I have to confess there has been a dearth of cricket posts this year and whilst Dave, Russ and Dick can breathe a sigh of relief,, there are at least two readers who like a bit of
drinking all day watching cricket in the sun.
Of course, we all know the big attraction of cricket is that it’s the last great sporting occasion where it is perfectly acceptable to get plastered watching any form of the game.
I took Mrs BB and two of the kids to watch Trent Rockets and Birmingham Phoenix last week and I can confirm the Hundred was a big hit for all concerned.
Driving duties meant I soaked it all up (metaphorically) but I could see by about 9pm that the main attraction of cricket is still
smashing it socialising for many.
And why not? However, this is of course a blog about boozers, social clubs, sports clubs and even nightclubs. But, the latter is unlikely, unless Pete Allen moors his boat outside Brindley Place by mistake.
Earlier this month I saw Beermat junior take a couple of wickets, as Ticknall managed a nice win on a Monday evening against Dunstall CC.
A 20-over game on a Monday evening is just the job and you have the added bonus of somewhere to have a pint with quite a few pubs shutting up shop on this quietest of nights.
Dunstall CC, who currently sit eighth in the Derbyshire County Cricket League Division 1, have three grounds they use. On this occasion it was off to Barton Under Needwood and ground number 2, home to Barton CC (currently bottom of Division 3 South) and their home ground 661 – Holland Sports Club DE13 8ET.
(Craft Beer & Gin Festival…oh go on then)
I’m bombarding you with stats as that is one of the rules of cricket – you must be a statistician to fully embrace it – ask Duncan he’ll be able to tell you.
It’s certainly a popular place as Barton Rovers FC, Holland Tug of War, Barton CC and Barton Tennis club are all based here and there was a lively five a side game going on the caged area behind the clubhouse.
A pint of Atlantic (Sharp’s) hit the spot and a tour of South Derbyshire for cricket fixtures is one of the best ways to spend a Monday evening.
With it being known as Holland Sports Club, I wondered if I might bump into Dutch Paul who occasionally comments on this blog and spends a fair bit of time in England.
Although he was probably saving his cash for the next time the Netherlands beat England in a one day game, although rumours of a three match test series in Amsterdam to try and boost England’s top order run tally are, as yet, unconfirmed.