We welcome Middlesex for the third time in not long and face a very hard task in this format as the boys from the South East have brought their big guns except for Steve Finn. Josh Davey gets a run out against his old county and Max sits this one out. We've won the toss and will bowl first.
V MIDDLESEX @ Taunton Tuesday 26 July 2016
Another grey start to a game but dry and siggesting no rain of any real quality though there may be showers in theearly afternoon. Middlesex return for the third time in a very short period but with their bigger bowling and batting guns with them. We keep most of the side that beat Glamorgan on Sunday but add some umph to the seam and leave a slow man out.
The Somerset side is;
Allenby, Myburgh, Trego, Jayawardene, Hildreth, Gregory, van der Merwe, Overton C, Davies, Groenewald, Davey
No Max Waller for this game while Eoin Morgan, Paul Sterling and Tim Murtagh are all in this side after missing the CC1 and T20 matches here. Steve Finn was on the card but has been replaced by Harris
We have won the toss and decided to have a bowl. I may miss the first quarter of the game because I have to be elsewhere so hope to be back by about 12:30 12:45. Let's hope there hasn't been devastation by then.
Craigopens at the New Pavilion to Higgins. Belated appeal fourth ball but he didn't hit it. 2 for 0 after 1. Josh Davey will open at the River end. A very good run out chance is missed with the fourth ball as Higgins was halfway down the strip. Craig Overton was miles away. 7 after 2.
I return at 1:30 to find Middlesex just below 200 with 13 overs to go and think to myself...well it could have been worse. Josh Davey is bowling but the men at the crease are using the crese to make our boundary fielders work. It seems that 'occasional bowler' these days Peter Trego has done some of the damage with 27 for 2 off his 6. RvdM has also been mentioned in dispatches and he takes his secomd removing Simpson for 27 as his partnership with Gibbins starts to get dangerous in the 43rd over.
The main aspect that still seems lbvious to everyone but the captain is that we need some pace OFF the ball and that while this is the case we should not be underbowling those who can take the pace off - in the 44th Allenby has bowled 1 for 3 and Myburgh has bowled 1 for 4. We get a lucky one from Cove as Franlilin knicks one behind and we are 235 for 6 with 6 and a half to go. Maybe it is time for the medium pacers during the next 6 but in contrast, Overton is in his 8th, Davy has bowled 7, Gregory has bowled 7 znd Groenewald has bowled 5. The only slower paced man who has been used is RvdM who is presently bowling his 10th and goes for 50 and 2 wickets. 247 for 6 at 45.
The question is who will he be replaced by at the New Pavilion while Cove continues to run in from the River?
And predictably...as it was on Sunday, the bowler chosen is Tim Groenewald - when this happened on Sunday Salter took a real shine to him from this end. But Tim learns and his over is more solid and with the last ball as he tries for a yorker, Gibbons smacks the full toss stright into Hilda's hands and it is 265 for 7 after 47. In comes Rayner to try and help Fuller get this to 300 against Lewis. 274 for 7 with 12 balls to go and 290 thanks to 2 Greonewald full tosses deposited into the Ondaatjeto take it 290.
Once again, why is our besy medium pacer, a man with years of one day experience only bowling 1 over of his allocation when his side is suffering as the batsmen take to the pace attack? What the hell is the plan and why doesn't it change no matter how many times it happens?
We get Rayner run out, but tat is too good a name for it. Having run one and seeing Tim not exactly rushing to pick the ball, Fuller tries to take a cheeky second off the penultimate ball. They don't make it but it causes panic in the ranks. The last ball is missed and a much more impressive run out from Davies as Harris runs in. The young man just picks the ball up, rolls it to take out the middle stump and starts to wander off.
Somerset need 297.
Myburgh and Allenby come out to face the Middlesex bowling attack. Murtagh starts from the New Pavilion and Johann smacks his first through the covers for four to stamp his intention on the game. He takes a huge six off his last to fire up 10 for the first. JM has been pretty clear. Harris takes the first from the River. Jim slashes at the third and goes for 0...... questions to be asked about his contribution? Silence from the crowd as he walks off. Peter Trego in at number 3.
