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A Donald Duck drives us quackers

Eski digging in

By Jonathan Winsky
April 29 2018

Jonathan reports on a day speculating on anearly decalartion, whether we can achieve a batting point or a bowing point. In between we hear of announcer going crackers with announcement of A Donald

Due to Watford’s match away to Spurs being moved to Monday night, I had been hopeful that I could attend two days of Middlesex v Glamorgan at Lord’s. However, yesterday didn’t see a ball bowled despite there not being much rain, although I felt confident that there would be little disruption today. 

With there only being 16.1 overs bowled on day one and nothing yesterday, and with tomorrow unlikely to see a ball bowled, the main plot of this match was how many bonus points the teams could achieve today. 

When I arrived with Lower Mound (my dad), another spectator speculated that we may have declared on our overnight score of 64-3, as he noticed that the roller had been used. An overnight declaration would have given us more time to achieve bowling points, and deny Glamorgan their final two bowling points, but it was clear that we had not taken this decision when Stevie Eskinazi and Hilton Cartwright came out to resume their innings. 

The fourth over of the day saw Eski hit successive boundaries off Lukas Carey (including one towards the Grand stand where the ball had to be retrieved from a pipe), before he ran a single to enable Cartwright to hit a boundary off the final ball of the over. However, the following over saw Cartwright bowled by Michael Hogan for 5 after not playing a shot. If Cartwright is given more time, I am sure the runs will come, but it seems that he has only been signed until our injuries clear up. 

Eski was scoring quickly and brought up his 50 off 58 balls with 8 fours, and then hit three more fours in an over off Carey, only for the following over to see Paul Stirling edging Hogan to wicket-keeper Chris Cooke on 1 to leave us 104-5 after 25 overs. In our pursuit of batting points, our run rate was certainly not an issue, but the fact we were five wickets down made it doubtful that we would make much more than 200, let alone get several batting points. 

A lot surely now depended on the sixth wicket partnership between Eski and John Simpson. The runs continued coming quickly, but our momentum was disrupted by a 25-miute delay due to a combination of light rain and bad light. A lot of spectators assumed that an early lunch would be called, but the players eventually returned. On the resumption, it look like Eski would mark his first County Championship appearance of the season with a century, but he edged Timm van der Gugten to Cooke after scoring 94 off 91 balls to take the score to 164-6.

The announcer and scoreboard both said that Tom Helm was now in so had been promoted to 8, which felt believable after his 52 last week at Derby, but after a couple of overs, the scoreboard was corrected to say that Ollie Rayner was in. Simmo and Rayner looked like talking us to lunch 6 wickets down, but after they scored 25 in 3.5 overs, the final over of the session saw Simmo edge van der Gugten to slip fielder Nick Selman after making 38 of 53 to bring finally Helm to the crease. Helm hit his first ball for four, but was caught off the last ball of the session, meaning we went to lunch on 193-8. 

Unfortunately, we were unable to get the seven runs required for a first batting point, as Rayner was bowled by van der Gugten, and Tim Murtagh was caught by Selman off Hogan to give van der Gugten and Hogan four wickets apiece to leave us all out for 194. 

After the 26 overs we had faced in the day saw us add 130 for the loss of six wickets, I was hopeful that Glamorgan’s reply would also see wickets falling with regularity. Murtagh opened the bowling from the Nursery end, with Tom Barber preferred to Tom Helm at the Pavilion end. The runs were hard to come by, with only 17 coming from the first 6.5 overs, before Jack Murphy fell lbw to Murtagh. This brought in Australia’s Shaun Marsh, but his presence didn’t improve the run rate, as he was too lbw to Murtagh to leave Glamorgan 23-2. The following over saw Selman hit successive fours off Helm to take his contribution to 21 out of his team’s 31, but after the over after that started with Kiran Carlson getting a 3, Selman was bowled by Murtagh to give us our first bowling point.
The announcer introduced the new batsman as Aneurin Bevan, before correcting himself to say that the batsman was Aneurin Donald. The confusion was understandable, as the batsman batted like Michael Bevan when scoring the joint-fastest-ever first-class double hundred off 123 balls v Derbyshire at Colwyn Bay in 2016, but today he batted more like Allan Donald and was caught by Simmo off his first ball, meaning that Murtagh had taken all four wickets. However, only eight more balls were possible before the umpires took the players off for bad light with Glamorgan 38-4, and an early tea was called. I am not sure if the decision to take the players off was influenced by the fact that Barber and Helm both hit the batsman on the helmet.

It seemed doubtful that the light would improve sufficiently for play to resume, while it can’t have helped that umpire Ian ‘Gunner’ Gould was surely keen to find somewhere to watch Manchester United v Arsenal. I waited with Lower Mound in the warmth of the Pelham restaurant in the Warner stand. As the groundstaff were putting more covers on, the chances of a resumption were clearly not improving, so we went home just after 4:00pm. We arrived home to find that play had been called-off without us missing any play, so we made the right decision to leave early. 

Due to the likelihood of a washout tomorrow, perhaps it would have been a good idea to have declared overnight, as our decision to bat out did not earn us any batting points, deprived us of time to earn bowling points, and allowed Glamorgan to gain two more bowling points. 

