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Old 18th May 2010, 09:04   #61
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What did it cost to get in?
15 on the day, 10 in advance - I did make a note of the website where you could get tickets but I haven't got the details with me at the moment - will post it later. For the game at Wormsley in August, I gather you have to get tickets through the Wormsley website.

www.unicorns40.co.uk is the website, although it doesn't seem to be properly working at the moment!
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Old 17th June 2010, 20:30   #62
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Nice article about Wes Durston on Cricinfo and how the Unicorns have helped to give him a second go at county cricket

http://www.cricinfo.com/countycricke...ry/463570.html
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Looks like an even better squad than last year.
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agreed I just posted it on the County Structure thread not knowing this one existed!!
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The Unicorns are certainly finding it tougher this year but Exmouth was a delight to visit yesterday as one of their 'home' grounds - a stone's throw from the beach, great views and a decent track for a one-day game. If they bite the dust when the 40/50 over competition is finally sorted out for 2011, it will be a shame to lose grounds like this from the county schedule.

Luis Reece had a terrific all-round game for them yesterday - an inventive left-handed middle-order bat and brisk left-arm seam too. Could definitely see him playing county cricket soon.
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Interesting season for them because although they have struggled to win they had 3 matches at the start that they should have one and narrowly lost and seemingly lost quite a bit of confidence. That said the most important role they play is surely to bring cricketers through that might not have been spotted and in their 18 months in the comp at least 8 of their players have earned county contracts which says to me that it is at least working on that level. Would love to see them continue maybe with the ECB paying for an experienced overseas to a) help them be more competetive and b) to help bring through the youngsters.

Still think that the CB40 won't change format due to the lack of OD cricket in Aug/Sept if they go down the 4 groups of 5 and QF's route - typical ECB though they were supposed to announce this after their meeting in May!
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I think they were a great idea - and as they were created almost by chance, worked far better than anticipated.

One of the gripes of county coaches looking for players is that the leagues and minor counties are nowhere up to the standard to be able to tell if a player might cut it at county level.

But with the Unicorns actually playing against the counties, this is the perfect opportunity.
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Certainly helped out Craddock.
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The Unicorns are certainly finding it tougher this year but Exmouth was a delight to visit yesterday as one of their 'home' grounds - a stone's throw from the beach, great views and a decent track for a one-day game. If they bite the dust when the 40/50 over competition is finally sorted out for 2011, it will be a shame to lose grounds like this from the county schedule.

Luis Reece had a terrific all-round game for them yesterday - an inventive left-handed middle-order bat and brisk left-arm seam too. Could definitely see him playing county cricket soon.
It's a lovely ground- went there for the Minor Counties final a few years ago (Devon v Bucks) and had a great time, despite the rain.

Haven't been to Wormsley yet (had other plans for the day of Surrey's match there last season), but might go there for the Glamorgan game if our match against Durham on the same day is a dead rubber.
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Well, as a notts fan I hope it's a minefield for the somerset game. Come on corns, you are due a win.
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The Unicorns are already making plans for next season, and anyone is welcome to nominate players - so write to them if you think there's someone out there hard done by their (ex-)county.

http://www.ecb.co.uk/news/domestic/c...315834,EN.html

Quite evidently, this project, which really started by accident, is becoming a very serious part of the county scene, especially with their expansion into 2nd XI cricket. I wonder what the future will hold for them?
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Quite evidently, this project, which really started by accident, is becoming a very serious part of the county scene, especially with their expansion into 2nd XI cricket. I wonder what the future will hold for them?
Perhaps they should play fixtures against touring international sides? It might make for more meaningful action than "XCCC" 2nd XI v India/SA etc.
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Quite evidently, this project, which really started by accident, is becoming a very serious part of the county scene, especially with their expansion into 2nd XI cricket. I wonder what the future will hold for them?
That's great to hear, clearly things are continuing to develop and my worry that they would be sacrificed to reorganise the one-day competition seems unfounded at the moment.
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That's great to hear, clearly things are continuing to develop and my worry that they would be sacrificed to reorganise the one-day competition seems unfounded at the moment.
Think that worry is justified - at the moment thay have a year to go on their contract I think.
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Certainly been a major expansion by them this year, that hasn't really been noted much:

In 2010 they played only the CB40 games

In 2011 they played the CB40 games plus:
a pre-season v Oxford MCCU
a friendly v England Player Development XI
a friendly v Oxford University

The Unicorns A played:
9 2nd XI Trophy games
8 2nd XI T20 games
A friendly v MCC Young Cricketers
2 games v England Under 19s
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Looking at their group for 2012 I fancy them to do better than this year: Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Warwickshire, Kent, Northamptonshire and Sussex. Looking at where their games have been previously I am guessing the games might be Warks, Derbys and Northants at Wormsley. In 2010 they played Sussex at Arundel so assume that is likely again and possibly kent there too although I guess one of those might be at Exmouth. not sure about Yorkshire although I guess Scarborough and Barnsley are possible
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Beckenham or Tunbridge Wells may be possibilities for the Kent fixture. Canterbury is a long way off for many Kent members. It would be nice for those members based in SE London or West Kent to have an additional local fixture.
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So the Sussex and Kent games are at Southend: http://blog.thecricketer.com/?p=34934

And Derbyshire, Northants and Warwickshire at are at Wormsley: http://www.wormsleycricket.co.uk/pag...scalendar.html

not sure about Yorkshire yet though
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So the Sussex and Kent games are at Southend
Excellent, Unicorns v Kent at Southend the day after Glos are at Chelmsford. It's all fitting nicely into place.
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