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By Farmer White et al
April 13 2019

A first day where Lewis moved himself into the top echelons of the Championship with another storming bowling performance.  As I'm doing this late I know what happened.  Read the reports in order and pretend you don't know the result.  Makes Farmer's muses more of a satisfying experience.

County Championship Division 1. Nottinghamshire v Somerset. 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th April 2019. Trent Bridge.

First day. 11th April - Momentum to Nottinghamshire

“Notts are in the ascendancy,” was the comment made by a fellow Somerset supporter as I made to leave the ground. And that is how it felt. Not just from the score but from the manner of its making. Nottinghamshire had made their 268 all out at all but four an over. Somerset’s 74 for 3 in response had been made at well under three. The Nottinghamshire batsmen attacked the bowling throughout their innings irrespective of the fall of wickets. It was rather reminiscent of Somerset’s approach in the first innings against Kent. In this match Somerset made a much more circumspect start. Nottinghamshire’s third wicket fell at 51 in the 11th over. Somerset’s at 36 in the 15th. Momentum is said to be important in shaping cricket matches. At the end of the first day Nottinghamshire have it in this one.

I arrived at the ground just before the start to find the usual queue at Trent Bridge’s two Championship pay windows. From my purely anecdotal observations Nottinghamshire seem to have a greater proportion of people pay at the gate, as opposed to enter as members, than other counties although the crowds themselvesdo not seem unduly large for the Championship.

I passed a Somerset member as I walked to a seat. “No toss. We’ve put them in.” I am always anxious when Somerset insert a side in the Championship, whatever the conditions. It puts the pressure of expectation on the bowlers and takes it off the opposition batsmen. It creates a different dynamic than having a toss and opting to bat if you win it. Psychology is important in cricket. In the first two matches of 2018 and the first of 2019 Somerset were inserted by the opposition and won all three.

I sat square, in the Smith Cooper Stand, which is where I normally sit at Trent Bridge although on this occasion it was some considerable way from the wicket. Before I had settled Brooks let forth a huge appeal and Duckett departed lbw for nought from the second ball of the second over. It was a start but one Nottinghamshire immediately set about pushing back. Off the last ball Nash square drove Brooks to the far boundary for a lightning-quick four. The stroke, so soon after the wicket which immediately preceded it set the tone for a punch and counter-punch innings.

Nash and Slater did not hold back and were particularly harsh on Brooks but occasionally attacked Gregory too whilst the Somerset bowlers countered with some testing balls. The batsmen’s driving was particularly impressive as the Somerset bowlers searched for movement. In the seventh over Slater drove Gregory through the covers for four. In the eighth Nash twice cut Brooks for four. In the ninth Slater twice played and missed as Gregory hit back. For the tenth Davey replaced Brooks, who had conceded seven an over, and immediately ran in with that smooth, almost stealth-like run-up of his. Almost immediately he induced a feather of an edge from Slater and the ball duly carried through to Davies’ gloves. Nottinghamshire were 51 for 2. Off the last ball of the next over Clarke edged Gregory, and Davies, having to dive hard to his right this time, took his second catch of the innings. 54 for 3 with just 11 overs gone. Boundaries had come and the bat been beaten in roughly equal measure. Neither side pulling back from the attack. The question of whether the insertion had worked still hung in the balance but leaned in favour of Abell’s decision.

Overton replaced Gregory as the sun, which had been breaking up the high cotton wool balls of white cloud all morning, finally gained the upper hand. It retained it for the rest of the day. The crowd, applauding boundaries apart, had been pensive, or at least quiet, throughout the opening proceedings. It was a Championship crowd in a Test ground, with gaps, sometimes large gaps, between individuals or small groups everywhere except behind the arm. Perhaps the opportunities for chat were fewer. They were virtually non-existent in the sparsely populated Smith Cooper Stand which was mainly in the shade and bore the brunt of a chill east wind all day.

With Overton and Davey bowling in tandem the gallop in the scoring rate was briefly reduced to a canter but the return of Brooks released the brake and Nottinghamshire were away again. Mullaney pulled him in front of square for six and in his next over drove him viciously through midwicket for four. Nash brought up his fifty with a lofted pull through midwicket off the returning Gregory but before the over was out Gregory, who consistently tested the batsmen, had defeated Mullaney’s attempt to turn him to leg, the ball hit the pad and the umpire’s finger pointed to the heavens. 106 for 4 in the 25th over as the match rushed pell-mell towards lunch.

Patel took up the challenge for Nottinghamshire as he drove Brooks square for four. I made a note that batting looked easy, the wickets and some playing and missing against Gregory in particular apart. Nash promptly failed to properly time one of his lofted pulls. It flew over midwicket in a higher arc than the others. Leach ran hard around the boundary from deep square leg with ball and fielder not quite scheduled to converge. Leach made up for the discrepancy with a brilliantly-timed lunging dive to get his hands under the plummeting ball and take the catch. 119 for 5. Lunch at 125 for 5. It reflected both the headlong charge of Nottinghamshire and Somerset’s determined assault with the ball. Gregory’s lunchtime analysis of 10-3-32-3 reflected the crucial nature of his contribution to Somerset’s cause.

My concerns about the consequences of an insertion were beginning to fade. They faded even more when I began my lunchtime circumnavigation and met another Somerset supporter. He said the boundary on the far side was very short and it had probably been worth 20 runs to Nottinghamshire. The same of course would apply to Somerset when they batted, which point raised the question of Somerset’s top order. It is a question on the lips of many Somerset supporters if you stop to talk for long. Concern is expressed about Trescothick’s form and whether he can still turn it around, about how Azhar will cope with early-season English conditions and questions about the wisdom of promoting Hildreth to bat at three with his naturally attacking game which has proven pedigree at four.

I always incline to the view that those running the team and playing in it know better than those of us on the outside what is the best available option when all the aspects of the situation, many of which are known only to them, are considered. And when a chosen option fails it does not, of itself, mean there was a better one. And there is no straightforward immediate alternative option to the current arrangement. But a good and sustained start to an innings or two would help settle supporters’ minds.


For the afternoon session I moved to the Fox Road Stand on the other side of the ground. The wind had virtually cleared the Smith Cooper Stand of spectators, including me. That created another climate problem. The Fox Road Stand faces west. Whilst that protects it from the wind it meant I was looking increasingly full into the sun and enduring its heat, and the sun did not lack heat in spite of the youth of the year.

Here I have a confession to make. I forgot my Wyvern hat. I never forget my Wyvern hat. A heated debate with myself before I left home about whether or not to bring my umbrella was the cause. My hat lives on top of a coat stand and my umbrella lives at the bottom of the coat stand. There was no rain forecast for the match so it was a choice between carrying my umbrella around for four days and not using it or leaving it behind and getting wet. At least, I usually suffer one or other of those options when there is a good forecast. A decision had to be made. I decided, under the time pressure of a shortly departing coach, to leave the umbrella behind and my brain must have included my hat in the decision.

So I spent the afternoon session being driven further up the Fox Road Stand as the sun sank lower in the sky and I and the shade retreated. It rather reflected Somerset’s first hour or so after lunch as Patel and Moores began to push Somerset back. It was reminiscent of the morning’s batting but without the wickets. The driving was powerful and precise, straight on occasion but more often square or through the covers. Once Moores drove Gregory so powerfully to the short boundary that Leach had moved barely five yards before the ball crossed the rope.

Eventually I decided to try the age-old ploy of the desperate supporter when a wicket will not come. I headed for the ‘gents’. I stopped before leaving sight of the play to watch ‘one more ball’. And what a ball. Gregory used it to remove Patel’s off and middle stumps. 177 for 6. Patel 33. I waited for the next ball before continuing my journey. I have already missed one hat-trick at Trent Bridge and did not intend to take the slightest risk of missing another. But there was no second wicket.

Now Moores and Wood took up the charge as the pace of the Nottinghamshire scoring continued unabated. Davey was driven twice in an over for four, once through the covers and once straighter. There was now quite a buzz among the Nottinghamshire supporters as their side lifted them. Moores twice drove Brooks for four in an over and was once beaten by him. A straight drive produced the first call of “Shot!” I had heard. As if in response Abell, from cover, called, “C’mon,” and “C’mon Brooksie,” and then in the next over, “C’mon Craig O.” as he tried to rally Somerset in the face of the onslaught.

In spite of the wickets that had fallen the wicket looked flat as Wood clipped Overton to fine leg for four. It didn’t prevent Overton from forcing Moores to edge to Trescothick at slip in his next over as yet again a Somerset bowler hit back. Trescothick fumbled the ball, let it fall and caught it at the second attempt. Broad came in and before the over was out had driven Overton through the on side for four. Off the very next ball Overton hit him in the chest with a lifter as the toe to toe tussle continued unabated. In the next over Wood pulled Brooks straight to Bartlett at mid-wicket but this time the ball fell to earth.

It was breathless stuff as I was driven by the sun to the last refuge of shade at very top of the Fox Road Stand Stand. There was no refuge from Overton for Broad. Off the first ball of Overton’s next over a full-length ball burst through his defence and hit the stumps. “Did him up proper,” someone said. 237 for 8. And so to tea.

After tea Gregory bowled Fletcher whilst Wood added to the score with some more drives. “Shot!”. He brought up his fifty with a rocket of a straight drive along the ground off Gregory to the Pavilion boundary. When he tried to drive the next ball it took the edge and looped high towards deep point. Abell set off from cover like a collie after a stray sheep. All the way my brain was constantly calculating the distance Abell had to cover and the speed at which the ball was travelling. The outcome of the calculation was always the same. Abell would not quite make it. Then came the dive, out stretched the arms and the ball dropped straight into the hands. Wood 52 and the innings was over for 268. It was as if it had been played on the outer edge of a whirlwind.

