“Ooh, Lanky, Lanky…”

Lancashire win the titleA sure sign that summer is coming to an end is a brief improvement in the weather and the final matches of the domestic cricket season.

On a personal level, it’s the time I remove the Cricinfo link from my favourites bar for another year, but at least I have done so with a smile on my face as Lancashire won their final match to become champions for the first time in 77 years.

The delight on the faces of the mostly locally born players was understandable, especially as they looked certain to lose out to Warwickshire at the start of the day, but it can’t be solely because of the prize money.

The winning team receives £550,000 of which around £350,000 is shared by the players, or around £40,000 a head if they’re lucky which is about a week’s wages for a Premiership football player.

You only have to look at the tv coverage to understand why. The Somerset ground was bereft of spectators, apart from the noisy Lancastrians who had made the long trip overnight to witness a once in a lifetime event.

I could only watch on tv, more’s the pity, but I did sing along: “Oh, Lanky, Lanky….Lanky, Lanky, Lanky Lancashire…”

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3 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 15th September 2011

    Well done to Lancs on winning the county championship this year. By the way, Yorkshire won it in 1893, 1896, 1898, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1905, 1908, 1912, 1919, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1946, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1968, 2001 and we shared it with Middlesex in 1949. Lancs have now won it just nine times, sharing it with Surrey in 1950. Just thought you’d like to know old chap.

  • Roger Green 15th September 2011

    Your happiness is my happiness.

    What is cricket, again?

  • Mr Parrot 15th September 2011

    YP: Glad you’re keeping count. Of course, I should have said that it was the first time in a long time that we’d won it out right. And I was too polite to mention Yorkshire’s relation to the second division.

    Roger: As you may surmise, cricket is the means we have devised to foster rivalry between the counties of England, but particularly between the red rose of Lancaster and the white rose of York.


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