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Old 28th September 2018, 15:31   #441
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I didn't go to much 1st class cricket this season for a number of reasons. I did see quite a lot of 2nd team cricket which made up for it.
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Old 28th September 2018, 15:39   #442
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I didn't go to much 1st class cricket this season for a number of reasons. I did see quite a lot of 2nd team cricket which made up for it.
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Old 28th September 2018, 18:06   #443
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The usual smorgasbord of matches for me:

Sussex v Middlesex at Hove in CC2
Dorset v Wiltshire at Bashley in the Minor Counties T20 Cup
Hampshire v Yorkshire at the Egregious Bowl in CC1
MCC Young Cricketers v Derbyshire at Merchant Taylors in the Second XI T20 Cup
Hampshire v Sussex at the Egregious Bowl in the Blast
Gloucestershire v Sussex at Cheltenham in CC2
Oxfordshire v Wales Minor Counties at Oxford in the Minor Counties Championship
Southern Vipers v Western Storm at Arundel in the KSL
Dorset v Shropshire at Bournemouth in the Minor Counties Championship
Devon v Dorset at Sidmouth in the Minor Counties Championship
Cheshire v Norfolk at Wormsley in the Minor Counties T20 Cup
Berkshire v Devon at Wormsley in the Minor Counties T20 Cup
Middlesex v Lancashire at Radlett in a Second XI Friendly
Wiltshire v Oxfordshire at Marlborough in the Minor Counties Championship
Hampshire v Lancashire at Egregious Bowl in CC1

Plus a few non county games to boot!
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Old 21st October 2018, 22:41   #444
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match 2 from my uk holiday. after lovely cheltenham had a great week at lytham for womans british open golf won by georgia hall. som v essex at taunton aug19-22. my first visit to ground and found it was the perfect size for championship cricket. sat in somerset stand block 6 for the duration, dont normally sit side on. som 324 & 202 d essex 191 & 290. a well contested match with some fine individual efforts. trescothick 95 was a craftsmans innings, but he hooked siddle down long legs throat. i think it was the slowest walk off i think i have seen, he kept shaking his head. ten doeschate made 2 fine 50s but the match winner was jack leach (48-16-85-8). he bowled 40 overs unchanged on the last day from the river end. tom abell did not trust bess at all. jamie overton looked faster and better than porter in this match. excellent crowds again, with a few fans complaining that it was the last home match featuring weekend play at taunton. managed to buy a few good books from the bookshop including t.w.reese nz cricket 1841-1914 for about 1 pound. it is about 200 dollars here in australia.
Just catching up on your tour .... Glad you found the bookshop at Taunton. It's a good one.
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Old 29th January 2019, 19:01   #445
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Admittedly this is a bit far in advance but i am one for planning properly.

Anyhow, i'm planning on watching some county cricket this summer at both Lord's and the Oval, neither of which i have been to before. Any tips / things worth knowing / do's and don'ts that i should bear in mind?
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Old 30th January 2019, 11:19   #446
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Admittedly this is a bit far in advance but i am one for planning properly.

Anyhow, i'm planning on watching some county cricket this summer at both Lord's and the Oval, neither of which i have been to before. Any tips / things worth knowing / do's and don'ts that i should bear in mind?
For Lord's, St John's Wood underground, or numerous bus routes. For Championship games they only open the stands on one side of the ground, and when I went there last summer the catering was minimal. The museum is a must-see. Needless to say the pavilion is guarded like a secret military facility, so you won't be going in (you can do the tour on match days, but the pavilion is out of bounds - do the tour on a non-match day).

There aren't any cafes or food shops within a stone's throw that I know of - there is the Lord's Tavern - so if you don't want a meal in the Tavern I advise bringing/buying food - there are food shops on the way from St John's Wood.

For The Oval, Oval tube is next to the ground, but Vauxhall station is handy as well (about a 7 minute walk to the Vauxhall end of the ground) - might be handy for you if you are coming by train on a Waterloo-bound service.

The Oval is more or less completely open for all games, except maybe some upper areas of the OCS stand (which I've been turfed out of once or twice). But get up there if you can for the views across London.

