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Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
Seaxe Boy (IP Logged)
07 August, 2018 08:59
We are all set for the eleventh of our fourteen group matches in this season's competition.

Hopefully we can halt the sequence of defeats, if only for our own self-respect.

As we are not expected to progress, this might be an ideal time to experiment with the team selection. As Fozzie and Seaxe Man have quite rightly suggested, we should organise the batting order to fit the format.

There is room for an anchorman but it is also essential for the dashers to take command of the net over rate.

With regard to the bowling attack, perhaps we should be looking at three seamers and three spinners. If a cricketer is good enough then the age should not be an issue.



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 13/08/2018 16:48 by BarmierKev.

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
07 August, 2018 09:06
Quote:
Seaxe Boy

There is room for an anchorman

Ron Bergundy is our new overseas signing?

[media.npr.org]

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
07 August, 2018 10:13
One of our T20 bogey sides. One win, a tie and an abandoned game as good as it has got.

Paul Stirling apart, the batting order in need of a revamp.

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
07 August, 2018 19:48
Middlesex certainly might as well experiment with their line-up and batting order, but I don’t know whether we will do this. At least we seem to have finally seen sense and pushed James Fuller up the batting order. It would be great if a strong finish to our Twenty20 campaign could give us some momentum to take into the 2019 tournament, but I doubt that would be possible, as several months will have elapsed between the end of the 2018 tournament and the start of the 2019 tournament. If any of our players can put in strong individual performances in these remaining matches, then that would increase those players’ confidence levels ahead of the resumption of the County Championship if they are selected, and it would help those players’ chances of getting a contract at Middlesex or elsewhere if their contract is nearing expiry.

The fact Tom Lace, Martin Andersson, James Cracknell, James Harris and Thilan Walallawita are playing in a 2nd XI friendly v Sussex at Horsham which finishes tomorrow makes it doubtful that any of those players will play at Bristol on Thursday. I don’t think Cracknell is seen as being near 1st XI selection, but Lower Mound has seen him in our 2nd XI and rates him highly. George Scott should retain his place after making 32 v Glamorgan at Richmond on Sunday, while it would be harsh to leave out Robbie White. I am not sure why Max Holden was dropped.

Dawid Malan should be available, so I imagine he will captain the side if he plays. Hopefully Eoin Morgan will make a big score. Were it not for Morgan’s 90 v Sussex at Lord’s, his record in this season’s tournament would be 24 runs in 6 matches.

I would have thought that we will have a degree of obligation to field fairly strong line-ups in our remaining matches, as Gloucestershire and this Sunday’s opponents Kent are currently in the top four, while we are still to play Sussex, who currently sit within a point of the top four. If our minds are seen to have switched to the County Championship, we could be seen to be compromising the integrity of the Twenty20 competition. Also, I imagine that those who will attend our remaining matches and who are interested in the cricket would be disappointment if they see us playing kids rather than big-name players. As we have a Twenty20-specialist coach in Daniel Vettori, we ought to be able to remain focussed on this format for the time being.

No doubt Ryan Higgins will rub some salt into the many wounds we have suffered in this campaign!

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
08 August, 2018 00:12
Cheer up, it might rain.

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
08 August, 2018 14:11
Our policy of giving youth a chance continues, as James Franklin is named in squad-

Malan (c) Barber, Eskinazi, Finn, Franklin, Fuller, Harris, Holden, Morgan, Patel, Scott, Simpson, Stirling, White.

If we are planning on sticking with White keeping wicket, why not give Simpson a proper break, rather than send him to Bristol if he is not going to play?

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
08 August, 2018 14:32
That's the Middle's woolley thinking chunky.

Still the game next week v Essex should sort out the bottom two. So some interest there around Pinky's Pavilion.

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
08 August, 2018 15:16
I would have dropped Eskinazi rather than Gubbins. The latter might not have delivered but he seems better suited to 20/20 both as a batsman and as a fielder.

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
08 August, 2018 15:45
I am puzzled at the Franklin selection unless it is we're paying him so we might as well play him, which is obviously a different line of thinking from the Compton one. He ain't going to be around next season and has already been given a holiday in mid season to go coaching so he is clearly not viewed as a key member of the team.
More woolly thinking than in a field full of sheep.

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
08 August, 2018 16:45
I've had a look at James Franklin's T20 Middlesex stats (from the club site)

Matches 41
Runs 521
Highest 41
Average 17.5

Wickets 21
Economy 8.73

I'm not sure if those figures include the two matches he played last week, which produced 33 runs at 16.5 and 0 wickets.

So, no 50's in over 40 matches, and a wicket every other game.

37 year old non english qualified player taking a place a youngster could have had.

But as the above stats show, an absolutely essential, indespensible part of the team.

Talk about planning for the future.

(Sm60)

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
08 August, 2018 19:44
Club have announced via Twitter that Ollie has been added to the squad for the game.

