- Sat Aug 21, 2021 10:40 am
Went down the other night en-route to Nottingham. There were a few notable things for me.
It was a much bigger crowd than many Glam T20s and to the club's shame it was considerably easier to buy a ticket at the gate than for Monday's semi-final, where it was virtually impossible.
Most of the people around me appeared largely uninterested in the match as such and just wanted to see big hits even as the match reached a climax. Many of them had been gifted tickets for the match. There seemed to be about the usual number of drinking supporters as we usually see at T20s
I think the entire tournament has suffered from the lack of the promised big names attracting cricket supporters and the constant over-hyping of the games by the BBC proving the actual experience as disappointing to the newcomer.
The contrast with the crowd at Nottingham could not be overstated. It will be for the club to decide where it's priorities lie although the absence of the chief executive , director of cricket and head coach during the tournament give us a hint.
I have no doubt the tournament will be declared an outstanding success by the ecb, they have little choice given that they have spent their entire financial reserves of £80m on it. I also have no doubt that we will not see any of the promised benefits on our balance sheet next year, which will reflect year 2 of the three year project.
The entire experiment is running out of time and money.
With none but the committed county supporters at the final the other day there was considerable civilised discussion about the Hundred. What was clear that most in attendance had thoroughly enjoyed the R.L.C. Both for the opportunity to play against little visited counties and to see so many developing players in a sustained and meaningful campsign. Many of these players were local boys and there performances all the more enjoyed for that.
There were a surprising number of neutrals at the final supporting the competition for those reasons. How I wish the final had been at Lords on a Saturday and the local leagues had been ordered to postpone their matches in support of it.