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Re: And so it all starts with Essex
Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
14 April, 2017 20:05
Always a good time of the year the first day of the season.

As mikeindex said I packed the camera away early, my fingers were having nothing to do with the cold weather. Only photos of shots being played today.

My usual complaint each year that the club never address. I timed my entrance at the ground so that the gates have been opened a few minutes before I join the queue. On arriving there must have been about eighty people waiting to get into the ground, (queued back to the players flats) with only one turnstile open for walking members and paying supporters, and four steward dealing with cars, it took me twelve minutes to get into the ground.
I am entering the ground by the Brian Rose gates tomorrow, there are three stewards on at that gate.

Now for the photos I have taken.

Marcus Trescothick batting, four extras on the board before a run scored off the bat. (thanks Essex)

First runs from Dean Elgar for Somerset this season.

Marcus Trescothick trying to play what I can only describe as a upper cut. He missed this one but played a similar shot soon afterwards and scored four runs.

Dean Elgar hitting four runs, he is a class player.

I always like watching James Hildreth batting, unfortunately not for long enough.

You could say Peter Trego was caught on the hop, he wasn't caught but I couldn't think of anything else to say about this shot.

Re: And so it all starts with Essex
Farmer White (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 01:08
And so, in the end yesterday was more cold water than warm glow and the breeze from beyond the Trescothick Stand, after a morning glimpse of the warmth of the summer sun to come, was chill to the bone. Mike the Lens’ fingers at least were indeed blue for he showed me the evidence. It must have been cold, for his lens together with his camera had retreated deep within their case.

Before the match started Brian Rose presented Marcus Trescothick with a tankard to mark the start of his twenty-fifth season playing for Somerset. 1993. A single division gentler County Championship. The premier limited overs competition an entirely knock-out affair played over 60 overs. The other limited overs cup was played over 55 overs and started in zones. The Sunday league experimented with 50 overs. Mark Lathwell played for England. Andrew Caddick took 9 for 32 to bowl out Lancashire for 72 when they were chasing 88 in Trescothick’s first Championship match. I heard the result on the car radio on a roundabout in Walthamstow in the days when sports bulletins carried all County Cricket scores on an hourly basis. A young Shane Warne bowled the ‘ball of the century’. The last century. T20 cricket was neither a dream nor a nightmare and still a decade into the future. A different cricketing world.

There was a toss. Tom Abell won it and batted. As to the hopes of the morning. Trescothick indeed rolled back the years. Hildreth played with the air of god-like genius of which only he seems capable. Dean Elgar reminded me that I had omitted him from yesterday’s post as he began to build a classy score. And all three were gone before they reached 40 with the bowler contributing little to their demise and the huge crowd for a cold Championship day staring on at what might have been. Trego persisted longer and got one that might have held up a bit but played it with a stroke that could have been bettered.

Davies and Van de Merwe were beautifully got out by balls which suggested that Simon Lee might just have worked his magic and produced the sort of pitch on which Championships might be won. But they will have to be won. Championships do not fall in your lap because you get the pitch right. Perhaps that was the purpose of the used pitch and why so many pre-season games were played at Taunton. The ECB want Counties to produce spin friendly pitches. Perhaps this is how they are produced. If so then so be it. The cricket is immensely better than the interminable high scoring draws of yore. It is not the fault of the groundsman that Somerset failed to reach the 300 that generally seems to have been considered a par score for this pitch. And now, as a good cricket pitch should allow, Essex have the chance to reach the 300 that Somerset eschewed before the pitch starts to spin more sharply. And Somerset will have to bowl with considerably more effect than they did in that first bitter evening if they are to prevent it.

The captain is under pressure. One run and not the best of strokes for his dismissal. His side already, with Alistair Cook in ominous form, further behind in this game than is safe on a pitch such as this. Abell's bowlers can bowl better than they did and will have to. His batsmen will have to perform to their full potential in their second innings on a pitch which by then may become more difficult by the hour. His team need another performance out of the drawer of backs to the wall counter attacks that they drew on so heavily last season. It is in situations such as this that the best leaders are at their best. But Abell is in his first match as captain and it took Chris Rogers half a season to get the team playing as he wished. Abell needs a bit of time as Rogers needed a bit of time. But this is also the situation in which this Somerset team has been at its best. Abell needs some help from his team today if this match is to be turned around. They need to, as we know they can, get to it today and rock Essex back on their heels.

Trescothick entered first class cricket in a different cricketing world to the one it is played in today. A world into which five of this team were yet to be born. He will leave it, one year soon, as it turns into yet another cricketing world. A world which, by the time those five depart it, may look even more different to today than today does to 1993. The years in which a Championship worthy of the name, or at all, can be won may now be numbered. If Somerset are to achieve that Holy Grail then they will have to stop games getting into positions such as this. And if games are allowed to get into positions such as this, then they will have to be won from those positions.

If we really do mean to win a Championship above all else in the time that is left to us, as a Club, we will. But only a focus on the Championship that sits above all other cricketing considerations will do. All hands will have to be turned to the cause. Nothing less will do. That is the lesson of history. And the lesson of history, to date at least, is that winning a County Championship validates a Club and a team like no other competition in this country.

Today would be a good day to make a start.

