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If County Cricket Ends, Does Anyone Notice?

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This morning, just after 10 o’clock, Cricinfo reported that the start of the LVCC Division 2 match between Surrey and Derbyshire had been delayed due to crowd congestion. I rubbed my knuckles into my eyes sockets, looked sceptically at the bottle of scotch I keep on my desk to intoxicate me through the day, and gazed at my monitor for a minute.

Could this be true? Perhaps the phenomenal recent accomplishment of the international side had caused a tsunami of interest to wash at the gates of the Oval. Or the tantalising prospect of promotion dangling down like a moist grape had enticed the ‘Rey followers in their thousands.

No. I spoke to my friend Bonald in his Oval office. He reported that there was around a hundred people at the ground. Unless the arena was only accessible through a small skylight in the pavilion roof then congestion seemed unlikely. He also added that the game started in disappointingly punctual fashion.

It seems that there was a miscommunication on the part of Cricinfo. Either that or a sick satirical joke on county cricket’s perennial inability to attract an audience even for its most arresting fixtures. Invariably the domestic season works as a crescendo towards a finale in which literally zillions of permutations are thrillingly possible, as potentially crucial points are made available at every turn like blackberries on an autumnal bush. Unlike in football, in which the last game of the season is mainly just a parade of expensive new kits and self-congratulation, domestic cricket often comes to an exhilarating conclusion. Just in front of 0.01% of the crowd.

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Written by harrisharrison

September 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm

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  1. Official attendance – 984. Not bad

    Bonald

    September 13, 2011 at 8:20 am

    • Must have opened up a couple more skylights.

      harrisharrison

      September 13, 2011 at 8:53 am

  2. There are probably people locked out of the Rose Bowl.

    Kelly Osbourne’s dog is about complete one of the most unlikely CC wins of recent time. Come on you Bears!

    Chappellilaughsagain

    September 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    • Surrey’s charge to the promised land of LVCC Division 1 has been temporarily checked by rain. An entire home county looks to the heavens and prays.

      harrisharrison

      September 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      • Crowds are gathering around radios across the nation; schools are closing early; a nevous hush has gripped the the high streets of England. (Despite the Lancs bias of the BBC) the nation has their fingers corss for the good guys.

        Chappellilaughsagain

        September 15, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      • All except Surrey. The county council declared a holiday for all inhabitants today. Most people are still in bed following wild scenes of celebration on the streets of Dorking and Banstead.

        harrisharrison

        September 15, 2011 at 1:10 pm

  3. 😦

    Chappellilaughsagain

    September 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm


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