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FAKE 2020 CC1 Notts The Return

By Grockle et al
June 7 2020

Just as the fantasy season starts to hot up, Jack Leach goes down for four weeeks and our main spin attack is diminished.   We call us Roelof and return Jamie and Lewis while resting Craig.  Will the selectors succeed in keeping the momentum going?

v NOTTINGHAMSHIRE @ Taunton Sunday 7 June 2020

Tom Abell loses the toss requested by Notts and we are put into the field.  The side is;

Ali, Byrom, Bartlett, Hildreth, Abell, Davies, Gregory, RvdM, Bess, Overton J, Brooks

There is hope that Roelof can offer the same service as the injured Jack Leach and the Dutchman plus the return of Lewis will bolster the batting.  Jamie Overton also returns to provide pace while his brother earns a rest.

Brooks and Gregory open the attack against Mullaney and Slater and strike early as Mullaney is caught at midwicket by Hildreth for 6 at 26 off Gregory just before the first change of bowlers.  This keeps Lewis on and he has Slater caught behind in his last over of the spell for 19 at 37 for 2.  Tom takes over in the 14th and Patel immediately takes a liking to him, taking 13 from his first 5 balls only for the Somerset skipper to clean bowl his partner Taylor with the last ball of the over just after the Notts' 50 arrives at 52.  

At the other end Jamie Overton starts and immediately clean bowls Patel withhis fourth ball for 23.   Notts' front end have collapsed to 54 for 4.

The 19th over introduces Bess to the atttack and he makes the visitor's position even worse by c&bing Coughlin for 12 at 85 for 5.  This promotes van der Merwe who starts his game in the 24th having Wood cauught by Ali in the slips before Notts reach 100, also with his 4th ball.  99 for 6 sees Brooks back and Moores fighting back just before the break.

Lunch arrives with Notts reaching 130 for 6 with Moores on 37 and Pattinson 12.   Lewis has returned to the team with 2 for 25.

The afternoon starts with Lewis and Jamie and an amount of optimism in the Somerset camp but Moores ominously goes to 50 at 149 (63 balls and 7 fours) but just after the 150 comes up (2 balls later) Gregory gets him courtesy of Azhar at first slip for 56 at 157 for 7.

Bess returns with the 42nd over and then Brooks replaces Gregory Broad thick edges him through third slip and then roundly hits him for six into the Botham stand.  RvdM comes on to allow the bowlers to change ends with Brooks replacing Bess and then going for 10 plus 4 leg byes from Broad in his over!!  So they leave RvdM on and Bess replaces Brooks to turn to spin as the Notss tail wags.

Pattinson reaches a fighting 50  just after the 200 arrives (87 balls 6 fours) and it isn't until Jamie Overton is re-introduced that Pattinson finally capitulates for 57 caught behhind at 249 for 8 - a 91 run partnership with Broad that has put Notts back on the game's map.

Broad is nearly LBW twice in the next 2 overs, both of them very close decisions but despite the playing and missing he reaches his 50 (71 balls 4 fours and 1 six) as the 250 arrives and RvdM takes one over before the Tea interval.  Bess provides his side with something more important than a 20 minute rest by removing Broad via Ali's hands at first slip literally before the break. 257 for 9 with just enough time for Ball to straight drive for four before the sides troop off.

Somerset continue with RvdM and Gregory after drinks and they both have Fletcher close to LBW in thefirst 12 balls but he survives long enough to help Ball get to 291 before Lewis finally cleans Ball's clock to finish with 4 for 52.  JOve's 2 for 40 helped but the 3 50's kept Notts going and they created a much better total than the lunchtime situation suggested.

