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Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Rod1883 09 August, 2020 10:43
Thank you Farmer.
I could only dip in and out yesterday, but I did "catch" the Hildreth catch - what a catch that was from the veteran!
Am I allowed to call him a veteran at nearly 36?

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Nailsea_Fizz 09 August, 2020 11:17
Some one seems to have upgraded the qualuty of tge stream overnight. Much improved

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Nailsea_Fizz 09 August, 2020 11:29
Not good viewing though, we seem in rather a hurry for a day off

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Scrumper 09 August, 2020 11:33
Let's not leave it to Brooks again...

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
hantssabre 09 August, 2020 11:38
Two days off more like!

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Nailsea_Fizz 09 August, 2020 11:43
We should have stayed in bed

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
hantssabre 09 August, 2020 11:44
Commentary still a bit ahead of the pictures

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Streeter 09 August, 2020 12:05
Re the video lag, it's a bit fiddly but I'm listening to the radio commentary alongside the pictures and by pusing astutely you can synch it.

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Streeter 09 August, 2020 12:06
Pausing

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Grockle 09 August, 2020 12:54
It started off in synch and has fallen behind as the session has gone on.

Better than yesterday but not by much. Excellent 50 from Cove and some useful runs from RvdM and Jove 269 ahead - 300 would be enough one would suggest on this pitch!!

Suprised that James H couldn't do more on this



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Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
AGod 09 August, 2020 13:39
Bowlers have had enough of having to bowl the side to victory.. and so decided to bat the side to victory as well!!

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Grockle 09 August, 2020 13:43
Story of more than 1 season. Thry are operating a little like some of the fantasy games with Overton's doing gheir stuff.

Bartlett Byrom, Abell and especially Hildreth made it a CC1 winning season because they provided runs to go with the wickets... if only

More than once it happened that they produced a moderatly poor first inning score and then murdered the opposition with the ball.



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Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Grockle 09 August, 2020 13:52
The synch is the other way today. Commentary ahead of the visual by about a ball.

Not the way a commentator likes it because you can listen, then watch to see if you agree or disagree with their assessment.



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Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Grockle 09 August, 2020 14:13
Well that was a bit better!! Well played to the twins 100+ runs off well less than 100 balls!!



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Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
AGod 09 August, 2020 16:26
Splendid aggression!

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
AGod 09 August, 2020 16:45
Josh Davey really has come on, leaps and bounds, under the current coaching staff.

We can see from the current Northants score that, but for the intervention - with the bat - of the Somerset bowlers, we would probably now be on course to lose this game.

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
AGod 09 August, 2020 17:12
Young Mr Thurston has been rather impressive.

I'm afraid I really don't see Jack Brooks as a CC1 standard bowler any more - he lacks both pace and accuracy.

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
AGod 09 August, 2020 17:22
A couple of strikes from Jamie and the end could be nigh for our hosts.

I thought Rossington was sawn off a bit by Nick Cook, with one that looked too high as well as probably having struck the batsman outside the line of off-stick.

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Tumbles 09 August, 2020 17:35
When Northants collapse they do it style.

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Grizzers 09 August, 2020 17:36
All looks rather easy right now.

But without the Overton brothers batting onslaught, it could well all have been very different.

Very happy with the overall impending result, but hopefully batting practice will feature for many of our line up this coming week !

Grizzers

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Tumbles 09 August, 2020 17:42
Quote:
Grizzers
All looks rather easy right now.
But without the Overton brothers batting onslaught, it could well all have been very different.

Very happy with the overall impending result, but hopefully batting practice will feature for many of our line up this coming week !

Grizzers

Craig, Jamie and Jacks runs totalled more than the margin of victory infact -183 I think

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Grockle 09 August, 2020 17:43
As long as the other side collapse harder than we do it will all be fine. Another win from relatively nothing.



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Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
AGod 09 August, 2020 17:47
Well that ended abruptly... a couple of slightly dodgy lbws, I think... and some kamikaze swinging at the end, once hope had been lost for them.

As I understand the winner of one group will *not* progress.

So, depending on results elsewhere, we might need to figure out a way to get some batting bonus points, if we are to make the final? It would also be a good habit to get into for *next year*!

Re: Jamie

Gibson keeps saying he might be off to Surrey at any moment. Supposedly J I D Kerr told Gibson that they will "take it week-by-week."

