Friday, December 18, 2009
Final details of the county’s accounts are still being compiled but is clear that staging an Ashes Test at Edgbaston in August helped Warwickshire to improve their financial position..."
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
"Tuesday December 15 is D-Day for Warwickshire as they wait anxiously to discover whether they will be able to start work on their new £30 million pavilion at Edgbaston.
A local residents’ group has mounted a legal challenge claiming that Birmingham City Council did not follow the correct legal process when they granted Warwickshire planning permission for the project during the summer..."
Friday, December 11, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
- Which of course means the overemphasis on the Ashes is coming home to roost a bit. But as i wrote earlier in the year it just does have that magic you can't resist...
- Would FTA broadcasters be that interested in the Ashes if England hadn't won the home series?
- And if FTA broadcasters are that interested in cricket why didn't they bid the last time the rights were up for renewal.
- If the Ashes are cherrypicked by a broadcaster who doesn't really care about the rest then surely that is penalising Sky who have shown a terrific commitment to showing cricket on TV, not just England, but domestic, women's even some club cricket.
- However putting all of your eggs in one Sky basket is a shame as cricket, with it's myriad of competitions, you would think would be tailor-made to be spread across various networks. T20 for example i feel would be brilliant for C4 if they rocked it up a bit more or even BBC3.
- Although money gained from Sky would be less there will be the benefit from increased exposure and increased advertising revenue. The ECB are wailing about the end of the world but its not here yet.
- The next generation of fans need to be captured (i personally became a cricket fan through watching the old Sunday league on BBC2 in the early 1980s) and Sky Sports subscribers are a minority however the minority can be underestimated. It is a minority but not a minute ..er.. minority.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
The forum are trying to overturn the planning permission given to the club for their ground redevelopment. They accuse the club of backtracking on it's promises. The council meanwhile are expected to approve a £20 million loan today.
* so i went to a run-down war-zone inner-city comprehensive, so what?!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Jimmy Anyon - been told he is free to talk to other counties. He does have a year on his contract though but his chance of a further career at the Bears is unlikely. He was in talks with Sussex. He now says he may stay and fight for his place.
Naqaash Tahir - signed a new 2 year contract with a 3rd year option.
Maurice Holmes - Kent leg spinner did arouse interest but concerns about his action cooled interest.
Stephen Moore - has been spoken to by the club and been made an offer we understand but went to Lancashire instead
Paul Best - already in 2nd XI, will get summer contract next season
Imran Tahir - Pakistani - though SA qualified - leg-spinner could be the overseas pro next year... and indeed is the overseas pro now.
Varun Chopra - Essex batsmen has rejected a contract with Essex and will move to the Bears.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Update Oct 24 : And thats it! Andy Moles quits as NZ coach.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
A tough group but not insurmountable.
The ECB are asking the public for a suitable name for the Minor Counties/Unsigned youngsters team the Recreational XI, i have suggested Young Thrusters. Which sounds a bit porn really i suppose.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Update : however he has apologised for that so that makes it all right then...
Sunday, September 27, 2009
But i'll take CC D1 and a cup over excitement and defeat at the end of the day. Lets just hope for a bit of sunshine cricket in 2010!
Friday, September 11, 2009
The Pro40 has been a revelation this year, some of the best cricket i have seen on TV this year, and for sure the best i have seen live, has been in this format so i am glad that this format will continue in future. Is it just me or are P40 scores on average quite a bit higher than they have been in the past? Maybe it is the T20 effect.
In the county championship Warwickshire are edging their way to safety and might even end up quite high up in the table. The bore draws at Edgbaston will be (almost) worth it if the Bears stay up. Lets hope with a bit of strengthing in the batting and bowling departments the team can be more competitive next year. Durham seem light years away at present but you never know...
The England-Australia ODIs have been a bit poor, England just can't seem to get a settled one day side. When you see Alaistair Cook score back to back centuries in the P40 you wonder why the test opener isn't in the one-day team. I also wonder why Trott isn't, but at the moment i'm glad he is scoring runs for the Bears!
