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Win The Toss And?

For the last two seasons in the county championship the away side can opt to bowl first without there being a toss.  If the away side doesn't take that option there is a toss in the usual way.
I thought it would be interesting to see what impact this rule had both on the decisions made by captains and the results of the games.  This is the first of two posts on this topic and covers the first 40 games of the 2018 season (i.e. up to the round of matches ending 14th May.)
In this period there were 40 games, two of which were abandoned without a ball being bowled.  Of the other 38 on 24 occasions the away side took the option of bowling first.  But not with a notable degree of success.  In nine of those gains the side sent in to bat won.  The tactic of bowling first was successful on 7 occasions with 8 draws.
Of the 14 games where the was a toss the side winning the toss chose to bowl first on 13 occasions.  Five of those bat first decisions resulted in a win, with four defeats and four…
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Glamorgan and The ECB: Follow UP

The ECB accounts for the period to 31 January 2018 disclose the payments made to Glamorgan not to stage test matches. This post compares these statements with subsequent comments on the payments by ECB chairman Colin Graves:
The Time line 
11th April 2018 the ECB's accounts include the following statement: "The group's administrative expenditure at £132.8m remained broadly level with that of the prior year at £137.2m reflecting the continued high level of distributions made to the First Class County network and relatively flat central expenditure.  Included in this expenditure was a payment of £2.5m to Glamorgan County Cricket Club in consideration for giving up the right to apply to host Test match cricket in the future."
The statement is included in the strategic report to the accounts signed by CJ Graves ECB Chairman.
14 May 2018 The Guardian and Cricinfo report Colin Graves, when questioned about payments to Glamorgan saying : "“No payments have been made to cou…

Glamorgan - Did The ECB Show Them The Money

Colin Graves did an interview with the BBC on the 14th May.  As well as blethering on about the 100 he said something interesting about the subject of payments to Glamorgan for not bidding for test matches.
"Graves said: “No payments have been made to counties at all, full stop. I floated an idea talking to four or five county chairmen, that would need to be agreed by the board to go any further. No payments have been made. No payments have been promised. End of conversation.” [Quote taken from the Guardian]

This is a bit embarrassing for me.  In my previous post on Glamorgan I wrote: 
"Glamorgan have accounted for the full £2.5m non - staging payments as income (see page 8 of the accounts).This would only be appropriate if they were assured the payment would be made.  And although the years covered by the payments are 2020  - 2024 it seems Glamorgan have already received some of the cash.  It's only I guess but I would estimate £1m to £1.5m has been paid out by the ECB, an…

Does Eoin Morgan Read Side On View

Given the ECBs penchant for sending legal letters I should make it clear Eoin Morgan (almost) definitely does not read Side On View.  But he is doing things a bit differently.  In this post I analysed Morgan's ODI career to date and noted that his concentrating on limited overs cricket doesn't seem to have improved his white ball form.  In fact there is a slight but perceptible falling away in his performances since he stopped playing first class games.
And Eoin has changed course.  He turned out for Middlesex in the county championship against Gloucestershire last week scoring 76, his previous first class appearance being back in 2015.  And Morgan was clear he expected playing first class cricket to help his one day game:
"Striving to play red ball cricket always made me work on my technique a little bit more. My technique's normally okay [against the red ball] and I tend to hit it further and play it later."
Which raises the issue of what is Adil Rashid up to.  …

Media Rights Deals

A flurry of activity in the sale of broadcasting rights.

First the BCCI signed a 5 year US $944m deal with Star for international matches in India.  This was quickly followed up by the Australian Cricket Board selling all its rights for $1,118m for 6 years.
These deals compare with the ECB's 5 year arrangement with Sky worth approximately $1,500m.
The deals aren't strictly comparable, along with the perils of converting local currency amounts to US $ they have different start dates and there are different rules on how much can be put behind a pay wall in each country.  And the Indian government has forbidden India v Pakistan matches which would be a huge draw to a broadcaster. (How much would the ECB / ACB get for a program with no ashes tests)?
Still on a simple per year basis the ECB comes out best with an annual fee of $300m with India and Australia all the way back on $190m each year.  Of course the six slogging, dancing girl bothering, elephant in the room is the IPL at …

Barbados vs Jamaica - Fast Bowlers

I was in Barbados in 2015 to watch England vs West Indies.  A couple of people from Barbados told me about a game played against Jamaica where the greats of West Indian fast bowling came up against each other, on a lightening fast pitch, in front of a capacity ++ crowd. 
I did a bit of searching and think the most likely candidate was the Shell Shield game in 1986.
Jamaica had a fearsome pace trio of Holding, Walsh and Patterson (Michael Holding first change); Barbados responded with Marshall and Garner.  Barbados won, with their 224 all out in the first innings being the top score in the game.  The first change bowler for Barbados in the game was RO Estwick who I had never heard off but who had a first class bowling average of just over 21 and was one of the South African Cricketers of the Year in 1988.  An indication of the strength of West Indian bowling in the 1980s.
The same furious five bowlers were to play in another Shell Shield game, this time in Jamaica in 1988.  Estwick ha…

Glamorgan Cricket Club

I have only seen two days cricket at Cardiff.  One before the ground was modernised and the other the Anderson /  Panesar / Rorke's drift ashes game, but not the final day, sadly.  
I don't really follow the county but from what I can see this is the history of the redevelopment and why it is causing such controversy in 2018.
In 2007 Glamorgan began work on a £9.5m redevelopment of its Cardiff ground, financing coming from Allied Irish Bank ("AIB") and Cardiff Council ("CC").  The sad fact was  Glamorgan, like other counties who redeveloped at the same time, couldn't generate enough cash to pay the financing costs on debt incurred. Glamorgan's plight was particularly desperate, in part due to bad luck and weather and, perhaps, because there is limited enthusiasm for cricket in Wales.
By 2015 Glamorgan CC was in a desperate state, the £9.5m million borrowed had swollen to £16m and there was little prospect of it ever being paid off.  Eventually AIB, CC …