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Old 1st May 2017, 18:43   #1
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The Spectating Thread (Rolling thread!)

Quite simple. Have you been watching cricket? If so, where, who was playing and was it any good?!

Have just got back from Arundel watching Bangladesh play the Duke of Norfolk's XI. Very enjoyably, always love going to Arundel. Saw a brilliant, well paced 100 from Mushfiqur Rahim. The Bangladesh fans were in good number and were hilarious and entertaining with their passion.

Crowd in excess of 1200 as well! Not too shabby for a friendly game.
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Old 2nd May 2017, 09:46   #2
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I've had 2 days at the cricket so far this year, the first was ruined by Sussex being rubbish, the second was ruined by Notts being rubbish. Next stop is Notts Leicestershire at Welbeck on Sunday. Now what are the chances of one of those 2 being rubbish?

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Old 2nd May 2017, 10:26   #3
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Only been able to see 1 day so far this season...Good Friday at the Riverside for Day 1 of the CC game between Durham & Notts.
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Watched all 3 Notts sides in one form or another. Was at Oakham School yesterday to watch the 2s v Worcs. Was at Trent Bridge on Sat against Yorks in the 50 over stuff. I will be up at Welbeck on Sunday to watch more 50 over stuff v Leics.
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At the start of the season was at Kent v Leeds-Bradford MCCU for the opening day of the domestic season and then at Fenner's on the second day for Notts v Cambridge.

Today I have been at The Oval with Summer of 77 to watch Surrey v Essex, an absorbing low-scoring game that saw Essex's Simon Harmer guide them home in the last over with 9 down. It was sunny at first and then a bit chilly but great to be back there.
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Old 2nd May 2017, 21:30   #6
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4 days at the Oval which ended up watching Lancs' bowlers toil amid some batting practice.
1997 last victory there when Nathan Wood hit 150.
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At the start of the season was at Kent v Leeds-Bradford MCCU for the opening day of the domestic season and then at Fenner's on the second day for Notts v Cambridge.

Today I have been at The Oval with Summer of 77 to watch Surrey v Essex, an absorbing low-scoring game that saw Essex's Simon Harmer guide them home in the last over with 9 down. It was sunny at first and then a bit chilly but great to be back there.
I listened to that game...sounded like a cracker.
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Today I have been at The Oval with Summer of 77 to watch Surrey v Essex, an absorbing low-scoring game that saw Essex's Simon Harmer guide them home in the last over with 9 down. It was sunny at first and then a bit chilly but great to be back there.


I've so far had two days each at Lord's, The Oval and Chelmsford, and one day at Hove and The Rose Bowl. Strange for Canterbury to not yet feature but this should be remedied in a couple of days.

Highlights to date: Mark Footitt demolishing Warks; a double century opening stand by Robson & Gubbins; Gareth Berg's Saturday, when he made 99* and blew away the cream of Yorkshire's batting, and Darren Stevens wobbling Kent to victory at the seaside. And today's thriller, a real old school B&H Zonal game - overcast conditions and not the easiest of pitches, with 211 being a challenging target.
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Old 3rd May 2017, 08:16   #9
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Well, despite the apparently unlikely success of planning a first class season which started (with a University game) on 28th March and will finish (weather and game depending) exactly 6 months later (28th September), Kent's first match was blessed with sunny weather (yes, I got sunburn in March), and actually warmer weather then than in the first two home CC matches, vs Gloucestershire & Derbyshire.

Having been to all 9 days of play at Canterbury, I have seen the ageless Darren Stevens score runs and take 6 wicket hauls against both counties, plus other good bowling from Mitchell Claydon and on loan James Harris. The success of the home CC games made up for some of the coldest cricket watching weather I can remember - jumper, coat, scarf and gloves weren't actually enough (but the club shop was doing a good trade in woollen hats, I noticed... )

My tenth day of watching was the first RLC game - and the bubble burst as Kent were well beaten by Hampshire. If we can continue success in the CC and gain promotion, the season will be a success. But we've always been pretty competitive in one day competitions and that doesn't look to be the case this season. The games this Friday & Sunday will be vital - anything less than 2 victories will probably leave us out of the Cup.

Fingers are crossed for good weather and for better one day form!
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I nipped down to the good Friday of Surrey v Lancashire at the Oval for the evening session. I really didn't get to see much cricket as they were on and off for bad light in the last hour and a bit. I did get to see a bit of Shiv 'the crab' starting a fine rear-guard that eventually got Lancs into a good position in the game but the pitch was a typical Oval road, leaden skies or not as Fred said above.
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I saw a bit of Sussex v Surrey 2nd XI match yesterday at Horsham. It was a bit of a bunsen, I'm a bit gutted I didn't get to see Virdi bowl as he ran through Sussex's batting as I'd gone by then. One to look out for by the sound of things.
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I saw a bit of Sussex v Surrey 2nd XI match yesterday at Horsham. It was a bit of a bunsen, I'm a bit gutted I didn't get to see Virdi bowl as he ran through Sussex's batting as I'd gone by then. One to look out for by the sound of things.
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https://www.kiaoval.com/main-news/vi...second-xi-win/

With Ansari's retirement I guess Virdi may be close to playing some 1st XI cricket. He was named on the scorecard for a Championship match late last season, but replaced by an extra seamer at the last minute. Meanwhile Freddie van den Bergh, who turns 25 next month, still awaits a Championship debut. His six first class appearances have all been in MCCU matches, the most recent three years ago.
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With Ansari's retirement I guess Virdi may be close to playing some 1st XI cricket. He was named on the scorecard for a Championship match late last season, but replaced by an extra seamer at the last minute. Meanwhile Freddie van den Bergh, who turns 25 next month, still awaits a Championship debut. His six first class appearances have all been in MCCU matches, the most recent three years ago.
Surrey fans online were already suggesting he be given a shot earlier this season before Ansari retired. Definitely a prospect.
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Off to Falkland (near Newbury) tomorrow to watch the Unicorns play Middlesex 2's.
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Went to Welbeck and it was..........cold!
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Watched my first live cricket of the season. A couple of hours of gentle Sunday league cricket at the local club. One for the purist - home side 111/9 off 40 overs, top score of 44 by a young lad as the adults fell in a heap. Didn't stick around for the second innings but the away side seemed pretty confident. Had a pint of Mary Jane pale session ale from the Ilkley Brewery. Not bad.
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Watched day 3 of Somerset Vs Essex in LVCC
50 over Somerset Vs Surrey and also Kent

Decent crowds at all the games so far, Somerset Vs Hants tomorrow - sun forecast - looking good
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Watched a great game at falkland today. The unicorns almost chased down 338 set by middlesex. 3 centuries, great play and the sun shone for the last hour or so.
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The sun shone all day for my trip to Radlett. A delightful club ground, bracketed by a vast variety of trees with a neat modern pavilion. It fostered that lovely intimate festival feel, which the players responded to as much as the spectators.

The dry weather over these opening five weeks has brought me twelve days of cricket across seven different grounds. Even in the old B&H days, I can't recall having previously enjoyed such a busy start.
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You great big Jessie. It was lovely when the sun came out. Now I have been in the south of Spain from Monday to Thursday morning, went straight from EMA to Trent Bridge yesterday afternoon in shorts and T-shirt. By 9pm I was proper freezing!
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