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Old 29th July 2017, 20:37   #141
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Why do people hijack other people's posts by copying them without even commenting on them? How bizarrre...

But don't worry, Paul. The T20 Blast will still be a very attractive product as cricket's equivalent of the Football League championship. Every county player will be busting a gut to make the cut in the draft for the premier competition, which should raise the intensity and make it more competitive than ever.

Meanwhile, back on topic... I've been looking at the T20 fixtures and they are very lopsided. Kent (and some others) have four games in the final week of the comp. Others in the south group - Hants, Middx , Glamorgan - only have two.

So it is highly likely that some counties will go into that final week with their fate in their own hands and others will go into it knowing they can only progress if their rivals fail.

Most unsatisfactory...
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Old 29th July 2017, 21:38   #142
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"Well, you moved the Blast away from its high-summer slot"
Having just seen Essex v Glos abandoned on Sky tonight, I reckon the counties might be quite grateful for that. We are only at the halfway stage of the comp and tonight saw the 13th game with no result, with many more reduced to D/L slogs over a reduced number of overs.

Poor old Sussex have only managed to complete one full 20 over game in their last five fixtures and Glamorgan two in their last six.

Yet the 50 over Royal London Cup played in April and early May enjoyed mostly fine weather and saw only 7 games with no result between all 18 counties...
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Old 30th July 2017, 08:59   #143
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Having just seen Essex v Glos abandoned on Sky tonight, I reckon the counties might be quite grateful for that. We are only at the halfway stage of the comp and tonight saw the 13th game with no result, with many more reduced to D/L slogs over a reduced number of overs.

Poor old Sussex have only managed to complete one full 20 over game in their last five fixtures and Glamorgan two in their last six.

Yet the 50 over Royal London Cup played in April and early May enjoyed mostly fine weather and saw only 7 games with no result between all 18 counties...
The weather, I freely admit, is a most frustrating and unpredictable aspect. I think my cricket watching in April (even March) and especially September, has been the most reliable weather-wise. I'm pretty sure that historically July is not significantly more dry than several other months.
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Old 30th July 2017, 17:25   #144
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Hundred for Joe Clarke gets Worcs over the line in a 400 run slogfest. In great nick at the moment.
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Old 30th July 2017, 18:27   #145
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And a ton for Hales as Notts chase down 223 against Yorkshire
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Old 30th July 2017, 20:16   #146
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Yorkshire failed to defend 223. Not good.
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Old 30th July 2017, 20:44   #147
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Yorkshire failed to defend 223. Not good.
To be fair the T20 wickets at TB are complete roads and the boundaries tiny, so you never feel safe batting first. We nearly failed to defend an even bigger total against Derbyshire earlier in the month.
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Old 31st July 2017, 13:08   #148
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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?"
I think the smaller grounds are going to have to increase their capacity.

There's nothing more depressing than people gleefully saying somewhere with a 5,000 capacity sold out for their biggest match of the year.

I see the model being T20 (and concerts, conferences, events etc) and then maybe out grounds for the championship matches - unless day-night cricket is a go-er.


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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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Old 1st August 2017, 20:31   #149
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Only one top order batsman had a SR of less than a 100 for Warwickshire in their innings (and they were 9 down). Anyone wanna guess who it was?
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Old 1st August 2017, 21:35   #150
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Only one top order batsman had a SR of less than a 100 for Warwickshire in their innings (and they were 9 down). Anyone wanna guess who it was?
Just an anomaly on this occasion. And guess which team won the match with excellent captaincy in the tense close finish?
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Left this halfway through, thought Northants would win comfortably. Just goes to show.
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"Christian picks out Cosgrove at cover".

He'd struggle not to.
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Old 2nd August 2017, 21:30   #153
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Bloody weather ruins the game at Grace Road.

North group looking super tight now but Notts have a chance to gain ground with the "Derby" on Friday.
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Dom Sibley omitted from Surrey's squad for tonight's match at Hove following his decision to join Warks next season. And Moises Henriques replaces Kumar Sangakkara, now on IPL duty:

https://www.kiaoval.com/main-news/he...-hove-tonight/
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Old 3rd August 2017, 13:07   #155
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Will Surrey just let him go like Worcestershire did with Kohler-Cadmore?
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Old 3rd August 2017, 18:05   #156
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Will Surrey just let him go like Worcestershire did with Kohler-Cadmore?
BBC reporting that he has already gone, available for Friday's T20 match.
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Incredible really the impact John Wright has had on Derbyshire in terms of twenty20, it's like we've been launched out of our 2006 time warp back into the modern era, in particular the way our batsmen suddenly seem capable of playing 360. On paper before this campaign began I was convinced we wouldn't get enough runs and here we are having chased 180 plus three times and made 200 plus on two other occasions.
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And Rikki Clarke available for Surrey tonight!
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Alex Hales falls just short of matching Gayle's fastest century, scoring 95 off 30 as Notts smash a record 106 off the PP. Hales has scored 445 runs so far this blast at an eye-watering s/r of 212.
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Alex Hales falls just short of matching Gayle's fastest century, scoring 95 off 30 as Notts smash a record 106 off the PP. Hales has scored 445 runs so far this blast at an eye-watering s/r of 212.
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