An hour and 33 minutes before the end of Day 1 Somerset face a difficult phase of the game - but not for the first time in this fantasy FAKE season.  Pattinson and Broad get going and have Eddie Byrom in trouble early on but he survives until Coughlin is introduced and catches him plumb for 22 at 34 for 1.   George Bartlett is off the mark immediately with a straight 4 past the bowler's outstretched hand and he and Ali bring up the 50 without incident against him and Ball.  The day finishes with the home side at 73 for 1 with Azhar on 27 and George on 19 and a new day to come.


It is no surprise that Broad and Pattinson start bowling proceedings on Day 2 and they are soon into their 'zones' with Bartlett particularly 'scratchy' first thing on this Monday morning, edging for 4 in the third over of the day.  There is something in the Taunton pitch in that first hour most mornings and this is no different.  However, the Somerset batsmen ride out the 'storm' and they also get into their stride as the clock moves forward.

The 100 arrives in the 34th with Azhar Ali on 42 and George Bartlett on 34.  It briings Ball and Coughlin into the attack but they do not stop the Pakistani batsman reaching 50 at 120 for 1 (125 balls and 6 fours) off a very dodgy single which asked the batsmen to be very quick between the wickets.  Bartlett follows with his own half century 10 runs later off a more solid shot (89 balls and 6 fours).

Broad finally breaks through when Azhar reaches 63 with a ball that leaves him and lands in Moore's gloves 2 short of the 150.  Bartlett nearly joins his opening partner before the 150 is reached as he is dropped off a very difficult chance at first slip but the ball goes down.

Fletcher joins the attack as Somerset move to 162 for 2 at Lunch 127 behind with Bartlett on 65 and Hildreth on 7.  It has been a hard morning for the visitors.

After the lunch break, Broad takes an early wicket as he clean bowls Bartlett for a score of 67 at 170 but Hildreth  fights back taking 9 off the next Broad over.  Unfortunately, just as JH starts to get going Pattinson has him caught behind for 16 still over 100 runs adrift of the Notts first innings total.

The 200 arrives in the 62nd over but the wickets keep dropping as Davies goes early plumb LBW to Ball, a wicket he thoroughly deserved, for 1.  Tom Abell continues to put up a fight but Coughlin returns and removes Gregory to a close catch for 17.  Somerset seem to be in a slump at 234 for 6, still 57 runs adrift.

Roelof van der Merwe, more known for white ball innings, joins his skipper and pushes the score over 250 as the match moves towards Tea.  Notts turn to slow and occasional bowlers as Mullaney and Patel take over the attack.  They can't stop Abell passing 50 (83 balls with 9 fours) and although Pattinson returns to push Somerset just before the interval.  No more wickets just a few more Somerset boundaries as they go in for the short break at 287 for 6 just 4 runs behind the opposition's first 'dig'.

An over after the game recommences Somerset go into the lead and move over 300 in a short period but the momentum is slowed when RvdM is caught and bowled by Pattinson for a valuable 42 at 313 for 7.  Ball decides to go around the wicket and gets Abell less than 10 runs later for an excellent 84 and it is 325 for 8.

But Somerset bats deep and Bess is keen to take on Ball.  Patel sees it another way as he removes Bess courtesy of an excellent second slip catch for 9.  The home side is 43 runs ahead but the last pair are at the crease and it isn't a huge lead - possibly disappointing taking into account where they were during this innings.

Jack Brooks and Jamie Overton see it slightly different.  Brooks avoids a poor leg side ball which then evades Moores and takes Somerset's lead over 50 with leg byes.  He then drives to the boundary to take the score over 350.  Coughlin has a close LBW call against Overton followed by a dismissive four through the covers. 

Wood is called into the attack but Brooks takes him for 8 but the very important last wicket stand finally ends as Ball takes his fourth wicket having JOve LBW for 18 at 375.  84 runs ahead is better than 43 runs ahead!!  Stands by Ali and Bartlett (114), Abell and RvdM (79) and Brooks and Overton (41) have created a decent lead which looked better and worse at different times in this innings.