Gregory finished with figures of 16.4-3-68-6. His, and Somerset’s, second five wicket plus haul of the season. It was an exceptional performance in the face of the Nottinghamshire batting onslaught. He was applauded off by the Somerset team and by the crowd.

“I think I would have settled for that at the start,” someone said but the nagging questions about the top order scratched at the back of the mind. It is impossible to know sitting square but from where I sat the pitch appeared to have no demons given the certainty of Nottinghamshire’s driving. And yet those wickets must have come from somewhere and if there had been help from the pitch Somerset would have to bat well against the Nottinghamshire pace attack to top the Nottinghamshire score. 

The Somerset innings was a totally different affair to the Nottinghamshire one. Trescothick started with a straight drive to the Radcliffe Road Stand in the first over. In the fourth Azhar leaned into a drive for four and twice played and missed. That was rather the story of the day so far in an over. But thereafter the pair played with careful defence and the score advanced only lethargically. Broad bowled from the Pavilion End with a beautiful rhythm and accuracy which troubled the batsmen. He seemed unlikely to be disturbed by the pedestrian pace of the scoring, and perhaps the pedestrian pace of the scoring had something to do with the quality of his bowling.

When Azhar made to turn him to leg the ball struck the pad and the umpire raised his finger. Impossible to judge the outcome from square but the movement of the batsman, the angles and the instincts all suggested the ball might have been going down leg side. But I was probably 80 yards distant and the umpire was 22 yards away and right in line. 19 for 1. Azhar 10. Hildreth joined Trescothick and an early cover drive for four produced cries of “Shot!” but it was a case of one swallow not a summer making.

When Somerset reached 36 Trescothick attempted to defend against the outstanding Broad, edged to the keeper and, without a run added, Hildreth was ‘strangled’ down the leg side off Fletcher’s first ball. Both batsmen out for 10 and Somerset top three had scored exactly 100 runs in nine completed innings this season. Conditions are not easy at the top of the order in April and certainly not against an attack of the quality of Nottinghamshire’s but the questions will hang that bit heavier in the air after this innings.

From there Abell and Bartlett saw Somerset through to the close. There was an on drive for four from Bartlett and successive square off side boundaries from Abell but those apart they played out the day with careful defence. The runs that did come came mainly from ‘long’ singles played to the square boundary fielders as the Nottinghamshire bowlers kept a shorter length than Somerset’s probing but-vulnerable-to-the-drive fuller length. By the close Abell and Bartlett had slightly more than doubled Somerset’s score but if Somerset are to stay in this match and justify the insertion Abell and Bartlett, and those that follow, will have more much more work to do on the second morning and beyond.

Close. Nottinghamshire 268( C.D. Nash 58, L.Wood 52, T.J. Moores 47, L. Gregory 6-68). Somerset 74 for 3. Somerset trail by 189 runs with seven first innings wickets standing.

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Somerset LaLaLa
08/04/2019 20:58
After the amazing turnabout versus Kent, the next match against Nottinghamshire is fast upon us. This could be the year, but the year for what…

Hopefully Farmer White has enough of those candles that burn at both ends: if the rest of the season is as exciting as our first game, we are in for a fantastic year.

Thoughts on team selection, batting bonus points, how good is Joe Clarke (especially when facing Lewis Gregory) and more?

Come on Thursday!



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wsm fan
08/04/2019 21:26
Team will be the same just Jack in for George.
Harsh maybe but if we spent the winter planning for the new top 6 order we wont abandon it after 1 game on a lively pitch in 10/12c under clouds and lights.

Roll on Thursday

Scrumper
08/04/2019 21:53
Jack for Jack would be my preference. Forecast looks chilly but dry.

Somerset LaLaLa
09/04/2019 09:17
Presumably Notts will prepare a pitch to frustrate our seamers. What are the new rules for the heavy roller?

Samit Patel bowled 25 overs in the Yorks final innings yesterday, I would expect Abell to take more of the burden and Jack Leach included

cricketjerry-mouse
09/04/2019 09:44
Will Somerset have a psychological advantage, after beating NOttinghamshire by an innings and 146 runs at Trent Bridge in the last match of 2018, with a century for James Hildreth and hat-tricks for Tom Abell and Craig Overton in Notts totals of 133 and 184?

Six Notts players will have memories of that match - Slater, Mullaney, Duckett, Patel, Moores and Fletcher. Five will come fresh to it - Nash, Clarke, Broad, Coughlin and Ball.

Grizzzly
09/04/2019 11:56
Jack L in, but who is to miss out ?

Surely not GB after his match changing innings. Perhaps more likely to be EB who carries the drinks ?

Grizzzly

somexile
09/04/2019 14:03
I note that the second trial of Alex Hepburn started yesterday. Possibility that Joe Clarke will be called as witness?

cricketjerry-mouse
10/04/2019 09:54
Australian fast bowler James Pattinson, who is returning to Nottinghamshire as their overseas player for seven county championship matches this season, will not be available tomorrow. He flies in in time for the one-day match with Lancashire at Trent Bridge on April 19.

Meanwhile, the retrial of former Worcestershire batsman Alex Hepburn for rape - an alleged offence alleged committed at his then Worcestershire colleague Joe Clarke`s flat - entered its third day at Worcester Crown Court today.

Clarke, now with Nottinghamshire, has yet to give evidence, so his availability at Trent Bridge tomorrow remains in the balance.



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mikeindex
10/04/2019 16:25
Squad of 13 announced - the 11 from the last game plus Jack L and Tim G. Jack surely has to play and in my XI he replaces a batsman, presumably Eddie.

mikeindex
10/04/2019 16:41
I clearly don't follow county cricket outside Somerset as attentively as I once did, as I'd never even heard of Alex Hepburn, in an on-field or off-field context, until seeing his name on this thread.
A spot of research later, I rather wish I still hadn't.

AGod
10/04/2019 21:59
Personally, since I don't really trust the top three makeup, I'd rather maintain the seven batsman set up for now. Let's face it, we'd have probably been stuffed in game one without it, and one would expect Notts to field a better attack than Kent.

If we think the track will turn and/or go flat with an older ball, then of course Leachy must play. But if Jack's in the side, then I think Tom can be the fourth seamer, and Jack L should replace either Jack B or Josh.



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Scrumper
11/04/2019 01:09
I agree AG.

I'm not sure about the batting order though.

Bagpuss
11/04/2019 08:04
Yorkshire's problems at Trent Bridge stemmed from an inability to bowl out Notts. From what I gather from people there Joe Root bowled as many overs as he did as a defensive tactic - round the wicket, darting the ball in on leg stump. There wasn't a great deal of turn for him, or Samit (who admittedly took wickets, but there's the difference when you're bowling with 400+ already on the board).

Notts won't want a seaming pitch at Trent Bridge because if the toss rules. I doubt if they'll want one with much turn either because Jack >>Samit so would expect something fairly benign and then they'll hope we'll either put them in or they win the toss.

I really don't know the right answer who to play. My well developed cautious side says stick with the extra batsman. But I'd like Twirly Jack in there too. So who to drop? Before last season it always seemed to be Josh who got the elbow at this stage if the season. And then could never get back in the side. But then last year they played him and kept him. And to most of us he was the find of the season who had been right there in plain sight for years. He has a knack for taking wickets and seems to me works well as half of a bowling partnership, keeping things tight so if he doesn't get a wicket the pressure means the guy at the other end often does. So I want to keep him.

So do I drop Flat Cap Jack? Would be more than harsh after his efforts v Kent. And he is a big personality who I believe had a fair part to play giving the team belief they could go out and win that match before play started on Monday. Plus I suspect his bowling - pitched up a bit fuller - might be suited to exploit conditions at Trent Bridge (in my new Cricket Archive behind a paywall world I can't check out his Trent Bridge stats easily).

So there we are. I'd play 12. I'll have to trust Jason Kerr and Tom Abell to make the decision how to get that down to 11

geordie moonraker
11/04/2019 08:34
Spot on Bagpuss… I'm glad I'm not picking the team because I can then criticize the make up of the 11 chosen!!

Grockle
11/04/2019 10:59
Jack L for Eddie and we'll bowl it seems



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Wickham
11/04/2019 11:15
The Duckett LBW looked plumb (unless he had hit it). Well bowled Jack Brooks!

mikeindex
11/04/2019 11:38
They've gone with my team selection. All my fault if it goes wrong then.

cricketjerry-mouse
11/04/2019 11:56
Joe Clarke, labelled by some as the next great England no.3, didn`t stick around long. Notts 54-3. Wickets for Brooks, Davey and Gregory.

Grockle
11/04/2019 12:27
Quote:
mikeindex
They've gone with my team selection. All my fault if it goes wrong then.

Noted Mikeindex. You are it if it goes pearshaped.



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AGod
11/04/2019 12:45
Was just about to say that, for my money, we'd bowled too much short stuff over the previous 45 minutes, when LG got one pitched up and accounted for Mullaney.

I'm not convinced that there's a huge amount in this track, though, so I think that we can be happy with 4 wkts, but also that Leachy will probably have a busy afternoon, and I do think that, by not bowling with our customary discipline, we've given away quite a few more runs than we would have liked.

