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Middlesex in a Stew(art) Again

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By London Leprechaun
September 10 2018

London Leprechaun gives us a report on a day when promotion pretty much became impossible and yet another up and down day left us more down then up, In every sense,  Don't make any plans for comning Thursday.

10.30 starts are not ideal when you have errands to do and cats who are enjoying the late outdoor summer sunshine. Getting them indoors is a bit like... Herding cats. 
With all errands accomplished I hear the first twenty minutes or so on radio. Hardly surprising that we were put in. September, 10.30 start, a bit of hazy cloud. But it was ok to start. No great alarms before I went underground and even a couple of boundaries from Gibbons. The most interesting bit actually was the news as to why Murts was not playing and Andersson recalled. (infected mouth abscess and general infection.) Dared I hope it would be just as serene at the other end of the journey. Would my phone be nice and quiet without any wicket notifications. 
Sadly not. Two beeps on the way out the station announced our openers were out. A third one just before the ground announced Max Holden's massive misjudgement. A run out. On the first morning. With our batting in the state it is this season. Or maybe that sums up the state we are in batting wise. 
Now I know batting first at Lord's can be a bit of a lottery sometimes and I can take two or three wickets before lunch on the first morning but not the six that actually happened. Though to be fair the two I saw were down to decent bowling and the pitch. 
Would it have been different if we got the chance to bowl first? Something we never will do while they have uncontested tosses and Championship matches at the beginning and end of the summer. 
After lunch for about half an hour we looked like we might get to a decent score. One cut by Ollie was so fiercely hit that it got stuck under the Mound Stand boundary boards and it took the combined effort of spectators, stewards, players and umpire to retrieve it. But any chance of dreaming of a batting point went with Ollie out to a sharp caught and bowled by Stephens; one of those people who always does well against us. A few lusty blows from Finny got us to 160. We needed to bowl well. 
Which we did at least to the point where we had Kent at 80/7. Everyone bowled well, Martin Andersson bowled pretty well, looking at a decent pace of a short run. First three wickets all LBW showed the merits of full and straight. But is 17 wickets on the first day before tea really a good cricket match? A Middlesex player who shall remain nameless was fielding near us and talking to some Kent supporters who were asking what was going on. Basically he said that wickets at Lord's were impossible to bat on, had been all season and it  wasn't making for good cricket. Judging by the scores all over the country it's not just Lord's that is a problem this time of year. 
Not that Stephens and then Stewart found batting a problem for a long while after tea when our other usual problem - getting a side out when they are seven wickets or so down - manifested itself. It was sunny, the ball a little old but we seemed to just sit back and wait for something to happen. The bowling got samey and instead of bowling full and straight we got loose on line and length and Stephens and Stewart took full advantage. Not just a pink ball player then. 
Eventually I went for a wicket walk and managed to get two quickly including Stephens. But from anticipating a decent lead we have now got behind. Again. And in the end the most important question of the day was whether we prefer Sussex or Kent to  stay down with us. 
But one positive today. Three of our youngsters:, Holden. Bamber and Andersson were playing today. We have some good young players. Let's hope our new coach whoever it is gives them a decent chance next year.
And one final thought.  The Seaxe Cliub today gave over £10,000 to help disadvantaged children in Middlesex take part in the All Stars programme. There is more to Middlesex cricket then how the men's first team perform.


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Middlesex in a Stew(art) Again
Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
11/09/2018 00:35
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Re: Middlesex in a Stew(art) Again
BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
11/09/2018 07:10
Thanks LL.
A player said the Lord's wickets have been impossible to bat on all season?
That doesn't work with us only on 9 batting points,from home and away games.
And,other counties have been able to get runs!

Re: Middlesex in a Stew(art) Again
Primrose Hillbilly (IP Logged)
11/09/2018 07:48
Cricinfo does Nick Gubbins' dismissal full justice.