Ball looked good but was unlucky (4 for 118 does not give him credit) and 2 wickets for Pattinson (for 60), Broad (for 82) and Coughlin (for 57) accounted for the others.

So, 29 minutes and a deficit of 84.  Slater and Mullaney hold it together and see Notts through to the end of the day. 29 for 0 at stumps.  55 behind Slater with 21 and Mullaney 8.


Somerset start with Lewis from the Pavilion end and Notts almost immediately move the amount needed to make Somerset bat again below 50.  Mullaney and Slater start strongly but Jamie Overton breaks through early via Azhar Ali taking a first slip catch to reomve Slater at 44 for 1 for 24.  Samit Patel however looks confident and is off the mark with a boundary in the same over.

Two balls into the next over and the Notts confidence takes another knock as Gregory forces Patel to give a sharp midwicket chance to George Bartlett who holds on  and it is 49 for 2.  It gets worse just after the 50 arrives when Mullaney is caught by Hildreth off the rampant Overton for 20. 51 for 3 and two new men at the crease.

Gregory is not finished however and Clarke is LBW to him for 2 at 57 before Moores restores some order by carrying on where he left off in the first innings giving the Notts batting order some kind of solidity.  Meanwhile Bess is on at the other end and has Coughlin in all kinds of trouble froom the start of his spell, after he edges for four Dom gets him next over for 9 and Notts are 75 for 5 still 6 runs behind.  Brooks has joined Bess and he is also soon into the equation having Wood caught behind for 2 at 81 so it is left to Pattinson to join Moores once again to try and get some runs on the board with still just under an hour of the first session to go.

As Notts take the lead after the mayhem RvdM comes on for Brooks and the Notts second innings score staggers past 100.  Tom Abell keeps rotating his fast and slow men but Moores reaches his 50 by 'edging' Roelof  for six!! (61 balls 8 fours and that six).

At 142, with some normaility returning, Notts lose their seventh wickett as a poor shot froom pattinsonn sends him on his way caught for 25 but Moores stays stron and takes Notts past 50 to a lunchtime total of 156 for 7 with his own score of 67 and Broad still there on zero.

After lunch, Overton is keen to get the ball in his hands again and nearly has Broad immediately but the umpire decides the ball was going down.  However he keeps at him and cleans him up next over for 9 at 174 for 8.  Stuart was in real trouble since the interval and never really settled.  Jack Brooks at the other end does not want to be outdone and he removes Moores with an absolute peach for a vital 74.  He then nearly sends Ball back with the second ball he faces but the Notts last man survives.

Fletcher almost gives it up to Overton the next over but it is Brooks again who cleans up Ball for 2 and Notts are all out for 182, 98 runs ahead and surely on the way to a defeat.  Brooks finishes with 3 for 32 from his 12 and a bit, JOve also has 3 for 32 froom his 11 and Lewis has 3 for 36 from his 12.  Dom Bess took the other wicket.  Except for the 44 run first wicket partnership, the only man to make any dent on the scorecard was Moores who basically provided 95% of the Notts lead on his own.

10 minutes and Somerset are back out. Eddie Byrom and Azhar Ali versus Broad and Ball.  Forst blood is to the Notts men as Ali is caught behind for 4 at only 17 for 1 but Bartlett joins Byrom and the score moves. With Ball and Wood on,  Somerset move towards the toals and put it below 50 finishing the session at 54 for 1 - Byrom on 24 and Bartlett 22.

After Tea it is Broad and Ball again for a while and then Pattinson is back on.  Bartlett takes him on, taking 11 from him but nearly losing his wicket run out at the end of the over.  BUT Somerset only need 20 by then at 79 for 1.  Ball does get another wicket as Bartlett is LBW for 41 at 79.  Eddie is nearly LBW himself with only 6 needed to win but he smashes the next ball for four and the win comes very quickly by 8 wickets

99 for 2 with Eddie Byrom on 41 and James Hildreth undefeated on 9.  Notts did not have a great second innings and it lost them the game.  Somerset stay on top despite Yorkshire also winning and it all goes to Headingley in a week's time for the Fantasy showdown in Yorkshire.