Next season the pavilion will be rubble and the new domestic structure will be in place. It will be an interesting season for sure.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Other squad members : Hussain, Flintoff, Hoggard
Intriguingly next year's competition will include 21 teams, the three extra teams could be Ireland, Scotland and a Minor Counties side which is very welcome news.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
- Westwood *
- Ambrose +
Stephen Moore and Gareth Batty are among the Worcester exodus (Steven Davies has already gone to Surrey), both have been linked with the Bears though Batty may go to Surrey instead. Of course a lot depends on the Bears staying up in division 1.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Portslade Cricket Club is a community club run by volunteers for local children in Hove. They have been burgled five times in the last 14 months, so the grant is a real boost for the club.
Commenting on the initiative, Matt Prior said: “Grass roots clubs like Portslade CC are the future of English cricket. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the opportunities I had through my local club when I was younger. The importance of investing in the development of youngsters is essential to the future of the game.”
The Cash 4 Clubs scheme, funded by Betfair - the UK’s largest online betting company, has announced it is to award significant funding to community sports clubs for a second consecutive year by extending the Cash 4 Clubs initiative nationwide.
Grants can be used to improve facilities, purchase new equipment and generally invest in the sustainability of their club. Awards of up to £1,000 are made on a quarterly basis, with applications judged by an independent committee. To apply clubs need to fill out an application available at www.cash-4-clubs.com.
Republished from here.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Well done to Woakes-y, the next Botham/Flintoff i think. An all-rounder the common man can relate too. You read it here first.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Onto Edgbaston next week!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
"Charging members also kept away some people, although the reaction of some who did attend provided another ugly dimension. Some chose to direct their ire towards the office staff in unforgivably rude fashion. In one case, a (junior) club representative was spat at. The perpetrator should never be allowed inside Edgbaston again."
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Warwickshire have picked a strong team for their game against England starting on Wednesday.
Ian Westwood (*)
Tim Ambrose (+)
England play Warwickshire this week, as i have a doctor's appointment on Friday morning i thought i might as well take the whole day off then go along to the last day of the game, hopefully the Bears haven't beaten England already!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Most spots have been definitely filled, including, unusually, the wicket keeper role. Matt Prior’s consistently excellent form with the bats in all formats, combined with more reliable glovework, has cemented his place in the team, to the point where he is expected to bat at number six.
However, the selectors are still casting their net wide to identify the rest of the keepers’ pecking order. James Foster was given a chance in the ICC World Twenty20, but the gloveman’s role in the Lions team for the match against Australia has gone to Steven Davies.
Tim Ambrose will also be under scrutiny, assuming he plays for the Bears against England next week. The discarded England keeper is doing a steady job in protecting his place as Prior’s understudy, although Davies’ runs for Worcestershire and Foster’s sparkling Twenty20 glovework are keeping the pressure on.
Ambrose did everything he could in the Caribbean earlier this year, scoring a fluent unbeaten 76 and keeping efficiently in his solitary Test appearance at Barbados. The selectors were reminded that if Prior was missing for more than one match his replacement could be fully trusted.
Ambrose’s ultimate aim is obviously to displace Prior, but he knows future chances are more reliant on the man in possession’s form than his own. A few runs and catches next week will be a good place to start in doing what he can to work his way back into the England set-up.
For now though, keep a close eye on the Lords Test odds for your early Ashes bets. If you need to get in the betting mood, check out Betfair's new fan v fan site.
By Philip Oliver
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
So the Windies go into the semi-finals, England now have to prepare for a test series. The Ashes of course. England showed they haven't quite worked out how to play international T20 which is ironic when you consider who invented the game. Always next time.
Monday, June 15, 2009
No not that one, though i'm sure this club game on Spring Lane playing fields i spotted yesterday was important too, i mean England versus India in the World T20 of course. It was a battle between two teams who so often underachieve but do better when cast as the underdogs. In this case England were cast as the underdogs but won through in an exciting match.
England are still not in the semi-finals yet though India now cannot defend their crown.
Friday, June 12, 2009
As long as he is fit, Flintoff will play in the first Ashes Test at Cardiff on 8th July. England cannot afford to demand that he proves his form. Some might point out the Test team’s success in his absence compared to his presence, but the Twenty20 defeat by South Africa, albeit in a different format, should remind the selectors of Flintoff’s importance.
