Alfonso takes charge of a depleted Somerset against the Durham Dynamos in an attempt to reach yet another short format final - the CB40. No marcus, No Craig, No Nick C but a welcome return to Jos Buttler and the weight on the shoulders of the spinners and young men in the batting line-up.
v Durham CB40 Semi-Final @ Taunton Sunday 4 September 2011
Durham coming to Taunton for this semi final would not have been most supporter’s first choice. Even having to go to The Oval to play Surrey might have been a more popular choice and a perceived easier route to the Final for a side bereft of the opening partnership of Trescothick (relegated to the SKY commentary box) and Kieswetter (not released from international duty). Having also lost Compton to an injury and without the bowling of Gregory, who is in the side as a batsman only, this is an understrength Somerset against a side very keen to pay us back for two games where we outplayed the Dynamos in most aspects of the game.
Who would have predicted that to be a line-up for a semi final in mid April? Nevertheless, although it may be understrength it is not particularly ‘weak’. In the bowling department the only real absentee is Lewis whose “death bowling” at the start of the season was a major addition to the club’s game. However, we do go into the game with the three spin attack with the inclusion of George Dockrell in the eleven. However, there is a lot riding on the tightness of Kirby and the ability of Pete Trego (who hasn’t bowled much in short format cricket for a while now) to support our front line bowler and skipper for the day, the man even SKY is calling the ‘Mighty’ Alfonso
Our aggressive front end batting will possibly be replaced by the no less aggressive Peter Trego, though who he will open with is still under wraps but we may see Arul move up the order or they may go with Chris Jones who is a true opener. He however is only playing his second one day first team game which may mean he comes in down the order as a stabiliser if the front end fails to make its mark. James Hildreth will be take on this role for the front five so Jones may find himself well down the order in the Suppiah berth possibly
The middle order still has the “explosive” aspect with Buttler offering the big hitting and Craig M still to fire at that kind of level but no slouch himself. Kartik could come in to bat anywhere in the one day format and if Trigger opens don’t be surprised to see MK in at 3. Effectively we bat to number 8 where Alfonso has shown more application bat this season than ever before. We all hope he will not have to do anything today but he’s there if needed.
We lose the toss and the visitors choose to bat first but that is shown to be a bit of a mistake as the early Somerset outfielding restricts their ability to get off to the hoped for flyer. Not only is Chris Jones screaming around the outfield pinging back returns at lightening speed but he sends Stoneman on his way with a superb return that takes out the middle stump with only 11 on the board. Fielding of the highest order. Peter Trego is also on fire with the ball as we use Kirby and Trigger to open with Alf coming on at first change. He takes 2 in the first eleven overs and with a success for Kirbs as well, Durham find themselves at 44 for 4 when Benkenstein is dropped by Kartik. A difficult chance going between Jos and the Indian at second slip, he got his hands to it but it was just too far away. Will it be expensive one asks oneself?
Jones is having a brilliant game in the field and inspiring sterling efforts from his team mates in the process. Durham struggle to 50 in the 13th, when a difficult chance to Dockrell, on his follow through, nearly sees the back of Mr Blackwell. But these reaction C&B’s either stick or they don’t…this one doesn’t.
Thomas finally turns to Kartik in the 17th simply because the pace men have done such a great job of holding a strong Durham line-up. With both lefty slow men in however it becomes a little easy for the two Durham men who ominously start to rebuild and push the score on at a pace. They’re 50 partnership arrives in the 19th but, at the time when the opposition need Ian to hold himself in check he simply can’t and is taken on the boundary looking for a big, over the rope/stand six. Another quick wicket (Breese caught Hildreth bowled Meschede)puts them back in the mire at 130 for 6. But that man Bekenstein is still there and the miss in the slips is looking very costly. Scott Borthwick is in with him and the score is pushed on during the 20 to 30 over mark, though not at too heavy a pace for the Somerset men to be too worried about their strategy. The spinners haven’t held the line completely but they also haven’t given away floods of runs either.
At 170 for 6 in the 33rd, Borthwick is nearly sent on his way by a diving effort from Suppiah which finds the fielder just out of reach of fully pouching the ball, it lands just under his outstretched hands – difficult chance. Durham safely negotiate 200 but then a second run out has Benkenstein dead and buried when the stumps are broken and it is 201 for 7. Borthwick decides he has to attack and starts to give himself room outside leg. The skipper sees this and simply bowls him a leg stump full toss that he is not there to defend and over goes the leg pole and off Scott trots at 210. Fighting innings, but not really enough. Then Steve, seeing the same policy being employed bowls Claydon and Onions in the same way. As they step to leg, he follows them with the ball, they miss and the ball cannons off their pads back into the stumps and skittles the both of them 215 for 9 and then 219 all out.
