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Old 2nd April 2010, 22:40   #41
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It's probably because they are such a bunch of no-names taking part, that their own coach doesn't know who they are.
Harsh but probably fair.

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I find it highly unlikely that Cricket Ireland would decline to partake on the basis that playing 50 over cricket would be better preparation for international 50 over cricket, as if that is the case would not the ECB have ensured that England's stars played 50 over cricket?
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Old 3rd April 2010, 12:34   #42
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The whole idea is a complete joke, they would have been better off going with an established team instead. It will be interesting to see what the attendances will be for their matches particularly at the "home matches".
I'm going to go to Exmouth dressed in a pantomime unicorn outfit, drink 10 pints of Stella, start a Mexican wave, shout "Unicorns! Unicorns!" 60 times, abuse the players and get thrown out - all before 10am.
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Old 3rd April 2010, 12:39   #43
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Surely they would be reluctant to evict the entire crowd though.
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Old 3rd April 2010, 14:49   #44
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I'm going to go to Exmouth dressed in a pantomime unicorn outfit, drink 10 pints of Stella, start a Mexican wave, shout "Unicorns! Unicorns!" 60 times, abuse the players and get thrown out - all before 10am.
That should go on youtube.
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Old 5th April 2010, 00:29   #45
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Went to the Unicorns first friendly match at Worcester this afternoon. The XI was: Jackson Thompson (ex Glos), Chris Murtagh (Surrey), Michael O'Shea (Glam), A Akram, Keith Parsons (Somerset), Marc Hardinges (Glos), Neil Hancock (Somerset), Z Sharif (Essex), Josh Knappett (Worcs), Jon Miles and Chris Peploe (Middlesex).

They competed well enough in the field until the final few overs where Ben Smith took advantage of an incredibly short boundary on the cathedral side of the ground. The left-armer Miles looked decent but they could do with a paceman to add real edge to their attack. Worcs totalled 267-3.

The Unicorns innings was given a fast start by Thompson, who hit four huge sixes, three in a row off Richard Jones. Once he was caught on the boundary though, the innings subsided quickly from 100-1 to 154 all out.

I hope the blazers in charge of the Unicorns make a proper effort with the team - they're making a good start by taking the 40 over games to outgrounds but they need to make sure the games are marketed well and there's a bit of publicity about them. Get some merchandise available and they might get a bit of a cult following.
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Old 5th April 2010, 09:04   #46
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Went to the Unicorns first friendly match at Worcester this afternoon. The XI was: Jackson Thompson (ex Glos), Chris Murtagh (Surrey), Michael O'Shea (Glam), A Akram, Keith Parsons (Somerset), Marc Hardinges (Glos), Neil Hancock (Somerset), Z Sharif (Essex), Josh Knappett (Worcs), Jon Miles and Chris Peploe (Middlesex).

They competed well enough in the field until the final few overs where Ben Smith took advantage of an incredibly short boundary on the cathedral side of the ground. The left-armer Miles looked decent but they could do with a paceman to add real edge to their attack. Worcs totalled 267-3.

The Unicorns innings was given a fast start by Thompson, who hit four huge sixes, three in a row off Richard Jones. Once he was caught on the boundary though, the innings subsided quickly from 100-1 to 154 all out.

I hope the blazers in charge of the Unicorns make a proper effort with the team - they're making a good start by taking the 40 over games to outgrounds but they need to make sure the games are marketed well and there's a bit of publicity about them. Get some merchandise available and they might get a bit of a cult following.
Good man! Thanks for the report.
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Old 7th April 2010, 22:55   #48
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Carl Greenidge in the squad. He'll certainly give the attack some much-needed pace, although I'm sure his usual collection of all-sorts will be there too. I see the left-armer Miles who impressed me on Sunday hasn't made the cut.
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Old 8th April 2010, 17:21   #49
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I think I remember him from somewhere? Was he the seamer that Allan Donald was raving about in 2005ish?
More evidence as to why the ECB were right to overlook him for the bowling job?
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Old 8th April 2010, 18:17   #51
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I think I remember him from somewhere? Was he the seamer that Allan Donald was raving about in 2005ish?
He was one of the group of "up and coming "seamers that made Nick Knight think we didnt need an overseas player in 2005 - thus guaranteeing we wouldnt retain the CC. Of the group only Naqaash Tahir made it. I saw Mees' only FC game - very tall, very medium paced and very injury prone. Still dont know what Knight was thinking really
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He was one of the group of "up and coming "seamers that made Nick Knight think we didnt need an overseas player in 2005 - thus guaranteeing we wouldnt retain the CC. Of the group only Naqaash Tahir made it. I saw Mees' only FC game - very tall, very medium paced and very injury prone. Still dont know what Knight was thinking really
Apart from the tall bit, sounds a bit like someone, dont you think?
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Old 8th April 2010, 18:48   #53
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He was one of the group of "up and coming "seamers that made Nick Knight think we didnt need an overseas player in 2005 - thus guaranteeing we wouldnt retain the CC. Of the group only Naqaash Tahir made it. I saw Mees' only FC game - very tall, very medium paced and very injury prone. Still dont know what Knight was thinking really
Shouldn't this be on the Commentators thread?
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Old 8th April 2010, 21:17   #54
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He was one of the group of "up and coming "seamers that made Nick Knight think we didnt need an overseas player in 2005 - thus guaranteeing we wouldnt retain the CC. Of the group only Naqaash Tahir made it. I saw Mees' only FC game - very tall, very medium paced and very injury prone. Still dont know what Knight was thinking really
I made a point of saying it on the official site - and it didnt go down too well at the time. I'm still not sure what Knight was thinking before him and Inverarity did a runner
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Good marks for Dean Park, Bournemouth today for the Unicorns' first 'home' fixture - a well organised and friendly atmosphere organised by Bournemouth University students and some Hampshire stewards.

Get some merchandise sorted, someone at the ECB! I want a tie, replica shirt and over-sized novelty unicorn head available at Exmouth!!
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Poor turn out from the fans, perhaps unsurprisingly but a very good result for the hippogriffs, or whatever they're called.
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Old 17th May 2010, 08:48   #57
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Well done Unicorns.
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Yes Indeed.......... their performances have been none too bad this year.
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Good marks for Dean Park, Bournemouth today for the Unicorns' first 'home' fixture - a well organised and friendly atmosphere organised by Bournemouth University students and some Hampshire stewards.

Get some merchandise sorted, someone at the ECB! I want a tie, replica shirt and over-sized novelty unicorn head available at Exmouth!!
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Actually it seems quite difficult to find out anything about Unicorn matches and ticket prices............ perhaps it was free........ but then you'd never know anyway
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