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Warwickshire v Northants
#21
(22-04-2018, 01:12 PM)narsty simon Wrote: Another of the triumvirate ie Derbyshire having much the better of things against the division's favourites for promotion, Leicestershire also holding their own

Excellent.... though early days Simon and you have to take a longer term view. Everyone can have a bad patch.... but over 75 percent of the time this century, one of them has won the wooden spoon.... Last year even though Durham had a 40 point deduction they still managed it. IMHO, not good enough.... Personally, the three of them (and as couple of others) need sorting out for the sake of red ball domestic and International cricket. I would operate with 12 to 14 teams. Most would disagree with me.... but Quality competitive clubs playing high level games is the way forward. Those removed from the championship could focus on white ball cricket where they may be happier and more successful.
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#22
This will surprise you but there are members of the triumvirate who don't like white ball cricket and should not be deprived of watching their local County, Northants were 1game from promotion last year and along with Derbyshire they have been more successful than Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Kent in recent years
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#23
I'm sure there are... But that does nothing for the championship and little for England. Skillful players are a limited pool and they need quality competitive matches .... Otherwise England will look pretty, but ultimately fail. White ball cricket, and particularly T20, could be the saviour and future of clubs that constantly fail in full time professional red ball cricket. For red ball cricket I would amalgamate Leics, Derby's and Northants. I would then prune four other counties by amalgamation or removal. Worcester and Gloucs would be another grouping.... 12 the ultimate target. The other option is to pick 12 counties for the championship and make six white ball only....commercially the six would probably be no worse off.

Anyway... Far more importantly... Excellent win for the Bears by an innings and plenty.
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#24
Make a change being pleased to read of an innings victory involving Warks!!!!
LE - aka John
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#25
Great win well done to the lads. Went yesterday think we had a glimpse into the future with young mister Brookes. I remember at the end of season drink, and both Mr Giles, and Snowball said he could be as good as Woakes. On yesterdays batting you could see why they said that. Hain looked good a surprise when he got out. Also well done to Sidebottom on his 10 wickets.
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#26
It's fair to say that Matt Lamb, Henry Brookes & Ryan Sidebottom totally justified their selection for the game. Also good that Sam Hain has scored some championship runs, at the same ground he made his first century for the club.
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#27
Can't really comment on performances as I didn't go to any of the match days, but some of the numbers look really encouraging, particularly Sidebottom's bowling in both innings
Bears fan, Wolves fan, blood red Socialist, a not so vital statistician; what a collection...
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#28
Great win. Well done all
Paul fondled my onion bags.
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#29
Thumping win and significant contributions from several people under the age of 30. What's not to like?

Any comments on Jeetan's captaincy from those who were there?
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#30
Some that weren't there will see fit to comment!!
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#31
Will the order of the table look like this at the end of the season?
http://www.espncricinfo.com/table/series...ision-two/
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#32
Well that would do Terry :-)

By the way... Congratulations to Derbyshire on their first home win in four years.
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#33
Good to see the Bears at the top. And good to see two teams that have struggled in red ball cricket for a few years have a good game. Maybe corners have been turned and they will show the justification for remaining in first class cricket.
LE - aka John
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#34
Derbyshire beat the promotion favourites, Leicestershire gained an honourable draw despite facing Sussex 'so first innings total of400+-got me thinking, if both sides amalgamated and combined with a 3rd team,say, Northants they would be nigh unbeatable in county cricket
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(24-04-2018, 08:20 AM)narsty simon Wrote: Derbyshire beat the promotion favourites, Leicestershire gained an honourable draw despite facing Sussex 'so first innings total of400+-got me thinking, if both sides amalgamated and combined with a 3rd team,say, Northants they would be nigh unbeatable in county cricket

Nah!  Warwickshire will amalgamate with Worcs & Notts sand Yorks with Lancs and Durham, Kent and Hants, Middlesex Surrey and Essex. And so on. The result would be Leics Derbys and Northants combination would lose a few matches. There would then be a call for them to merge with Warks/Worcs/Notts.

 In twenty years time the County Championship will be 2 games - North v South played in the first week in March and the last week of October leaving around 7 months of T20 Blast and T100 franchise sponsored by Mothercare.

What a nightmare!!!!!!!
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