I thought Josh Davey bowled rather well earlier.

AGod
11/04/2019 12:56
Great give-away from Chris Nash - thank you very, very much, Sir!!!

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AGod
11/04/2019 12:59
The one thing that I think is in this deck is a bit of bounce, so Broad and Ball might prove a handful in that respect. But, at 5 wkts before our food, we can be very pleased, particularly with Nash, who had looked very fluent, gone.

Grockle
11/04/2019 13:00
Lewis in amongst them again. Loving watching Josh bowl He now goes for little and keeps all the batsmen honest in the process!!



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Somerset LaLaLa
11/04/2019 13:02
Well done Mikeindex. The earlier question on how good is Joe Clarke when facing Lewis Gregory seems to be not very. Or Somerset spotted Farmer was out the ground and decided to tease him with a few wickets

Rod1883
11/04/2019 13:04
Brooks very expensive. Trying too hard to impress at his new county?

Wickham
11/04/2019 13:14
A very successful morning. Brooks bowls an attacking length, which means that he can be expensive, but he also takes wickets.

I agree about Josh Davey, Grockle. I admire the way he has transformed himself from someone who swung the ball at the start of an innings, but was then cannon fodder, into a very good and consistent pace bowler.

AGod
11/04/2019 13:17
Overcompensated, I think, for over-pitching last week. Especially in second spell dropped in too much weak short stuff. Bagpuss's hunch is apparently right, per the commentary team he has an incredibly good record at Trent Bridge, but one suspects that mot of his success has probably come on greener tracks and/or under leaden skies.

Whereas Josh bowled well enough to suggest that it was right not to leave him out in favour of Leachy, we can't say that - as yet - of Brooks. Of course events may or may not show that we really could have done with the extra batsman. To be fair to the selectors it doesn't exactly look any sort of terror track to bat on. However, a lack of form within the batting may, nevertheless, be a concern.



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AGod
11/04/2019 13:20
Incidentally, I hadn't realised this, but Stephen Lamb said that Jack Leach was going to play vs Kent, but that we changed our mind after the first day washout, with only a 3 day game in the offing.

That's juat another reason not to agree with Tom's suggestion of reverting to three day cricket .... just imagine how much less bowling would be done by spinners in the modern game (it's bad enough as it is).

AGod
11/04/2019 13:26
One final thing from the commentary, for anybody not listening, supposedly the bowlers have said that there is less of a seam on the ball this season. Let's hope that fact leads to more opportunities for spinners (but not for run fests on dull flat tracks).

Grockle
11/04/2019 13:37
Yes Bartlett could not have played had Friday not been washed out so Jack would have.



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Phrench Phil
11/04/2019 14:03
Quote:
Grockle
Bartlett could not have played had Friday not been washed out so Jack would have.

Could not, due to his injury?

AGod
11/04/2019 14:24
Doesn't necessarily sound as though any further breakthroughs are imminent.

AGod
11/04/2019 14:43
Should we go on to prevail in this match, then LG bowling Samit, to end that stand, might well be one of the pivotal moments.... because that partnership looked like it had the potential to take them up to 300 or so.

AGod
11/04/2019 15:16
At this rate, I would think Jack Brooks should be glad that there are no more immediate CC1 games because, if there were, he would surely be a good bet to lose his place to TG.

Somerset LaLaLa
11/04/2019 15:21
My concern with this game has always been that the track goes the same way as with Yorkshire, but before it gets that far we have to make a decent first innings score particularly against the new ball

AGod
11/04/2019 15:38
We've got Leach and Yorks don't have him. So I think we have less to fear on that score but whether our own batting can be trusted in this one, very much remains to be seen..

Wickham
11/04/2019 16:25
A very satisfactory day, so far. What a season Lewis Gregory is having - Stephen Lamb mentioned on commentary that he is fully fit for the first time for a number of years.

At the risk of tempting fate, there don't seem to be any demons in the pitch.

AGod
11/04/2019 16:32
In my opinion, this is a 320-350 type track ("par").

In which case, we've got them out for about 70 or so short of that par.

Whether our guys are in good enough form to ourselves achieve said par is, of course, open to question.

Also, a change in overhead conditions is liable to equate to a change in par for the conditions. And tomorrow's forecast seems to be the worst of the four days (the most overcast).

somexile
11/04/2019 16:50
At this moment Somerset have taken as many wickets as in the other 3 Div 1 games combined

AGod
11/04/2019 16:55
Poor decision given vs Azhar, IMO. Would probably have slid down. DRS might, possibly, have shown a third of the ball or something clipping the leg-pole but the batsman should have been given the benefit of the doubt.

AGod
11/04/2019 17:10
Marcus may want to put that hook shot away for now... a couple of unconvincing efforts. May be better to just bat conservatively for now.

Somerset LaLaLa
11/04/2019 17:21
Scores looking high (300 ish and going well) in the three other division one games, where all the sides winning the toss chose to bat.

Mike K
11/04/2019 17:38
Marcus and James gone in quick succession. Hopefully Tom is Abell to steady the ship.

Rod1883
11/04/2019 17:39
Their score looking pretty good now, unfortunately.

cricketjerry-mouse
11/04/2019 18:10
All those posters who last season urged Lewis Gregory to stop disrupting the Somerset dressing room and make up his mind to leave - when negotiations were under way for longer than usual over a new contract - must be rather pleased now they weren`t heeded.

rodders
11/04/2019 18:19
Top three made 30 between them - need some new blood - we will not win anything with that top order I am afraid !

wsm fan
11/04/2019 22:02
Interested to know if any posters with comments on todays play are in Nottingham watching live with first hand knowkedge of play & conditions?
Or just looking at the card and or a conputer fixed camera stream?

Against a strong batting line up, and fast outfield on a sunny day we bowled a division 1 side out inside 2 sessions.
If i was being picky we bowled a few too many 4 balls but if you want wickets you have to have attacking fields and pitch it up to encourage those edges.

Broad is a test bowler with 400+ test wickets, he bowled well. Azhar LBW looked leggy live & on replays to me but hey ho. Hildy leg strangle to worst ball Notts bowled.
Tom & George looked solid & saw us to the close well.

Roll on 11am, we saw not 5 days ago how much fight this team has, lets see how things stand at the close of day 2.
Parity-ish would set up a great final 2 days.

AGod
11/04/2019 22:54
We can all see the game on the live feed, WSM.

It provides at least as good a view of the actual pitch as the vast majority of seats in any given ground do.

The day was a paradox.. on the one hand we got them out for what I think was a below-par score for the pitch/conditions today. On the other hand, we certainly bowled too many four balls (and a couple of six ones). Had we been a bit more disciplined then I think we'd have got them out for a total absolutely indisputably below par.

I don't think parity on first innings would much suit us, as we'd then be under the gun of having to chase something potentially significant in the final innings.

Therefore, difficult as it may prove - especially if tomorrow's forecast for more overcast conditions is borne out, I think we shall probably need to bat past them, preferably a distance past them, to win the game.

Grockle
12/04/2019 00:20
I'm assuming you are talking about re-organising rather than replacing the top 3 taking into account one of them is our full season international and another is our most consistent batsman in the last couple of seasons.

Who is the 'new blood' though? I can only think of bringing Ben Green back in or opening the door to Mr Lammomby. Marcus has to put some fitst innings scotes on the doors. Winning without bonus points loses you Championships.



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Farmer White
12/04/2019 04:14
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Advantage Notts?



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AGod
12/04/2019 06:58
Viz the pitch, Farmer, LG's take is that the track has a little bit of nip in it - but that it is slower than the Kent track, reducing the margin of error for the bowlers. I certainly think there was zero sign of the track being two-paced in any way and that would explain the confidence, on the drive, of the Notts batsmen, IMO.

In some respects Notts bowled rather more accurately than we did (less to hit) - or perhaps, when they bowled bad balls they weren't just slightly bad - but rather utter rubbish, such as Broad's wide, another one that went over the keeper's head etc - hence they didn't get whacked for four or six off the bat, in the way that our guys did when they made minor errors of either dropping short or over pitching.



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geordie moonraker
12/04/2019 07:24
A very interesting overnight position. I think we need to bat nearly all day and that must be the target for the day. We cannot afford to be behind on first innings.

Angell Face
12/04/2019 10:18
I don't think we should write off the top 3 when we are only half way through the second match of the season but I think we should change the batting order. I would put Azhar down to 3 and find an opening partner for Trescothick. I was impressed by Byrom last year but if Bartlett is being given preference how about Abell opening. Didn't he start out as an opener? Certainly Hildreth should not be batting at 3 - I'd bat him at 5 but that's a particular bee in my bonnet!

Somerset LaLaLa
12/04/2019 10:40
Our wins at the start of last season involved sloppy batting, but with important contributions from Renshaw, Hildreth and Abell. For us to be in a commanding position now we need several good batting efforts, beyond the captain. There is a huge reliance on Azhar Ali to come good and seemingly no team benefits to the change in the general batting order of last season. At the moment, from the comfort of Somerset, we don't appear to be good enough in that department. I'd rather say this during the match and come back later if proven wrong. Yes, they have Broad but there are bigger challenges to come with Surrey next

AGod
12/04/2019 10:52
Angell Face - at the moment I'm afraid that we are putting James Hildreth's England ambitions ahead of our own ambitions.

To be honest, I'd be happy to see either/both of Eddie Byrom and Tom Abell in the top three. Both men, and perhaps especially Eddie, seem to be mentally comfortable with batting for a long time, even it the scoreboard is not moving in dramatic fashion. And in the early part of a season, in particular, that's a valuable commodity.

