Essex County Cricket Club

COVID-19 Test Matches with no Specatators and the County Championship

Because people are going to make the inevitable comparison between a test match taking place behind closed doors and this seemingly being no different to a county championship match. I thought it would be worth exploring what the attendance statistics for county championship games are:

 

Team Attendance Average Per Game Average Per Day
Yorkshire 54,861 7,837 1,959
Middlesex 40,993 5,856 1,464
Surrey 38,228 5,461 1,365
Somerset 37,671 5,382 1,345
Essex 34,813 4,973 1,243
Nottinghamshire 29,032 4,147 1,037
Hampshire 25,897 3,700 925
Kent 25,859 3,694 924
Gloucestershire 23,803 3,400 850
Lancashire 23,152 3,307 827
Sussex 21,900 3,129 782
Worcestershire 17,869 2,553 638
Warwickshire 17,799 2,543 636
Northamptonshire 17,791 2,542 635
Glamorgan 16,295 2,328 582
Durham 16,225 2,318 579
Derbyshire 11,788 1,684 421
Leicestershire 8,994 1,285 321
Total 462,970 1,837 459

A total championship attendance of 462,000 across the entire season is not an insignificant number. People do actually watch championship cricket in person.

The Hundred – Mock Draft Round One

Today is the announcement of teams and the assignment of England womens players and the Men’s Icon players.

It can be viewed below:

Full details are to be found https://www.thehundred.com/news/1349818/decision-time-which-england-red-ball-player-will-go-where-

This is my initial back-of-a-cigarette-packet mock draft:

Mens Hundred Teams

BIRMINGHAM-BASED TEAM

Chris Woakes

LEEDS-BASED TEAM

Ben Stokes

LONDON — KIA OVAL

Sam Curran

MANCHESTER-BASED TEAM

Jos Buttler

 

NOTTINGHAM-BASED TEAM

No selection – Stuart Broad hasn’t played Twenty20 cricket for over 2 years

 

SOUTHAMPTON-BASED TEAM

Jofra Archer

 

CARDIFF-BASED TEAM

Jonny Bairstow

LONDON — LORD’s

Joe Root

 

Womens Teams Selection

Details: https://www.thehundred.com/news/1335193/how-women-s-player-selection-works

This would be a lot easier to calculate if the ECB actually made the list of England’s women players who are centrally contracted easy to find on their website:

2019-10-03 (1)

And before I could get it all online, they announced the picks anyway!

https://www.thehundred.com/news/1366687/-first-players-named-in-the-hundred-men-s-women-s-teams

The Hundred.com – A review

Quick question? Can you name the teams for The Hundred that is due to take place in 2020 and whose draft is taking place over the next few weeks?

If you are looking for the team names on thehundred.com then good luck. The nearest you come to is the “Where is The Hundred” page and that still doesn’t tell you the team names.

It turns out these are being released today: https://www.thehundred.com/news/1360229/3-october-england-players-local-icons-revealed-in-their-teams

Fortunately Jimmy Wales’ team is on the job: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hundred_(cricket). So the team names for The Hundred are:

Manchester Originals
Northern Superchargers
Birmingham Phoenix
Trent Rockets
Western Fire
London Spirit
Oval Invincibles
Southern Brave

Seven-Cities

That only needed us to go to another website to find out. So we’re off to a good start.

The Draft

For a competition that is featuring a draft so prominently (and I think this is a good way to to generate interest and fan engagement if it is done properly)

The Draft for the Mens and Womens competitions will see all 8 teams making their picks in September and October. Is this linked to in the navigation menu?

No. You have to scroll through the news items.

As an aside. If you search for “The Hundred” on the ECB’s website, you can find the Player and Coach privacy policy for the competition: https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1336246 https://platform-static-files.s3.amazonaws.com/ecb/document/2019/09/03/a4db5335-d980-4986-8344-8515053e81b9/The-Hundred-Privacy-Policy-30-August-2019.pdf

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/27650130/details-hundred-draft-revealed

Well done for also highlighting that some of the greatest players in a sport that has a player draft can often be selected very low down in the process.

 

I’m not sure selling the fact that Tom Brady was the 199th pick in a draft that won’t have that many selections is a great idea though.

Oh and today’s the announcement of the full details of the:

ENGLAND PLAYERS & LOCAL ICONS REVEALED IN THEIR TEAMS

 

and it’s not being live-streamed or blogged on the site?

