Sarah Comma Canterbury sent us these, ‘hot off the camera card’.
Ian Botham could learn a hell of a lot from this:
Where Botham removed his helmet and opted for a low-visibility tabard, Rob Key has got everything right.
Rob Key is better than Ian Botham in every conceivable way. Can Rob do anything wrong?
The answer is yes.
That is totally inappropriate footwear for a building site. What if someone were to drop a piece of scaffolding on his foot?
By the broad blade of Tavaré that was exciting. The County Championship title was decided just as it should be – by abject Lancastrian batting.
Lancashire’s increasingly fragile top order allowed Nottinghamshire to record a bowling bonus point just in the nick of time. Nottinghamshire’s rivals for the title, Somerset, made the mistake of finishing early so that they could get to the airport. That must be annoying.
We weren’t supporting either side, but we’re happy for Chris Read on account of his raw deal. Also, having been runners-up two years running, the Nottinghamshire players might never have made it through the winter if they’d had to sit in the changing rooms with the rain lashing down while it happened again.
Beard of Amla! It is ABSOLUTELY going off out there in the County Championship.
Yorkshire have lost.
Repeat, Yorkshire have lost.
This means that Yorkshire are out of the running and it’s now going to be either Somerset or Nottinghamshire who take the title.
It’s like Ali v Foreman, only instead of Mohammad Ali, there are 11 men in white clothing and instead of George Foreman, there are 11 men in white clothing.
Also, instead of facing each other, they’re facing two different groups of 11 men in white clothing and rather than punching each other in the face, they’re anxiously looking at the skies and wondering whether that cloud’s a bit darker than that other cloud.
It… is… ON!
Ears of Agarkar! It is STILL going off out there in the County Championship.
Despite a profound lack of interest among King Cricket readers and an equally profound resistance to the phrase ‘it’s all going off out there’ we are going to continue with our coverage of the climax of the County Championship.
Somerset have now moved into the lead through their ingenious tactic of playing cricket. Nottinghamshire really should take note of this.
The title might actually be decided by two captains cobbling together some sort of agreement for a run-chase – that or bonus points. Either way it’s a fantastically awkward way to finish and therefore perfect.
Hopefully, at the end of the day, we can all agree that the real winner was the weather and not cricket.
Somerset are in the Pro40 final on Saturday. Their Championship match at Durham finishes on Thursday night.
Not wanting to spend five or six hours travelling the day before a one-day final, Somerset have opted to fly from the North-East on Thursday night. Their flight is at 7pm.
How does that work then? Well, they’re finishing their vital County Championship match – one that could decide the title – 45 minutes early on the final day. They were suppose to make the time up each morning, but that hasn’t happened.
Does anyone else feel like Real Madrid wouldn’t traipse off after 85 minutes of a deciding Spanish league match so that they could catch a flight to Milan for the Champions League final?
Ian Botham’s rich mahogany armpits! The BATTLE IS ON! It’s all frigging well going off out there in the County Championship.
It’s like if Christmas were made out of narcotics and was ALSO ON FIRE. It’s like dancing with a cobra while wearing a rocket pack that’s ALSO ON FIRE. It’s like racing a phalanx of ancient Athenian hoplites down a ski slope that’s ALSO ON FIRE.
- Nottinghamshire were almost fully rained off
- Somerset were rained off quite a bit and managed to take two wickets
- Yorkshire made some sort of a move, but it’s hard to know what kind of a move because while they did play some cricket, they didn’t do all that well, falling to 205-7
It… is… ON!
Graham Gooch’s moustache! The BATTLE IS ON!
Yorkshire need 209 to beat Nottinghamshire and it looks like they’ll make it. If they do, the table will look exactly like this going into the final round of matches:
- Nottinghamshire – some points
- Somerset – roughly the same number of points
- Yorkshire – pretty much the same again, give or take
You can try and work out all the bonus points if you want, but frankly life’s too short.
This is massively exciting and even the strong likelihood that the winner will next week be playing in the one place where it isn’t pissing it down isn’t going to ruin this for us.
Also, while we do understand the thinking behind bonus points, they should still get rid of them. If you actually have to write things down to work out how exciting the run-in to a major competition is, then the complexities are doing more harm than good.
I answer the question that’s been plaguing the world of county cricket all summer.
It’s a fan heater. It’s got heating elements in it.
Our 2010 cricketers to watch list weighs heavily on our shoulders like a yoke of inaccuracy. It’s not been a vintage year, but thoughts that we had cursed the Durham contingent can now be banished. They’ve all come good in the same match. Well, not Will Smith. He’s not getting picked any more. The other three have done okay though.
Phil Mustard carved his second hundred of the season and then hit 51 not out and is therefore doing about a billion times better than his mates.
After 113 overs without taking a wicket, Mark Davies finally came good and finished the Nottinghamshire first innings with the frankly stupid figures of 2 for 10 off 15 overs. He then developed a sciatic nerve problem and won’t be bowling in the second innings.
And Liam Plunkett? Well, Liam’s not going to be wearing the High Visibility Tabard of England Squad Membership any time soon, but 3-66 means he hasn’t been shit in this match at least.
Following on from yesterday’s post about poor Test match crowds and why it’s mostly a ticket price issue, we thought we’d make a page to try and gauge the cost of a day at the cricket.
If you go to a match this year, try and keep a rough tally and put it in the comments of this post giving the following information.
Ground: Lord’s, Old Trafford, Edgbaston etc
Match type: Test match, international Twenty20, County Championship etc
Travel: Cost per person
Ticket: Cost per person
Food: Anything you spent at the ground
Drink: What you’re willing to admit you spent at the ground
Miscellaneous: Anything else you may have bought during the day
Total: Cost per person
Ticket: £0 (member)
Ticket: £25 and £10 for child’s ticket
Total: £56 (£34 and £22 for child)
The Rose Bowl
Domestic Twenty20 (finals day)
Travel: £30 (one car)
Ticket: £55 (£45 child)
Food and drink: £70 (three people)
Total: £81.25 per person