I think that Tom Abell may have confused himself a little. Yes, we all know that he had a very bad season two seasons ago. At the time, if memory serves, he was batting top three? Eventually he dropped himself (LG led the side to victory at North Marine Road) and then, later in the season, he came back in, I think at 5, and did a bit better. Then he had a fairly solid season at five last season. Yet he had previously made some good runs in the top three. I don't really think that the reason his form returned is simply that he dropped down the order. If I recall, prior to the annus horribilis he had been down in Australia and some coach there had meddled with his technique. That was identified, at the time, as a big factor in that year of famine. It may be that, whilst still growing as a captain he feels the need for a breather (mentally) after rigours in the field and that batting at 5 last year (4 now) affords him a little time to do that. But I think that, both temperamentally and technically, he is well-suited to a top three berth.

AGod
12/04/2019 10:59
It is well known (or at least widely believed - I suspect that there may be no statistical back up for this) that it seems that, when an all-rounder goes well in one suit in a given match, it often boosts the other suit. Didn't work for LG in game one, but I have the feeling that - if we are to get up, around, and preferably past the Notts total, we shall need some good runs from LG today so it is to be hoped that this idea will be in effect.

It's hard to disagree with Lewis when he suggested that the first session today may very well decide the course of the entire match. Of course, it's possible that it might not do - for example, should we go into lunch on, say, 150 for 5 then nothing much will have been decided (other than that we'd still be in the game). I'd say, that this morning's is a session that, if Notts win it, it will be tough for us to come back from. If we win it, then it sets us up for a chance at winning the game, though, of course, it's perfectly possible that, even were we to lunch on 165-3 or 170-4, then we might still not achieve much of a first-innings lead. But if lunch see SCCC at 130-6 or, perish the thought, 7, then Notts will clearly be in the box seat.

AGod
12/04/2019 11:24
Interesting point being made on the commentary viz the change in the toss rules - Dave Bracegirlde is saying that Notts would have known, pretty much for certain, some five months ago, that they would be "invited," to bat first by Yorkshire.... and this gave the groundstaff five months to try to take the sting out of the wicket.... Had the toss rule not been in force, then it is likely that a much livelier wicket would have been prepared.

AGod
12/04/2019 11:42
Notts sub fielder is "Leverock," - not Dwayne, I trust, otherwise there might be a quick three to him at any point on the outfield!

Loyal of Lhasa
12/04/2019 11:56
So that's the follow-on avoided. More good news is that we have gained two points on Hampshire, who have secured only one bowling point (unless they take a hat trick in the last three balls of over 110!) against our three.



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AGod
12/04/2019 12:16
Thanks, Skip!!

Somerset LaLaLa
12/04/2019 12:23
Well done nos. 4 and 5

AGod
12/04/2019 12:27
Well done, George, great to see.

mikeindex
12/04/2019 12:30
I too picked up on the sub fielder - apparently Samit Patel has been off the field all morning so far, so if he has something serious the matter it will impact quite a bit on Notts' fourth-day attack.
The sub is Kam Leverock, nephew of the above, who had a bit of a run in our 2nd XI a couple of years ago and whose non-avuncular athleticism I witnessed briefly in a cup semi-final - the same match where George B got a 60-odd which impressed me more than any innings I'd seen from a teenage batsman in years.
While I have expressed misgivings about sticking with Marcus at No. 1, I noted that the Notts commentator remarked that he batted extremely well in testing circumstances last night despite only making 10. I did catch Azhar's lbw on the live stream and thought it pretty borderline.
Outstanding work by our young 4th-wicket pair so far this morning.

Railboy
12/04/2019 12:34
Top work from these two. Hopefully George B has nailed himself into the CC team for the foreseeable future.

Grockle
12/04/2019 12:39
Bermuda link. Kam is nephew of Dwayne (20 stone flying slip fielder Bermuda v India 2007).



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Tumbles
12/04/2019 13:05
Had worse morning sessions.

Mike TA1
12/04/2019 13:11
AGOD- I too picked up on the sub fielder - apparently Samit Patel has been off the field all morning so far,

His wife has just given birth.

AGod
12/04/2019 13:11
What a TERRIFIC SCCC morning.

By lunch, Notts were resorting to something approaching leg-theory, such little encouragement had they received.

It is incumbent on these two to re-establish concentration after their grub (or awful energy shake or whatever they are allowed these days!) and then just keep going in exactly the same vein.

Of course, you could/should always add 2 wickets to a scorecard, and the new ball is, what, 21 over or so away....... I know it's being greedy but, because of the new ball, I'd like about another 40 overs of these two, so that nobody else comes in against a new cherry. With little lateral movement evident any more, one wonders whether Notts will also try the "enforcer," stuff with the new cherry?

Shepton Paul 2
12/04/2019 13:18
Well played, Tom and George - better morning than we could've hoped for!

Wickham
12/04/2019 13:43
An excellent morning. It’s especially pleasing that GB has taken his opportunities to cement a place in the side.

I reckon that the overall state of the match is still pretty even. So, after an important morning, we have an important afternoon!

mikeindex
12/04/2019 14:02
Congratulations to Samit Patel and his wife.

Somerset LaLaLa
12/04/2019 14:11
Our first batting bonus point, something these two ought to be very pleased about. Let's treasure it and hope we get another

Somerset LaLaLa
12/04/2019 14:21
Kent have just topped 500 against Warwickshire featuring Adam Hose, Glamorgan declaring on a whopping 570 (yes, I checked that) and Yorkshire going well on 450, so a lot of batting going on

mikeindex
12/04/2019 14:21
Quote:
mikeindex
Congratulations to Samit Patel and his wife.
...that said, I dread to think what my then wife might have said if I'd dashed off to play cricket as soon as any of ours were born.

Tumbles
12/04/2019 14:37
Played George.

Tumbles
12/04/2019 14:39
..and now Tom.

Wickham
12/04/2019 14:42
What a stand! Not only has the batting been highly effective, it has also been intelligent (in the last ten overs with an old ball, these two have scored 65) and both bat with great style, making it a pleasure to watch them.

Now for career bests, please.

mikeindex
12/04/2019 14:43
Record 4th-wicket partnership for Som v Notts - beating a previous record by two considerably larger-built gentlemen

Somerset LaLaLa
12/04/2019 14:49
Absolutely delightful, answering the question what can happen when the top 3 fail

Phrench Phil
12/04/2019 14:55
So, we are now in the lead and GB has reached his highest First Class score.

Any runs now will only increase both scores and may be considered a bonus.



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Somerset LaLaLa
12/04/2019 14:57
Believe this is now George's highest first class score (previously 110 at Old Trafford last season, when Marcus broke his foot)

Tumbles
12/04/2019 15:08
New ball I guess key.. hopefully we can score quick.

brt1919
12/04/2019 15:38
In the context of winning this match, today’s performance means nothing - we know from the last match it’s quite possible to be 2nd best much of the game but raise the level to win at the end. But looking at the big picture, this has been a tremendous day. Bartlett will rightly get most of the praise, but what a contribution by our captain too. This isn’t a poor attack they’ve been up against either. And when our top 3 batsmen find their feet too......

Grockle
12/04/2019 15:59
So much for the assessment of George after his first innings - 'rabbit in the headlights' I think it was. Great maturity in this knock.


So, presently we need a new 1, 2 and 3 but 4 and 5 seem OK



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AGod
12/04/2019 16:03
Bartlett's two career CC tons - First one vs Jimmy at OT, second one vs Broad at T Bridge.

Really tremendous stuff from him today.

I note that Liam Dawson has, already, had to bowl 55 overs in a single innings at Headingley - which must be some kind of record for the second week in April.

There really doesn't seem much left in this track here at T Bridge for the seamer, today, meaning that our man, Leachy, might also be in for a rather long bowl, I think.

Meantime, I've given zero thought to the white ball stuff that's about to start but, presumably, if he wasn't already pencilled in to play, then Mr Bartlett will be inked in to start the 50 over campaign in a few days' time?

Wickham
12/04/2019 16:19
Agree, AG - save that Hampshire are bowling at the Ageas Bowl, rather than Headingley.

Tumbles
12/04/2019 16:50
Quote:
AGod
Bartlett's two career CC tons - First one vs Jimmy at OT, second one vs Broad at T Bridge.
Really tremendous stuff from him today.

I note that Liam Dawson has, already, had to bowl 55 overs in a single innings at Headingley - which must be some kind of record for the second week in April.

There really doesn't seem much left in this track here at T Bridge for the seamer, today, meaning that our man, Leachy, might also be in for a rather long bowl, I think.

Meantime, I've given zero thought to the white ball stuff that's about to start but, presumably, if he wasn't already pencilled in to play, then Mr Bartlett will be inked in to start the 50 over campaign in a few days' time?

340/7 would suggest with the newish ball there is still life in it.

Somerset LaLaLa
12/04/2019 16:52
The team selection for this match was always going to be difficult, I am sure Eddie would have come good on this pitch. The decision to have an extra bowler seems to have paid off so far with a role for Jack expected in the second innings. At least George must be in for the Surrey game. Some healthy competition is good and may encourage a shuffle in the batting order. Who else really wants to open?

Somerset LaLaLa
12/04/2019 16:59
3 batting bonus points - does a little dance in front the screen.

