I still don't get why we had to reinvent 20/20 but I really enjoyed the match last night. Great to see top level cricket on the BBC. The game was exciting and the players looked to be really enjoying themselves. So much smiling even cheered my miserable self up.
Hoping for another cracking game tonight.
Agree. A highly entertaining game of cricket regardless of format. Everyone seemed so happy to be out there and there was some high quality play as well. Also looking forward to more. I'm happy to watch any cricket, but it's fantastic to see the women's game get such a high profile at last.
Over hyped and another needless attempt to reinvent a sport. Just heard someone say they looked forward to the Hundred.... " Lots of beer and sixes."
Or it’s a gateway drug which leads to a test match addiction?
> Old Git
The lack of old gits was really refreshing in the game last night. Lots of youngsters who would probably never normally go anywhere near cricket clearly enjoying themselves.
Daft question, but.. were there fireworks? The 20 20 has been a massive pitA for unexpected daytime fireworks, and the 100 in nottm this w/end , I think
I didn't see any but did not watch the whole coverage to know if there was definitely no fireworks. They have live music and a DJ so fireworks would not be a surprise.
> Daft question, but.. were there fireworks? The 20 20 has been a massive pitA for unexpected daytime fireworks, and the 100 in nottm this w/end , I think
Had the flame thrower things & lots of music, but didn't see any actual fireworks.
Against my better judgement, I'm enjoyed both games so far.
There’s test cricket. To which the 50 over game is a distraction and has, in part, ruined the skill of the test. Twenty over cricket exists, I believe. What is this ‘100’ of which you speak?
(not that old)
It's like just about everything these days, dumb it down and simplify to the lowest level. No need to learn the terminology, or normal game format. It's the obsession that everything has to be so called instantly accessible, whilst treating everyone like idiots at the same time.
> Had the flame thrower things
Bit extreme. Couldnt they just have occasionally exploding balls instead?
> Or it’s a gateway drug which leads to a test match addiction?
Nope. It'll more likely kill it. It's the way of things, instant gratification, no long haul and waiting for tomorrow... it's got to be fast, wizz, bang, wallop, #winner... and onto the next amazing, fantastic thing. Probably 'speed tennis', where they just play to 4 or 5, 1 point for each serve won.
Test match fan here. I quite enjoyed it but the "tea interval" music was utter shite on both occasions.
Fireworks are environmentally unacceptable.
Looked fun and well presented, best of all accessible on all telly. Problem watching is that with the made up teams the result does not matter. No edge like watching real cricket.
Not bothered if Polystyrene beats Bakelite or vice versa. That final over, - oops they killed overs the barstewards, is meaningless
I sometimes wonder if cricket is being shortened more and more to try and fit it in between the rain.
Not sure the format is really necessary with 20:20 already happening and the whole lack of terminology thing is just insulting the intelligence of normal people. How hard is it to understand the concept of 6 balls in an over?
Well obviously it's very difficult unless you happen to have an extra digit on your hand.
Actually, I wonder where the actual original basis for overs being 6 balls comes from. It's as illogical as £sd was but that type of idiosyncrasy is part of the beauty of such things.
Didn't Australia have 8 ball overs in recent history?
Until 1979 in tests apparently
Still trying to get my head around the non over thing. Is it simply there because 6 is not a factor of 100?
I was fully prepared to hate it, but I really enjoyed the coverage of the first two games.
In terms of the format I think it plays very like 20:20 so it doesn't really make too much difference, my cynical side says that the change in format has been done purely to provoke just these kind of discussions and generate hype.