Brilliant, sharp, fighting and very focused display from the Somerset men in the field and with the ball. Spin does not win the battle between bat and ball but the pacemen all bowl very well indeed (including Craig Meschede who more than does his job in the middle overs as well) Kirbs comes away with the best wicket haul but a great display from all of them.
But can our batting take this game? Who will open? Will we collapse? Will Banger be happy or apologetic?
The first surprise? The opening partnership is not an out and out attacking one. Out stride Chris Jones in only his second CB40 appearance with his partner Arul Suppiah. Maybe it is the total and maybe the club have decided to set a base for later fireworks. However they are there, the two men set up to face Claydon from the OP with the younger man taking the strike. Ominously the big man bowls a maiden and with Graham Onions opening from the other end a number of people probably are contemplating how far away 220 seems. Arul doesn’t seem to be of the same mind as he strokes the second ball from the England man to the boundary for four. It seems the men in the middle have the measure of their task as later in the over Jones majestically pulls the same bowler for four more. Then they both start to move against a loose Durham new ball attack. Legside stuff is punished, anything short or wide is also sent on its way and after 5 overs we have 42 (against Durham’s 16) and are in control of this game. It is now ours to throw away.
Ian Blackwell is brought on as early as the 6th over to quell the tide and does no such thing as a wide legside ball is padded down to the boundary for 5 wides to bring up the 50 and he also goes for 11 off his first over. The skipper then turns to Thorp and for the first time the Durham men seem to get some control back as the slower and more accurate medium pacer turns the screw but he seems to be the only one who can until Collingwood is introduced as his partner for the 10th. Arul is just in total control and Jones looks like he’s been there for ever.
This semi does not constitute a game until 20 overs have been bowled and the spots of rain in the 9th make a number of people worried. The predicted total after 20 overs to give us the win by D/L? 76 runs. Our score after 10 overs. All we have to do is reach 20 overs and this game has to be ours although the total will change with the loss of wickets and Somerset can lose a lot of wickets in a short period of time so this contest is not over yet.
When the first wicket does come it is a most unlucky way for a batsman to be dismissed as at 78 Chris defends a ball by chopping down on it only to see it spin back, roll into the stumps and gently dislodge one bail. Excellent innings from the young opener, shame it had to end but he has done his job and we have Peter Trego stomping out so if Durham think that is the start of the rot they may be badly misinformed as the number three hits Paul Collingwood for consecutive boundaries in the 12th while Arul brings up the 100 in the 13th off the ineffective Onions with another sublime boundary. The man from Malaysia is striking the ball so cleanly it is a joy to watch and his 34 ball 50 soon arrives to much deserved applause – play this man further up the order for heaven’s sake.
Breese comes on in the 17th and offers Arul a ball he simply can’t resist and the opener finds himself stumped as he misses the ball halfway up the wicket and the score moves to 114 for 2. Hildreth is the next man in and Durham must be aware that Jos Buttler is still in the hutch if these two fail. They don’t as they move the score towards what is now a small target for batsmen with this kind of platform. Hilda goes at 149 caught behind off Breese so we send in the best English bat in the short form of the game presently to take this game away and his county on to Lord’s. There are many mutterings about the fact that James didn’t hit the ball that landed in Mustard’s gloves but the 150 is up in the 24th and this looks tied up despite JH’s continued bad luck at the crease.
It doesn’t matter anyway because with the score on 153 for 3 down comes the rain and we aren’t going to get back on the pitch to finish a game we would have surely won. The D/L calculation when the umpires finally call the game off give us the victory by 39 runs…but we were so much better than that.
I can’t quite work out whether Durham didn’t turn up or we were just too good? Many Durham commentators state something Somerset fans will recognise..”You don’t know which Durham is going to turn up”. Tonight the wrong Durham met the right Somerset and were never really in it from Jones’ run out of Stoneman. Peter Trego receives the award for Man of the Match for his excellent innings and his two early wickets. For his superlative, scintillating 57, I would have given it to Arul Suppiah. We sometimes forget how good a stroke player this man is and tonight there was no-one in either team to match him.
Well done the boys. Surrey in the Final on the 17th. Don’t mess this one up people. Craig Kieswetter will be released for it and although his inclusion will be welcome it would be hard to identify the man to step aside after this performance.
