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Re: Surrey at Home Sunday
adelaide (IP Logged)
03 June, 2018 22:59
Only a dozen snookers required then?

I did enjoy the Steamship's six off Morkel though.


Re: Surrey at Home Sunday
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
03 June, 2018 23:27
Not for the first time this season, Middlesex posted a total which turned out to be under-par. It has been a habit of ours in List A and Twenty20 cricket to slow down after our first few wickets have fallen, although I suppose that is the nature of cricket. When we were 50-1 after 8.2 overs, it looked like we could make 300+, but once we found ourselves 78-4 with 34.1 overs to bat, it felt like we had a long battle in order to post a decent total. For the remainder of the innings, I think we decided to rein in our aggression, otherwise we could have failed to have batted our overs. The most exciting aspect of our innings were the shots Nathan Sowter played to score 29 off 29, which helped our total reach 234, and his eight wicket partnership with Tom Helm to reach 44.

I thought we were in with a chance of defending our total when Jason Roy was dismissed in the first over, and when Surrey found themselves 44-3 after 8.2 overs. However, as we only took one more wicket between then and when 4 more were needed, there didn’t feel much doubt that Surrey would win. There were many points when Surrey were behind the rate required, but we narrowly failed to get the runs required figure in front of balls remaining (although there were a couple of points when the balls remaining figure was just 1 greater than runs required).

Stevie Eskinazi has spoken to our Audioboom page about this match.

The issue of our over rate is something for which Steven Finn gets a lot of blame and for which Richard Goatley says he receives a lot of comments, but it was not a worry today, as the match finished about 15 minutes before the cut-off point, thanks largely to half of the overs we bowled being spin. By contrast, Surrey started their final over dead on their cut-off time.

Despite us having a mathematical chance of qualifying, it would probably go down as a miracle if we do so. Whatever happens, I am sure we will be keen to beat Gloucestershire at Bristol on Wednesday, as a defeat would mean we would finish second-bottom, which would be a disappointing end to a campaign which has given us a few moments of joy.

I suppose that we could have done a few things differently in this competition in terms of team selection. However, with the competition being played in a block, it means that (unless we somehow progress into knockout stages), our next competitive List A match after Wednesday won’t be for nearly 12 months, so we will have a long time to wait if we wish to implement any changes.

Despite the absence of Virat Kohli, an attendance of 5,067 was recorded, which shows what can be achieved when matches are scheduled on a sunny weekend day. However, it meant that Lower Mound and I only just made it in time for the first ball, and were still queuing while the minute’s silence took place, during which the process of admitting spectators to the ground briefly paused. After walking from St John’s Wood station, we arrived at the North Gate, but were met with long queue, so walked to the Grace Gate, where there was also a long queue. Perhaps it would have been better to have just stayed at the North Gate. It seemed that MCC had underestimated the attendance, and so didn’t hire as many staff for the turnstiles as they maybe should have. If the weather is good next Saturday, I envisage there will be a similar attendance when we play Australia, so hopefully more staff will be hired.

Re: Surrey at Home Sunday
fivestar (IP Logged)
04 June, 2018 08:08
Our Squad is soft. Full of head cases, bat and ball.Too many theories and BS from management. Back to basics needed..

Re: Surrey at Home Sunday
mglinert (IP Logged)
04 June, 2018 09:26
Another miserable end to an insipid one day campaign. When will it all end? I fear the answer may lie in the title of this forum.

Re: Surrey at Home Sunday
04 June, 2018 09:46
For one brief shining moment earlier in the tournament I really believed that we were going to carry all before us.

Sadly normal service has been resumed, accompanied no doubt by mealy mouthed platitudes from the powers that be.

Re: Surrey at Home Sunday
Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
04 June, 2018 19:44
Well we are waving goodbye to this tournament again. Positives: Stirlo with the bat but with insufficient support and but for his 300 odd runs, probably would have lost all seven games to date.

With the ball: the spinners unsurprisingly delivered when finally given the chance.

Given that 6/7 an over is now par for the course, we seldom looked like doing that.

Bowlers were always trying to defend totals of 40/70 runs below par.

Yesterday on a dead track, the spinners went for 74 runs in their 20 overs. Only one wicket this time but their run concession was below the required rate.

To be fair, the South of the River boys recognised the characteristics of
the pitch and batted accordingly pushing the ball around. Not a slogging type of pitch.

From observation, Stirlo, is now playing far more controlled cricket shots.

Another regular feature as yesterday, By the time that we reach the final powerplay Over 41. We have lost too many wickets to effectively press on. 7 down yesterday which is about par for us with all the main batters long gone.

We did well to bat out the 50 overs thanks to the bowlers and added 71 runs.

Losing Stirlo to the fill in bowler was a blow which meant another 30/40 runs were unlikely.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/06/2018 20:16 by Seaxe_Man.

Re: Surrey at Home Sunday
04 June, 2018 20:23
Seaxe Man
Very well summed up.
Still think its suicide going into a 50 over game with 4 specialist batsmen - if one goes cheap as Gubbins did yesterday its an uphill battle.

Re: Surrey at Home Sunday
Patsy_Hendren (IP Logged)
04 June, 2018 22:36
Seaxe Man was spot on with his analysis. He recognised the value presented by the spinners. We saw three varieties of spin.

Stirling batted well and we kept our word about blooding several youngsters.

Re: Surrey at Home Sunday
Scrumper (IP Logged)
05 June, 2018 01:15
I wonder if we'll play our new England matchwinner on Wednesday?

Re: Surrey at Home Sunday
adelaide (IP Logged)
05 June, 2018 12:34
Seaxe Man was spot on with his analysis. He recognised the value presented by the spinners. We saw three varieties of spin.
Stirling batted well and we kept our word about blooding several youngsters.

Yes, the spinners did well but (on Sunday at least) did not look much like taking wickets, which is what was needed by then. Surrey only used 12 overs of spin; they had third and fourth seamers capable of doing the necessary on that pitch. We had Franklin (who could have bowled a bit more) and Cartwright, whose single over went for less than his single over often has, but that's not saying much. With Finn and (in particular) Helm offering too many four balls there was just too much for the spinners to do.


Re: Surrey at Home Sunday
Patsy_Hendren (IP Logged)
06 June, 2018 17:09
The Surrey experience has certainly left an impact. We may yearn for some consistency but our 1st XI and 2nd XI are doing well today against Gloucestershire and Sussex respectively.

Re: Surrey at Home Sunday
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
06 June, 2018 17:12
But why are you posting about today on Sunday's thread?

Sunday has been and gone.

Today's game has nothing to do with Surrey four days ago.

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