At the Middle Stump, we like people from all walks of cricket, although we also like cricketers that walk, like we do, errr sometimes. So we caught up with ex England under 19 skipper, Paul McMahon, who is the captain of Minor Counties side, Cambridgeshire, and Paul gave us the low down on what is happening in that form of cricket at the moment. His side, Cambridgeshire are one of the up and coming sides in that form of the game, winning their division in 2011 before missing out on a day at Lord's last year.The Minor Counties need supporting, and in some cases get even more press coverage from their local paper than the first class boys. If you have a day to spare, and your Minor County is playing nearby, go along and have a look, you might just be surprised at the quality of cricket on offer.
Paul gave us his thoughts on last season "It was better than expected but still ultimately disappointing, I think it's fair to say. [Obviously you can get the scorecards and stats from Cricinfo if you're interested in finding out exactly how we went]. We lost in the semi-final of the Trophy and won the Eastern Division of the Championship, before losing in the overall play-off final to Devon. Considering we didn't win a single game in 2009 and only won 4 in 2010, I suppose that counts as reasonable progress. And given we lost our first one-dayer of 2011 by 170 runs to Lincs (and I was fielding questions from the local media as to whether there were enough quality cricketers within the county for us to be competitive) we should be proud of how we developed as a team. To win two games having conceded a first innings deficit of 130+ runs was something quite special. But still something of a 'bridesmaid' season."
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