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Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
03 September, 2017 10:24
When the 2016 County Championship season concluded with Middlesex pipping Yorkshire and Somerset to the title, a lot of people would have been surprised had they been told that 12 months later, those same three teams would find themselves immediately above bottom place and thus battling for survival. However, if there is a positive result in this match, then the winner will have hope of drawing clear of the relegation zone and possibly bringing Hampshire and Surrey into the dogfight. On the other hand, the loser would be looking over their shoulder, especially as Somerset will have hopes of closing the 23-point gap between 6th and 7th when they play bottom side Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

We will be without Dawid Malan and Toby Roland-Jones unless they are released from England’s squad for Thursday's Test v West Indies at Lord’s. Nick Compton must be a doubt after his recent back spasms. This match may be too soon for Ryan Higgins, as the injury update article published by the club on 22nd August said he was three weeks from fitness, although he didn’t look bad in the nets at The Oval on Monday. However, Nick Gubbins has targeted this match for his return, while Tom Helm and Max Holden will be keen to play. I wouldn’t have thought we will consider selecting two spinners, as I was brought up to believe that Headingley is a ground where spinners tend not to enjoy success, which will no doubt be the precursor to Adil Rashid, Azeem Rafiq and Karl Carver spinning Yorkshire to victory!

We will have to be up for this match, as Yorkshire will certainly be keen to avenge their recent results against us. Other than our narrow win against bottom side Warwickshire at Edgbaston, our only Championship win this season was when we won virtually every session of our match v Yorkshire at Lord’s, so Yorkshire will want payback, although equally we will be keen to prove it was no fluke.

The forecast currently doesn’t look good for Tuesday and Friday mornings, although it looks OK for the rest of the match.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/09/2017 07:07 by BarmierKev.

 
Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
03 September, 2017 18:00
Yorkshire’s usual opening partnership between Adam Lyth and Alex Lees will be broken up for this match, as it is intended that Shaun Marsh will open with Lyth, and that Lees will bat in the middle order. However, Lyth’s participation is uncertain due to his wife being due to give birth in the coming days, so Lees could continue as opener after all.

 
Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
04 September, 2017 08:25
As things stand, tomorrow and Friday could well be washouts, so another 10-13 points for a draw looms.

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Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
04 September, 2017 12:34
15 man squad named-

[www.middlesexccc.com]

Franklin(c) Compton, Eskinazi, Finn, Harris, Helm, Higgins, Holden, Murtagh, Rayner, Robson, Simpson (wk) Sowter, Stirling, Voges.

So Gubbins not fit- but Higgins is.

 
Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
Haringey Racer (IP Logged)
04 September, 2017 13:36
I imagine Dave ("Tim Bresnam") Callaghan will be glad not to have to commentate on a partnership between Huggins and Gibbons.

 
Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
04 September, 2017 17:45
It will be interesting to see how fit Nick Compton and Ryan Higgins are, as Kevin Hand expected that Compo would miss this match, while Higgo wasn’t expected to be fit. Until the crossbow incident, I expected that one of the main talking points from day four of the Surrey match would be what exactly happened with Compo, as he batted the last six overs of day two, there was no play on day three, then day four began with the news that he had back spasms. However, the crossbow incident silenced any discussion about the circumstances of his spasms. The fact Nick Gubbins appears to still be injured (something Middlesex have not acknowledged on their website or social media) means it is important that Compo is fully fit, otherwise Max Holden ought to play.

I apologise for sounding like a broken record player, but if Higgo is fit, then I would like him to play, preferably instead of James Franklin.

The inclusion of Nathan Sowter suggests that we have not ruled out the possibility of selecting two spinners.

Yorkshire have named a 14-man squad for this match consisting of Gary Ballance (captain), Tim Bresnan, Jack Brooks, Ben Coad, Andrew Hodd (wicket-keeper), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Jack Leaning, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Shaun Marsh, Steven Patterson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Ryan Sidebottom. Apart from Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow being on England duty, their squad looks to be as strong as it could be. It seems that Lyth will play, but may have to leave the match if his child favours a late-morning or afternoon birth. Unlike us, Yorkshire appear not to be considering selecting two spinners.

