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Re: A Trent Bridge too far as Middlesex tied up in kNotts
Posted by: Andrew Dow
Date: 06/09/2019 20:02
Well, Freddie, if there was a magic wand, Stuart would have waved it by now, and if there was an equally fast other fix, he'd have employed it (as would others before him in other counties).

Thanks for the report, Mick. It took a lot of grit to write about something so tragically one sided.

I am going to take solace from this drubbing by remembering that if it wasn't for a mutual love of the Middle, I would not have met Beefy, Rogers, Seaxe Man, Fozzie, QPR Chris, hdo, Talliman and that bloke who deletes my more humorous remarks.

We go on because we love what the good times give us,and when they aren't so great, there's always each other's company.

Grim isn't it, - losing?

Trying to talk myself off my ledge, I am going to remind myself that we were outplayed by Kent, Sussex ..........and Hampshire, (thanks, Phil Polecat). We were definitely one of the less good teams to qualify for the knock out stages, so to come up against someone whose form had earned them a home game was asking a bit too much of us.

Yet, (1) before Mascherenas turned up, we had reached a quarter final of the RLG, (2) we were better than last year at T20, (3) we have been given a glimpse of what it takes to be able to compete at the next level in both tournaments - fewer extras, better shot selection, and heaps better fielding, even though we improved on that year on year, and perhaps a bit more self belief.

Look, .... to the "Braaaaaaaghhh!!!!!!! Sackthelottathem Brigade", - if you do that, you leave no foundations at all.

We have to try to build.

We have the Lawman for another three years, and we have to trust that he will react to what's gone on to date. That he reported that the lower order batsmen were starting to chirp at the top order after the Sussex CC match was significant - He is prepared to break stage door confidentiality. So, he's happy that the players are starting to get antsy. He's saying to them - sort it out yourselves ..............while you still can.

We may recruit, we may let some contracted players know that they are not going to feature in plans for the future,- been done before. I agree with those who thought a chipper Aussie batsmen capable of scoring a lot of runs in the top order the way Buck did, would go amiss.

However, we are where we are, and in the more immediate future, we have three CC matches to win now, and let's see how things look once we know the results of those.

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