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FAKE 2020 Essex @Chelmsford CC1 - Deja Vu?

By Grockle et al
May 20 2020

Jamie O is back in the side along with Mik Carberry who is back after his hamstring injury.  This WAS the game last year and Essex are there again one place below us but looking to move ahead.  Yorkshire are leading but they are a game ahead and there's only 15 points in it.  THIS is one of the games of the season FAKE or no FAKE

FAKE 2020 CC1 v ESSEX @ Chelmsford Wednesday 20 May 2020

Tom Abell leads a twin spin side in form with Mike Carberry back to partner Azhar and George Bartlett holding the third post.  This puts the skipper at 5 replacing Alexei Kervezee.  Jamie Overton is in for Jack Brooks because we believe his pace is a vital part of this one.  A pivotal game in the 2020 season?  We shall have to see;

Somerset go with;

Ali, Carberry, Bartlett, Hildreth, Abell, Davies, Gregory, Bess, Overton C, Overton J, Leach

Tom opts for a toss and wins it.  Somerset choose to bat first.

Day 1 ball 1 from Peter Siddle.  Porter starts at the other end and it is another tight start with the first boundary not appearing until the 15th over as both bowlers give nothing.  Cook and Quinn take over and Carberry is the first to fall from Cook to Cook at first slip for 19 at 38 for 1.  George Bartlett brings up the 50 off Quinn in the 25th and prompts Bopara to be thrown the ballandin his first oover the keeper misses the ball and gives away 4 leg byes.

George is struggling to get into this game and after what seems like an age he is caught at first slip for a mere 4 runs.  67 for 2 becomes a lunch score of 76 for 2 as Quinn and Porter finish the session.  Ali has 38 and Hildreth has 7.

After the break Azhar goes to 50 at 89 from 123 balls with 7 fours.  Another keeper error gives Somerset another 4 leg byes to bring up the 100 in the 41st over froom Siddle.  The pressure continues though as Porter has Hildreth caught behind after a near miss for 11 on 100.  Cook has an LBW appeal against AA turned down (Azhar didn't touch it).  Another appeal from Cook to the same batsman has the same result and Ali survives.  Quinn and Cook continue to keep Somerset honest.

Chopra and Bopara team up to put the spin on the balland another Abell boundary ends the second session at 149 with Abell on 23 and Azhar holding the innings together with 78.

After Tea Siddle is on and an Ali boundary brings up the 150.  Porter makes the breakthrough quickly when he gets the Pakistani for 84 plumb LBW at 156 for 4.  He then has a close call against Davies who folows up with a magnificent straight drivve past the bowler almost immediately.  Siddle has Abell wafting but he edges the ball safe.

As has been the case most of the day, Davies gets out just as he seems to have got in.  He snicks Cook S once more to Cook A for 11 at 182.  In comes Lewis Gregory and he hits 12 off his first over.  He then drives Siddle for four to bring up the 200 before hitting Porter for another boundary 3 overs in.

Quinn is on with 4 overs to go, he goes for 8 and Bopara, Cook and then Quinn again finish off the day with Somerset reaching 237 with Abell on 46 and Gregory catching up quickly with 39.  Cook has 2 for 49 while Porter has 2 for 73.  Quinn toook the last but Somerset have held it together thanks to the work of Azhar Ali and his skipper with a partnership of 56 and the boss and Gregory adding 55 in quick time at the end of the day.  Still not home and dry so the morning could be a bit tense!!



And Tom Abell has a job to do from his new number 5 position.   He's been struggling a little in the opener spot and was moved here as Mike Carberry was back again.  The move was hoped to help his form and he has started well.  Now he needs to push on to make Somerset a decent base for the rest of the game.

Porter and Siddle are given the job of stopping Somerset and Porter comes very close in the first over while Siddle then has Abell dropped in the slips in the second over.  Nevertheless the skipper goes to 40  from 172 balls with 3 fours.  He is calm and pretty solid as his side pass 250 through Lewis Gregory also picking up where he left off and sixing Porter to move to his own 50 from 62 balls with 7 fours and the 1 six at 254

Somerset reach 273 before Essex get through.  Gregory snicks one to Chopra at second slip and retires for 68 after a spirited time at the crease.  Bess is off the mark with a straight drive past Porter with the first ball he faces and the 300 arrives with Abell  repeating the shot over the head of Siddle. This prompts a change and Quinn and Cook take over for the 113th and 114th overs.