The big all-rounder is a talisman, a player who inspires his teams-mates and intimidates the opposition. Kevin Pietersen has the same effect and the implications of over-reliance on the former skipper are becoming clear in the current tournament.
However, if the selectors do pick the team for Cardiff on form only, Flintoff at least has the opportunity to prove himself. Although his bowling effectiveness is never questioned, he has already proved this part of his game to be in good order, taking two cheap wickets in the first game of Lancashire’s match at Durham.
Flintoff will have the opportunity to gain more match practice in another championship match against Hampshire, the latter stages of the Twenty20 cup and, if required, in England’s Ashes warm-up match against the Bears.England fans must hope that he finds some batting form in those matches, but the most important thing is that he does not have any injury setbacks. England could do with Flintoff in their Twenty20 team; they certainly need him in the Test line-up.
Written by Philip Oliver
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
However, the name is not all that has changed at Middlesex this time around. Now known as the Panthers, the holders have lost some key personnel, with Tim Murtagh, Owais Shah, Eoin Morgan, Dirk Nannes and Murali Kartik missing out on large portions of this year’s tournament.
Essex have also been weakened thanks to the international call-ups of James Foster, Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate and Graham Napier, whilst Kent are lacking the energy and sharpness that characterised their limited overs performances last term.
That is not to say the South Division is weak – Sussex are always hard to beat, whilst Surrey are rapidly improving and Hampshire, Friends Provident trophy semi finalists, are a team to look out for.
New coach Peter Moores has got the under-achieving red roses playing with confidence and in Francois du Plessis, a key man in their run to the Friends Provident semi finals, they could have the batsman of the tournament. With regards to Twenty20 betting, he scores quickly without taking risks and is a good bet to be the tournament top runscorer.
Zander de Bruyn is another South African in good form and his talented Somerset team are the team to beat in the Midlands/Wales/West Division.
Gloucestershire and Warwickshire have made slow starts, but I expect them to both be soon in the qualification picture. Both have shown enough form in the Friends Provident trophy to suggest they have something to offer in this format and their squads will not be affected by ICC World Twenty20 call-ups.
The Bears are particularly strong in the batting department, with Neil Carter, Jim Troughton, Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott forming one of the strongest top orders around.
Written by Philip Oliver
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Customer service at so many cricket grounds is ridiculously bad. Obviously the clubs have not quite cottoned on to the fact that these customers want to give the club money. Therefore why try and piss them off as much as you can? In these tough economic times money is getting tighter and people want value for money and to be treated with respect. Cricket needs to tighten up it's customer care and service especially with attracting new fans. Someone coming to a T20 game for their first ever cricket match and who is messed about might never come again. And of course he/she will tell far more people about why he/she won't be coming again than a happy fan will tell people why they are!
There apparently were problems getting into the ground for the ODI between England and the Windies at Edgbaston today (according to TMS, though some said they got in fine). Volume appears to be a problem for Warwickshire. When there are county championship games and the volume of fans is slightly lower i find there are no problems with getting into the ground and the gate staff are friendly and polite.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Neil Carter, Jonathan Trott, Jim Troughton, Tony Frost, Ian Westwood, Richard Johnson, Ant Botha, Keith Barker, Steffan Piolet, Jimmy Anyon, Boyd Rankin, Chris Woakes and Jeetan Patel.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
I was planning on watching the 2nds but if its raining (and the forecast isn't that promising) then at least i have a fall back!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Come on put this dump out of it's misery! Anyway planning meeting begins at 11am. Fingers crossed.
From the Warks twitter:
Warwickshire's plans are approved at a meeting of the B'ham Planning Dept.
The Official website have confirmed it. Obviously had the press release ready (and no doubt one for if the decision went wrong).
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Whether Edgbaston could be retained as a secondary venue for domestic cricket only is unknown. The CEO says no but but that may be part of his bluster to try and get the planning go-ahead. There is a lot invested in Edgbaston including the indoor cricket centre so it wouldn't be a slam-dunk to just sell the ground if they did move international games to Coventry.
