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sfwithers
sfwithers
08 April, 2019 16:05
RE-SULT! Just when the 9th wicket stand was causing me a little concern. A very poor first day and Somerset missed batting points, but good bowling, a better second innings and the all-important win! Come on!!

Team selection vindicated, too.

Tom Seymour
Tom Seymour
08 April, 2019 16:06
An excellent win - well done to all for coming back fighting!

Who needs 4 days for an interesting CC game? Revert back to 3.



A glass half - empty or a glass half - full?
Regardless, both glasses need filling up.

Loyal of Lhasa
Loyal of Lhasa
08 April, 2019 16:12
There's much to encourage us after that result, given how poorly we started the match. In the end we scored the highest innings of the match (with Bartlett making the highest individual score) and dismissed Kent for the lowest. Listening to today's commentary from the moment when Brooks went out to bat could not have been more enjoyable - and yesterday, though not today, I think I heard Tractor, a sure sign that the summer has started.

Only thirteen more wins and we'll just avoid relegation...



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Grockle
08 April, 2019 16:19
Well picking George seemed to work. Some of our other batsmen may need to inspect their performance however. The bowlers just keep coming at you and thete is little more than that you can ask from them. Phenomenal second innings figures from Lewis but they all kept their eyes on the objective and a 76 run victory is significant in a low scoring game.

As you say Mr Seymour an 'excellent win'



(Sm72)

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Bagpuss
08 April, 2019 16:42
Yeah. Talk nah, Tom 😁

mikeindex
mikeindex
08 April, 2019 16:44
Fine words Bagpuss but are they your own?

Bobstan
Bobstan
08 April, 2019 17:02
One of those days when I was not in a position to follow the play. Got home at 4.55 and could hardly believe my eyes.

Well done, Somerset.

Loyal of Lhasa
Loyal of Lhasa
08 April, 2019 17:13
Bobstan: I think you need a lie-down. I feel that what you have heard happened today could not possibly have done so.

Gregry, Overton and Abell occupy 1st, 4th and 5th place in the CC1 bowling averages. Gregory is far out in front with 8 wickets at 5.50.



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Grizzzly
08 April, 2019 17:30
Unable to post for a while, and slowly making my way across the pond.

What a terrific result.

At the risk of stating the blindingly obvious, we have clearly got a first class bowling attack, with a wealth of additional talent available over and beyond the sterling efforts of everyone who took the spoils in this game.

Don't suppose it was easy for anyone batting over the last three days, but George B's vital contribution will surely be a massive boost for him. From what I saw of him last year he looks to have real potential, (he reminded me of Derek Randall at times!).

If (big if) we can get the top order firing, things could go rather nicely this season.

Grizzzly

somexile
somexile
08 April, 2019 17:35
Mention need be made of the catching in the slips that backed up the bowlers

Roger ivanhoe
Roger ivanhoe
08 April, 2019 18:51
Well done to our squad, we held our catches in the second innings,and some very impressive bowling from Lewis, personally not sure I have seen a more consistent spell (2nd innings) from him.
Our early order batters need to learn from some of the bad shots they played in BOTH innings.

Thank goodness for the 62 run 9th wicket partnership, without that the result I feel would have not been in our favour.

Shepton Paul 2
Shepton Paul 2
08 April, 2019 19:30
Great result, a huge encouragement to the club, players and supporters alike. Great work from the seamers and slippers, and George and Tom; bit of work to do for some of the others, but there's ages till we go to Trent Bridge, isn't there...?

Seriously, proper job.

mikeindex
mikeindex
08 April, 2019 19:40
Quote:
somexile
Mention need be made of the catching in the slips that backed up the bowlers
Hear hear.

cricketjerry-mouse
cricketjerry-mouse
08 April, 2019 19:45
Somehow or other Somerset must shoehorn Jack Leach in to the side at Nottingham on Thursday. Yorkshire made the mistake of going in without a spinner in the opening Trent Bridge match, and Joe Root had to bowl 23 overs as Notts totalled 408 and 329-5 dec.

Difficult decison although it will be, I would play Leach instead of Josh Davey, remembering that both Craig Overton and Tom Abell notched hattricks there in the final match in 2018.

Toxic
Toxic
08 April, 2019 19:53
Great day, I will admit to listening to the morning session on the radio before deciding to make the (very worthwhile) trip down to HQ in the afternoon.

Question though, as a bystander.

Why do the likes of Tom, go incredibly quiet after such a jubilant Somerset victory? This isn’t the only example of muteness.

Surely we ALL rejoice in the turnaround result the lads pulled out of the bag?

