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Jones the Ball - Warwickshire Day 1

4 for 46

By Grockle
June 26 2002

Welsh international bowler, Steffan Jones takes four against Warwickshire. Pollock et al slump to 230 all out to give us a sniff of an away win. I said a sniff...let's not get carried away Jonah, they ain't England!






Cox still out...

Mike Burns takes us into this important one with the Aussie boss still in trouble with his finger and Banger preparing for the one day triangular "slogfest" around Britain.  So just as we get to use our first choice international-less attack (if you don't count Steffan Jones the Welsh international of course!) we lose an opener.  In steps Piran Holloway to start another game with the 'old hand' Matt Wood.  The rest of the side tends to pick itself now, as long as it is fit.  Bowler has moved down to four and seems to be unwilling to open nowadays and it seems we are now relyiing on the extra seam of Burns and Parsons who also bolster up the batting instead of looking at Francis as a fourth seamer.  A good move in most supporters opinions.

Warwickshire have started better this season, in the one day game they are steaming along and they are always difficult to beat in four dayers at their home.  Powell, their captain was also part of the successful Welsh side of last week and Shaun Pollock is in for this game.  Some of the others are newish names for the Bears but with Bell left out of the one day squad and Brown in the batting line-up, they offer threat with bat and ball.  They won the toss and put themselves in on a warmish day - makes a change this 'summer'.


With Clifford going to Johnson with only 9 runs to Warwickshire, the fact that Johnno only bowled 4.2 overs in the whole day suggests that we have another injury problem.   The majority of the bowling was left to Bulbeck, Jones and Parsons.  I don't know whether Johnson left the field.  I assume he did and our season still won't get off to a steady start!  Powell and Bell patched up the early damage with a stand of 61 before the skipper became Parsons' first victim followed by Bell going to Jones 8 runs later.  Wickets then fell steadily with no-one really getting more than a toehold at the crease.  Dominic Ostler went 5 runs before the 100 came up, Parsons' second, and Pollock was LBW to Bulbeck for only 9 making the score 122 for 5.

Wrap it up boys...

Brown and Smith have been dangerous in this position before against us so it was good to see Jones remove Brown on 140 and Dutch come into the attack and get rid of Smith at 165.  Troughton (any relation to the third Doctor?) put up more resistance but Blackwell, coming on at the other end to his slow partner, got rid of him without an addition to the 165 scoreline.  The tail 'wagged', Wagg himself put on 42 with some help from Melvin Betts but Jonah showed he was back to his normal self by cleaning up with Betts first at 230 and then Spires next ball for a duck.  Warwickshire all out in under 70 overs for 230.  Jones with figures of 16.1/4/46/4 - he must like being an international!   We had about a session to get amongst them and end the day on top.

No change at the top!...

Piran and Matt lasted less than 20 minutes and we were 2 for 6 at the end of their stint at the crease!  Holloway only faced four balls and must surely be looking for another berth next season.  It is sad to see someone so woefully out of form and luck.  Last week he got an unlucky good ball early.  I have no idea what happened this time but it just isn't going right for him.  Matt Wood lasted a little longer for his 4 but it was down to Burns and Bowler to put something on the scorecard.   96 minutes later when Burns was bowled by Brown, a stand of 104 had moved us to 110 for 3 and Jonah was sent in to watch the sun go down.  He did that without further ado and we finished halfway to their first innings score on 121 with 7 more wickets in hand.  Our day I would assume but we need consolidation tomorrow from the middle order and some big scores to give us a decent lead before they face the ball again.   We need the points boys.  Maximum bonus plus the win would be good!   Wonder what tomorrow will bring?


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