Discussion in 'general sports' started by butchersapron, Mar 28, 2019.
Somerset must stop producing these wickets.
Beginning to go Somerset's way now. Luck ridden thus far. 62/0 at lunch on day 3 chasing 281 on a road.
Well there we go. Well played Essex, stronger better team over the long run. No complaints or moans. Non-favoured clubs forever!
Disappointing for Somerset, good performance (especially in the 2nd half) by Essex.
Oh yeah: RIP Marcus. New: Marcus.
Player of the year - Harmer.
Only team that could this year.
We looked like it was there for a long while. Essex hammered us, yorks too. We kept on hammering others. Then hants (who hate us) and abbot. I knew that hants would get us back for the 50 final and other humiliations.
Neither somersete nor essex in this hundred ghast.
Great article by dobell today. The cricket writer who gets it. Cool for Essex. Shit for som. Both proper counties.
Seeing that Irish players now have to either re-register for their counties as overseas players or give up their international careers. Irish test team could be decimated by this. What a stupid thing to do.
There ought to be some sort of amnesty on players who were already playing county cricket before the granting of Test status .I don't think many of the current Ireland team still play county cricket anyway. Porterfield, Dockrell, Rankin and Wilson have all moved back to Ireland. Murtagh and Stirling at Middlesex are the two that spring to mind; the former is now aged 38 (as a born and bred Londoner I suspect he'll opt to see out his career in county cricket) while the latter is mainly a white ball specialist.
Tbh I'm surprised it's legal.
I reckon there are lots of eligibility rules and regulations in UK sport that are legally dubious, but ultimately there's a consensus among member clubs within the governing body that it's how they want things to be, and any potential dissenters feel it's more trouble than it's worth to rock the boat . In this case I assume it would need Middlesex to take legal action against the ECB but I guess they would be reluctant to do that.
Pretty harsh to threaten a player's livelihood, though. We're not talking mega-rich superstars here. When they reduced the overseas quota from two to one, existing players were allowed to continue - Marshall and Greenidge, Richards and Garner. They surely could at least have done that here.
As then, I don't think the number of overseas players is the problem with the CC though. In the same breath as talking of reducing the number of counties, there is talk of limiting overseas players from the same people. And Kolpak makes a mockery of it anyway. tbh my thinking would be more or less the opposite of this. I'd like to see the number of overseas players allowed increased. Moar test players in the CC please.
Regarding the future of Irish cricket, many of those players are approaching the end of their careers, but so many of them were formed in county cricket. I know they have a small domestic first class league now but is that really going to produce the same quantity of players? I fear Irish cricket is going to go downhill over the next few years as the generation that earned test status, the majority of whom played CC, disappears.
We have an inequality of numbers in Div 1 and Div 2 now. Could they not admit two Irish teams to even the numbers up? I reckon that would do Irish cricket more good than its new 1st class league. And I think it would be good for the CC as well.
I wouldn't argue with any of that, I was just trying to make sense of the ruling. It does seem especially unfair to put Tim Murtagh's county career at risk when I'm guessing he's never lived or worked outside London.
And if this had happened last year, he may never have had his day of glory in front of a packed house at Lord's. If he were ten years younger he'd be faced with a horrible choice.
Stuart Poynter first Irish player to give up international cricket to sign for Durham. Can't blame him. He's a jobbing pro and a county deal is a better deal than any Ireland contract. I find it all just absurd really - winning test status could be the ruining of Irish cricket. He won't be the last to do this.
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