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Old 12-07-2019, 07:35   #1
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Cricket World Cup

It's a shame that there isn't already a thread for this but I suppose it shows that the years of cricket being on subscription only channels has had an impact on it's place in the public's consciousnesses. However, for those that don't know the final will be on Channel 4 on Sunday until the F1 starts and then it switches over to More 4. Even with the annoying channel change it will be great to have cricket back on free to air TV.

I think that it was actually a good thing for England to lose some form halfway through the tournament because it was the kick they needed to remember why they've been so good for the past few years. They have to play with aggression and confidence. India and Australia on the other hand, more or less breezed through to qualification to the semi finals and started to lose form just at the wrong time. India choked against New Zealand and Australia were brutally taken apart by England.
If England play well I simply can't see NZ getting close, but if NZ can get them on the ropes with early wickets then an upset is on the cards.
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Old 12-07-2019, 08:52   #2
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Yeh hard to have a discussion about it when all I've seen is the live reports on the BBC website. I really think Cricket shot itself in the foot going for a sky deal.
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Old 12-07-2019, 10:02   #3
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I remember back during the 2005 Ashes when all of the tests were on Channel 4 and the more the series progressed the more people started to care. I myself was not a cricket fan but by the end I was obsessed and I am still to this day. It was the boost the game needed but since then there has been almost no cricket on free to air and interest has waned. Very sad when we now have an incredibly exciting England team to support.

There has been highlights programmes of the World Cup on Channel 4 but they are nearly always on at 23:00. Most adults don't stay up that late so how are kids supposed to get involved?

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Old 12-07-2019, 10:19   #4
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Yeh I used to sit and watch it when I could, then it wasn't on TV anymore and I didn't.

Once you know the results, IMO highlights shows lose their appeal
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I love my cricket and I love it being on sky. They are a cut above any broadcaster. As an armchair sportsman and I watch anything. It’s great value. Hours and hours of top quality sport for the price of a crap night out.
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It’s been a great World Cup regardless of Sunday’s result. Who’d have thought you’d end up rooting for Afghanistan, and that they genuinely should have beaten both Pakistan and India.

The England Australia game on Thursday was a rare day of pure sporting excellence. The look on Steve Smith’s face when Roy hot that 3rd six back over his head was utterly priceless 101 metres into the top tier!
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Wow - someone scripted this final to extraordinary tension...!!
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Old 14-07-2019, 18:36   #9
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I've just watched the final of this, the final of the tennis and the F1 all on free TV. Surely the advertisers want these sports to be watched by as many as possible rather than be behind a pay wall.

I will never pay for Sky so find it a shame that quite often in the UK we can't watch our national sides play unless we pay Sky some money.
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You got to feel for New Zealand that richochet off bat for four more. Mental drama
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That was the most amazing bit of sport I’ve ever seen. Bar none.

The ricochet was the World Cup.
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Game that takes all day gets decided on who got the most boundaries. Have to admit I didn't think we were getting the runs and seemed like a long slide to the inevitable. Great drama by the end and great to see England win something!
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Haven't watched cricket for years. I used to love it (had a day off primary shcool and went to the 1979 WC semi England v NZ at Old Trafford), but fell out with it and lost touch when it went to Sky.

Anyway, watched the end last night (flipping between this and Wimbledon) and it was a truly amazing spectacle. That ricochet off the bat for the overthrows - so unlucky for NZ - but I guess the fielding team take the risk when they have a shy at the stumps.
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That was an incredible game and I don't remember the last time I felt such unbelievable tension. At 86-4 I considered turning off as an England team of old would have been bundled out for 120 but Stokes and Buttler (who had an average tournament to this point) did an amazing job keeping us in it. Then the last hour was just incredible entertainment.
NZ didn't get the rub of the green at all but their reaction was superb. No sour grapes at all as they understand that it the nature of sport. People can bleat on about England being lucky or the super over rules being unfair but NZ know they should have bowled England out when they were on the ropes.
The Ashes is going to have to be spectacular if they are going to match this World Cup final. Hopefully England can take this winning feeling and give the Aussie a good hiding.
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Can anyone explain the bat hit 6 rule? I presume you're not allowed to take another swing at it whilst running, but because it was a genuine accident he gets a 4?

But as for the SKY thing, there is a reason why the country stops for the football world cup, whereas this tournament I've followed on the bbc website.

Admittedly it was Corbyn twittering on about under him it'll all be on terrestrial. But there's got to be a happy medium. Personally I think if you love sport, SKY is pretty good value. I just don't have the time or inclination to watch it.
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That was an incredible game and I don't remember the last time I felt such unbelievable tension. At 86-4 I considered turning off as an England team of old would have been bundled out for 120 but Stokes and Buttler (who had an average tournament to this point) did an amazing job keeping us in it. Then the last hour was just incredible entertainment.
NZ didn't get the rub of the green at all but their reaction was superb. No sour grapes at all as they understand that it the nature of sport. People can bleat on about England being lucky or the super over rules being unfair but NZ know they should have bowled England out when they were on the ropes.
The Ashes is going to have to be spectacular if they are going to match this World Cup final. Hopefully England can take this winning feeling and give the Aussie a good hiding.
Super Over Rule seemed a good way to end the very rare game that might end in a draw, better than going straight to who hit more boundaries or whatever.

Can't really see why they couldn't have done a 2nd super over though when it ends in a draw.
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Can anyone explain the bat hit 6 rule? I presume you're not allowed to take another swing at it whilst running, but because it was a genuine accident he gets a 4?
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Can anyone explain the bat hit 6 rule? I presume you're not allowed to take another swing at it whilst running, but because it was a genuine accident he gets a 4?
They ran 2 then the ricochet hit the boundary so another 4 was added hence 6 so its just a total rather than any rule. If Stokes intentionally hit the ball whilst running then he would have been given out for preventing a run out but as there was no intention the extra runs are just overthrows. Overthrows happen all the time it's just less common that it comes off a batsman.
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Can't really see why they couldn't have done a 2nd super over though when it ends in a draw.
I think it's just to stop the game going on forever. Another super over would have added at least another half an hour. Unfortunate for NZ but they all know the rules before the game.
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Can anyone explain the bat hit 6 rule? I presume you're not allowed to take another swing at it whilst running, but because it was a genuine accident he gets a 4?

Interestingly, or perhaps not, if the ball hadn’t gone for 4 (6) etiquette would dictate that the batsmen wouldn’t have run the extra runs after the deflection. Outrageously unlucky for NZ.
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