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T 20 season
Discussion started by chunkyinargyll , 28 May, 2011 13:48
T 20 season
chunkyinargyll 28 May, 2011 13:48
The lads now have a well earned few days rest before our T20 season begins. For what it's worth here's my view of what our team should be (assuming no fitness worries)

Rogers, Newman, Stirling, Malan, Dexter, Dalrymple, Simpson, McLaren, Berg, Murtagh, Roland-Jones.

This is an incredibly strong line up - both batting and bowling. The Iceman as low as NINE (but how would he come in higher in that team?) Apart from Simmo everyone from 3 downwards in the batting order COULD, if needed bowl 4 overs-so loads of bowling options. Stirling proved in World Cup he can bowl 10 overs of spin if needed-all of a sudden we look a really strong T20 outfit!

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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 16/07/2011 18:29 by BarmierKev.

Re: T 20 season
Seaxe_Man 28 May, 2011 14:26
If Morgan is avail for any of these matches chunky.

Would be inclined to push him in at four.

CB40 suggests Malan will open with Stirling for the powerplay 6 overs which require fast scoring.

Dexter at three for me, if available Morgs at four,Ben Scott could be recalled as keeper for these games and use Simpson as a batsman.

I think also that Ireland and Crook, maybe Scollay may make the squad.

Squad could look like......

Smith (had a couple of decent games last year).
Newman ( he comes in for me at 5/6 if played) from observation last year, too slow in PP and got frustrated.

I agree with you. Should be strong enough to make the top four.

An eighteen man squad, but over 16 games, likely to need all of them at some time or other.

In these matches, power hitting in over 18,19,20 is required, McLaren playing as he did at Kent could do that.

At the death bowling without the top spin of 2008 around, crucial.

Goes without saying, fielding is an important aspect.

Re: T 20 season
selincourt 28 May, 2011 15:09
. The Iceman as low as NINE (but how would he come in higher in that team?)
Perhaps because he is a more attacking batsman than Simmo, there are only twenty overs available !

Re: T 20 season
dingy bags 28 May, 2011 19:42
I'd like to see Berg high up in the order for T20 - even opening.

Re: T 20 season
kimmy 28 May, 2011 20:00
It's a tough choice for the coaching staff (if a good way!)

But as SM says lots of games, we could rotate to give everyone a chance....

Good luck to whoever picks the team!!!


Re: T 20 season
Darren Gosling 29 May, 2011 10:05
I notice Josh Davey has had a couple of decent knocks for the 2nd XI in recent 20/20 friendlies - as he can bowl and is also a decent fielder I think he could well be in the squad over 16 matches too.
Having seen 11 of our 16 20/20 matches last season, I concur with Seaxeman that it is imperative we have an opening partnership capabale of piercing the fielder packed ring in the opening powerplay overs.
Warner & Newman last season failed miserably in this respect.
Newman proved against the Aussies in a 50 over match though that he is much more effective coming in later in the innings with the field spread - I just hope management took note....
I would be surprised to see Berg come in at 9 behind Simpson and McLaren (very much a bowling allrounder in this format) whose strike rate is comparable with Murts.
Not sure if it is due to injury but I believe Berg has been massively under-used with the bat in this competition over the last few seasons.

Re: T 20 season
comebackgatt 29 May, 2011 12:24
T20, most people know my views on that. Anyway hope those of you going enjoy.

Re: T 20 season
Jonathan Winsky 29 May, 2011 13:11
I enjoy the Twenty20 period, as the fact that matches last only three hours and for one day at a time means that I have more time for studying and do not get behind on watching Countdown. County Championship matches leave me with little time for studying and force me to miss episodes of Countdown, although that's not to say I don't enjoy watching Championship matches. Hopefully we can perform as well at Twenty20 as we have done this season in the Championship. If we can improve on our 2010 performance (eight wins and eight defeats), then that should get us into the quarter-finals, in which case we would be only three wins away from a repeat of 2008!

Re: T 20 season
lower pavilion 29 May, 2011 13:54

I liked that team set out on the first posting of this thread.

However I think we may see Ireland play some games.It would also not surprise me, depending on the wicket, that we may play two spinners Smith and Dalrymple in the side.

Either way, I for one am looking foreward to The T20 season. If for no other reason, it will be good to come to Lords ans see a decent crowd watching Middlesex for a change.

Re: T 20 season
The Diamond ruled ok 29 May, 2011 20:16
I think with the injury to Jimmy Anderson in the current Test we can forget seeing Hi Fi in 20/20 colours for the Middle.

