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What would you prefer?

Same length games, earlier starts
- 22 (51.2%)
Less overs, same early afternoon start times
- 5 (11.6%)
Less overs AND earlier starts
- 4 (9.3%)
Sod off and leave my cricket matches alone
- 12 (27.9%)

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Re: The future of league cricket
« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2018, 06:33:10 AM »

I think one thing that stands out from everyone's respones is that you aren't going to please all, and there isn't one solution. Start earlier and Saturday morning workers get affected but carry on late finishes then risk losing more players etc...

Jake makes some great points about over rates, our league this year got reduced to 40 overs (from 44) so not a great difference but they put in a strict you must bowl your 40 in 2hrs 30mins. So it means that every game finishes at 7pm. And that's with a 1.30pm start! So if it moves to 12.30pm which it could easily you could be done by 6.

My point is that sometimes it isn't the start time it's the match structure that's the issue.

We also have a huge problem in MK of attracting players because of the sheer numbers of clubs for the size of population in MK. The market is completely diluted if you like, so makes it very difficult for any club to keep going.

One thing is for certain what we mustn't do is alienate the hard working long standing members at the club's who do everything. We all have them, I am sure some of us are them. If they go clubs will definitely go under.
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Re: The future of league cricket
« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2018, 06:59:09 AM »

For me the number one reason to play cricket is for the social life. Pre-injury I was spending Thursday night running nets, all day Saturday with the 1st XI and then occasional Sundays and midweeks helping out. I do this because my club is full of great people and at the same time doesn't run itself. I agree with Jake, the kind of people that want to shorten the game are less likely to put effort into the running of the club overall.

The idea of turning up at 10am to play T20 on an astroturf and go straight home afterwards is just. not. cricket.

I don't think there's any need to panic over one football match. Don't forget it's 22 years since England got this far in a major tournament! I would argue that scheduling the India T20 series games for the days when there's no World Cup matches would have made sense, though...
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Re: The future of league cricket
« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2018, 08:25:38 AM »

There will always be a place for Saturday league cricket but if we want to keep both young players who have grown up with T20 cricket involved in the game as well as seniors with young families then leagues need to embrace T20 cricket.

The point about slow over rates is one that needs to be assessed at all levels of the game.
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Re: The future of league cricket
« Reply #18 on: September 20, 2018, 10:25:02 AM »

Its a very tough one this as there is never an one size fits all scenario. Personally i hope the longer format stays as 20/20 would be crap on a saturday. I have a young family so earlier finishes would be my preference but keep the same number of overs.
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