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Can we ABU every week?

A Bu tiffal moment

By Barmy Kev
August 16 2017

Kev reports on a comprehensive win for the Midlle, with some compliments about Uxbridge with a reality check at the end

I'm at Uxbridge having missed all 20/20 matches at Lord's, I just don't like the crowds there where as I'm happy to support the outgrounds.   This is a must win game against a team we have never beaten in this format after I believe 11 attempts, including a tie and a no result we should have won.  This report is far from ball by ball commentary. I will try to capture some moments through my eyes that may have been missed by some. Meanwhile enjoy reading about a complete thrashing achieved by Middlesex.

So how did we get 161-5? This looks that looks at least 40 too short from past experience here and according to "experts" I met at change of innings 60 short.  During our innings we were justifiably wondering why Simmo was opening and was out after 2 overs with run rate just over 5 an over? Eski who had a useful partnership with Stirlo to take us to 72 from 10 overs, but why was he completely ignored for our 50 over campaign?  There were two quick wickets including Morgan out second ball not his best shot ever with usual "why did he play that shot " expletives deleted.  There is the other matter of Higgins at 7 behind Franco that not even the maddest Middlesex fan can understand. It’s gloom and doom at change of innings.

The Gloucestershire reply was never even remotely close.They were 29-5 from power play. We had 2 hat-trick opportunities. Hi Fi , hopefully not Lanky bound, was unplayable. The only concern was the rare Glous boundary  affecting about our goal difference. We win by 61 runs. In the words of Seaxe Man "this is the end of our ABU Hoodo". 

Checks on various electronic devices, confirm our goal difference looks  good. A win at Glamorgan and Middlesex die hards have less than a week to prepare for trip somewhere North of Watford for 1/4 finals.    

Putting this result to one side, Uxbridge did an excellent job  hosting this event. The service at bar and food areas was friendly with staff smiling. Most in attendance around me knew what was going on and were watching game. 

BUT. To put a downer on a good a day , I am reminded of our last CC result and some cracks in our current 20/20 set up perhaps paved over today. I just hope this result will kick start our campaign on both forms

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Can we ABU every week?
Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
16/08/2017 09:01
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017:08:19:16:09:40 by Leprechaun.

Re: Can we ABU every week?
BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
16/08/2017 13:03
Smiles everywhere at ABU land? Whatever next?
Maybe I should stay away from games more often...Kevin Hand replied to my tweet regarding Nick Gubbins do commentary...I asked if Nick had done before as sounded natural with the mic,KH Saying I should stay away from games and listen to more games...he could be right!
The Gloucs hoodoo finally buried,good win and let's wait for the other games,but damn good chance of a 1/4 final spot.
Thanks for the report Let,and in answer to Nick doing commentary before? Yes,has.

Re: Can we ABU every week?
BarmierKev (IP Logged)
16/08/2017 13:17
Perhaps I should have mentioned but will now Southee bowled exceptionally well and Glous batsmen struggled to get him away.

Barmy Kev
I'm only here for the tele

Re: Can we ABU every week?
Al the panther (IP Logged)
16/08/2017 14:30
Excuse my ignorance but I'm a fairly new contributor. Can somebody tell me what ABU stands for?

I agree that Higgins should be batting much higher & I also could not understand why Compton was preferred to Eskinazi in the RLODC.

Excellent win. Credit to all the bowlers & great to beat Glos at last. Don't know what the Welsh weather is for Friday but Glam have had most of their home games washed out so fingers crossed for decent weather & a resounding victory. (Beware of Colin Ingram)

Re: Can we ABU every week?
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
16/08/2017 14:35
Anywhere but Uxbridge

Re: Can we ABU every week?
Al the panther (IP Logged)
16/08/2017 14:50
Thanks very much.

Re: Can we ABU every week?
Fozzie (IP Logged)
16/08/2017 21:53
Not sure about proclaiming the end of the Uxbridge hoodoo. It was an excellent win and a very enjoyable evening, but I suspect that if there is a similarly slow wicket for the 4 day game next month we could be in for yet another Uxbridge bore draw. Though I hope I'm wrong....

Re: Can we ABU every week?
17/08/2017 05:33
So do I Fozzie, I've booked 4 days leave to watch that game smiling smiley

Re: Can we ABU every week?
Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
17/08/2017 12:44
Not sure about proclaiming the end of the Uxbridge hoodoo. It was an excellent win and a very enjoyable evening, but I suspect that if there is a similarly slow wicket for the 4 day game next month we could be in for yet another Uxbridge bore draw. Though I hope I'm wrong....

Taking a more upbeat view than your prosaic one Fozzie.

Of the 15 wickets to fall on Tuesday evening, 6 were bowled and one lbw. A couple of Finny's looked to be of a fairly rapid nature as did Tim Southee 's two late wickets.

Suggests there was a bit of pace if you bent your back as Mick Hunt often advised in The Star of yore.

We have five CC games left, 3 away. Mexs, Yorky and crucially Somerset. Bess and Leach two good spinners if selected.

A repeat of the Warwickshire performance at any of those venues does'nt suggest too many points as the relegation battle hots up.

The last positive result at Gatting Way was in 2013 when Warwickshire made it by five wickets. We were blessed on that occasion with twelve rainfree sessions. The two games since have been plagued with rain.

2013 . The new ball. In the first new ball overs, the Warwick openers edged the ball into our slip cordon. All were shelled. The wicket at fault???

When Warwick bowled. Wright (ex Mx) and Barker, tall bowlers who extracted lift with the new ball and our edges were taken. They were joined in the second innings by Woakes and Rankin.

Chris Woakes as a youngster, destroyed us in 2008, taking 7 wickets in the match. An innings defeat for The Middle.

Late on day day three, Patel (Warwick) started to extract turn, this was replicated by Rayner and Patel (Mx) on day four. Unfortunately the first innings deficit left Warwick requiring 111 for victory which they duly achieved, with five down.

With time and overs running out, a target of 150/60 would have been interesting. For 4day aficionados with patience. A good game of cricket.

Mex and Yorky come before Hants.Depending on our points totals at those venues, your predicted bore draw may not be the worst outcome.

Mason Crane should be available for that game. He tied us in knots in the T20 at the Ageus Bowl. So, could be interesting. Hampshire look a stronger unit than the weak side we played at MTS last year.

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Re: Can we ABU every week?
Fozzie (IP Logged)
17/08/2017 13:02
Fair enough, SM, and some good points, though the positive result in 2013 was a bit a rarity. My feeling that this was a slow wicket and difficult for batting was based primarily on the Middlesex innings, where a number of our batsmen seemed to struggle with their timing. This may, of course, be more due to the Gloucs bowlers.

I agree that a bore draw may not be a bad result for us, but I will hope for something more entertaining.

Incidentally, I was surprised when Gloucestershire chose to field on winning the toss. Klinger confirmed that they prefer to chase a total, but all I could think was that I wouldn't fancy facing Finny at 8pm without floodlights....

Re: Can we ABU every week?
Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
17/08/2017 13:25
Klinger was undone there Fozzie, as it turned out to be a fine evening with a clear blue sky and no light problems at all.

I suspect that tomorrow, as on Tuesday, we will be relying on the bowling unit for success at the Swalec.

As regards our batting. Agree the wicket was slowish, ball not coming on as usual.

However, I think we also learnt the lesson from recent games. Not much use if the top six have gone by over 12, leaving the tail to negotiate the remaining overs.

So, batted accordingly. A swing and a miss of previous games was avoided thankfully.

This is not the first time we have defended a low score here. 147 back in 2008 winning by 6 runs v Kent.

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