Saturday, 20 July 2013

Over and out

After four long years and over 700 posts I have decided to hang up my blogging boots. I always said that I would continue to write the blog as long as it was fun, and after my recent two week break it became clear that the blog was more of a chore than a joy. It always surprised me how much time blogging took up! I'm looking forward to going to the Oval without having to take notes on every last wicket and boundary.

It has been fun for the most part. Plenty of ups and downs. When I started out the blog was merely a means by which I could vent my frustrations, so the fact that anyone else ever came to read was a constant source of amazement to me! Thank you to everyone who has commented and engaged with the blog over the years, I hope we'll all continue to support Surrey with gusto.

The Surrey blogging mantle is in fine hands anyway, Lewis Winter writes the Surrey Fan Blog here. I will of course continue to tweet inane rubbish on my @SurreyCricBlog twitter feed so if you want to discuss all issues Surrey cricket related come and find me there. There will also be the occasional blog from me on the ESPNCricinfo County Cricket Supporters Network, here.

Thanks everyone!

Josh

30 comments:

James Taylor said...

Thanks for all your hard work & good luck!

Paul Danks said...

Many thanks for all the blogs over the years. Always fair and honest.

GreenJJ said...

Thanks for the comments guys, very much appreciated!

miltonkeynesman said...

Josh - phew at least you are ok. When you didnt post on Friday night I thought you might have jumped off Waterloo Bridge after what I thought was one of the worst cricket displays from a Surrey side I have seen for some time.

Difficult to know where to start but JR chucking it away again after a wonderful start; Davies & Ponting indifferent shots; Mahmood at 4, O'Brien at 7 (how much is the latter getting?); one over from Ansari; some loose fielding (compare/contrast with Hants). And the biggest insult for me is that Rory Burns has to come on as a fielding substitute - if he can do that then really think he should be starting.

Got to say are we still going to blame the Adams legacy for this or do others have to hold up their hands ? Unless they buck up very, very soon then it could be a pretty poor season and CC Div2.

Anyway went to see Cirque du Soleil at the O2 yesterday and cheered myself up. Wonderful stuff, some professional sportsmen ought to look at and learn from those performers' application and focus.

But in glorious finale for now I have to say how much I have enjoyed your writing and comment, Josh and will look out for you on Cricinfo. Best wishes and thanks for the fun.

Cheers
MKM

GreenJJ said...

Hi MKM

It was indeed a very poor performance, agree that is was the poorest for a good time. However - it didn't cause me to give up the blog!

Roy has been so frustrating these last two games, looks it make so much easier than the rest of them and then throws it away. Infuriating. The fielding was average at best (again) and no idea why O'Brien came in so late in hindsight, or why Ansari and Wilson didn't try and pick up the pace a bit sooner.

I think the Adams legacy will continue to impact (negatively) for some time but we can't go on blaming that. Certainly the rest of this year his spectre will loom large.

Glad you had a good time at the O2 anyway! Thanks for all your comments MKM, its been a pleasure chatting with you. Take care and hope we get a bit more success soon!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the blog, which I have followed with interest over the last couple of years.

all the best

TimV said...

Thanks for all the hard work you've put in to keep us up to date with all things involving Surrey. Your efficiency in stark contrast with the club's own website. It's 24 July and surprise surprise the fixtures page still opens on June!

But I shouldn't let a whinge detract from my appreciation of the quality of your writing these past few years.

Happy retirement, but perhaps one last post if we win the T20 this year?!

Cheers

Tim

GreenJJ said...

Hi Tim

Thanks very much, and I agree that the fixtures page opening on the wrong month is incredibly annoying, its hardly ever the right month! They also have some issues with the homepage not refreshing, think they need an overhaul on the site.

If we win the T20 I will definitely do a one-off post! Thanks for reading over the years.

Josh

Jon (Symo14) said...

Ah this is sad news! I have read almost every one of your blogs over the past couple of years - and now wished I'd commented more as may have encouraged you to continue!

Your posts were always excellent reading - and very balanced I thought, considering the dire nature of much of the cricket over the period! (one late season flurry aside).

Enjoy your blog-free cricket watching anyway! And thanks for the good work. (I'm not holding out much hope for a T20 winning blog!!)

Jon
(Symo14)

GreenJJ said...

Thanks Jon, very kind of you to say! Its nice to know that people found it worthwhile reading. I don't anticipate having to do a T20 celebration blog either, but you never know!

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Hey Josh you have been doing a great job. let's see the new person how he runs the blog BTW surrey blog is one of the great blogs love your work.. Looking forward for some more awesome stuff.

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Iain said...

Didn't notice it was gone until today. Thanks for the updates the last few years, I've found you on Twitter and I'll look forward to your Cricket musings..

Thanks again,

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