Comments on: Why we pay no attention to the second division of the County Championship Independent and irreverent cricket writing Tue, 19 May 2015 15:20:20 +0000 hourly 1 By: Mike Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:21:26 +0000 In reply to Balladeer.

Try supporting Somerset (another accident of birth) – this already looks set to be a record-extending 125th year of not being champions, exacerbated by a couple of high-profile departures, the sad demise of Kieswetter, a host of saffer/antipodean bit-parters and a front-line spinner who prefers the grass…

By: Bradders Thu, 30 Apr 2015 04:34:52 +0000 In reply to Balladeer.

Try being a Kent fan. We haven’t got past 300 for eons.

By: Balladeer Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:55:27 +0000 In reply to Balladeer.

Speak for your own team. Voges did a blinder. Not sure whether to be delighted or distraught.

By: daneel Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:55:57 +0000 In reply to Balladeer.

And Cobb scored runs. Bah!

At least the Australians were as rubbish as everyone else.

By: Balladeer Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:46:13 +0000 In reply to Balladeer.

Not quite, Daneel, but a pig’s ear was made nonetheless.

As I type, Middx. looking surprisingly like they might pull off an astonishing heist led by an Australian. There’s one every year…

By: Ged Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:08:04 +0000 In reply to fromthegully.

Also, of course, my “Rumtek Monk – Cricket With Altitude” photograph (see below King Cricket features and comments passim) is from Sikkim:

By: Ged Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:05:01 +0000 In reply to fromthegully.

…and indeed Meghalaya…

By: Ged Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:03:08 +0000 In reply to fromthegully.

Indeed – been there, seen it, re Sikkim Cricket Association:

By: fromthegully Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:01:38 +0000 In reply to fromthegully.

Railways and Services are the Institutional teams – the former is part of Central Zone and the latter is part of North Zone in the Duleep trophy. However both have their home grounds in Delhi which is in the North Zone! They are from the amateur era when cricketers needed to hold down jobs other than playing cricket to make a living. Both, the Railways and Services employed huge numbers amongst whom were enough good cricketers to form a first class squad. It made sense for the BCCI to encourage to employ cricketers by allowing them to field a team in the Ranji Trophy.

Tripura is derived from Tripuri Dynasty (Sanskritised version of Twipra Dynasty) which seems to have ruled from 1280 AD till 1949 AD.

The North Eastern States (population in millions in 2011 in brackets) apart from Assam (31.17) and Tripura (3.67) are Arunachal Pradesh (1.08), Meghalaya(2.96), Sikkim(0.60), Nagaland(1.98), Manipur (2.72) and Mizoram (1.09). All have cricket Associations affiliated to the board as associates/affiliates rather than full members. Not many from the North East get into Railways and Services either. Rongsen Jonathan of Railways is the only one I can think of.

By: Ged Wed, 29 Apr 2015 05:37:00 +0000 In reply to fromthegully.

I love the fact that one of the teams in this competition, the teams for which are almost all location-based, is called Railways. It would be a bit like the County Championship having one team named “no fixed abode” or something.

Your point about the North-east is well-made, fromthegully. Why Tripura of all places – people don’t even smile there? That would be a bit like the county championship having a team named after one small town, Durham say, to cover most of the North-eastern counties – Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, the Tees Valley…

Mind you, you do also have Assam in the Ranji Trophy. And presumably Services is well represented in/from the North-east too 😉