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Another T20 season over
16 July, 2017 18:03
After another delightful afternoon at Uxbridge and another pathetic result we might as well write this T20 season off because we are simply not good enough.
When the management plan for next season it would be useful to employ the services of a decent overseas batsman - not sure how much we are paying McCullam but its plain to see its not money well spent.
In fact I struggle to work out how he actually warrants playing for the team on his current form.

Re: Another T20 season over
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
16 July, 2017 18:16
It's not all over after just 4 games, but the omens aren't good.

We nearly mucked up what should have been an easy win against Surrey.

Re: Another T20 season over
snicko (IP Logged)
16 July, 2017 19:26
McCullum not doing anything to dispel the word on the circuit that he's past it and over here topping up his pension.
T20 games not won on team sheets, need runs, runs, runs.
Personally, can't see this New Zealand era featuring as a highlight in the club's recent history.- despite the very significant financial outlay.

Re: Another T20 season over
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
16 July, 2017 20:27
I believe that Middlesex are capable of qualifying for the Twenty20 knockout stages, although we clearly need to improve our performance levels. If we win at least two matches from our next set of three, then that would make our situation better.

Our Twenty20 cricket is certainly in a better position now than in previous years. Our hierarchy used to unashamedly say that the County Championship was our priority, and our Twenty20 line-ups used to be inferior to opponents when it came to players with the right skills for the format. Indeed, a lot of our Twenty20 line-ups used to include players who shouldn’t be seen anywhere near the format! At least the appointment of Daniel Vettori is a step in right direction, as it enables him to bring in fresh ideas and to ensure that our line-up includes players he approves for the format.

We have actually got to the stage where our Twenty20 squad has to be considered to be amongst the most formidable in the country considering it includes several players who are present, recent and future internationals, although that hasn’t quite translated into results so far.

We could certainly do with Brendon McCullum’s performances improving. Hopefully he will prove that he still has it.

Re: Another T20 season over
16 July, 2017 20:36
Believe all you like JW,we ain't going nowhere further under the Kiwi flag than we have been for the past God knows how many years,we just don't do T20 cricket.

The Toby Radford lead win was a fluck and the sooner people around this parish realise that the better.

Re: Another T20 season over
Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
18 July, 2017 15:11
Having watched both of the last two defeats. An all-round lift in performance is required. Plus more tactical acumen in selection, tactics el al.

Fielding at Uxbridge and to a degree at the Ageus was below par as compared to the oppo. Their older players appeared to be fitter.

We did not cut off many of their boundary shots at Uxbridge, where it appeared the Cidermen cut off a higher percentage. Whether their field positions anglewise were better is a moot point, which allied to their being quicker, meant they succeeded more often.

One MX sage suggested that our goose is cooked if we lose the next two games. At the moment the goose is gently being warmed. Possible serving on Friday night.

Re: Another T20 season over
Primrose Hillbilly (IP Logged)
20 July, 2017 12:22
Well played, the Cidermen.

Agree with SM - they fielded excellently, so that a shot that pierced the fielders in the ring but didn't make it to the boundary was 95% of the time limited to a single.

Yes, our captaincy / brains trust has not shown much evidence of great insight into the finer points and subtleties of their ("alleged") specialist subject.

I suggest that chasing over 10 an over every over is a big ask for even the galactico's of the IPL, so the secret was to ensure that never happened.

We had : international experience of this tournament from Southee, pace and bounce in Finny, left arm over in Franco, leg spin from Sowter, pacy line and length from Toby, nagging medium pace with varieties from Ryan, leg spin from Dawid, and off spin and Bertie Bassetts from Stirlo all available, so someone getting collared does not have to bowl their full 4 overs, yet ..........

Just re-reading the last paragraph really does not make happy reading.

As a welsh bloke said in the bar after his under 14's rugby side were hammered 87 - 5 by Teddington,- do the accent yourselves - "How @#$%& are weeeeeeee?"

Re: Another T20 season over
Darren Gosling (IP Logged)
02 August, 2017 08:12
We have gone backwards at T20 since Toby Radford's departure, though I thought last season under Dawid's captaincy we did to begin to look a better side. Reaching the quarter finals was testimony to that and unfortunate we had a our 'big three' last season unavailable for the QF.

Unfortunately there still seems more emphasis on signing a box office name (and being past it doesn't matter) as long as their previous record ensures full houses for all Lords matches. (same with Gilly in the past).

It would seem selling games out is the priority over producing a winning side....

Re: Another T20 season over
Darren Gosling (IP Logged)
05 August, 2017 00:22
Joint bottom with 4 games left and 3 of those against sides in the top 4.
What odds for the wooden spoon?

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