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Re: Last game of season,Durham away
adelaide (IP Logged)
25 September, 2018 17:29
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chunkyinargyll
In any case, this time next year he'll be 38, and quite possibly ready to retire anyway.

And Murtagh comes up to bowl. Oh no, his zimmer frame was in front of the crease. No ball!


Adelaide

 
Re: Last game of season,Durham away
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
25 September, 2018 17:40
Better to retire a season too early, than go on for one year too many.

 
Re: Last game of season,Durham away
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
25 September, 2018 17:58
Stephen Eskinazi on day 2 (another thing to come out of the commentary is that he does not like 'Stevie'.

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Re: Last game of season,Durham away
Lifer (IP Logged)
25 September, 2018 18:56
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chunkyinargyll
Stephen Eskinazi on day 2 (another thing to come out of the commentary is that he does not like 'Stevie'.
[www.middlesexccc.com]

That came via Steve Finn on the commentary of the last match at Lord's

I find remarks about Murts and Zimmer frames extremely disrespectful. Do remember that Darren Stevens will be bowling for Kent next year at the age of 42 having been given a I year contract extension.

 
Re: Last game of season,Durham away
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
25 September, 2018 19:04
After how day one went, it was essential that Middlesex batted well in their second innings if they were to be able to follow their cunning plan to win bowling last, otherwise they would have either lost by an innings or not had many runs to defend. Therefore, I am delighted that batting well in our second innings is exactly what we have so far done.

The bad news is that Durham’s decent first innings score and the good start to our second innings makes it doubtful that Durham will have much difficulty in achieving their target. However, the good news is that we are dragging the match on, which means that Durham’s chase will start on a pitch which will be more worn that it would have been had their chase started today or early tomorrow. Also, we have the momentum in this match, which can sometimes be an important factor.

It is a relief that Stevie Stephen Eskinazi was able to bat and make a large score, although I know he is disappointed that a century has eluded him this season. Hopefully Nick Gubbins can get into three figures, while we could do with some of his teammates also getting big scores.

I am not sure if batting gets easier after the first hour or so of each day, as day one saw us bat terribly and then Durham be able to bat towards a big first innings lead, while today saw Durham’s final five wickets fall inside 26 overs before we batted well for the remainder of the day. Therefore, Durham will feel confident that they can make some inroads tomorrow morning and consequently expose our middle-to-late-order to the second new ball. That is why I assumed we would have been keen to have inserted Durham at 10:30am yesterday, although perhaps our decision to instead bat first and avoid batting last may ultimately be justified.

I am glad to be reassured that Tim Murtagh and Paul Stirling will be able to play for us as domestic players next season. It would alter our plans if they were to fill an overseas player berth.

 
Re: Last game of season,Durham away
Seaxe Boy (IP Logged)
25 September, 2018 19:31
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adelaide
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Seaxe Boy
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chunkyinargyll
Middlesex are very efficient!
Seems Tim signed a one year extension in August 2017, so is definitely with us for 2019, and the 'Ireland rule' only applies to players out of contract in 2018, so as Tim signed his extension in 2017, all is well, so like Stirlo, he won't need to decide until this time next year.

That is excellent news, so hopefully Tim will get his test match at Lord's next year.

Thank you for checking with the club Chunky.

You are correct about the irrelevancy of birthplaces due to the number of cricketers who emigrate. It is also important (especially in Stirling's case that a Northern Irish person can also become a dual national through an Irish Republic passport). The authorities do take note of passports. Both Murtagh and Stirling are eligible to play for Ireland through their Irish passports (and not just their ancestral links).

Are you sure about that, Seaxe Boy? My understanding was that it was all about ancestral links. If you know that Murtagh and Stirling were obliged to take out Irish passports in order to get selected, fair enough. Cricket in Ireland has always been a whole island affair, I think, and most Ulster Protestants would not have taken kindly to being told that they had to acquire an Irish passport (they might be doing so now with Brexit in mind but that's another story).


Adelaide

Thank you for your reply, Adelaide. It is a bit of each. Tim's grandparents were Irish-born whilst his uncle Andy was born in Dublin. His father Dominic was born in England.

It does appear that all Northern Irish residents despite being British are entitled to apply for an Irish Republic passport. So although they are British-born, they also have this option.

 
Re: Last game of season,Durham away
adelaide (IP Logged)
25 September, 2018 21:25
Yes, all from Ulster/Northern Ireland/the six counties are entitled to an Irish passport but as far as I am aware they don't have to do so in order to play cricket (or rugby) for Ireland because the governing bodies are all-Ireland.


Ade O'Laide

 
Re: Last game of season,Durham away
tallliman (IP Logged)
26 September, 2018 06:37
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Lifer

I find remarks about Murts and Zimmer frames extremely disrespectful. Do remember that Darren Stevens will be bowling for Kent next year at the age of 42 having been given a I year contract extension.

