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T20 v Essex
Discussion started by chunkyinargyll , 26 August, 2020 16:23
T20 v Essex
chunkyinargyll 26 August, 2020 16:23
14 man squad named-


Finn (captain!) Andersson, Cracknell, Cummins, Davies, Eskinazi, Gubbins, Harris, Helm, Holden, Hollman, Lincoln, Simpson (wk), Sowter.

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Re: T20 v Essex
Seaxe_man1 26 August, 2020 17:35
I will go for. Gubbo. Holden. Lincoln. Andersson. Cracknell. Simmo. Harris. Sowter. Helm. Cummins. Finn. Seven batters and bowlers. Be needed at Chelmers.

Re: T20 v Essex
chunkyinargyll 26 August, 2020 17:43
Frighteningly light on batting- but I don't know who else we could have picked.

Problem is even the good batsmen we have will be afraid to take risks, because of the inexperience to follow.

If we win the toss our best bet would be to make them bat first, rather than attempt to set them a target. At least that way we know what we need to get.

Both Middle and Essex sites say it's a 2 pm kick off.

Even though a weekday, with no crowd allowed, it doesn't matter.

Re: T20 v Essex
tallliman 26 August, 2020 18:25
Can anyone tell me more about Cracknell?

Re: T20 v Essex
Seaxe_man1 26 August, 2020 18:36
Aged 20 born Enfield. Wk/bat. Saw him get 50 v Berkshire looked our best bat. Run out. Max Harris another to watch. Hollman and Davies can bat. Hollman leg breaks. Davies wk.

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Re: T20 v Essex
chunkyinargyll 26 August, 2020 18:37
Not much.

20 year old batsman came through our academy and got a one year deal last winter (hopefully to be extended- how can you judge someone on such a short season).

Club North Middlesex.

Edit- beaten by a 98 year old!

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Re: T20 v Essex
Seaxe_man1 26 August, 2020 18:40
I hope they play him talliman. Gotta start somewhere and we have lost important members so someone has to fill shoes. Berkshire no mugs. Won title four years running.

Re: T20 v Essex
tallliman 26 August, 2020 19:17
Thanks, I once scored a game for Winchmore Hill at North Enfield. I'll always support someone from my home town!!

Re: T20 v Essex
Seaxe_man1 26 August, 2020 19:26
Winchmore Hill. Been there. Saw a bloke with a FFC shirt on. Coyw.

Re: T20 v Essex
Jonathan Winsky 26 August, 2020 20:21
In 2019, Middlesex’s ability to register some high-scoring overs in our Twenty20 campaign when we batted was dependent on the likes of Dawid Malan, Paul Stirling, Eoin Morgan, AB de Villiers, John Simpson, Stevie Eskinazi, George Scott and Dan Lincoln being at the crease, and we were less able to do this once we were about five wickets down. Another theme of last season was that Steven Finn, Toby Roland-Jones, Tom Helm and Nathan Sowter played in every match, as did one of Mujeeb Ur Rahman or Mohammad Hafeez, who both often bowled economically, so we had a bowling attack which was settled and strong and which, more often than not, left us with little need to find many overs from part-time bowlers. However, the absence of Malan, Stirlo, Morgan (who could play in our final two group matches, although I have a fear that England’s management will say that he is too tired or would not benefit much from playing for Middlesex) and de Villiers will be a big blow to our batting line-up, while the unavailability of TRJ, Mujeeb and Hafeez will mean that other bowlers will get a chance. Therefore, I can’t say that I feel optimistic about the chances of our Twenty20 campaign going just as well or better than when we reached the quarter-final stage last season due to our squad appearing to be weaker, although you never know. This competition will provide an opportunity for some of our players who have little or no first-team experience to make a name for themselves.

It would be great if this competition sees some or all of Joe Cracknell and Luke Hollman making their first-team debuts, Jack Davies making further first-team appearances, and Martin Andersson adding to his one Twenty20 appearance.

Essex haven’t offered much in the way of hinting what their XI will be, as they have named a 17-man squad consisting of 11 Simon Harmer (C), 65 Ben Allison, 14 Aaron Beard, 6 Varun Chopra, 16 Sam Cook, 89 Cameron Delport, 28 Dan Lawrence, 24 Aron Nijjar, 19 Michael Pepper, 77 Jack Plom, 44 Jamie Porter, 94 Matt Quinn, 29 Shane Snater, 27 Ryan ten Doeschate, 22 Paul Walter, 21 Tom Westley and 31 Adam Wheater (WK).

Ahead of this campaign, Finn has spoken to Cricket 365 and Simpson has spoken to the Hampstead & Highgate Express.

I have no idea why several matches around the country in this competition - this is one of 3 such matches in our campaign - will start at around 2:00pm on a weekday, as the majority of grounds being used have floodlights, and many of these afternoon weekday matches will be played at grounds which will stage at least one floodlit match in the competition.

