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malvernbee said:
Now only some small County that lives in the shadow of it's bigger brother to the north stands in Worcestershire's way to the title. :)


Keep trying, you'll have to do better than that. :fishing:
 

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off to Cheltenham this Friday for day 3 of Glos v Leicestershire. Come on those glos'ters !
 

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Anyone here going to Surrey v Northamptonshire this week?

Not when we can go to Derby and see Marcus North lead the Derbyshire charge to the top of the Championship II with a couple of centuries against Somerset. Marcus North is married to my cousin so I have the inside skinny on this stuff. The final coup de grace will be delivered to Surrey on September 20th I'm told.
:) ;)
 

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I might pop down on Wednesday, depending on the weather, what else I have planned and whether Surrey are batting.
 

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Holysmit said:
I might pop down on Wednesday, depending on the weather, what else I have planned and whether Surrey are batting.
Well, the weather should hold today but tomorrow it’s forecast to be showery. Surrey are in the field and I wouldn’t mind seeing Kumble in action so I’ll pop in for an hour this afternoon and perhaps drop in for a pint at the end of the day. Say hello if you spot me, I’m wearing a blue Firefox t-shirt.
 

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I see that Stuart Law, after four years with Lancashire, is to be give a testimonial.

I should think so: and I trust he will also be given an illuminated address and a long-service medal to mark this incredible feat of longevity.

Worn-out and impoverished in the service of his county. :rolleyes:
 

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coconino said:
Well, the weather should hold today but tomorrow it’s forecast to be showery. Surrey are in the field and I wouldn’t mind seeing Kumble in action so I’ll pop in for an hour this afternoon and perhaps drop in for a pint at the end of the day. Say hello if you spot me, I’m wearing a blue Firefox t-shirt.

Can't go today got to wait for a delievery man who might come today or tomorrow :rolleyes:. If he does come today and the weathers nice tomorrow i'll head down for the Afternoon session tomorrow and i'll wear something Brentford related.
 

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Well, it's cloudy but the rain is holding off, so sod work and off to the Oval where Surrey are 230 for 1 with Newman on 130 and Rampo on 75. Today I are be mostly wearing a flat cap and green corduroy jeans jacket and will be sitting in the green seats square to the left of the pavilion for a change.
 

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Well, it was pretty chilly until the sun came out, but worth it as Surrey closed on 417-2 with Ramps 174* and Butch 73*. Northant will be ruing a couple of costly drops off successive balls.
 

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Edmundo said:
Dunno, but they certainly whinged a lot. Some of them are still whinging about it! :fishing:

They? Them?..."They and Them" you say Ed? Come!Come! Surrey is the only "they and them" when it comes to discussion of Middlesex and Surrey on a Brentford, Middlesex message board! Middlesex is always the "we and us" in that context. Now if you wanted to take yourself outside of Brentford and Middlesex and address the citizens and supporters thereof, you should properly have written "but you certainly whinged a lot. Some of you are still whinging about it!"

We have a "north of the Thames" county heritage in Brentford.;);):rolleyes::rolleyes::D:D
 

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Edmundo said:
Ramps is enjoying second division bowling, isn't he?
It was very satisfying the way he placed his shots. Almost surgical. However he was dropped at mid-off just barely into three figures when he skyed a shot which hung in the air for an age while a lanky streak (Phillips?) fiddled around trying to work out how to catch him and then spilled it. It raised a laugh from the home crowd but when he played the next ball exactly the same and the same fieldsman dropped him at the same spot for the second time here were peals of laughter. After that both he and Butch seemed to loosen up and once they were past 150 and 50 respectively they both started having fun finding gaps. Another funny moment came after a fieldsman had spent an age elaborately fitting himself out with shin-pads, box and helmet before settling himself at silly point, only to see the next ball played exactly opposite on the leg side.

I'll get there again today but not until late afternoon unfortunately.
 

