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Old 12th June 2017, 12:42   #41
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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.
It's a shame I didn't get to meet you So77.

I only bumped into Chin at lunchtime. I think he'd spent the morning in the Gareth Batty testimonial tent.

I'd echo what you say about the ground. On the Sunday I too enjoyed the seemingly unlimited TEA, which was excellent but I'm pretty certain it was more local than Yorkshire

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Old 12th June 2017, 13:06   #42
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It's a shame I didn't get to meet you So77.

I only bumped into Chin at lunchtime. I think he'd spent the morning in the Gareth Batty testimonial tent.

I'd echo what you say about the ground. On the Sunday I too enjoyed the seemingly unlimited TEA, which was excellent but I'm pretty certain it was more local than Yorkshire

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No, today is a day of domestic tranquility.

I really should wear the t-shirt of my avatar more regularly at county games to make identification a tad more likely!
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Went up the rose bowl for the day night stuff. An interesting evening, a bit tedious at times but i enjoyed it nonetheless. Decent crowd in when i got there about 5 o'clock.
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Did Hampshire's declaration seem like a smart move? They didn't nab a wicket...
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Did Hampshire's declaration seem like a smart move? They didn't nab a wicket...
It was a surprise as runs were starting to flow. Didnt get the desired outcone but fair play to bailey for trying something.
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Old 26th June 2017, 21:49   #46
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Went up the rose bowl for the day night stuff. An interesting evening, a bit tedious at times but i enjoyed it nonetheless. Decent crowd in when i got there about 5 o'clock.
I'm jealous as there were no matches in London.

How many people do you reckon turned up after you?
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I'm jealous as there were no matches in London.

How many people do you reckon turned up after you?
I'd say there was probably about a couple of thousand most of the day. The members section noticeably thinned out as the tea interval approached but other areas of the ground picked up a bit. People drifted away during the ladt hour but thats to be expected i suppose.
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I'm jealous as there were no matches in London.
I read that Middlesex weren't allocated a match due to floodlight restrictions at Lord's, thanks to their posh nimby neighbours. What do these people do when the sun is still shining at 9pm at this time of year - put up blackout curtains?
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Old 27th June 2017, 10:36   #49
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I read that Middlesex weren't allocated a match due to floodlight restrictions at Lord's, thanks to their posh nimby neighbours. What do these people do when the sun is still shining at 9pm at this time of year - put up blackout curtains?


Maybe more to do with crowds leaving the ground late in the evening?
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Maybe more to do with crowds leaving the ground late in the evening?
No, it's purely a floodlights issue. Lord's is only allowed to use floodlights a maximum number of days per year - I think it's 16 - which are obviously going to be reserved for international and Middx T20 fixtures. They aren't allowed to switch them on for Championship matches to "enhance the natural light" during normal playing hours, as other venues are.
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No, it's purely a floodlights issue. Lord's is only allowed to use floodlights a maximum number of days per year - I think it's 16 - which are obviously going to be reserved for international and Middx T20 fixtures. They aren't allowed to switch them on for Championship matches to "enhance the natural light" during normal playing hours, as other venues are.

Yes, I know that, but it strikes me that some of the locals may use the lights issue as a way of reducing the number of games Lords hosts late in the day. Certainly a big crowd at Lords leads to (even more) crowded streets all around that area, which might not be popular with those living there who aren't cricket fans...
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I read that Middlesex weren't allocated a match due to floodlight restrictions at Lord's, thanks to their posh nimby neighbours. What do these people do when the sun is still shining at 9pm at this time of year - put up blackout curtains?
Well apparently residents in Richmond blocked the building of apartment blocks in Stratford because they'd be directly behind St Paul's and spoil their view!
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Some musings from the day-night stuff yesterday:

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"Scheduling a nine o’clock finish may prompt some after work spectators to a day’s play but the discovery that none of the regular food outlets are open and the atrium’s restaurant finishes serving food at 6pm does not sit in conjunction with the new playing schedule. "

FFS.

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"Scheduling a nine o’clock finish may prompt some after work spectators to a day’s play but the discovery that none of the regular food outlets are open and the atrium’s restaurant finishes serving food at 6pm does not sit in conjunction with the new playing schedule. "

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Went to the Glamorgan vs Derbyshire game after work. Very absorbing. At one point it looked as if Glamorgan might bat past Derbyshire, but the hard work they put in in defending against decent bowling never translated into runs. I haven't seen either of the Derbyshire spinners -- Mendis and Quadri -- before, but it seemed to me as if the pink ball was swerving very nicely in the air. Following and doubling Glamorgan's example, with two overs to go Derbyshire apparently opened the batting with two nightwatchmen.
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"Scheduling a nine o’clock finish may prompt some after work spectators to a day’s play but the discovery that none of the regular food outlets are open and the atrium’s restaurant finishes serving food at 6pm does not sit in conjunction with the new playing schedule. "

FFS.
Yes, I noticed this as well. Obviously they made a big effort for this, then.
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So what are my County Cricket options for the next three or so weeks down there in London town. Anyone got any hot tips?
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So what are my County Cricket options for the next three or so weeks down there in London town. Anyone got any hot tips?
This Saturday is the Royal London Cup final, which I think is a great day out at Lord's.

Next week you are not short of options with Surrey v Hampshire at The Oval plus Kent v Northants at Beckenham.

Then on Thursday it is the Lord's Test - I note that only Friday is currently sold out. The 5th day of a Test is always a great bargain if it goes that far.

The day after if you fancied a trip to Lord's in a more quiet atmosphere, it is MCC v Afghanistan.

Lord's tour is also well worth doing if you have not done it. Pick a non-match day though, as you will want to visit the dressing rooms and media centre.

Saturday 9 July, your Essex play Kent at Beckenham. I don't know what ticket availability is, but the ground is easily reachable by train and bus and is in the Travelcard zone.
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This Saturday is the Royal London Cup final, which I think is a great day out at Lord's.

Next week you are not short of options with Surrey v Hampshire at The Oval plus Kent v Northants at Beckenham.

Then on Thursday it is the Lord's Test - I note that only Friday is currently sold out. The 5th day of a Test is always a great bargain if it goes that far.

The day after if you fancied a trip to Lord's in a more quiet atmosphere, it is MCC v Afghanistan.

Lord's tour is also well worth doing if you have not done it. Pick a non-match day though, as you will want to visit the dressing rooms and media centre.

Saturday 9 July, your Essex play Kent at Beckenham. I don't know what ticket availability is, but the ground is easily reachable by train and bus and is in the Travelcard zone.
'Tis a veritable smorgasbord of cricket, isn't it, and one which I hope to be eagerly tucking into. There's also Sussex v Leics at Arundel - a bit of a jaunt out of London, but a delightful ground to visit.
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