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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2020:06:11:12:04:24 by Grockle.

04/06/2020 16:02
And on we go to the Notts return game.

The present position in Fantasy Championship is wonderfully this

JAMIE OVERTON is fit again


JACK LEACH is out for FOUR weeks!!

Time for others to step up and the pressure on Dom Bess is going to be significant.


04/06/2020 16:09
For "selectors"

Here are the conditions for the game


04/06/2020 16:14
The twin spin question is no longer an issue. Dom MUST play

1 Ali
2 Byrom? Carberry?
3 Bartlett
4 Hildreth
5 Abell
6 Davies
7. Gregory? Banton?
8. Bess
9. COve
10 JOve? Brooks
11 Brooks? Davey?


04/06/2020 16:32
Table looks all too familiar just like the same time last year..Can’t really mess around with the top 6..Might rest Cove for Joce and bring Gregory back for Brookes

Somerset LaLaLa
04/06/2020 18:41
Notts are doing a lot better than I expected and not to be taken lightly.

Leach out for 4 weeks is a massive blow, he's probably taken about 6 wickets a game. Presumably it means for the next 4 matches and we can't just have a quick 50 over competition to reconvene this in July. Only joking.

Given all this, I suggest Byrom has earned a place so no Banton. Computer may say Hildreth is not available sooner or later. The top 6 would be the same as the last match.

Our strongest bowlers are Gregory and Brooks, as you say Bess is in.

Is Van der Merwe available? If not the other two would be Cove and Jove

04/06/2020 19:46
I assume VdM is in the squad so he is available.


Somerset LaLaLa
04/06/2020 20:57
In that case I would rest Cove. We did actually play VdM and Bess together (without Leach) a few times last summer.

Ali, Byrom, Bartlett, Hildreth, Abell, Davies, Gregory, Bess, VdM, Jove, Brooks - what do you think?

04/06/2020 22:55
Didn’t read about Leach injury.
In that case Gregory ,Van Der Merwe,Bess ,Jove and Cove.
Unless you use Azhar as the second spinner and play Brooks

04/06/2020 22:57
Can’t remember Jove batting at 11 befote

05/06/2020 10:17
Interesting how the 2 spin option has become the go to option in Fantasyland when we would probably expect it to be much more of a debate in a real life 2020 season if it were happening.

Would we have expected Don to play 7 out of 8 CC1 games this summer had the season gone ahead?


05/06/2020 10:24
OK. Well tomorrow I'm planning to go with this side unless there is major disagreement

1. Ali
2. Byrom
3. Bartlett
4. Hildreth
5. Abell
6. Davies
7. Gregory
8. RvdM
9. Bess
10. Brooks
11. Overton J

Let me know your comments please.


Somerset LaLaLa
05/06/2020 11:12
I'm suggesting 2 spinners here because:

There is no Leach, who must have taken almost 50 wickets. Expecting Bess and VdM to take his share for this match, so effectively a bowler down. Could start off a big argument here, but let's see.

The bounce rating for this game is perfect, which means to me favours the batsmen against the fast/medium bowlers. We haven't seen a perfect rating very often. Spin might be the way to go in the final innings

Farmer White
05/06/2020 13:38
I think two spinners is right, I usually do, especially with one turning it each way as we have had virtually all summer not allowing the batsmen to settle, and it is possible because of Abell's effectiveness as a fourth seamer.

The batting looks right too, right and left handed at the top and another left-hander lower down.

I would bat Jamie Overton above Brooks if this were the side, although I would probably play Davey ahead of Brooks because he is more consistent and I am not sure with three main seamers we would want both Jamie and Brooks in the side as both can leak runs on occasion.