It takes Quinn going around the wicket to clean bowl Bess for 18 at 314 for 7 and COVE pops one straight into Cook (S) hands at midwicket for zero with his second ball.

Essex must have thought their luck had changed, even though Abell was still there.  Bopara replaces Quinn but Somerset survive until lunch.  Tom Abell goes in at 97 partnered by Jamie Overton with 9 at 347 for 8.  Should they declare?  Well there's the extra bonus point before that but can the rest of the tail hang around long enough? Well Porter (3 for 107) Quinn (3 for 62) and Cook (2 for 65) will be doing their best to stop that happening.

Siddle and Porter are back on after Lunch but the 350 does arrive in the 3rd over after the break.  Tom is still playing and missing but the runs keep coming and he does get his 100 from 270 balls with 10 fours.  Not long after, there is an 'Umpires' Call' on Abell and then JOVE is also playing and missing but the Somerset men push on to 400 just before Jamie falls LBW for 34 at 401 for 9.  Jack is not there for long.  Quinn gets his 5-fer with an LBW at 411 (5 for 77). 

Essex provided 30 extras but it was Tom Abell's 129 not out that was the real 'jewel' in the first innings 'crown' including an 86 run partnership with Jamie Overton following the 91 with Gregory and the 42 with Bess.  They all contributed to a pretty impressive total.

Gregory and Craig Overton are into their job quickly as the sides swop places.  But Alistair Cook and Nick Browne are also ready to get on with this game and they hit 30 form the 7 overs before the Tea break.

After a cuppa, Cook is a big obstacle and Overton nearly removes him.  They really want to get him gone.  However the Essex 50 comes up from an error by his partner who edges for four.  Both Overton's are on for the 14th.  Browne is not impressed and he hits 10 from the 14th over.

79 runs on the board when Somerset turn to spin.  Leach watches Cookgo to his personal 50 from 83 balls with 8 fours.  However, his inclusion breaks the partnership and Browne is LBW for 36 5 runs before Essex go to 3 figures from a ball in Abell's first over courtesy of another Cook boundary. Again the bowling change looks like it might work when Bopara misreads one from the Somerset skipper but he takes himself off to give Bess a run before the end of the day.  The spin option has slowed down the run rate significantly and it has a little more to come when Jack has Bopara caught behind for 10 at 123 for 2.

That's all folks for day 2 Cook on 81 Ten'deschate on 9 and Leach 2 for 27.  It could be a long Day 3 for the fielding team.




Craig Overton and Lewis get proceedings off to a start on the third day and an early morning stunning catch by George Bartlett puts a stop to the run making of Mr Cook for 81.  Essex are 142 for 3 in the 43rd over.  Lawrence seems to be keen to get on with things however as he opens his acocubt with an excellent on drive to bring up the 150.  However, Overton has other ideas and has him caught by Ali at first slip at 159 for 8.  The Somerset man then cleans out Chopra for an other 8 to reduce the home side to 172 for 5.

The next Essex man, Wheater, is also keen to get into his stride and hits 2 consecutive fours in the 51st over.  Jack Leach is on for the 52nd and Jamie is on for the 53rd and it is the other Overton who gets Wheater dricing for 15 at 193 for 6.

Meanwhile Ryan tenDoeschate is keeping his end up while Siddle nearly falls to JOVE though even he gives a C&B chance to Jack in betweeen creaming the ball to the boundary.  Up comes the 200 and the introduction of Dom Bess who is swept by Siddle with consummate ease.  Bess isn't phased though and keeps tempting him on the assumption that he'll get it wrong once.

tenDoeschate goes to 50 from 71 balls with 5 fours at 244 and COVE returning just bringsup the 250 with the Essex man still goiing for it up to the lunchbreak.

The interval comes and goes and the batting continues at a pace with tenDoeschate on 72 and Siddle on 35 some 134 behind.  Overton J has the Aussie droopped at fist slip and his brother has a pretty good LBW claim turned down in the 77th.  A six in the 79th briings up the 300 and prompts Somerset taking the new ball for the 80th. 

First ball with the new pill sees Siddle smack one into James Hildreth midriff at midwicket for 41 at 303 for 7. Quinn is scoring but also surviving LBW claims from both men.  Lewis Gregory is brought back and deliver the ball that takes tenDeoschate to 100 froom 126 balls with 13 fours and a six.  Bess is called back and justifies the choice with the centurion's wicket without adding to the score.  The young spinner has Cook introuble and clean bowls him as well for 4 in the same over.

