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Old 4th October 2017, 11:48   #161
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Sorry to hear about the walking issues. Hope a winter of rest sees improvement on that front!

I remember Cook and Anderson breaking through and I don't think that ages me nearly as much as remembering the likes of Rikki Wessels' and Luke Wells' fathers!
Or Fabian Cowdrey's grandpa.

Thanks, GBG.
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It's been a week since the end of another season's spectating - my 42nd - and so time to glance through the scorecards and other accumulated paraphernalia in the usual part-glowing, part-melancholy mood. Last Wednesday, I was hankering after the chance for a rest...seven days on and I'm beginning to miss it all already.

Whilst I enjoyed probably my best ever season of spectating, it was also my most difficult. Walking issues mean that the lad who, until quite recently, would stride from Canterbury West Station to the St Lawrence in 23 minutes, now relies on lifts or cabs to achieve such distances. Those staircases at the Compton and Edrich Stands became more challenging with every trip to Lord's. The weather too, after mid-July, presented its own challenge; rain was either nearby, or deemed possible, almost every day and it required several acts of faith to pack the cricket bag and head off to a ground that was by no means guaranteed to yield even half a day's play.

I also felt tested by the revised structure of the county season, now carved into format specific blocks. Despite my perennial criticisms of the white ball game, I derived sufficient pleasure from it to get my fix. But, listening in to conversations through the summer, there's a discontent amongst Championship supporters which suggests membership renewals might encounter a dip this year.

But, for all the obstacles, I managed to get 52 days' cricket, on thirteen different grounds across seven counties. Maiden visits were made to the Middlesex outgrounds of Radlett and Richmond, and I finally obtained the missing jewel in my cricket watching crown, Headingley, where even a rained off first day couldn't mar an experience that was very much as I'd envisaged. Around half of my spectating was solo - days when I find myself zoned into every ball, analysing each bowling and field change. The other half was in the company of a pleasing range of family and friends, including our very own Paulsre and Prince of Denmark. On these occasions, spectating tends to be rather less detailed, as the conversation flows and news is caught up on. Of all spectator sports, cricket is perhaps the one which is best at allowing pleasures outside of what is happening in the game itself.

Although, this year, what was happening in the middle was frequently so compelling as to stifle peripheral conversation. Watching a good deal of Essex's incredible Championship campaign inevitably made it a season to cherish but there was much more. I attended my twelfth successive 'losing' Lord's final and then became a winner in my thirteenth as England Women lifted the World Cup. An enchanting day for numerous reasons. I witnessed one world record and a handful of county records, a triple century, a 9-fer and a hat-trick. I suppose if you attend prolifically, you're bound to see special feats but I've not known a season with so many. Back in April, I thought Footitt's spell of 6 for 6 against Warks was as good as it would get. I turned out for all three of Surrey Stars Womens T20 games and found them more enjoyable than the blokes'.

I was privileged to see so much of Sangakkara in his swansong season, once or twice rejigging my plans towards The Oval if he was not out or next in overnight. Similarly delightful to be around when two even older men, Trescothick and Stevens, recorded a stroke-laden fifty and a wibbly wobbly 5-fer respectively. At the other end of the scale, it's always a joy to see young tyros succeeding on the county stage and I particularly relished watching Ben Coad, Dan Lawrence and Sam Cook.

During one of this year's Tests, a commentator remarked that Alastair Cook and James Anderson were now the veterans of the England side. I recall watching both as youngsters in their early county games and thinking they had something about them (though, without ever anticipating what they eventually became). I was on the cusp of mdidle-age back then and now, suddenly, those kids are approaching the latter part of their Test careers. The cycle of cricket and spectating goes on. I hope the winter leaves me sufficiently fit and well to nab a bit more.

I cant compete with those levels i'm afraid! 17 days of cricket for me across 5 counties. And i didnt get to see Sangakkara bat which is a real disappointment. I put together a few words on my summer of spectating:

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Old 29th March 2018, 18:30   #163
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Looking like my first's day spectating in 2018 is going to be scuppered by the weather!
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Old 29th March 2018, 18:46   #164
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Looking like my first's day spectating in 2018 is going to be scuppered by the weather!

You won't be alone! Kent vs Oxford at Canterbury on Sunday is looking a trifle damp (& even if it isn't, I wonder about the ground, as we've had a lot of rain down here in recent days!)
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You won't be alone! Kent vs Oxford at Canterbury on Sunday is looking a trifle damp (& even if it isn't, I wonder about the ground, as we've had a lot of rain down here in recent days!)
Totally dry on Sunday according to the current Met Office and BBC forecasts. However, 2 hours ago they said it could be wet, 3 hours prior to that it would be dry, etc etc.

But yes, if the outfield is wet, I hope Kent have good communication in place. Even if only a 100 or so attend, they should be fully informed.
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Old 29th March 2018, 19:34   #166
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Totally dry on Sunday according to the current Met Office and BBC forecasts. However, 2 hours ago they said it could be wet, 3 hours prior to that it would be dry, etc etc.

