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Spin to Win? We're Avin a Larf !

By Barmy Kev
June 11 2017

Barmy Kev reports on a day with some hopeful moments , lots of despair and strange tactics from us.

After yesterday's damp squib dedicated to Southport where rather frustratingly there was play all over the country it was good to wake up to blue skies and guaranteed full days play today at Southport. I recovered well from night before where MTWD die hards took over the dance floor for some strictly bad dancing. Our request for "Down Mexico Way ":":was refused. Seaxe Man Shaky moves to Green Door were worth the admission fee alone.

Back to the cricket. A win result for someone is likely despite the loss of a day. We needed to get Chanderpaul out quickly and we did second over brilliantly caught by Robbo at slip. Vilas departs soon after again caught at slip . A Michelle for Murts. We are into the tail and felt we are in a strong position.

The floodgates not opened for us as McLaren and Clark looked comfortable. It's wine o'clock with friendly bar service a novelty if you are a Lord's regular. Meanwhile Lanky have taken a lead with 4 wickets in hand. This partnership was becoming increasingly irritating and no sign of Ravi turning his arm to break it. I was relieved when Clark was out LBW a very long way up the pitch with score 198. Parry out for far too many ,nobody seemed to realise Mala caught it at slip.

During lunch break I saw Anderson and Helm practising on the wicket . Perhaps one for future with the one he may replace?

Regarding our chances if their lead less than 50 we are still in this game. But it's slipping sliding further away. Spin to win Franco eventually puts Ravi on and his second ball forces a McLaren edge dropped by Franco at first slip. Next ball 4 brings up his 50. 2 overs later new ball taken Ravi who looked threatening taken out of the attack. Lanky are taking the match away from us. My tactical disappearance caused the Parry's wicket. Bailey hits two successive 6 off Harry  to bring up Lanky 300 his 50 and then his career best. Out next ball buys Harry's 4th wicket. Lanky 129 lead on a low scoring wicket . Ravi bowled a total of  7 overs. And Franco himself. 0 overs.  (cough)

Rod Ed leaves ground not requiring updates from me. He gets them from his phone and as Middlesex batting expects loads of bzzzzz!.

The early dismissal of Gubbo he thought caught off his shoulder really did not help. As Robbo and Eski consolidate Parry spin bowling is on. At time of me saying spin does not seem to be doing much Eski is bowled bamboozled if it didn't hit the wicket he would have been stumped. Two more wickets for Parry of Simmo and Stirlo shortly followed With Tank 7th out for a duck our score 110 it could be over tonight. Those staying one more day may have second chance of lawn mower museum visit.

I had train booked to leave today. I had to leave the ground 6:20 at this point the  scores were level . Shame about the 6 wickets down . As my train leaves Southport we now have lead of 27 still with four wickets in hand. We don't know when we beaten and who knows? Meanwhile I'm still trying to work out the misuse of Ravi.

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Spin to Win?...
Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
11/06/2017 19:28
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Re: Spin to Win?...
snicko (IP Logged)
11/06/2017 20:33
Even more baffling than his reluctance to give Ravi an extended bowl, was the captain's reluctance to turn his arm over.
It must be said that, if Franklin is unwilling to contribute with the ball (not the first time he's gone missing when there's work to be done!), then he's not worth his spot in the team.

His captaincy nous is uninspiring and with the notable exception of one or two, the body language and demeanour of the team was very downbeat.

Time for Mala to take over ?

Re: Spin to Win?...
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
11/06/2017 20:54
It wasn't long ago that posters who support James Franklin were claiming the upper hand over those who have expressed doubts about Franklin! Sometimes he has a good match with the bat, sometimes he has a good match with the ball and sometimes he does neither. Hopefully it won’t be long before he has another one of his good matches.

If Stephen Parry, Steven Croft or Liam Livingstone play a role in the taking of Middlesex’s four wickets, then that would mean that the underuse of Ravi Patel in the first innings wouldn’t look good, especially if Patel then takes some wickets in Lancashire’s second innings.

Re: Spin to Win?...
11/06/2017 20:54
If the body language is wrong that is cause for concern. Last season's triumph was all about teamwork and inspirational captaincy and if that is absent then action is needed. Why did Franklln not bowl? Is he carrying an injury? Why did he not give Patel a longer bowl, instead of flogging our pace bowlers?

Re: Spin to Win?...
adelaide (IP Logged)
11/06/2017 21:39
Ahem - what's the over rate like?


Re: Spin to Win?...
lower pavilion (IP Logged)
11/06/2017 23:58
Good report as always.
I was at the game today and will be there to support the lads tomorrow.
This has of course been a very disappointing day. Something remarkable will have to happen tomorrow for us to win, but this is sport, and all things are possible.
Our form in the championship so far this season has been a little disappointing. However, it was just a few months ago when we won the title for the first time in 23 years and I just ask everyone to remember that, and our coaches and players should be able to rely on our members and supporters to get behind the team.
Middle Middle Middle

Re: Spin to Win?...
BarmierKev (IP Logged)
12/06/2017 00:10
Thank you Lower Pav for your kind words and optimism. Remind me again where you sit at Lord's?

The over rate according to score board is -2 . I'm not sure how much scope there is for some Don wizardry. At one stage was worried what would happen if we lost by an innings. Meanwhile, if we set a target without Ravi being trusted I'm concerned we may still end up with less than 3 points from this game.

Barmy Kev
I'm only here for the tele

Re: Spin to Win?...
adelaide (IP Logged)
12/06/2017 10:50

I suspect that the main aim today will be to bat long enough to ensure that the over rate can be got back to zero.

Be great if I am wrong though!

Given that away performances won the CC last year it is a bit worrying that we have been outplayed in both away matches so far. Only a sample of two, mind.


Re: Spin to Win?...
Shots1992 (IP Logged)
12/06/2017 20:03
I would drop Franklin

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