Well it doesn't happen every day to us. In April

Phrench Phil
12/04/2019 17:10
AGod mentioned in an earlier post how momentum was important and how, a good bowling performance might lead to a good batting innings.
It would seem that a certain Mr Gregory was listening.

AGod
12/04/2019 17:24
Broad being treated with complete, total and utter disdain having gone into his mindless "England enforcer," mode (which never works for England either!).

Great to see!! Great knock from LG.

Tumbles
12/04/2019 17:26
400 up. What a fab day.

Grockle
12/04/2019 17:27
Josh Davey taking on Broad and winning 28 off 27 while Lewis stomps on with 50 off 49. Great I can stream this though nothing else is getting done and I'm blaming 'jet lag'.



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Grizzzly
12/04/2019 17:27
Simply wonderful day for George Bartlett. I have always felt he had plenty of potential and he has now turned it into reality. Am sure he will be chuffed as old boots tonight.

Also thrilled for Tom and Lewis. CJ-M made reference to last seasons doubters re the latter and I admit that (pre new contract signature), I was one of them, so I’m very happy to eat humble pie.

Not sure how the top order is going to work out, but it’s tremendous to see such middle order perform so well.

Grizzzly

Phrench Phil
12/04/2019 17:30
It's now looking as if we shall probably bowl a few overs this evening - a few wickets would put a huge smile on my face.

Somerset LaLaLa
12/04/2019 17:32
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AGod
It is well known (or at least widely believed - I suspect that there may be no statistical back up for this) that it seems that, when an all-rounder goes well in one suit in a given match, it often boosts the other suit. Didn't work for LG in game one, but I have the feeling that - if we are to get up, around, and preferably past the Notts total, we shall need some good runs from LG today so it is to be hoped that this idea will be in effect

Well called and another bonus point

geordie moonraker
12/04/2019 18:14
And 2 down for Jack B
Splendid

Scrumper
12/04/2019 18:15
Great stuff 16-2!

Anyone else having trouble with the stream sound?

Tumbles
12/04/2019 18:15
Ruddy marvellous day

Bobstan
12/04/2019 18:20
It's all gone rather well today really.

Angell Face
12/04/2019 18:25
If we go on like this we might just avoid relegation!

cricketjerry-mouse
12/04/2019 19:11
And just for good measure, Tom Banton hit 100 off just 76 balls, and Dom Bess took 4-31, as the Seconds raced to victory over their Worcestershire counterparts in just 28 overs in a 50-overs match at Taunton Vale today.

cricketjerry-mouse
12/04/2019 19:22
Cricinfo has the slightly strange habit of giving county championship tables half way through four-day matches.

Somerset currently leading the way with 27 points, two ahead of Hants, 10 of Notts, 14 of the Yorkies, 18 of Kent, 23 of one-match Surrey, 23 of Essex and 25 of one-match Warwickshire.

Cleavo
12/04/2019 20:02
What a fantastic day! Certainly didn’t see that coming given our batting frailties. Delighted for George Bartlett who is now turning the potential I thought he always had into reality. He has grabbed his opportunity with both hands especially after not being named in the original 13 man squad for opening game. Massive credit where it’s due.

Pleased to see Tom get that big score after giving his wicket away cheaply twice during Kent game having got a start in both innings. He has played well thus far this season and today will give him so much confidence. As for LG superb again playing his natural game with the bat to guide us to maximum batting points.

Two early wickets in Notts 2nd innings has capped off what has been a great day for the team. No let up now and hopefully finish the job tomorrow. Won’t be easy, but have every confidence in our bowling attack. Will be interesting to see if Leach has a role to play tomorrow.

sfwithers
12/04/2019 23:15
Obviously a very good day for Somerset, regardless of what happens in the rest of the match. But it does make me wonder why nobody took a punt on Gregory in the IPL. Okay, I know it's a whole different kettle of fish, but he seems to cope with pressure well and considering his performances at the end of last season and the beginning of this, he might have been a bargain for somebody for his efforts with both ball and bat.

I always start the season hoping to avoid relegation (call me a pessimist) but this season I'm actually starting with a positive air.

(I won't be able to follow the cricket for much of tomorrow - supporting Bath Rugby at Gloucester, in a sponsor's box, but I'm quietly positive. I'd certainly much rather be in Somerset's shoes than Nottingham's.)

brt1919
12/04/2019 23:56
I guess it just shows how strong the England one day side is that Gregory hasn’t had a sniff of that either. He’s unlucky in some respects there although you can’t really argue against the players who have been playing

Farmer White
13/04/2019 08:30
Here is my day 2 report.

At the top of my website home page here:

[farmerwhite.co.uk]

Or here:

Advantage Notts?



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AGod
13/04/2019 08:30
I think it would be realistic to say that we, arguably, start the day today with the same sort of feeling with which Notts might have started the day yesterday... They'd have been thinking, 2 or 3 wkts in the first hour, and the heavy lifting may be all but done ... we will surely be thinking the same, albeit that the presence of Fletcher means that, for us, we might not think that until we have 3 wkts (assuming he is one of them).

I do think it flattened out into a pretty good batting track yesterday, and pretty slow, too. So I think it will be some hard yakka. I want to get the final 8 wkts for the addition of no more than another 240 or so runs, and I expect Leachy to need to do quite a bit of bowling.

Nailsea_Fizz
13/04/2019 09:15
I want doesn't get, Agod. Didn't you're mother teach you anything.

Somerset LaLaLa
13/04/2019 09:37
Thank you for warming the cockles of our hearts, it is excellent to get the view from inside the ground. The first round Notts v Yorks game seemed to descend into a flat batting track, with not much on offer for the bowlers (or spectators) by day 4. My fear was that this pitch would be prepared the same, given our seam attack, and was not entirely convinced in the uncontested toss. However, apart from Broad their bowlers did appear rather toothless. Today will tell, I'm rather confident and feel Tom is going to bowl a few. It will also be interesting what Lewis continues to achieve with the world cup round the corner

Grockle
13/04/2019 12:06
Marcus putting on pads Jack on to bowl soon?



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AGod
13/04/2019 12:09
I should certainly like to see the introduction of the great man in the not too distant future..

Grockle
13/04/2019 12:11
Ooohh Jacky Boy!!



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AGod
13/04/2019 12:12
And it took the GREAT Matthew Jack Leach all of 6 balls to get rid of Slater.

I should like to add:

For any spinner, the ideal scenario would be a fast, bouncy pitch taking some considerable turn on a consistent basis.

But the second best scenario would be a track of any type on which some balls are turning, and some not. On the evidence of Jack's first over, we may have just such as second best scenario on our hands here..

Loyal of Lhasa
13/04/2019 12:18
Dame Fortune is a mischievous mistress... As I recall, Bartlett was dropped very early in his second innings against Kent (thanks Renshaw!). Had that catch been held he would not have gone on to score a fifty and would probably have been dropped for the current match. I wonder what Byrom thinks about that.



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AGod
13/04/2019 12:20
I'm sure Eddie will reflect that he has, in past, got to the odd 70 or 80, but not yet gone on. He will be even more determined to do so, in the future, one imagines than in the past.

(But I know what you mean).

Grockle
13/04/2019 12:24
Ooohhh Jacky Boy!!!



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AGod
13/04/2019 12:25
Heaven hath no treasure like our Leachy!!!!

Superb stuff. He really is magnificent!

AGod
13/04/2019 12:28
Grockle - do you think the ECB will send its pitch inspectors!? (TIC)

Grockle
13/04/2019 12:40
Ohhhhh Jacky Boy!!



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Grockle
13/04/2019 12:40
I doubt the Fletcher shot had anything to do with the pitch!! Nightwatchman headfit!!



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AGod
13/04/2019 12:41
Nightwatchman forgot that he's not the real number four in the Notts line-up!!! Played well, though.

Scrumper
13/04/2019 12:41
Rush of blood from Fletcher (Sm126)

AGod
13/04/2019 12:52
Sound captaincy from Tom, here.

Not over attacking.

I hate it when Captains over attack and just leak runs as a consequence.

AGod
13/04/2019 13:02
A good effort from all of the seamers and a GREAT one from the GREAT man.

Grockle
13/04/2019 13:03
3 for 8 from 8. Bloody awesome.



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AGod
13/04/2019 13:09
A tough decision for Mullaney and Samit at lunch. Two gnarled old pros. If Jack was just some young upstart that happened to be having a good day, then you'd look at the match situation and you'd think "We must attack the spinner - we can't let him just tie us down - if we attack him, he might fold." But they know it's very unlikely that canny Jack will be perturbed by being attacked ...and if they go on the attack like Fletcher and just hole out in the deep quickly, or get stumped, then they leave themselves open to criticism... tough call...

cricketjerry-mouse
13/04/2019 13:24
One wonders whether Notts took the right decision in playing Joe Clarke in this match, in view of what was going on elsewhere.

A ton and unbeaten 97 against Yorkshire, 2 and 2 here.

AGod
13/04/2019 14:11
The GREAT Matthew Jack Leach (and, as Murray Walker would always say "I use the term advisedly") is, for my money, our best bowler since the GREAT Andrew Richard Caddick.

Absolute peach to do for Mullaney - with very good work from SD.



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AGod
13/04/2019 14:29
Oh, Marcus - what a GREAT day!! Excellent catch. Another superb piece of bowling.

Jack far, far, too good for Notts.

Tumbles
13/04/2019 14:52
That’ll do me babbers. Blackbird

AGod
13/04/2019 14:54
One of our best performances for many years, IMO!!