Isn’t it great? Please let this be the one to break the cycle!
I've stocked up on necessities just in case, Bobs.
That day in Taunton...that terrible Saturday(I think).
It was as bad as it gets, as bad as the snatching defeat from the jaws of victory performance a year or so later against Hampshire.
How I don't miss those days, anybody who longs for them needs to remember the pain.
Unless Pete (or A N Other) can get us off to a flier when we bat, then they should surely move Jos up the order - say to number four - for next Sunday to try and maximise his crease time.
It's a strong and experienced Durham one-day batting line-up so I'd imagine we will either need to set a stiff total or chase down a pretty large one. Either way, let's get Jos to the crease earlier unless we've managed to really beat the hell out of them in the power-play.
If Tres is missing along with Kieswetter, which appears likely, I would wish for Jos to bat at number 3. I'm thinking Arul should open with Trego, then Compton at 4 and James at 5 with Meschede and Jones filling 6 and 7
I strongly suspect that they will open with Compton, rather than Arul, though I personally do not disagree with you, Robbo.
I suspect we might see Pete and Compton open and that Meschede would then be sent out if a wicket falls in the power-play. If not, then number three might be Hildreth, or Jones. I really hope we do get Jos promoted up the order but fear that they might be in the "he's done such a good job as a finisher, that we should not move him for anything other than a 10 over type game,' type of mind-set.
Of course, if they move Jos up the order and then he does not score many, then some will probably criticise them. But, personally, I never think that giving your best players scope to maximise their crease time is a bad idea. And we surely have to adjust to absences of Marcus/Craig K.
I think we are in agreement about Arul, Agod and yes, they may indeed plump for Compton as an opener, but I just think Arul has something to prove as a one day opener. He's not simply a grafter, he has the capacity to strike the new ball hard....apart from the Essex pro 40 s-f of last year I can't recollect another time he has made a difference at number 7.
I also think that - even though he is not everyone's favourite - Compton has nailed the number 4 spot this year in the c40.
Meschede has been used at 3, so will probably be used there again, but it is time to be brave so I would put Jos at 3 and Meschede at 6 after James....but luckily for me I don't have to face the consequences if this doesn't work out!
Yep, Robbo, Arul probably a bit under-utilised in one-day stuff as a batsman, I feel.
Coming in after the man who is almost never dismissed in Pro 40 (Jos) does not help him in that regard!
I suppose such is the outcome of having an embarrassment of riches in the one-day batting department.
Still, this should provide a chance to give Arul his head.
I remember Arul turning in a man of the match performance at the Oval, some years ago, batting at number 3 when I think he made either 78 or 87 to win the game for us. So he can contribute higher up the order (or at least could.)
Like you, I struggle to think of too many games that he has influenced from down the order. There was a T20 game at Edgbaston which was important at the time (needed to win to qualify) in which Arul and Omari Banks nearly got us to a winning total, but I’m not sure I can add anything else to the example which you cited.
Arul is certainly wasted wh they are playing him at the moment with no time to settle or develop the innings. He is a batsman who can accelerate and push on but only if he is given time. James isn't doing that job at all effectively at the moment and I also think it is time to move the world record holder up the order to give him time at the crease while others play around him and he supports before the push at the end.
Marcus himself said he "heard something go" as he turned, so probably there is something more serious that demands at least extended rest. Especially since he was already carrying an injury, by all accounts.
I have always thought that Arul should occupy the same postion in the pro40 team that he does in the championship so this may be his opportunity.He strikes the ball cleanly and people forget you do not have to hit the ball over the top in the power play as you can score runs by playing traditional shots along the ground as Arul does in the championship.He quite often scores quicker than banger when they bat together.Tregs has to open and I would promote Meschede to 3 rather than have him bat,possibly with the tail,lower down the order as this is what Jos does so well.Having Meschede at the top also takes the pressure off him and gives him licence to throw his arms if needs be as there are people that can bat below him rather than the other way around. I have been watching Somerset long enough to know that is not likely to happen though.....lol
Grockle The info floating about yesterday before I left the ground was that Marcus was VERY doubtful for Sunday...and little better for the Headingley game.
Looking at the way the Hampshire one was going this will not be much of a problem because the CC1 push seems to have stalled through a pairing of poor luck on the pitch and even poorer luck off it.
The Sunday game may well be our last tilt at the last windmill....
Poor luck and/or poor planning. Whether it was poor planning depends on whether or not there was any financial alternative to going into the season with no experienced cover for any position in the CC first XI?
