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Re: Are we going to appeal Arrowgate?
Posted by: Supporting Middlesex since 1999
Date: 07/10/2017 23:06
I first became aware of Middlesex's points deduction on 6th September, which was six days after the end of the Surrey match, and was day two of the match v Yorkshire at Headingley. I noticed we had been deducted points when I attempted to work out the effect of the Yorkshire match being rain-affected. There were some other references on Facebook and Twitter about the deduction later that day, although I don’t think there were any earlier than my MTWD post, so I suppose 6th September was the day the deduction was administered.

I followed all but a couple of hours of day four of the Surrey match. After incurring a first innings deficit of 33, we closed day two on 15-0 in our second innings. As day three saw no play, it seemed doubtful that there would be enough time on day four to both get a big lead and bowl Surrey out, so my hope for the day was that we could bat out the day (or at least most of the day) to draw. At this point, I wasn’t aware that we needed to also bowl later in the day to sort out our over rate. I became even more desperate for us to bat out the day when the morning started with it being realised that Nick Compton couldn’t resume his innings due to a back spasm, and ended with us six wickets down. Thankfully, Compo later resumed his innings, while John Simpson and Ollie Rayner helped ensure we were not all out. Arrowgate happened when Surrey’s hopes of forcing a win were receding, although I felt relieved about the stoppage, as I had a fear that had the match continued and we lost our last two wickets quickly, then Surrey could have knocked off the runs. Jason Roy was playing, although Kumar Sangakkara wasn't. As I have said, I wasn’t aware at this point of our over rate, so I was glad we achieved my objective of batting until the (albeit premature) close. Of course, in retrospect, it would have been to our advantage had we been bowled out at some point in the afternoon, as although Surrey would have been left with a target they would have been expected to achieve, the arrival of the arrow would have probably prevented them from achieving their target, yet would have allowed us to sort out our over rate. In this scenario, Surrey would have instead surely been the ones up in arms about Arrowgate.

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