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    Quote Originally Posted by Pup Clarke View Post
    Rolling back the years with the OAP's aren't they Surrey? Must of been a time around 2004/200505 when they had Butcher,Thorpe, Ramps, Stewart, Bicknell and Salisbury in their playing X1.
    Stewart retired in 2003, but yes there were a few veterans around in the side then - Jon Batty would have been into his 30s as well. That was when the rot started to set in, though. Relegated in 2006, IIRC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodster View Post
    Yes you'd have thought something like the Goodwin of old, would have been an ideal acquisition, though he has been struggling of late. I'm sure he'd have added more to the club than just his skills on the pitch though.
    true, but we have to remember we are in the second division next season!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    true, but we have to remember we are in the second division next season!
    Yes I agree, while Goodwin's powers may be on the wane I do think there would have been far more positives than negatives should they have lured him to OT.

    On another issue, I like the look of the new domestic structure for 2014 to 2017. 50-over cricket re-introduced to the County scene, we retain the two divisions and 16 matches in the CC while those games generally start on Sundays, and the T20 is played over a longer period of the season mostly on Friday nights. Looks like an improvement to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodster View Post

    On another issue, I like the look of the new domestic structure for 2014 to 2017. 50-over cricket re-introduced to the County scene, we retain the two divisions and 16 matches in the CC while those games generally start on Sundays, and the T20 is played over a longer period of the season mostly on Friday nights. Looks like an improvement to me.
    Totally agree, although why it has taken so long to work out that is the best way ahead rather perplexes me - looks like a no-brainer tbh


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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Totally agree, although why it has taken so long to work out that is the best way ahead rather perplexes me - looks like a no-brainer tbh
    Yes absolutely, still better late than never, shame we have to go through the same schedule next season before the changes kick in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodster View Post
    Yes absolutely, still better late than never, shame we have to go through the same schedule next season before the changes kick in.
    Indeed, though any domestic season without a Roses match is a bit of a disaster anyway - at least hopefully the new schedule will coincide with their return, and hopefully not by dint of the French being relegated!

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    American dream of T20 league could hit English game
    A new franchise cricket league to be launched in the United States next summer has led to fears that English counties will miss out on signing leading overseas players.

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    The England and Wales Cricket Board is monitoring the progress of the American league and Telegraph Sport understands counties have already reported overseas players are holding off committing themselves to county contracts in case they get a more lucrative offer from the United States.

    The recent boom in Twenty20 leagues - the American model will be at least the fourth to be launched in two years - has prompted the International Cricket Council to form a working party to examine how the leagues impact on world cricket. It will meet for the first time in December with a view to potential regulation of the leagues.

    Cricket Holdings America is backed by the New Zealand Cricket Board and United States Cricket with the aim of building an Indian Premier League-style Twenty20 tournament in North America. Negotiations have taken place with potential investors over the sale of six franchises for $40 million (£24 million) each which will be based in cities across the United States.

    This week CHA contracted three international public-relations firms to help with a launch scheduled for next summer with a tournament New York before the league kicks in properly in 2014, the same year the ECB hopes to relaunch the Twenty20 Cup in England.

    “It will need local players and that will grow in time but we see New Zealand players and first-class players from around the world in each team,” said Neil Maxwell, the chief executive of CHA. “We have asked for an expression of interest and they have been quite strong. Around 200 players, or their representatives of those players, have been extremely supportive of it.”

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    Officials from CHA are in talks with celebrity backers - actor Russell Crowe has been linked with the league – and hope to make an announcement over a broadcast contract before Christmas.

    The long-term aim of the league is to promote local talent but in its first few years will rely on up to 80 overseas players to fill its six teams which will each have a wage budget of $1 million (£620,000).

    The league still requires official sanction from the ICC because players will need international clearance to appear in it.

    The American league is of particular interest to the ECB because it will be scheduled for June-July, the height of the English summer. The next two summers will be key for the ECB, with tours by Australia and India. Australia tours are the most popular with the public while India attracts the biggest overseas broadcast revenue.

    “We have had debates at chief executives’ committee level and the full board about the impact of T20 leagues on international cricket,” said Dave Richardson, the chief executive of the ICC. “With the proliferation of the leagues it is becoming more important to determine what role each has and should they be regulated in terms of anti-corruption and how they fit into the international schedule.”

    The American league is unlikely to attract English players because of their county commitments but will appeal to West Indian cricketers in particular. Many have US visas and thanks to their performances in the IPL and while winning the recent World Twenty20 title, players such as Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard are in high demand and are wanted by English counties.

    The progress of the American venture will need recognisable names to attract sponsorship and the broadcast deal which will underpin the business, but does have the advantage of launching in a market used to the concept of sports franchises.

    “The franchises will have an appeal to a number of US corporations looking to expose themselves and build a profile in the subcontinent,” said Maxwell. “We call it a commercial and cultural bridge between the USA and the cricket world. It is an inexpensive marketing platform to engage with a new, large audience. We have interest from a number of agencies and broadcasters. That is something that will grow in time. It will be crucial to show them what is on offer and what players are playing in the league.”

    Cricket has failed many times to crack the American market. One of Allen Stanford’s many hollow promises was to sell his $20 million jackpot match to the American cable networks but it never materialised.

    “We have been trying for a number of years to get cricket off the ground in the United States and if it happens it will probably be on the back of the T20 format,” said Richardson. “If this is successful in improving cricket in the US then that would be great.”

    America pulls in the biggest television audiences for ICC events outside India and the large Australian, Asian and British expat population, as well as migrant workers from the Caribbean, provide an existing cricket audience.

    “Nobody is underestimating this,” said Maxwell. “It is a huge task but you have to make the first step. Cricket is the second biggest sport in the world. But it has no position in the biggest sponsorship market in the world.”

    There is a problem with cricket facilities. The league are planning to erect a purpose-built temporary facility for the first tournament and have three sites in mind in New York before spreading across the country. New Zealand played the West Indies in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, earlier this year on the only ground which meets international standards. “These things need time,” said Maxwell. “We are not blessed with a cricket infrastructure but that is all part of creating something new.”

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    ECB dumps Dutch from new-look CB50
    No more Scotland and Holland for domestic one dayers.

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    Niall O'brien signs with Leicestershire.

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    Rugby provides the blueprint for cricket's league proposals
    Ireland,Scotland and Holland plan European league to replace their spot in pro 50 cricket.

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    glamorgan signing goodwin, backward step, sends out a terrible lack of ambition at the club. FAIL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brockley View Post
    ECB dumps Dutch from new-look CB50
    No more Scotland and Holland for domestic one dayers.
    I actually think it's a good result if this happens:

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    Rugby provides the blueprint for cricket's league proposals
    Ireland,Scotland and Holland plan European league to replace their spot in pro 50 cricket.
    Especially since it wouldn't be a big stretch from that to introduce a FC competition as well.

    I have my doubts over whether it will though, in which case it would be a terrible result.
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    Great signing it has to be said, even if he misses a bit of action, they've looked rudderless recently.

    Horrible for the rest of us, having to watch him mind. Oh and is he still only 31 he could be around for the better part of a decade more, ruining cricket *shudder*
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    Yeah that's huge.

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