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Re: Fielding Statistics
Posted by: chunkyinargyll
Date: 23/02/2017 10:56
Of course sometimes it is very much a matter of opinion if something was a catch, or not. How often on the online commentaries do you hear the two commentators say to each other, 'Do you think that carried?' Maybe those are 4/10 type catches that are wonderful if they are taken, but you can't have too many complaints if they are not.

It's fairly rare these days for a fielder to be below what is considered 1st class fielding standard- which is why I mentioned Scott Newman earlier. He was only 32 when Middlesex released him. With a batting average of 38 (mostly Division one runs) you would have thought Division 2 teams would have been queuing up to sign a player with about 5 years left in him. No offers came.

The other day there was a report on the tv that scientists have invented some kind of special coating that means in future toothpaste will never get stuck inside the tube, and tomato ketchup will easily flow out of the bottle without getting stuck. Whatever this invention is, they must have trialed it on Scott Newman's hands! Fans who had downed a pint or two taking one handed crowd catches whilst he dropped absolute sitters on the boundary! People pay to watch people who are better than them,- not worse than them!

There, I feel a bit better now I've got that off my chest!

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