 

I want The Hundred to succeed as the ECB have invested so much in its success. I just think it could be doing this better.

 

But what do I know?

 

Just Michael Vaughan Getting Bowled A Lot.

Well here you go:

Always give the public the montage of Michael Vaughan being bowled that they want.

 

 

Scarborough

It’s close to eleven and something evil’s lurking

In the pitch

Under the light  you see a sight that almost stops

Your heart

You try to scream, but terror takes the sound before

You make it

You start to freeze as horror looks you right between

The eyes

You’re paralyzed

 

‘Cause this is Scarborough, Scarborough festival

And no one’s gonna save you from the beast about to

Strike

You know it’s Scarborough, Scarborough festival

You’re fighting for your life on a green pitch

Scarborough today

 

You see the ball pitch and realize there’s nowhere

Left to go

You feel the cold edge and wonder if you’ll ever see

A run

You close your eyes and hope that this is just

Imagination

But all the while you hear Amir creepin’ up

Foster’s Behind

You’re out of time

 

‘Cause this is Scarborough, Scarborough festival

There ain’t no second chance against the Essex attack with

Forty bowling points

You know it’s Scarborough, Scarborough festival

You’re fighting for your life on a green pitch

Scarborough today

 

Essex bowlers call

And the club starts to walk in their masquerade

There’s no escapin’ the jaws of the Foster this time

(They’re open wide)

This is the end of your title hopes

 

They’re out to get you; there’s bowlers closing in on

Every side

They will possess you unless you change the number on

Your shirt.

Now is the time for you and I to cuddle Brian Close

Together

All through the day I’ll save you from the terrors on

The pitch

I’ll make you see

 

That it’s a Scarborough, Scarborough festival

‘Cause I can thrill you more than any ghost

Would ever dare try

Girl, this is Scarborough, Scarborough festival

So let me hold you tight and share a new ball

Scarborough here today

 

That it’s a Scarborough, Scarborough festival

‘Cause I can thrill you more than any ghost

Would ever dare try

Girl, this is Scarborough, Scarborough festival

So let me hold you tight and share a new ball

 

Darkness falls across the land

The Sidebottom hour is close at hand

Batsman crawl in search of runs

To terrorize y’awl’s neighborhood

And whosoever shall be found

Without the soul for getting down

Must stand and face the hounds of hell

And rot inside a Hopps’ toilet shell

 

The foulest stench is in the air

The funk of forty thousand overs

And grizzly bowlers from every tomb

Are closing in to seal your doom

And though you fight to stay alive

Your body starts to shiver

For no mere batsman can resist

The evil of the Scarborough festival.

Another (Surrey batsman) bites the dust…

Oh! Let’s go!

Steve Davies walks warily down the street

With his brim pulled way down low.

Ain’t no sound but the sound of his feet,

David Masters is ready to go.


Are you ready, Surrey, are you ready for this?

Are you hanging on the edge of your seat?

Out of the bowling crease Napier rips

To the sound of the edge


Another Surrey batsman bites the dust

Another Surrey batsman  bites the dust

And another Surrey batsman  gone, and another Surrey batsman gone

Another Surrey batsman  bites the dust

Hey, Napier’s gonna get you, too

Another Surrey batsman  bites the dust


How do you think Surrey are going to get along

Without Steve Davies when he’s gone?

You took Essex for everything they had

And picked Foakes out of our town


Are you happy, are you satisfied?

How long can you stand the heat?

Out of the bowling crease the deliveries rip

To the sound of the edge

Another Surrey batsman bites the dust

Another Surrey batsman  bites the dust

And another Surrey batsman  gone, and another Surrey batsman gone

Another Surrey batsman  bites the dust

Hey, Napier’s gonna get you, too

Another Surrey batsman  bites the dust


There are plenty of ways that you can hurt Essex

And drive them down the ground

You can beat them, you can outspend them


But Napier’s ready, yes, He’s ready for you

He’s standing on his own two feet

Out of the bowling crease the deliveries rip

Repeating to the sound of the edge

  


World Cup Prison Blues

I hear the final pool game a comin’
It’s rolling round the bend
And I ain’t seen England win since I don’t know when,
I’m stuck in Australasia, and time keeps draggin’ on
But that tournament keeps a rollin’ on down to the S.C.G.

