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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.

FTFY

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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Re: Cricket - The Hundred
« 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.  ::-)