As every match in this competition is currently due to be played without spectators, I can’t say that the issue about start times is something that has particularly concerned me or that I feel quite as excited about this competition as I would if I could attend some matches. However, BBC report that spectators may be allowed for some matches in the two county competitions, so we will have to see whether that is just a reference to the already-known hope that spectators will be allowed for the knockout stages, or if some Middlesex matches can be played as such. The fact that cases of coronavirus in the UK are rising and that deaths each day have returned to double-figures leaves me fearful that either little will happen with regards to cricket being played in front of spectators, or that it will be allowed but then later revoked, as we all know has previously happened.

Re: T20 v Essex
chunkyinargyll 27 August, 2020 08:47
Weather forecast suggesting one point for an abandoned match.

Re: T20 v Essex
chunkyinargyll 27 August, 2020 13:40
Essex won toss and put us in to bat.

Rain expected from about 3 pm.

Re: T20 v Essex
RadstockRob 27 August, 2020 14:18
Live feed on youtube at Essex TV live streaming.

Good coverage also.

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Re: T20 v Essex
chunkyinargyll 27 August, 2020 15:21
Max Holden the Middlesex innings together with 102 not out.

Rain starting to fall.

Hopefully we will get to bowl 5 overs or more against them before the cut off time.

Re: T20 v Essex
Seaxe_man1 27 August, 2020 15:23
Well played Max 102 not out.

Re: T20 v Essex
Jonathan Winsky 27 August, 2020 20:11
The departures or unavailability of several batting stars from recent Middlesex Twenty20 campaigns was always going to provide an opportunity for other batsmen to either step up from the shadows or make a name for themselves. Considering he already possesses the county record for highest List A score for his 166 not out off 139 v Kent at Canterbury in May 2019 (yet featured only once when we began that season’s Twenty20 campaign a couple of months later) and scored 84 off 55 v Somerset at Lord’s in match four of our 2018 Twenty20 campaign (yet only retained his place until match eight before being dropped), Max Holden certainly falls in the category of a player who has been overshadowed by other batsmen in limited-overs cricket to a greater degree than he falls in the category of a player yet to be widely-known. Fitness and coronavirus permitting, surely this time there is little threat of Holden losing his place in our T20 side.

Our total of 184-5 gave us a decent amount of runs to defend, so I felt that we would have had a chance of winning the match had the rain not intervened. At least we didn’t begin our campaign with defeat!

We will have to see how many other batsmen make great contributions in this campaign. As I have previously written, one of my fears prior to this campaign was that we are light on players who can score quick runs and generate high-scoring overs when we bat. Leaving aside Holden, the only player to face at least five balls to score at a strike rate greater than 100 today was Stevie Eskinazi, who took 18 off the first over, but was out in the third. Hopefully other batsmen will score around this rate during our campaign.

In 2019, our tactic for the vast majority of our T20 matches was to select three fast bowlers and two spinners, and we usually bowled four overs from both spinners and sometimes ended up bowling 9 or 10 overs of spin by additionally using part-time bowlers. However, our line-up today consisted of four fast bowlers and only one specialist spinner, so it was a change of tactics. I felt that Luke Hollman would have a great chance of playing in our campaign, and maybe he will if we feel we need extra overs of spin, although we already have Holden in the side, while Nick Gubbins has previously said that he believes he could be a threat with the ball in limited-overs matches.

Sam Dalling has proceed a report of this match for The Cricketer.

Although we will never know whether the rain denied us victory or saved us from defeat, there can be no doubt that the rain prevented Kent (52-0 after 4.1 overs) from beating Hampshire (139-6 after 20 overs) at Canterbury, as there would have been a result had five more balls been bowled.

Holden has spoken to our YouTube page about this match:

Re: T20 v Essex
Seaxe_man1 27 August, 2020 20:26
A point on the road to Edgbaston.

Re: T20 v Essex
chunkyinargyll 27 August, 2020 20:41
So Sam Dalling reckons Max's contract is up.

Presumably based on this-


But there was a subsequent announcement on 17th Jan 2019 (confirmed by a google search that brings up an announcement on the club's Facebook account), and Max was one of four players to extend their contracts for an unspecified period (at least 2021, maybe even 2022). This is borne out by the contracts thread having ? by his name, rather than 2020, so I don't think we have anything to worry about just yet.

Re: T20 v Essex
adelaide 27 August, 2020 22:11
Kent must be hopping mad. They would have won easily by blocking out the next five balls. I'm no DLS expert but they might even have been able to afford a couple of wickets and still won.

So, here's a scenario. Rain comes at 4.5 overs and even a wicket off the final ball would not have prevented the chasing side from winning. Is the match still abandoned as no result? Surely not, you might think but can you rule out the bowling side coming up with a succession of wides off which batsmen were stumped or run out?

I suspect that defending the total today would have been difficult but we will never know. Max was certainly impressive for a player who really struggled early on in T20. Gubbins and Lincoln looked, shall we say, capable of being tied down. I didn't see Eski or (briefly) Andersson. If Eskinazi plays, I think he has to open and just go for it, because his scoring rate when fields are out has not been very impressive.


Re: T20 v Essex
Seaxe_man1 28 August, 2020 08:52
Good post Adelaide. Given his lack of scores in BWT, Esky a fringe selection on experience I imagine. You are right. Power play with field up his best bet. According to Gooch. 184 a par score on that ground. Essex did pull it back.

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