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butchersapron

blood on the walls
Took us longer than it probably should have, but got win.

Ever since signing for you Brooks has got back some of his old form. TBF Yorkshire didn't need both him and Bresnan and did need to bring some of the younger bowlers on. And at that time Brooks' form was terrible while Bresnan wasn't do bad with either bat or ball so I can see why Yorkshire decided against offering Brooks a three year contract. Unfortunately Brooks is looking pretty dangerous while Bresnan is not looking good at all.
Brooks is a young 34 or whatever he is - didn't get playing till older and missed a lot of young man injuries.
 

redsquirrel

This Machine Kills Progressives
Was at Headingley for Yorks final ball defeat by Lancs yesterday. Must have been one of the hottest days cricket I've experienced in this country. Certainly made a contrast with the gloves and hats weather at Nottingham two weeks ago.

BTW New stand looks pretty good, sadly it wasn't open to spectators though.
 

Casual Observer

binoculars
Surrey looking good in the one day cup this year. That's seven wins out of seven now. Oh hang on...

One the plus side, Spizz from Spizz Energi was in today's crowd - 'Where's Captain Kirk?' and the much better 'Soldier Soldier' etc. Was minding his own business but in full Spizz gear. Good lad.
 

Pink Panther

Well-Known Member
One the plus side, Spizz from Spizz Energi was in today's crowd - 'Where's Captain Kirk?' and the much better 'Soldier Soldier' etc. Was minding his own business but in full Spizz gear. Good lad.
A couple of years ago a friend of mine was convinced a member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (whose name I don't recall now) was sitting a few seats away from us at the Vauxhall End. He spent about half an hour summoning up the courage to go over and speak, and it turned out not to be him, which was embarrassing.
 

redsquirrel

This Machine Kills Progressives
Yorkshire continuing this seasons habit not not being able to score runs in the first inning but making loads in the second. Coad picking up a fifer.
 

redsquirrel

This Machine Kills Progressives
Surrey not managing to force the win against Kent. Notts continuing to underperform, looking at their squad you think they should be doing better than this.
 

redsquirrel

This Machine Kills Progressives
Another poor first innings batting performance from Yorks, I'm still not quite sure why we decided to bat first. Hamps 54 runs seems a pretty good lead in a low scoring match.

Still at least it is not as bad as the lead Surrey have conceded.
 

redsquirrel

This Machine Kills Progressives
Ballance hitting another century but not enough time left for Yorks to bowl Hamps out.

The Warks-Surrey game should have a result though, Warks just need a single wicket.

EDIT: And Surrey lost, that's three draws and a loss so far this season.
 
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planetgeli

There's no future in England's dreaming
I feel now is a good time to join in this season, conveniently ignoring the Roy/England fuck up, and note that Sussex have taken a 343 run lead over Middlesex in the first innings, which in no way means the opposition will fight back to 550 all out by tea on day 4 like everyone else has against us so far this year.
 

planetgeli

There's no future in England's dreaming
Won with 12 overs to spare having lost 4 hours play yesterday. 7 wickets for Ollie Robinson, 10 in the match. Big century from van Zyl and another from Ben Brown. Turning point?
 

planetgeli

There's no future in England's dreaming
Is it really going to rain from now until eternity for the next 3 days? Lancashire bowl Worcestershire out for 98 on day one (good to see Jimmy playing and taking 4-24 btw) ...and the draw is odds on favourite at 8/11. :(
 

planetgeli

There's no future in England's dreaming
Bizarre selection policy at Sussex where "20/20 specialist" and failed leg-spinner Will Beer, after 11 years and just 17 first class matches involving 18 innings batting at number 9, which had brought him less than 400 runs, was promoted to open the innings, presumably based on a career best score of 50 not out in his last game at Middlesex last week.

The result? 76 not out off a mammoth 276 balls in a score of 257 for 5.

