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Kingstonian

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It is that time of the year again.

The county championship struggles for attendances, but T20 goes from strength to strength.

A daytime game is being changed into a night time game that finishes after a few hours and without a drawn result.

Meanwhile, the county game suits me. It costs very little. I have friends who are members at Surrey, so I can use the pavilion at The Oval.

Lords is even better. You can still bring in your own food and drink. Lords even had a beer festival last year. Final day of the county championship was free entry. A cracking day. Middlesex v Yorkshire. A draw would leave Somerset as champions for the first time in their history. A draw would have been the result on the evidence of the play in the previous days. However, that suited neither team, so the captains got together and agreed a plan. Yorkshire would be allowed to get a set number of runs unopposed. Middlesex could then chase the total. I was in the 'anyone but Yorkshire' camp so delighted to see Middlesex lift the trophy - but a little sorry for Somerset.
 

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I wish I was informed enough to talk about cricket, but I used to be surrounded by Trinidadians so I know who Brian Lara is. And then recently through exposure to a bunch of Indians, I know Sachin Tendulkar.

There is a bit of a revival here as more immigrants are coming in, baseball diamonds are being converted to cricket pitches.
 

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I wish I was informed enough to talk about cricket, but I used to be surrounded by Trinidadians so I know who Brian Lara is. And then recently through exposure to a bunch of Indians, I know Sachin Tendulkar.

There is a bit of a revival here as more immigrants are coming in, baseball diamonds are being converted to cricket pitches.
Interesting piece of trivia - the first international cricket match was played between Canada and the USA.
 

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Interesting piece of trivia - the first international cricket match was played between Canada and the USA.
Some of the founding fathers of the States were fond of it as well in spite of the overall anti-British sentiment.

Indian Premier League. I just saw a news headline about it. I always thought that was a ratings & cash tournament given the short length of the "season".
 

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Last cricket match I saw had Dennis Lilly and Rod Marsh.
My father's claim to fame was that he saw Bradman play. It was an exhibition game shortly after he retired and he made 235 or something ridiculous, and when he got out, my grandfather turned to my father and said "such a shame - he's just a shadow of his former self".
 

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Middlesex v Surrey on the radio. The discussion makes the point that county cricket and daytime cricket is being squeezed out for limited over T20 matchs. This hits the counties financially as well.

Might go along to Lords tomorrow. Weather is nice. So far it has not been cricket weather - cold and rain stops play.
 

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The Sunday final is between India and Pakistan.

This is after more than a week of daily cricket updates showing up on my iPhone.
 

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Bag search and body search at Lords. For a counties match! Middlesex v Yorkshire.

Reason given? Recent events.

Phew what a scorcher! Middlesex played well.
 

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England have a big lead against South Africa at The Oval.

Time to declare soon. Then hope you have time to bowl them all out and that rain does not stop play.
 

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Good day yesterday at The Oval. Surrey v Glamorgan one day cup match. Glorious weather. Good value sport. Seven hours plus for a small entry fee. Lots of sixes and a definite result. Could bring beers in and move around the ground. Walk on the pitch during the interval too. Good crowd in the pavilion.
 
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