Stevens will be 43 at the end of next April. Quite amazing!

 
Re: Last game of season,Durham away
adelaide (IP Logged)
26 September, 2018 09:19
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Lifer
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chunkyinargyll
Stephen Eskinazi on day 2 (another thing to come out of the commentary is that he does not like 'Stevie'.
[www.middlesexccc.com]

That came via Steve Finn on the commentary of the last match at Lord's

I find remarks about Murts and Zimmer frames extremely disrespectful. Do remember that Darren Stevens will be bowling for Kent next year at the age of 42 having been given a I year contract extension.

I forgot to note that the commentary extract comes from 2038, when the one remaining County Championship match (North Moaners vs Southern Softies) is played at old Merchant Taylors in early October, after the final of the new Ten competition. A five minute break is taken after each over to allow older players to recover. Martin Hand, the South's comemntator, has just told the audience of two that Gascoyne Bamber's grandfather played Hitler in Bodyguard. Zimmer frames are of course autonomous powered vehicles by then.


Adelaide

 
Re: Last game of season,Durham away
hdo (IP Logged)
26 September, 2018 09:41
Heartbreak for Gubbins in his final innings of the season, to go with Eskinazi's jug avoidance yesterday! Effectively 72-3 now. Another 200 on top of that would be fantastic.

 
Re: Last game of season,Durham away
hdo (IP Logged)
26 September, 2018 10:39
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hdo
Heartbreak for Gubbins in his final innings of the season, to go with Eskinazi's jug avoidance yesterday! Effectively 72-3 now. Another 200 on top of that would be fantastic.

I should never have said anything. The usual collapse has occurred to leave us on 92-6.

 
Re: Last game of season,Durham away
Surbiton crusader2 (IP Logged)
26 September, 2018 12:10
Martin Andersson is NOT a number 8 batsman!!!

SC2

 
Re: Last game of season,Durham away
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
26 September, 2018 13:44
Martin Emmerson in full blown incensed mode is always a joy to behold!

Okay- so Rayner is a spinner, but how many wickets have fallen to spin so far? Yes, I realise spin potentially plays a part towards the end of a game, but the only other possibility, George Scott, would have severely disadvantaged us, as Scott isn't really a front line bowler of any description.

Harris and Rayner are both 'bowlers who bat a bit' and, given a choice, I would sooner still have Harris.

 
Re: Last game of season,Durham away
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
26 September, 2018 14:21
and apparently it has now been decided Rayner won't be allowed to bowl.

Umpires phoned ECB, and no one was at home, so they decided Rayner could substitute, only to be told by ECB in tea interval, 'Rayner can't bowl, as he's not like for like'.

On that basis, if we had known before hand, we would probably have opted for George Scott instead.

 
Re: Last game of season,Durham away
26 September, 2018 15:24
What's Harris injury?

 
Re: Last game of season,Durham away
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
26 September, 2018 15:39
A blow to the head whilst batting, so concussion.

Back from hospital, and all is well, but (if it wasn't the end of the season) he normally wouldn't be allowed to play for a week.

 
Re: Last game of season,Durham away
26 September, 2018 16:02
I didn't know you could bring on a substitute batsman so long as they are identical in every way to the injured one.

Also surely after Brexiteers all bets on irishness are off?

 
Re: Last game of season,Durham away
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
26 September, 2018 16:41
Ollie used as substitute for his specialist slip fielding!

 
Re: Last game of season,Durham away
Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
26 September, 2018 16:45
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adelaide
Yes, all from Ulster/Northern Ireland/the six counties are entitled to an Irish passport but as far as I am aware they don't have to do so in order to play cricket (or rugby) for Ireland because the governing bodies are all-Ireland.

Ade O'Laide


Tell me Adelaide. Is there a reciprocal agreement whereby the 250000 Protestants who live in The Republic are entitled to a British Passport if they apply to the Northern Island Government??

On the subject of the Irish Cricket Union. The MCC as is their wont, fly the flags of all the cricket nations at the Nursery End.

They made a booboo with Ireland, flying The Republic flag. An eagle eyed Ulsterman spotted this a week or two ago and put them right.

The correct flag for Ireland is the Irish Cricket Union flag. MCC have now changed to this.

 
Re: Last game of season,Durham away
Seaxe Boy (IP Logged)
26 September, 2018 16:55
Middlesex beat Durham by 57 runs with four bowlers and a day to spare. Another four wickets for Murtagh.

EDIT:
Whilst overcome with the euphoria of an exciting victory (which guaranteed fourth place), I meant to say "Another three wickets for Murtagh".

He secured match figures of 33-10-85-7 with 58 wickets for the season at an average of 15.31



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 27/09/2018 05:00 by Seaxe Boy.

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