The answer to the first is, pretty rubbish. The answer to the second is, because I can esoterically read them to make a point in a blog. More on twitter later.
County Cricket frustrates me no end. This is hardly a revelation, I don’t think anyone actually likes county cricket, they just put up with it because well, otherwise there isn’t any non-International cricket to follow! Apart from journalists, some die-hard CCC fans, Telegraph readers and the odd uncharacterisable (ie this blog) no one seems to care.
I am a massive sports fan. I follow both football and cricket with an almost life ruining passion. I particularly follow the County Championship, I even go to a couple of games a year, I read every scorecard and look at all the stats, I know most of the players. Yet the table means nothing to me. When compared to the Premiership (as in the ol’ football), this seems absurd. I could find out, but to be honest, I can’t be bothered, because it doesn’t really matter. Yet, as a 21-year old unemployed graduate absolutely brimming with enthusiasm, I should be the type of person the ECB should be after! I lament.
Of course, one the biggest problem is that many of the matches are below standard. Below standard players, below standard facilities, overpriced ticketing “fighting out” draws.
Today’s only Championship game between Notts and Yorks should be an exception to this: two Test ground counties, with a couple of “big”-ish draw players (erm, Mark Ealham and Matthew Hoggard…?) should be an exception. It wasn’t.
Lancs went into the 3rd day batting the third innings, with a lead of around of 137. They could have batted aggressively, pushed on and made an attacking declaration, maybe half-way through the 2nd session, with a 300 lead. Nope. Yorkshire batted out the day. They made over 500. Chris Read, probably in frustration, even had a bowl.
The funny thing is, I think Joe Sayers, the promising young Yorkshire opening batman who played in this game, agrees with me (this is the bit about Twitter).
Sayers, who tweets on his twitter, was tweeting throughout the early part of the game. “The final day at Trent Bridge. Can we negotiate a chase?” he says, the zeal I believe even clear (admittedly, rather esoterically) from those 11 words. Three hours later: “Time running out for a result at Trent Bridge…”. I wish young enthused cricketers like Joe Sayers were captains. I’d be happier.
Maybe its a self-fulfilling prophecy: no one cares about the outcome of the game, bar a few fanatics, so the players don’t? Mayeb when Joe Sayers is an old county-gent at the age of 35, he’ll be tweeting about how he cannot wait to get to the pub after yet another draw. It’s a pretty eccentric crack-pot theory, but I thought I’d throw it out there.