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More Harissment and 2nd Degree Murtagh

Had a good match

By London Leprechaun
April 15 2018

London Leprechaun gives a remote view of a short and succesful day with Middlesex bowlers carrying on pretty mucn where they left of yesterday. 

After the merriment of Day 2 of this match I knew I was not going to make day three in person. So it was a chance to sample the streaming service and the commentary for the first time properly.

I was not able to tune in until about noon by which time it looked promising with three quick wickets. Checking the BBC website, I liked the comment when Hutton came in at three, wondering why Northants had sent a night watchman in just after the start of play. Never found a reason why! Not that it mattered much as he was one of the three early wickets as it sounded like Murts and Harris were carrying on where they left off yesterday. However, in the hour listening just to the commentary while doing some errands, Northants sounded like they were showing a bit more resilience and the commentators suggested that we lacked a bit of intensity. Newton and Wakeley seemed to be batting relatively easily and the scoring rate was healthy enough for me to be glad that the target was still high. Not that Northants were optimistic. Their commentator has little faith in the their batting and at one point reeled of Newton’s entire set of scores from last year – lots of forties but nothing higher; making the point that he with others keep getting in, then getting out.

Now one of the problems with listening on a phone is that the commentary keeps cutting out. And so I didn’t hear the fourth wicket, but did hear them commenting on a very good catch by Simmo. And then did hear Hilton Cartwright’s first over for Middlesex and his first wicket, and the commentator’s view that he has a good pace about him. So I was home in time for lunch – mine and Lord’s which was just as well because my internet connected TV is very clunky and it took a while to get the feed up on screen. But it was nice to watch the rest of the match as if it was actually on TV especially with very good synchronization with the commentary. It is odd though watching with just the one camera. There was one moment when Cobb heaved a huge shot behind the wicket and the commentary described Simmo and Robbo running back to try and make the catch. But all we could see was Murts standing halfway down the wicket watching as if he was just a spectator.

Not that I had very long to watch as the match finished very quickly. Almost a wicket an over after lunch. Just as well with rain around. I saw a decent catch from Ollie, two obvious lbws, and the easiest caught and bowled you can probably get. All very handy when you can only see what is going on on the pitch and aroiund the slips. It looked and sounded an all round excellent bowling performance – not just today and even without Ollie having to bowl no worries about the over rate. Hard to think of what more you could ask to start the season. Momentum is everything. And selection will be interesting when all our batsmen and bowlers are fit.  And nice to see James Harris having such a good all round match.

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More Harissment and 2nd Degree Murtagh
Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
15/04/2018 20:23
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Re: More Harissment and 2nd Degree Murtagh
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
15/04/2018 21:30
I had an idea that the headline of today's report would be similar to yesterday’s headline!

It was a surprise when Brett Hutton came in six places higher in the second innings than in the first! Maybe Northamptonshire thought that they had signed Leonard, Richard or Ben! The promotion was probably because he has four first-class fifties and reached the dizzy heights of 18 in their first innings.

I was impressed by the catch James Harris took off his own bowling to dismiss Josh Cobb, as the ball went very high up and took an age to come down, which required Harris to hold his concentration and physical position.

Despite Northants apparently finishing with a negative over rate and us on -1, it still seems that neither team has been deducted points. However, I don’t know if this means that we can breathe easily, or if it suggests that the umpires haven’t submitted their report yet.

Re: More Harissment and 2nd Degree Murtagh
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
16/04/2018 05:34
Jonathan- I'm sure the only reason there was a delay after the Surrey match was because we appealed the decision. Under normal circumstances I think any penalties are decided there and then, as the scorers go to the umpires at the end of a session, or a day with any mitigating circumstances, which the umpires will say yay or nay to.

On commentary something I hadn't considered before was mentioned- namely the time it takes for a batsman at Lord's to leave the changing room, and be in a position to face his first delivery. Takes Longer at Lord's because of all the flights of stairs, and walk through long room. I don't know if that equates to another 15 seconds per wicket, but over the course of 20 wickets that could be about 4 or 5 minutes which Kevin Hand reckoned could be counted as being beyond our control.

Re: More Harissment and 2nd Degree Murtagh
adelaide (IP Logged)
16/04/2018 10:22

My impression was that the deduction was as big a surprise to the club as it was to us, because of the undertaking supposedly given by the umpires at the time. The appeal would therefore have come after the revised CC1 table was released by the ECB.

In the circumstances it would hardly have been surprising if normal processes had gone awry. The umpires may have been late submitting their reports, possibly having realised that they were not entitled to give said undertaking - but again you could hardly blame them for not thinking it through when a further fusillade may have been feared.

I'm not sure how much time is allowed for each wicket to fall. Logically, it ought to be the maximum time before an incoming batsman can be timed out (though that never happens), which is the same everywhere. If it is less it would be unfair because it is in the batting side's control. If it is not less then the Lord's stairs argument doesn't really hold up because the batsman has to be out there in the same time in any case.


Re: More Harissment and 2nd Degree Murtagh
Bagpuss (IP Logged)
16/04/2018 11:56
Two minutes is allowed for each wicket that falls, except those immediately before close of play/an interval or the final wicket of an innings.

Re: More Harissment and 2nd Degree Murtagh
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
16/04/2018 18:26
My point was that I am not sure whether points deductions are supposed to be accompanied by some sort of announcement, or whether they are supposed to be administrated without fanfare. When Middlesex lost points due to Arrowgate, it was understandable why it took until the next round of matches for it to be shown in the table, although I wouldn’t have minded there being announcement. In all likelihood, I am being paranoid, as I am sure that there have been many instances of teams bowling their final ball of the match with the scoreboard showing a negative over rate, yet they have not lost points, although I can’t be certain that no news is good news.

The thought has often entered my head that the walk from the dressing room to the crease must be longer at some grounds than others, which means it would make sense for there to be certain grounds where extra time is allowed for batsmen to get to the crease and for bowling teams to complete overs containing a wicket. At some grounds, the incoming batsman waits in a tent or has to go down just one flight of stairs, so the time taken to reach the crease at those grounds must be several seconds quicker than at Lord’s.

Re: More Harissment and 2nd Degree Murtagh
Patsy_Hendren (IP Logged)
20/04/2018 08:13
It is always a good sign when the majority of one's bowling attack remains unused. Credit to Harris and Murtagh as part of a great comeback following a disappointing first innings.

A double celebration for Murtagh who has taken his 600th first-class wicket for Middlesex and 700th overall.

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