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Chunky - you are Angus Fraser - what would you do?
AGod (IP Logged)
14 September, 2017 10:29
Chunky - I invite you to fill the ample size 3 millions ( I assume) of one Gus Fraser esquire... what's your strategy for today?

Some possible options:

a) Aim for 200, then stop batting at tea and aim to bowl Hants out twice in the remaining four sessions.

b) Aim for 300 by day's end, hope to bowl feeble Hants batting line-up out twice tomorrow.

c) Aim for a full bonus points draw - so try to get 400 by lunch tomorrow, bowl Hants out once in the remaining two sessions tomorrow.

d) No pre-determined strategy, instead keep an ear out for events at Taunton and adjust on the fly.....

What would *you* do?

 
Re: Chunky - you are Angus Fraser - what would you do?
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
14 September, 2017 10:57
I'd probably curse a lot and count to a million.

No play before lunch, and 30% chance of rain after 2 pm means another day of little, or no play.

Can't get bonus points sat in the pavilion.

Clubs Facebook page calling for heads to roll.

Many MTWD posters still have a love for Uxbridge which started when Vic was groundie there, so they like the staff, but any honest assessment would have to be 'It ain't a pretty place, and one drop of rain, and that's it for the day'

I'm still unclear if it was bad luck, that even the best organisation in the world wouldn't have prevented, or if Uxbridge could have done better.

The fact that after day one was written off extra covers were summoned from both Radlett and Merchant Taylors suggests more could have been done

You hold the aces in the last round. If Somerset have more points than Middlesex going in to last round, I expect an old fashioned Taunton motorway, and, if you need a result, it will be Ciderabad.

And you have a perfect right to do so. You can even change the wicket half an hour before the start if Tim Murtagh isn't playing (happy days).

I think the Uxbridge fiasco is a self inflicted disaster, which could well cost Middlesex their place in Division one.

Radlett (even after donating some covers to Uxbridge) managed play on all 3 days in their 2nd XI fixture against Sussex, and lost very little playing time on any of the last three days.

 
Re: Chunky - you are Angus Fraser - what would you do?
AGod (IP Logged)
14 September, 2017 11:01
Thanks, Chunky, and I do understand, I'm sure, how frustrated you must be feeling - particularly perhaps, as it so happened that you got drawn vs Hants at a time when they were able to field only two proven specialist batsmen in their XI.

I still think you may win anyway.

Uxbridge is not the most pleasant of venues, due to the incessant road noise, though I think the pavilion nice enough. One issue with Uxbridge: You already have to contend with some Mick Hunt shirtfronts at Lord's, so if you're going to play at outgrounds (and I realise that you must) then Merchant Taylors or even a return to Southgate (I know there was a white ball fiasco there) might be better as should give result tracks?

Edit: Road noise, not crowd.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 14/09/2017 11:28 by AGod.

 
Re: Chunky - you are Angus Fraser - what would you do?
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
14 September, 2017 11:14
There's rain forecast tomorrow as well.

So far only 30 overs out of 192 have been bowled. It may still be 30 at 6 pm tonight- or at best, about 70. Then factor in tomorrow's rain, and I doubt there will be 100 overs in the match.

I'm not sure how Middlesex are meant to get far enough ahead to declare, get Hampshire out for under a hundred, and make them follow on.

I reckon only about 70 overs will be completed in the entire game.

 
Re: Chunky - you are Angus Fraser - what would you do?
AGod (IP Logged)
14 September, 2017 11:30
So far I think Uxbridge seems to have caught every shower though. The rain has not been organised.. for example, I'm maybe about six miles from the Oval and I've had loads of it, the Oval hardly any.

By the law of averages, I'd think you must be due to dodge the showers!!

 
Re: Chunky - you are Angus Fraser - what would you do?
AGod (IP Logged)
14 September, 2017 12:01
One point firmly in Middx's favour, though, Chunky - you might beat Lancashire in your next match... and you can be all but assured that Somerset won't win the penultimate match of the season as it takes place on the slowest and most boring pitch in the world.

 
Re: Chunky - you are Angus Fraser - what would you do?
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
14 September, 2017 13:36
By all accounts it only rained for 10-15 minutes yesterday lunchtime- and that was enough to put paid to the rest of the day.

'We have the covers, If only we had enough staff to get them on quickly enough, before damage done'.

The same rain at Lord's would probably have held things up for an hour- or even less.

 
Re: Chunky - you are Angus Fraser - what would you do?
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
14 September, 2017 14:09
Further inspection 3 pm.

 
Re: Chunky - you are Angus Fraser - what would you do?
mikeindex (IP Logged)
14 September, 2017 18:29
Quote:
AGod
The rain has not been organised.

How very remiss of somebody.

 
Re: Chunky - you are Angus Fraser - what would you do?
AGod (IP Logged)
14 September, 2017 18:31
I'd like for 'somebody,' to organise to keep it away from TA1 tomorrow.

 
Re: Chunky - you are Angus Fraser - what would you do?
sandhills (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 08:07
Doesn't Agod and Lol live in or close by Uxbridge. Water under covers. Nudge nudge wink wink

 
Re: Chunky - you are Angus Fraser - what would you do?
Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 11:25
I am happy to say that I live nowhere near Uxbridge (The Oval and my beloved Surrey are my nearest neighbours) and I intend never to visit the ugliest and noisiest county cricket ground again, even to sabotage the pitch. Some of us DO have standards.



LoL

Sixty-nine Seasons a Somerset Supporter

 
Re: Chunky - you are Angus Fraser - what would you do?
sandhills (IP Logged)
15 September, 2017 23:36
Good response Mr LoL I never doubted you

 
Re: Chunky - you are Angus Fraser - what would you do?
Wickham (IP Logged)
16 September, 2017 09:45
You will have noted, sandhills, that it was a very specific denial. If there were to be a damp patch on a length next week when Surrey are batting ...

 
Re: Chunky - you are Angus Fraser - what would you do?
Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
16 September, 2017 11:36
The ground belongs to Prince Charles - and he normally does exactly what I tell him to do...



LoL

Sixty-nine Seasons a Somerset Supporter

 
Re: Chunky - you are Angus Fraser - what would you do?
sandhills (IP Logged)
16 September, 2017 12:26
Mr LoL Sir, please then, can you put the Cornish in order !


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