But yes, if the outfield is wet, I hope Kent have good communication in place. Even if only a 100 or so attend, they should be fully informed.
Indeed. I think they will as the Communications chap posted this on the Kent Supporters Facebook page earlier today:


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May 4 for me. Notts v Hampshire. Still seems an age away.
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I was thinking about going to Fenner's Sun/Mon. I'm going to make a decision in the morning. It's a bit of a way for me so I want to have a decent chance of a day's play.

There's always a friendly at Headingley next week if I can't do Cambridge.
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Whilst I enjoyed probably my best ever season of spectating, it was also my most difficult. Walking issues mean that the lad who, until quite recently, would stride from Canterbury West Station to the St Lawrence in 23 minutes, now relies on lifts or cabs to achieve such distances. Those staircases at the Compton and Edrich Stands became more challenging with every trip to Lord's.....

.... I hope the winter leaves me sufficiently fit and well to nab a bit more.

It looks likely that, for the first time in years, I might miss the opening day of the season. I have an imminent date with surgery to hopefully fix a large proportion of my mobility issues. At present, I'm not sure I could make it from The Grace Gates to The Compton Stand at Lord's, never mind the matter of actually getting to the ground.

During the Winter, I had to accept that gigging was out, and I haven't touched alcohol for six months. I can just about deal with the former, whilst abstinence from beer has surprisingly not bothered me in the slightest. But my cricket watching being interrupted? Now that will truly sting.
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It looks likely that, for the first time in years, I might miss the opening day of the season. I have an imminent date with surgery to hopefully fix a large proportion of my mobility issues. At present, I'm not sure I could make it from The Grace Gates to The Compton Stand at Lord's, never mind the matter of actually getting to the ground.

During the Winter, I had to accept that gigging was out, and I haven't touched alcohol for six months. I can just about deal with the former, whilst abstinence from beer has surprisingly not bothered me in the slightest. But my cricket watching being interrupted? Now that will truly sting.

Hope you are fit & well for the start of the 'real' season then!
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Hope you are fit & well for the start of the 'real' season then!
Thanks you, sir. I always count the first day of the CC as my 'opening day' and that looks unlikely this year. But there'll be plenty of cricket to come after.
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It looks likely that, for the first time in years, I might miss the opening day of the season. I have an imminent date with surgery to hopefully fix a large proportion of my mobility issues. At present, I'm not sure I could make it from The Grace Gates to The Compton Stand at Lord's, never mind the matter of actually getting to the ground.

During the Winter, I had to accept that gigging was out, and I haven't touched alcohol for six months. I can just about deal with the former, whilst abstinence from beer has surprisingly not bothered me in the slightest. But my cricket watching being interrupted? Now that will truly sting.
Good luck, So77. Some of my best days of cricket-watching have been spent in your company - not to mention playing together in the same illustrious side 35 years ago.

Hope you are fit in time for your annual pilgrimage to Tunbridge Wells and we see you there in your wonderful Sex Pistols/cricket yellow t-shirt!
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Good luck, So77. Some of my best days of cricket-watching have been spent in your company - not to mention playing together in the same illustrious side 35 years ago.

Hope you are fit in time for your annual pilgrimage to Tunbridge Wells and we see you there in your wonderful Sex Pistols/cricket yellow t-shirt!
Cheers. That really is my all-time favourite shirt (only two in existence!). It does attract hundreds of those pesky little flies during mid-Summer, though.
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Remarkably the forecast for tomorrow is dry.

I don't know what state various outfields are in, notably at Canterbury, which we know has had issues in the past.

If the forecast is correct then Sunday may well be the only day that sees play in any of the matches.
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Remarkably the forecast for tomorrow is dry.

I don't know what state various outfields are in, notably at Canterbury, which we know has had issues in the past.

If the forecast is correct then Sunday may well be the only day that sees play in any of the matches.


Canterbury has a webcam:

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Last night here (< 20 miles from the ground) it poured all night. I'm not hopeful for tomorrow!
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Well it all worked out for my first day of cricket watching of 2018.

A full day's play at Hove, for which the groundstaff deserve a huge thank-you.

Both sides competed very well, with Loughborough again showing that they have set a very high standard for university cricket.

Given the weather leading up to today, the forecast beyond it - basically to pour down for 12 hours starting tonight - and the fact that little or no play was possible at some other venues, I feel quite blessed to have been able to see this today, as it could easily have been a write-off.
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A full 103 overs during such a soggy period of weather constitutes riches indeed, Paul. And some intense absorbing cricket as well. I'm delighted for you...let's hope this is the start of another bumper season.
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A full 103 overs during such a soggy period of weather constitutes riches indeed, Paul. And some intense absorbing cricket as well. I'm delighted for you...let's hope this is the start of another bumper season.
Yes, I was very fortunate. I've watched cricket in some fairly chilly conditions in April/March over the past few years, and seen the odd day wiped out, but I don't recall the season's start taking a hammering like this for some years.
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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.
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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.
My proposed day (yesterday) obviously went by the wayside but pleased they've got a couple of decent days cricket in. 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.
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