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Old 24th July 2017, 18:58   #121
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As a member of Corbyn's liberal metropolitan elite you would say that, Rob!
Yeah, unemployed, unemployable and living off state handouts. I'm so elite, me.

It's good that the competition is being spread around the country but I just thought that, to maximise attendances, there might be more than a solitary game in the town that comes out to support the game in the greatest numbers.
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Old 24th July 2017, 19:18   #122
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Yeah, unemployed, unemployable and living off state handouts. I'm so elite, me.
According to the Daily Mail, that is the very definition of Corbyn's liberal metropolitan elite!
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According to the Daily Mail, that is the very definition of Corbyn's liberal metropolitan elite!
Yeah, there's loads of us, using our total lack of power and influence to bend the state to our way of thinking!
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Old 25th July 2017, 21:46   #124
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Shame Luis Reece missed out on a T20 century tonight. 97* off 55 balls. Good bloke and excellent cricketer, should never have been released. Had to laugh reading the Lancs twitter feed, someone asking why he couldn't do that for Lancs. Giles never selected him. Simples.
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Old 26th July 2017, 11:06   #125
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Glamorgan looked a good side on TV last night, although mostly down to smart imports - Ingram and Miller are among the best signings anywhere in the comp and Hogan and De Lange give them a formidable opening attack.
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Old 26th July 2017, 12:00   #126
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Glamorgan looked a good side on TV last night, although mostly down to smart imports - Ingram and Miller are among the best signings anywhere in the comp and Hogan and De Lange give them a formidable opening attack.
Pretty impressive to be top of the league when 3 of your 7 games have been washed out.

The Glammy treasurer is going to sorely need a home QF.
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Old 26th July 2017, 19:52   #127
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Notts' tactics puzzle me at times.

Pace off the ball drags it back, Gurney comes back on and gets absolutely hammered for nearly 15 an over with no wickets to show for it. Mull bowls one over and gets 1-5.

Please tell me the logic in this?

I would give Harry some time off from the t20 team, he has been very poor of late and offers nothing as a batsmen or fielder.
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Old 26th July 2017, 23:11   #128
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Durham in a really bad place in t20. Yorkshire flop with the bat but still manage to win fairly comfortably.
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Old 27th July 2017, 07:30   #129
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Notts' tactics puzzle me at times.

Pace off the ball drags it back, Gurney comes back on and gets absolutely hammered for nearly 15 an over with no wickets to show for it. Mull bowls one over and gets 1-5.

Please tell me the logic in this?

I would give Harry some time off from the t20 team, he has been very poor of late and offers nothing as a batsmen or fielder.
Harry's spell last night was a curate's egg to be sure, but he actually bowled no worse than Ball or Wood imho. Gurney's 0-57 included 7 dot balls, rather incredibly-he just ran into Ross Whiteley!

The underuse of Mullaney was certainly a factor in Notts defeat, as was the inability of Wessels to hit boundaries after Hales was dismissed, but the biggest mystery to me is how Worcs came into this game winless. They have loads of batting and bowling options and ought to be amongst the favourites for the title (notwithstanding the loss of Kohler-Cadmore).

I doubt that there is a more powerful hitter in English cricket than Whiteley at present. I don't think that I've seen a six hit as far as the one he hit off Ish Sodhi, since Chris Cairns was batting for Notts.
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Old 27th July 2017, 09:25   #130
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This is why I get frustrated with Notts. Stacked with International class players, great experience, quality younger players but far too capable of imploding at times. They need to raise their game if they want to think about finals day, particularly the seam attack.
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Selecting Harry Gurney every time without question is a big problem. Other sides seem to bring youngsters through who can go for less than 10 an over, we have experienced pros going at 14!

Did Harry lose it last night or was it Rikki's go slow?
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Old 27th July 2017, 17:10   #132
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I certainly hope so But, it's a pity that, as with the World Cup, only one game is being played in Greater London.
Apparently, according to what i heard earlier on TMS, the 2 games at Guildford have now been moved to the Oval as there's re-development work at Guildford.
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Old 27th July 2017, 19:53   #133
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From the Somerset v Kent game:

Milne to Davies, 7 runs.

You run hard for the third run and the keeper rewards you with 4 complimentary over throws!

Such a great feeling if you are the batsman!
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From the Somerset v Kent game:

Milne to Davies, 7 runs.

You run hard for the third run and the keeper rewards you with 4 complimentary over throws!

Such a great feeling if you are the batsman!
Like the way the cameras completely missed it. Typical. Like Kent's shirts, very pop art.
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Like the way the cameras completely missed it. Typical. Like Kent's shirts, very pop art.
There's a video clip on the T20 Blast twitter feed.

Kent's shirts are pretty rum. Somerset's are just as bad though!

I hope there's some better designs for the city based comp.
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Apparently, according to what i heard earlier on TMS, the 2 games at Guildford have now been moved to the Oval as there's re-development work at Guildford.
Many thanks for this, Hector. I had been a bit confused looking at the various websites.

Right, that's sooo much easier, I'm having some of it.
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There were more at Lords last night for Middx's T20 than were at the Oval for the first day of the Test match.

But a total of 53,000 spectators watching professional cricket in the capital on the same day bodes well for filling the Olympic Stadium in 2020.

'gmdf' dismisses anyone who thinks that our great game can fill such a massive stadium as a "fantasist". We shall see, but I'd be pretty confident his pessimism is going to be proved totally wrong.
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There were more at Lords last night for Middx's T20 than were at the Oval for the first day of the Test match.

But a total of 53,000 spectators watching professional cricket in the capital on the same day bodes well for filling the Olympic Stadium in 2020.
My concern is how many of the smaller counties are going to fit into this new world.

Sure, they will get the financial subsidy, but how are they going to progress to become more relevant as spectator clubs?

Sooner or later someone is going to ask "Why are ....shire getting over 3 million a year from the ECB yet their own membership figures and gate receipts are so incredibly poor?"

Their answer being: "Well, you moved the Blast away from its high-summer slot, and we now only get 5 home group matches a year, some staged in May, and all done and dusted in June. The 50 over cup has been so devalued that it has become a very difficult sell - it sure ain't what the Gillette Cup was. Our high summer Championship games have gone and only the diehards go to watch it in April/May/September. We rarely get attractive tourist matches because they are now so few and far between. Our best players are frequently absent.

"Did you really think that in such circumstances that we'd become more attractive?"
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My concern is how many of the smaller counties are going to fit into this new world.

Sure, they will get the financial subsidy, but how are they going to progress to become more relevant as spectator clubs?

Sooner or later someone is going to ask "Why are ....shire getting over 3 million a year from the ECB yet their own membership figures and gate receipts are so incredibly poor?"

Their answer being: "Well, you moved the Blast away from its high-summer slot, and we now only get 5 home group matches a year, some staged in May, and all done and dusted in June. The 50 over cup has been so devalued that it has become a very difficult sell - it sure ain't what the Gillette Cup was. Our high summer Championship games have gone and only the diehards go to watch it in April/May/September. We rarely get attractive tourist matches because they are now so few and far between. Our best players are frequently absent.

"Did you really think that in such circumstances that we'd become more attractive?"
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But a total of 53,000 spectators watching professional cricket in the capital on the same day bodes well for filling the Olympic Stadium in 2020.
Well, maybe 38,000 watching cricket, with 15,000 others at the grounds doing other stuff.

Which. I hasten to add, doesn't mean the London Stadium won't fill up.
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