Cricket settling on 11 players a side was a stroke of genius, inadvertent or otherwise. Always a batsman or a bowler short, although Somerset's string of bowling all rounders mitigates against that, and always a fielder short, hence the demise of third man I imagine in these days of more attacking fields. In the balance of the side context Gregory is priceless, the Overtons being equally brilliant at slip or on the boundary are a real boon in balancing the field.


Shepton Paul 2
05/06/2020 17:04
My real-world default would always be two spinners; then look for very good reasons not to play one of first three days of a match rained off, extraordinarily green pitch, etc..

I'm happy with your XI Grockle.

05/06/2020 20:16
I have to say in real life I would opt for Davey over Brooks on the consistency footing but Jack has done well here.

Is it an issue Brooks v Davey?


06/06/2020 12:40
OK we'll go with that side. Again we'll bat if there is a toss


06/06/2020 13:24
We lost the toss and will bowl first

The Notts side is
Slater, Mullaney, Patel, Clarke, Moores, Coughlin, Wood, Pattinson, Broad, Fletcher, Ball


06/06/2020 23:46
Sorry. Did not get it started today but the gteat thing sbout fanyasy is that it can start tomorrow instead. It would have been 7th of July last year I do believe.


07/06/2020 13:27
Notts go in for lunch 130 for 6 after a very poor front end performance and some good Somerset bowling especially from Lewis Gregory back after his rest.


07/06/2020 16:57
Moores with 50 and Pattinson and Broad with a 91 run partnership revitalise Notts in the afternoon session and they go into Tea still alive at 261 for 9. A little bit better than their situation at Lunch one has to say and Somerset have let them off the leash a little.


Shepton Paul 2
07/06/2020 17:26
Am I right in thinking Broad scored (virtual) runs against us in the game a few weeks ago? Is this the same Stuart Broad who hasn't known one end of a cricket bat from the other in recent years? I demand an investigation.

07/06/2020 19:03
He used to recognise a bat.

Though he did have trouble with the concept of when he had and hadn't hit the ball at times.

Batting has certainly not been his forte any time recently in the real world. This is true.


07/06/2020 19:40
So Day 1 ends with a better position than Notts would have expected. 291 all out with Somerset at 74 for 1 by the end of the day. We've been here before this season.....


08/06/2020 11:35
Though he did have trouble with the concept of when he had and hadn't hit the ball at times.

Seems to me that what caused him trouble was the extraordinary discrepancy between public perceptions of edging a ball to a wicket-keeper who catches it, and edging a ball to a wicket-keeper who drops it for slip to catch on the rebound.

08/06/2020 15:42
If only that was the case. But that is the difference between what happens and urban myths

The video evidence suggests something else I'm afraid. The keeper leaves it, makes no contact with the ball as it deviated to slip.

But there you go, one man's cheating is another man's optical illusion.

Quite a while ago now and he survived in the same way Smith has I suppose. People tend to forget that he got absolute stick for it, again in the same way Smith did.


A decent Somerset fantasy morning with the loss of Azhar for 63 and a healthy 164 for 2 at lunch on Day 2. 127 behind with 8 wickets to come. A job for Stuart to do this afternoon.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2020:06:08:16:43:55 by Grockle.

08/06/2020 17:17
I've watched the video several times as well and there is a very clear deflection off the keeper's gloves.
Not, self-evidently, that there is the slightest difference in ethical terms between edging to the keeper and leaving the decision to the umpire, and edging to slip and doing so (someone could have tried explaining this to the Australian yobbos who booed Broad when they were accustomed to cheering on Hayden, Ponting, Symonds and all the rest of their heroes for doing exactly the same. For all I know, possibly someone did).
Yes it was a long time ago but some people clearly consider it worth bringing up again, so it seems the point needs reiterating: whatever your views on the ethics of walking/not-walking, why single out Broad for doing what 95% of batsmen in the modern game have been doing for years (including Marcus)?

