David Lloyd returns to the screen as part of Lancashire's live streaming service
The unmistakable voice of David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd will remain on the screens of county cricket fans this summer as a part of Lancashire's innovative live streaming service.
The Red Rose legend, an iconic figure on the coverage of English cricket for last 22 years before his departure from Sky Sports this winter, has signed up to work on the popular Lancashire live streams, which has been at the forefront of the high-quality streaming services that are expanding across the counties.
“It’s flexible, but it’s exciting for me. I’m really looking forward to it,” said the former Test batter and coach, when explaining his summer schedule at Emirates Old Trafford.
“I know people and have great respect for people around the place, my wife Diana works here, it’s just a nice scene for me really. It feels like I’m coming home.”
Lloyd - no, let’s stick to Bumble - has signed up to cover every non-televised Vitality Blast home game, whilst also doing the occasional day of LV= Insurance County Championship cricket.
The first of those was the opening day of the victory over Gloucestershire a fortnight ago, when approximately 100,000 tuned into the 10-camera coverage fronted by BBC Radio’s Scott Read and operated by local Digital Media specialists Badger and Combes.
That 100,000 was an increase on the regular daily average.
“It was important for me to come to the first day at home, and it was excellent,” said Bumble, who is again on air during Thursday’s opening day against Warwickshire.
“Make no mistake, with county cricket, there is a strong sleeping awareness of it. People have always loved it, but they can’t get to games all of the time for obvious reasons such as work.
“Streaming helps those people, and it’s brilliant.”
Bumble is a self-confessed “champion of county cricket”.
“I was watching a lad (against Gloucestershire), George Balderson, for example. County cricket is making him into a cricketer,” he said.
He is also a champion of Lancashire’s chances of becoming champions of Division One.
“I think they’ve got a real strong squad,” he said.
“Inevitably, they will lose players to international cricket. But the strength is there.
“Look at the team against Gloucester. Tom Bailey wasn’t playing, Livingstone, Jennings, Wood as well.
“They have ready-made players who will come into the team and do a good job when they need them. Rob Jones is another.
“I think they’ve signed shrewdly as well. Phil Salt has taken that Alex Davies place.
“At this stage, each team is thinking, ‘We’re going to have a good go at this’. But it’s the depth you have to look at when they lose players. In particular, you need a good battery of fast bowlers. Lancs have both, depth and the bowlers.”
Bumble will combine his work with Lancashire with being a Daily Mail columnist, while you will also likely hear him discussing the big cricketing issues on TalkSport Radio every now and again.
“I’ve also got a tractor that needs fixing. The clutch has packed up!” he said, as the wicked humour which has seen him entertain millions for years shines through as bright as ever.
“We’re living up in North Yorkshire now in quite a rural area, and I’m a season ticket holder at York City, Diana’s team. I also watch (Accrington) Stanley as much as I can.”
If Bumble can get his tractor fixed, it may well begin to purr as Lancashire are doing in the early stages of the season thanks to two wins against Kent and Gloucestershire added to last week’s draw at Hampshire.