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Re: T20
Grockle 01 July, 2018 16:25
Difficult for that to happen CH.

All the people there have to have credentials that are applied for each year and are given on the provision of evidence that the person with the credentials has a legitimate reason for having those press credentials.

If it's something like the International ones then a second application has to be made and authorised before your credentials will be accepted by the barcode readers on the gates so keeping the number down to what the place can cope with is in the hands of the media people in charge.

There are sometimes players who come into the box because they are on the BBC commentary or are blagging a view from the top of the pavilion (the box is smaller but the view is very good) and we have the odd management coming up to show people around or whatever.

But you have to get past the gate and building stewards in order to get to the top (two levels in the Somerset Pavilion) so you have to wear the credentials all the time (and they aren't exactly small).

In the box, the two Richards Walsh and Latham are the final police line and 'hangers on' don't get past them.

There are times when people like me who do not earn their living from what is written and observed will move out for the working press to get access to the main places and we also do not report things said until the working press have got their deadlines in (Cove's injury was the most recent aspect - the press box knew on Friday but it was not to be reported until 10:30am on Saturday after the ECB press release).

We have a privileged position and it isn't given all that often so you have to appreciate it and understand that it is a working environment. Believe it or not the ECB has started to provide an 'etiquette' leaflet for people - and sometimes it is needed.

The only time it has been absolutely mad was the Pakistan game 3 days after the no ball tampering incident when we had 'cricket' press from everywhere. I went to the old media centre to give working journalists space and found out later that Grockles had been allocated a space in the press box because we were part of the local press presence at home games. "Fair choked I up" that did.

So not many hangers on get in CH


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/07/2018 16:36 by Grockle.

Re: T20
cricketharris 01 July, 2018 17:37
No, not many, Grockle.

Re: T20
Grockle 01 July, 2018 17:42
Gotta pay yer dues you see sir.


Re: T20
cricketjerry-mouse 01 July, 2018 17:50
Azhar Ali,Pakistan`s highest ranked Test batsman, is not in the 15-man squad for the current tri-series with Zimbabwe and Australia, or for the five ODIs between Zimbabwe and Pakistan that follow.

So, in theory, he would be available for Somerset in both formats.

Re: T20
Grockle 01 July, 2018 18:07
Well it's promising news at least. But as others have pointed out, he's not really a T20 solution on his recent career which doesn't seem to include it as a format.


Re: T20
Grockle 01 July, 2018 18:20
I have had a comment that I said 'we' paid for the Somerset Stand in a recent post.

I actually did not state that.

I said 'we' built the Stand where 'we' meant the county had it built in the context of the sentence.

'We' of course did not pay for it because if I say 'we' I seem to be inferring in the mind of this particular poster that that includes me personally claiming to have paid for it (plus anyone else on Grockles who is not a member or a contributor by implication?).

Now although this poster has no knowledge of whether I made a donation to the building or not he is in fact right in this case.

I am not a member or a financial contributor to the building of the Stand nor would I claim to have done so.

However I have had the complaint and so I am replying to it so no one has the wrong idea.

I hope that clears things up.


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Re: T20
Roger ivanhoe 02 July, 2018 14:53
Our first T20 appearance on SKY this year is the away match on
Glamorgan 18:30 Somerset
Vitality Blast, Sky Sports Mix (18:00), Sky Sports Cricket (18:00)

Then the double Header at home on

Western Storm 12:00 Loughborough Lightning
Kia Super League 2018, Sky Sports Cricket (11:55)

Somerset 16:00 Middlesex
Vitality Blast, Sky Sports Cricket (15:30)

followed by another double header AWAY on

Southern Vipers 14:30 Yorkshire Diamonds
Kia Super League 2018, Sky Sports Cricket (14:25), Sky Sports Mix (14:25), Sky Sports Main Event (14:30)

Hampshire 18:30 Somerset

Vitality Blast, Sky Sports Main Event (18:00), Sky Sports Cricket (18:00)

Re: T20
Grockle 02 July, 2018 16:30
Thanks Roger.


Re: T20
JuliaW 02 July, 2018 18:12
The Glamorgan game appears not to be on Sky now - it appears to have been 'bumped' in favour of the Roses game at Old Trafford.

Sky Schedule

Re: T20
Grockle 02 July, 2018 18:20
It may still be on S4C but the commentary will be in Welsh if that is the case.


Re: T20
Roger ivanhoe 02 July, 2018 18:25
Odd Julia, I cut and pasted the info early this morning, then posted this afternoon.

Perhaps Glamorgan have asked for it not to be televised, as it might (will) effect ticket sales.

I will not be making the journey, the ground for me lacks atmosphere.

