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Old 28th March 2017, 19:11   #21
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On the way back from oxford. A thoroughly good day out,most enjoyable. Decent crowd in too.
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Hope I get decent weather on Sunday.
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Old 28th March 2017, 21:41   #22
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Back from Canterbury. Hard day in the field for Leeds-Bradford but they stuck at it extremely well.

Two food and drink outlets open, as well as the club shop, and free proper scorecard.

And the sun shone.
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Old 29th March 2017, 15:30   #23
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Not bad....

Gurney 11.1-5-19-4
Samit Patel 13.0-4-43-5

the others

25-5-50-1

Meanwhile at the Oxford game

five balls and Borthwick takes a wicket.
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Old 29th March 2017, 17:12   #24
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Not bad....

Gurney 11.1-5-19-4
Samit Patel 13.0-4-43-5

the others

25-5-50-1

Meanwhile at the Oxford game

five balls and Borthwick takes a wicket.
Pitch looked as if it would offer spin when i was there yesterday. The ball that got Borthwick was a beauty and McIver bowled well. Was sat right behind the delivery and it was a perfect off-break (therefore a de facto leg-break to a left-hander) pitching, turning and taking the glove. Smart catch by Ed Ellis (the keeper) as well.
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Old 29th March 2017, 21:01   #25
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Today I went to Fenner's.

5 admission, including scorecard.

For those who haven't been, the ground is enclosed, being largely surrounded, suitably, by what I think are university residence buildings.

It's an immaculately-tended and homely place, with plenty of seating around the perimeter, and a flat-roofed pavilion with dressing rooms underneath and to one side of a refreshment/indoor viewing area.

The latter is shared by the public and players having their lunch/tea, giving it the feel of being at a club game, except you are instead rubbing shoulders with Broad, Hales, Sam, etc.

As for the match itself, there's something rather sobering about watching a group of obviously talented cricketers being devoured by a group of significantly more talented cricketers.

I was hoping to see Cambridge's first-innings bowling star Luke Chapman, and I did, for two overs, in which he had a straightforward chance at slip put down. But then apparently it was a little bit dark and almost the whole final session was lost because of some clouds.

I also enjoyed a great pizza and a pint or two in the fairly nearby Salisbury Arms - there is an abundance of fine-lookings pubs in the area.

Enjoyable days like this make me wonder why I should ever bother again forking out to be crammed in a seat at an international match, and in fact I most probably won't.
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Old 29th March 2017, 22:38   #26
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Today I went to Fenner's.

5 admission, including scorecard.

For those who haven't been, the ground is enclosed, being largely surrounded, suitably, by what I think are university residence buildings.

It's an immaculately-tended and homely place, with plenty of seating around the perimeter, and a flat-roofed pavilion with dressing rooms underneath and to one side of a refreshment/indoor viewing area.

The latter is shared by the public and players having their lunch/tea, giving it the feel of being at a club game, except you are instead rubbing shoulders with Broad, Hales, Sam, etc.

As for the match itself, there's something rather sobering about watching a group of obviously talented cricketers being devoured by a group of significantly more talented cricketers.

I was hoping to see Cambridge's first-innings bowling star Luke Chapman, and I did, for two overs, in which he had a straightforward chance at slip put down. But then apparently it was a little bit dark and almost the whole final session was lost because of some clouds.

I also enjoyed a great pizza and a pint or two in the fairly nearby Salisbury Arms - there is an abundance of fine-lookings pubs in the area.

Enjoyable days like this make me wonder why I should ever bother again forking out to be crammed in a seat at an international match, and in fact I most probably won't.
What does he bowl?

Even Cricinfo was in the dark on him!
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Old 29th March 2017, 23:03   #27
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What does he bowl?

Even Cricinfo was in the dark on him!
Well, right arm spin, I only saw 6 balls from behind.
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Old 30th March 2017, 20:17   #28
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So two wins for county and four draws, with Loughborough - featuring the superbly-named Ben Ladd-Gibbon - putting in the best effort by having the better of the game against Leicestershire.
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So two wins for county and four draws, with Loughborough - featuring the superbly-named Ben Ladd-Gibbon - putting in the best effort by having the better of the game against Leicestershire.
Remember seeing him playing for Dorset against Berkshire a few summers back. Not a name one readily forgets!
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Old 31st March 2017, 20:15   #30
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Well that was a pleasant day at Headingley yesterday. The students showed a bit of fight after a dodgy start but the last few wickets went cheaply. Some good weather in the afternoon too. Great to be back at the cricket again after a long winter.
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Hundred for Loughborough's Charlie Thurston. Batted. The very experienced Nitish Kumar going along well in partnership with him.
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Kumar's put his foot down and raced past 100 - the pair have put on over 200.
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Lancs 45-7 against Cambridge

Anderson out for 10, Livingstone 1
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Kumar's put his foot down and raced past 100 - the pair have put on over 200.
must be 18 counties interested in him when he qualifies as non-overseas.
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Today I went to Fenner's.

5 admission, including scorecard.

For those who haven't been, the ground is enclosed, being largely surrounded, suitably, by what I think are university residence buildings.

It's an immaculately-tended and homely place, with plenty of seating around the perimeter, and a flat-roofed pavilion with dressing rooms underneath and to one side of a refreshment/indoor viewing area.