Somerset LaLaLa
Somerset LaLaLa
08 April, 2019 20:05
Starting the game on Saturday as favourites to win, but somewhat losing that position, today's performance was as amazing as any of last year's great home victories (e.g. Essex). However, this time Jack Leach only had a cameo appearance on the field and Lewis Gregory was the bowler who always looked like taking a wicket.

Somerset have not lost at home for some considerable period (passing quickly over the covers problem with Surrey) and have won many of these encounters through batting first. The squad is mostly the same with what appears a desire to win as strong as ever.

Therefore, we should discuss challenging for the championship again and not be preoccupied with the relegation spot. It was Kent whose batting looked the more fragile, they needed a 'Renshaw moment' today and he didn't turn up. Not for very long anyhow. Fortunately ours came in the name of George Bartlett.

Given fortress Taunton, the strength of our bowling including Tom Abell, those quality bowlers who didn't play and excellent slip fielding (despite an entertaining fumble at the end today), I too have concerns about our batting options. Against Lancs last season we should have won and are still vulnerable.

If we don't have an 'Azhar Ali' moment then we have great strength in Hildreth, Abell, Davies, Tres, Byrom and Bartlett (though not always at the same time). However, the reinvigorated Notts and Hants bat in depth as well. The England test stars will make a few more runs for their counties. Besides Surrey have not even played competitively yet but remain formidable in all departments



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 08/04/2019 21:01 by Somerset LaLaLa.

mikeindex
mikeindex
08 April, 2019 20:11
Quote:
cricketjerry-mouse
Somehow or other Somerset must shoehorn Jack Leach in to the side at Nottingham on Thursday. Yorkshire made the mistake of going in without a spinner in the opening Trent Bridge match, and Joe Root had to bowl 23 overs as Notts totalled 408 and 329-5 dec.
Difficult decison although it will be, I would play Leach instead of Josh Davey, remembering that both Craig Overton and Tom Abell notched hattricks there in the final match in 2018.

I would abandon the seven-batsmen selection (which surely was only ever intended as a short-term early-season measure?) and bring in Jack for one of the batsmen - Eddie I guess (unless you move Eddie up to open, on the strength of two single-figure scores at 5, and drop Marcus - hmmm...)

If Jamie is fit and the wicket looks at all pacy - or indeed if it looks like nothing at all, in which case sheer pace may be the best way - I suppose Josh, despite a thoroughly sound game, has to give way anyway.

Somerset at full strength must surely have one of the strongest 2nd XIs in the business, at least in the bowling department?

Shepton Paul 2
Shepton Paul 2
08 April, 2019 20:20
Toxic (welcome): I know it wasn't always the case previously, and I was as critical as anyone, but Tom has this time come back (16.06) and said it was an excellent win and well done.

Mike BOS
Mike TA1
08 April, 2019 20:50
You go to watch a day's cricket not knowing how much cricket we will see.
This is what's so enjoyable about cricket, watching cricket in a friendly environment with the visiting supporters sitting with the local supporters.

I will leave Farmer White to describe the days play.

https://oi1152.photobucket.com/albums/p490/cricketphotos1/Cricket%20Photos/2019%20Somerset%20Cricket%20Photos/Specsavers%20County%20Championship%202019/Somerset%20v%20Kent%20starting%205th%20April%202019/Craig%20Overton_1.jpg

This is Craig Overton, I need to say the win today was down to several players batters and bowlers, I think Lewis Gregory needs a special mention for his bowling today.

https://oi1152.photobucket.com/albums/p490/cricketphotos1/Cricket%20Photos/2019%20Somerset%20Cricket%20Photos/Specsavers%20County%20Championship%202019/Somerset%20v%20Kent%20starting%205th%20April%202019/George%20Bartlett%20dropped%20at%20slip.jpg

Even George Bartlett needed a bit of luck when he was dropped at slip.

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George Bartlett hitting runs for his fifty.

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How good it is to have a number eleven when the establish batsman does not need to farm the bowling. Jack Brooks is one of those number eleven who can bat with ease, seen here hitting a six.

https://oi1152.photobucket.com/albums/p490/cricketphotos1/Cricket%20Photos/2019%20Somerset%20Cricket%20Photos/Specsavers%20County%20Championship%202019/Somerset%20v%20Kent%20starting%205th%20April%202019/Heavy%20Roller%20being%20used.jpg

A rare sight last year seeing a heavy roller being used during innings, I believe the rules about the heavy roller has changed this season, although I haven't seen it in print.

https://oi1152.photobucket.com/albums/p490/cricketphotos1/Cricket%20Photos/2019%20Somerset%20Cricket%20Photos/Specsavers%20County%20Championship%202019/Somerset%20v%20Kent%20starting%205th%20April%202019/Matt%20Renshaw%20ct%20Lewis%20Gregory%20bld%20Jack%20Brooks.jpg

