As Joe Root finally remembers he is a world class batsman and England make a good fist of the third test against Australia, I thought it would be good time to post a stat heavy cricket club/beer blog.
Whilst that has just seen 95% of my readership switch over to BRAPA’s blog, for the three who remain (Duncan, Paul and Neil) here is a stat fest that would please TMS’ own Andrew Samson.
Of course, Duncan might also be delirious after Reading’s victory at Huddersfield ensuring they climbed above Birmingham City into mid table mediocrity.
So, as if Aggers was asking Andrew Samson questions regarding blogging stats here goes…
Of the 464 pubs/clubs I’ve visited so far since August 1, 2017 the breakdown is as follows.
- Derbyshire = 173
- Leicestershire = 94
- West Midlands = 94
- Staffordshire = 73
- Nottinghamshire =19
- Shropshire = 8
- Lincolnshire = 2
- Worcestershire = 1
- Oxfordshire = 1
Quite rightly, I hear you say what about Warwickshire? Well, under Star Soccer guidelines (the LAF bible) with due respect to Hugh Johns the daddy of all football commentators, this has been replaced by the West Midlands.
All of which means unlike Martin, Duncan and Si, I am not even a hundredth of the way through completing all the boozers in the Midlands and this blog could run as long as Crossroads did back in the day.
Bearing in mind my drinking habits pre LAF, the biggest surprise is that I have only clocked up one pub/club in Worcestershire. In fact, I remember it well as Mrs BB didn’t fall for the charms of a canalside boozer in Stoke Prior just outside Bromsgrove.
(Happier times – apparently we won this…)
However, we can now add a second to that after, staying with the cricket theme, watched my daughter play a game at 465 – Redditch Cricket Club B97 4SP.
I should have feared the worst after stopping at a nearby 24/7 shop, I was told by the checkout lad that this club was in fact second best to Astwood Bank!
It took me back to my youth playing in the Central Warwickshire League as we often trekked out to Redditch to play a variety of village teams and of course visiting central Redditch in all its finery.
It would be fair to say that Redditch won’t be in the top ten for “England’s most beautiful towns” and is ostensibly a post war Birmingham overspill like Tamworth and Chelmsley Wood.
Nonetheless, Redditch Entaco CC (to give it its full name and strange one at that) is surrounded by houses and with a digger onsite too, it was Redditch in a nutshell.
To be fair, the clubhouse was decent and they apparently share it with the hockey and rugby club. It has Sky/BT Sport on and the barmaid told me they had some Shipyard (Pale Ale) tucked away in the other bar and that did the trick nicely. It looked as though Marston’s Smooth was the only option so fair play to the barmaid for flagging it up
If I could sum up cricket in England this would be it. 70 overs of cricket in variable weather which started with sun cream but ended with jackets on. Portable chairs that are stored in the car, one pint on a Monday afternoon and lots of very pleasant people reaffirming your faith that 99% of the people are really nice 99% of the time.
I can now add a second Worcestershire entry with this cricket club and a bona fide bar serving beer beyond Carling/Worthington/Guinness/Thatcher’s is to be applauded and I look forward to completing my 500 a la Brian Lara before the end of 2019.