When I was just a baby my mama told me. Son,
Always be a good boy, don’t ever play without fun.
But they selected a Tredwell & Ravi at Sydney just to watch them die

When I hear that Aussie crowing, I hang my head and cry..

I bet there’s rich folks eating in a fancy corporate box
They’re probably drinkin’ coffee and smoking big cigars.
Well I know England had it coming, I know England can’t be free
But this team keeps a losin’
And that’s what tortures me…

Well if they freed Ravi from this tour,
If that England job was mine
I bet I’d move the team on a little farther down the line
Far from the Peter Moores, that’s where I want to stay
And I’d let Ravi’s bowling blow my blues away…..

Why are they under-performing?

When England players don’t perform at the World Twenty20 we’re reminded that this is because they don’t play in the IPL. Therefore England players are missing out on talking with elite players form around the world about Twenty20 cricket and develop ways to improve their game. When England players perform badly in a test series we often say that they need to go away and work on their game in the championship. When England players don’t perform in ODIs what do we say? Well in truth the reaction is often that the message the players here from their supporters is that it doesn’t matter  (and I’ve used the following tweet because the person is a senior figure in the media)

  

But another part of the problem is that our ODI side, like India’s test side, just don’t play any list a and twenty20 away from the England side.



Look at the senior players in the England set-up. A number have struggled in ODIs this winter. But when was the last time they were dropped from the ODIS side and played for their county?  Take Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook & James Anderson:

LIST A MATCHES PLAYED BY STUART BROAD (134)
Date Competition Match Ground
25th September 2005 totesport League 2005 Division 2 Leicestershire v Kent Grace Road, Leicester a16860
23rd April 2006 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy 2006 North Division Lancashire v Leicestershire Old Trafford, Manchester a17389
25th June 2006 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy 2006 North Division Scotland v Leicestershire Raeburn Place, Edinburgh a17500
1st August 2006 NatWest Pro40 League 2006 Division 2 Gloucestershire v Leicestershire College Ground, Cheltenham a17536
9th August 2006 NatWest Pro40 League 2006 Division 2 Kent v Leicestershire St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury a17555
14th August 2006 NatWest Pro40 League 2006 Division 2 Leicestershire v Worcestershire Grace Road, Leicester a17564
17th September 2006 NatWest Pro40 League 2006 Division 2 Leicestershire v Derbyshire Grace Road, Leicester a17614
29th April 2007 Friends Provident Trophy 2007 North Division Worcestershire v Leicestershire County Ground, New Road, Worcester a18205
3rd June 2007 Friends Provident Trophy 2007 North Division Leicestershire v Nottinghamshire Doncaster Close, Oakham School a18247
13th June 2007 Friends Provident Trophy 2007 North Division Leicestershire v Derbyshire Grace Road, Leicester a18269
30th July 2007 NatWest Pro40 League 2007 Division 2 Middlesex v Leicestershire Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood a18311
7th August 2007 NatWest Pro40 League 2007 Division 2 Derbyshire v Leicestershire County Ground, Derby a18319
27th April 2008 Friends Provident Trophy 2008 Midlands Group Ireland v Nottinghamshire Castle Avenue, Dublin a18955
21st September 2013 Yorkshire Bank 40 2013 Final Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood a22841

 

