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Saturday September 12 2009

I was half listening to Surrey v Northants on the internet radio early this afternoon, while also following it on Cricinfo and Mike Mark (thank you Briffa) Church (who does the commentaries for BBC Radio London but of whom I can find no mention on the www (no wonder)) was in “please send me an email” mode, so I did:

Dear Mr Church

Let me tell you why I like listening to you, especially towards the end of games, rather than following games on Cricinfo and listening to music (as I love to do).  For limited overs games Cricinfo is fine. But for a four day county game which might within the next hour or so become a limited overs game, Cricinfo is useless.

Take this game. All that Cricinfo says is that the Surrey score is whatever it is. There’s nothing about how many overs Northants now have to get Surrey out and knock off the fourth innings runs. If Northants do soon embark on a plausible chase, Cricinfo will tell me virtually nothing about how well they are doing. The only clue they offer is if Northants are still slogging. That will mean they haven’t given up. But if they are still slogging, how many overs do they have left? This is a game that Surrey might even (as I write this) win, if Northants chase but mess it up. But from Cricinfo you get no clue of that, in four day games.

I am sending this email to you rather than Cricinfo because I know you like to get emails. But if you ignore this one because of it mentioning a competitor and potentially being helpful to them, that’s okay, I’ll just shove this on my blog.

Brian from Across the River

Across the river from the Oval, that is to say, where the game was being played.  Or rather, the “Brit Oval” as Church always insists on calling it.

So anyway, he did read it out, within seconds of me having sent it off, and clearly without having read it first.  He was on his own doing the commentating, and seemed to have no help with the emails either, not today.  By the time he got to paragraph three saying he didn’t have to read it, he already had.  I think I should have put my third paragraph first.

He did make one change, which was to say, while reading paragraph one, not “Cricinfo is useless” but: “Cricinfo is not good”.  Which was fine by me.

A few weeks back Church was appealing for emails about cricketers with the names of famous people, and I emailed in about Napoleon Einstein, which was the first time I tried this.  He instantly read that out too.  Then I sent another much longer email, which he also read out, but in rather a hurry.  Lesson: the very short ones are the best.  I cut the above one before sending it, and should have cut it more.  Sending emails to Mike Mark Church probably makes me a better blogger.

Like I said when talking with Michael, I’m looking forward to when we get internet telly of these obscure games.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/content/articles/2004/08/19/cricket_mark_church_feature.shtml

It’s MARK Church!

He once phoned me up to tell me I’d won a competition they’d been running. I found it bizarre that the guy not only had to commentate for 7 hours a day, on his own, he even had to ring people up afterwards. Truly a one man show.

Puts Aggers in co in the shade re workrate.

Posted by Peter Briffa on 14 September 2009

Peter

Thanks.  Original text amended.

And I do agree with you about the way he keeps going entirely on his own, as he was doing for this Northants game.  As I said to him in an earlier email, expressing exactly your sentiments, including that the TMS guys have it easy by comparison.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 14 September 2009
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