I would assume that what Kerr means is that, so long as we're in with a chance of winning the comp, we'll keep playing Jamie but that, should we be eliminated at any stage, we will let him go because it would then make more sense to look at Gilchrist or Aldridge... but, IF that's what Jason means, why not say it? And if that's not what he means, why would we be "taking it week-to-week" ?

Mr Gibson said that Jamie told him he doesn't want to leave early.... and, to be honest, the side that Surrey are playing this season looks rather weak, to put it mildly.... so Jamie might have to carry the whole lot if he did go down there.



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Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
AGod 09 August, 2020 17:49
Bowlers to play golf for two days?

Batsmen? I hope not. Nets for them (Guys like Gilchrist and Aldridge can do some bowling)



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Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Roger ivanhoe 09 August, 2020 17:51
Well the guys running the live feed obviously wanted to get home early.

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
AGod 09 August, 2020 17:57
Last 4 wickets added 169. Won by 167.

So it would probably have been a most unwelcome nail-biter, had our bowlers taken their cue, batting-wise, from the "batsmen."

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Grockle 09 August, 2020 18:06
I will miss the twin batting of the Overton's "on song"



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Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
sfwithers 09 August, 2020 18:20
Well, this is my first post of the season, possibly the year and I've been saving it for a virtually unalloyed positive post* (recent life story below).

Okay, in an ideal world it would be great to get batting bonus points and yes, there is a possibility that a lack of these could stop us qualifying for the final, especially if it's one we 'missed' from our first game. That is indeed true. But if we win four (or all five) of our games as convincingly as this that may be an irrelevance. I understand it may not, of course.

For whatever reason our bowling line-up – missing Leach, Bess and Gregory – is performing magnificently, even the earlier-criticised Brooks delivered the goods at the end. The batsmen do at least have a chance for two days in the nets now as they look like they need it!

I didn't watch any of the Northants match on the live stream but hugely enjoyed the coverage from the Glamorgan game, which I thought was excellent. I know this has come up in an earlier post but I was bemused by the commentators' inability to distinguish between the Overtons, in this case while they were batting together without numbered shirts, with even their differing gaits discussed at one point. But, and this is crucial, ONE OF THEM HAD A SHORT-SLEEVE SHIRT. Even with my dodgy eyes I reckon I could spot that at 75 yards!!

Frankly, I don't think this season could have started much better for us. I'm hoping that Worcs-Glamorgan will be a high-scoring draw (possible at the moment), which would reduce their chances of progressing and I'm praying for rain for Gloms-Warks, though that may lead to bad karma for me, so I take that back.

I haven't checked the other groups' scores or tables but if we keep on winning, well, I hope and reckon that would probably be enough. We'll see.

Regards to all of you out there in Grockles land.

S



* It's been an interesting year for me (as it has for a lot of people). I was furloughed in April from my job as a bike and kit tester/reviewer for a magazine and website. I used the initial length of the furlough to get really fit – I had planned to ride 1000 miles in seven weeks but managed 1400, achieving the sort of fitness I haven't had in a while (and a killer cycling tan!).

However, as the furlough stretched out I realised that redundancy was a pretty likely outcome and so it has come to pass. Theoretically I'm now 20 days into a 30-day consultation period but I'm not even bothering to come up with a counter-proposal; I know a done-deal when I see one.

This will be my fourth redundancy in 25 years, three of them in the last ten years during my time as a cycling journalist, including twice from the same job! I'm the most experienced person in my division and one of the most experienced in the country (admittedly it's a pretty specialist area so it's a very small field!) with even greater expertise in the areas that are likely to be required in the near future – bikes for older riders and those new to cycling. Hey ho.

I'm taking my skills elsewhere and as we've got no kids, no debts, mortgage is paid (age not super wealth!) and my wife's still working, we'll be okay.

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Grockle 09 August, 2020 18:31
Sorry to hear about the job stuff sir. Hope that gets better. In your cycling writing work have you come across an old school friend of mine Chris Sidwells? Bit of a Tour de France specialist because of a schoolboy love of Eddie Mercxx and an uncle (I think) called Tommy Simpson?



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Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
AGod 09 August, 2020 18:46
I'm a bit non-plussed as to why a magazine/website should have needed to furlough people?

I assume that cycling became more popular during lockdown, not less? I know that more people had more time to spend on the internet - which should have been good for the website. Was the magazine print only and newsagents were closed? Was that the issue?

Anyway, good luck to you.

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