 
Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
05 September, 2017 13:24
No play today.

 
Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
05 September, 2017 14:14
Telegraph weather says ok tomorrow and that is it. Thurs and Friday look as per today.

 
Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
05 September, 2017 17:33

 
Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
06 September, 2017 09:27
We opt to field first.

And James Harris gets a chance to show what he can do!

No Helm, Holden, Patel or Sowter.

 
Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
Fozzie (IP Logged)
06 September, 2017 10:52
I'm guessing Harris gets the nod over helm to strengthen the batting. He currently has figures of 6-6-0-0.

 
Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
06 September, 2017 17:30
It wasn’t the greatest of days for Middlesex, although at least we have two bowling points and could get a third if we take two more wickets in the next 12 overs.

As tomorrow’s play is unlikely to go far beyond early afternoon and the start may be delayed on Friday, it would be a big ask for us to win from this position unless a result is manufactured. Therefore, the best we can surely hope for is a draw in which we achieve lots of bonus points and do not give our followers discomfort. The uncertain forecast may have been a factor in us declining a toss and deciding to bowl, as bonus points can achieved quicker by bowling than by batting.

It is nice to see James Harris in the side. Hopefully his performance today as well as any subsequent performances in this match will have impressed either Middlesex or other counties.

 
Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
06 September, 2017 18:01
James Harris has spoken to Middlesex's Audioboom page about this match

It wouldn't surprise me if Yorkshire declare at 350 to give themselves as much time to achieve bowling points and (unless the ninth wicket has already fallen) to deny us a third bowling point. Considering the two teams were close entering this match, and with Somerset going well v Warwickshire, Yorkshire may feel it is in their interests to prevent us from achieving bowling points.

 
Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
06 September, 2017 18:16
For anyone who doesn't check other threads, it appears we WERE deducted 2 points in last match (see Surrey match thread).

 
Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
Surbiton crusader2 (IP Logged)
06 September, 2017 23:14
We managed to bowl 98 overs today HOWZAT?!

SC2

 
Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
07 September, 2017 05:28
Because 8 overs extra added, to make up for lost time.

Then off 6 overs early for bad light.

 
Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
07 September, 2017 05:35
Maybe someone who does twitter could bring the 2 point deduction to Kevin Hand's attention.

No mention of it on commentary, so this has slipped in under the radar.

 
Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
Fozzie (IP Logged)
07 September, 2017 08:03
Quote:
chunkyinargyll
Maybe someone who does twitter could bring the 2 point deduction to Kevin Hand's attention.
No mention of it on commentary, so this has slipped in under the radar.

Good idea, Chunky. I have just done so.

 
Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
07 September, 2017 17:52
As was suspected, this match will end up being a battle for bonus points, unless Yorkshire bowl really well tomorrow to give themselves a chance of winning. Therefore, it was great that Middlesex achieved a third bowling point. However, with only the weather being likely to be able stop Somerset beating Warwickshire at Edgbaston, and with Middlesex and Yorkshire close in the table, it is bad news that Yorkshire passed 350 and have become the first team to achieve a bonus point in our innings, meaning they currently have 5 points and we have 3. Hopefully we can get our score to 200 before the loss of our sixth wicket to pull a point back. If we can get upto 200, then it would be possible to achieve points at fairly regular internals thereafter.

The good news for us is that the forecast for Headingley suggests there will be lots of play tomorrow, yet the forecast for Edgbaston gives hope that there could be little play there, which is a surprise contrast considering the distance between Leeds and Birmingham is hardly that of two locations in different continents.

Well done to Sam Robson and Nick Compton on both reaching the 40’s and to Tim Murtagh on taking four wickets.

Richard Scott has spoken to our Audioboom page about today.

 
Re: Yorkshire v Middlesex, 5-8 September
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
08 September, 2017 09:09
No play before lunch.

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