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Loyal of Lhasa
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Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
02 September, 2017 16:09
Given how potentially dangerous the incident was, it could be described as

AN ARROW ESCAPE



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Wickham
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Wickham (IP Logged)
02 September, 2017 16:40
A bolt from the blue.

 
Loyal of Lhasa
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Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
02 September, 2017 16:45
Insane Bolt?



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Shepton Paul 2
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Shepton Paul 2 (IP Logged)
02 September, 2017 19:30
Wasn't Alex B-arrow?

 
DeanSwift
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DeanSwift (IP Logged)
03 September, 2017 11:41
What on earth is Jofra Archer playing at?

 
mikeindex
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mikeindex (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 12:04
Congratulations to Essex on a richly deserved Championship title, reminiscent of their first in 1979 (also won with weeks to spare). A blow for the "little" counties.

 
AGod
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AGod (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 12:10
A remarkable triumph, keyed by the performances of Porter and Harmer with the ball, above all. Cook's early season availability must have helped. Overall, they did just enough with the bat, Cook apart, which was all they needed to do due to the performances of Porter and Harmer, backed by a pair of official overseas signings, both of which worked.

It really was a three man attack, for the most part - Porter, Wager/Aamir and Harmer, which is a bit remarkable in itself.

 
Shepton Paul 2
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Shepton Paul 2 (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 12:16
Yes, many congratulations to Essex, always good to see a 'smaller' county win. Odd that, just as many will be thinking the CC is now over because we know who's won, it gets interesting for us!

 
AGod
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AGod (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 13:56
Hants nearly as bad as I expected - seven down inside 26 overs.

Certainly not completely impossible that Middx might have a time for a quick thrash, and send that lot back in...

 
AGod
Re: CC1 2017
AGod (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 14:32
134-9, 70 behind.

If they have to pick this batting line-up for the final two games then, unless they are playing Warks (and I fear that they are) then they will probably lose both games and, thus, be in with every chance of being relegated.

 
Bagpuss
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Bagpuss (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 14:38
I must confess I thought Essex might struggle this year, mainly because I couldn't see how they were going to replace 100-odd wickets from Masters and Napier. As it turns out they've probably had the best attack in the 1st division.

 
cricketjerry-mouse
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cricketjerry-mouse (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 14:55
The Essex triumph, despite the retirement of their two leading bowlers of the last 10 years - Masters and Napier - is a very good point. Bagpuss, that seems to have been over-looked by virtually every commentator.

Remember also, that Napier has held both the world record for the most sixes in an innings - 16 - and the Walter Lawrence Trophy for the fastest first-class century of the season (44 balls).

They were first and third in the Essex bowling averages last season - 103 wickets between them.

So the county showed considerably foresight in team planning, once they realised that both would be retiring at the same time - and just as they had won promotion.

 
AGod
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AGod (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 15:35
But I don't think Napier had ever done much in CC1 with the ball, to my knowledge. So I don't imagine he'd have pulled up any trees had he continued.

Masters was on an old stalwart bowler but he'd possibly also have found things tricky in CC1 this time around - after they'd been down in CC2 for, what, about three seasons since his last appearance. Both guys probably retired at exactly the right time and then Essex got their calls right about the ID of the Kolpak and Overseas players that they tabbed to replace them.

 
AGod
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AGod (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 15:38
Porter and Harmer, 127 wickets between them with two CC matches still to play - so 150 wickets between them possibly attainable.

 
AGod
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AGod (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 15:42
I take back what I said about one half of the overseas signings, though. I thought Wagner would be poor but then somehow I was under the impression that I had been wrong - but I see he actually had a bowling average of 41.

So, really, Essex had a two man bowling attack of Porter and Harmer who were, briefly, joined by Amir who was as effective as one would expect him to be.

 
AGod
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AGod (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 15:44
I note that the much bally-hooed Curran brothers who, no doubt, are probably greats of the game according to A J Stewart have combined for a bowling average of about 40 this season (Tom 35, Sam 45).

I know the Oval is the world's most lifeless square but, even so (they do play away games too, don't they?)

 
AGod
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AGod (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 15:49
Porter's strike-rate has been absolutely phenomenal - 33!!

For a guy with more than 50 wickets in a season, I should not be surprised if those are the best numbers since Waqar Younis plied his trade over here.

