CategoryCounty Cricket

Are the refunds being offered to county members enough?

Doug M recently contacted TFT about membership refunds for the ‘lost’ 2020 season. He doesn’t think the counties are playing fair. Do you agree? What has your county offered you? Doug sets out his case below. Let us know what you think in the comments … This is my first go at writing a piece for The Full Toss so trust you will all bear with me. Most of you will be members of county clubs I suspect, so you will probably be aware that there is a bit of an issue arising...

Glorious Guildford

Today Billy Crawford talks about his favourite county cricket outground. What’s yours? There are few pleasures in life quite like a day spent at a county outground. I am sure you all have a favourite one. Perhaps it is the picturesque surroundings of the Cheltenham Festival or historic Scarborough where the history of Yorkshire cricket drips from every blade of grass. Mine has always been the Guildford Cricket Club, where Surrey have played most seasons since 1938. From the outside the...

Hundred Ticketing Farce. Well, What Did You Expect?

First we had Andrew Stauss’s tactless ‘mums and kids’ comment. Then we had Tom Harrison’s ill-advised and rather defensive claim that The Hundred wasn’t for existing cricket fans. Soon afterwards we had that laughable launch ad with a picture of an all-male audience of twenty-somethings at an American rap concert. And then we had the completely avoidable controversy over the ECB’s decision to make KP snacks the official sponsor. Only the ECB could think...

The 2020 County Fixtures – A Dog’s Breakfast

So then my pedigree chums. It’s time to digest the 2020 county fixtures which the ECB announced with a whisper yesterday. As we predicted it’s a complete dog’s breakfast. In fact, it’s a particularly unappetising dog’s breakfast with bone marrow and entrails overflowing Fido’s bowl and slopping all over the floor. Let’s make no bones about it. This is an appalling schedule. County cricket fans will be restricted to a diet of Vitality Blast and...

Another Win For England’s T20 Team. Another Defeat For The Test Side.

I was hoping to bring you more good news today. England’s T20 cricketers started their series against New Zealand with a win. However, then I read some off-field news that rather knocked the stuffing out of me. Yes it’s another blow to first class cricket in our country. Let’s deal with the good news first. England won comfortably at Christchurch’s beautiful Hagley Oval overnight. It’s always nice to watch cricket at such a picturesque ground (even if it was only...

Duffle Coats At The Ready: The 2020 Championship Fixtures

We knew it was coming but it doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. The county championship fixtures for 2020 will be released shortly and, according to the Daily Mail, the season is due to finish ‘just hours shy’ of October. Get your warm coats, hip flasks, and thermal underwear ready folks. The big loser in all this, of course, is the county championship and supporters of red ball cricket. With Harrison’s Harebrained Have A Hit scheduled to run from 17th July (the day...

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