I do not know enough about the finances to know whether or not there was an alternative but, if there was, then I think it is the case that planning was poor. After all, we knew Alf would be away. It was not exactly inconceivable that Craig K would get an international recall and it should never be the case that the notion that we would sustain injuries to first XI players should be considered inconceivable.
And I do realise that SCCC have done a very good job in recent years with injury prevention but, still, nobody can ever expect to be perfect in that regard.
Form is a great thing so why not gamble on sunday with Murali and Alf at 1 and 2. Arul is obviously struggling, and if Murali and Alf both perform half as well as they have done with the bat this week why not??
Tell you what - let's just turn the whole batting order upside down:
Kartik, Thomas, Waller (double hundred for the 2nds this season), Kirby (blocked well for a while in the 1st inns, can hit a few), Meschede, Trego, Buttler, Hildreth, Compton (to steady things at the death), Suppiah at 10, and Marcus, if fit enough to stand, can bat at 11.
Pete opened with Marcus.That meant 2 potential quick scorers.For Pete to open with someone else puts all the pressure on him. There is no reason why Jones and Suppiah can't score 7 an over playing perfectly orthodox attacking strokes against opening bowlers. I shall continue to say-in the same way that OB wants spinners- that 4 scoring shots an over of 2 each gives 320 and you don't lose many games with that score on the board.
Having said that I must admit that Durham should be favourites tomorrow- and that cannot be a bad thing
In all of our finals and second places we have been favourites to win and that has an added pressure. Being second favourites and without our iconic player may help us to relax in a bizarre kind of way.
I agree that Durham probably are favourites considering you have been forced to play a weakened team but Durham are a highly unpredictable one day side. We can be brilliant or absolutely terrible.
I don't think Diva will be fit, Gordon Muchall is probably favourite to replace him but I'd prefer Will Smith.
We opened with Callum Thorp against Surrey, probably to split up the left-handers at the top of the order and to try and upset Surrey's opening bowling plans. It worked in the sense that we got off to a flyer but that was down to Phil Mustard. Collingwood & Benkenstein are imo two very good bowlers in one day cricket but Colly had a back spasm a few weeks ago and Benks has not been bowling much of late.
Yes we were poor this week but this is a HUGE home one day semi.
Yes we are without Tres, CK and Compo but that's only 3 from our first choice 11 (if Nick is in that 11?)
We have plenty of other match winners and if enough of them show up we have every chance.
We've arguably the most in form one day batsmen in the country in Jos, and if on their day Murali and Alfie are exceptional one day bowlers.
It's going to be a test of character but this is the time for Tregs, Arul, Hildy to step up as batters at top of the order and take responsibility to getting us a total.
Forecast looking ok so fingers crossed for a big crowd and everyone getting behind us to yet ANOTHER one day final.....
The latest from the Durham camp is that Michael Di Venuto is now looking very doubtful, as mark suggested earlier on this thread. He will be replaced by Gordon Muchall, not Will Smith as mark had hoped.
Durham played three spinners against Surrey at The Oval last Monday - the three `Bs`, Blackwell, Borthwick and Breese - and may do so again. It would probably mean leaving out Mitch Claydon, as his fellow fast bowler Callum Thorp also had a role as a pinch-hitter at The Oval.
I take your point AG but I was thinking of Pete being under pressure to score quickly. Jones and Suppiah are not there as the fast scorers so a 25 at a run a ball is a good result for them whereas going in first with a non fast scorer would give Pete the mind set of 30 off 15.
The weather here has been absolutely shocking all day, the rain was so heavy at the rugby it was nigh on impossible to tell who was who.
I hope it stays dry and we're treated to a great game.
And an even greater Somerset victory.
Totally agree with AGod and don`t really see the logic in dropping Tregs down a place after getting a score last week? Maybe promote Meschede and give him free reign as they tried earlier in the season? Jones,as well as he did last week in holding the innings together,did struggle to manouver the ball around and find the gaps so I suppose batting in the power play gives him the opportunity to play his shots and he may be better against quicker bowlers rather than spin so that may make sense, but the old adage "if it aint broke......."
If we are to win this it will be through our bowling.Last monday I thought we had enough runs on the board due to Essex being weak in their batting.Different team tommorrow but I think we can put the squeeze on Durham and beat them in a tight finish if we bat first but I see rain is forecast for late afternoon/early evening now so should we bat if we win the toss??..... Que sera sera (as long as we don`t lose any wickets due to shouldering arms!!.....)
