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The Changing World
We have one season before the cricket world in the UK alters. Next year we will have an Ashes tour AND the World Cup in the British Isles and the mayhem to come related to that and THEN we have the new world of the 'Hundred' in 2020 which no one seems able to give concrete information on. Meanwhile the country is looking to leave the European Union in March of 2019 with no real infomration about how that affects 'kolpak' rulings (I doubt the government has much time to discuss cricket aspects) or the roles of 'Commonwealth' players. So the whole thing is in a state of flux.......
It has been a while
It has been a while since I did a frontpage. It has been a while since we got to the T20 Finals. It has been a while since we looked this good in a Championship run. Let's have a chat shall we?
The first two days of the Worcestershire game have been full of fun and discussion. Farmer has produced a full description of the first day so I will put take it and split the game in two for our mobile users under his report. Thank you Farmer
BLAST! It's Gloucestershire
As Farmer is doing the reports I thought we might record the event by making them the frontpage of the thread, but only after the games because it makes the mobile site go weak at the knees if they are there at the start, Anyway, 'Farmer' takes a while to marshall his resources. Hope you think the end is worth the wait - usually is. Thank you sir for the effort and the word picture you create.
The Blast! Are we really still going for this 100 thing?
The Blast starts on Friday for Somerset and 'blasts' through the season briefly leaving a smell of cordite. With it there is a slight smell of BS from the ECB as they still seem set on their plan to compete with their own product in 2 years time by introducing the '100'. A sort of hybrid version of what they already have, which no-one else plays or seems to have any intention in playing, geared to introduce the 'game' to a new urban audience who seem to have been living in a cricketless bubble up until now in those urban centres where no cricket is played by the young - allegedly. It's a strange world we live in.
Where and What are we - Introspection Episode 1
During a slow day at Taunton I sat talking to a couple of people whose views I respect and a bloke I didn't know who doesn't like me or Grocklesit seems (possibly because I don't think our individual views have 'meshed' online at some time in the past). Both camps commented on the fact that the site had changed over time. For the better? For the worse? Was it fact or perception? Well now's as good as any time to investigate that and test the wind. Join the chat......
Royal London - a competition too far or THE 3rd Format?
As we reach the end of the group stage of the 50 over competition with the semis coming hot foot on the last game and the final squeezed into the actual season rather than being an event at the end of it one has to ask "wither the 50 over?"
Somerset Day. Ireland Day.........
Happy Somerset Day one and all. Hampshire are our opponents today at Taunton on a day when Ireland become a Test nation in more than just name as they take on Pakistan at Malahide. George Dockrell has unfortunately not made the side for their first game but will be there on the radio and we wish all Irish cricket players the best in a hard game. Hampshire at Taunton? Will we keep the momentum going?
Watcher at the End of Time
It's all over the place.The discussions about the game and its future. If you are a long term cricket watcher then you are being told you are watching the 'end of Empire', the last throes of a dying sport being kicked to death by its own governing body. But the games I see are more thrilling and full of excitement than many I've watched over my time and I'm talking about every format. Where it this all coming from?
No UberT20 at Taunton
Well its not a surprise, we knew this one well in advance but it has been interesting watching the suprise of others who it seems weren't aware of this strange decision to remove 'premier' short form cricket from the South West, unless, as some have,you try and say Southampton and Cardiff are in the region!! Here's the club's response.