 
AGod
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AGod (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 15:51
I liked the look of that Brit qualified Aussie, Ryan Sidebottom, when we played against Warks and I wouldn't mind a cheeky bid to sign him as they had still not contracted him for next season when we played them.

Lord only knows what they are waiting for, given that Sidebottom has a bowling average of 21 for Warks and all of their other bowlers have an average of 38 or worse this season..... truly appalling bowling averages.

 
AGod
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AGod (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 15:56
Match abandoned at Uxbridge - an absolute nightmare of a round for Middx.

 
Roger ivanhoe
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Roger ivanhoe (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 16:19
Ryan Sidebottom (The Aussie Version) signed a one year contract with Warwickshire earlier this week.

 
AGod
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AGod (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 16:23
Ah, okay, thanks, Roger.

 
MisterMurph
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MisterMurph (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 19:12
I am immensely pleased for Essex and their incredible achievement this year. However one of the comments regarding Essex's foresight in replacing old boys Masters and Napier made me smile - as the two bowlers they signed were the English qualified, but overseas really, Dixon and Quinn (neither of whom qualify as 'English' in club cricket by the way, so overseas in club, not overseas at county, level). Due to injury, neither played much part in the season at all, so you are looking at local club cricketers Porter, Walter, Beard; a back-up spinner in Zaidi, a tremendous Kolpak signing in Harmer (who scouted him?), the 2 batting signings (inc reserve keeper) were both returning Essex boys. The overseas pair - Amir was excellent - Wagner was no more than steady - in fact, I think Essex would have won the title with Walter filling the left arm seamer berth all season. What was clever is that they were able to change their approach to a game and be flexible about strategy - e.g. Wheater keeping, getting a small injury, Fozzie then proving he's still the best in the world, so keep him in. All in all, if Essex can do it, there is tremendous hope for Somerset for 2018.

 
Loyal of Lhasa
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Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
16 September, 2017 11:27
I too am delighted about the success of Essex, not least because, like Somerset, they have so many home-bred players.

Between now and the end of the season I am overseeing emergency legislation that will ensure that this season four sides will be relegated from Division One. These will be:

Warwickshire: because they're not very good and Giles is a mid-season poacher
Middlesex: for their chicanery last season
Yorkshire: ditto
Hampshire: because they should have been relegated last year.

I propose that the following sides from Division Two are promoted:

Nottinghamshire: because they are good
Worcestershire: ditto
Northamptonshire: ditto
Kent: because they should have been promoted last year in place of Hampshire
Durham: because they did not deserve to be relegated last year

That means that there will be nine sides in each division next year and we shall revert to playing sixteen matches for each side in each division.

All problems solved at a stroke of my legislative pen.

 
AGod
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AGod (IP Logged)
16 September, 2017 13:23
I propose that Surrey be relegated due to their persistently poor on-field behaviour and the absurd proclamations of A J Stewart as to the international abilities of their entire squad - so why have you won one game all year, Alec? If they are as good as you say then you should definitely be fired for winning only one match with such 'talent.'

 
Loyal of Lhasa
Re: CC1 2017
Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
16 September, 2017 13:48
All right, AGod, we'll let Surrey go as well. Let's bring Glamorgan in so that the Welsh feel properly represented at the top table.



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The Cake Taster
Re: CC1 2017
Botham (IP Logged)
16 September, 2017 19:43
I'm sure the Essex girls are equally delighted

 
Nailsea_Fizz
Re: CC1 2017
Nailsea_Fizz (IP Logged)
17 September, 2017 02:33
Good to read more original views about Surrey and Alec Stewart

 
AGod
Re: CC1 2017
AGod (IP Logged)
19 September, 2017 10:40
Hants are more or less back to full strength but, regardless, are already 0/1.

Middlesex are currently 2/1 vs Lancs.

 
AGod
Re: CC1 2017
AGod (IP Logged)
19 September, 2017 10:51
I see Warks have picked Boyd Rankin. Once in a blue moon, he can have a spectacularly good game. Let's hope that the Blue Moon is out over the course of this 4 day match vs Yorkshire...

 
AGod
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AGod (IP Logged)
19 September, 2017 11:03
Middx and Hants both two down for naff all thus far. But Warks have already lost one vs Yorkshire.

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