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James
28-09-2016, 08:09 AM
The Champion County match is an established fixture in the English season, with a strong invitational MCC side brought together to give the previous summer's best four-day side a testing start to the year.

Traditionally, the fixture was held at Lord's and always attracted a decent crowd. However, in 2010, it was decided to play the match (against the then County Champions Durham) in the UAE. The MCC justified the decision as an important means to "strike up a partnership with the Abu Dhabi Cricket Club".

Cynics might suggest that this fixture gives a handful of MCC and EDB executives an excuse to enjoy a bit of early season sun, at the other people's expense.

This year, the County Champions are Middlesex, the Club which shares it's home ground with the MCC. A petition has been started aimed at persuading ECB to relocate this match to the home ground shared by both participants.

It would be great if this match could be enjoyed by thousands of members of the two clubs rather than a tiny handful.

If you agree, you can sign the petition here:

https://www.change.org/p/the-england-and-wales-cricket-board-ecb-the-official-the-traditional-mcc-v-the-champion-county-match-should-be-held-at-lord-s?recruiter=46053339&utm_source=share_for_starters&utm_medium=copyLink

Catford Eagle
28-09-2016, 08:26 AM
Done. Admirably straight-faced reason for the initial relocation by MCC, but the traditional season opener deserves more than an empty ground.

Beckenham Boy
28-09-2016, 08:31 AM
Where was the petition for Yorkshire last year? I understand Middlesex fans want to watch the celebration but why are they entitled to the match being at home? It should be the same for all.

spike
28-09-2016, 08:41 AM
Of all the problems facing English cricket, the last one I'm going to protest about is a few posh blokes getting to watch a pre-season friendly in what will no doubt be rainy conditions.

James
28-09-2016, 10:07 AM
Of all the problems facing English cricket, the last one I'm going to protest about is a few posh blokes getting to watch a pre-season friendly in what will no doubt be rainy conditions.It's not about the 'posh blokes' - it's about Middlesex members being able to watch their team play the season opener at their ground.

As things stand, it's the posh blokes who will be able to go on an expenses paid jolly to Abu Dhabi to watch a match played in front of a handful of bewildered spectators.

Where was the petition for Yorkshire last year? I understand Middlesex fans want to watch the celebration but why are they entitled to the match being at home? It should be the same for all.

I don't disagree. There is an argument for having the season opener played at the home ground of the champions. However, whether you argue for that, or for Lord's, surely you would agree that it shouldn't be played in the UAE?

spike
28-09-2016, 11:06 AM
It's not about the 'posh blokes' - it's about Middlesex members being able to watch their team play the season opener at their ground.

As things stand, it's the posh blokes who will be able to go on an expenses paid jolly to Abu Dhabi to watch a match played in front of a handful of bewildered spectators.



I speak as a sometime Middlesex member (though my 25 playing membership never comes through early enough to watch this game).

3 Beers at HT
28-09-2016, 02:23 PM
It's not about the 'posh blokes' - it's about Middlesex members being able to watch their team play the season opener at their ground.

Are these the same Middlesex members who were nowhere to be seen at Lords until the final day of the season when a chance of the title was on offer?

saxoneagle
28-09-2016, 02:52 PM
**** Middlesex.

spike
28-09-2016, 03:25 PM
**** Middlesex.

That too.

RazorsEdge
28-09-2016, 06:25 PM
**** Middlesex.

Amen :)