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Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

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On the struggles facing county cricket, as highlighted in last week's Take it as Red: PEOPLE just don't want to come to county cricket, it has dropped behind the two rugbys as a spectator sport. Sky have realised that they can make money off the back of international cricket so that is what is promoted. County cricket has the costs and overheads of a Premier League club while playing in the old third division.

Wooh Lanky Lanky HOW many punters can spare the time midweek to go to a 40-over match? If I go then I can only see one innings at best.

Ronky, Bowker Vale ON the whole, the County Championship is a very good competition but one which demands time of the spectator - time which most people do not possess. The people who have time are the retired (and the children during school holidays). Why don't Lancashire start a concerted campaign to recruit the elderly? When I was a lad, Old Trafford smelled of the pipe tobacco smoked by many of the elderly spectators. We may never have that aroma again, but surely we can get the elderly back to sit and enjoy this wonderful game.

Blue in Hulme ALL children accompanied by two paying adults should have free admission. If the likes of Lancashire don't encourage the young then, as Jim Cumbes said, clubs will go under as no one in the future will be going to watch the matches!

Jack Thorley THE domestic competitions are an incoherent mess. Part of the cause is that most top players don't participate much these days.

Paul Hunt SO when did county cricket pull the punters in. Glorious summer of '47? When the weather is nice you can't get a seat at Aigburth for Championship games. So my solution play ALL championship games at outgrounds.

Baza On Sajid Mahmood's Lancashire exit: I LOVED watching him - always gave 100%. He gets the chop but batsmen who haven't performed for two years are allowed to stay on at the club!

Redted I HOPE he gets a contract somewhere soon, as long as it's not Yorkshire. He should be really upset if Lancashire take on Shahzad after letting him go. …

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