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Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
07 May, 2019 21:12
As Middlesex have ended a 10-year wait to reach the knockout stages of a List A competition, we now host Lancashire at Lord’s this Friday, starting at 1:00pm.

We selected the same XI for our final three group matches and won all three, although the commentators have identified that a potential weakness in our side is that we have four main bowlers and then have to find 10 overs from elsewhere. We have been in this situation all throughout our campaign, but it felt that we dealt with it better when we had Paul Stirling and Dawid Malan available to bowl some overs. We will have to see whether this results in team changes for Friday, although I don’t know whether there are any potential options which don’t then weaken the batting.

As far as I can make out, this will be the first time since 2005 that we have played a match in any format at Lord’s earned through performances in previous rounds. On that occasion, we played Northamptonshire in the 2nd round of the Cheltenham & Gloucestershire Trophy after beating Northumberland at Jesmond in the 1st round. We also hosted Northants in a totesport League promotion play-off in 2007 and famously Lancs in the Twenty20 Cup quarter-final in 2008, but those matches took place at Southgate and The Oval respectively due to Lord’s being unavailable. At least Lord's is available on this occasion, and they are letting us switch on the floodlights.

I hope this match will be free for Middlesex members, otherwise I doubt I will attend after work (although I am less doubtful than I was after hearing it will be a day/nighter). I wouldn’t really begrudge the club charging for entry, as this unexpected match (OK, it appears on the provisional Middlesex fixturelist and probably the provisional list of matches at Lord’s, although it was uncertain that such as a match would take place) will result in extra matchday staff costs, so it will probably have to generate some sort of money to avoid being a loss-making exercise, although charging might discourage people from attending if they can only come for an hour or two. Lower Mound has an appointment with his doctor on Friday afternoon, so I can’t see him going to any of this match if he has to pay.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 16/05/2019 08:19 by BarmierKev.

 
Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
07 May, 2019 22:51
On Middlesex’s official website, it has been announced that this match will be free for our members, although the bad news is that they “will receive the same benefits as any normal home match”, which puts paid to my hopes of entering a members’ area without a collar! The main reason why I was uncertain whether entry to this match would be part of membership was because I am sure that it wasn’t long ago that knockout matches were not included. I don’t think anyone is familiar with the rights members have when we play knockout matches!

For non-members, entry will be £22 for adults, £11 for over-65’s and £5 for under-16’s. The match will be live on Sky.

The winners of this match will play Hampshire at The Rose Bowl this Sunday.

I wonder what happened the last time we hosted Lancashire in a limited-overs match in pursuit of progression to a match at The Rose Bowl?

 
Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
08 May, 2019 07:03
It was Surrey a couple of years back who tried to charge their members for a quarter-final (can't remember now if it was 50 or 20 overs), and their fans revolted.

I think it was more to do with Surrey conceding the wording on membership documents was ambiguous than them wanting to forgo the extra income, but they did relent.

 
Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
Seaxe_man1 (IP Logged)
08 May, 2019 07:49
JW. Any charge made goes to MCC not MX under the 2015 agreement.

 
Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
Surbiton crusader2 (IP Logged)
08 May, 2019 11:16
Quote:
Jonathan Winsky
On Middlesex’s official website, it has been announced that this match will be free for our members, although the bad news is that they “will receive the same benefits as any normal home match”, which puts paid to my hopes of entering a members’ area without a collar! The main reason why I was uncertain whether entry to this match would be part of membership was because I am sure that it wasn’t long ago that knockout matches were not included. I don’t think anyone is familiar with the rights members have when we play knockout matches!
For non-members, entry will be £22 for adults, £11 for over-65’s and £5 for under-16’s. The match will be live on Sky.

The winners of this match will play Hampshire at The Rose Bowl this Sunday.

I wonder what happened the last time we hosted Lancashire in a limited-overs match in pursuit of progression to a match at The Rose Bowl?

Wearing a collar or forking out £22. Well there's no doubt what I'd prefer JW. Altough the MCC dress codes for a sporting event is plain insanity!

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Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
Ivor's Tache (IP Logged)
08 May, 2019 11:45
I note per Auntie Beeb that showers forecast for Friday afternoon/evening. If the teams are unable to complete a game on Friday, is Saturday a reserve day?

 
Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
08 May, 2019 13:32
Friday...off work,cant get to game as got plans that cant be changed,visitors coming staying and taking to Heathrow very early Saturdsy morning..oh well,will make them watch sky!
Sunday..if we get past Lancs,unless a nice Virgin Atlantic pilot and crew can hold my flight for 7 hrs,will miss that game as well!
Still,cant do everything,but my thoughts will be at the games!
Enjoy!

