Hampshire Cricket History


On the Box?
July 30, 2013, 7:18 am
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Bob Comments below: “… my point about the Quarter Final is that 2.30 on a Thursday is ridiculous, and cannot be right. I am sure both games will be in the evening, with only one televised.”

I don’t know the answer although it may well be in the Radio Times which is on sale from today but I’m not convinced. I think Sky will want all four on the box. The arguments against an afternoon fixture are principally that people are at work and either cannot or won’t take leave. In my days as a schoolteacher I got nice holidays but could not take leave in term-time so, for example, I recall arriving at a mid-week SEMI-final just in time to see the applause for Mike Procter who had demolished our upper order

Of course back then, and for many years after, all quarter and semi finals were midweek and daytime – for example a couple against Northants, one at Edgbaston, the first successful semi (at Chelmsford), the Gooch ‘run out’ v Essex, the Fraser ‘beamer’ v Middx. Saturday/evening knock-out matches were Finals only until very recently. Next week is school holidays so the kids can be there and maybe more kids in an afternoon –  T20 has always been aimed quite a bit at them.

I wonder whether it may be determined by the home grounds. Trent Bridge and Ageas Bowl have lights (the fourth may be the Oval) – if Northampton does not, they may get the afternoon game – assuming there is one. But maybe Bob is right and there will be two Thursday evening games – I’ll just be surprised if Sky does not mind missing one of the four.

PS: If the ECB site is correct, the day with two matches is TUESDAY and since Hampshire are playing Bangladesh A on that day, I guess they cannot play then. Neither could Sky get access on the day before Weds to set up, so it’s looking increasingly likely to me that Hampshire will get Thursday evening


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Looking at Radio Times it shows two matches on Tuesday, coverage of the first starting at 4 o’clock, of the second 7:30. Coverage of Wednesday and Thursday starting at 7 o’clock.

Comment by Bob Murrell

Thanks Bob – TV rules

Comment by pompeypop




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