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Summer and a cricket match

In Pictures from England,sports cricket on June 23, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Cricket at Tunbridge Wells is one of the traditions of the local summer and one of mine as well. The weather is being kind. Here we see the scene

Top level cricket at grounds like these is fading out as clubs concentrate their matches in larger stadia. The garden party atmosphere of these events will sadly soon be lost.

Last day today and about eight barrels of beer to be consumed at the CAMRA beer tent.

Scenes from the final two days. For the record Kent won the match late in the fourth day thanks to some inspired bowling by team captain Joe Denly.

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Pink Ball cricket anyone

In sports cricket on June 27, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

All top level cricket in England this week is being played under experimental conditions using a ‘high-viz’ pink and playing hours of 1400 – 2100 (in theory, anyway!) with floodlights used as required.

Even using my basic camera, this picture shows the pink ball as being faintly luminous. Kent’s batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond plays a curious one-handed shot in an innnings of 84 runs of Kent’s fairly miserable total of 180.

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At one point early on, Kent lost three wickets for no runs scored in ten minutes. Those of you that know cricket will appreciate that being 6 for 3 after about 5 overs is not good!

Reports have it that the experimental pink ball lost its colour rapidly and became softer. Some even said it was getting bigger! The ball is intended to be equally visible under natural and artificial light, thus allowing play to continue in most conditions where current rules may not allow it.

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Typical summer day England

In Pictures from England,sports cricket on June 27, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Arrived Sunday for a fortnight’s stay. It had just stopped raining. Yesterday (Monday) was a reasonable day watching cricket at the Trent Bridge ground in Nottingham (picture below) but today has dawned grey and damp. Forecast is for showers turning to longer periods of rain, possibly thundery later. The chance of any cricketing activity today seems slim.

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Timeless in Tunbridge Wells

In Pictures from England,sports cricket on May 29, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

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Almost forgot these! A couple of panoramas of the cricket ground in Tunbridge Wells, taken during an interval in play.

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Yesterday afternoon’s rain across southern England avoided Tunbridge Wells, but it was very cloudy at times. The time honoured rituals of cricket at the outgrounds were able to be observed during the tea interval.

Day four of the game arrives, Kent need four wickets to win which they will have to press for as a prolonged spell of rain is forecast for later today. It’s a holiday today in the UK, so of course it is going to rain!

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Outrageously good weather in Tunbridge Wells

In Pictures from England,sports cricket on May 26, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

We were dreading the move of the annual cricket event back to the end of May but fears today were unfounded. First day, sun beating down from clear blue sky and 28ºC

Scene shortly before 4pm. Beer was being consumed in very large quantities.

The scene is the Neville Cricket Ground in Tunbridge Wells, home of Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club and the venue for the match Kent CC v Sussex CC

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Late summer in England

In sports cricket on September 2, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Ah, the joys of watching cricket in the English summertime!

I have two weeks back in England to watch the Kent  cricket team play twice, throw in a least two football matches and a lot of beer and that will be the last spell back until Easter 2017. So far the weather hasn’t been too bad, sunny but rather windy. Today was different.

The picture below is the scene at the County Ground, Hove, where Kent were striving for an essential win against hosts Sussex. The picture was taken today, 2nd September, at 1235pm, a cold wind blowing, floodlights on, grey skies getting greyer by the minute.

Kent wrapped the win 35 minutes later, the rain began shortly after that and turned into a 3 hour downpour! Kent must have had someone watching the weather radar, you rarely see fielders moving so quickly between overs! Perhaps also praying to the rain god, as the prospect of further play that day would have been slim.

For those who know about such things Kent beat Sussex by an innings and 127 runs.

Now weather and railway strikes permitting, it’s off to Beckenham next week for the penultimate game of the season, which Kent also absolutely have to win to have any chance of the divisional championship and promotion.

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Cricket at Tunbridge Wells – 2

In Pictures from England,sports cricket on July 22, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

The week has ended very satisfactorily! Monday was a very grey and drizzly day, but we only lost lost a very short period of play. Tuesday was a hot day (by Kent standards), much beer flowed and the best thing was that Kent won the match with a record score.

Those who know about cricket will understand what I am on about.

Here’s the scorecard summary.

Essex first innings 260 all out
Kent first innings 633 for 8 declared.
Essex second innings 166 all out

Kent win by an innings and 207 runs. The score of 633-8 was Kent’s highest ever single innings total for any match played at any home venue and the third highest anywhere. In fact, three of Kent’s highest four totals ever have been scored against Essex.

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For some reason I cannot yet figure out, the thumbnails of the first pictures are not showing but they are there and can be seen if you download. The second few are as per normal.