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westham
Post subject: No Cricket!
PostPosted: 11:00 on 5th Jul 2014

Joined: 10:52 on 5th Jul 2014
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I have just thought what a great day to go and watch some cricket and take a look at todays first class fixtures only to find that, in the middle of July on a Saturday when more people than normal could spend a day watching some good cricket - there is one first class game in the whole of the country! And I know that there is lot's of great local cricket being played today but when I look at the fixtures across the season it would appear that the powers that be do their best to ensure as few people as possible can make it to watch good quality cricket. Sorry if I am beating a well beaten drum but what on earth is going on? How can parents take their kids to a good days cricket on a Saturday when there isn't any - another lost generation so that TV commitments can be met? I tried the ecb site first but their comments link doesn't work perhaps they just don't want to listen!
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: No Cricket!
PostPosted: 12:37 on 5th Jul 2014

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2169
Location: Preston UK
Not beating a drum, just saying what a lot of other people have been saying for a long time.
TBF they are trying lots (have tried) of formats to try and get as many games in where possible, WHEN people can/will attend. This latest attempt has some good points but the glaring mistake is the one you point out, it can;t be maintained.
On the plus side, there are lots of good clubs out there, playing good competetive and even better FREE to watch cricket. i'm off to watch my local club (2nds) now and I'd invite you but for the distance.
(TBH they aren't worth travelling to watch but they do try)
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addtamx
Post subject: Re: No Cricket!
PostPosted: 14:20 on 5th Jul 2014

Joined: 21:02 on 9th May 2008
Posts: 961
Location: Australia
westham Wrote:
I have just thought what a great day to go and watch some cricket and take a look at todays first class fixtures only to find that, in the middle of July on a Saturday when more people than normal could spend a day watching some good cricket - there is one first class game in the whole of the country! And I know that there is lot's of great local cricket being played today but when I look at the fixtures across the season it would appear that the powers that be do their best to ensure as few people as possible can make it to watch good quality cricket. Sorry if I am beating a well beaten drum but what on earth is going on? How can parents take their kids to a good days cricket on a Saturday when there isn't any - another lost generation so that TV commitments can be met? I tried the ecb site first but their comments link doesn't work perhaps they just don't want to listen!


Has it got anything to do with a little knock around going on at Lords today???
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: No Cricket!
PostPosted: 14:54 on 5th Jul 2014

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2367
In my experience, County Championship cricket crowds tend to be smaller at weekends than on weekdays. I suspect the reason is that the mixture of retirees, students and shift workers who are in a position to regularly watch first class cricket tend to spend weekends with family and friends.

There isn't much Saturday cricket this season due to the preference of clubs for Friday night T20, which is aimed at maximising revenue from that format. On the other hand, quite a few County Championship matches have been starting on Sundays, so I reckon there's actually more opportunity to watch first class cricket at weekends than has been the case in recent seasons. Last season I seem to recall Day 4 quite often falling on Saturdays, which often meant little or nothing left to watch.

Personally I'm just grateful that first class cricket is no longer being marginalised to the fringes of the season, with T20 hogging the best part of the summer.
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