Re: T 20 season
Jonathan Winsky 29 May, 2011 22:16
I think that most of the media hold the view that Steven Finn is too similar a bowler to Stuart Broad and Chris Tremlett for it to be sensible for him to be the replacement for James Anderson, who will miss at the very least the second Test, which starts at Lord's on Friday. However, it could still happen, and knowing the ECB, it probably will happen. Other potential replacements include Jade Dernbach, Ajmal Shahzad and Graham Onions. If we had a County Championship match which started today, then I expect that Hi-Fi would have been allowed to play at least the first couple of days (if only to get overs under his belt) and then, if required by England, be substituted. In an article on lord' that I wrote about on 9th March, Hi-Fi said that he would like to play a part in our Twenty20 campaign, although it is not a format in which he has a great deal of experience, playing five out of 13 matches in 2008, six out of 10 in 2009 and (due to his strength and conditioning course) one out of 16 in 2010. However, I have faith that he can do a great job if he is allowed to play in, and selected for, our matches in 2011.

Re: T 20 season
Seaxe_Man 30 May, 2011 12:23
Ireland currently 94 for 1 21 overs. Joyce out. Stirlo 61no.

Could do with a drop of that on Friday nite at the Swalec, assuming he is there and it stops raining.

His style is also well suited to Taunton.

Re: T 20 season
Seaxe_Man 30 May, 2011 12:42
Posted by: The Diamond ruled ok (IP Logged)
Date: 29 May, 2011 20:16

I think with the injury to Jimmy Anderson in the current Test we can forget seeing Hi Fi in 20/20 colours for the Middle.

Certainly true for the next Test Diamond. However, assuming that he does not feature in the ODI's.

(Though the media are chuntering, that a shorter bowler, like for like change for Ando. Perhaps we could recommend Dernbach).

(Swalec and Taunton maybe not ideal for Hi-Fi anyway).

There is a month's break until the India series, when T20 cricket is ongoing.

So still a sniff of a chance. 3 at Uxb,1 at Southers, Slurry at SJW, Glos and Hants away.

Last match at RB Friday 15th July. Likely to be crucial as it was in 2010, runrate doing for us.

Hampshire crept through just, and it proved to be a nice little earner.

Re: T 20 season
Seaxe_Man 30 May, 2011 13:53
Stirlo now on 103no.

More of the same of Fri and Sun Paul if you are around.

Re: T 20 season
lower pavilion 30 May, 2011 15:27
Stirling scored 109 out of a total of 238. That is some achievement against Pakistan.

I am assuming he is on our books as a one day specialist so common sense would suggest he is available for our T20 campaign, if not then that would be a bit daft.

Having said that, does anyone know Ireland's commitments during the next two months or so, as that would be the only thing stopping him playing for us.

Re: T 20 season
lower pavilion 30 May, 2011 15:46
Oh Dear!

I think I can answer my own question.

I googled Ireland's fixtures for 2011.

After this game today they apparently have three games coming up if this information is correct.

Ireland v Sri Lanka Monday 11th July.

Ireland v Scotland Tuesday 12th July.

Ireland v England 25th August.

Naturally of course the first two games fall nicely in the middle of our T20 campaign. What else would you expect?

I have also just noticed.Finals Day for T20 is at Edgbaston scheduled for 27th August. If we get there we will have to turn up having played a 4 Day Game at Northampton starting on
23rd August.

Ladies and Gentlemen you could not make this up.

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Re: T 20 season
SouthgateEmerald 30 May, 2011 19:35
McLaren for Dalrymple.

Please......otherwise even without Mossie's Irish commitents we've got a chance here.

Re: T 20 season
Jonathan Winsky 30 May, 2011 21:59
Ireland's commitments this summer are much lighter than in 2010, something that can be proven by viewing a list of matches Paul Stirling played for them between April and September 2010, in which time he played two first-class matches, 13 ODIs, two Twenty20 internationals, two List A matches (figure excludes ODIs) and five 'other' matches. The volume of matches he played that summer explain why his appearances for Middlesex's 1st XI were restricted to a Twenty20 match v Sussex at Lord's. Some people from Ireland have said that Stirlo could go on to become a better player than Eoin Morgan, so I would love it if he could cease playing for Ireland and fully commit to Middlesex (although I can't see that happening), so I am glad that their commitments are lighter this year, even if they will prevent him from playing for us at a couple of points this summer.

As for us having to make the short journey from Wantage Road to Edgbaston in the event of us reaching finals day, well I believe that many other counties suffer more than us when it comes to the fixturelist.

Re: T 20 season
Jonathan Winsky 31 May, 2011 09:30

Re: T 20 season
Jonathan Winsky 31 May, 2011 18:29
Ahead of this season's Twenty20 tournament, Sporting Life have published an interview with Jamie Dalrymple, a team-by-team guide, a list of five players expected to do well and a general preview of the 2011 and 2012 tournaments. With so much attention being devoted to Twenty20 cricket, Middlesex better do well!

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