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Old 30th July 2017, 16:25   #101
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This morning I attended my first women's cricket match - Kent v Warwickshire at Beckenham.

Having mentioned admission charges on here, in this case it was 5. I'm fully in support of this, as to me it signals that the game is being staged as an event for spectators. But more of that later.

Beckenham is looking in great shape these days, with a large new permanent stand. There is also a large white building which must be the indoor facility. The pavilion is smart with some interesting items on the walls, and a bar selling cold and hot drinks.

Warwickshire batted and posted just 89-7, which clearly looked nowhere near enough, though the outfield was slow after considerable rain the previous day. It could have been much less but for 43 from their No 3 and wicketkeeper, who I have since found is called Hennessey.

Kent did reach the target, but not without a hard fight from Warwickshire. They passed the score 6 down with an over left.

I thoroughly enjoyed the match, which was one of three in the day - with Middlesex set to play both sides after. I didn't stay, as I was ravenously hungry and there was no food on sale apart from crisps and sweets but I will try not to grumble about this.

I would say there were around 100 or more in attendance for the first game.

It certainly confirmed for me that my cricket-watching future will focus even more on matches at the game's margins. That said, I've got a ticket for the Test tomorrow, which I will report on here, assuming South Africa don't get bowled out in one session today.

One minor quibble - there was no scorecard/programme, which I overheard some others bemoaning the lack of as well. Once a template was set up, it would surely only take an hour during the previous week for someone in the office at Canterbury to make up a sheet with all 3 squads, their player numbers and the day's schedule and print off a batch. Nor were there any announcements, though the electronic scoreboard was working.

As I say, a minor gripe, but surely having charged admission, it would be a given that those spectators would appreciate some basic information to be provided. After all, even non-league football clubs playing to just one or two hundred spectators produce match programmes.
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Old 31st July 2017, 18:54   #102
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So today I moved on to the final day of The Oval Test.

Having grown slightly weary of the international/England scene, almost solely due to the ludicrously overloaded schedule, my anticipation levels were not as high as they would have been in the past.

Nevertheless, it proved to be a most satisfactory day out. It is a great deal at 20 when you drop in for play on day 5, and in this case an England win to boot and for the first time witnessing a live international hat-trick.

Another boost is that these day 5 crowds are very much cricketing ones. I didn't see one idiot, and someone sat near me was even sporting a Northants shirt.

Unlike yesterday, there was plenty of food on offer; however, it left me underwhelmed. A really poor, burger-oriented selection, and over-priced. Instead, at around 12.45 I headed for a nearby haunt I have mentioned on here before - the Brown Derby pub. There I enjoyed a paella and a pint, and the place wasn't even overly busy - I can only assume that most of the cricket-goers are simply unaware of its existence, as it is less than 5 minutes from the main entrance.

I think I will be sticking to the day 5 gamble for any Test watching in the coming years. It is a real shame that the calendar is so overloaded - this surely should have been a 5-Test series with no other visitors, and no back-to-back matches in the series. It cannot be right that the players are not given a decent break after playing for 5 days at the highest level. However, the mentality is to milk as much money as possible from the international schedule.
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Old 31st July 2017, 20:33   #103
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Had another cracking day at the minor counties today. Watched Oxfordshire v Berkshire at the lovely ground at Challow Childrey.
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Old 1st August 2017, 08:51   #104
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So today I moved on to the final day of The Oval Test.

Having grown slightly weary of the international/England scene, almost solely due to the ludicrously overloaded schedule, my anticipation levels were not as high as they would have been in the past.

Nevertheless, it proved to be a most satisfactory day out. It is a great deal at 20 when you drop in for play on day 5, and in this case an England win to boot and for the first time witnessing a live international hat-trick.

Another boost is that these day 5 crowds are very much cricketing ones. I didn't see one idiot, and someone sat near me was even sporting a Northants shirt.