We own Notts at the moment. Seven straight wins, most by overwhelming margins. But whereas a couple of those were end of season affairs vs a Notts outfit that had given up, I don't see that as the case here.

To win the CC you need to have batsmen who make the bowlers bowl them out, and bowlers who apply consistent pressure. We have the second of those things but we have too seldom had the first... BUT that George / Tom stand was the epitome of denying hope to the opposition and giving them nothing..........if IF IF IF IF IF IF .. that Bartlett/Abell stand is a sign of increased batting steel and things to come on that front?

Well then...

Grizzzly
13/04/2019 15:06
One word.......magnificent !

Two words- Jack Leach !

Grizzzly

cricketjerry-mouse
13/04/2019 15:10
Early days yet, but Somerset`s recent `failure` to bring in any new batters, heavily criticised here by the usual suspects, is rather in contrast with the Notts policy of waving their cheque book and poaching left right and centre from other Midlands counties.


Lets look at their five most recent `acquisitions` - Ben Duckett 0 and 4
(dropped on 0) in the current match; Ben Slater 24 and 34; Joe Clarke (who some say should have been our main target) 2 and 2; Zak Chappell not selected; Paul Coughlin already injured again after missing almost all 2018 for the same reason.


Give me your George Bartletts, Eddie Byroms, Tom Bantons, Dom Besses, Tim Rouses any day.

Bobstan
13/04/2019 15:10
Leach obviously wonderful. Credit too to BrooksyFerret; he and all the wicketless bowlers were so economical, keeping the pressure on.

AGod
13/04/2019 15:10
Top man, Grizzly, is he not!?

I think that, had we gone with an all-seam attack, then the Notts innings would have gone on for some time and we might well have faced a nerve-wracking run chase. But with Leachy on that kind of form, the chances of not winning the match became virtually nil.

AGod
13/04/2019 15:14
In the end, on what I thought a pretty good batting surface, there were only five scores of 50 or more in the whole match and, after our two tons the next best score on either side was only 58 (by Chris Nash, who then threw his wicket away). And for all the brilliant bowling by our guys... there's a key difference - Nash was looking really good, got to 58 and then did a typical Somerset thing and threw his wicket away. Abell and Bartlett got into the 50s and kept their noses down and ground Notts into the dust... GREAT to see.

Shepton Paul 2
13/04/2019 15:25
Still a bit disappointed that our top spinner only takes wickets on specially-prepared bunsens like Ciderabad and Nottingmumbai, that our seamers only take wickets on greentops like Taunton and Trent Bridge, while the likes of Hildreth and Abell are just flat-track bullies who rack up easy runs on roads served up by cheating counties like Somerset and Notts. No wonder our players aren't good enough to be regular internationals.

AGod
13/04/2019 15:26
Another encouraging facet is that we're up to played two, won two, having not yet got anything of any note at all from Azhar or Hildreth. I won't include Marcus any more on that list after today's acrobatics!

Shepton Paul 2
13/04/2019 15:31
Somerset have six (SIX) bowlers in the top 20 of the CC1 averages!

mikeindex
13/04/2019 15:50
In the other matches I see Hampshire, the only other team to win their first match, are looking by the far the most likely to lose their current one (and, surely, stone-cold certain not to win it) - so whatever happens we will be top by at least ten points when the current round finishes.

Mike TA1
13/04/2019 16:10
I hope I never hear again from other county supporters that Jack Leach can only take wickets on Taunton pitches!!

What a great win after a shaky start. Is this the year?

mikeindex
13/04/2019 16:19
@Mike his six-for at that famed Bunsen Headingley didn't stop them so I doubt this performance will!

Tumbles
13/04/2019 16:24
Quote:
mikeindex
In the other matches I see Hampshire, the only other team to win their first match, are looking by the far the most likely to lose their current one (and, surely, stone-cold certain not to win it) - so whatever happens we will be top by at least ten points when the current round finishes.

Difficult to see much than draws in other games

mikeindex
13/04/2019 16:32
Quote:
Tumbles
Difficult to see much than draws in other games

Not so sure about that - Hants need another 107 to avoid the follow-on against Yorks and if they fail to do so will have to bat out all of tomorrow (though tail-end batsmen being what they are now, and with Barker at 10, making the 107 seems a lot less unlikely than it once would); and Warwickshire have (eventually) been made to follow on against Kent and have lost one wicket already.

Best hope for a result in the Surrey-Essex games would seem to be a Surrey third-innings collapse - one can dream...

Btw as my XI won can I now claim the credit?

mikeindex
13/04/2019 16:34
...oh, and well said CJM in your post of 15.10 about our young home-grown, or at least home-trained, players.

AGod
13/04/2019 16:55
I see that Liam Dawson, having bowled as many as 60 overs, then made 50 odd with the bat. Some sort of ‘iron man,’ award for him may be in order..

mikeindex
13/04/2019 17:00
Quote:
AGod
I see that Liam Dawson, having bowled as many as 60 overs, then made 50 odd with the bat. Some sort of ‘iron man’ award for him may be in order.

I'd settle for a tube of Ralgex and a large leisurely drink.

sfwithers
13/04/2019 17:47
Just saw my beloved Bath Rugby beaten by Glawster after we went 17-0 up. Bah! Get back to the hotel and fire up cricinfo - OH YES! That's eased my disappointment!! Six for Jack. Huzzah!



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Somerset LaLaLa
13/04/2019 17:55
Just back in and Wowwww

Quote:
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Jack >>Samit

Jack >>Any other spin bowler

Grizzzly
13/04/2019 18:51
9 April 11.56

Quote:
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Jack L in, but who is to miss out ?
Surely not GB after his match changing innings. Perhaps more likely to be EB who carries the drinks ?

Grizzzly

Can I claim it as well Mikeindex ?!

Grizzzly



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Grockle
13/04/2019 19:44
Not in retrospect I am afraid Grizzz. Mikeindex did take the responsibility and would have got the flak had it all gone wrong.

Please feel free to claim the next one.



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AGod
13/04/2019 21:47
Good to see Jack Brooks say that we should have actually held Notts to a lower first innings total (we actually bowled too many four balls in the first dig). That’s precisely the kind of self-critical attitude that the best teams need to have.

cricketjerry-mouse
14/04/2019 00:26
I see Notts head coach Peter Moores has admitted that Joe Clarke had found it difficult to concentrate on cricket. Earlier in the week, he had given evidence at Worcester Crown Court at the retrial of his former Worcestershire colleague, friend and flat-mate Alex Hepburn, found guilty of raping a sleeping girl at his flat.

Why on earth was he playing then?

wsm fan
14/04/2019 07:01
Crikey we are a good team now!

Spent an extremely enjoyable 3 days (well 2.5) at Trent Bridge watching us ruthlessly tear Notts apart.
7 championship wins in a row now v Notts, hope it doesn't rain for the home match!

Following us away is a real pleasure.
Our travelling support is really quite something.
Hundreds of familiar faces, and the best thing is no moaning!
People who follow the team away make a real effort, time, money etc. They do so due to a real SUPPORT for the club and their team.
Plenty of Notts home moaning but i can cope with that!

I was lucky enough to bump into and chat to so many like minded "supporters" of the team, Mr&Mrs Parsons, Tractor, Farmer, Mr&Mrs Bartlett (very proud parents on day 2) Mr Overton, Polly the scorer, and several others i dont know the names of but are friendly faces who share the same support of our players.

There will be bumps along the way, but we have a great bunch of lads now all pushing each other, come September things just might start to get very exciting.....

AGod
14/04/2019 10:08
It will, most likely, all depend, on replicating the focus and intensity of that Bartlett/Abell partnership on a more regular basis - and at key moments during games.

Provided Jack isn't taken away for pointless drink carrying sessions with England (one assumes they'll still pick Mo in the XI when only one spinner as always neurotic about batting and Mo a good batting record at home), then we would seem to have the attack to keep most sides under pressure in most conditions.

It sounds like A A Donald, a fearsome fast bowler, was impressed with those he saw working off to the side of the Kent game (in addition to those that played), pointing to our having a pool of bowlers which we can rotate according to form, fitness and conditions.

Finally, one has to say a very big well done to Andy Hurry and Jason Kerr who seem to be alone, within the past 15 or so years in finding the answer to getting this side to actually start seasons properly!! Brian Rose couldn't do it (apart from one year in CC2) and Messrs Maynard and Nosworthy most certainly couldn't do it. So very well done indeed to Andy and Jason. And well done to the briefly tenured Mr Cooper for ending the Maynard reign, and installing the current regime.

Grizzzly
14/04/2019 11:32
Quote:
Grockle
Not in retrospect I am afraid Grizzz. Mikeindex did take the responsibility and would have got the flak had it all gone wrong.
Please feel free to claim the next one.

Lol — my quote was from 9 April Grockle.

But I’m happy to relinquish any claim on the basis that I usually get it wrong anyway.

Cracking result though !

Grizzzly

Wickham
14/04/2019 14:45
Yes, great result and great performance.

I agree, AG, with your comments about Andy Hurry and Jason Kerr; but I would also give credit to Tom Abell - and I’m sure that others deserve credit too.

AGod
14/04/2019 14:48
Yes, indeed, although - if memory serves, I think Tom's appointment pre-dated Andy's by one year. But one imagines that Tom has certainly played a big role, too. IOW... I think that, in their current roles, Andy and Jason have a 100% record of getting the side off to fast starts, as opposed to the 0% record of their predecessors.

Of course, it may be that some of the playing group have matured and developed with age and that may have also played a big part.