For reasons only known to the club, all the decent catering is hidden inside the pavilion - a cafeteria on the ground floor, a hot food cafe and full-blown restaurant higher up in the building. I don't know if they think non-members aren't interested in eating or something, but for Championship games the whole of the rest of the ground is catered for by a dull food truck. There is usually a real ale hut open, though, if you want a drink, and there is a also a "pub" of sorts, the Feathers, but it doesn't serve meals.

In theory the pavilion is members-only, but there are ways in and unofficially I'm pretty sure they don't mind if you get in there to buy some food. It's a must-visit anyway for the small museum and historic photos in the corridors.

There are some decent pubs and bars if you turn right past Oval station when leaving the ground - notably the Brown Derby pub, which serves good food (and ale).

Personally I've come to vastly prefer The Oval to Lord's. You feel at home at The Oval and very close to everything that's going on (you can sit up right by the dressing rooms and where the players come in and out if you like). I find it quite captivating even for the most low-key of matches, and it's basically just a nice place to hang out.

Obviously Lord's oozes history but it's a bit barren when it's not hosting a big day, and there is absolutely nowhere (apart from the museum) where you can go indoors if it's cold or wet.
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Old 30th January 2019, 13:12   #447
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unfortunately i will not be spectating in 2019, as i spent all my money watching in 2018.( and enjoying it thoroughly)

however i will be listening online nearly every night to the excellent b.b.c. commentary of the championship.

i will be back in 2020 however to spectate, ASSUMING THE E.C.B haven't removed first class cricket from the middle of summer.
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Old 30th January 2019, 13:58   #448
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Admittedly this is a bit far in advance but i am one for planning properly.

Anyhow, i'm planning on watching some county cricket this summer at both Lord's and the Oval, neither of which i have been to before. Any tips / things worth knowing / do's and don'ts that i should bear in mind?

In addition to the good advice already given (and I agree the Museum is a MUST), if you are a member of one of the counties playing you can get access to the Pavilion. It's a good way to investigate the paintings etc there.

But you must remember your tie!
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In addition to the good advice already given (and I agree the Museum is a MUST), if you are a member of one of the counties playing you can get access to the Pavilion. It's a good way to investigate the paintings etc there.

But you must remember your tie!
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For Lord's, St John's Wood underground, or numerous bus routes. For Championship games they only open the stands on one side of the ground, and when I went there last summer the catering was minimal. The museum is a must-see. Needless to say the pavilion is guarded like a secret military facility, so you won't be going in (you can do the tour on match days, but the pavilion is out of bounds - do the tour on a non-match day).

There aren't any cafes or food shops within a stone's throw that I know of - there is the Lord's Tavern - so if you don't want a meal in the Tavern I advise bringing/buying food - there are food shops on the way from St John's Wood.

For The Oval, Oval tube is next to the ground, but Vauxhall station is handy as well (about a 7 minute walk to the Vauxhall end of the ground) - might be handy for you if you are coming by train on a Waterloo-bound service.

The Oval is more or less completely open for all games, except maybe some upper areas of the OCS stand (which I've been turfed out of once or twice). But get up there if you can for the views across London.

For reasons only known to the club, all the decent catering is hidden inside the pavilion - a cafeteria on the ground floor, a hot food cafe and full-blown restaurant higher up in the building. I don't know if they think non-members aren't interested in eating or something, but for Championship games the whole of the rest of the ground is catered for by a dull food truck. There is usually a real ale hut open, though, if you want a drink, and there is a also a "pub" of sorts, the Feathers, but it doesn't serve meals.

In theory the pavilion is members-only, but there are ways in and unofficially I'm pretty sure they don't mind if you get in there to buy some food. It's a must-visit anyway for the small museum and historic photos in the corridors.

There are some decent pubs and bars if you turn right past Oval station when leaving the ground - notably the Brown Derby pub, which serves good food (and ale).

Personally I've come to vastly prefer The Oval to Lord's. You feel at home at The Oval and very close to everything that's going on (you can sit up right by the dressing rooms and where the players come in and out if you like). I find it quite captivating even for the most low-key of matches, and it's basically just a nice place to hang out.

Obviously Lord's oozes history but it's a bit barren when it's not hosting a big day, and there is absolutely nowhere (apart from the museum) where you can go indoors if it's cold or wet.
Thanks chaps, much appreciated!
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