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Cricket - The Hundred
« on: 04 August, 2022, 07:43:07 am »
Watched (on the box) the opening match last night - a bit one-sided but nevertheless entertaining. 

Have to say I thought the "on the field player microphones" were a bit unnecessary - but then some of the other hoopla was a bit annoying too (Yeah, i know they're trying to attract a new/wider/younger audience)

We're going to a match at Edgbaston at the end of August with two cricket-mad grandchildren.

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Re: Cricket - The Hundred
« Reply #1 on: 04 August, 2022, 11:10:20 am »

We're going to a match at Edgbaston Balsall Heath at the end of August with two cricket-mad grandchildren.

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Re: Cricket - The Hundred
« Reply #2 on: 04 August, 2022, 11:42:36 am »
To those unfamiliar with the districts of Birmingham, Edgbaston proper is proper posh, whilst nearby Balsall Heath was the rough, red light area of the city. Cheddar Road, in particular. Frank Skinner describes losing his virginity there in his autobiography.

The demographic of the area changed over time until it was mainly populated by Bangladeshis & Pakistanis. Quite rightly, they didn't want prostitution to dominate their area, and about 25 years ago they openly and assertively challenged the girls and their punters on the streets until both decided to move their activities elsewhere.

Nowadays, Balsall Heath has shrunk as people there seem to call large parts of the area Moseley, which is a very trendy, bohemian district.
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Re: Cricket - The Hundred
« Reply #3 on: 04 August, 2022, 04:38:24 pm »

We're going to a match at Edgbaston Balsall Heath at the end of August with two cricket-mad grandchildren.

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Yep - I should have said "The County Ground" for clarity  ;D

Re: Cricket - The Hundred
« Reply #4 on: 04 August, 2022, 04:56:54 pm »
I tried to watch last night but the standard of play by both sides was low and it was never an exciting game.  Surely the point of the even-further reduced overs balls idea was to promote more attacking cricket?  Both batting and bowling were overly-cautious.

The on-field player interviews are just plain annoying, as are many of the other gimmicks that they deem necessary to make it entertaining  ::-)

No doubt there will be some decent games but last night was not a good start.
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Re: Cricket - The Hundred
« Reply #5 on: 04 August, 2022, 05:11:43 pm »
It didn't help that one of the commentators must have taken some speed. His delivery was twice as fast as the cricket.
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« Reply #6 on: 04 August, 2022, 08:00:04 pm »
Just watched the first half of tonight's game on Sky.  FAR better experience.  None of the fluff - i.e. on-field player interviews, mid-over set-of-five human interest trivia, plus FAR better commentary (no funny-man Tuffers bantering with mates rather than commentating on the game).

So once again the BBC screws up sports events by thinking we'd rather hear people talking about sport than actually watching it - see Commonwealth Games, athletics coverage in general, etc

PS  Also a better game  ;D
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Re: Cricket - The Hundred
« Reply #7 on: 11 August, 2022, 06:03:53 pm »
Good, close match this afternoon with the blokes paying - first GIRLZ game tonight should be entertaining.

BUT, as I said before the on-field mike thing is annoying for me.

Re: Cricket - The Hundred
« Reply #8 on: 11 August, 2022, 06:46:23 pm »
I think it's a good format apart from the colours and the lack of allegiance to commercial teams.  ::-)

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Re: Cricket - The Hundred
« Reply #9 on: 29 August, 2022, 07:58:00 am »
Went to Edgbaston yesterday for the delayed Christmas treat for 2 grandchildren - they loved it, especially as the Manchester team won both matches and they live in Lancashire . . .  but to me it was all a bit much with the relentless noise, a.k.a. music, and hoop-la.   

BUT looking there's no doubt that it's a brilliant way to get youngsters interested in cricket and ensure the future of the game - the business plan, marketing, execution etc have been superb although unfortunate that it's sponsored in the main by junk food brands.

