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19 minutes ago, DavidM said:

Bizarrely It’s been reported Jimmy is unlikely to play for Lancs until June 

Given the weather we've been having, you might say that of the rest of the Lancashire squad too.

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Just now, Futtocks said:

Given the weather we've been having, you might say that of the rest of the Lancashire squad too.

Indeed , it really is depressing 

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1 hour ago, lucky 7 said:

This is massive for the game.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/68743980

Huge kudos to Ebony Rainford-Brent for shaking the cricket charity establishment out of their cosy do-nothing approach.

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Sussex have a new Rugby League style shirt for the Vitality Blast and Royal London one-day Cup

https://sussexclubshop.co.uk/collections/replica-shirts

Loving the use of the Kookaburra ball in the championship, since sides can no longer rely on trendy medium paced trundlers to bowl sides out they are having to use their spinners more. i saw Matt Parkinson bowl 31 Overs for Kent on Sunday the day before, it was Kasey aldridge who was the only Somerset bowler with any additional zip that ruffled Kent's batting.

This is what English Cricket need,s either Bowlers with express pace or the ability to master reverse swing and spinners who can give it a rip. That's the way to win home and abroad.

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ECB announces eight counties to host professional women's teams from 2025 - BBC Sport

So, presumably:

South East Stars ---> Surrey

Southern Vipers ---> Hampshire

Western Storm ---> Somerset

Sunrisers ---> Essex

Northern Diamonds ---> Durham

Lancashire Thunder ---> Lancashire

The Blaze ---> Nottinghamshire

Central Sparks ---> Warwickshire

I wonder what team names they'll go with. Will they adopt the same name as the men's team, such as Hampshire Hawks, or will they keep part of their existing name and go with Hampshire Vipers?

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On 05/04/2024 at 20:58, gingerjon said:

Huge kudos to Ebony Rainford-Brent for shaking the cricket charity establishment out of their cosy do-nothing approach.

The 16 all-weather cricket domes sounds very interesting. I would like to see what they're like and exactly where they're to be located.

Given the weather that we're likely to have (and are already having), we need this sort of progressive thinking. Covered grounds and more artificial surfaces (for football etc.) are essential. Otherwise the youngsters will just keep getting their matches postponed/cancelled, whether at school or in sat/sun leagues.

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Below is an extract from a post on the White Rose cricket forum, he had just spent the day at Lords in the long room watching Middlesex v Yorkshire. Made me chuckle.

I spent the day in the Pavillion. I missed the disturbance. Tea and coffee was a tad pricey but the scones, jam and clotted cream were splendid. Some of the old fossils in the darkened rooms dotted about the Pavillion were asleep in armchairs and will remain there until the seasons end, when they’ll be put in cupboards to hibernate for the winter. Best sights were a pair of MCC socks, a discarded toupee and the extremely old bloke sat next to me who saw Bradman bat in 1948. Splendid value.

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I have been watching Lancashire v Kent. Typical Kent first innings performance, Decent start, middle order collapse followed by lower middle order revival. What surprised me was Lancashire matting like melting ice cream in getting rolled for 92. At 119-4 with the main "name" players out the Lancastrians need to cobble together a lead of 150-200 to give their bowlers a chance.

Kent look a better balanced bowling attack in the game for the conditions, with Lancashire opting for two spinners and it was when the Lancastrian seam attack was worn down the we cashed in.

Moving bnack to the "Dukes" ball, and now getting result wickets being prepared as in the two day green top prepared at Zummeset for the Essex Game. so Ciderabad changes from beiong a flat wicket taking spin where Leach and Bashir operate to being a trendy medium paced trundlers paradise. How does that help English Cricket?.

Meanwhile the selling off of the family silver by Chief Executives who fail to consult their members, who like me in theory own 15 out of 18 counties, continues and anyone hoping for coverage of non -international English Cricket on pay TV before June might like to look at the SKY schedeule which apart from the opening double herader has no other domestic Blast fioxtures up to 30th June https://www.skysports.com/watch/cricket-on-sky

 

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Enjoyed that win for Kent,  but you might be interested to know what Lancashire to their members about the 💯 sale

Read between the lines and it's not a good read.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JiwQId3R5s2S4B3FwZEY0OVRJb3y8715sGABT7ZhFVM/edit

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No massive surprise, but the announcement has finally been made. 

 

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Women's T20: England v Pakistan is live on BBC2 right now.

It looks like there are a few new faces in the England team, who should be keen to prove themselves.

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England 11 for 4. :kolobok_angry2:

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24 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

England 11 for 4. :kolobok_angry2:

Heather Knight coming out to steady the ship and join a counter offensive is an England tradition.

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Pakistan are chasing 164, so somebody evidently got their on with business while I was watching Huddersfield v Wigan.

Pakistan are currently 66 for 3 on 7.4 overs.

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50 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

Pakistan are chasing 164, so somebody evidently got their on with business while I was watching Huddersfield v Wigan.

Pakistan are currently 66 for 3 on 7.4 overs.

Pakistan 110 all out. A mixture of loose shots in some cases and good bowling/fielding in others.

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54 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

Pakistan 110 all out. A mixture of loose shots in some cases and good bowling/fielding in others.

Interesting game. Pakistan are massively under-resourced and get very few opportunities so, whilst they will be gutted, really did give a superb account of themselves.

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4 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

Interesting game. Pakistan are massively under-resourced and get very few opportunities so, whilst they will be gutted, really did give a superb account of themselves.

I think they have talented players, but there were some very tentative strokes played. I hope they can make this a good close series.

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5 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

I think they have talented players, but there were some very tentative strokes played. I hope they can make this a good close series.

They won't because they are not at that stage in their development. It's all learning right now. Plus, Ecclestone can beguile the best in the world so ...

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In a sweepstake for the upcoming T20 World Cup, I have drawn Australia.

Talk about feeling conflicted!

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13 hours ago, Futtocks said:

In a sweepstake for the upcoming T20 World Cup, I have drawn Australia.

Talk about feeling conflicted!

I’ve had a very small punt on South Africa at 7/1, Buttler to be highest scorer at 10/1 and a Yankee bet on West Indies, Australia, South Africa and Pakistan to win their respective groups which pays around 10/1.

In total 3 x bets at £30 in total.  £300 if they land and not the end of the world if they don’t.  Obvious disclaimers, don’t try this at home kids and when the fun stops stop.

More interestingly I noticed with adverse events and conditions the opening USA vs Canada match pulled in around 5k people according to one report I read.

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1 hour ago, Gerrumonside ref said:

Which other countries are playing it?

Nobody yet, and maybe they won't, but the number of balls bowled isn't the only component of The Hundred. I'm not fixated by it being 100 balls. That can be changed to 120 if necessary to make it a Twenty20 and keep things consistent throughout the world. I'm sure a new name can be easily thought of to replace The Hundred.

What I like is the smaller number of teams, fewer matches, the draft, the quality of players it attracts, the men's/women's double headers, the fact that it's played every day in August like a major tournament would be, etc.

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