When Jack Brooks had Matt Renshaw caught by Lewis Gregory, the players had a very hard time trying to chase after Jack to congratulate him.

https://oi1152.photobucket.com/albums/p490/cricketphotos1/Cricket%20Photos/2019%20Somerset%20Cricket%20Photos/Specsavers%20County%20Championship%202019/Somerset%20v%20Kent%20starting%205th%20April%202019/Heino%20Kuhn%20lbw%20Craig%20Overton.jpg

Heino Kuhn didn't last long when he was out for β€œ0” lbw Craig Overton second ball.

https://oi1152.photobucket.com/albums/p490/cricketphotos1/Cricket%20Photos/2019%20Somerset%20Cricket%20Photos/Specsavers%20County%20Championship%202019/Somerset%20v%20Kent%20starting%205th%20April%202019/Harry%20Podmore%20lbw%20Jack%20Brooks.jpg

Harry Podmore out lbw, one Jack Brooks two wickets.

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Mitchell Claydon, the wicket we were waiting for, caught by James Hildreth bowled by Josh Davey.

somexile
somexile
08 April, 2019 22:30
Quote from TS 'Who needs 4 days for an interesting CC game? Revert back to 3'


Would not have been so interesting if game ended Sunday evening. It was only interesting because having four days allocated one day could be lost to weather and yet there was still time for the game to reach a finish.

Tom Seymour
Tom Seymour
08 April, 2019 22:41
It started on the scheduled 2nd day, so was akin to the old style 3 day CC games.

If the talk about Test matches being shortened from 5 to 4 days comes about, it makes sense to play the CC games over 3 doesn't it?



A glass half - empty or a glass half - full?
Regardless, both glasses need filling up.

somexile
somexile
08 April, 2019 22:50
I don't think you have quite grasped my point.

If the game was due to start on Friday and Friday is rained off then if games are scheduled for three days there are only two days on which play can take place.

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Grockle
09 April, 2019 00:53
Thanks Shepton for a point well made. We pick up when our more negative colleagues disappear after positive results so we should always also identify when they do not as happened today.

A discussion about 3 and 4 day games as well... maybe there is hope yet.

Great day all around.

Many Happy returns to the "In Cider" who celebrate 5 years reporting on the club today. We were wondering whether another county had independent sites where the activities complement each other rather than fight for an audience. We have images and now the longer more emotive reports on games plus the more immediate forum while the "InCider" does the previews, the interviews, the investigative history and shorter report format. It's a marriage made on the Levels and long may it continue.

We are the older participant with the first forays into this taking part in 1994. I ought to sort out the archive sometime........



(Sm72)

AGod
AGod
09 April, 2019 09:23
Amazing figures from Lewis Gregory in the end and very well done to young George Bartlett. I wonder what the SCCC economy record over 30 overs of a first-class match is? Anyone? I'd guess that LG must, at the very least, have cracked the top ten and very probably the top 5!?

I wonder whether Tom would think that I was very wide of the mark to suggest that, in a season where only one team is going down, we might be at the very least 1/3 of the way to safety already - and it's only April 9!!

AGod
AGod
09 April, 2019 09:28
Quite so, Somexile. A return to three days should be avoided at all costs, unless our games can all be played in Provence or something.

Mike BOS
Mike TA1
09 April, 2019 10:16
I have found the heavy roller rule change.

9.2 Law 9.1.3 (Choice of rollers) is replaced by:A light roller must be available. A roller heavier than 1000kg must also be available, which after the toss for innings, each team may use it only once. Within such constraint, the Captain of the batting side shall choose which roller, if any, is to be used.

From the ECB site.

Somerset LaLaLa
Somerset LaLaLa
09 April, 2019 11:13
Number of wins when finishing last:

2018 Worcs – 2 wins
2017 Warks – 1 win
2016 (9 counties) Notts – 1 win
2015 Worcs – 3 wins
2014 Northants – 0 wins
2013 Surrey – 1 win
2012 Worcs – 1 win
2011 Hants – 3 wins
2010 Essex – 2 wins
2009 Worcs – 0 wins

The outcome (and champions) may be be decided by mid July this year.

Playing cricket in Provence is not so daft [www.entrecasteauxcc.eu]

Somerset LaLaLa
Somerset LaLaLa
09 April, 2019 11:16
Thanks Mike, I wish they would drop the regulation for uncontested tosses

cricketjerry-mouse
cricketjerry-mouse
09 April, 2019 11:42
What a stunning French location for a cricket tour, Somerset LLL.

Loyal of Lhasa
Loyal of Lhasa
09 April, 2019 12:32
We should note the loyalty of Renshaw to his former county: he contributed little by way of runs or wickets and kindly dropped Bartlett at a crucial moment.



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