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Canterbury, Kent, April 2019

In Pictures from England,sports cricket on April 20, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

The main purpose of the visit was to watch cricket, Kent v Hampshire, in which my team Kent suffered a heavy defeat. I stayed in a B&B in the street called Wincheap. That’s a name the origins of which are lost in the mists of time, although the old English word ‘cheap’ means ‘a market’ so it’s highly likely some kind of market would have been held there, On the street are two of Canterbury’s oldest inns, dating back to the 15th Century.

Below the King’s Head, established in 1410 and noted as Canterbury’s oldest inn.

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The Maiden’s Head is a little younger, dating from 1446.

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There would undoubtedly have been many more until recent times. When the city gates were closed at night, travellers would be obliged to seek lodging in these inns until the gates opened in the morning. Similar inns can be found on the other roads leading into the city.

Wincheap also has many other old buildings still standing. These are just a few.

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In contrast, Canterbury East railway station is very youthful, having been opened in 1860. The building is mostly the original. The station has around 1 million passengers each year.

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Nearby and once more originally built in Roman times and rebuilt during the 14th century is a long section of the city wall with one of the watchtowers.

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Traditional market stalls with colourful displays of locally grown fruit and vegetables can still be found in the city centre.

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And finally scenes during the ‘half time’ interval on the cricket match. By that time it was starting to turn very cold, not like the weather we have enjoyed since!

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Kent win and are promoted to Division One

In Albufeira,Pictures from England,sports cricket on September 21, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Kent wrapped up victory against a feeble Glamorgan side in just over an hour on the third day. Promotion to Division One is now assured. Next week’s final game in Birmingham against Warwickshire will be the title decider.

Kent players celebrate

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The scoreboard at the close of play. For those who know about such arcane detail, Kent’s score of 436 gained them 8 batting bonus points. They had managed only 11 in the previous twelve matches!

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Two weeks in England

In Albufeira,Pictures from England,sports cricket on September 19, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

I am back in England for two weeks, to watch the final matches of the County cricket season with my team, Kent, needing to win one game to guarantee promotion to the First Division. First game is in Canterbury where yesterday it was quite warm, 22ºC, but very windy owing the to the remnants of a tropical storm passing by.

Next week will be in Birmingha, where I have never been for a cricket match and where I have not been at all for about 20 years. Should be interesting on both counts as the match is against the top team in the Division (Warwickshire) and could be a championship decider, depending on the results of this week’s matches.

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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!