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    Cricket in the 21st Century, from a 19th Century Perspective

    Cricket in the 21st Century, from a 19th Century Perspective

    How will the game of cricket be played in a hundred years time? In this feature Martin looks at the answers William Ford came up with in 1900

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    This is fascinating, excellent read Fred

    "My argument is more sentimental than logical, of course, but then there is more of sentiment about cricket than there is of logic." - admitting it is the first step, though many of us don't
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    His prediction of shorter matches between three times as many teams isn't too wide of the mark - it's just that each county fields three teams each and only some of the games are shortened

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    Not a bad effort as such. Although the 30 run retiring rule is weird to say the least. Also shows how difficult it is to imagine groundbreaking new technology like moving pictures.
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    Great article. Love the concept of machinery powered by liquid air!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    His prediction of shorter matches between three times as many teams isn't too wide of the mark - it's just that each county fields three teams each and only some of the games are shortened
    I've always been fond of old pieces of writing that involve a bit of gazing into a crystal ball - you get all sorts of interesting speculation, but the one thing I have still never seen predicted in days of yore was the concept of limited overs matches. It really is as if no one had thought of that before the 1960s

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    I've always been fond of old pieces of writing that involve a bit of gazing into a crystal ball - you get all sorts of interesting speculation, but the one thing I have still never seen predicted in days of yore was the concept of limited overs matches. It really is as if no one had thought of that before the 1960s
    That's really strange. What about school, club and weekend cricket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    That's really strange. What about school, club and weekend cricket?
    I can still remember when league cricket in Lancashire was just a question of the side batting first, if they weren't bowled out, choosing when to close their innings - it all changed in the 70s



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