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Old 10th March 2014, 14:24   #1
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Pre-season cricket

I'm just wondering whether Glamorgan playing Gloucestershire on Wednesday 19th March makes it the earliest ever date for a pre-season game? And then Middlesex play Surrey the next day. May not be long before crciket in February?!
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Old 10th March 2014, 19:23   #2
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Granted it is not first class but my lad's club had a game yesterday on their artificial. Another one planned for this Sunday.

He/I was at Shrewsbury school, where I saw none other than David Graveney. As you do.......
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Old 11th March 2014, 11:21   #3
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The season is definitely being expanded, and it's been going that way for some years.

It didn't used to start until May - but even just a few years ago the first University and MCC v champion county matches weren't until around April 8-10.

Two years ago they began the first-class season on March 31, and looking at the way the calendar days are arranged for 2015, they will almost certainly do that again next year. It's also not inconceivable that they could try and start on March 29 in 2016...
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Old 11th March 2014, 11:37   #4
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I'm all for extending it at the other end. My birthday is September 30th and I've always really fancied spending it at the cricket but the season always ends a couple of days before.
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Old 11th March 2014, 12:10   #5
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The light draws in quite quickly towards the end of the season. To extend it they'd probably have to start games at 9.00 in the morning. The dew would make the balls difficult for the bowlers to use.
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Old 11th March 2014, 17:59   #6
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Yes, pushing it any further comes with difficulties.

You could play in March (indeed, as posted, some pre-season knockabouts are going on then), but a harsh winter could lead to real serious difficulties, that is, the grass having not grown, plus the real prospect of it being far too cold.

Very late September and early October is actually better, but as Aidan says, the combination of the light and the dew create the real difficulties. By then, you are starting at realistically looking to only play between about 11 and 4.30 to get decent conditions - unless of course, you played under lights, with the prospect of a very chilly early evening's cricket.
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Old 11th March 2014, 18:51   #7
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But surely the fact that it's my birthday outweighs all these problems?
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Old 11th March 2014, 20:05   #8
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You could definitely continue playing into the first week of October. The Cross Arrows games on the Nursery Ground at Lord's continue until then and it's still perfectly playable past 5.30pm even into October.
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Well, there was quite a bit of play at Derby.....

Derbyshire v Warwickshire 2 day Pre season game March 27/28

Bears 238-8 dec & 25-2.
Derbyshire 236-2 dec (Goodman 100no)

Match Drawn
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