I Can Finally Post About Cricket!

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.

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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.

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Of course, Duncan might also be delirious after Reading’s victory at Huddersfield ensuring they climbed above Birmingham City into mid table mediocrity.

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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Star Soccer guidelines (the LAF bible) with due respect to Hugh Johns the daddy of all football commentators, this has been replaced by the West Midlands.

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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…)

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

 

 

28 thoughts on “I Can Finally Post About Cricket!

  1. “Whilst that has just seen 95% of my readership switch over to BRAPA’s blog”

    I try to comment equally on your blog, Si’s, Martin’s and Duncan’s. 🙂

    “into mid table mediocrity.”

    Nice turn of phrase. 😉

    “Of the 464 pubs/clubs I’ve visited so far since August 1, 2017”

    That’s more than 4 a week. I’d be blowed to find more than 4 to visit around here.

    “and this blog could run as long as Crossroads did back in the day”

    (slow golf clap)

    “Redditch Entaco CC (to give it its full name and strange one at that) ”

    Agreed. That is an odd name.

    “and with a digger onsite too, it was Redditch in a nutshell.”

    (chuckle)

    “and the barmaid told me they had some Shipyard (Pale Ale) tucked away in the other bar”

    Good on her for that.

    “and lots of very pleasant people reaffirming your faith that 99% of the people are really nice 99% of the time.”

    And that needs to be remembered more often. Hear, hear!

    “and I look forward to completing my 500 a la Brian Lara before the end of 2019”

    Fingers crossed!

    Cheers

    PS – It would appear two clubs merged in 2014; Reddtich CC and Entaco CC. Entaco being an acronym for the English Needle and Tackle Company, a big firm in Redditch. 🙂

    https://www.cricketworld.com/redditch-entaco-cricket-club/40370.htm

    https://www.entacolimited.com/default.html

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  2. Lovely stuff and great stats. Very optimistic about Reading – Michael Morrison is a great signing, very calm and a good organiser. Thanks for him! Jack Shantry is a Pears legend for his famous match v Surrey.

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  3. Sigh. I commented yesterday but apparently never hit ‘post’. (blush)

    Anyway, I’ll try to recap once more:

    “Whilst that has just seen 95% of my readership switch over to BRAPA’s blog”

    I try to comment equally between you, Si, Martin and Duncan. 🙂

    “Of the 464 pubs/clubs I’ve visited so far since August 1, 2017 ”

    That’s over 4 a week. I’d be blowed if I can find 4 at all within a half hour’s drive of where I live. 😦

    “and this blog could run as long as Crossroads did back in the day.”

    (slow golf clap)

    “and with a digger onsite too, it was Redditch in a nutshell.”

    (guffaw)

    “and the barmaid told me they had some Shipyard (Pale Ale) tucked away in the other bar and that did the trick nicely.”

    Nicely done her. 🙂

    “and lots of very pleasant people reaffirming your faith that 99% of the people are really nice 99% of the time.”

    Needs to be said more often. Hear, hear!

    “and I look forward to completing my 500 a la Brian Lara before the end of 2019.”

    Fingers crossed!

    Cheers

    PS – “Redditch Entaco CC (to give it its full name and strange one at that)”

    Apparently it was a merger back in 2014 of Redditch CC and Entaco CC:

    https://www.cricketworld.com/redditch-entaco-cricket-club/40370.htm

    Entaco is an acronym of English Needle and Tackle Company, Entaco is a privately owned British company based in Redditch:

    https://www.entacolimited.com/default.html

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  4. More cricket posts please Mr Beermat, especially if future posts can galvanise England into further remarkable exploits! Saw Jack Shantry playing at New Road on several occasions although sadly I wasn’t at the Surrey game Duncan mentioned. I can’t quite believe you’ve wiped Warwickshire off the map with your stats so I demand a recount, even if you use Star Soccer as your justification!

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