Is it really going to rain from now until eternity for the next 3 days? Lancashire bowl Worcestershire out for 98 on day one (good to see Jimmy playing and taking 4-24 btw) ...and the draw is odds on favourite at 8/11. :(
No play Tuesday, rain.
 

planetgeli

There's no future in England's dreaming
Bizarre selection policy at Sussex where "20/20 specialist" and failed leg-spinner Will Beer, after 11 years and just 17 first class matches involving 18 innings batting at number 9, which had brought him less than 400 runs, was promoted to open the innings, presumably based on a career best score of 50 not out in his last game at Middlesex last week.

The result? 76 not out off a mammoth 276 balls in a score of 257 for 5.
Out for 97. :(
 

Casual Observer

binoculars
Surrey finally win a game at the seventh attempt. Warks chasing a gettable 289 looked good at 190 for 4 but pressed the self destruct button and were all out for 215. 41 year old Batty continues to roll back the years while Sam Curran nabs a couple of vital wickets before his ECB-restricted 30 overs were up.
 

redsquirrel

This Machine Kills Progressives
Somerset still looking good.

Good result for Yorks today beating Surrey. At one stage I thought Yorks might be looking at a loss but got there with 10 balls to spare.
 

littlebabyjesus

one of Maxwell's demons
So looks like a two-horse race now.

How do Somerset stuff it up from here? Well, last game of the season is at home against... Essex.

I would like to see Somerset finally bag it - ridiculous that they've never won it. But good to see the title is going to a non-test team again at least. Pesky fuckers just won't know their place.
 

butchersapron

blood on the walls
Many many ways. Simplest one is essex just walloping us again. As it stands we have every base covered with the bowling - prepare anything, we're ready. Our openers can't make 50, our middle order is all messed as a result and we have to rely on two kids as insurance or one of the overtons/lewis G whacking a quick boundary heavy get out of jail card. Our bowling units will be what may get us over the line though.
 

redsquirrel

This Machine Kills Progressives
Excellent day's cricket at Headingley. Yorkshire's day after being put into bat but Somerset bowled hard with little reward (and their fielding was excellent). Lyth, Fraine and Ballance all fell to poor shots.

With Yorkshire's batting you can never be sure but they should get towards 400
 

littlebabyjesus

one of Maxwell's demons
Can't read that, but I can answer the last bit. Is The 100 needed at all? No, it's not. Let's just scrap the whole idea and put the Blast on free-to-air telly instead. And tests and odis, and the 50-over one-day tourny. And the CC as well for good measure. :)
 

Casual Observer

binoculars
I'm not really interesting in general anti-100 rant pieces at this stage. They don't add anything new and preach to the converted.

This piece, on the other hand, looks quite specific. "ECB facing revolt over the Hundred, with counties unhappy with ownership structure, governance, financial deal, downgrading of 50 over game & abuse of Icon Player rules. One county has lodged formal complaint about a partner, which ECB are investigating."

Whilst the piece may not directly address the aspect, I'm particularly interested in clues as to why certain counties appear to be finding their voice after the horse has bolted and why those same counties effectively hid in the bogs when they were really needed over the last couple of years.

The 100 would have been avoided were it not for the supine cowardice of the majority of counties. It's definitely going to happen. The best to hope for is that it withers and dies after a couple of years.
 

planetgeli

There's no future in England's dreaming
What the hell happened to Kent in their second innings 40 all out! You need to get a win tomorrow butchersapron
Nobody scored double figures, that's what.

Meanwhile, having being pushing for promotion at the start of the season, Sussex get a win so, yay, we may not finish bottom. Bad boy Ollie got 14 wickets in the match including 8-34 to destroy Middlesex. It's always good to destroy Middlesex.
 

littlebabyjesus

one of Maxwell's demons
I fancied Sussex, Worcs and Lancs for promotion. And Surrey to win Div 1 again. One out of four. Never listen to me.

Essex look pretty irresistible at the moment. Can't stop winning, even after fucking up. They lose Amir now, and of course don't have Siddle. Might be important?

ETA: We all lose Amir now. Retiring from red ball after this game apparently. Going to chase the white ball cash.
 
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