Meamwhile Johann is on fire and is happy to take the game to the the opposition. By the 5th ball of the 5th over Somerset have only amassed 24 but Myburgh has 22 of them. He then kind of hobble to the middle of the field and has to oie down with some problem with his hip or top of his leg. He then has to retire hurt for that 22 - no real idea what has happened. Mahela Jayawardene replaces him in a game made for his particular talents.
In fact he provides Pete withan excuse to bludgeon a bunch of boundaries that bring the 50 up in 8.3...with PT on 23 and MJ on 5. By the 10 over mark it is Somerset's 61 plays Middlesex's 48 and Franklin takes over from Murtagh at the New Pavilion - shame Pete seemed to be getting a liking for him.
By 15 overs the pair have moved the score on to 85 with Pete on 37 and MJ on 26 - a sublime straight drive suggests ot might be his day but a slightly higer one to midwicket suggests it isn't as Morgan sends him on his way for only another 2 and it is 87 for 2(3) with the Sri Lankan once more looking like he is going to cut loose but not actually doing so.
Hildreth is the next one in snd we still need a significant partnership to help us take this one. Pete must have been watching the striaght drive as he produces two pearlers of his own as he moves to 50 off 53 balls with 7 fours and brings the 100 up halfway through the 20th. By the end of the 20th we have 107 - in touch with but not quite up with the D/L 109.
In the 23rd Hildreth ends a promising partnership with Pete by lamely chiping the ball to Morgan at Midwicket and going for 9. It does suggest that we are not capable of the application needed to put together the big solid partnership that would win us this one. We are losing wickets pretty regularly while being slightly tied down and we still need 180 with 27 overs to go. This is illustrated by the fact that we are now some 22 away from the D/L and in reverse from it.
Another indication that once again does not prove anything but increases the perception of something not being right is that presently, with the side looking a little jaded, the side is sat on the balcony of the dressing room while the captain is sitting outside the Director of Cricket's office on his balcony watching the game with Matt Maynard - is he laying down the law or commiserating with his mate? Personally I don't think it matters. It is what it looks like that the supporters will take away with them. "Media savvey" is what we need our people to be
At halfway we are st 130 which means we are about 40 runs off the pace. Which is exactly what Franklin the Middlesex captain is taking off the ball..
This seems to be working because we have only moved on to 160 off 30 overs but that is ahead of Middlesex's score at the same point and only 6 behind the D/L. It may be slow but the 50 partnership comes up at 167 with Trigger on 86 and Lewis on 19 and while these two are out there then anything is pretty much possible.
The first thing is a Trego 100 off 106 balls with 9 fours and a six. It comes at 196 with a misfielded boundary and leaves 101 to get. Lewis is playing sensibly, taking the singles, hitting the loose stuff and giving his partner the strike. We pass 200 with a near fatal shot from Trego to the Caddyshack but Nick Gubbins coming in off the boundary stops it very well as it bounces just in front of him. By the end of the 37th we have 201 and still need 96 off 13. This game is by no means over yet.
This is proved by Trego going up the wicket to Ollie Rayner, missing the ball and being bowled for `04 at 203 for 4. Well played Pete but that wasn't the time to lose your stumps. In comes RvdM the right man for the time of game but still with a lot to do with 93 needed off of 72 balls.
With 10 overs to go we need 80 and we get some luck as Morgan drops Gregory on 42. It went hard nut he ought to have held on to it. VdM is then dropped by Tim Murtagh at fine leg and the ball rolls over the boundary for four. He then drives the next one over the boundary in front of Gimblett's. 11 off the over mostly from the Dutchman's bat.
Higgins takes the 43rd and has gone for a run a ball until RvdM audaciously ramps him for 4 off the last ball.
Gregory goes to a very hard won and valuable 50 off the second ball of the 44th and then his partner decixes to out do him with an Exocet four to the scoreboard staright afterwards. But the 250 came at the end of the 44th. With 5 overs to go we need 38.
