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Re: Season 2020
BeefyRoberts 02 May, 2020 09:24
There is a magazine on sale now, called 'County Cricket Matters'
Has been 2 editions so far, and it is a rather good read. First 2 are priced at £2 each, and are available from www.countycricketmatters.com

Hope the mods dont mind me putting this on website, it's an independent magazine.
2nd edition has interview with Kevin Hand among others, and I have heard Roland Butcher could be in an up coming edition.
I'm not involved in magazine, but know a few have purchased it and had all good feedback as well.

Re: Season 2020
Fozzie 02 May, 2020 13:50
Quote:
BeefyRoberts
There is a magazine on sale now, called 'County Cricket Matters'
Has been 2 editions so far, and it is a rather good read. First 2 are priced at £2 each, and are available from www.countycricketmatters.com

Hope the mods dont mind me putting this on website, it's an independent magazine.
2nd edition has interview with Kevin Hand among others, and I have heard Roland Butcher could be in an up coming edition.
I'm not involved in magazine, but know a few have purchased it and had all good feedback as well.

Fully agree with Beefy. Pleasantly surprised at what it a full and interesting read this was for such a low price. Next issue due in June.

Re: Season 2020
BeefyRoberts 06 May, 2020 11:52
I see from newspaper reports, that the clown called harrison was again in front of the DCMS to explain how our great game will be after the virus.
Saying if no season ( we all just hope there is at least some cricket) ecb could lose in region of £380m.
Even if some international cricket goes ahead, the losses will be in region of £100m. How are they going to get overseas squads over here? Clue in word 'overseas'.
This bloke really does live on a different planet.
Maybe, if he, and the head clown graves took heads out of the sand are just realised the dramatic drop of £££ in the bank is due to the gamble on franchise rubbish, and listened to the cricket masses they will know who was correct all along.

What will coco the clown and sidekick announce on July 1st?
Like the rest of us, missing our wonderful game, missing the away trips and missing everyone we know well, or just bump into at games and say a quick hello.
It's amazing how much we love this game, when we cant get our 'summer fix' and, of course, the weather has been close to perfect for start of the season...just cant make this up!

Stay safe everyone, let's get through this and have one seriously big party at the first game!

Re: Season 2020
BeefyRoberts 11 May, 2020 14:56
Just pulled the plug on the Notts game at Trent Bridge and cancelled hotel.
I know it's not until end of Aug, but, to be honest, I just can't see how any game will get the go-ahead.
Derbyshire is my only hotel left now, that will get cancelled later.

Re: Season 2020
BeefyRoberts 20 May, 2020 21:49
Oh well, all done.
Derby hotel for the County game in September been cancelled. Got a voucher for the cost to use, so, IF we get game there can rebook.
All my hotels cancelled now, maybe I have gone early, but will see.

Re: Season 2020
rod/ed 20 May, 2020 21:58
Still got Notts on a free cancellation. Probably won't be able to use it for footie either!

Re: Season 2020
BeefyRoberts 24 May, 2020 08:14
Been perfect weather for cricket since start of the season.....

Re: Season 2020
tbl 27 May, 2020 20:36
George Dobell is reporting that there may be some County Championship cricket in August.

Cricinfo report

It is not clear if spectators will be allowed, although social distancing shouldn't be a problem at most midweek championship games.

Re: Season 2020
Jonathan Winsky 27 May, 2020 23:12
It would hopefully help counties financially if some county cricket can take place at some point before 2020 is over. Whether spectators will be allowed remains to be seen, as the government have so far offered no hope that this will be allowed any time soon, although maybe they will give some hope at one of their next couple of reviews of the restrictions around 8th or 29th June. As cases of coronavirus infections and deaths sound like they are going in the right direction, and as the test and trace system will launch tomorrow, it would be human nature for the public to get their hopes up of a return to the freedoms enjoyed pre-lockdown, but the government are hesitant to risk a second wave of infections, which is why some sports clubs fear that they will have to wait until some time in 2021 to be allowed to welcome spectators.

As much as I enjoy attending sport, one issue I have as someone who works for the NHS and who travels on the Underground to and from work each day (my journey takes me close to both Lord’s and The Oval) is that even if matches were played at venues where it was possible to maintain social distancing, the fact that many spectators would travel to matches on public transport would make transport more crowded and thus increase the possibility of coronavirus spreading, which is why a large part of me would like as much of London as possible to remain closed in order to not tempt people into the area.

What I cannot question is that it should be possible (and easier to do compared to while in an office, in a supermarket or on transport) for social distancing to be maintained at County Championship matches at Lord’s and many other major venues, particularly if ground capacity is reduced.

The plans for the 2020 county season are more or less what I anticipated they would be, as it is hoped that some counties can play regional first-class matches with a five-day final at Lord’s but without promotion or relegation at stake, that the T20 Blast can take place too, but that a Royal London Cup competition is unlikely. I am not sure if the Blast would work well if played in front of empty grounds or at grounds with reduced capacities, but I suppose that some people will argue that it would be better than nothing and that it would prevent counties possibly having to refund Sky. It sounds like the County Championship final would be contested by two of the three group winners, which I fear would mean that teams who get off to a bad start would feel they had less to play for, as of course there would be a group in which none of the six teams advance into the final.

I purchased a ticket for Surrey v Middlesex in a Blast match due to take place at The Oval tomorrow, but I am not sure whether this fixture will take place in front of spectators in 2020, especially if Surrey say that any matches they stage this season can only take place in front of their members, so presumably Surrey will either give me a refund or give me a credit against a ticket for the corresponding fixture in 2021. What I am sure about is that the match will not take place tomorrow!

Re: Season 2020
BeefyRoberts 28 May, 2020 17:30
Latest update from ecb...now no cricket until August 1st at earliest.
Includes all recreational and professional.
Oh well, to be honest I can't see any at all.
Time to put bag back in loft, put playfair into cupboard with rest of the memorabilia, and look forward to next season.
Maybe we can arrange an MTWD gathering once things calm down

Re: Season 2020
Jonathan Winsky 03 June, 2020 19:04
Angus Fraser has spoken to Middlesex’s YouTube page about the preparations the club are making ahead of a potential start to the 2020 season:


Re: Season 2020
Jonathan Winsky 03 June, 2020 23:45
In the Daily Mail, it is reported that some counties have expressed reluctance to start the season until the present situation with coronavirus has dramatically eased (e.g. with regards to the supporters being unable to attend and players having to observe a degree of social distancing) due to the financial implications of counties having little or no matchday revenue, of staff having to be taken off furlough, of staff having to take tests and of players and coaches possibly having to make long journeys to and from matches each day if they are not allowed to stay in hotels.

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