just rocking up, placing one's fold-out chair by the boundary and being close to the action. The standard is decent as well.
I've never been to see any as I'm lucky enough to live in a county with a professional team. I always keep an eye out for results and any outstanding performances from individual players.

It would be nice if they could play in the 50 over cup like they used to. It would make for a much more interesting competition. One way of getting around the gap in quality is to have a promotion system which allows them to earn a place in County cricket and improve gradually. The ECB could also give them some of the television money to help them improve their grounds.
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I've never been to see any as I'm lucky enough to live in a county with a professional team. I always keep an eye out for results and any outstanding performances from individual players.

It would be nice if they could play in the 50 over cup like they used to. It would make for a much more interesting competition. One way of getting around the gap in quality is to have a promotion system which allows them to earn a place in County cricket and improve gradually. The ECB could also give them some of the television money to help them improve their grounds.
I'd fully recommend a journey. I live within a couple of lofted 6's from the Ageas Bowl but am planning a trip down to Bournemouth to watch Dorset and up to Finchampstead and Falkland to watch Berkshire.

One of the beauties of MC cricket is that matches tend to be played in very picturesque locations.
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The ECB could also give them some of the television money to help them improve their grounds.
They do. I believe total direct funding is something like 800,000, so that's around 40,000 per club per season and there may be other grants as well.

In principle I strongly agree with you that it would be good to have more professional clubs - I don't subscribe to the "cut the counties" argument at all - a talent supply isn't finite. But as Tongo says there is a big gulf. Read the book "Durham - Birth of a First-Class County", which explains what a long road it was for them to be established - and that was in a county where cricket is very popular. It was also done under the agreement that they would build the Riverside, which was no small task.
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An absolute masterclass from Brad Wadlan in Cornwall v Herefordshire:

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4-77 from 35.4 overs.
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Wadlan Watch:

69, 63 and 6-72 from the Wadmeister led Cornwall to another win, over Devon.
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For anyone pondering a trip to a minor counties match next summer here's a few thoughts that might tip the balance:

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Any good players in the competition this year? Two Ashes heroes, Gary Pratt and Scott Elstone are playing for Cumberland and Shropshire.
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