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Offline cheltenhamlion

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #930 on: August 18, 2017, 05:54:45 PM »
England making a balls of getting up to 600 here.

I would declare now.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #931 on: August 18, 2017, 10:44:43 PM »
It was very very wet at the end!

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #932 on: August 19, 2017, 05:18:45 PM »
Usually like to see the follow-on enforced, but don't think there was any harm in giving the openers a run-out and try to play the debutant into a bit of form. Stick on another 100 or so and put them in under lights in the final session.

400/500 run deficit, what odds. Windies aren't going to get anywhere near that and there is still plenty of time left in the game.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #933 on: August 19, 2017, 08:24:21 PM »
This is going to be all over tonight. Broad is ripping the Windies apart

Offline aj2k77

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #934 on: August 19, 2017, 09:21:56 PM »
Sad to see how much of a mismatch this series is.

Offline tomd2103

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #935 on: August 19, 2017, 09:36:51 PM »
Sad to see how much of a mismatch this series is.

Yep and it is hard to see where the West Indies are going to find anyone to offer any kind of resistance really. 

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #936 on: August 20, 2017, 12:52:23 AM »
It's quite sad that the Windies can't offer us a game.  I used to dream of a time when they would'nt Blackwash us.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #937 on: August 20, 2017, 10:09:56 AM »
I think they are missing a few due to a pay dispute.

They'd still be shite though.

Would consider the day/night test a success despite the Windies' incompetence... the attendances were bigger than they would otherwise have been and they got a lot of first time attendees in the ground. Plus it's more convenient as you only need to book a half day off work.

Not sure when we will see it again. It's no good for Asian TV, so you can rule out matches against India and Pakistan. Australia and South Africa sell out anyway. Maybe matches against the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe but these are hardly going to capture the public imagination.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #938 on: August 20, 2017, 10:29:44 AM »
Had this text exchange last night with my mate and chairman of the the cricket club I used to play for...
"Just in case I forget nearer the time we are definitely NOT getting tickets for any edgbaston test next year or any other year most of our guys just drink themselves bloody stupid and then get effing hammered at cricket the next day!!!"

Do I assume we may have lost today !!!

It's not just a defeat sutty I can accept that but our guys get absolutely legless they get fucking hammered last year 65ao this year 72ao fucking embarrassing. 3 never got home at all
The rest drinking all day and night till 6am. Next year we will not give them the excuse.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #939 on: August 20, 2017, 11:17:36 AM »
I love test cricket and having a drink for most is pretty harmless if your sensible about it. However, over the years i've seen more fancy dress and more guys who are really only there for a piss up and think the longer version of the game is boring.

Although i've not been sat behind fancy dress parties, I can imagine as the day wears on it would be a right pain in the arse as many of them stand up more and mess about (generally showing off and not really giving a toss about other spectators). If you tell them to sit down you'd prob be outnumbered and called a bore or a spoilsport.

I went to Old Trafford for the first day of the test v South Africa and it was a fascinating day, 260-6 it finsihed and it was a battle between bat and ball, runs hard to come by. However, some guys in our stand spent half the time at the bar (even after lunch) and half way through the last session left to meet other mates in a pub. Other guys tried to form a beer snake, which is funny but then asking other spectators to join in, when more intersted in the cricket, some didn't and were called bore's as the cricket was supposedly crap.

Shame really, the game does need more spectators (T20, One dayers etc help revenue) but you will attract guys who really aren't that into the longer form of the game and use the day as an excuse for a piss up.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #940 on: August 20, 2017, 11:53:43 AM »
Shame to see the Windies in this state.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #941 on: August 20, 2017, 12:39:08 PM »
As we arrived at New Street there were a load of blokes obviously on their way to Edgbaston already half cut with their 'fancy dress' tucked under their arms. Can't think of a worse day at Test cricket than watching it amongst a bunch of pissed up, lairy blokes in fancy dress desperately trying to get on TV and chanting the same moronic chants all day. Save it for the T20.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #942 on: August 20, 2017, 12:54:40 PM »
As we arrived at New Street there were a load of blokes obviously on their way to Edgbaston already half cut with their 'fancy dress' tucked under their arms. Can't think of a worse day at Test cricket than watching it amongst a bunch of pissed up, lairy blokes in fancy dress desperately trying to get on TV and chanting the same moronic chants all day. Save it for the T20.

I was listening to it on the radio while sat in traffic on the M6.  I never want to hear that bloody "don't take me home" chant, ever, ever again.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #943 on: August 21, 2017, 07:56:43 AM »
Edgbaston affords options when watching the cricket, two years ago we sat in the West Stand upper for the Ashes match. The cricket was the be all and end all for everyone sat in the stand, no fancy dress, no singing or drunken behaviour.

On Friday we chose the Hollies, mainly down to the likelihood of the match being one sided and far less interesting. Yes, the songs can get tiresome but the early curtailment put paid to that and the atmosphere was great throughout the afternoon. You can still enjoy the game but there is so much going on it can be distracting. I still got to see Cooks's double century though and we all had a good day out.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #944 on: August 21, 2017, 03:25:37 PM »
As we arrived at New Street there were a load of blokes obviously on their way to Edgbaston already half cut with their 'fancy dress' tucked under their arms. Can't think of a worse day at Test cricket than watching it amongst a bunch of pissed up, lairy blokes in fancy dress desperately trying to get on TV and chanting the same moronic chants all day. Save it for the T20.

Or rather not at all.  It can totally spoil the experience to be honest, as I 've seen the kind of groups you have perfectly described become abusive and insulting to people who are just there to watch the cricket.  There was a group in the Raglan Stand on Thursday night who fell into that category and one of them was wandering around mouthing off at people (and this was at 'lunch').  Thankfully they were not too near me and were escorted out pretty quickly.  I guess the whole 'Barmy Army' thing attracts that kind of behaviour and to be honest it's not something that particularly appeals to me (hilarious 'beer snakes' that shower anyone unfortunate enough to be caught under them with warm beer, throwing inflatables around etc.), but I guess the grounds want to maximise their income.