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Old 4th April 2018, 09:03   #181
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Also pleased to see Berkshire's Andy Rishton pick up a wicket and some useful runs. Have seen him on a few occasions on my minor counties travels in the last couple of summers. Surprised he batted as low as 8, he scored a lot of runs for Berks last summer and was part of the match winning partnership in the Championship final.
He was really getting into his stride and then unfortunately ran out of partners.

I guess that No 8 was the only place to fit him in as Loughborough have a strong batting line-up, with the likes of Sam Evans and James Bracey already playing county 1st XI cricket.

Hopefully his performances will see him move up the order.
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Old 4th April 2018, 10:13   #182
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I was very surprised and pleased to get some more cricket in at Hove today. Given the huge amount of rain we have had, the groundstaff did an amazing job.

Ollie Robinson skittled Loughborough out but the students showed good application in the second innings to secure the draw.
Hopefully Robinson can stay fit this season. Someone I gather England would be quite keen on although I've never seen him play.
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Old 17th April 2018, 11:51   #183
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Another day's cricket gone by the wayside. Was going to watch Hants Seconds play Jersey. The match was listed on the Hants website until yesterday afternoon when it disappeared. I tweeted Hants once and Jersey twice but not a reply from either. Went up earlier to discover they were just practicing rather than playing. Cricket really doesnt help itself some times. I expect that sort of tardy treatment from Hampshire but i thought the people at Jersey cricket would have been more helpful.
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Old 17th April 2018, 16:52   #184
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Went to Lords on Saturday, new rule this season. You can only bring alcohol in on your first entry to the ground. . No popping out to Tesco at lunchtime for 4 cans.
Not being tight but £5-50 for a pint of Guinness, simple economics
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Old 17th April 2018, 17:07   #185
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Went to Lords on Saturday, new rule this season. You can only bring alcohol in on your first entry to the ground. . No popping out to Tesco at lunchtime for 4 cans.
Not being tight but £5-50 for a pint of Guinness, simple economics
I bet they don't sell much at the pricier end of that range. A fiver's bad enough.
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Old 18th April 2018, 08:06   #186
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I'm planning to go to Headingley on Sat or Sun. The first three games I've tried to get to this season have been totally washed out...let's hope the ground has dried out a bit since Monday.

If there's no play at Headingley I will probably go and watch some local cricket. The Drakes league in Huddersfield where I live starts on Saturday. The top division is a decent standard and I know a few people who play and umpire so I do enjoy some local league stuff. Some of the grounds are lovely too; you can even get a decent pint at most of them.
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Old 18th April 2018, 09:53   #187
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My Sunday afternoon visit to Grace Road has been scuppered by a cub St George's Day parade. I'll have to wait another week to get started.
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Old 18th April 2018, 10:00   #188
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Went to Old Trafford yesterday for the first time in 20 years, 40 years since I went regularly.

30 overs play, some very dreary. But probably had better value than had I chosen the previous day.

Coad and Carver (amongst others) on view bowling to Brown, Jones and Lamb.

Prevailing thought for the today, how much better the experience is watching such cricket at grounds like Radlett, Vine Lane etc compared to OT. Although I can understand why they are scheduled for OT at the start of the season.
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OT is an awful ground. I only ever go there if there's a game I'm REALLY interested in.
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Went to Old Trafford yesterday for the first time in 20 years, 40 years since I went regularly.

30 overs play, some very dreary. But probably had better value than had I chosen the previous day.

Coad and Carver (amongst others) on view bowling to Brown, Jones and Lamb.

Prevailing thought for the today, how much better the experience is watching such cricket at grounds like Radlett, Vine Lane etc compared to OT. Although I can understand why they are scheduled for OT at the start of the season.
What were Coad and Carver doing at Old Trafford?
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Old 19th April 2018, 07:53   #191
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What were Coad and Carver doing at Old Trafford?
Playing for the seconds, presumably?
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Old 19th April 2018, 08:23   #192
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Playing for the seconds, presumably?
Yes:

http://live.nvplay.com/ecb/#s122fc99...c-3cdd7a036e0b

link gives scorecard from about half way through the second day. Can't make it go live.

Plenty of swing.
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Old 19th April 2018, 10:19   #193
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Looking forward to the first day of the Championship seasonat The Oval tomorrow. Apparently star signing Morne Morkel isn't expecte to be fit for another 6 weeks:

https://www.kiaoval.com/main-news/mo...-full-fitness/
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Old 20th April 2018, 22:03   #194
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Yay! I managed my first day out 'on my own' since my op and, of course, it was to watch county cricket. Not the cheapest way to do so, with door-to-door cabs to and from The Oval, but well worth the outlay on such a heavenly day. I met up with a friend, who looked after me splendidly, and it was also good to meet up with Prince of Denmark for a good natter.

As for the cricket, well it looked the darkest Oval strip I've seen in ages, maybe suggesting some underlying dampness? Certainly, batting never seemed particularly easy. I enjoyed Burns and Elgar's repair effort, although it was sometimes difficult to tell apart these two lefties of similar height and build (the skipper's strange angular stance is the giveaway). Both fell with fifties beckoning, as did Foakes and Pope who orchestrated the only other stand of note during the innings. Hants looked a reasonably impressive bowling unit without being dazzling; they seem to be using favourable conditions most professionally in these early games.

One might expect the pitch to become increasingly drier tomorrow but Hants have already lost 3 wickets in pursuit of the hosts' modest total. There must be a good chance of The Oval producing an opening game result for the second season running.

I'm thoroughly shattered and perhaps made my cricket watching bow a week too early. But, how could I seriously resist? A very happy old Hector.

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Yay! I managed my first day out 'on my own' since my op and, of course, it was to watch county cricket. Not the cheapest way to do so, with door-to-door cabs to and from The Oval, but well worth the outlay on such a heavenly day...

