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August 28, 2016, 9:32 am
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“Extra, Extra, Read All About It”

There is a piece by Vic Marks in today’s Observer: “County season boiling up for a memorable finale” from which:

“This week Yorkshire are at the Ageas Bowl where Hampshire are clutching on to First Division status by their fingernails … there have been some dull surfaces down at Southampton this season. Dare the home side spice their pitch up a little? Yorkshire, no doubt, hope they will.”

(I have some interesting ‘stats’ about results from Tigger which I’ll share before Weds – incidentally that’s the first time I can recall the Guardian/Observer writing Ageas rather than Rose)

Marks also mentions the on-going “uncertainty and some discord” over the proposals for T20 City Franchises which are “still on the agenda”. He cites recent research, not by the ECB but by a company who are specialists in “sports media rights”. They say that “There is little consumer demand for the proposed city-based T20 competition, even among younger and currently more casual fans of cricket”. (my emphasis)

The research suggests simply that the proposals are the ECB’s “quest for lost revenue” with the “main impetus” the fact that with it comes the opportunity for ECB to negotiate “new broadcast rights”. The current deal with Sky extends to 2019 with a two-year further option as a consequence of which media growth in cricket has “stagnated”. They reckon the loss is about £60m.

So there we have it. It appears that nobody much wants these changes except the TV companies and the money men at the ECB.

There again, that’s all that matters, isn’t it?

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Interesting to note (today) that England don’t want Bairstow, so he’s been released to play for Yorkshire today. Presumably therefore, Dawson can play for Hampshire this week?

Comment by pompeypop

News from the Academy game against Havant on Saturday (which they lost):

Reece Topley b Chris Morgan 20
(did not bowl)

Brad Taylor lbw Chris Morgan 65
(did not bowl – perhaps there is truth about his injury)

Chris Morgan 9.2 overs 25 runs 6 wickets
Where have I seen this chap before? Oh yes, Hampshire!

Comment by John West

VERY interesting John, many thanks. Chris was from a Pompey school and is a Havant boy so I was disappointed that he didn’t make it – competing with Danny Briggs.

Comment by pompeypop

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