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Essex at Chelmsford
#41
All painfully familiar now, this.

182/6.
Paul fondled my onion bags.
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#42
With Middlesex certain to win today (and Essex tomorrow !), Somerset and us are pretty much guaranteed to be relegated, we're both so far adrift.  And we're not even half way through the season !

I think Ash needs to start PLANNING for life in Division 2 NOW.  Work towards a clear out of the 'pensioners' in the team, the Captain, the Coaches and the youngsters who clearly haven't got 'it' - ie tell them they'll not be retained at the end of the season - but with that information not 'going public' now.  This will give people who've served us well over the years a bit of dignity and chance to find a future elsewhere in cricket (or outside the game).  It will also allow time for him to look at the various options for recruitment - the Kolpaks, the potential released players from other Counties (including using the Loan system this season), the rising stars at other Counties who are not getting a game, Minor Counties / Irish / Scots players etc.  We need to look at new Coaches as well.
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#43
73 run partnership between Barker and Jeets, about sums our batting line up...up.
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#44
Jeets top scorer. Should he open the batting when we follow-on?
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#45
Cracking start. Westy out for 0

2 openers we needed at the end of last season with Varun going and we fail to bring in even one. Shambles from our lot. Serious questions need to be asked.
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#46
Hoping we could last until tomorrow with all 10 wickets and then Trotty gone to the last ball of the day. I despair.
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#47
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(21-06-2017, 06:26 PM)paulbear Wrote: Hoping we could last until tomorrow with all 10 wickets and then Trotty gone to the last ball of the day. I despair.

....not playing a shot!
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#48
(21-06-2017, 06:26 PM)paulbear Wrote: Hoping we could last until tomorrow with all 10 wickets and then Trotty gone to the last ball of the day. I despair.

This is now getting embarrassing, nothing changes and we show no signs of fighting our way out of this mess, the whole set up needs a complete overhaul ............ with an influx of players and a clear out of dead wood.

I feel sorry for those players who have served us well for many years, they should be allowed to leave with thanks and dignity, but enough is enough and new faces are needed, a lot of them as there seems nothing home grown coming through.

I am a lifelong proud Bear and supporter of Warwickshire County Cricket Club (not Birmingham Bears), Edgbaston PLC must realise we are a County Cricket Club who needs players of a certain quality.
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#49
.... I hope it all comes together for the T20.
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#50
(21-06-2017, 06:45 PM)Warleybear Wrote: .... I hope it all comes together for the T20.

I admire your optimism Warleybear, but do you really think it will be any better in the T20 than the Royal London Cup or the Championship ?

We have a couple of specialists coming in, but I have no confidence in the rest to elevate "Birmingham Bears" to world beater status.

Of course I hope I am wrong, but I am not holding my breath ............ this season is going from bad to worse.
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#51
I am with you on this South Coast Bear. I really couldn't care less about T20 when a club should be judges as a 4-day side. That is where the quality lies. Yorkshire for all there mass of titles have hardly won a thing at limited overs level but are always judged by their 30+ titles. I support Warwickshire county cricket club and no ******* about with some stupid name is going to make me favour the one -day format over the 'Proper' cricket. We do not appear to be attracting any players who have left counties over the last 3-4 years and there have been loads. The days of counties producing their own players has gone along with rationing and new Elvis albums but you would think that any player leaving a county would be onto a winner knowing that our club have places up for grabs such is the state we are in but it makes me wonder, have we been looking to other counties to get players or just thinking that our side can keep on going forever when they are all in their 40's. Every other side make the effort to get players from just about anywhere, just look at the amount of Leicestershire players that Notts have managed to grab over the years. Once some of the older players have gone, are we just going to be left with whatever we have got left and hope it becomes a team on the basis that there are 11 of them on the field. I really do not want to see us become another Leicestershire, Derbyshire or Glamorgan, sides who 20 years ago were competitive in all formats but now look totally out of place even in the second division.
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#52
Dont mention Leics and Derbys..... :-)

As for T20.... It is the premier one day domestic competition and I hope we do well....... who knows ? Avoiding relegation in the championship now seems sadly a mission impossible..... and in reality I dont think we are surprised. Many on this site were concerned last year what 2017 would bring in the four day game.

Anyway... time for a rain dance?
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#53
I hope we do well in the T20 to at least give us something to cheer this season as the RL Cup was miserable and the 4 day stuff lamentable
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#54
Stoic resistance as ever. Bell and Umeed both gone
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#55
An absolutely abysmal season.. cant believe our batting line up has become so weak, we have 2 openers who are more like tail enders and the mid order which on paper should be the best we've had in decades but keeps collapsing.

Makes the forced departures of Chopra and Evans look like massive boobies.
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(21-06-2017, 09:19 PM)Lilly Wrote: I hope we do well in the T20 to at least give us something to cheer this season as the RL Cup was miserable and the 4 day stuff lamentable

me too, are we worse now than what we were under Greatbatch in 2007? We got to a semi that year. Maybe Greatbatch had a better squad and players like Ambrose, Trott, troughton, Sangakarra and Dale Steyn in their prime so unfair comparison.

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#57
and Hain out

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#58
58 for 5 now !
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#59
(21-06-2017, 03:18 PM)Bald Reynard Wrote: With Middlesex certain to win today (and Essex tomorrow !), Somerset and us are pretty much guaranteed to be relegated, we're both so far adrift.  And we're not even half way through the season !

I think Ash needs to start PLANNING for life in Division 2 NOW.  Work towards a clear out of the 'pensioners' in the team, the Captain, the Coaches and the youngsters who clearly haven't got 'it' - ie tell them they'll not be retained at the end of the season - but with that information not 'going public' now.  This will give people who've served us well over the years a bit of dignity and chance to find a future elsewhere in cricket (or outside the game).  It will also allow time for him to look at the various options for recruitment - the Kolpaks, the potential released players from other Counties (including using the Loan system this season), the rising stars at other Counties who are not getting a game, Minor Counties / Irish / Scots players etc.  We need to look at new Coaches as well.

The clear out should begin TODAY !
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(22-06-2017, 11:40 AM)JunXS Wrote: An absolutely abysmal season.. cant believe our batting line up has become so weak, we have 2 openers who are more like tail enders and the mid order which on paper should be the best we've had in decades but keeps collapsing.

Makes the forced departures of Chopra and Evans look like massive boobies.

Our bowling has no penetration on good pitches, we are incapable of bowling a side out for a reasonable total, to give our underperforming batsmen a chance ........... giving what an articulate poster on this site calls "scoreboard pressure".

The matches are dropping into the same pattern, couple of early wickets if we are lucky and then long stands by the opposition giving huge totals. We then bat on the same pitch which looks unplayable and just collapse in both innings.

Having said all that it is about time our luck changed with the toss, we need to bat first to have ANY chance and a home game occasionally might help ........... or course they are to come, but confidence must now be zero.

I am stuck down here, what are the vibes coming out of the Club especially from the players and coaches ? I mean from the actual cricket club NOT the Edgbaston PLC PR machine.

While on the subject of Edgbaston PLC, they must be doing really well this year with string of sell out matches that have nothing to do with Warwickshire County Cricket Club who they appear to have forgotten ........... bonuses for the top off the field boys perhaps ?

My real name is not Victor Meldrew, I am just concerned at what has happened to my beloved Warwickshire and worried for the immediate future.

A football style close season war chest needs to be provided to enable some decent recruits to strengthen and very weak squad and perhaps more importantly to re-vamp the Academy who seem to bring through very few players if any
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