Quinn looks to hit out but Bess' success suggests Leach should come on at the other end.  Four balls later it is all over as Quinn is bowled and Essex are out for 334 77 runs behind and 69 minnutes pre Tea  Jack Leach finishes with 3 for 57 and Dom  Bess adds 2 for 42.

With an hour to go to the end of the second session, Siddle and Porter are looking for early blood.  They get it with a distinctly poor shot from Mike Carberry who is plumb for 6 at 15 for 1.  Bartlett steps in front of one in solidarity very early and it is 16 for 2.  Hildreth hits his secojnd ball straight to the bounfary but is then caught in the outfield only one run later and it is 22 for 3 caught tenDoeschate bowled Porter.

It gets little better as Tea approaches.  Abell is caught behind without scoring and Davies nearly goes next ball and then just before Tea Azhar is LBW and the visitors take Tea at 32 for 5!!

From a great situation just over an hour ago, Somerset have slumped in a way that has not been seen this year but Somerset fans will know well from other seasons.  It is hard to see how they can get themselves out of this only 109 runs ahead with half their second innings wickets left.  Porter has 3 for 17 and is flying in and Davies is another batsman dropped at first slip.  The 50 arrives while Gregory narrowly misses being LBW just before the grateful receipt of 4 leg byes.  Steve Davies goes close twice in the next over but Lewis is not so lucky and snicks one behind for 18 at 75 for 6.

What follows is the essence of stupidity when you are in this position; Dom Bess is run out by a mile going for s risky single that nobody needed with the score on 77 and it gets no better when first Davies is cleaned bowled and then Jamie Overton follows him next ball.  Porter misses the hat-trick but it is simply a matter of time at 81 for 9.

2 LBW shouts and a straight four later, Overton  fires one straight to tenDoeschate and that is all she wrote for 85!!  162 ahead, 45 minutes left and little hope of Somerset going back to Taunton with a victory from this one.  Porter finishes with excellent figures of 6 for 27 and Siddle added 2 for 28 to that.  How the game can turn.

35 minutes of fast agressive speed is required for any Somerset hope.  At least Cook does not fire in the second as he goes for 10 after only 4/5 overs caught by Hildreth off the bowling of Gregory.  14 for 1 becomes 21 for 2 when Ravi Bopara is caught behind off Craig Overton and at 28 for 2 we end a day where 20 wickets fell with Browne on 14 and tenDoeschate on 3.  135 required for victory by Essex against 8 wickets for Somerset on Day 4.  I know which one of those two I expect to happen sometime tomorrow.  Don't think the draw is on to be honest. 


This game probably won't go to the third session of the day but Somerset need to make inroads as soon as they can.  It is therefore a shame when Gregory and Overton C have tenDoeschate fishing three times in the first two overs but with no success.  It is even more unfortunate when Browne is dropped at mid-off in the thrid over.  You have to say that the visitors have let the home side off the hook and may come to rue the first 15 minutes of this day.

By the 18th, the Essex men are in and going along.  Jack Leach is on as the 50 comes up.  He gets tenDoeschate to an Ali close catch for 22 at 56.  Dom Bess joins in the slow attack for the 20th over.

Browne is close to snicking Bess' second ball, he does however snick the fourth to Ali once again for 27.  66 for 4 is just under 100 needed but Lawrence takes a liking to Leach taking him for 10 but nearly losing his off stump to the last ball of the over. Nevertheless the 100 is up and Somerset are running out of time and runs.

Tom Abell turns back to speed and Jamie Overton has Chopra driving his first ball to Ali (again) at first slip 107 for 5.  This prompts the return of Gregory but Wheater is not impressed and sixes him before taking 14 off his over.  The sixth ball does not go his way though and he is LBW for a lightening 15 at 122 for 6.

Siddle arrives and the Essex batsmen are still going for this and getting too many runs per over despite the changes Somerset are trying.  Bess is back on with only 28 needed and he has Siddle dropped (difficult chance) at second slip - probably the last chance they have to be honest.

Lawrence goes to a probable match winning 50 (42 balls 8 fours) as the 150 comes up.  With 8 to win, Leach finally wins the fight against lawrence but it is too late at 160 for 7 and Quinn wins a hard fought match with a boundary givning Essex a 3 wicket victory.