Of course if Edgbaston was sold one wonders what would be built in it's place. Something nice and quiet like a 24/7 Tesco perhaps?
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Guardian : Onions brings tears to Windies' eyesNo more! Swann is also a gift to headline writers, i can't wait until there is some sort of incident or scandal involving curry so we can have "SWANN VESTA".
Telegraph : Onions slices West Indies
Express : Onions tears through West Indies
Mail : Onions off to a sizzler
Cricinfo : Onions makes Windies weep
Meanwhile returning to the flat-track that is Edgabaston Yorkshire declared on 600-8 and in reply at stumps Warks were 81-1.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Meanwhile Yorkshire are 124-2 in the latest CC game at Edgbaston. MP Vaughan has gone already out to Woakes who can do no wrong at the moment.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Ian Westwood (*)
Tim Ambrose (+)
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
In fact it was a big Warwickshire effort as 2 of Woakes' wickets were caught by Tim Ambrose and one of the others by Ian Bell.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
I must say i am disappointed with that squad, i would have liked to have seen Richard Johnson (below) keep wicket and why two spinners?
A club spokesman said "There is absolutely no intention to have pop concerts or concerts of any kind. It is completely and utterly untrue to suggest otherwise." We wouldn't want the outfield ruined anyway by cavorting young people.
Meanwhile the politics behind the fight to get or resist planning permission is detailed here.
You see this is yet another example of English cricket going out of it's way to make things more difficult for itself and fans. Why two T20 competitions? Why not just beef up the existing one and spread it out a bit? What is the difference between these two competitions. The P20 will apparently have inclusion in the Champions League for the winners but what carrot will the other competition have? This was an ideal opportunity for the ECB to simplify the English season with the CC, FPL and T20 competitions spread more out in a less congested season but they blew it yet again. Now we will have T20 overkill. Wonderful.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Yorkie bowler Oliver Hannon-Dalby did all the damage taking 4-18 and looks a really good prospect. Yorkshire hunted down the 151 target reasonably easily and won by 5 wickets. SEC game against Yorkshire starts at Kings Heath CC today.
Monday, April 27, 2009
"Clive Dutton is paid a huge amount of money to oversee regeneration in Birmingham. He is about to earn his corn." Indeed.
There are two ways you can read this, 1) the top man is getting behind it to make sure the planning permission is granted 2) the council are getting desperate as they think it won't be.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Meanwhile in the current game Warks are 257-4. The Bears are grinding onwards, they may not have the star names of HAM but they know how to bring home the bacon.
The club were also accused of continuing to not consult with the protesters though they said they will form a liaison group with local residents.
Meanwhile on the pitch things are slightly brighter. HAM made 379ao, in reply Warks are 224-4 with Troughton reaching his century in the last over of the day before stumps.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
A bit of banter is fine and can be one of the things to really enjoy in cricket but not personal abuse. I remember a few years ago, again at a Bears vs HAM game (though this one was a 1 day game) and various fans were calling at Shane Warne asking him for his phone number. The great man shouted back "Ask your Missus!"
Anyway HAM are currently on 324-7.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Jimmy Anyon and Tony Frost are fit though Neil Carter and captain Ian Westwood are still unavailable.
Now some welcome news, business leaders in Birmingham have given their support to the plans. Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Jerry Blackett urged the council to rethink it's earlier blocking of planning permission calling Edgbaston one of only two international venues in the region with "a particularly high recognition rating in the important Asian markets" and the development would create 1,300 jobs.
Monday, April 20, 2009
That was years ago of course and its all changed now, now i see Warwickshire get hammered instead but i still get sunburn, hooray!
The opposition seems entrenched as does the club. Personally i can't see any way for the council to grant permission as it would be a courageous decision and as people who watched Yes Minister know those kinds of decisions are the worst...
In more bad news real doubts are being cast on the club's ability to repay the big loans it will need to make to carry out the redevelopment even if they do get the green light.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
There is a big stand in Taunton, Somerset 321-2. We are heading to a draw i think.
Meanwhile on (Somerset's) pitch Somerset are 202-2 at lunch in reply to the Bears' 500.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Ian Bell has just reached his ton though Troughton fell on 77. Warks 226-4.