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
08 August, 2018 20:00
The worst news in the squad announcement was that Tom Helm will require a six-week rest from bowling due to a stress reaction in his back, which means that he may not return until Middlesex’s last couple of County Championship matches of the season, or maybe even not return at all this season if his recovery is slow or if it is deemed that there is no point in bringing him back for a couple of matches after a long lay-off. If Steven Finn, Tim Murtagh, James Fuller and Tom Barber remain fit and show some form, then hopefully we won’t miss Helm.

It is a surprise that we are having a poor Twenty20 campaign, as the fact I am struggling to fathom our selection strategy means that I would have hooped that our opponents would have been completely bamboozled by it! As I have already said, Max Holden looked good when selected, but hasn’t played in our last two matches. Nick Gubbins hit three successive fours off Surrey’s Rikki Clarke last week, but now he isn’t in the squad. Lower Mound isn’t a great fan of Stevie Eskinazi playing in this format, as some of his innings see him scoring at around a run-a-ball, but there was nothing wrong with his strikerate when he scored 55 off 32 v Somerset at Taunton. I suppose the problem with our batsmen is that it is difficult to think of anyone who has made two or more decent contributions in this campaign, as they all seem to have made just one contribution or none at all.

I agree that James Franklin’s selection makes little sense considering that it would be more beneficial to give a chance to someone like Martin Andersson or to create another space for a batsman. As Franklin hasn’t bowled in his two appearances, it wouldn’t alter the balance of the side if another batsman is brought in.

I doubt that anyone foresaw Ollie Rayner participating in our Twenty20 campaign, but the departure of Ashton Agar and injury to Nathan Sowter has made it possible. Hopefully Ravi Patel will still play. Personally, I would have liked Thilan Walallawita to have got a go. If Rayner plays in this match and/or our remaining matches, hopefully it would increase his sharpness when the County Championship resumes. Surely, it would be better for him to enter our remaining Championship matches on the back of some Twenty20 matches rather than having spent a long time sitting on his backside.

A vital match between Hampshire and Somerset is currently taking place at the Rose Bowl, as Middlesex could do with Hampshire losing, as I am sure that we would very much not like to finish bottom. As a sub-plot, Somerset are trying to assure qualification for the quarter-finals and possibly a home tie. Hants posted 129-8, so managed to make a lower score than we did at Richmond on Sunday.

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
09 August, 2018 18:06
We won the toss and will bowl first.

Franklin playing.

Sorry, but we can't qualify for quarter-finals, so that is a complete waste of a space that could have been taken by someone else.

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
Seaxe Boy (IP Logged)
09 August, 2018 18:45
Harris, Holden, Rayner and Simpson have been left out. Tonight's XI is:

Stirling, Malan (c), Eskinazi, Morgan, Franklin, Scott, White (wkt), Fuller, Finn, Barber, Patel

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
09 August, 2018 19:28
It felt like the match was going well when I looked at the score shortly after Miles Hammond was dismissed in the second over. It seemed to be going even better when the first thing I heard after switching on the commentary was the commentator saying something like “it is in the air; is it going to be a six or a catch? It has been caught”. However, the commentator said the catch was taken by a spectator. Had that been a catch, then Gloucestershire would have been 28-2 after 4 overs. However, only one wicket was subsequently fallen, and Glos are on course to pass 200.

The only change we made from our line-up from last Sunday’s match at Richmond was Dawid Malan replacing Nick Gubbins. I think that James Franklin picked up an injury while bowling, although he completed his over despite doubts that he would be able to do so. We will have to see whether this injury rules him our of our next match at Beckenham. At least Franklin bowled tonight.

Well done to Ravi Patel on taking 1-18 of his first 3 overs.

Daniel Vettori has spoken to ECB Reporters Network about Middlesex’s Twenty20 campaign. One of the noticeable things he said was that he regrets that the promotion of James Fuller up our batting order was not made sooner.

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
WayOutWest (IP Logged)
09 August, 2018 19:52
I have resisted posting this season as we have been@#$%&and I don't want to be negative. However, I pointed out at the time that giving long term contracts to Franklin, Rayner, Compton etc was bad business. It's going to take a few years to sort this mess out.

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
Westrock (IP Logged)
09 August, 2018 19:55
The captain is an idiot why not bowl out Finn and Patel your best bowlers!!!!

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
09 August, 2018 19:55
Glos finish their 20 overs on 242-4

Cockbain 123.

Well up to our usual bowling standard.

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
Fozzie (IP Logged)
09 August, 2018 19:57
Rather surprised that Ravi and Finny only bowled 3 overs each.

 
Re: Gloucestershire versus Middlesex at Bristol (Vitality t20 Blast - 9th August)
Old Enfield Colt (IP Logged)
09 August, 2018 20:04
Following via Bob Hunt / Kev Hand etc. on the net, that was deeply embarrassing.

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