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Old 29th May 2017, 09:37   #1
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I was at the cinema last night and saw a pre-film trailer for this year's tournament, which encouraged us to support our local side, Surrey. The cinema I went to is in Greenwich.
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Old 29th May 2017, 09:51   #2
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TBF The Oval is a lot closer than Canterbury.
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Old 29th May 2017, 09:54   #3
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Beckenham is pretty close top-level one Kent T20 game there!
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Old 29th May 2017, 09:56   #4
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Beckenham is very close to me - I can walk to the ground!
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Old 29th May 2017, 10:20   #5
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If you live anywhere like Dartford or round there The Oval is much simpler to get to than any Kent ground on public transport.
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Old 29th May 2017, 22:21   #6
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Canterbury is a no-go area if you want to get back to metropolitan and west Kent after a T20 game. Last trains are around 9.30 and who wants to be driving 60 miles across the county at 10pm? The Oval and Lords are more accessible for 70 per cent of Kent residents. Canterbury is nearer to France than it is to the most populous parts of Kent (or what used to be Kent before the GLC) !

That must cost Kent a couple of thousand off the gate for every one of the six matches held at Canterbury. Total loss of revenue : 2000 x 22-30 x 6 = circa 300,000 per annum.

But small beer, I suppose, given that from 2020 Kent will get an annual stipend from the ECB of 1.25 million from the new T20 super-league. I'm with Atherton in finding it beyond "pathetic" that Kent abstained on declaring whether they want the money or not!
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Old 30th May 2017, 13:20   #7
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I was at the cinema last night and saw a pre-film trailer for this year's tournament, which encouraged us to support our local side, Surrey. The cinema I went to is in Greenwich.
interesting

what was the film? ads are normally tailored to the audience.

was it a generic ad where the nearest ground could be changed dependent upon which cinema it's shown at. Or was it a Surrey sponsored ad?
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Old 30th May 2017, 13:38   #8
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Oh, it was definitely a generic advert with cut and paste. The film was Alien: Covenant. Michael Fassbender excellent, not enough of the alien and too much of the irritating other human characters.
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Surrey look to have one heck of a squad for this, but as we know, stars don't always equal lifting the trophy.

Essex v Surrey - sold out
Worcestershire v Birmingham Bears - sold out
Somerset v Gloucestershire - sold out
Surrey v Kent - sold out
Surrey v Middlesex - sold out
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Kevin Howells, commentating on the Surrey-Hampshire game, was very scathing about the lack of publicity/profile for the start of the T20 Blast, saying he couldn't remember a year when it had got so little attention.

On one hand it was pointed out that Surrey had mounted a quite extensive advertising campaign.

On the other, it was noted that the Women's World Cup had received a considerable amount of publicity and attention, yet apparently one of the games, at Bristol I think, had sold only 8 tickets in advance.
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Kevin Howells, commentating on the Surrey-Hampshire game, was very scathing about the lack of publicity/profile for the start of the T20 Blast, saying he couldn't remember a year when it had got so little attention.

On one hand it was pointed out that Surrey had mounted a quite extensive advertising campaign.

On the other, it was noted that the Women's World Cup had received a considerable amount of publicity and attention, yet apparently one of the games, at Bristol I think, had sold only 8 tickets in advance.
Kevin Howells doesn't know what he is talking about.In the last week I've had marketing e-mails about the Blast from the ECB, NatWest, Kent, Sussex, Middx, Surrey, Hants and Essex. Several of them have sent me more than one e-mail.

I've ignored them all and won't be attending English T20 until the new super-league starts. (Although to be honest, I would have gone to Kent v Essex on Sunday afternoon if I didn't have a freebie for the Test at Lords - it's not the format I object to but the 10 pm finishes...)
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On the other, it was noted that the Women's World Cup had received a considerable amount of publicity and attention, yet apparently one of the games, at Bristol I think, had sold only 8 tickets in advance.
And even the Lord's final is being flooded with free tkts in a deperate attempt to ensure the ground is not entirely empty. I've been offered four of them...
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According to the bookies, Surrey will be unstoppable. However, they seem to give far too much weight to the TMG clubs.

As one preview pointed out, if Northants were a "big" club then with their recent record they would be clear favourities to win. Yet they are a longer price than Middlesex, who apprent from a one-off success some years back, have a terrible record.
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Surrey do look very strong, especially in front of 20,000 plus supporters at the Oval, where they won all but one of their seven games last season.

But T20 can be a great leveller. The one game Surrey lost at the Oval was to Essex, when Dan Lawrence, who is the most part-time of part-time spinners, took 2-11 in his four overs...

For what it is worth, I'd tip Notts, Northants, Lancs and Worcs to go through from the northern group and Surrey, Essex, Hants and Kent from the southern group - a nice balance of four TMG counties and 4 non-TMG clubs !
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Surrey do have a strong side but then they have had a strong side for the last 3 one day finals! Dernbach also captains.....not sure about that.
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Kevin Howells, commentating on the Surrey-Hampshire game, was very scathing about the lack of publicity/profile for the start of the T20 Blast, saying he couldn't remember a year when it had got so little attention.

On one hand it was pointed out that Surrey had mounted a quite extensive advertising campaign.
If the ECB marketed the existing competition as effectively as Surrey do then people might actually turn up and fill all the venues, then there wouldn't be any need for the franchise T20 for which we're expected to believe there's a massive latent audience that will never watch county teams, just waiting to be seduced by the prospect of watching hypothetical new teams that don't as yet even have names in the same grounds where established teams already play.
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Northants to win again for me. I think they could be even better this year. All 4 finalists came from the North group last year but I also think it contains two or three real no-hopers.
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Surrey do have a strong side but then they have had a strong side for the last 3 one day finals! Dernbach also captains.....not sure about that.
I can't remember Dernbach ever captaining Surrey. It can't have happened very often, and only if Batty & Burns were both absent. But if he captains Surrey as effectively as he bowls for Surrey in T20 he'll do a good job.
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If the ECB marketed the existing competition as effectively as Surrey do then people might actually turn up and fill all the venues, then there wouldn't be any need for the franchise T20 for which we're expected to believe there's a massive latent audience that will never watch county teams, just waiting to be seduced by the prospect of watching hypothetical new teams that don't as yet even have names in the same grounds where established teams already play.
I've had a lot of advertising of the Blast on my Facebook feed. I don't even follow Sussex on Facebook yet I've had targeted adverts of Mills bowling Gayle last year and Nash batting.
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