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mikeindex
14/04/2019 15:15
Yorkshire have at last beaten Hampshire by an innings, after being held up by a 9th-wicket stand of 131, and are now second on 32 points to our 43; Hants are 3rd on 28. If Kent eventually manage to finish off Warwickshire (which is looking decreasingly likely - more lower-order heroics) they will go joint 3rd. Surrey and Essex is surely a nailed-on draw.

So there we are.

Loyal of Lhasa
14/04/2019 16:02
AGod's posting of 14.48 reinforces a point I have felt compelled to make from time to time when the moaners among us complain that we're starting the season with the same players as in the previous season, namely that they are NOT the same players but players with another year of experience behind them.



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Seventy-one Seasons a Somerset Supporter

mikeindex
14/04/2019 16:17
Well said LoL.
Grizzly, I am more than happy to share the credit.
Kent need 123 off 31 overs. Not the doddle it would be with white-ball rules.

Grockle
14/04/2019 16:40
Many of who have spent a winter improving the areas of their game that they identified as weaknesses in the previous season.

We've said on here for a few years now that Somerset was a team in 'transition'. Well maybe, just maybe, the transition period is over and this is what we have from a lot of that work.

Tom Abell, Josh Davey, Lewis Gregory, Jack Leach, Craig Overton have spent a long time getting here. Eddie, George, Jamie, Dom and a number of Tom's are still working at it and behind them come Ben, Will Ollie and others.

In 2010/2011 we had a big gap between the teens and the late 20's in our side. It isn't there any more and the people who are now filling it are becoming something we all hope is special.



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mikeindex
14/04/2019 17:50
And Kent coast home with 12 overs to spare!
This chap Renshaw looks quite a useful player - just not good enough to deal with Somerset bowlers.

Farmer White
14/04/2019 18:12
Apologies for the late arrival of my third day report. Some sleep to catch up on plus a rail journey from Nottingham to London with train capacity at about 50%. Don't ask. For those still with the strength you will find it on my website here:

[farmerwhite.co.uk]

Or here;

County Championship Division 1. Nottinghamshire v Somerset. 11th, 12th and13th April 2019. Trent Bridge.

Final day. 13th April – Leach unleashed

Overnight. Nottinghamshire 263 and 25 for 2. Somerset 403. Nottinghamshire trail by 115 runs with eight second innings wickets standing.


It was just after noon when I sent the text about the pitch based on the first hour of play. No wickets had fallen and the expectation of wickets felt on the evening before was no longer there. The only bowler who looked like he might take a wicket was Overton. The batsmen did not look in any real trouble although their scoring had been severely restrained by the accuracy and intensity of Somerset’s hard-running pace attack. My text suggested a long day in the field, the long Abell-Bartlett partnership still strong in the memory. It also suggested Broad might find something in the pitch with the unwritten thought that he might test Somerset if a target were too great. Such were the thoughts of an incessant Somerset worrier. The response to my text was instantaneous. “Leach”. Abell’s response was just as instantaneous. He put Leach on at the Pavilion End.

Leach’s response was virtually instantaneous too. The first five balls of his first over were played, as well as my untrained eye could tell from 80 yards away and square of the wicket, without too much difficulty. The sixth Slater advanced a yard down the pitch to play, missed spectacularly, and Davies had the bails off in an instant. You get a perfect view of a stumping from high up in a stand directly in line with the batsman’s popping crease. The efficiency of Davies’ hand movement was a work of cricketing art in itself. Slater walked back to the Pavilion to total silence from the crowd. No applause, no chatter, nothing. You could understand the meaning of the term ‘you could hear the silence’. It had looked an ugly mistake. The response of the crowd was as good a demonstration of “We are not amused” as you could expect to find on a cricket field. Or perhaps it was just shocked surprise at the sudden turn of events. Only when Slater reached the boundary did a ripple of applause run across the Pavilion terrace. 66 for 3. Nottinghamshire 74 behind. Impossible to tell from square but I did wonder if the crowd reaction underestimated the contribution of the bowler.

The concerns about a long Nottinghamshire rearguard action remained, reinforced by the solid, apparently untroubled innings of the nightwatchman, Fletcher and the apparent solidity of Slater’s innings before his downfall. Leach soon started to assuage that concern. My seat provided a clear view of his next wicket. I could see Clarke’s foot anchored to the crease as he stretched forward into a defensive stroke and lost his leg stump. Another Somerset supporter later told me he had received a message from someone watching on line who thought it a straight ball which went between bat and pad. Perhaps Leach’s ‘arm ball’. Not very long ago information about what happened at a match flowed between supporters in one direction only. From those inside the ground to those outside. Now it flows both ways. We live in an ever-changing world. 72 for 4. 68 behind.

Hot chocolate is a necessity in conditions such as those in which this match was played, especially if, hatless, you have to sit in the shade, for the bitter east wind blew across this match from beginning to end. Even the fastest push-button hot drinks machine cannot match the pace at which Somerset change around at the end of their overs. I heard rather than saw the next wicket. The cheer from the centre. Fortunately, there are enough Somerset supporters at away matches to get a report of anything you do not see. Apparently Fletcher, after an hour and a half of determined defence and judicious hitting, had finally mishit and Overton had taken the catch at mid-off. 81 for 5. 59 behind. The wicket, and the score, finally set free the growing sense of optimism and joy at the way things were going.

Then, as had happened several times in this match of falling wickets, a pair of batsmen suggested stability just as Slater and Fletcher had at the beginning of the day. Mullaney and Patel batted Nottinghamshire through until lunch with the score at 88 for 5. But the Nottinghamshire scoring rate was funereal, barely two an over. At that rate it would take them to within half an hour of tea just to wipe out the deficit, and getting through two hours of out and out defence without losing wickets would be an awful lot to ask in the circumstances in which they found themselves. Thoughts of a challenging target for Somerset had been all but banished, sent scuttling by Leach’s lunchtime figures of 8-4-8-3.

Leach, bowling against the immovable rock of the Somerset pacemen cutting off the prospect of runs at the other end and a predatory field snaring virtually any ball which tried to escape, had brilliantly carried forward the momentum which Abell, Bartlett, Gregory and Davey with their bats had inexorably swung Somerset’s way the day before. It made lunch a rather more relaxed experience than most Somerset-watching lunches. The most difficult part of it was recognising people I had known for some years, in one case for decades. The cause was the array of bulked up winter coats, wrapped around scarves, turned up collars and pulled down winter headgear donned in an attempt to fend off the elements; all seen through the mist of my own wind-blown, sun-glared watery eyes. When I did find someone the talk was all of the Somerset performance. A performance which, as the three days had progressed, had developed into a consistently powerful overwhelming of a Nottinghamshire team which promised more than the Somerset team had permitted them to deliver.

I watched the afternoon session with an old work colleague from days when we worked within 100 yards of the County Ground. Botham, Richards, Garner et al held sway on the hallowed turf in those days. Many half hours were spent in carefully timed lunch breaks and again at the end of the day watching those three working their magic. We were to see more magic before this afternoon out. But first Mullaney and Patel tried to re-establish a platform from which a Nottinghamshire defence could at least be attempted. For perhaps half an hour they battled, although runs remained at a high premium.

And then the first piece of magic. Leach to Mullaney, ball past the bat, a minimal blur of hand movement from behind the stumps, bails off, appeal instantaneous, square leg umpire’s finger aloft. It was a moment of pure cricketing perfection from Davies and Somerset supporters’ exultant aplause punctuated the air from locations dotted around the ground. Mullaney looked in apparent and understandable disbelief as he stood at his crease, then he looked at the umpire and then at the crease again before slowly walking off, and then again looking back at the crease and at the umpire. “His heel was up,” said my friend. And as I re-ran the picture in my mind, straight down the line of the crease, the heel was indeed raised just above the crease. The speed of Davies’ hands, and the minimal distance they covered, the cause of Mullaney’s downfall. Nottinghamshire 97 for 6. 43 behind and the prospect of an innings victory was being whispered with a growing conviction that it might actually happen.

Moores joined Patel and was soon driving Brooks through the covers for four. That the ball had crossed the boundary stood out only because it of the run-scoring famine which the bowlers had imposed on the Nottinghamshire batsmen. Moores’ innings had not lasted long before he became the subject of another piece of Somerset magic. He played forward to the ever-present Leach. The ball took the edge and fell low, straight towards, but short of, Trescothick at short leg. It was never more than a foot above the ground. Trescothick dived towards it, forlornly being the expectation from a distance, and caught it. “Excellent! Fingers millimetres above the ground,” said the incoming text, inches presumably being an inadequate measure of the space Trescothick’s hands had to work in. I had the perfect view as I watched straight down the line of the ball as Trescothick dived towards me. Not all the best views are behind the arm. 111 for 7. 29 behind. Five wickets for Leach.

At this point my friend and I were joined by another Somerset supporter and we sat one behind the other with me in the middle, beaming smiles all. Even the sun joined in as it began to appear over the top of the roof of the stand and hinted it might warm our frozen bodies. Not that it was much needed. The way in which Leach, and Somerset, were overwhelming Nottinghamshire was enough to warm the spirit more than any sun could ever hope to do.

Multi-tasking is a much spoken of activity. If you want to understand the true meaning of the word try sitting in a stand, keeping a scorecard, taking notes, talking to someone in front of you, and to someone behind you, whilst sending and receiving texts about the cricket whilst Somerset are taking wickets faster than a pencil can write or a finger can text. What follows is as much as my pencil managed to write and my brain managed to record of the rest of the innings.