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Edmundo said:
Ramps is enjoying second division bowling, isn't he? What a pity he didn't stay at Middlesex when they went down! :) :fishing: lol

he wanted to play for England, unfortunately Duncan Fletcher required players with bottle.... something Runsforcash never had.

i do hope i've been fished :sorted:
 

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Edmundo said:
Ramps is enjoying second division bowling, isn't he? What a pity he didn't stay at Middlesex when they went down! :) :fishing: lol

Don't start me off on Runs4cash again ;)
 

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Butcher run out for 147. Surrey now 602-3.
 
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Time to be a arrogant an surrey fan "we are going up say we are going up"

also "Going Down with the Yorkshire Down with the Yorkshire "

ps never ever felt confident about singing jingle bells at Brentford away games
 

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Suntan of the Oak said:
Time to be a arrogant an surrey fan ...

Is there any other kind?

Where have all these treacherous turncoats come from on a Middlesex club's board or are they really secret Palace fans who hope Brentford will groundshare with Woking? :fishing: :fishing:
 

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I really don't see what your problem is CB. I grew up in Richmond, a short bus ride from Griffin Park and a short train trip to Vauxhall for the Oval. Brentford and Surrey is a perfectly proper and sensible choice.

You're just bitter because we're going straight back up and you're going down. And because we have Mark Ramprakash! :fishing:
 

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6 Wickets in the final session is gonna take some doing though.
 

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I was born a stone's throw from Griffin Park, but spent most of my life in Surrey (and I include Brixton in Surrey). I feel it's only fair to spread the love.
 

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Edmundo said:
I really don't see what your problem is CB. I grew up in Richmond, a short bus ride from Griffin Park and a short train trip to Vauxhall for the Oval. Brentford and Surrey is a perfectly proper and sensible choice.

You're just bitter because we're going straight back up and you're going down. And because we have Mark Ramprakash! :fishing:

It's not a problem Ed, it's an opportunity. As a lifelong Derbyshire cricket fan I'm an impartial observer trying to stir up some healthy rivalry between neighbours. I went to school in Wimbledon in the Laker, Lock, May, Bedser halcyon days for Surrey and boy did the Surrey fans give it the large with only Yorkshire providing any real opposition for a few years. Arrogant isn't the word for it! Derbyshire's Les Jackson was the hard-done by guy. He was the leading opening bowler in the county championships in that era and the only man to post a less than 11.00 runs average with more than 100 wickets in the last 120 years. The late Freddie Truman acknowledged on TV that Jackson was the best but played for the "wrong" county while people like Loader, Moss and Appleyard were given multiple chances because they were on the "right" teams.

Charles Collins wrote: "No-one illustrated the ludicrous nature of the sporting establishments more than Fred Trueman, who found himself only in and out of the England team at a time when he was obviously the finest fast bowler in the world, and would have walked into any other test side as the first man selected. It had already happened to Derbyshire legend Les Jackson, and they were far from the only two.

As someone who grew up in Australia myself, where the underlying psychology is always a "fair go", the way some people are excluded from English sporting teams for reasons other than sheer talent have always raised a wry smile. But when you meet the victims of this institutional classism it ceases to be even remotely funny."
 

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Twenty20 final: Leicestershire Foxes v Nottinghamshire Outlaws

Glad to see that Surrey went out:cool: . How come most of you support Surrey:nono: !?! Brentford is in Middlesex!!!
 

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Bees_4eva said:
How come most of you support Surrey:nono: !?! Brentford is in Middlesex!!!

I've always supported Middx as I was born in Isleworth, but The Oval is just as easy to get to as Lord's for most Bees fans so, as Ed points out, it's a natural affiliation. I used to go to both grounds to see Test Matches and enjoyed the atmosphere at both. If Surrey's home ground was in, say, Epsom, it might be a lot different because of the traveling distance. I've never seen Surrey as bitter rivals on the lines of Q.P.R.: back in the '60s when I first started going to Lord's, Yorkshire were the dominant county side and I even had a soft spot for them because of Fiery Fred Trueman.
 