After the 46th the equation has come down to 27 needed to win and the Middlesex bowlers are starting to panic as the first ball of the 47th is hooked for 4. But then RvdM swipes at one and gets a tickle so it is 274 for 5. And in comes Josh Davey!! Please tell me why the batsman coming in is NOT Craig Overton?
But the boyz have it down to about a run a ball and that should be gettable. Sterling comes on at the River with Lewis facing. He takes the single. After a dot Josh takes a single but then Lewis is bowled and finally we send in Craig. 280 at 48 and this game has been put back in the pot by idiotic captaincy. Why oh why?
15 off 11 with Josh on strike to Harris
2 more off a no ball and it is 11 off 11 Josh on strike
4 off the free hit 7 off 10 Josh on strike
2 runs Josh on strike
5 needed off 9
dot - nearly a Craig run out
5 off 8 - single
Craig on strike. 4 off 7 - straight drive for 4 and we win with an over to spare.
So a game of some interesting bits... a few questions.... some players coming in and dping the business. Well done to Josh Davey. It seems this is what he does fof the seconds but massive amounts of pressure on him and it waz really goos to see him keep his heda and do kwhat was requried.
So no 'Sex whitewash and we top the table I think.
You must be fed up with us. A sizeable boyount Middlesex following Wil be at Taunton tomorrow in hope our incredible run continues. Will try to remember the banner this time. Feel free to sign it. As well as the cricket look forward to the warm welcome your supporters showed us for the four day game.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2016:07:25:20:38:39 by Grockle.
I hope you enjoy the match, BarmierKev, and that my compatriots treat you hospitably - as I am sure they will. We've done you a bit of a service this season by having the better of your friends across the Thames, but you have hardly demonstated your gratitude!
One of my best friends is called John Simpson, but he's not the Middlesex keeper (though I have to admit that he batted magnificently in the two Taunton encounters).
one of the many coming tomorrow,and looking forward to the usual warm welcome from you all.
Hope the weather gods keep up the good work,but have seen the forcast,a cloud or two?
Still,im sure there will be some usual friendly banter during the day!
I hope that Deadly and party will also enjoy their day out and that the weather is kind. I would also be there Kev, but I'm cruising on the Rhone, where the cider is served in wine glasses, no good for Tractor.
We have won the toss and will bowl first. One change for us. Max sits it out and Josh Davey gets the call.
Steve Finn is not playing for them Harris takes his place. Still a big order keeping this batting line-up quiet.
There may be some rain mid afternoon. I'm at the eye hospital for the firsthour at least so mayhem may have ensued before I get back and I can't tell you why. The pitch is the one directly next (on the left) tot he one we didn't use for Middlesex last time we had the option!!
I think we should probably be using mainly the slower men. This is because I have the impression, from the way the game seems to have gone, that the ball may not be fully coming onto the bat as the batsmen would like.
What do YOU think Nailsea, or do you only have opinions on my posts rather than the actual game?
Back to 195 for 4 in the 38th. The cloud hasn't moved but has got a little darker. I've been out of wifi but this doesn't seem a bad situation from our point of view on a pitch that the people here suggested is a 350 strip. Can't let them get there but vdM has been mentioned in dispatches.
Spoke too soon. Allenby not bowling himself when the game is screaming 'Take the bloody pace off the ball' He watches Davey get smacked about so replaces him with Cove..... Use Pete, use yourself, use anyone that can bowl a slower ball for heaven's sake. These guys will use the pace to put the ball to the rope over and over again.
My impression of Jim A's captaincy (based on fairly limited experience, admittedly) is that he tends to shuffle the bowlers around a bit too much, for reasons not apparent to me though this may say more about me than about him.
I too felt that taking the pace off the ball seemed like a good option today, and while I was a bit surprised to see Pete bowling at all (good move), I can't understand why Jim took him off when he was doing rather well, nor why he didn't bowl himself more.
James Fuller is beginning to annoy me.
Well, at least Middlesex can't win with a 6 in the last over this time.
The guy ( Allenby ) has done better lately but why he is our short form captain only MM and he know. Really stupid bowling decisions but lets bowl the expensive bowlers a lot and the economical ones hardly at all - it is after all what Somerset do !!
