The Bracegirdle Blog:
Flying The Flag

Comment and Analysis | 27th May 2011

I’ve felt more like the marketing man from our national airline this week, by urging everyone to ‘Fly The Flag’.

As I’m sure you are all now aware, Nottinghamshire has its own county flag to be proud of.

Over many weeks, a lot of hard work has gone in to putting this together – with a judging panel putting forward the final selections for the good people of Nottinghamshire to vote upon.

"I’m off to Worcester this week. It’s often been said that I’ve got more Sauce than ‘Lea and Perrins’ – so I should be quite at home there."

This was all co-ordinated by BBC Radio Nottingham’s Breakfast Show host, Andy Whittaker, and I felt it was particularly appropriate that when the winning design was revealed, one of Andy’s studio guests was none other than Derek Brewer, the Chief Executive at Trent Bridge.

That’s because cricket is one of the foremost ways in which our county pits itself against others. In my travels around the circuit I’m conscious of not only commentating on our fortunes - but also in being a representative of the area we come from. I’m proud to come from Nottinghamshire and hope you are too!

A week without any championship cricket has enabled me to get out the whites again and squeeze in a couple of matches – or so I thought!

One thing we’ve learnt recently – after the ECB ruling on the Edgbaston surface - is the difference between a poor pitch and an unfit one. Well, that may be easier to diagnose at first class level than it is on a village club ground.

Bearing that in mind, I’d like to congratulate the umpire who made a brave call in our match in Division 12 (or whatever it was) of the Bassetlaw League. After just six overs – and with each of the batsmen being struck due to the unpredictable nature of the surface – the match official called the game off.

Despite it being a glorious afternoon – and us having driven to the outskirts of Sheffield – it was the right call.

Remaining topical, I’ve taken out a super-injunction to prevent my bowling figures from the other match from ever being revealed!

Some bowling figures that should be applauded however are Paul Franks’ 5-43 against Gloucestershire on Wednesday evening.

It seems barely five minutes since Paul was making his way in the county game and whilst he didn’t go on to have the long and successful Test career many of us hoped, he’s never given less than 100% for his county. It’s still as enjoyable as ever to see him finding form with bat and ball.

This season’s Friends Life t20 competition gets underway in just a few days time and I was privileged to attend the promotional launch this week.

I think it’s fair to say that nobody puts more effort into this event than Nottinghamshire’s marketing team and the new ‘Put Some Colour In Your Cricket’ campaign is sure to be a winner.

With the congested Friends Life t20 programme now almost upon us, I fear that my domestic arrangements may be damaged beyond repair, as I told my mate.

“The wife is threatening to divorce me and her solicitor feels she has every chance of being successful.”

“On what grounds?” he enquired.

“Trent Bridge, Grace Road, Headingley, Edgbaston and New Road!”

I’m off to Worcester this week. It’s often been said that I’ve got more Sauce than ‘Lea and Perrins’ – so I should be quite at home there.

Whatever happens, I’ll be sure to Fly the Flag!

Dave Bracegirdle will provide ball-by-ball commentary throughout Nottinghamshire's LV= County Championship match against Worcestershire on behalf of BBC Radio Nottingham.

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