The latter is shared by the public and players having their lunch/tea, giving it the feel of being at a club game, except you are instead rubbing shoulders with Broad, Hales, Sam, etc.

As for the match itself, there's something rather sobering about watching a group of obviously talented cricketers being devoured by a group of significantly more talented cricketers.

I was hoping to see Cambridge's first-innings bowling star Luke Chapman, and I did, for two overs, in which he had a straightforward chance at slip put down. But then apparently it was a little bit dark and almost the whole final session was lost because of some clouds.

I also enjoyed a great pizza and a pint or two in the fairly nearby Salisbury Arms - there is an abundance of fine-lookings pubs in the area.

Enjoyable days like this make me wonder why I should ever bother again forking out to be crammed in a seat at an international match, and in fact I most probably won't.
I lived about 2 minutes walk from Fenners for a year (or what passed for one in undergraduate days, so actually about 24 weeks) and walked past it on average 4 times a day. Needless to say, I've never been in as I only really became interested in cricket the following year. I did go to quite a few of the local pubs.
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I couldn't wait any longer. The sunny snap of the past week may have been delightful but only served to tease and tantalise this cricket starved soul.

So, I took myself off to Chelmsford this morning for the second day of Essex v Durham MCCU. Free admission, free scorecard and a reasonable turnout. The ground - now named after some company that I originally thought was a radio station, but isn't - looked a picture, as if rising to a higher level to tally with the home team's newly won Div One status.

Today was always going to be something of a struggle for the students once the persistent Porter removed McCollum with only a dozen added to the overnight score. Ed Pollock produced a cameo laced with enchanting shots; his dismissal courtesy of a diving catch by Westley - his first of three at second slip - left me first stunned by the quality of the snare but then disappointed by the termination of the knock. With 7 men down by midday, Essex would have hoped to have been back in before lunch but they were held up by Darrel Williams and Aby Singh's defiant 8th wicket rearguard, mixing stoical defence with enterprising strokes and a fair share of fortune. It's the earliest in a season I've heard somebody moan "Why can't we ever get the last three out quickly?", a lament I expect to be echoing around every county ground I visit this year.

I saw little today to make me doubt the general feeling that Essex might struggle to bowl Div One sides out this season. There seems to be potential in the lower ranks, though; Simon Harmer rips his offies out of a pleasing loop, while a little more consistency to go with his skiddy pace could make Aaron Beard a handful. Of course, my main hope is that these youngsters have been nicknamed, respectively, 'Self' and 'Itchama', but that's possibly a forlorn wish.

The Chelmsford pavilion has been spruced up with framed photos depicting the final cricketing hours of David Masters and Graham Napier. One has Ravi Bopara clasping Napes' hand and looking as if he's about to collapse into tears. I wasn't quite that emotional today but still felt mildly giddy to be back.
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I lived about 2 minutes walk from Fenners for a year (or what passed for one in undergraduate days, so actually about 24 weeks) and walked past it on average 4 times a day. Needless to say, I've never been in as I only really became interested in cricket the following year. I did go to quite a few of the local pubs.
I had to use the uni gym at fenners to do my weight training for rowing. Initially there was no view off the pitch but they put windows in so you could see the pitch when they refurbished it.
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I couldn't wait any longer. The sunny snap of the past week may have been delightful but only served to tease and tantalise this cricket starved soul.

So, I took myself off to Chelmsford this morning for the second day of Essex v Durham MCCU. Free admission, free scorecard and a reasonable turnout. The ground - now named after some company that I originally thought was a radio station, but isn't - looked a picture, as if rising to a higher level to tally with the home team's newly won Div One status.

Today was always going to be something of a struggle for the students once the persistent Porter removed McCollum with only a dozen added to the overnight score. Ed Pollock produced a cameo laced with enchanting shots; his dismissal courtesy of a diving catch by Westley - his first of three at second slip - left me first stunned by the quality of the snare but then disappointed by the termination of the knock. With 7 men down by midday, Essex would have hoped to have been back in before lunch but they were held up by Darrel Williams and Aby Singh's defiant 8th wicket rearguard, mixing stoical defence with enterprising strokes and a fair share of fortune. It's the earliest in a season I've heard somebody moan "Why can't we ever get the last three out quickly?", a lament I expect to be echoing around every county ground I visit this year.

I saw little today to make me doubt the general feeling that Essex might struggle to bowl Div One sides out this season. There seems to be potential in the lower ranks, though; Simon Harmer rips his offies out of a pleasing loop, while a little more consistency to go with his skiddy pace could make Aaron Beard a handful. Of course, my main hope is that these youngsters have been nicknamed, respectively, 'Self' and 'Itchama', but that's possibly a forlorn wish.

The Chelmsford pavilion has been spruced up with framed photos depicting the final cricketing hours of David Masters and Graham Napier. One has Ravi Bopara clasping Napes' hand and looking as if he's about to collapse into tears. I wasn't quite that emotional today but still felt mildly giddy to be back.


I think it's fair to say I'd have rather spent today in the sunshine watching cricket than sat in the office.
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Well that looks like at least 7 of us on the board have attended some cricket already and it's only just turned April.
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