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From Champs to Chumps
Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
12 November, 2017 18:06
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/12/2017 13:33 by BarmierKev.

Re: From Champs to Chumps
dingy bags (IP Logged)
12 November, 2017 19:11
Kev, you put things in perspective very well. Not the arrow, not the weather before and during Uxbridge, not the rakes at Taunton - we let so many points slip through our hand throughout the season. Your summary lets anyone guess how many.

It annoys me when we clearly don't bother to go for the next batting point (Essex at Lord's) but not half as much as failing to make attacking decisions (Essex at Lord's; two spinners at Taunton). You can go on...

The other reason we went down was complacency - no one at the club seemed to think it could happen till they were seen trying to help the groundstaff at Uxbridge. By then it was too late.

Re: From Champs to Chumps
BarmierKev (IP Logged)
12 November, 2017 19:45
On the subject of complacency I really felt we could have tried harder on Arrowgate to fight the -2 at the the time we were deducted points. Not once the season is over.

Regarding defeats there were 4 games we lost effectively 3 days of cricket.

Two of our wins were very tight indeed.

We deserve to be where we are.

Barmy Kev
I'm only here for the tele

Re: From Champs to Chumps
rod/ed (IP Logged)
12 November, 2017 20:32
This is an accurate, sadly, account of the CC season.
It seems to me there were too many bad judgements made both on and off the park. Where does the blame lie? The captain , the coaches, or the management?
Probably a mix of all three but this triumvirate must not be so complacent to think we will bounce straight back.
Changes will have to be made, but as yet I see little to lead me to believe they are in the offing.

Re: From Champs to Chumps
BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
12 November, 2017 20:52
Season well summed up Kev.
Nothing seemed to click at some of the games....Essex and Warwickshire at home,Lancashire away stick in my mind,as we have all said previously,selections sometimes questionable,although,I wouldn't want to make those decisions.

Still,we are where we are now and have to fight to return to the top flight at the first attempt.
Notts did it,so why can't the Mighty Middle?

Re: From Champs to Chumps
18 November, 2017 20:02
New management coupled with the introduction of youth and retirement of the old guard is the only way forward.
If we do not come straight back up we could stagnate in Div 2 for a few seasons.
Nearly forgot to add - an end to the Kiwi circus

Re: From Champs to Chumps
19 November, 2017 05:34
Back to a bit of the "Streetlife" mentality rather than more "Downunder" stuff next season please.

Unlike the football a lot of the grounds in Div 2 (or will the ECB in a few years time insist on it being called the Championship?) are of a standard (or better) than Div 1 (the Premiership?) so our own very high sandards against poorer opponents should see us immediately return to Div 1. 2011 promoted 2017 relegated,I look forward to us winning the Championship (or will it be the Premiership?) in 2028 .

Without a few staff changes,an import of new coaching talent and a serious change of attitude we will be in div 2 a while again. And pleeeeeease.......NO KIWIS !

Re: From Champs to Chumps
Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
14 December, 2017 20:57
Well summarised Kev. I wonder if the outside agency will gave a read.

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