I'm thoroughly shattered and perhaps made my cricket watching bow a week too early. But, how could I seriously resist? A very happy old Hector.
Very well batted, mate.
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Yay! I managed my first day out 'on my own' since my op and, of course, it was to watch county cricket. Not the cheapest way to do so, with door-to-door cabs to and from The Oval, but well worth the outlay on such a heavenly day. I met up with a friend, who looked after me splendidly, and it was also good to meet up with Prince of Denmark for a good natter.

As for the cricket, well it looked the darkest Oval strip I've seen in ages, maybe suggesting some underlying dampness? Certainly, batting never seemed particularly easy. I enjoyed Burns and Elgar's repair effort, although it was sometimes difficult to tell apart these two lefties of similar height and build (the skipper's strange angular stance is the giveaway). Both fell with fifties beckoning, as did Foakes and Pope who orchestrated the only other stand of note during the innings. Hants looked a reasonably impressive bowling unit without being dazzling; they seem to be using favourable conditions most professionally in these early games.

One might expect the pitch to become increasingly drier tomorrow but Hants have already lost 3 wickets in pursuit of the hosts' modest total. There must be a good chance of The Oval producing an opening game result for the second season running.

I'm thoroughly shattered and perhaps made my cricket watching bow a week too early. But, how could I seriously resist? A very happy old Hector.
Good to see you again Rob, hope you'll be more mobile next time.

Edwards bowled a challenging opening spell to remove Stoneman & Borthwick, both lbw to full pitched deliveries. I thought Burns & Elgar batted nicely and looked set for a big partnership so disappointing to see them both fall in quick succession; then there was another similar partnership between Foakes & Pope, which again was cut off in its prime. With Sam Curran & Clarke failing to get a start teh Surrey tail subsided predictably quickly.

Four wickets for Dawson with his left arm spin; no overs of spin bowled yet by Virdi. It was looking a bit too easy for the Hants openers until Clarke removed both, with Sam Curran dismissing nightwatchman Wood with the final ball of the day to leave the game intriguingly poised. I suspect the stronger Hants tail may have a crucial part to play and right now I'll be happy with any sort of first innings lead. I strolled out to the square at lunchtime and the pitch was definitely darker in colour than normal. I guess it may become more benign in the hot sun, or if it was just ever so slightly softer than usual after the wet weather there may be a few indents to crate unpridictable bounce and movement.
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I guess I can add to the updates nicely provided above as I visited the Oval. I must say that I thought that Hampshire would be on top after the first day, but any sense that this was the case was soon put to rights with Rikki Clarke apparently trapping James Vince lbw in the first over. I say apparently as you could hear two noises and Vince himself took some time to drag himself off the field. It was then noticeable that there was both lateral movement and uneven bounce with many deliveries scuttling through to the keeper.

Sam Curran got in on the act and there was a regular clatter of wickets in between Amla showing signs of real class with a range of glorious late cuts and clips through mid wicket. However collectively Surrey had made use of the assistance and apart from a cameo by Abbott for 24 the rest subsided rather too easily with Surrey taking a 64 run lead. A relatively flimsy lower order provided some prospect of a chaseable last innings target but apart from some incisive bowling by Abbott, who comprehensively castled Stoneman, there was too much junk on offer, especially from Fidel Edwards and Surrey’s lead grew all too quickly. A rain shower meant an elongated tea but this was a prelude to some fine stroke play from Borthwick and Foakes who had made a couple of fine catches along with generally tidy glove work. Borthwick fell for a well made 74, lbw to Abbott, but I expect that the damage is done. Surrey are over 280 runs ahead and there appeared to be turn and bounce for Dawson. Maybe if the seamers aren’t quite so successful for Surrey, Virdi May get some bowling second innings.
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Back at the Oval for day 3. Foakes & Pope made batting look easy for the first hour, scoring freely in front of the wicket as nothing seemed to beat the bat. Edwards looked notably toothless in going for 6 an over, but snared Foakes with a thin edge to the keeper when the new ball was taken.

Edit: the ball dislodged the off bail on its way into the keeper's gloves.

The pitch looks lighter and less green than two days ago but there's noticeable rough on a spinner's length outside the left hander's off stump. That may have been Sam Curran 's undoing, trapped lbw by Dawson attempting to pull one that kept low. Surrey lead by 409 at lunch but it will take some effort to chisel out ten wickets unless their bowlers can conjure more luck and inspiration than the visitors are currently doing.

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Back again for today's finale. Hants top 4 all fell yesterday, 116/4 overnight as rookie off spinner Virdi bagged Amla and Vince in the same over. Weather is cooler today with more cloud cover and no rain forecast.
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I'm planning to go to Headingley on Sat or Sun. The first three games I've tried to get to this season have been totally washed out...let's hope the ground has dried out a bit since Monday.

If there's no play at Headingley I will probably go and watch some local cricket. The Drakes league in Huddersfield where I live starts on Saturday. The top division is a decent standard and I know a few people who play and umpire so I do enjoy some local league stuff. Some of the grounds are lovely too; you can even get a decent pint at most of them.
Fourth time lucky! I actually managed to watch a day's play at Headingley! Lovely weather too. The first session being the most entertaining, Yorkshire bowling well and Ball making some exciting late runs. The other sessions were a bit slower, Notts messing about in the field a bit too much for my liking. The crowd were getting a bit annoyed with Ball for bowling short stuff to Balance repeatedly but I didn't really have a problem with it. He was 50 odd not out and they were clearly trying to unsettle him - didn't work anyway!

At least the outfield was finally dry! All Huddersfield league matches were called off, grounds are still very wet. Maybe next weekend!
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