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29th September, 2013

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A Day At The Cricket- Kent v Gloucs, Canterbury  

The Kent faithful chirped about rumours about players leaving for other counties; radios hummed with news of the 5th Test from the Oval; pints of beer were consumed despite the absence of a Honeymonster anywhere in the crowd; light aircraft passed by overhead (one even took a detour to circle the ground, presumably to check on Darren Stevens� progress towards a hundred).  At lunch, the spectators promenaded around the outfield or played cricket with tennis balls; at tea, they attended a ceremonial laying of wreaths in memory of fallen Kent heroes under the lime tree.  And Kent batted in the afternoon sun and drew applause for solidly hit boundaries ....  [more]

A Day At The Cricket - Somerset v Notts, Taunton

The afternoon was punctuated by a single over of violence by Craig Meschede, ultimately to no avail, although Somerset were not to know that until 2 balls into the 4th day.  With his side needing 229 to avoid the follow-on, and having been reeling at 81-6 when Trego fell to Luke Fletcher first ball, like his predecessor, Kieswetter, caught behind by Read, Meschede looked their main hope of requiring Notts to bat again.  Twice in the over, Samit Patel dropped the ball fractionally short.  Each time, the young South African-born allrounder rocked back and pulled the ball to the short but undefended mid-wicket boundary, both shots hitting the fence on the full just a few feet apart, scattering the three spectators who had just stationed themselves there.....  [more]

A Day At The Cricket- England v Australia, 2nd Test, Lord's  

The crowd baked again in the London heatwave temperatures, hopefully heeding warnings from the PA to wear a hat, use sunscreen and drink plenty of water (or at least they drank plenty of something).  Many formed queues to take the announcer up on his (misheard) offer of purchasing ice-creams from the eunuchs by the Grace Gates, only to find units � a strange term in itself � staffed by apparently complete individuals of both genders! Nonetheless, plenty of ice-creams were bought, although many failed to reach their intended consumer, instead melting away as the purchaser waited until an over had been completed before being allowed to re-enter the stands.  Happy days! ....  [more]

Don't mention the war...     More horrors from the commercialisation of our game as Kent CCC announce they have "re-named" the St Lawrence Ground at Canterbury in favour of their sponsors', brewery Shepherd Neame's top-selling beer Spitfire.   Undoubtedly this latest abomination is borne out of the club's sheer desperation for cash, but has the club, or the game in general learned no lessons from the so-called Fosters Oval, or Mike Ashley's dreadful attempts to re-name Newcastle United FC's St. James's Park?     [more]

Television coverage of cricket   We urge all cricket fans to sign an e-petition which has been started by one Dan Jordan (Dan if you read this you might like to get in touch).  this e-petition which can be found at epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/42862 (opens in a new window).  The petition is entitled More cricket should be shown on terrestrial tv!

We will keep this site updated with progress including the ECB's reply when we receive it.

Photographydrinks time approaches at Kemsing CC in Kent


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