LIST A MATCHES PLAYED BY ALASTAIR COOK (150)
Date Competition Match Ground
7th May 2003 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy 2003 3rd Round Essex Cricket Board v Essex County Ground, Chelmsford a15094
9th June 2003 Pakistan in British Isles 2003 Essex v Pakistanis County Ground, Chelmsford a15155
21st September 2003 National League 2003 Division 1 Worcestershire v Essex County Ground, New Road, Worcester a15335
2nd May 2004 totesport League 2004 Division 1 Hampshire v Essex The Rose Bowl, Southampton a15855
3rd May 2004 totesport League 2004 Division 1 Essex v Warwickshire County Ground, Chelmsford a15861
5th May 2004 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy 2004 2nd Round Scotland v Essex Raeburn Place, Edinburgh a15876
16th May 2004 totesport League 2004 Division 1 Glamorgan v Essex Sophia Gardens, Cardiff a15887
23rd May 2004 totesport League 2004 Division 1 Surrey v Essex The Brit Oval, Kennington a15902
8th June 2004 totesport League 2004 Division 1 Essex v Hampshire County Ground, Chelmsford a15931
15th June 2004 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy 2004 Quarter-Final Worcestershire v Essex County Ground, New Road, Worcester a15938
5th June 2005 totesport League 2005 Division 1 Middlesex v Essex Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood a16658
19th June 2005 totesport League 2005 Division 1 Worcestershire v Essex County Ground, New Road, Worcester a16681
7th August 2005 totesport League 2005 Division 1 Essex v Middlesex Garon’s Park, Southend-on-Sea a16775
18th September 2005 totesport League 2005 Division 1 Essex v Worcestershire The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a16845
25th September 2005 totesport League 2005 Division 1 Northamptonshire v Essex County Ground, Northampton a16861
23rd April 2006 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy 2006 South Division Essex v Glamorgan The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a17385
1st May 2006 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy 2006 South Division Hampshire v Essex The Rose Bowl, Southampton a17408
7th May 2006 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy 2006 South Division Essex v Ireland The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a17421
29th April 2007 Friends Provident Trophy 2007 South Division Essex v Hampshire The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a18197
6th May 2007 Friends Provident Trophy 2007 South Division Essex v Kent The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a18206
13th May 2007 Friends Provident Trophy 2007 South Division Ireland v Essex Castle Avenue, Dublin a18223
3rd June 2007 Friends Provident Trophy 2007 South Division Surrey v Essex Whitgift School, Croydon a18250
20th June 2007 Friends Provident Trophy 2007 Semi-Final Durham v Essex Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street a18275
16th September 2007 NatWest Pro40 League 2007 Division 1 Northamptonshire v Essex County Ground, Northampton a18388
27th April 2008 Friends Provident Trophy 2008 South East Group Essex v Sussex The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a18953
5th July 2008 Friends Provident Trophy 2008 Semi-Final Essex v Yorkshire The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a19063
16th August 2008 Friends Provident Trophy 2008 Final Essex v Kent Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood a19107
24th August 2008 NatWest Pro40 League 2008 Division 2 Essex v Glamorgan Castle Park Cricket Ground, Colchester a19124
20th May 2009 Friends Provident Trophy 2009 Group D Lancashire v Essex Old Trafford, Manchester a19821
23rd May 2009 Friends Provident Trophy 2009 Quarter-Final Lancashire v Essex Old Trafford, Manchester a19828
3rd September 2009 NatWest Pro40 League 2009 Division 1 Essex v Hampshire The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a19931
5th September 2009 NatWest Pro40 League 2009 Division 1 Durham v Essex Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street a19933
8th September 2009 NatWest Pro40 League 2009 Division 1 Somerset v Essex County Ground, Taunton a19941
27th September 2009 NatWest Pro40 League 2009 Division 1 Yorkshire v Essex Headingley, Leeds a20012
25th April 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 2010 Group B Essex v Yorkshire The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a20538
3rd May 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 2010 Group B Derbyshire v Essex Highfield, Leek a20554
9th May 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 2010 Group B Essex v Gloucestershire The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a20565
2nd September 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 2010 Group B Essex v Middlesex The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a20748
4th September 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 2010 Group B Yorkshire v Essex Headingley, Leeds a20759
11th September 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 2010 Semi-Final Somerset v Essex County Ground, Taunton a20766
1st May 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40 2011 Group C Essex v Nottinghamshire The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a21336
2nd May 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40 2011 Group C Essex v Lancashire The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a21342
6th May 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40 2011 Group C Glamorgan v Essex The SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff a21353
8th May 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40 2011 Group C Unicorns v Essex The Victory Ground, Bury St Edmunds a21360
13th May 2012 Clydesdale Bank 40 2012 Group A Essex v Worcestershire The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a21969
26th June 2012 Australia in England and Ireland 2012 Essex v Australians The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford a22019
13th May 2014 

 

Sri Lanka in Ireland and England 2014  Essex v Sri Lankans The Essex County Ground, Chelmsford a23384

The schedule for England in international cricket is seriously hurting the game. The England players through the PCA negotiated higher-paying contracts starting from the 2013-14 period. I think it would have been better to keep the same deal as 2012-13 (adjusted for inflation) and to have reduced the demands on the England team (just the 17 tests this year, which is a pre-central contracts level of cricket for the senior England test players). Playing less for England gives the players a more time to rest and also provides opportunities for them to play a little more championship, list a & twenty20 cricket for their county. Having England players playing county cricket enhances the quality of cricket involved, it also allows them to work on their skills in a less-pressurised environment than international cricket.