08/06/2020 20:16
Wagging tail gives us an extra 41 at the end of the innings and we go 84 ahead with 29 minutes at the Notts openers

No wickets unfortunately and they will start Day 3 55 behind at 29 for 0

Not a bad day. The innings moved between strong and weak but the deep tail helped and Tom Abell at 5 was vital for the second half of the game.

I've obviously seen a different film on Youtube. The keeper's gloves don't open, he simply looks to the slip. But the question really is - Did he hit it?

Yep 95% of batsmen stand, some cheat, some are unsure. It's why we have technology. Crime studies suggest that the certainty of getting caught stops illegal acts.

Sometimes it is needed and sometimes it is used because the batsmen are dishonest/unsure.

Sometimes it catches them and if the Third Umpires had the ability to change obvious errors from the on the pitch official then the technology might cause less attempts to gain unfair advantages.

Looking to justify a decision because 95% of the people might do the same is not a justification.

It just calls for more legislation to aid the umpire and the game weed out those who will not follow the rules if they can get away with it.

A cheat is a cheat and if the rules don't catch them it does not change the definition of what cheating is. Cricket does not redefine it, it's rules just don't catch it all.... yet. I don't think it matters whether his name is Marcus or not

We'll probably disagree on what ought to have happened in that situation had the umpires on the whole had more power.

They didn't and there we go.

Notts need to bat long and deep tomorrow in FantasyLand


Edited 6 time(s). Last edit at 2020:06:08:23:34:04 by Grockle.

09/06/2020 08:49
I'm not justifying it, as you will see if you read my post a little more carefully.
What I am doing in pointing out the invidiousness and illogicality of constantly singling Broad out for something which is such common practice.

09/06/2020 09:40
Well reading posts seems to also be more than a singular issue. Further reading will also note that I didn't 'single out' Broad over others. I just noted a point about his career.

You made it an issue of a singular nature. I class the non walkers together and would like to see technology decrease the issue because as you note it affects far too many.

His was just a particularly obvious example that came up in conversation because he came up in conversation.

Like it or not, it is something he is known for because it is something he did and that's the reason it occasionally comes up as does Andy's painting and decorating career or Pete's penchant for tattoos.


Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 2020:06:09:09:50:45 by Grockle.

09/06/2020 14:09
Notts look to bring this game into a 4th day, declare with a total and put us in to see if they can get the win.

However, to do that they need to bat well. Lewis Gregory and Jamie Overton come out to make that difficult for them this third day morning.

44 for 1 before a breakthrough But then Jove takes 2 for 13 off his first 3

And it keeps on going
49 for 2
51 for 3
57 for 4
75 for 5
81 for 6
Moores and Pattinson fight back
156 for 7 at lunch!! 72 ahead and almost dead and buried

This is becoming a trend. Our bowlers are playing out of their skins and we aren't using Tom as a 6th bowler all that often.

May be going to Headingley with a significant lead in the CC1!!


09/06/2020 17:32
Notts are crippled and all out for 182 - a lead of only 98. 3-fers for all the seamers

This should not be a problem but you never know!!


Somerset LaLaLa
09/06/2020 19:03
Another game following the 2019 outcome.

Gregory and Jove, who had been rested previously, take 12 wickets between them. A little disappointing for our spinners taking only a match total of 4 wickets.

I do wonder what would happen if we play only 4 main bowlers?

09/06/2020 19:49
An 8 wicket victory for Somerset with Eddie and George both taking 41.

Somerset 175 points versus Yorkshire's 157 and the next game is Yorkshire at Headingly!!


09/06/2020 21:57
A useful 40 from Roelof could have made the difference but at headingley Craig must surely come back assuming no further injuries. George Bartlett having a great fake season, just a shame its not for real. Banton and Carberry must be crying out for a chance but what can you do !!!

09/06/2020 22:53
True. And Abells move to 5 is working as well. What can you do?


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