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Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: sfwithers
Date: 09/08/2020 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.


* 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.

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