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Essex v Middlesex, 6-9 September
Discussion started by Jonathan Winsky , 05 September, 2020 17:50
Essex v Middlesex, 6-9 September
Jonathan Winsky 05 September, 2020 17:50
It seems that if Middlesex win this match and Kent fail to win their match v Hampshire at Canterbury, then we would finish top of the south group and potentially reach the final at Lord’s if we finish as one of the two group winners with the most points, which means that we may find ourselves taking an interest on what happens in the two other groups. However, it is set to be a very tough match considering Essex have finished 1st, 3rd and 1st in the County Championship in the last three seasons, and have won all three of their Bob Willis Trophy matches in which more than 78 overs have been bowled. Even if we end up not reaching the final, hopefully we can take some confidence from this campaign into our quest for promotion in 2021 in a similar way to how we entered our title-winning campaign in 2016 with confidence gained from finishing runners-up in 2015.

We have named a 14-man squad for this match consisting of Stevie Eskinazi, Martin Andersson, Ethan Bamber, Miguel Cummins, Jack Davies, Nick Gubbins, James Harris, Max Holden, Tim Murtagh, Sam Robson, John Simpson, Nathan Sowter, Robbie White and Thilan Walallawita. It contains 8 players who are in the squad for tonight’s Twenty20 match v Surrey at The Oval, although hopefully the other 6 squad members will not have such an exhausting evening, even if they played club cricket today like Gubbo has for Teddington. Steven Finn is going to end the season without playing in this competition, while Tom Helm and Blake Cullen are not in the squad despite having played in this campaign.

Until a few years ago, it was common for counties to play a T20 match or a day/night List A match the evening before starting a first-class match. However, it was often the case that the two matches took place at the same venue, with the scheduled start of day one of the first-class match being delayed until 12noon. However, this match will be played 30 miles from the venue for tonight’s T20 match, with day one having to be scheduled to start at 10:30am like the other three days due to it being September. Admittedly, Essex played a T20 match at The Oval today, but that took place earlier in the day. We will have to see whether tomorrow sees something similar to when a weekend in 2011 saw Middlesex and Kent meet in a T20 match on a Saturday night at Canterbury and begin a Championship match at Lord’s the following day in which 23 wickets fell on day one.

The weather for this match is set to be warm, with little rain forecast.



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Re: Essex v Middlesex, 6-9 September
tallliman 05 September, 2020 18:20
I posted the permutations the other day here: [m.cricketnetwork.co.uk]

Good to see first class cricket back. Let's hope its not our last game in this format for the autumn!

Re: Essex v Middlesex, 6-9 September
Jonathan Winsky 05 September, 2020 21:37
Essex have named a 13-man squad for this match consisting of 21 Tom Westley (C), 65 Ben Allison, 14 Aaron Beard, 10 Nick Browne, 26 Alastair Cook, 16 Sam Cook, 11 Simon Harmer, 23 Feroze Khushi, 28 Dan Lawrence, 44 Jamie Porter, 27 Ryan ten Doeschate, 22 Paul Walter and 31 Adam Wheater (WK).

Hopefully the two threads on this match will get merged.

Re: Essex v Middlesex, 6-9 September
Jonathan Winsky 06 September, 2020 09:49
Middlesex have written on Twitter that Blake Cullen has been added to the squad for this match, which suggests that he will be named in the line-up, as I can’t see him being summoned to Chelmsford just to carry drinks! Maybe we have seen something in the pitch which hints that he could do well in this match, or maybe one of our fast bowlers is short of fitness or confidence, something which could be an issue for anyone to have played in our Twenty20 campaign so far.

It would seem harsh for him to not play in this match, as our most recent match in this competition v Sussex at Radlett saw Cullen dismiss two top-order batsmen in the first innings, including top-scorer Harry Finch, and then outscore all but one of his teammates when we then batted when he scored 34 to earn us a batting point and to get our first innings deficit down to a point from which we managed to turn to match around into a win. His memories of that match are certain to be better than that of Sussex’s Mitch Claydon, who is suspended for their match v Surrey at The Oval starting today after allegedly altering the condition of the ball for the match at Radlett by applying hand sanitiser.

Middle v Essex BWT 6-9 September 2020
chunkyinargyll 05 September, 2020 17:51
14 man squad named-

[www.middlesexccc.com]

10.30 start. Weather looks okay for all four days (could be cloudy, but hopefully no rain.)

Eskinazi (c), Andersson, Bamber, Cummins, Davies, Gubbins, Harris, Holden, Murtagh, Robson, Simpson (wk), Sowter, Walallawita, White.



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Re: Middle v Essex BWT 6-9 September 2020
Mart 05 September, 2020 20:58
Holden
Robson
Gubbins
Eskinazi (c)
White
Andersson
Simpson (wk)
Harris
Cummins
Wallawita
Murtagh

Re: Middle v Essex BWT 6-9 September 2020
snicko 06 September, 2020 10:14
Blake Cullen a late addition to the squad and is playing. Presumably Cummins not fit ?