We got our first look at Barber in first-class cricket. He seems to have the pace to scare batsmen, although he probably needs to add the other facets of being a fast bowler. The fact he bowled two wides (including one with his first delivery) meant he lived up to his reputation of being erratic. However, I am confident that he will only get better in time. 

I am not sure why Stirlo didn’t field, but apart from that, I would like to think that we will end this match without anyone injured or needing to be rested next week v Sussex at Hove. 

As teams can’t be deducted points for a slow over rate if they spend less than four hours in the field during the match, neither team needs to worry about their over rate in this match.

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A Donald Duck drives us quackers
Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
29/04/2018 20:29
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Re: A Donald Duck drives us quackers
adelaide (IP Logged)
30/04/2018 00:03
Kevin Hand on commentary wondered why Simpson's dismissal did not lead immediately to lunch, rather than Tom Helm's arrival at the wicket, as it was "clearly" going to be the last over before lunch. In other words, Tom Helm's wicket in the same over should not have happened ... at least not before lunch. I suppose it depends whether it was all that clear that no further over could possibly be bowled.

It was a pleasure to watch a master at work on the live feed. Not just the wicket taking balls but also how he was setting them up.

We seem to have had far more really dark days this season and last than we used to. Perhaps MCC should paint the whole pavilion white to improve visibility!


Re: A Donald Duck drives us quackers
BarmierKev (IP Logged)
30/04/2018 08:50
Good report and good point re overnight declaration. I guess we were hopeful for 200 and probably misread the time available to achieve bowling points. This maybe significant at the end of season.

Barmy Kev
I'm only here for the tele

Re: A Donald Duck drives us quackers
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
30/04/2018 13:14
Re the Simpson dismissal.

I was out to a pub lunch, so wasn't listening at the time, but might the explanation have been lunch moved to 1.10? That happens if there are 104 overs scheduled (to catch up on previous lost day). If it then started raining a few minutes later, Kevin Hand might have forgotten the 1.10 rule.

For all their deficiencies, I like to think umpires can at least tell the time!

Re: A Donald Duck drives us quackers
Mr. Trellis. (IP Logged)
30/04/2018 15:02
Jonathan, you are far, far too young to remember him, but Aneurin (Nye) Bevan was a Welsh Labour Party politician who lived from 1897 until 1960. He was the founder of the National Health Service and there is a statue of him in Cardiff city centre.

I don't know how the announcer could confuse Donald and Bevan!

Re: A Donald Duck drives us quackers
adelaide (IP Logged)
30/04/2018 15:34
Chunky - No, it was roughly 1.10 and they had mentioned lunch being at that time. KH's query was accompanied by a comment that if lunch had been delayed further from 1.10, nobody had told them about it.

It was probably Kevin Hand who got Helm corrected to Rayner by the way.

Most famous Glamorgan-related announcement at Lord's? Must be the one at the one-day final - "Will Mr T Cobner of Pontypool please make his way to the Pavilion...", at which point the Wales rugby captain was visible to all as he rose from his seat in The Mound stand to great cheers. Later that day we had "36 we want - bring on Malcolm Nash", which got a further laugh out of the good-spirited Glamorgan supporters.


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Haringey Racer (IP Logged)
30/04/2018 20:40
I think your memory is a little clouded Adelaide. Cobner didn't come out from the Mound Stand seats; he emerged from the (then) standing area in front of the Tavern and walked round the boundary. Far more fitting for a rugby player of that era.

Re: A Donald Duck drives us quackers
EH Hendren (IP Logged)
01/05/2018 06:53
Mr. Trellis.
Jonathan, you are far, far too young to remember him, but Aneurin (Nye) Bevan was a Welsh Labour Party politician who lived from 1897 until 1960. He was the founder of the National Health Service and there is a statue of him in Cardiff city centre.
I don't know how the announcer could confuse Donald and Bevan!

An excellent question, I believe that everyone present, was as surprised as you. It is all in the christian name - Aneurin!

This was also the same announcer who confused Helm and Rayner!

Re: A Donald Duck drives us quackers
wembleylion (IP Logged)
01/05/2018 09:42
The announcer made other mistakes, confusing the Nursery end with the Pavilion end, announcing a bowler "opening the bowling" when he was continuing an interrupted over, and another "continuing his over" when he was starting a new one. The Helm announcement (not corrected) was very poor, but the Bevan one was the worst mistake, Walking out at Lord's to the amusement of the spectators with your name called incorrectly cannot be ideal, (and then to be out first ball). I hope we don't have this announcer again,he was clearly not up to standard.

Re: A Donald Duck drives us quackers
Patsy_Hendren (IP Logged)
01/05/2018 10:55
Although the announcer did not correct his "Helm" error at least the scoreboard did. Imagine their confusion when the unmistakable Rayner emerged from the pavilion. Some people are more distinctive than others.

Re: A Donald Duck drives us quackers
Mr. Trellis. (IP Logged)
01/05/2018 13:57
It might not be long before Claire Rayner walks out at Lord's, unless there is a change of announcer!

Re: A Donald Duck drives us quackers
Patsy_Hendren (IP Logged)
07/05/2018 09:56
We trust that the quality of public announcers will improve around the circuit.

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