It WAS a silly needless swish with not much foot movement, and even bloody sillier when he knows the vulnerable batting behind him.
Grrrrmmmmmddfflllbbbllbbblllbblllll *@^>XXXX!!!!

Why, Nick, why?

Max really was similarly silly, as ball went straight to Dead Eye Henry.

I was paying tribute to Morgan's contributions to our cause with the bat in the Gents when he backed my judgement.

What is he doing in our team?

Ollie had looked really at ease, playing in the V, and going well. He and JK were showing that the ball and pitch had eased out quite a lot, but then he played one of those neither block nor drive shots that just popped up. Again a silly soft dismissal. He is better then that.

Shot of the day for was an absolutely thunderous stroke of utter execution by Finn through extra cover. Whilst going down the hill to the lowest point of the ground, I have never seen a ball go across the outfield faster, but did he have to go at Denly cross batted?

The More Positive Aspects:

Well done, LL, I too thought Andersson was fast -quicker than Finn. Damn rapid, and off no more than a few paces. MY goodness what a prospect he looks.

Badadladadala's figures really reflect him as another really hot prospect. Pacey, Gun barrel straight, a couple of good bouncers thrown in for good measure, and great economy.

"What did you do on your long vac?" "Oh, nothing much, opened the bowling at Lord's for Middlesex, alongside Steven Finn and outbowled him"

My godson is looking forward to accosting him back at Exeter in a slight state of inebriation (Godson that is), and slurring his ""Ahhhh, mate shhaaaw you at Lord's you're rilly grea', you're my best mate, I love you" and similar expressions of admiration and congratulation.

My reservation is that is extremely unlikely, as our opening bowler still looks so young, he is unlikely to be allowed into the Impey, The Meeting House or anywhere else frequented by layabout PPE third years.

Re: Middlesex in a Stew(art) Again
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
11/09/2018 08:22
Watching on the live stream, it looks like a medium sized christmas tree has been impaled in to the surface of the adjacent pitch.

Regardless of whether we win or lose this encounter, two day matches (it might just creep in to day three) are an enormous disappointment, as there is precious little championship cricket played anyway.

Re: Middlesex in a Stew(art) Again
hdo (IP Logged)
11/09/2018 08:47
If Murts has an infected abcess anything like the one I had last year, my full sympathies are with him. Truly awful.

Re: Middlesex in a Stew(art) Again
adelaide (IP Logged)
11/09/2018 19:15
Thanks LL.
A player said the Lord's wickets have been impossible to bat on all season?
That doesn't work with us only on 9 batting points,from home and away games.
And,other counties have been able to get runs!


If your home wickets are "impossible to bat on" I suspect that it has an effect on your confidence when you get onto better wickets. I won't say "good wickets" because there have been so few of them. I think that may have been one of the reasons why Ciderabad had been banished, until it bit the home team on the bum last week.

How does "impossible to bat on" compare with "below average", I wonder?

Chunky - The rings have been apparent since at least late last season. It had been suggested they were fuserium rings, of the type that made Headingley "impossible to bat on" a couple of dedades ago.


Re: Middlesex in a Stew(art) Again
wembleylion (IP Logged)
11/09/2018 19:40
If the pitch is impossible to bat on how come 640 runs have been scored on it in two days? I much prefer matches on these pitches compared with some of the boring flat track draw only ones we have had in the past. They made average batsmen look like world beaters.

Re: Middlesex in a Stew(art) Again
Primrose Hillbilly (IP Logged)
11/09/2018 20:10
May I yet again pay tribute to a great batting effort from Eion Morgan.

To pick out square midwicket with a shot straight to the man there, after only scoring one run, with so much time still left in the match, is a mark of real genius.

This really is playing for one's team, the shirt and the club. NOT.

He cannot be picked for another match for us this season on pure cricketing grounds. Tim Murtagh bats better than he does.

Re: Middlesex in a Stew(art) Again
wembleylion (IP Logged)
11/09/2018 21:36
It's almost as if he has a guaranteed place in the side, one wonders what the ones left out must feel.

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