Discussion was getting a little heated in the bar last night. It often does in our monthly cricket club meetings and tonight the subject had turned to how we play.
I'm interested in what you think the best way to play is.
Currently we play a fairly traditional English format, a sort of 1 inning version of the first class format: 100 overs split between the innings with declarations allowed and the draw possible.
The league had proposed big changes. 50 overs each with no draw possible. Like the current ODI format. There had also been a suggestion to reduce it to 45 overs each to attract younger players.
Which do you prefer?
I'm a declaration game fan through and through. It makes the game far more tactical to be in control of a declaration and to have the nous to bowl the opposition out. The ODI format is too contrived and produces too many boring results for my liking.
There is just as much a challenge in saving a game as there is in winning it too.
If you are going to try and contrive results every week we might as well go the whole hog and have it in Twenty20 format and be finished in 4 hours.
If it was up to me I would like us to play a 2 day format over the weekend with a 2 innings match. That's not going to happen but I think it would be fun to try.
What about you: What format do you play and what would you like to play?