Re: Middle v Essex BWT 6-9 September 2020
Jonathan Winsky 06 September, 2020 10:23
I was surprised about Miguel Cummins' omission considering he has done well in this competition. Thilan Walallawita plays ahead of Nathan Sowter as our only spinner. Five members of our line-up played at The Oval last night.

I have just noticed that day one (I am not sure about the three other days) of Surrey v Sussex will start at 12noon, so Surrey’s players will get a bit of extra time to prepare after last night.

Re: Middle v Essex BWT 6-9 September 2020
tallliman 06 September, 2020 10:48
5/2 early on. Holden and Gubbins gone.

Re: Middle v Essex BWT 6-9 September 2020
Jonathan Winsky 06 September, 2020 11:52
I anticipated that there was a possibility that this weekend could go similarly to the weekend in June 2011 when the Saturday evening saw Kent host Middlesex in a low-scoring Twenty20 match at Canterbury and the Sunday saw the teams begin a County Championship match at Lord’s in which Middlesex only made 153, but still had a great day (and indeed a great match and season considering we went on to win by nine wickets and ultimately earned promotion) after bowling Kent out for 87 and having them 46-3 at the close. And that was after the teams were allowed to delay the start on the Sunday until 12noon! This weekend could indeed end up going similarly, as I am unsure whether we will scale the heights of 153, let alone make an imposing total with a few batting points.

Our best batsman in the Championship match in 2011 was Sam Robson who made 40 and 94 not out, and our best bowler was Tim Murtagh who took 5-27 and 4-83, so thankfully they and John Simpson are three players to have played in both that match and today. Hopefully Robbo and Stevie Eskinazi’s 15 today will not turn out to be our two best scores in this innings.

I would like to think that things will get a bit easier now Jamie Porter and Sam Cook have been taken out of the attack, but I can’t see that happening considering Simon Harmer is now on is already looking threatening.

Re: Middle v Essex BWT 6-9 September 2020
chunkyinargyll 06 September, 2020 11:58
50-5.

For some inexplicable reason the commentators seem to be labouring under the misapprehension that Bob Hunt will be missed.

He won't.

His trolling disrespectful attitude to the opposition when he was on air was not in any way shape or form endearing.

Re: Middle v Essex BWT 6-9 September 2020
Seaxe_man1 06 September, 2020 12:41
68 for 6 lunch.

Re: Middle v Essex BWT 6-9 September 2020
Jonathan Winsky 06 September, 2020 12:42
It is very disappointing that Middlesex’s 1st and 2nd XIs have lost 12 wickets before lunch today. Thankfully our 1st XI have scored 2 more runs than Gloucestershire have done v Northamptonshire at Bristol. There were actually 28 wickets in the first session across the seven matches which began at 10:30am

All I can do is hope that Essex find batting conditions similarly as hard.

Re: Middle v Essex BWT 6-9 September 2020
chunkyinargyll 06 September, 2020 12:46
If Taunton is Ciderabad maybe Chelmsford should be Chelmarachi.

Re: Middle v Essex BWT 6-9 September 2020
hdo 06 September, 2020 12:47
Quote:
snicko
Blake Cullen a late addition to the squad and is playing. Presumably Cummins not fit ?

Presumably Helm and Finn have been deemed too tired for this match after a week of T20s. No idea about Cummins. And poor old Bamber - his ball wasn't picked out of the hat this morning so he gets another week off.

Re: Middle v Essex BWT 6-9 September 2020
London Leprechaun 06 September, 2020 14:00
After a bit of technical confusion this morning, this is now the only place to comment on the current Essex v Middlesex match. If you feel the need.



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Re: Essex v Middlesex, 6-9 September
hdo 06 September, 2020 14:39
Three years ago we all watched as Harmer was awarded multiple lbws against us in the dramatic final few overs at Chelmsford. All he had to do was ask, and he would receive.

Today we've just seen our last two wickets fall without the bowler in either case even appealing for them.

Re: Middle v Essex BWT 6-9 September 2020
Jonathan Winsky 06 September, 2020 17:35
Middlesex gave themselves a chance of avoiding a big first innings deficit by reducing Essex to 44-4, although we took only one more wicket before the close.

Hopefully, the morning session tomorrow will see Essex losing a similar amount of wickets as Middlesex lost this morning.


We will have to see whether the runs we scored for our final wickets to take our score from 76-7 to 138 will turn out to be important.

Re: Essex v Middlesex, 6-9 September
snicko 06 September, 2020 17:51
Thilan Walallawita is bowling floaty full length balls and I haven’t seen 1 turn and bounce, whereas Simon Harmer was bowling the ball hard into the pitch and Was getting huge spin and bounce.
Someone needs to sit down with Thilan tonight and explain how he should go about his work on this wicket or we will suffer a heavy defeat.

Re: Essex v Middlesex, 6-9 September
Jonathan Winsky 06 September, 2020 19:12
James Harris has spoken to Middlesex’s YouTube page about today:


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