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Re: Are we going to appeal Arrowgate?
Posted by: adelaide
Date: 07/10/2017 11:12

Thanks for explanation. Presumably said fruit can be got at Alice's Restaurant.

If 9:9 were to happen, it would surely have to be presented as either a permanent change or a stepping stone to yet another structure. A temporary fix to save Middlesex would be unacceptable for the reasons that you outline.

The ECB would be reluctant, I am sure, to do anything which suggested that the 8:10 structure only just implemented was a mistake. I can think of two possible supporting arguments, though neither are new, or at least not entirely new. The first is the relative amounts of negative cricket played in the two Divisions (even taking account of the perennial weakness of some of the Div 2 counties) and whether two down from eight is contributing to that. The second is more of an image thing, in that the 8:10 structure increases the chances of Div 2 cricket being played in large stadia. With the obsession with the forthcoming franchises, the ECB might not care that much about the level of CC cricket in cities and arguably they (and we) should not anyway, but I just throw it in as a thought. Having 10 in the top level would also increase the chances of seeing Div 1 cricket at any venue, including Taunton, so would not be discriminatory.

Word association just occurred to me - Guthrie, dustbowl, Taunton...


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