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Kent at Tunbridge Wells
#21
(22-06-2018, 07:51 AM)Leicester Exile Wrote: Just got to bat out two days - simple

Yes, this will be a great test of how good the likes of Sibley and Hose really are. If they don't get at least a 50, then they should dropped immediately and youngsters like Pollock (to open with Rhodes?) or Banks given a go in the Championship. Lamb coming back in is a given, probably Hain again after the Lions game(s). I'm not so sure about Umeed and Mellor (as a specialist batsman), they've had loads of  chances - but possibly one or two more? Umeed has obviously got a couple of Championship 100's, but his consistency is poor and he's not having a great season for the Seconds.
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#22
First mission accomplished, unscathed @lunch
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#23
3 centuries in four innings for IR Bell now.
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#24
Fantastic day's cricket I'll say it again Warley your t20 can't and doesn't produce raw drama like that, proof that proper cricket played over 4 days, not 3 hours is the best game in the world
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(22-06-2018, 05:52 PM)Lilly Wrote: 3 centuries in four innings for IR Bell now.

Wow.  It's not just me is it?  All four results possible.  I was there yesterday and will be again tomorrow.  I still think Kent are slight favourites, pitch might start to play up.  

Barker's first warning for running on the pitch was surreal.  He'd had four appeals in the over for LBW against DBD the second of which was vociferous, prolonged and disbelieving.  Then there was the warning, followed by debates between the umpire (Steve O' Shaugnessy I think but aplogies if not).  O' Shaugnessy had by this stage completely lost it and called for the end of the over and, although the players knew it wasn't, his mate didn't help him out and they'd changed ends before the scoreboard got a message in.  With the fielders back in place, and off the 5th ball, Daniel Bell Drummond was caught behind and went off with a bit of a chunter, both sides fed up.

Barker was taken out of the attack for running on the pitch 300 runs or so later and it was a much quieter affair so I thought he was injured before I spotted him fielding. I suspect Barker was still annoyed as on a pitch where no - one else could do a thing he was bowliing beautifully, like watching a top spinner as he curved it in late to all Kent's right handers with the odd one pushed across.
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(22-06-2018, 10:24 AM)The Lickey Banker Wrote:
(22-06-2018, 07:51 AM)Leicester Exile Wrote: Just got to bat out two days - simple

Yes, this will be a great test of how good the likes of Sibley and Hose really are. If they don't get at least a 50, then they should dropped immediately and youngsters like Pollock (to open with Rhodes?) or Banks given a go in the Championship. Lamb coming back in is a given, probably Hain again after the Lions game(s). I'm not so sure about Umeed and Mellor (as a specialist batsman), they've had loads of  chances - but possibly one or two more? Umeed has obviously got a couple of Championship 100's, but his consistency is poor and he's not having a great season for the Seconds.

Well, Sibley has already proved himself - I really hope he goes on to and beyond a ton and this is just the start of a renaissance for him.  No doubt Hose will also get his chance (hopefully, later) tomorrow.  I, for one, will only be too happy if they both prove my doubts about their technique and application, wrong.  Come on lads - even if it is to no avail in this game !  Of course there is the chance they might really show us how good they are - to win a game from the position we were in earlier today would be a magnificent achievement (if not one of the greatest in our recent history)  No, it can't happen ..... can it !!?
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(22-06-2018, 08:07 PM)The Lickey Banker Wrote:
(22-06-2018, 10:24 AM)The Lickey Banker Wrote:
(22-06-2018, 07:51 AM)Leicester Exile Wrote: Just got to bat out two days - simple

Yes, this will be a great test of how good the likes of Sibley and Hose really are. If they don't get at least a 50, then they should dropped immediately and youngsters like Pollock (to open with Rhodes?) or Banks given a go in the Championship. Lamb coming back in is a given, probably Hain again after the Lions game(s). I'm not so sure about Umeed and Mellor (as a specialist batsman), they've had loads of  chances - but possibly one or two more? Umeed has obviously got a couple of Championship 100's, but his consistency is poor and he's not having a great season for the Seconds.

Well, Sibley has already proved himself - I really hope he goes on to and beyond a ton and this is just the start of a renaissance for him.  No doubt Hose will also get his chance (hopefully, later) tomorrow.  I, for one, will only be too happy if they both prove my doubts about their technique and application, wrong.  Come on lads - even if it is to no avail in this game !  Of course there is the chance they might really show us how good they are - to win a game from the position we were in earlier today would be a magnificent achievement (if not one of the greatest in our recent history)  No, it can't happen ..... can it !!?

