At New Road our Championship match against Worcestershire was played until 19.53. There was a late start due to rain, there were intervals in play due to rain. But at a quarter to eight the seamers were still bowling. Competitive red ball cricket into the evening is possible even in Mid May.
We are in a temperate country, our summer days are long, we could play championship matches into the summer evenings, we would not even have to resort to a pink ball.
There are evening T20’s and evening one day matches. We play those in the evening so more people can attend.
So tell me again… just why are there no evening Championship matches in June and July?
And finally the first match of the season! Durham MCCU v Durham at the racecourse ground.
For Mark his first run out with the first team. He picked up 2 wickets for 26 off his 13 overs. So a nice start with some wickets, let’s hope that’s the first of many more. He becomes the the 119th player to represent Durham CCC.
Durham won their first match of the season. A one day friendly 40 against Sussex in Dubai. Kyle bagged 2 wickets for 18 in 3 overs, and scored 38 with the bat. Thorpy took 3 wickets. Diva top scored with 76, and Breese getting 44 runs.
…Not us, not this time.
It is the last match round of this years County Championship. By this time last year we had won, unbeaten all year with two matches in hand. But this year is more like 2008, down to the wire. Nottingham the leaders, slipped up and left us as Champions on the last day of that season.
The Championship really is the finest cricket on offer, especially in it’s first Division – there have been some stunning matches this season, many with exciting tight finishes. If there have been draws it has often been because of weather affecting the match, batting out for a draw has been very rare this year. Not being able to use the heavy roller and a points system favouring wins have forced competitive play. This has been a hard fought competition without dead matches.
This year Nottingham, Somerset and Yorkshire are all in contention to win, the weather is out there too. Notts have a slender lead, their fate is in their hands, but any slip up and less than full bonus points….. Even the media are interested – Sky will actually broadcast live Championship action, they have chosen the Notts match. Notts have buckled before, they did in 2008. BBC radio are doing coverage of all four division 1 matches, the website is providing live text cometary too – all go!
Yorkshire play Kent – who will look for a good win to save them from relegation, meaning that the Hampshire Warwickshire clash cannot afford to be complacent.
We have our part to play – Somerset will need a win and all the bonus points they can take from us. But we have players conscious of contract negotiations, we are at home and there is some rain forecast…
It is going to be an exciting end to a fantastic season.
Well my wheels came off when I couldn’t find my camera battery recharger for most of the start of the season…but Thorpy kind of sums up our season so far. Battered and looking a bit sorry for himself.
Callum is exhibiting a mere flesh wound, picked up in a clash of heads with Plunkett during warmup footie, good enough for a trip to hospital to have stitches, but in the scheme of things, a scratch.
People wonder why we are playing so differently to the team that was so dominant last year. It’s simple really – we are not that team. We have got through the last couple of seasons with a stable squad of relatively few players. You cannot take players out of a line up and expect business as usual. Injuries to most of our key players have forced substantial changes to the first team, and a loss of form has plagued one or two who have remained fit.
We have had a summer gap in the Championship schedule. Any other year and I would be bemoaning this bitterly. This year we badly need the time out in the hopes that some of our key players can rehabilitate to full playing fitness.
We have a Championship match starting tomorrow. We will see which of or 14 injured players make it back to the pitch. We’ll see what the walking, non wounded make of the Bears. As for the battery recharger, well at least I have found that!
We are being sponsored for 6 years. This is good – Emirates are giving us money. They had a competition – the winner got a trip to the Ashes this winter. The ground is now to be known officially as Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground, trips nicely of the tongue doesn’t it. I racked my brains for a catchy name – but was obviously on the wrong track.
I shall drop dead when people I know start referring to the ground as anything other than the county ground or the Riverside. After all – the river has not moved.
It surprised us all, but Phil is now Captain. So, all the very best to him, and good luck!
It is never too cold at the Riverside to indulge in a blue ice lolly, what better way to watch Thorpy running in?
So not the most timely post ever. Updating a blog and watching cricket are mutually exclusive, well they are for me anyway. So I have been doing the watching the cricket. The outcome of that will filter out slowly as and when. There has been quite a lot of outcome from our first matches….
And the season is well under way when the ice cream van turns up – this is the rather plain one, [there is more than one]. Now this is a decent selection of ice lollies…