Jack finishes with 2 for 37 and Lewis finishes with 2 for 24 but they lost this in the second innings and they end the game 3 points behind Yorkshire but still secoond in front of Essex by 20 points. 

DDisappointing but we'll have to see how important this was in the FAKE scheme of things!!




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FAKE 2020 Essex @Chelmsford CC1 - Deja Vu?
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20/05/2020 22:10
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2020:05:25:14:26:34 by Grockle.

18/05/2020 16:50
This seems to be the side we have been moving towards and it was a defining part of our 2019 season. I'll get the detail together and start the prep for it. But do we have anyinitisl thoughts?


Farmer White
18/05/2020 17:06
OK. I will start us off. With one exception, I would continue with the same team to sustain the momentum, but I would be looking to rest Gregory after this match. The one exception being Jamie Overton. I would like his back fire in against Essex. A tough call as to who to leave out. But tough calls have to be made. I would leave out Jack Brooks. He leaked runs at Chelmsford last year, conceding at nearly twice the rate of anyone else. Neither did he take a wicket.


Somerset LaLaLa
18/05/2020 17:34
Tom Abell at no 5. He has struggled in this competition as opener, but I suspect he will get a big score lower down.

If Carberry is back that would make the swap straightforward (at the expense of Kervezee). Otherwise we could go all Somerset and bring Byrom back as an opener

18/05/2020 17:34
Well the first thing is that Yorkshire have overtaken us at the top of the table on the basis of having played 7 games to our 6. They have however lost a game where we go into Chelmsford unbeaten. They have an 8 point margin on us more bowling points (21 to 18) but less batting (13 to 19).

MIKE CARBERRY is fit again and we have no injuries pending presently. Full squad people.


18/05/2020 17:37
Well young Mr Bartlett seems to have made 3 his for definite.

OK then.
1. ALI


18/05/2020 17:41
If you want to rest Gregory then I think you have to play Bess as a number 7 bat. If you don't want to play Brooks because of last year that would still allow Jamie and Josh Davey to play unless you move Kervezee to 7?


Farmer White
18/05/2020 17:57
I would keep Gregory for this match because we need our strongest side for Essex and, apart from his bowling and slip fielding, his batting gives us the best balance. Then rest him for the next match because we will need him fresh for Yorkshire away, which I think comes up in a couple of matches. I am assumimg, but don't know, that the software takes account of injury records when I suggest a rest for Gregory at some point.


Somerset LaLaLa
18/05/2020 21:14
I can't go many posts without hesitation, deviation or repetition, so...

What are the pitch conditions ?

19/05/2020 19:26
As below


19/05/2020 19:40
OK we'll look to get this one off the ground tomorrow morning then around midday so any main suggestions before I start get the side into some kind of semblance of order?


Somerset LaLaLa
19/05/2020 20:52
If this come to a vote:

Carberry and Ali to open, with Abell lower down.

Gregory, Cove, Brooks, Jove and Leach to bowl.

Bat first if we can and see how history repeats itself

19/05/2020 21:31
Sounds like a plan. Any dissenters?


Farmer White
19/05/2020 22:18
I would have Bess for Brooks. I don't think a single match went beyond three days at Chelmsford last year, one might have just crawled into day four, and Harmer took a shedload of wickets at Chelmsford. 3.5 pace bowlers should be enough. And I like Bess's vim in the field; and with Abell at cover and Bess at midwicket there will not be many quick singles. Pressure will build. Otherwise, that is probably as strong a team as we could put out. Definitely toss, definitely bat if we win it, but then, except on an April geentop under glowering cloud I always would. But here, I would also take into account that in 2019 Harmer took the bulk of his wickets at Chelmsford in the second innings.


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Shepton Paul 2
20/05/2020 09:46
Agree with Farmer , Bess for Brooks.

Somerset LaLaLa
20/05/2020 10:20
Looks like Head Selector Grockle has the casting vote and gets to send the unlucky bowler to carry the drinks

20/05/2020 16:34

Seems to be the side to go into this one


20/05/2020 17:03
We go with that team then

We won the toss and will bat first


20/05/2020 22:15
Azhar 84
Azhar and Tom 56
Tom 46*
Lewis 39*
Tom and Lewis 55

Quite a few 'got in then got outs' against Siddle and all the Cooks!!