Re: T20
nelliec 02 July, 2018 20:45
somerset and Yorkshire are the only teams not to have a minimum of two overseas players for this years blast.???

Re: T20
JuliaW 02 July, 2018 20:51
Roger ivanhoe
Odd Julia, I cut and pasted the info early this morning, then posted this afternoon.

I saw it mentioned by someone on Twitter this afternoon who was suggesting that perhaps Sky had somehow missed the Roses match. You would have thought that was one they would have always had at the top of their list!

So it has clearly changed during the course of the day. smiling smiley

Re: T20
Grockle 03 July, 2018 09:21
Our key bowler according to the Cricketer is Max Waller in T20. Corey is the one to watch and Lewis is the captain.


Re: T20
nelliec 04 July, 2018 09:29
Is Tom Banton injured?Have heard no mention of him in any of the T20 warmup os 2nd X1 warm T20 games

Re: T20
cricketjerry-mouse 04 July, 2018 09:38
Somerset Seconds are playing Essex Seconds in two 20/20 matches at Taunton today.

The side chosen for the second of the matches is probably as close as you will come to the team to play against Glo`shire on Friday:

Myburgh, Davies, Trego, Hildreth, Anderson, Gregory, Abell, van der Merwe, Jamie Overton, Davey and Waller.

Re: T20
Bagpuss 04 July, 2018 10:26
Tom Banton is in the England U19 squad to play South Africa in two U19 Tests. They are currently playing a 2 day warm up against a Unicorns side in Loughborough, the first match against South Africa starts on Sunday.

Re: T20
cricketjerry-mouse 04 July, 2018 11:12
Tom Banton `retired not out` after making 87 for England Under-19s to give other players a knock. Tom Lammonby, who is captaining the Under-19s, made 45. England declared at 299-4.

Re: T20
nelliec 04 July, 2018 11:50
What time is the second game due to start today weather permitting?

Re: T20
Old Boy! 04 July, 2018 17:57
Our key bowler according to the Cricketer is Max Waller in T20. Corey is the one to watch and Lewis is the captain.

People have written Max off after one match in which he was collared! I would like to hear of one bowler who has NEVER been collared at least once. Carry on Max and provide the real entetrtainment!

Old Boy!

Re: T20
Grockle 04 July, 2018 18:04
Who has written him off OB! He is seen in the Cricketer as our 'specialist' T20 player. We haven't had any of them this year have we?


Re: T20
Grockle 04 July, 2018 19:44
Just had a tweet reply from the Club saying there will be information about signings other than Corey for the T20.... 'soon'.

It may be the info is 'we're not signing anyone else' but who knows?


Re: T20
wsm fan 04 July, 2018 19:56
Maybe its a replacement skipper for when Lewis departs.....

Re: T20
Grockle 04 July, 2018 20:06
The question was 'is Corey our only signing for the T20' so I would hope it would be signing based.


Re: T20
Mike TA1 04 July, 2018 20:28
Two words.

Work Visa.

Re: T20
Cleavo 04 July, 2018 20:30
Club also replied to another tweet from fan about communication and my question about possible second overseas signing stating that: “overseas players are not something they can comment on at the moment, all will become clear soon.” Very kryptic, but based on that reply would suggest something is in pipeline. Time will tell I guess.

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Re: T20
cricketharris 05 July, 2018 07:23
Or maybe nothing, or rather, nobody is in the pipeline. Time will tell.

Re: T20
Roger ivanhoe 05 July, 2018 08:06
Todays County Gazette Kerr is saying
SOMERSET head coach Jason Kerr has said the club are “very unlikely” to sign a second overseas player until at least the latter part of the Vitality Blast group stage.

County Gazette

Further mention of the Gregory situation.

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Re: T20
Grockle 05 July, 2018 09:22
So Jason is identifying the issue relating to the second International for the T20 is complicated by Renshaw's return home.


When did the club know Renshaw was returning home before the end of the season?

haven't they been aware of both situations since the start of this season? We knew we only had 1 T20 player since then for sure and we were also aware that Matt was not going to be in Taunton by August - though his injury brought it forward a bit.

Why is that a complication now?

The other news is we are 2 bowlers down at least for tomorrow. Neither Cove or TimG are available

3 spin option?

No doubt is seems that Lewis will go into the T20 as skipper.

So there we go. A few questions and the 'floodgates' of info open (Sm100)


Re: T20
Grizzers 05 July, 2018 09:37
These somewhat persistent injuries to TG, Cove & Jack are a little concerning.

As regards overseas signings, the justification for large increases in membership fees was largely attributed to the need to make big name signings.



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