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Ageas Bowl Ball
Farmer White (IP Logged)
25 June, 2017 21:22
The Batsmen’s Lament

Swinging ball, seaming ball, spinning ball, skidding ball.
Old ball, new ball, soft ball, hard ball.
No ball, wide ball, dead ball, lost ball.
Quicker ball, lifting ball, slower ball, flighted ball.

Hit the ball, leave the ball, defend the ball, attack the ball.
Drive the ball, cut the ball, pull the ball, glance the ball.
Sweep the ball, scoop the ball, hook the ball, glide the ball.
Middle the ball, miss the ball, edge the ball, pad the ball.

Seen balls, judged balls, assessed balls, played balls.
Mastered balls, hammered balls, caressed balls, finessed balls.
Seen it all, done it all, red balls and white balls.
But one thing’s beyond the call. Fluorescent flamingo pink balls.

Edited 7 time(s). Last edit at 03/07/2017 09:24 by Grockle.

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Bobstan (IP Logged)
25 June, 2017 21:35
Lovely, Farmer White. Really enjoyed your load of ... poetry.

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Farmer White (IP Logged)
25 June, 2017 22:33
Thank you Bobstan. I'm in the pink.

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Scrumper (IP Logged)
26 June, 2017 00:34

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Farmer White (IP Logged)
26 June, 2017 07:38
Scrumper, Scrumper, What have you done?
Flaming pink elephants, more than one.
But Scrumper, Scrumper what have you done?
You've forgotten to switch the floodlights on!

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Grizzzzly (IP Logged)
26 June, 2017 08:54
Let's hope Somerset make poetry on the field. We certainly need it.

May take a trip down there sometime across the next few days. Does anyone have any idea of where it is possible to park within reasonable distance of the ground ?


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Farmer White (IP Logged)
26 June, 2017 09:16
The last time I went Grizzly there was plenty of parking at the ground. They knew how to charge for it though. Poor forecast at the moment for tomorrow. Good today. Indifferent at best Wednesday.

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Grockle (IP Logged)
26 June, 2017 09:19
A little grey and overcast here hope it is brighter there. Never been to the Hants megolith. Never realky gad the urge based on reports.


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Shepton Paul 2 (IP Logged)
26 June, 2017 09:53
In my view, parking's rubbish for any game with a sizeable crowd, but should be ok today. I hate that the pavilion is the Rod Bransgrove Pavilion, egotism of Trumpesque proportions, and that one has to walk all the way up the hill to the ticket office, then walk back down again to get in - but I do like the concourse that one can walk around while still being able to view the cricket.

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Grizzzzly (IP Logged)
26 June, 2017 10:45
Thanks all.

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AG on apple (IP Logged)
26 June, 2017 11:52
Yes, you'll be able to park easily if the train to Hedge End is not an option for you.

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Following on (IP Logged)
26 June, 2017 13:45
As if winning isn't hard enough, Cricinfo, are showing Somerset playing a ten man team against the eleven of Hampshire!!

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Shepton Paul 2 (IP Logged)
26 June, 2017 13:49
BBC are showing Abell as wk and Davies as captain.

Team; Tres, Byrom, Abell, Hildreth, Hose, Davies, Gregory, Cove, Davey, TG, Leach.

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AG on apple (IP Logged)
26 June, 2017 14:03
Lost toss so will have to bat in the worst of the weather unless we can quickly rip through them today.

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mikeindex (IP Logged)
26 June, 2017 14:58
If Somerset are not going to pick Johann Myburgh now, when are we ever going to pick him and what on earth is the point of our paying him a salary?

Last year he was only given three Championship matches, in which he scored one ton and two fifties and, for what it's worth, finished top of the averages by a distance (;team=1384;type=tournament). He has a career first-class average over 40. Suddenly he's a one-day specialist?

Of course I'm pleased for young Eddie Byrom and hope he makes good use of his chance. I've only seen him bat once, when he didn't get going, and am obviously not going to be such a fool as to judge him on that one innings.
However, I note that for the 2nds this year he has played a few useful innings, but no major ones (highest 75), and has 273 runs across formats at an average of 34. George Bartlett on the other hand has one ton, one near-ton and 490 runs across formats at an average of 54. I confess myself slightly baffled.

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AG on apple (IP Logged)
26 June, 2017 15:57
May have been picked on say-so of Chris Rogers given time CR has spent with the seconds.

Ignoring Myburgh suggests one of three things:

a) A high level of faith in Eddie B.

b) Myburgh not rated in which case, as mikeindex says, we should not be employing him.

c) Maynard already considers our situation to be beyond rescue and so would rather build for the future by picking a young guy than an old one.

A real cynic might suggest a fourth option - Mybs not picked as it would leave Maynard in a really awkward position if he scores plenty of runs as in ...why not picked before? In other words this may be yet another example of MM's unhelpful stubbornness.

If Byrom scores runs MM can always say 'he wasn't ready before,' in response to any such question.

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AG on apple (IP Logged)
26 June, 2017 16:20
As per Cricinfo players currently taking tea. What's next? Will they take supper after a further 32 overs?

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26 June, 2017 16:25

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wsm fan (IP Logged)
26 June, 2017 16:38
4.40 and players just coming back after lunch!
We have bowled well so far.
Ball doesnt appear to have done a lot.
We have been very disciplined as is our normal so hopefully now about to get.our rewards.
Decent crowd for this place.
Blue sky wispy cloud, no lights needed just yet.....

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Grockle (IP Logged)
26 June, 2017 16:42
I really don't understand the Johann Myburgh position. Last season he really did not pay at the end of the season because of injury. At the time he was injured he was seeing the CC1 ball like a football. He won the game at Old Trafford by taking Tahir out of the attack by simply dismissing his bowling to all parts when we needed him out of the second innings.

This year I've seen him come in as the run man at the start of short form games and he has been phenomenal. What is he doing wrong while everyone else looks like chickens scratching around the place?


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