 
Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
08 May, 2019 14:50
Ivor- Yes Sky said Saturday is a reserve day, but I think they will try to finish on Friday.

In other words, say the team batting first gets 40 overs in before the rain comes, and there is time for the second team to get more than 20 overs, then it will be a traditional Duckworth/Lewis scenario (so game finishes on Friday) but if the first team got to 40 overs, and then there was no further play on Friday then they could carry on on Saturday.

At least, I think that is how it works (unless anyone knows differently)

 
Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
Seaxe_man1 (IP Logged)
08 May, 2019 15:04
Only ten overs second up I think chunky.

 
Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
08 May, 2019 19:05
I was about 60-70% sure that entry to this match would be included in Middlesex membership considering the totesport League play-off in 2007 and Twenty20 quarter-final in 2008 were, although the more confident I am that something positive will happen, the more disappointed I would be if it doesn’t happen.

Every time I look at the weather forecast for Friday afternoon and evening, it suggests that the chance of rain rarely exceeds 20%, so hopefully it won’t increase. I would have thought it will be possible to complete the match without using the reserve day, although I am sure that a lot of people would like the match to run into Saturday, apart of course from players from the winning side (who would consequently have little rest before the semi-final) and the MCC finance department (who would have to pay two days of staff wages despite receiving effectively one day of matchday income).

Nathan Sowter has spoken to ECB Reporters Network about his season so far.

 
Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
MB (IP Logged)
09 May, 2019 09:55
Very well done to the coaching staff & players, they ve really turned the 50 over form around this season.

Considering, we ve lost our more explosive batsmen through international call-ups, we ve been down to the bare bones for selection at times and had to utilise players who we perhaps dont consider one day specialists. Its been a real team effort, everyone has played their part and players have really stepped up when they ve needed to.

Keep the positivity going !!!

 
Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
Seaxe_man1 (IP Logged)
09 May, 2019 13:35
Totally agree MB. Seen all the games bar Sussex and what you say rings the bell.

Lanky will be as stiff game to reach the semi.

 
Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
09 May, 2019 14:01
Same 13 man squad-

[www.middlesexccc.com]

 
Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
tallliman (IP Logged)
09 May, 2019 14:12
Do we know if there'll be a live stream given it's on sky?

 
Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
09 May, 2019 14:22
Taliman- I don't think there will be.

Sky don't mind other matches taking place at the same time being on youtube, but not the one they are covering.

 
Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
09 May, 2019 19:08
As Middlesex’s squad once again includes the XI who played in our final three group matches plus Ethan Bamber and Ollie Rayner, it seems that our intention is to select the same XI and that we will not make a priority of addressing the issue of what to do about the 10 overs which our four main bowlers cannot bowl. After thinking about it, it is probably better to leave the situation as it is and hope that our part-time bowlers can bowl economically and maybe even take wickets, as opposed to find room for a fifth full-time bowler at the likely expense of the strength of our batting. I don't think we are the only team to have this issue, although I know that that some teams have players who are are seen as reliable with both bat and ball. Although our part-time bowlers conceded 86 off 10 overs v Kent at Canterbury, it still meant that Kent needed to score 295 off 40 overs at 7.38 against our main bowlers. I am sure that our part-time bowlers would have been more economical had it not clearly been great batting conditions, as it was not like they were the only bowlers in the match to be expensive. George Scott (who I am sure would see his bowling ability greater than that of a part-timer) and Sam Robson have both had success with the ball in this competition, and Max Holden is capable of contributing in this discipline.

Lancashire have named a 14-man squad for this match consisting of Dane Vilas (c), James Anderson, Josh Bohannon, Steven Croft, Richard Gleeson, Haseeb Hameed, Keaton Jennings, Rob Jones, Jake Lehmann, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Graham Onions, Matt Parkinson and Stephen Parry

The forecast now suggests that there will be no interruption from the weather tomorrow.

 
Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
tallliman (IP Logged)
09 May, 2019 20:52
Thanks chunky

 
Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
BarmierKev (IP Logged)
10 May, 2019 12:04
Will be leaving shortly for Lord’s full of hope. Come on the Middle.



Barmy Kev
I'm only here for the tele

 
Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
10 May, 2019 12:34
We've won the toss, and asked Lanky to bat first.

 
Re: Middlesex v Lancashire, RLC play-off, Lord’s, 10th May
BarmierKev (IP Logged)
10 May, 2019 12:36
We are batting under lights. What could possibly go wrong?



Barmy Kev
I'm only here for the tele

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