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Old 18th May 2017, 11:04   #21
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I've got tomorrow and Monday off work and I'm going to watch as much of the Glamorgan vs Notts game as possible. My mum and dad are coming down for a visit, so we'll go together. At some point they'll be too old for that kind of thing. When I lived in London, dad always used to come to visit when it was Notts vs Middx or Surrey, but since I moved to Wales there has been a dearth of suitable fixtures; this year is the first time Notts and Glamorgan have been in the same division (though I would have preferred it if this had happened through Glamorgan getting promoted). The weather forecast is pretty good, considering. Today is our first dry day for a while.
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Old 18th May 2017, 13:51   #22
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All the best for some fair weather and fine cricket, simon.

I was hoping to finally make my maiden visit to Grace Road on Saturday for Kent's visit but the forecast is presently too sketchy for me to want to commit to the rail fare and a long day's travelling. Sunday at Chelmsford looking the more likely option - drier, considerably cheaper and an opportunity to pick up some B&H semi final tickets.
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I went with my brother to Sussex v South Africa yesterday which was predictably men against boys, almost literally. Mainly a Sussex 2nd XI got smacked around the park with De Kock being brilliant, then showed a few glimpses of promise with the bat but fell a long way short. It's a shame that for a full house Sussex couldn't put their full team out.
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Old 21st May 2017, 18:55   #24
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I enjoyed my best spectating of the season today at Chelmsford, as Essex took 13 wickets before tea to demolish Hants. Also in attendance was Geoff Arnold, apparently on a recky for Team England. He can't fail to have been impressed by Jamie Porter, who polished off the visitors' first innings then claimed two more scalps, which would have been three but for a surprising spill in the slips from Westley. Porter probed relentlessly at a decent lick and does seem to possess a pleasing ability to get through batters' defences.

In fairness, the whole Essex attack was on the money, even if Quinn was a little loose at times. And the fielding was top drawer -Abbott attempting a quick single to one of the finest fielders on the circuit just beggared belief, and Tendo didn't let us down.

The only sad aspect of the day was watching Micheal Carberry scratching around pitifully like a club player promoted way beyond his abilities. Dropped in the slips, he played and missed close to half his 47 balls and barely middled one. I sincerely hope his display was symptomatic of Hants' general malaise and not an indication that he himself has 'gone'.

But Essex - wow! Straight through to the One Day Cup semis and now top of the Championship. Something good is happening on the edge of the River Can.
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Old 21st May 2017, 19:28   #25
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I enjoyed my best spectating of the season today at Chelmsford, as Essex took 13 wickets before tea to demolish Hants. Also in attendance was Geoff Arnold, apparently on a recky for Team England. He can't fail to have been impressed by Jamie Porter, who polished off the visitors' first innings then claimed two more scalps, which would have been three but for a surprising spill in the slips from Westley. Porter probed relentlessly at a decent lick and does seem to possess a pleasing ability to get through batters' defences.

In fairness, the whole Essex attack was on the money, even if Quinn was a little loose at times. And the fielding was top drawer -Abbott attempting a quick single to one of the finest fielders on the circuit just beggared belief, and Tendo didn't let us down.

The only sad aspect of the day was watching Micheal Carberry scratching around pitifully like a club player promoted way beyond his abilities. Dropped in the slips, he played and missed close to half his 47 balls and barely middled one. I sincerely hope his display was symptomatic of Hants' general malaise and not an indication that he himself has 'gone'.

But Essex - wow! Straight through to the One Day Cup semis and now top of the Championship. Something good is happening on the edge of the River Can.
Good luck to Essex. Nice to see a non-TMG riding high.

Amazing that 'Horse' is still going strong. Remember seeing him opening the bowling for Surrey with Peter Loader fifty-something seasons ago!
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Amazing that 'Horse' is still going strong. Remember seeing him opening the bowling for Surrey with Peter Loader fifty-something seasons ago!
I recognised him immediately as he strolled past my smoking post. Hasn't really changed much - lean and angular - i reckon he could still hit a length at respectable pace and nibble it away.

Did you get down to Hove today?
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I recognised him immediately as he strolled past my smoking post. Hasn't really changed much - lean and angular - i reckon he could still hit a length at respectable pace and nibble it away.

Did you get down to Hove today?
No, decided to watch the IPL final on TV (which turned out to be a great decision) - but am going to Hove tomorrow.

Before the IPL, spent the day listened to BBC commentary of both Sussex and Kent games.

Heard a fascinating interview with Leics CEO Waslm Khan who explained why Leics are 100 per cent behind the new English super league.

1. He said under current rules the ECB can abolish any competition without even consulting the counties. One of the conditions that Leics negotiated in return for supporting the new comp is that the articles of assocation are beign amended so that a vote of the counties will in future be required before any comp is changed - so the three county comps are more secure than ever before.

2. He says that Leics intend to invest a sizeable chunk of the £6.5 million the ECB will pay them from the first five years of the new comp. Thus the county will have "reserves for a rainy day" which will secure Leics' long-term future way beyond 2025 and mean that should disaster strike they will not have to turn to the ECB for a bail out like Durham.