Re: And so it all starts with Essex
Grockle (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 04:40
The commentators all were cautious about setting a par score on the pitch. Just over 200 would probably not have been it but neither would 300 it seemed. Consensus suggested we were probably 50 ish short.

Have to see what the morning brings I expect and will probably have a better idea by mid afternoon.

As others have mentioned though. Taunton looks like a results pitch these days so the batsmen had better use it a little more effectively next time they get a chance.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 15/04/2017 05:24 by Grockle.

Re: And so it all starts with Essex
AG on apple (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 05:42
Looks like a typically 'not quite at the races,' opening day to judge from what Pete has said.

However, our spinners have barely started to bowl. They will obviously need to do very well today.

For matches where we are anticipating low scoring matches (which, until proven otherwise should include all home CC matches) selecting both LG and Jove in the same side is, IMO, a questionable tactic. Both tend to be expensive.. With the exception of the redoubtable Mr Trego it seems to me that the only thing standing between us and a pathetic score of 125 or so was the profligacy of Neil Wagner.

And if Jove bowls his daft short stuff at A N Cook? He will be at least as expensive as Wagner as Cook has pulled, hooked and cut to ribbons short stuff from far better pacemen than Jamie. Clearly, Cook is a huge wicket and one we really do need early does... time for King Jack to work his magic..

Re: And so it all starts with Essex
AG on apple (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 05:51
Re: Tom Abell. He seems to be out of form, no doubt, based on pre-season returns, but everybody seems to talk about him being 'under pressure,' after a grand total of one competitive innings. Oh, Angell Face, before you try to tell me that only FW has mentioned this, the truth is that many had also mentioned it on here even before yesterday.

In our second dig, Tom will need far better from Trescothick and Hildreth than throwing it away against undeserving deliveries.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 15/04/2017 05:54 by AG on apple.

Re: And so it all starts with Essex
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 05:54
I can't claim credit for this- but on the internet people are referring to Taunton as 'Ciderbad'

Re: And so it all starts with Essex
AG on apple (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 06:13
Yes, started last season during your self-imposed exile, Chunky.

May have even originated on here.

Re: And so it all starts with Essex
Shepton Paul 2 (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 07:36
I think it needs an extra syllable to work - Ciderabad? Yes, I first saw it on here around July/August last year - maybe mikeindex?

Anyways, hope it lives up to its reputation this morning...

Re: And so it all starts with Essex
JuliaW (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 07:39
Ciderabad was the work of Bagpuss I believe ....

I've just checked the weather forecast for today. In addition to all the various layers of clothing I had on yesterday I'm thinking that I need to add a woolly hat today based on the promised arrival of a strong wind from the north west!

Re: And so it all starts with Essex
AG on apple (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 07:42
Indeed, so. Be great to see Jack, especially, get into them and dispel any notion of confidence possibly being lacking. I wonder if Elgar may give one of Jack/Roelof a little breather at some stage?

Re: And so it all starts with Essex
AG on apple (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 10:42
Sounds a strong showing from Cove, thus far.

Re: And so it all starts with Essex
AG on apple (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 10:59
Dramatic change!! Keep our discipline and could be quids in here.

Re: And so it all starts with Essex
Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 11:04
If Wheater is a generous man, he could surrender his wicket very soon as a nice birthday present to James Foster (who must be better than him on both sides of the stumps) and to Bagpuss.


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Re: And so it all starts with Essex
Grockle (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 11:31
Hmmm seems that 'poor performance' yesterday may not have been such a disaster. Essex struggling to get off the square. Will be interesting to read the second day assessments if this carries on into the afternoon.


Re: And so it all starts with Essex
Shepton Paul 2 (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 11:54
Oh I'm pretty sure they'll be that the first day was our batsmen's poor shots, today it'll be the poor pitch. Ho hum.

Re: And so it all starts with Essex
geordie moonraker (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 12:30
If the first day was the Ride of the Valkyries I'm hoping that this afternoon will be Land of Hope and Glory. It might be a spinners wicket but Cove and Lewis seemed to enjoy it.

Re: And so it all starts with Essex
Grockle (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 12:35
'People fear what they do not understand' says the Giant Rat in TMNT Shep


Re: And so it all starts with Essex
AG on apple (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 12:45
As did the likes of Onions, Rushworth and Wood last year, GM, in a game where virtually all Durham wkts fell to spin. I think it's in the nature of very dry tracks that they can assist all types of bowler.

Zaidi and Wagner are a potentially dangerous late-order hitting tandem. Because Essex have Cook playing we can't be leaving less than 250 because he may very well be capable of 120-130 or so on his own even on a track that helps the bowlers.

The last Essex man is a bona-fide rabbit, so one quick wkt after lunch and Tres and Elgar can mentally put their pads on..

Re: And so it all starts with Essex
AG on apple (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 12:57
Lead of 80. So if the first innings were to be exactly repeated, they'd need 290 to win.

We could do with a balance between ticking the scoreboard over and simply batting for a period of time as we want more wear and tear on the pitch to hopefully produce increased turn when they bat again.

Re: And so it all starts with Essex
Nailsea_Fizz (IP Logged)
15 April, 2017 13:08
Well done gents. Any sign of the wasteful Gregory.

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