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As I was born in Ealing, I've always supported Kent. It was too late by the time someone told me. :confused:
 

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Les Beeavinu said:
As I was born in Ealing, I've always supported Kent. It was too late by the time someone told me. :confused:
Actually, Ealing Common has always reminded me a lot of the area around Tunbridge Wells. :)
 

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Santa Barbara Bee said:
I've always supported Middx as I was born in Isleworth, but The Oval is just as easy to get to as Lord's for most Bees fans so, as Ed points out, it's a natural affiliation. I used to go to both grounds to see Test Matches and enjoyed the atmosphere at both. If Surrey's home ground was in, say, Epsom, it might be a lot different because of the traveling distance. I've never seen Surrey as bitter rivals on the lines of Q.P.R.: back in the '60s when I first started going to Lord's, Yorkshire were the dominant county side and I even had a soft spot for them because of Fiery Fred Trueman.


That logic of easy access would makes us all QPR fans SBB. Anyway, Test matches are not county games and can be just as great at Old Trafford or Trent Bridge. In the fifties Surrey fans used to despise Denis Compton and Bill Edrich. Surrey was the team to hate growing up in Staines, now intolerably ceded to Surrey by some sadistic political bastards, probably from Elephant and Castle. The Oval was a smelly hole with its gasworks and could never be compared to the elegant Lords environment, with its famous gates and the Tavern, in those days. Having Edrich and Compton, who scored the winning run, at the wicket when England won the decisive test at the rival's Oval ground in 1953 was, well, as close to ecstasy as you could get with your trousers on for Middlesex natives and fans. Crossing the Thames to support the other team was worse than Julius Caesar crossing the Rubicon for both sets of fans and it made Benedict Arnold look like the prodigal son in comparison.
 
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Is there any other kind?

Where have all these treacherous turncoats come from on a Middlesex club's board or are they really secret Palace fans who hope Brentford will groundshare with Woking? :fishing: :fishing:

I work in Woking and would be happy to see Brentford play there but that another thread (not a palace) fan actually the bit in Surrey I live is next to Hants and Berks border and the nearest league team to me is Reading followed by Brentford
 
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This appears to be the defining weekend of the County Cricket Season.
Surrey today promoted from Division 2 by beating Glamorgan.

Middlesex's hopes of survival are pinned on the game against Yorkshire.
Yorkshire are chasing 275 to win at Scarborough.

I'm not a betting man, but if Middlesex lose this then the odds must be stacked against their survival in Divison One.

Forthcoming fixtures affecting the bottom of Division One.
Middx v Notts (Lords)
Kent v Middx (Canterbury)
Yorkshire v Durham (Leeds)
Notts v Sussex (Nottingham)
Lancs v Durham (Manchester)
Yorkshire v Durham (Leeds)

Division One
 

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Yorks v Middx rained off, and looks like there won't be a result in Sussex v Hants so it's all still up for grabs.
 

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The title race is entering the crucial stage and Sussexstan have made their mark.

Kent went from 215-3 to 241 all out with Mushtaq and Yasir Arafat taking the wickets between them.
That's a huge step towards the title.
 
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Life looking decidedly precarious for the middle-stumpers :)

In the relegation "fight to the death" with Nottinghamshire they are facing the prospect of a first innings deficit of at least 200.

Middx 1st inns. 230 all out
Notts 356/3.

lol
 

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Middlesex sniffing around our Craig Spearman, would be a shame to lose the Spear, especially to a team as average as Middlesex.
 

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Life looking decidedly precarious for the middle-stumpers :)

In the relegation "fight to the death" with Nottinghamshire they are facing the prospect of a first innings deficit of at least 200.

Middx 1st inns. 230 all out
Notts 356/3.

lol

Notts finished on 601-6 :cry:
 

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That would maybe make Middlesex a first-class team again and get Glos back to the "average" level that Surrey were before they "sniffed around" Ramprakash:D

How were Surrey average before they got Ramprakash ?, they had won the county championship two years in a row before he joined.
 

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spearman is truly awful.. you can keep him...

Truly awful hey, 1400 runs, the most centutries for a Glos player in a season since Zaheer Abbas, and you obviosuly didn't witness his 341 a couple of seasons back. Each to their own.
 
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