Hildreth again a liability with his idiot shot selection and in real trouble now I fear but let us pray cos when you support Somerset it is usually the best and only option !
Can people PLEASE make their minds up about James. One minute he is the short form favourite and why aren't we playing him and then he's the idiot with the daft shots who keeps letting us down.
He's always played them boys and girls - maybe that is why he is here and not prepping for a Test.
155 for 3 with Myburgh off with a side strain it seems. Peter Trego anx lewis Gregory at least making them fight for it but you do feel wr are going to come up short and very short if Trigger goes before a BIG hundred.
Well following an afternoon of panicky post of, we are using the wrong bowlers, their batsmen are very strong, their slow bowlers will be too good, we hold them to a below par score and finish them off with an over to spare. Fantastic team effort again and another great win.
Things to work on no doubt but still a very good week so far.
Lewis built solidly and let Trigger produce the fireworks and then when he went he simply built with the next man and let Roelof do the crazy stuff. An excellent support innings from a man who has to show more of this.
Bowling choices seemed strange but the men chosen did their jobs. I'd love to think it was faith. Maybe we can have that faith.
AN excellent win against a very strong side. Home QF anyone?
Who said we couldn't beat Middlesex! I had my doubts it was ever going to happen again.
The big question of the day why did Josh Davey come in to bat before Craig Overton?
For the second match running Peter Trego was Somerset top scorer, his celebration needed to be seen because I couldn't describe it when he reached 100.
Now not so good news, Johann Myburgh receiving treatment for what looked like a back injury.
I wish him a speedy recovery.
James Fuller beaten by Roelof van der Merwe who bowled again with skill and enthusiasm.
How Ryan Davies manage to drop this catch I will never know, John Simpson must have thought he was a gone for sure, even Roelof van der Merwe must have felt unlucky not to have a wicket.
Roelof van der Merwe didn't need to worry he bowled John Simpson soon afterwards, he started to walk looking to the heaven.
I don't often get the bowler (Lewis Gregory) batsman (Eoin Morgan) and catcher (Peter Trego) in the same photo, I did for this wicket.
Craig Overton showed today that he is one of our best fielder, even though he did not have a chance of catching this ball he still had a good try at catching it.
While fielding on the boundary you could see the batsman not take the risk of another run when Craig was fielding.
Somerset took exactly the right decision in sending Josh Davey in ahead of Craig Overton with 23 need from 22 balls.
Craig might have got them in sixes, but could just have easily been bowled first or second ball taking a wild wahoo. Josh played extremely sensibly at around the run-a-ball that was needed, allowing Craig to enter right at the end and straight drive his second ball for the winning boundary.
Good win in the end. Still think we ended up chasing more than we could/should have done by dint of bowling too much quicker stuff and not enough slow, but it didn't matter in the end thanks to very good batting from PT, LG and VDM - who seemed to provide the impetus at precisely the right moment.
Both Van Der Merwe (fine leg) and Lewis Gregory (mid wicket by Morgan) were dropped in the space of 5 overs during that crucial partnership. The kids felt that was the turning point. You are entitled to disagree, but remember, they are only young!
On the first match (Sunday) I said I couldn't understand why the extra seating had been removed, the reason I stated this was with the fifty over cricket attendances for the matches increase with each match.
I am going to guess Sunday's attendance was four thousand, yesterday (Tuesday) a lot higher maybe five thousand or more, going on at this rate I can see maybe ticket only at some of the later matches (we will see).
I would like the club to announce what the attendance for matches are, it can't be difficult calculating number of ticket sales plus the number of members scan in at the gates.
I would have though Tuesday was a more consistently large attendance
There were 2 drops during the partnership (both described I believe on the frontpage story as they happened)
The point in time when this game was taken away from Middlesex was when the last two started scoring every ball. We were NOT home when Josh came in and after Lewis went the two men started to put it together. It was not won by two dropped catches though if we are looking for something earlier it probably was won by the fact that Middlesex kept losing wickets regularly but when RVDM and Lewis took a couple very close together.
It was just a solid win with no panic. The panic came from a a lack of faith that the boys could do it. Maybe a little more faith would help. Angel has already told me off!!
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