Because the weather forecast is not good today some may wonder about the rules this is a reminder.
16.1 Hours of Play
16.1.1 Normal hours of play for daytime matches will be
1.45pm – 7.30pm (12.45pm – 6.30pm in all matches in
September – ie the semi-finals). No extra time is
allocated to group matches. 30 minutes of extra time is
allocated to each semi-final on both scheduled day and
reserve day to make up for any time lost.
Good start, I say as we concede a 4. I'd typically be down there but having had my season ruined yesterday and watched enough of the Hampshire game to feel a bit sick I felt I needed time away from cricket
I'd love us to win this competition and we have a chance I'd say. Would prefer to play Surrey in the final as Sussex seem to have more of a winning mentality.
Fantastic to see. I get the sense that one or two of the senior batsmen have become a little complacent in how secure their places are. Hopefully this might give them a shot in the arm - may well be some interesting selection decisions should we make the final.
Congratulations to Somerset, a thoroughly deserved win.
See what I mean about Durham being an erratic one day side? I said they could be absolutely brilliant or really awful.A really jittery start with the bat and they seemed to panic when the boundaries weren't immediately flowing, suicidal running from Stoneman to start the clatter of wickets, Muchall perhaps a bit unlucky, he made a great start to the season but was then dropped for poor form, always a mistake imo to bring him back for a semi final. Will Smith has just made a Championship hundred, and he's just the sort of calm, unflappable player we needed in that top order.
I thought we might just have made a competitive total thanks to the great man Benks with Blackie & Scotty supporting him nicely but the bowling from Claydon(apart from his first over) and Onions was almost unbelievably bad.
That though takes nothing away from the Somerset performance with bat and ball. Best of luck for the final.
Allelujah ! Finally the performance we've been waiting for, authoritative , focussed and highly skillful. Take a recording of this ,boys.This is what you're capable of and this is the way to succeed. Well done everyone
Chucking it down in Galmington.
Would rather our boys had knocked off the runs properly but there can be no doubt that this is one case where D/L has got it unequivocally right.
Interesting to hear the Durham commentators (who seemed much more sensible this time around) talking about how THEIR team tends to choke on the big occasion! (Though none of them is saying they need to get Ponting in as captain.)
Grockle Good news from SKY that Craig K will be available should we reach the final.
Presumably Kevin Pietersen will be available for Surrey - has he played for them this season?
Not sure if he has turned out for them this year but he won't be playing in the final if a report in the Daily Mail from last week is correct. Apparently he will not be available to Surrey for the rest of the season.
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I'm sure the Daily Mail's adherence to factual accuracy will be well up to their usual standard.
Mark, I second Bobstan - you're the kind of supporter cricket needs. Are you also a member of a Durham supporters' forum? I'd think about joining if you're typical. (I do hope they don't say the kind of things about Trescothick that certain posters here delight in saying about Collingwood).
Victory officially confirmed!
Not sure their spinners looked that good. Kartik was very disappointing but Blackwell, Breese and Borthwick bowled at a time when Somerset didn't need to force the pace. Breese was fortunate, shall we say, to have Hildreth given out.
Thanks mikeindex and Bobstan, I normally use cricket-match-special.com. It's a friendly site, well moderated. There is a fair bit of leg-pulling and banter ( about Lancashire and their dodgy pitches for example!) but it's all good-natured. Not many Somerset fans post there, I'd say the most active domestic discussions are on Hampshire & Durham.
A certain Middlesex 'supporter' familiar to many is there but unable to indulge in his usual antics.
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Well done to the team on a magnificent performance. I thought that they out-bowled, out-fielded and out-batted Durham. The seam bowlers were all impressive - it was good to see PT bowl so well (his figures did him no favours) after he hadn't bowled much in recent limited overs games.
Suppiah batted beautifully and must surely have staked a claim for a regular opener's slot. Jones also impressed and was unlucky to play on. Trego did exactly what was needed: he kept the score moving, but - crucially - made sure he didn't get himself out.
Does anyone know who was Man of the Match - I would have given it to Trego for his all-round performance.
Commentators were guessing Suppiah for MoM - well as he batted, my choice would be between Trego and Benkenstein.
(I have no patience with the view that the finest individual performance in a match must automatically come from the winning side, particularly as by definition performances for the losing side often come against stiffer opposition).
Is it a worry that this great performance came in a game when, for the first time in a major match for ages, we weren't favourites to win. Echoing sentiments on this thread before the game started, it might have suited us to be underdogs - so what happens if we're built up to be favourites again in the next fortnight?
