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Old 5th February 2010, 10:33   #1
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ECB Unicorns ECB 40 "home" fixtures

A bit of surfing around reveals that they will be called the ECB Unicorns.

Um, "home" fixtures:

v Glamorgan, 16 May TBC

v Sussex, 23 May - Arundel

v Worcestershire, 25 July - Kidderminster

v Somerset, 8 August - Exmouth

v Surrey, 22 August TBC

v Lancashire, 30 August Colwyn Bay
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Old 5th February 2010, 10:35   #2
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Looking past the silly name, it's good they're giving out-grounds these games
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The ECB invited people to give this team a name. I entered but I can't remember my suggestion. It certainly wasn't Unicorns.
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Old 5th February 2010, 13:08   #4
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The ECB invited people to give this team a name. I entered but I can't remember my suggestion. It certainly wasn't Unicorns.
Same here.
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Not sure whether this is as appropriate as it first seems.

The Unicorn is best known,in heraldry, in the Scottish Coat of Arms where 2 Unicorns support the Scottish Arms.

In the English Coat of Arms it is a Lions and a Unicorn that support the CoAs.

Not only that but the Unicorn is a mythical animal which does not say much for those that will be selected to play for them.
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Old 5th February 2010, 17:20   #6
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Not sure whether this is as appropriate as it first seems.

The Unicorn is best known,in heraldry, in the Scottish Coat of Arms where 2 Unicorns support the Scottish Arms.

In the English Coat of Arms it is a Lions and a Unicorn that support the CoAs.

Not only that but the Unicorn is a mythical animal which does not say much for those that will be selected to play for them.
Ah, so it is the alternative to the Lions. There is some sort of logic in it, although as you say unicorns are best known for being mythical.
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Old 5th February 2010, 18:06   #7
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Like Rey, I like the idea of them using outgrounds. Will probably pop along to the game at Arundel - nice way to spend a weekend!
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The ECB invited people to give this team a name. I entered but I can't remember my suggestion. It certainly wasn't Unicorns.
Was it clean?
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They might already have got sponsorship from Robinson's of Stockport, who brew their beer at the Unicorn brewey
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Anyone have a link to the background of this thread - can find no reference to the ECB Unicorns in the usual sources.
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Anyone have a link to the background of this thread - can find no reference to the ECB Unicorns in the usual sources.
It's what is referred to as the 'ECB Recreational XI' in this article.

http://www.ecb.co.uk/news/domestic/e...308182,EN.html

It's basically a filler team for the 40-over competition, masquerading as a player development scheme. I think the original idea was that Ireland would have a spot but they turned it down.
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It's what is referred to as the 'ECB Recreational XI' in this article.

http://www.ecb.co.uk/news/domestic/e...308182,EN.html

It's basically a filler team for the 40-over competition, masquerading as a player development scheme. I think the original idea was that Ireland would have a spot but they turned it down.
Thanks for that, Josh. Somehow this had bypassed my radar up to now.
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Oddly enough, yes.
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Oddly enough, yes.
How out of character.
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Old 9th February 2010, 10:51   #16
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I don't suppose the Unicorns have much of a fan base. Imagine if they got to the final.

We love the Uni, Uni-Unicorns,
Heading from Exmouth up to Brit Oval,
Passing through New Road, Hove and Taunton - ow!
Three thousand miles, but we'll get there somehow.
Oh! Arundel's our home and so is Colwyn Bay,
And Unicorns the team that will show the way.

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Uni!

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Uni!
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Chop chop, ECB, it was "revealed" that they would be called Unicorns here, there and elsewhere.

It's interesting that they refer to them as "youngsters" as I hadn't read of any age group stipulation before.

http://www.ecb.co.uk/news/domestic/c...309234,EN.html

Anyway, now we know all the venues:

v Glamorgan, 16 May - Bournemouth

v Sussex, 23 May - Arundel

v Worcestershire, 25 July - Kidderminster

v Somerset, 8 August - Exmouth

v Surrey, 22 August - Wormsley

v Lancashire, 30 August Colwyn Bay

Would be well up for the Wormsley game.
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Expect it'll be a mix of university and minor counties players; they'll maybe plunder the MCC staff too. The definition of 'youngsters' will probably be very loose.
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Some more info here:

http://www.testmatchextra.com/Blogs....d-7a789e37350b

Keith Parsons is captain. So that puts the initial average age at 36 going on 37.

Says regular training sessions taking place. I wonder what sort of payment all these players/staff are getting, as with that and 12 fixtures all over the country, they're going to be putting a fair old bit of time into it.
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