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« Reply #10 on: 29 August, 2022, 01:36:45 pm »
Went to Edgbaston yesterday for the delayed Christmas treat for 2 grandchildren - they loved it, especially as the Manchester team won both matches and they live in Lancashire . . .  but to me it was all a bit much with the relentless noise, a.k.a. music, and hoop-la.   

BUT looking there's no doubt that it's a brilliant way to get youngsters interested in cricket and ensure the future of the game - the business plan, marketing, execution etc have been superb although unfortunate that it's sponsored in the main by junk food brands.
Well indeed. It kind of blows a hole in their claimed mission to turn  kids on to cricket when you're simultaneously turning them on to junk food. I wonder what genius came up with that idea

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Re: Cricket - The Hundred
« Reply #11 on: 29 August, 2022, 07:31:35 pm »
Went to Edgbaston yesterday for the delayed Christmas treat for 2 grandchildren - they loved it, especially as the Manchester team won both matches and they live in Lancashire . . .  but to me it was all a bit much with the relentless noise, a.k.a. music, and hoop-la.   

BUT looking there's no doubt that it's a brilliant way to get youngsters interested in cricket and ensure the future of the game - the business plan, marketing, execution etc have been superb although unfortunate that it's sponsored in the main by junk food brands.
Well indeed. It kind of blows a hole in their claimed mission to turn  kids on to cricket when you're simultaneously turning them on to junk food. I wonder what genius came up with that idea

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We did have a discussion in the car on the way home about potential sponsor companies - difficult to think of products/brands that would be willing to stump up the sort of money it needs with relevance to the business model/target audience.

In the past cricket has been sponsored by tobacco brands (John Player, Benson & Hedges), banks (NatWest), shaving products (Gillette), energy (Npower), financial services (Cheltenham & Gloucester Building Society, LV, Royal London) and currently car finance/supply Cazoo & Cinch . . . that's just the brands that spring to mind, there are doubtless others.

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« Reply #12 on: 28 August, 2023, 12:41:56 pm »
I know very little about this competition, other than that someone seems to think that it is a good idea to invent new team names and assume that people will swear some sort of allegiance to them. Maybe youngsters will, but this geriatric's allegiance, where there is any, is to Essex. Alastair Cook apart (and I always have to check the spelling of his first name) I don't think I would recognised any of the current Essex players from a photo, so in my case I would be able to identify a lot more cricketers from names & photos if the played before 1990 than anyone who played since. I also get very fed up with the increasing commercialisation of all sport, and utterly deprecated the stupid pyrotechnic displays that accompany (for example) rugby internationals these days.

When I was playing (thankfully, very briefly and I was never good enough - too much of a coward/sensible for front row play and not built for anything else) and keen on watching, rugby was a democratic game in which the crowd often invaded the pitch at the end of the match. On more than one occasion I can recall players being carried off on the shoulders of crowd members.

Come to think of it, I recall on my first visit to Lords that when Essex won (B & H Cup 1979) the crowd assembled in front of the pavilion to watch the presentation, and Keith Fletcher almost dropped the trophy's plinth off the balcony. That was expected. Is that the same now?
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Re: Cricket - The Hundred
« Reply #13 on: 28 August, 2023, 12:46:24 pm »
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Re: Cricket - The Hundred
« Reply #14 on: 28 August, 2023, 10:57:41 pm »
I got to a match this year, and watched some of the final in between bits of the athletics.  I enjoyed it.  It helps that I have now found allegiance to a team and they won, unlike my county team that looks like it is in decline.  But I think that is the same with most sports.  Football is quite dull to me as a neutral spectator but perks up when I want one team to win.
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Re: Cricket - The Hundred
« Reply #15 on: 29 August, 2023, 09:46:00 am »
I don't know the nuances of The Hundred compared to T20 compared to test compared to one-day cricket, but it seems to demonstrate some 'law of nature' phenomenon whereby sports fracture into multiple variants. Football split into soccer and rugby, which then split into union and league. All of them gave rise to variants with varying numbers of people. Offshoots include American football, Aussie rules and probably others. Basketball gave rise to netball and volleyball. And so on.
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