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Our Tom Toms send Middlesex the wrong way


By Barmy Kev
May 17 2018

Barmy Kev reports on a heavy defeat for Middlesex and clutching at straws for positives. 

This is anew competition for us. We have fresh hope after most disappointing start to our red ball season. 

I meet up with Rod Ed on his day trip from Edinburgh. In front of the pavilion it’s a semi Southport reunion. Our spirits are high although not in the mood for re enacting our Shaking Stevens moments from that evening.   

More importantly, we are off to a flyer. I believe it was something like 32-0 from 4. Then we got bogged down when slower bowlers on. First wicket down at 72 a spectacular boundary catch saw end of Eski. This turned into 3 wickets lost for 7. Then run rate was strangled. Gubbo was really struggling before he reached his 50. After some consolidation half way mark we are 128-3. 300 still a possibility 

I made the mistake of going to bar and Cartwright wearing Helm on his back is LBW looked high from my view. Simmo was caught spectacularly by Chopra. Moggie soon followed LBW. 35 overs 184-6 and we are down to the tail with Helm in at 8. 300 out of range and now targeting an improbable 250. 

It just so happened a useful stand built up by Helm and Franco. This was broken when Rod Ed suggested we are on a verge of 50 partnership.  Complaint of day WTF is Finn doing at 9. This was followed by shot of day from HifI a superb square cut for 4 a further sublime 4, his 10 runs I described this as a captains innings. We made it to 250 we would settle for at one stage. Two wickets at the death with no more added. During walk round the ground opinions varied were we are between 50-170 short. 

An early wicket for Tom Helm. The chant was towards Cartwright "there’s only 2 Tom Helms". Turning point soon after (turn away from this report if you have a nervous sisposition) . I was celebrating a great catch in the deep, with fielder throwing it down, me not realising this was a free hit. Next over from Finn 2 maybe 3 drop catches the dolly one from Barber, don’t ask, I said don't ask.  Had we taken the 2nd wicket early on who knows.  

After that Essex were batting with ease and game very painfully was slipping away from us. Tom Westley achieved a century . Tom Barber was easy pickings and the two Tom Helms were not much better.

Some comical, most embarassing fielding lapses. This unlike me, when having a day at cricket in the sun, I left before the end to spare myself.

Let’s take some positives. Deep breath, The company was good, our 2nd eleven won at Southend and the football season starts again soon I think. Matron!

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Our Tom Tom send Middlesex the wrong way
Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
17/05/2018 19:47
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Re: Our Tom Tom send Middlesex the wrong way
MiddleToWest (IP Logged)
18/05/2018 07:48
Please don't mention dollies being dropped. It takes me back to the Gillette final in 1975 when Mike Smith spilled a chance from Clive Lloyd off Fred Titmus at mid on (or off?).

Barber does sound to be all pace and no accuracy. I hope I'm being unfair and someone will correct me.

Re: Our Tom Tom send Middlesex the wrong way
Beeamazed (IP Logged)
18/05/2018 08:35
Barber is sharp but raw.
He needs a lot coaching.
He bowled too short yesterday and got punished severely as
his final return showed

Re: Our Tom Tom send Middlesex the wrong way
Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
18/05/2018 10:21
Correct Bea. A gamble that so far is not coming off. On the Radlett track, suggest Sowter should be in the frame.

A decent lower order batsman.

Ravi the best of what we had yesterday bowlerwise.. Grassing Westley twice which would have made Essex 12 for 2, something like that, could have made it interesting.Finny the unfortunate bowler.

Expensive returns by Barber and Cartwright not conducive to defending 250.

The surprise reunion of the Southport four, Rod/Ed flew down to Luton from Edinburgh, then trained it to Radlett was some compensation.

Re: Our Tom Tom send Middlesex the wrong way
18/05/2018 20:41
Think its a case of carrying on where we left off last year.
At least we made a bit of a game of it and it was an improvement on the 148 we made against them last season.
You have to go back to April 2017 for the last time we achieved a score over 250 in this competition.
Very disappointing

Re: Our Tom Tom send Middlesex the wrong way
Mr. Trellis. (IP Logged)
19/05/2018 15:25
I think Tom is the only barber who makes you pull your own hair out!

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