It seems Wasim and Leics adopted a far more practical and fruitful approach than Essex and Middx, who opposed in a cynical piece of virtue-signalling to keep a couple of thousand reactionary members quiet and Kent, whose abstention was described by Michael Atherton as "pathetic".
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Old 22nd May 2017, 20:16   #28
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I sat in between mum and dad, in the Cathedral Road stand. They’re both pretty deaf. I’d be deep in conversation with one when the other would obliviously begin a new conversation. The trees along the river are magnificent.

Glamorgan bowled really well on the first morning but weren’t able to capitalise. There was some ropey batting when Glamorgan batted -- Donald got himself out twice when set -- but the rearguard starting on the third afternoon was magnificent, and not losing a wicket at all on the last day was like a miracle. Broad was strangely underused, Hutton bowled short for ages without effect, and Patel seemed most likely to take a wicket. Notts might have wished for another spinner to bowl in tandem with him.

Grumpiness awards go to Fletcher, and to the guy who couldn’t get breakfast yet in the “Discover Leek” pavilion. I thought the John Smiths was OK, and the staff most obliging.

Pujara was out cheaply but his fielding was brilliant throughout.

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I sat in between mum and dad, in the Cathedral Road stand. They’re both pretty deaf. I’d be deep in conversation with one when the other would obliviously begin a new conversation. The trees along the river are magnificent.

Glamorgan bowled really well on the first morning but weren’t able to capitalise. There was some ropey batting when Glamorgan batted -- Donald got himself out twice when set -- but the rearguard starting on the third afternoon was magnificent, and not losing a wicket at all on the last day was like a miracle. Broad was strangely underused, Hutton bowled short for ages without effect, and Patel seemed most likely to take a wicket. Notts might have wished for another spinner to bowl in tandem with him.

Grumpiness awards go to Fletcher, and to the guy who couldn’t get breakfast yet in the “Discover Leek” pavilion. I thought the John Smiths was OK, and the staff most obliging.

Pujara was out cheaply but his fielding was brilliant throughout.
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Just booked Friday off work so, save for an hour on Sunday morning when my elder son has a match, I will be watching Notts/Gloucestershire from start to finish.
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Old 24th May 2017, 18:57   #31
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Today, I took my second trip to the seaside thisi season. It was never likely that the final knockings of Sussex v Durham would require much more than a session, but I wanted to take the opportunity to see Paul Collingwood at the crease for possibly the last time, and also have another peek at the rising star Jofra Archer.

Sadly, the veteran lasted only five minutes of the new day before being given an unhappy lbw. The young tyro, however, didn't let me down. After a laconically gentle opening over, he swiftly went through the gears to harry the batsmen with pace and serious hostility. He blatantly overdid the short stuff but the ump only intervened when Archer strolled the length of the pitch to undertake a conversation with Coughlin. The Durham man responded by smashing the next ball into his own stumps so - nice chat, Jof.

Conversely, Chris Jordan was disappointing, as he always seems to be when I watch him in the flesh. He provided a sequence of medium-fast long-hops upon which James Weighell feasted en route to an entertaining but ultimately futile maiden fifty. With Ryan Pringle defending and nudging sensibly through the duration of the day's play, one or two Sussex diehards around me became frustrated that lunch arrived with only 3 down.

But, it was always on the cards that the new ball would hasten the end rapidly. Archer took custody of it after the break and almost immediately scythed through Weighell's stumps, leaving Big Vern to complete the job for which he's paid - to knock out the openers and, now, flatten the tail with the new cherry.

So, Sussex record their first win of their Championship campaign. These words may come back to haunt me over the weekend, but I still feel their are some question marks over the seam bowling to add to the batting. But they seemed confident and loud today and on the way up. For Durham, this was a withering defeat; with just 18 points from their first three games, hopes of an immediate return to Div One now look increasingly remote.

Next stop: the top of the league clash at Chelmsford on Friday.

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These words may come back to haunt me over the weekend, but I still feel their are some question marks over the seam bowling to add to the batting.
Be interested to hear what you think they are, S o' 77.

I'd say Philander, Jordan, Magoffin and Archer rival Notts as the best seam quartet in div two - and are better than most in Div One, too. Briggs has disappointed since moving from Hants but how many match-winning spinners are there anywhere in county cricket?

I'm off to T Wells tomorrow and hope Kent don't produce a slow and low dead wicket like they did last year to negate Sussex's seam potency.

If Kent are serious about promotion they need wins, not batting bonus pts and five for the draw.
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Be interested to hear what you think they are, S o' 77.

I'd say Philander, Jordan, Magoffin and Archer rival Notts as the best seam quartet in div two - and are better than most in Div One, too. Briggs has disappointed since moving from Hants but how many match-winning spinners are there anywhere in county cricket?

I'm off to T Wells tomorrow and hope Kent don't produce a slow and low dead wicket like they did last year to negate Sussex's seam potency.

