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Middlesex v Surrey July 26th-27th 2020
Discussion started by tallliman , 24 June, 2020 13:26
Middlesex v Surrey July 26th-27th 2020
tallliman 24 June, 2020 13:26
cricket is returning (behind closed doors): []

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 24/06/2020 13:27 by tallliman.

Re: Middlesex v Surrey July 26th-27th 2020
freddie tittlemouse 24 June, 2020 15:29
Guinness book of records candidate for the latest ever pre season friendly.

Is it still possible to watch cricket from the block of flats in Harleyford Road? Or from the top of the gasometer?

Re: Middlesex v Surrey July 26th-27th 2020
RadstockRob 24 June, 2020 18:45
Surrey will be doing a live feed of the match.


Re: Middlesex v Surrey July 26th-27th 2020
Jonathan Winsky 24 June, 2020 19:31
It is great news that there is an indication that some competitive county cricket will take place in 2020. Hopefully, the following few weeks will see confirmation of the structure and possibly the fixturelist for the season, or at the very least will see other counties announcing some friendlies. Surely, tomorrow’s virtual Middlesex AGM will see comment about how confident the club are that some cricket will be played this season, and about any preparations being made (e.g. staff being taken off furlough, and training starting).

I would like to say that the live stream of this match is bound to generate views from the many people starved of seeing live cricket from Britain, but I am unsure considering that the match will coincide with the final Test of the England v West Indies series from Old Trafford. Then again, the fact that Old Trafford hardly ever stages Tests entirely unaffected by rain gives hope that there will be stoppages which encourage people to tune into Surrey v Middlesex. The fact that there will be six presumably moving cameras broadcasting this match shows that Surrey are putting a lot more effort into recording this match compared to having just one or two static cameras. Regardless of whether or not spectators are allowed to attend matches in 2020, it would be great if more counties devote as many resources as Surrey are devoting into their broadcasts.

I very much hope that the fact that a lot of aspects of life are now beginning to return towards what they were pre-lockdown will not result in what I consider the key coronavirus numbers (e.g. deaths, new infections, r number, people being treated in hospital) either increasing or barely decreasing, as that would delay the point when the consensus says that it is safe to once again attend sporting events. A much-feared second wave would feel like a massive blow for a massive amount of reasons.

Re: Middlesex v Surrey July 26th-27th 2020
Bobstan 26 June, 2020 10:43
Sadly, Jonathan, many other counties probably don't have the resources to match Surrey's coverage.

Re: Middlesex v Surrey July 26th-27th 2020
Jonathan Winsky 26 June, 2020 19:18
At last night’s Middlesex AGM, treasurer David Kendix announced that the club will be investing in more cameras to broadcast our home matches, so I am hopeful that one positive aspect of it being possible that county cricket may take place in 2020 in front of no spectators or with restrictions on crowd numbers is that other counties will make similar improvements to their broadcasts.

In 2008, ECB announced that they would grant counties £9m to allow all main grounds to install floodlights (something which all counties other than Worcestershire have been able to do), so it would be great if ECB could launch a similar scheme to improve the quality of online streams. Surely, this would cost nowhere near £9m.

However, the fact that a lot of counties as well as ECB have suffered financially due to the pandemic may restrict the likelihood of money being found for such a scheme.

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