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“I don’t like Cricket, oh no, I love it”
I felt myself getting quite nostalgic a few days ago, when passing my local village Cricket Club. They were replacing the old mechanical scoreboard, probably originally back from 1881, when the club was formed.
Now I like technological improvements, but what type of difference will that actually make?
I think in any conditions the old white on black numbers are readable. As a small village, we don’t play 20:20 matches with a coloured ball, under floodlights. In fact besides a poor floodlight in the car park, we are not really of a size to need lights. So I am not convinced customer satisfaction will be impacted here. At several hundred quid a panel, it’s quite an upgrade.
Should we be messing with that English summer experience, of leather on willow, and all that?
Spookily enough, when I took the photo above, I did encounter the old chap who scores in that box and I asked him his opinion.
He said he wouldn’t miss each spring when all the numbers need cleaning, setting up and checking they still work ok. Well at least one bloke is happy with the change.
I would be more seriously kicking off, if the village church from the 1300's, was going to get its clock changed to digital. That would knock me over the edge!
Once we lose our heritage though, it can never easily be recovered. Heritage might be harder work to enjoy, but definitely worth it in my book, in the right situation. Ask anyone who has an old Triumph Stag, if they would prefer something more modern, without a ‘choke’ and two additional gears. I think I know what the answer would mostly be.
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