Unlike yesterday, there was plenty of food on offer; however, it left me underwhelmed. A really poor, burger-oriented selection, and over-priced. Instead, at around 12.45 I headed for a nearby haunt I have mentioned on here before - the Brown Derby pub. There I enjoyed a paella and a pint, and the place wasn't even overly busy - I can only assume that most of the cricket-goers are simply unaware of its existence, as it is less than 5 minutes from the main entrance.

I think I will be sticking to the day 5 gamble for any Test watching in the coming years. It is a real shame that the calendar is so overloaded - this surely should have been a 5-Test series with no other visitors, and no back-to-back matches in the series. It cannot be right that the players are not given a decent break after playing for 5 days at the highest level. However, the mentality is to milk as much money as possible from the international schedule.
Sadly the Oval is as big a rip-off as Lord's these days in terms of getting anything half reasonably priced apart from a coffee and even then it is hardly dirt cheap. On Friday I had to go to work early for a half day. Not having prepared any lunch, the most I wanted to have was a sandwich and that set me back 4. I had no intention of paying the 1 deposit for a pint cup and then paying a fair amount more for watered down p*ss. However on both days (Sunday too) I was seated next to some folk who probably thought like me and didn't drink during the game.

I didn't make the mistake of not preparing my own stuff on Sunday and saved a few more quid. I haven't got food poisoning.............
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Today I attended Essex v West Indies at Chelmsford. Attended with Summer of '77 and Vicky.

Chelmsford is a very characterful ground that reminds me of watching John Player League games from there on BBC2. The pavilion looks as if it has been designed using cast-offs from various model railway building kits. It also features what looks like a gallows on the roof.

The match was very healthily attended. On this occasion I also finally found some food I enjoyed in the ground - a spicy vegetable pie with mashed potato from a street food stall. It was more than acceptable.

Essex gave West Indies a good examination. They really are blessed with a great number of promising young bowlers.
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Today I attended Essex v West Indies at Chelmsford. Attended with Summer of '77 and Vicky.

Chelmsford is a very characterful ground that reminds me of watching John Player League games from there on BBC2. The pavilion looks as if it has been designed using cast-offs from various model railway building kits. It also features what looks like a gallows on the roof.

The match was very healthily attended. On this occasion I also finally found some food I enjoyed in the ground - a spicy vegetable pie with mashed potato from a street food stall. It was more than acceptable.

Essex gave West Indies a good examination. They really are blessed with a great number of promising young bowlers.
What did you think of Sam Cook?

Can you send me a report?
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What did you think of Sam Cook?

Can you send me a report?
He reminded me just slightly of Simon Jones - strong looking upper body, fairly laconic run up before it all unwinds just before delivery stride. His opening spell was excellent, just back of a length in the main. Got a bit of tap from Blackwood later on but it didn't seem to faze him.

I assume that's all you need to know?
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He reminded me just slightly of Simon Jones - strong looking upper body, fairly laconic run up before it all unwinds just before delivery stride. His opening spell was excellent, just back of a length in the main. Got a bit of tap from Blackwood later on but it didn't seem to faze him.

I assume that's all you need to know?
Thanks, Ain't that good news.

I see Walter's going well with the bat today.
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I have a somewhat embarrassing confession to make. On Friday night I was nigh on a full t20 chav/bogan as I went with a load of guys I play football with to the Oval for the Surrey/Glamorgan game. This meant that I really didn't get to watch any more than a bit of the first few overs of the game as time was spent downstairs at the bar. This only got worse in the 2nd half of the game as a couple of guys who I knew from elsewhere suggested a halftime beer that became rather extended.

I then, with the football crowd retired to the bar down the road to watch the 10,000m and then on to another bar where we had started in the afternoon. From the only bits I did manage to see, Tom Curran continues to impress and Marchant de Lange looked pretty rapid for the Welsh/not so Welsh team.
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Today I attended Yorkshire v Essex at Scarborough.