Exactly my thoughts.  It is so unlikely, but there is a (very slight) chance of a win  It would be an immense achievement - and of course a record.  A big worry though is what JT said earlier - "we were a bit worried for the last 10 overs today, when the pitch started misbehaving".  No doubt the Kent Ground Staff will be making sure it misbehaves even more tomorrow!
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#28
Dare to hope.
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#29
OHD will hit the winning runs. I knew he was there for a reason.
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Of course, it will be a classic case of ... so near .... and yet so far !  411-7 with just Hose getting late runs.  There's still a chance if Wright and Brookes can help out with what they're capable of, but it's not looking good.  I suppose a defeat by less than a 100 runs, after the mountain we had to climb, is a decent attempt ?
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#31
Ah well, I suppose that's why the record has stood for so long - it's b****y hard to score 500 in a fourth innings. Great to have given it a good go.

One can only echo Simon's views on the magnificence of first class cricket.
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#32
Good effort Warwick; always going to be a mountainous chase
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(23-06-2018, 07:16 PM)randombear Wrote: Good effort Warwick; always going  to be a mountainous chase

I was going to say cricket is the winner.  But having checked the table have to report Kent are the winners.  Disappointing to get so little from a match the team put so much into but Kent deserved to win having declared in their second innings.  They also kept going today on a pitch that livened up before lunch and went back to sleep afterwards.  Matt Henry bowled a enormous long spell before tea and begged, implored and mimed his way into bowling one more over, Jeetanesque in his commitment.  Us and Kent look pretty well matched: their batting is more solid (but if Bell stays in this form) and our bowling has an edge in variety and depth.  From this game I'd say neither side catches very well.  

We are still eight points ahead of Kent.  If we can keep that gap in the second half of the season we have a good chance of going up.
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(23-06-2018, 05:18 PM)GrizzlyBear Wrote: Ah well, I suppose that's why the record has stood for so long - it's b****y hard to score 500 in a fourth innings. Great to have given it a good go.

One can only echo Simon's views on the magnificence of first class cricket.

It's the greatest game in the world and those of us who were there can consider ourselves very privileged to have witnessed a fabulous 4 days of gripping drama
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(23-06-2018, 10:11 PM)Reabank Wrote:
(23-06-2018, 07:16 PM)randombear Wrote: Good effort Warwick; always going  to be a mountainous chase

I was going to say cricket is the winner.  But having checked the table have to report Kent are the winners.  Disappointing to get so little from a match the team put so much into but Kent deserved to win having declared in their second innings.  They also kept going today on a pitch that livened up before lunch and went back to sleep afterwards.  Matt Henry bowled a enormous long spell before tea and begged, implored and mimed his way into bowling one more over, Jeetanesque in his commitment.  Us and Kent look pretty well matched: their batting is more solid (but if Bell stays in this form) and our bowling has an edge in variety and depth.  From this game I'd say neither side catches very well.  

We are still eight points ahead of Kent.  If we can keep that gap in the second half of the season we have a good chance of going up.
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A lot of positives to be gained even in defeat ,overdue runs for Sibley, a decent knock after a shaky start from Hose, Patel's positive captaincy and the team's determination to make Kent work hard for their victory, the lads have to lift themselves for Durham and get back on the winning trail, personally I'm very confident of promotion and fairly hopeful of us going up as champions
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#36
All very interesting from looking at the scorecard. It was basically our first innings that was the difference , the only time we were batting under pressure. An earlier poster speculated on the mental side of batting and whether that was ever looked at. They certainly seem unconfident in these big games.

Maybe I’m too harsh. It was ultimately a close game and there were a lot of good performances, a lot of our guys can go into the next game with a bit more optimism.
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#37
Been to all 4 days, great setting, great match, great company. On the third morning Will Rhodes was fielding by us, and asked why did he think the wicket had changed. He said the combination of the morning cut, roll, and the second day was fresher, and sunny. I think Kent bowlers bowled a bit better than us on the first day. Going into the last day i was very confident we could make history, and still was at lunch. but sadly not to be. A great advert for 4 day cricket.
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#38
I wonder what Colin Graves thinks when he reads about games like this one. Does he think "I'm the luckiest man alive to be in charge of the organisation that produces this kind of sport" or does he think "If I could stop this happening I could stage another couple of games of hit-and-giggle"? I do hope he still has some soul left, otherwise we're doomed.
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GB I spent all 4 days waxing lyrical about the virtues of proper cricket over the pyjama slog and what's more I shall continue to do so
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(24-06-2018, 11:58 AM)GrizzlyBear Wrote: I wonder what Colin Graves thinks when he reads about games like this one. Does he think "I'm the luckiest man alive to be in charge of the organisation that produces this kind of sport" or does he think "If I could stop this happening I could stage another couple of games of hit-and-giggle"? I do hope he still has some soul left, otherwise we're doomed.

This reminded me of one of Neville Cardus's reported conversations with a Lancashire or Yorkshire professional back in the 1920s when contests between the two counties were grimly contested battles.  When Cardus said that many in the crowd hadn't appreciated the hard-fought if slow moving contest, the old professional's comment was: "They need educating up to it."
Of course, many of Cardus's conversations with cricketers happened in his head rather than in reality but when challenged on this, he would say something like: "That's what they would have said if I'd actually asked them." 
Maybe Colin Graves needs educating up to the pleasures of four-day cricket.
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