Firstly, another piece of magic. Brooks prepared to bowl to Wood who must have come to the wicket when Moores was out although he did it without my noticing as I tried to keep all my disperate attempts at communication and recording on track. Trescothick moved to short midwicket to the left-hander and Woods popped Brooks’ first ball straight to him. 120 for 8. 20 behind. Disbelief again. But with Abell as captain those sorts of things tend to happen. Pencil, finger and voice now competing to be the first to register the next miracle from the middle.

To have Leach, in this sort of form taking wickets with this sort of frequency, constantly running in at you, with no leeway being given at the other end, must be a daunting task for any batsman. Patel has been around a long time and he has had a tendency to be a thorn in Somerset’s side over the years. Here he managed to sweep Leach, and then sweep him fine, perhaps edge the latter, both for four. It was the end of the resistance. There followed a disappointed walk off as Leach found his pad and the umpire raised his finger. 126 for 9. 14 behind. It was not just the conversation and the recording. The excitement at the now inevitable prospect of a second Somerset victory in the first two matches was also difficult to keep up with so quickly had the end approached.

Patel had fallen to the last ball of Leach’s over. The final wicket, his fourth, fell to Brooks in the next over and it was immediately upon us. Broad decided to hit out at Brooks’ first ball. It flew high towards the long on boundary. Azhar, on the boundary, ran in and took the ball, threatening to fall short, neatly in front of his shins. It was a consummate exhibition of outfield catching which nicely summed up a consummate Somerset performance in the field and that once fanciful thought of an innings victory was no longer fanciful.

There followed a celebratory huddle from the players before they left the field and then the strains of Blackbird ringing out. Dotted about the ground Somerset supporters, including this one, note-taking duties suspended for the while, stood applauding. Then there was the usual reluctance to leave the scene of such events before Somerset supporters started to move slowly towards the exit. I dawdled in front of the Pavilion as one or two players came out to do press interviews. Someone pointed out the Somerset flag on the Pavilion. It looked a little rough at one or two places around the edges. I doubt it will be replaced by a new one just at the moment.

And then, as I made my way to my bus stop, I reflected on what had passed. After a toe to toe first day Somerset, first in the form of Abell and Bartlett, had methodically taken a grip on this match and then wrenched it decisively from Nottinghamshire’s hands. The determination of that partnership over a total of four hours to turn the momentum of the match; the decisiveness of Gregory, supported by Davey, in pushing back the challenge of Broad and ensuring a significant lead late in the Somerset innings; Brooks breaking through the top of the Nottinghamshire innings on the second evening; the endless intensity and control of the bowling and the fielding in the second innings exploited so incisively by Leach; all pointed to a ruthless will to win and the capacity to see it through.

It was a performance of a type which is not untypical among Championship winning sides. There is a long way to go from here to the end of the season and some powerful sides to be met along the way, not least Surrey in Somerset’s next Championship match. The type of performance against Nottinghamshire will have to be repeated many times if Somerset are to mount a serious challenge this year. There have been false dawns before and there may be again but as I left the ground this result had a different feel to it. That perennial hope of the Somerset supporter that the Championship might actually be won one year seemed a little closer. Whether this year remains to be seen, there is an awful lot of cricket still to be played, but the dream did not seem an entirely fanciful one, particularly if some top order runs can be found.

Oh yes. One other thing. Perhaps insertions do work sometimes.

Result. Nottinghamshire 263 (C.D. Nash 58, L.Wood 52, T.J. Moores 47, L. Gregory 6-68) and 126 (J. L. Leach 6-36, J.A. Brooks 4-22). Somerset 403 (G.A. Bartlett 133, T.B. Abell 101, L. Gregory 50, S.C.J. Broad 5-73, L.J. Fletcher 3-66). Somerset won by an innings and 14 runs. Somerset 24 points. Nottinghamshire 4 points.



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AGod
14/04/2019 18:13
Liam Dawson bowled 360 legitimate deliveries ... and faced 263 of them with the bat for Hants vs Yorks. Conceded something like 180 runs with the ball and made nearly 150 with the bat. Also took three wickets. A Herculean effort. Well done, that man.

I do wonder whether that might be some sort of record?



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AGod
14/04/2019 18:16
Has there ever been a player less deserving of a regular place in a red ball XI than Eoin MOrgan? I note that he's in mid-season form already!!

Grockle
14/04/2019 18:56
You do just love him dontya AG?



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cricketjerry-mouse
14/04/2019 19:58
Notts even had the indignity of being deducted a point for a slow over rate. They couldn`t play catch-up as Somerset didn`t bat a second time.

Will it be costly at the end of the season? Both Middlesex and Lancashire have found it so recently.

Somerset LaLaLa
14/04/2019 22:37
Worth re-emphasising that Surrey only managed a draw, let's hope they have many more. I would take a couple of draws with them

Tractor
14/04/2019 22:44
Quote:
AGod
Liam Dawson bowled 360 legitimate deliveries ... and faced 263 of them with the bat

Without doubt a record, AG!!!!

geordie moonraker
14/04/2019 23:42
Did Surrey misread the clock and mistime their declaration?

mikeindex
14/04/2019 23:50
@GM maybe they misread the scorecard and thought they were playing Middx or Yorks.
Burns might have been sat in the gents for hours waiting for someone to propose a deal.

Tumbles
15/04/2019 09:34
Quote:
geordie moonraker
Did Surrey misread the clock and mistime their declaration?

They had -1 run rate so quickly reeled off an over of Spin to get it to parity and then shook hands.

mikeindex
15/04/2019 10:06
Sorry, that was a bit uncalled-for.

Loyal of Lhasa
15/04/2019 18:15
Quote:
Grockle
We've said on here for a few years now that Somerset was a team in 'transition'. Well maybe, just maybe, the transition period is over and this is what we have from a lot of that work.


Maybe a really good and healthy side is one that is constantly in transition, a situation in which, as the powers of senior players are starting to wane, younger players are honing their skills in the hope of becoming key members of the side for the next few years. I would suggest that Bartlett, Byrom, Bess and others are still at an early point on the learning curve but should eventually become part of the nucleus of the side in the years ahead.

There are some very good sides (in all forms of team sport) that have grown old together and been succeeded by sides that struggle to emulate their predecessors.

Old Boy!
15/04/2019 19:00
As I have said in a separate post, I think that with a bit of luck and consistency this could be our year.
Old Boy!

Shepton Paul 2
22/04/2019 09:31
I've just returned from a week walking the Pembroke Coast, enjoying views I think unrivalled anywhere in the UK, and caught up with Farmer's almost-as-enjoyable report of the last day at Trent Bridge.

What hit me most, and now strikes me as different from any Somerset team I've followed since the early 70s, is that, now more than ever, we bowl teams out.

I don't recall, not even in the days of Caddick and before then Garner, a squad so well-equipped to consistently take all ten in an innings, anywhere and on any surface.

Yes, we'd wish more wickets for Dom and better fitness for Jamie, and for a more reliable top order. And having written this, I fear we may not take another wicket all season. But our squad of bowlers is exceptional.

Somerset. We bowl teams out.

AGod
22/04/2019 09:47
Intereseting point, SP. There were a couple of seasons, in which we had Caddy and Mushy in harness (plus Graham Rose and Neil Mallender), where our starting bowling attack was very, very, very good, with Caddy and Mushy, I think, clearly being better than anybody currently on staff. But there wasn't much depth - an injury prone Matt Bulbeck, an injury prone and inconsistent Rooster, and not much else.

Balance wise, we're missing a few things - a wrist-spinner that is good in red ball, a left arm pace man of any description whatsoever and an out and out fast bowler that is consistently available, at present.

But what we have now is, arguably, the most effective "hunting unit," that we've had in a very long time.

Up until about 3 or so years ago, then every third or fourth CC match, SCCC would have a nightmare session in the field, where multiple bowlers would all bowl badly at once, the odd chance actually generated among the carnage would be spurned, heads would go down etc etc. No more. Now we hunt as a pack and generally keep the pressure on.

Despite that, I can't honestly say that I think this current attack would bowl teams out very often on the Taunton pitches of old (the ones that Langer used to throw his toys out of the pram about) BUT, where there's something in a deck (or ambient conditions), this current group *will* exploit it on a more consistent basis than the vast majority of other attacks in the CC...

... And for that reason, this *could* be our year, if we can back it up with more batting partnerships featuring the calibre of focus and discipline of the Tom/George stand at Trent Bridge.



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Grizzzly
22/04/2019 10:50
Agree fully with the superb balanced attack that we have.

I see we play Surrey in the Championship at Guildford (yuck) again this year. That will most likely provide a very stern test for our bowlers.

Grizzzly

Loyal of Lhasa
22/04/2019 15:19
... and for the spectators, given the proximity of a rather noisy road and the difficulty of actually seeing the cricket unless one arrives very early and bags a seat in the front row.



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Grizzzly
22/04/2019 15:58
Yes, if Guildford cricket ground has many attractions, I’m afraid they’re lost on me.

Not sure whether it is worse than the Ageas Bowl ?

A pretty close call, I’d say.

Grizzzly

Loyal of Lhasa
22/04/2019 18:11
Uxbridge has to be in the top three of the least attractive grounds.



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AGod
22/04/2019 18:41
From the point of view of view of the cricket, the Ageas Bowl is really rather good. Uxbridge is certainly not very beguiling, but I consider Bristol to be worse.

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