If Kent are serious about promotion they need wins, not batting bonus pts and five for the draw.
Macgoffin never seems to get on the field these days and Jordan is erratic. Sort that out and Sussex do indeed have a stellar attack.
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Today at TB was a day that hardened my view that anyone that doesn't like cricket is completely batshit mental.
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Macgoffin never seems to get on the field these days and Jordan is erratic. Sort that out and Sussex do indeed have a stellar attack.
Not much point in having a stellar attack when the batting is so wretchedly poor.

Seven batting points from four matches is beyond pathetic and the Sussex opening pair of Finch and Nash have scored 172 in 14 completed innings at a combined average of 12.

Frankly you'd expect better than that from your numbers 10 and 11.
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Watched hants women play staffs women on bank holiday mon. Was vey good, new zealand's suzie bates put together a quality innings.
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Was at day 2 of Durham v Northants yesterday.

Despite the decent weather it was a very long day.
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A long old day for me. I headed off to a glorious Guildford to see two sessions of the 2nd day of Surrey v Essex. It looked a typical flat deck and Guildford is fairly famous for them. However after a spate of early boundaries Porter and Wagner are chiefly responsible for knocking over Surrey for not much more damage than the 350 odd for 5. Surrey were all out for 399, probably an under par score on that pitch.

Surrey bowl a load of tripe with the new ball and Cook gets off to a flyer with Footitt in particular feeding his cut shot and legs. Yet when looking well set and having got to 31 Sam Curran, who had improved in his spell traps him in front. This brings on lunch and I go for a stroll around the ground and who should I unsurprisingly bump into but someone else who has made the journey south-west out of London, none other than gbg!

Anyway we get to catch up and although we start off near the hospitality tent near the main entrance, providence and some rather lubricated Hooray Henries mean we nick a couple of plastic chairs and place ourselves near the members section. Here we have a real mixed afternoon as Essex continued a lively start but were then pegged back by the evergreen slow bowler (I hesitate to call him a spinner) in Gareth Batty. When Lawrence departed, it was 134-4 but Essex stem the tide. I will confess that I left the game about 20 minutes or so before tea as I was off back to London to watch the Scotland v England football match (boo hiss!). Anyway an enjoyable day.
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That's spooky, Chin. I was also at Guildford for the first two sessions only, sitting in the green-seated members' stand. I probably wobbled past you & gbg a few times on my way for a tab (black gig t-shirt and walking cane). I hope your journey back to town was better than my delayed railway experience.

The ground wasn't at its usual delightful best due to the refurbishment work being done on the pavilion. However, I did like the vast marquee that served as the players' changing area, resembling something out of 1920s country house cricket. The white seats around much of the boundary gave it a real festival feel and the Guildford CC refreshment tent remains one of the best of its kind on the circuit, boasting a selection of over a dozen home made cakes and a seemingly unlimited supply of Yorkshire Tea.

Early on, folks around me were muttering about the flatness of the pitch and 'nailed on' draw, but Guildford has a history of appearing so and yet often producing results - I think because it's such a fast scoring ground. Back in 2005, I watched Surrey make 452 against Kent and then ultimately lose the game by 4 wickets. Two years ago, against Glammie, Surrey again posted 400 and went down by 7 wickets. So, with Tendo powering Essex to almost level terms at the half way point, I reckon there's plenty more in this match yet.
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That's spooky, Chin. I was also at Guildford for the first two sessions only, sitting in the green-seated members' stand. I probably wobbled past you & gbg a few times on my way for a tab (black gig t-shirt and walking cane). I hope your journey back to town was better than my delayed railway experience.

The ground wasn't at its usual delightful best due to the refurbishment work being done on the pavilion. However, I did like the vast marquee that served as the players' changing area, resembling something out of 1920s country house cricket. The white seats around much of the boundary gave it a real festival feel and the Guildford CC refreshment tent remains one of the best of its kind on the circuit, boasting a selection of over a dozen home made cakes and a seemingly unlimited supply of Yorkshire Tea.

My train journey back to London was awkward too as they are doing work on that line, hence missing more than I would have liked of the match.

Early on, folks around me were muttering about the flatness of the pitch and 'nailed on' draw, but Guildford has a history of appearing so and yet often producing results - I think because it's such a fast scoring ground. Back in 2005, I watched Surrey make 452 against Kent and then ultimately lose the game by 4 wickets. Two years ago, against Glammie, Surrey again posted 400 and went down by 7 wickets. So, with Tendo powering Essex to almost level terms at the half way point, I reckon there's plenty more in this match yet.
It's a shame we didn't get to meet. I did partake myself of a couple of pints of Hog's Back HBB, their brewery is only a few miles outside of Guildford. They do have a decent refreshment section for food too agreed. In year's gone by their main temporary stand was by the pavillion and it could have cost a few more on the gate. I agree that the game is open and it depends how many more RTD gets this morning.

On another matter, Porter does look like a fine bowler but after a relatively energetic run into the crease, he appears to decelerate a little going into his final few strides before accelerating again. If it was a smoother run-up I really think he could be something special. Wagner, was Wagner, just a real I don't give a f**k how flat the pitch is I'm going to rough you up. One of the better international 3rd seamers going.
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