Watching cricket at Scarborough is something of a bittersweet experience, as it is where I grew up with the game - with a festival that lasted around 10 days, plus other Yorkshire matches, but also a very successful Scarborough CC side that attracted regular crowds of several hundred. Now the 'festival' is reduced to 4 days (2 in this case) and the Scarborough side is a shadow of its former self, watched by hardly anyone - they would be destroyed by the Scarborough teams of the 1970s.

How the club makes ends meet on a meagre 6-8 days of serious income a year I just do not know. While of course the playing area is used regularly throughout the season, the sizeable spectator facilities go largely unused - it is just such a waste. However, I am not sure what can be done. An England Lions game was played a few years ago and I think the club mistakenly expected to get 1,000 spectators daily and I know they were bitterly disappointed when only a couple of hundred showed up.

Today, however, the crowd was the biggest I have seen at a Championship match for years, with a decent turnout from Essex as well. However, as I only arrived straight after lunch, it threatened to be the shortest ever paid-for cricket I have attended, as Yorkshire rapidly slumped to 56-7. Thankfully Brooks and Coad, who could easily have just had a heave-ho, played sensibly, perhaps sensing that there would be genuine anger if proceedings had finished at 3pm. As it was the game was not concluded until around 5.15pm.

It so happens that rain is forecast for the whole day tomorrow. Nevertheless, there will be no crowds back at North Marine Road now until some time next summer - the slim pickings being the 100 or so they may get in when Yorkshire 2s play there in September. What chronic underuse of one of the best spectator venues in the country.
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Been at arundel at the second xi t20 finals day, one of the best days of the summer.
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Just got back from Sedbergh watching Cumberland vs Buckinghamshire in the minor counties.

Cracking day, good weather, beautiful ground and some excellent cricket. I saw a really good hundred, some tight seam bowling and some excellent spin. Ninety overs bowled by just after half past five!

There wasn't much in the way of food and drink but Sedbergh high street was only 100 yards away with pubs, cafes etc.
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Just got back from Sedbergh watching Cumberland vs Buckinghamshire in the minor counties.

Cracking day, good weather, beautiful ground and some excellent cricket. I saw a really good hundred, some tight seam bowling and some excellent spin. Ninety overs bowled by just after half past five!

There wasn't much in the way of food and drink but Sedbergh high street was only 100 yards away with pubs, cafes etc.
Good stuff HM, always pleased when someone finds the MC's as enjoyable as i do!
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Good stuff HM, always pleased when someone finds the MC's as enjoyable as i do!
This was my first time at a minor counties game...I'll definitely be going again.

Is it always free admission? I was expecting to pay a few quid...so I bought quite a few raffle tickets instead
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I did my first bit of Kia Super League spectating this evening, at The Oval. I turned up just after the men's T20 game had finished, paid a fiver to get in and received a free scorecard. I reckon there were around a thousand left in the ground just before the game started but this dwindled to just a few hundred by the time Surrey Stars had completed their resounding victory over Yorkshire Diamonds. This was the first of the double headers in which the ladies played second and I guess Sunday evening is something of a graveyard shift.

But the atmosphere was most cordial, albeit in small pockets strewn about the vast venue. And, like a Championship match, I relished being able to meander about and sit wherever I liked. The event itself was one of the better matches of this year's KSL so far. Stars' squeezing of Diamonds reminded me of so many Kent JPL games of the 1970s, and I enjoyed the crisp strokeplay of Kapp and Sciver and Brunt's wholehearted pace bowling. I actually prefer the womens' white ball game to the men's because of the relative lack of power - it seems more like proper cricket than a p***ing competition.

On the tube home, I noticed Rob Key in my carriage and had a brief chat with him, but not about cricket. A pleasing end to a charming evening.

I intend to indulge further over the next few weeks. Come on, you Stars!
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Only a sciver to see Sciver.
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And the crowd was free of Katherines !
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This was my first time at a minor counties game...I'll definitely be going again.

Is it always free admission? I was expecting to pay a few quid...so I bought quite a few raffle tickets instead
The only time i've had to pay was at wormsley for last years final. Other than that its always been free, one of the beauties of mc's cricket.
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