237 for 5 end of Day 1


22/05/2020 00:06
Bloody Cook! But he'll have to do well to parallel Tom Abell's 129* as Somerset clock up over 400 and are 272 ahead with 2 gone at the halfway stage


Somerset LaLaLa
22/05/2020 11:03
Cook was the difference in this match last year.

One thing the computer doesn't seem to do is produce many low scoring games

Farmer White
22/05/2020 12:10
Posting reports after midnight Grockle? It is the start of a slippery slope which ends at sunrise ...

And more seriously, your efforts on this are appreciated.


22/05/2020 12:42
I'm in a double world Farmer.

I quarantine in UK time but I work in Bermudian time so as I had a '4pm' staff meeting which went on until '5'. I didn't really get to sorting this out until '7-ish' and by that time it was midnight-ish.

Until the end of June such is my life

Yes, you could argue the PC likes big scores, or it uses the data to produce what SHOULD happen.

Last season there was more than one occasion when we were saying - why oh why are batsmen of such potential doing so poorly.

Noticeably, Steve Davies is living up to his CC1 potential in this scenario.

I hate to say it but there is also not the situation of Marcus going early and putting the front end under pressure. Carberry and Ali are not going early usually (I mean within 5 or 6 overs) and Byrom and Bartlett have done their jobs in that top 3.

You should be happy in this game as your predicted move of the skipper worked - thank heavens.

Maybe we are just doing what ought to be done and the PC is more optimistic about those changes.

I think the higher predictabilities that I am noticing are;
a) Don't get into the 90's just before an interval
b) Expect wicket keeping errors to give you at least 8 leg byes an innings
c) Caught and Bowled is far more likely than usual
d) Don't hope for rain to save you

As Mikeindex pointed out, this could be the season we all fantasise about, where things go the way we always hope - but it is ONLY game 7 and we haven't got anywhere near winning it yet.
It has been a long time since i have experienced a game where batsmen have been producing runs in batches - hence scores over 400 rather than on e decent score, some individual little bits and scores about 250.

The bowlers are bowling to form..... the bigger scores make wins more likely as they have first innings scores to bowl AT

All these things could, of course change.

The only thing I would like to say it that I am doing nothing to influence play.

The only aspects I have control over are;
a) the toss and decisions at it (win and bat presently seems to work)
b) bowling changes
c) the level of aggression of batsmen as they get settled
d) declaration decisions if they are required - though I do tend to ask for guidance if I can on that one.

So the PC is running this season based on data I assume.


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22/05/2020 23:37
You posted too early Farmer

20 wickets go down on Day 3.

Ryan tenDoeschate gets 100

Essex fall 77 short of the Somerset total an hour after Lunch

Somerset are all out for 85 45 minutes before the end of play and get 2 Essex wickets for 28 by the day's end.

Essex need 135 after our first major collapse of this season with a very good position in front of us

Not so by the end of Day 3


Somerset LaLaLa
23/05/2020 08:07
"35 minutes of fast agressive speed is required for any Somerset hope."

With only Gregory, Cove and Jove as quicks, it will be interesting to see if we can get them all out now. The bounce rating was average, which will suit these bowlers in particular since hopefully the pitch has deteriorated for day 4. Looking back at the weather forecast, there is plenty of sunshine so Jove will tire easily. Leach will always take tickets, all being well Bess will make good. But did Essex select a side having no spinners, where is Harmer?

Some clever bowling rotation required here to bring us home

23/05/2020 10:37
Well they have 2 but tenDoeschate worries me. Can only hope he used up his lives in the first innings. Browne needs to go early.

This is what the fantasy season hasn't had so far. Poor batting performances hobbling good bowling ones.


23/05/2020 16:42
A 'Fighting' Loss.

Essex win by 3 wickets with Jack and Lewis taking 4 between them.

Not enough runs to play with - this game was lost on Day 3. Another 50 and it might have been a different case.

How important a loss that might be we shall have to wait and see, it could be the pivotal result as in 2019 perhaps?


Somerset LaLaLa
23/05/2020 19:39
Well played Essex. Deja-vu.

A full squad was available, we played our strongest team (at least for batting) and won the toss. We can't even beat Essex by computer.

Maybe next time there is something expected in the pitch, we go for an extra batsman and just have 4 specialist bowlers? Even though we should have got them at the end, scoring 85 all out is not good enough to win

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