Excellent team performance today, really good all-round effort. Well done also to Mark - just the sort of supporter cricket (and all sports) needs.
We should have CK and NC back for Final - Marcus wouldn't commit on Sky after the match - I still reckon he'll be doubtful with that sort of injury (esp as, if we field first and it goes again, he may not get a runner). They'll have Dernbach back and I wouldn't be surprised if KP is lured by Lord's. The Oval was a raging turner today - hope Lord's will be a proper track, for both sides.
Of course, we're still an average side, none of whose players are any good and we need to build a new team in the winter - mustn't kid ourselves.
A good win a shame about the weather.
The fielding started out brilliantly a few errors later on but who cares when we win, Ian Blackwell got one of the biggest cheers when he came out to bat and when fielding people were having a bit of fun with him.
Arul Suppiah showed what he can do as an opener in one day matches, a bit of a near miss in the photo off the bowling of Paul Collingwood.
Another player who played well today Chris Jones, in the photo it looked like the ball came off of his bat hit the pad and trickled onto the stumps, my view was obscured by the wicketkeeper when the ball hit the stumps.
Alfonso Thomas got his Yorkers working today even Steve Kirby managed a few; this was Benkenstein digging one out off Thomas.
M Claydon played what looked like a loose shot and was bowled by Steve Kirby.
M Stoneman was run out by Chris Jones it looked like either batsman could have been run out.
Craig Meschede look well pleased as do the crowd behind him after he caught Phil Mustard off the bowling of Peter Trego.
This article made me have a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes, it is so positive (TIC) I wondered if Jig Jim had written it.
The period in the late 70s and early 80s is generally referred to as the 'glory days' of Somerset cricket. But perhaps that theory will have to be reviewed. For while the current Somerset side has yet to clinch the trophy their domestic dominance deserves, there has never been a period in the club's history when the team has challenged so consistently across so many competitions. A good case could be made to suggest that this is the golden age of Somerset cricket. [www.espncricinfo.com]
geordie moonraker Pete opened with Marcus.That meant 2 potential quick scorers.For Pete to open with someone else puts all the pressure on him. There is no reason why Jones and Suppiah can't score 7 an over playing perfectly orthodox attacking strokes against opening bowlers. I shall continue to say-in the same way that OB wants spinners- that 4 scoring shots an over of 2 each gives 320 and you don't lose many games with that score on the board.
Having said that I must admit that Durham should be favourites tomorrow- and that cannot be a bad thing
I heard today that Arul had a bit of a strop Monday at not being further up the order, threw his toys (kit) around on the balcony, literally!
He certainly put his case forward today for a spot higher up the order. I've always felt that Arul could do the job Compton does at 3 or 4 when we have a fully fit batting line up.
My ideal top 8 would be, Tres, Kies, Tregs, Arul, Hildy, Jos, Meschede, Lewis
Bowlers then Alfie, Kartik (Max next year)/Kirby/Dockrell
On the contrary, Mr Side, I know many things.
I know that 2 is not the average of 1 and 18.
I know what was in your last posting before you wisely deleted what was an extraordinarily inane and petty observation even by your standards.
I know 'unknowledgeable' isn't a word - I think the word you were after on that occasion, appropriately enough, was 'ignorant'.
And I know that you are not worth wasting any more of my time on.
A very fine performance with very few flaws. Privilege to be there!
Our seamers were excellent and I can't recall a better spell of bowling from Trigger. Tango and Alf were also (apart from odd wide!) excellent.
A joy to see Arul and Chris Jones get us off to a brilliant start despite a maiden over first up from Claydon. Mark was right about there being two Durhams! Unfortunately for him the wrong one turned up. Their bowling apart from Borthwick was poor and our lads treated their bad deliveries with the disdain they deserved!
Jones' fielding was quite superb esp. with the run out. Later Lewis took on the fielding mantle with some superb work ending with another run out.
Trigger with the bat was totally focussed and played the ball on the ground almost exclusively. It was a well earned MOM altought Arul could count himself a little unlucky after his own fine innings (perhaps his dropped catch and complete misfield led to the award going to Trigger).
A Somerset day to savour - only tarnish was the fact that we couldn't finish it off on the field because of the persistent rain.
I don't actually mind people editing their posts before anyone has replied to it. I do think that after someone has added to the thread it is only common courtesy to identify why there is an edit after that time.
We've only ever had to deal with one poster who edited his posts in retrospect to change meaning and he no longer posts here..regularly so it isn't really an issue.
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