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Middlesex at Lords
#21
Don't forget to smudge bacon and egg down your tie!!!!!!!!

Have a good day - wish I was with you!!
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#22
191/7.

From having them at 76/7 we have managed to turn this to utter sh...
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#23
Still 3 wickets left and a couple of capable batsmen at the crease. Think Woakes was unlucky given his reaction to his dismissal.
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#24
(23-07-2018, 12:08 PM)Exiled Bear Wrote: Still 3 wickets left and a couple of capable batsmen at the crease. Think Woakes was unlucky given his reaction to his dismissal.

Oh it is quite conceivable that we post a first innings lead, but from where we had them the current state of play is not great for us.
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#25
I see your point but I'd probably have taken this position before the start of the match. Let's hope Rhodes can go on to his century after lunch
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#26
Cricinfo insists on saying Birmingham Bears are leading Middlesex by 13 runs!!!!!
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#27
(23-07-2018, 01:18 PM)Exiled Bear Wrote: I see your point but I'd probably have taken this position before the start of the match. Let's hope Rhodes can go on to his century after lunch

Agreed, but I don't think you can just say 'before the match I would have taken it' when you have a team 7 down for less than 100 during the game. 

We will have a lead of around 20 runs which isn't great when you consider where we were at one stage
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#28
Great knock and a pb for Will Rhodes
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#29
Middlesex now 3 down - after a big start to their Second Innings.  2 quick wickets for Jeets soon after he came on - clearly the pitch is now taking spin (and Rayner got 2 in our First Innings) - just when we release Josh P for the Tykes !  If that's the case, I guess Sibley is the only one who can help him out ?
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(23-07-2018, 05:34 PM)Bald Reynard Wrote: Middlesex now 3 down - after a big start to their Second Innings.  2 quick wickets for Jeets soon after he came on - clearly the pitch is now taking spin (and Rayner got 2 in our First Innings) - just when we release Josh P for the Tykes !  If that's the case,  I guess Sibley is the only one who can help him out ?

Josh Poysden would never have played in this game at Lord's even if he had not been loaned to Yorkshire, partly because with hot humid conditions expected the selection of four seamers was likely and partly because the first team management do not seem to rate his bowling (or batting) sufficiently. Earlier in the season he was bowling very well, with control and taking wickets in most 2ndXI matches and was still ignored for both the 50 over and t20 competitions. He could have played in the 50 over decider against an in-form Worcestershire batting line-up but it was decided to play only four specialist bowlers and pool the fifth bowler overs from Sibley, Rhodes and Trott. He could have played in the t20 games at home to Leicestershire, Durham and Northants but it was decided to rely on the part-time spin of Sibley, the medium pace offerings of De Grandhomme and Elliott and Olly Stone who had only bowled four expensive overs back from injury in a 2ndXI t20 game. Josh has rarely played since Dougie Brown left the management even though most other counties play two or sometimes three spinners (when one can bat such as Livingstone) in limited overs matches, just like the Bears used to.
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#31
I’ve seen over 150 overs of this game so far and I’m still not really sure who’s on top of it and why. I think it’s fairest to say it’s very close with some well matched players on either side. I don’t hold the view we let them off the hook, it’s all part of the oft quoted ebb and flow and 70 odd for 7 was bigger than normal flow.

Having sat directly behind the bowlers arm today, I can see all the bowlers have been getting the ball to swing, but no seam on a green pitch. Middlesex, Murtagh especially, did a better job of getting results from pitching up while a lot of ours have seen early swing and possibly dropped too short. In line with this, the batsman who have played back have looked more at ease and I think Middlesex have a few more of them. I hadn’t really noticed how far back Rhodes plays and he benefited from it.

What could be our point of difference is spin bowling. Jeets looks much more potent than Rayner and four wickets were reward for relentless attacking. I’m willing to guess if he finishes them off tomorrow and our batsmen deal with swing better in the fourth innings, that’s our best route to victory.
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#32
There seems to be quite a bit of variation in bounce for the quicker bowlers which makes me think that chasing anything above 200 could be tricky.
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#33
A very enjoyable day's cricket and first experience of the Lord's pavilion. We did well to get ourselves back in the game just as it looked like they were getting away from us. Superb innings from Rhodes and I enjoyed it all the more for how much it annoyed the MCC/Middlesex members sat next to me - they kept moaning that he was batting too slowly and they refused to clap him off the field at lunch because he'd only scored about 35 runs in the session! His second first class century and I've seen them both. The pitch isn't doing too much and there isn't a huge amount of turn but as Terry says a few did keep low. I think anything under 200 should be fine.

Sounded like a pretty bad car crash outside the ground in the afternoon session.
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#34
Wonderful day and those who have set their faces against proper cricket are the ones who are REALLY missing out,ebbs and flows aplenty and I ask the question again what's not to like?
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#35
Good that MCC suspended the "jackets must be worn" rule. And monocles were optional too.
Just a shame I can only do the one day.
Managed to fit in a quick trip to the museum during and after the tea interval. Well worth the visit.
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#36
Kent beaten up by 10 wickets against one of the triumvirate!!
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#37
Looks like the team that some say should have left red ball game years ago are heading for the first div and might get there before Warks
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#38
Big day today.

COYB
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#39
With Kent losing a win today or tomorrow will put us in a strong position.
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#40
10/2

Great start
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