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Old 12th November 2012, 15:17   #61
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There's still a vast number of grounds I want to visit (i.e. have not visited), which leaves me with a bit of a dilemma, as the ones I haven't been to are generally becoming more far-flung from the two main bases I have in the UK.

I have made a couple of long day-trips to visit grounds, but while enjoyable, it feels like a bit of an arduous day with the real objective being solely to "notch" the ground.

So it seems the way to go is to stay a couple of nights and enjoy the visit properly.

That said, there are some grounds within easy reach of London that I haven't yet "done" - notably Northampton, Fenner's and Colchester - so it might also be an idea to target at least one or two of these in 2013.
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Old 13th November 2012, 16:38   #62
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I hope you get better luck than Yorkshire. The White Rose have had 3 championship matches at Colwyn Bar, or rather Rhos-On-Sea.

The first match in 2003 was OK with Yorkshire holding out for a draw on the final day. I saw the 95 overs on day 1.

In 2004 Yorks made 158-5 in 51 overs on the third day, but there was no play on the first, second or fourth day

2012 was even worse. Galmorgan made 117-3 in 34 overs on the first day. There was no further play in the match.

On poor mate was at both the 2004 and 2012 matches.
I guess that's the chance one takes when visiting the murky North West. Or the West full stop, on recent form. If I go for two days and I see the equivalent of one day's cricket, I'm happy - there will be other things to do. After all, what do they know of cricket in a strange damp town, who only cricket in a strange damp town know?
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Old 14th November 2012, 09:36   #63
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Or, slightly less drastically, enjoy the Tests that are ongoing for the next few weeks?
Yes, I am going to make some attempt to do this. Unfortunately for me personally actually trying to watch or listen to the Tests when they are abroad just seems to pass me by. Down-under just tends to be a non-starter due to the huge time difference. India should be easier, but I never seem to get around to tuning in first thing and then my mornings are fully occupied with other things.

I might try watching the highlights, but again, two or three days of the Test usually seem to have already passed before I get around to it. Maybe it's something to do with just not being in "cricket season mode".

I really admire those who make the effort to watch and listen to these games in the night, but for me that is a time that I exclusively devote to sleep.
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Yes, I am going to make some attempt to do this. Unfortunately for me personally actually trying to watch or listen to the Tests when they are abroad just seems to pass me by. Down-under just tends to be a non-starter due to the huge time difference. India should be easier, but I never seem to get around to tuning in first thing and then my mornings are fully occupied with other things.

I might try watching the highlights, but again, two or three days of the Test usually seem to have already passed before I get around to it. Maybe it's something to do with just not being in "cricket season mode".

I really admire those who make the effort to watch and listen to these games in the night, but for me that is a time that I exclusively devote to sleep.
We've had Sky for over 10 years now but I still can't quite shrug off the mindset that England's non-Ashes overseas tests are events that you don't see or hear, but read about in the papers 36 hours later. And, therefore, don't really count.
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Fair enough guys. I'm very lucky in that whilst i'm currently stuck in our Pavillion varnishing chairs, painting benches and redocorating the Pav ready for next summer, we do have Sky in here so are able to record any "through the night" cricket and watch it whilst working. Already getting cabin fever though and want to get out on the ground whenever possible!
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I'm very lucky in that whilst i'm currently stuck in our Pavillion varnishing chairs, painting benches and redocorating the Pav ready for next summer, we do have Sky in here so are able to record any "through the night" cricket and watch it whilst working.
Dream job!
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Gets so much better in the summer when we have cricket on - desperate for these fixtures so we can see if we get anything as personally haven't a clue yet.
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just seen on Twitter (within last 24hrs) Dave Bracegirdle and the @trentbridge have been suggesting that Notts away match to the Dutch will be played in Cornwall - nothing concrete but based on an article in the cricket paper earlier in the year it does sound like the Dutch may be playing their Home games in the UK
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just seen on Twitter (within last 24hrs) Dave Bracegirdle and the @trentbridge have been suggesting that Notts away match to the Dutch will be played in Cornwall - nothing concrete but based on an article in the cricket paper earlier in the year it does sound like the Dutch may be playing their Home games in the UK
The Dutch in the Duchy, eh?
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The Dutch in the Duchy, eh?
I hope their fans are friendly enough to pass the dutchy around! (I'll make a mental note to sit on the left side).
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just seen on Twitter (within last 24hrs) Dave Bracegirdle and the @trentbridge have been suggesting that Notts away match to the Dutch will be played in Cornwall - nothing concrete but based on an article in the cricket paper earlier in the year it does sound like the Dutch may be playing their Home games in the UK
Yes, I remember that - the poor counties said it was so arduous to have to go and play one match a year (and that's of course only if they are in Holland's group) in Holland.

Holland didn't warm to the idea but it maybe that now they face exiting the domestic set-up that they are prepared to concede for this last set of matches.
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If I were them, I'd keep the matches within the Netherlands, but in the part that was in the Caribbean.
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Yes, I remember that - the poor counties said it was so arduous to have to go and play one match a year (and that's of course only if they are in Holland's group) in Holland.

Holland didn't warm to the idea but it maybe that now they face exiting the domestic set-up that they are prepared to concede for this last set of matches.
Cornwall's probably more difficult and slower to get to than the Netherlands for some counties!
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Cornwall's probably more difficult and slower to get to than the Netherlands for some counties!
It'd be even quicker if the old Sheerness to Vlissingen ferry was still running.
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just seen on Twitter (within last 24hrs) Dave Bracegirdle and the @trentbridge have been suggesting that Notts away match to the Dutch will be played in Cornwall - nothing concrete but based on an article in the cricket paper earlier in the year it does sound like the Dutch may be playing their Home games in the UK
Poo, fancied the trip to Amsterdam.
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this from the Sussex CEO on our messageboard

Fixtures due for release on 27th November . . . if all the Counties respond quickly to the drafts . . .
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Fixtures due for release on 27th November . . . if all the Counties respond quickly to the drafts . . .
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fingers crossed for the 27th then, hopefully the counties can get themselves sorted for then!!
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just seen on Twitter (within last 24hrs) Dave Bracegirdle and the @trentbridge have been suggesting that Notts away match to the Dutch will be played in Cornwall - nothing concrete but based on an article in the cricket paper earlier in the year it does sound like the Dutch may be playing their Home games in the UK
That's interesting. I used to play a few games in Cornwall, sounds like a good idea for a couple of days down there, any idea what ground they are proposing to play at ?. I'm sure they would get a decent crowd . Lovely county .
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That's interesting. I used to play a few games in Cornwall, sounds like a good idea for a couple of days down there, any idea what ground they are proposing to play at ?. I'm sure they would get a decent crowd . Lovely county .
They didn't say but given there was a big push by Truro to have a festival week last year (PCA Masters and England Women played their 4th ODI v India there last July) that is where I expect it to be
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