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Middlesex at Lords
#61
I agree we need to give Banks an extended run,we are 7 ahead of Sussex and 13 ahead of Kent so destiny is in our own hands, if Banks can't cut it either we need to go shopping for an opening bat in readiness for what I believe will be div1 cricket next year
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#62
This report contains two nuggets of information:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8204/...vision-two
Firstly, Tim Ambrose has accepted a new one year contract - hurray for that!
Second- "excellent young pace bowler, Henry Brookes, also has a stress reaction in his back - hopefully nothing too serious but he faces a prolonged period of rest." Not such good news!
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#63
Liam Banks has been on England U19 duty, so wasn't available.

Matt Lamb was unlucky to be left out a few games ago, and should be recalled, the problem is that the lowest performing player is an opener, who seems to be Selected for every game regardless of his lack of performance.

I seem to remember having a similar situation with under performing ex Surrey & ex Gloucestershire players for many of the last few years!
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#64
On the basis of what I saw I’m not surprised Middlesex won. They bat much better than us, even after a T20 fuelled collapse in the first innings, could get more runs when it mattered. It didn’t help that a lot of our bowlers were just a bit out of it. I don’t really see that bringing in academy lads will help us in this regard, but it might be a decent long term development thing to have Banks and Lamb pep things up a bit.

On the basis of the scorecard and the cricinfo updates, I’m surprised we lost. We always seemed just ahead of the game. Perhaps it’s a lack of quality, perhaps it’s a lack of experience just to kill good competition off. Either way, I thinkit was good experience to come up against a strong team. It would be good to have this back of mind to when we, surely, go up a division at the end of the season.
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#65
(24-07-2018, 09:27 PM)Tayls79 Wrote: On the basis of what I saw I’m not surprised Middlesex won. They bat much better than us, even after a T20 fuelled collapse in the first innings, could get more runs when it mattered. It didn’t help that a lot of our bowlers were just a bit out of it. I don’t really see that bringing in academy lads will help us in this regard, but it might be a decent long term development thing to have Banks and Lamb pep things up a bit.

On the basis of the scorecard and the cricinfo updates, I’m surprised we lost. We always seemed just ahead of the game. Perhaps it’s a lack of quality, perhaps it’s a lack of experience just to kill good competition off. Either way, I thinkit was good experience to come up against a strong team. It would be good to have this back of mind to when we, surely, go up a division at the end of the season.


But Middx aren’t a strong team and the XI that played included several who aren’t first choices.
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#66
(24-07-2018, 09:22 PM)The Good Mugabe Wrote: Liam Banks has been on England U19 duty, so wasn't available.

Matt Lamb was unlucky to be left out a few games ago, and should be recalled, the problem is that the lowest performing player is an opener, who seems to be Selected  for every game regardless of his lack of performance.

I seem to remember having a similar situation with under performing ex Surrey & ex Gloucestershire players for many of the last few years!

Well, Mugabe, I have to give you credit.  You never give up, do you?!
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#67
In all this talk about openers, I haven't seen Andy Umeed mentioned.  His 100 against Lancs last year may have sent many spectators to sleep but what would we have done today for someone who would stick in there and hold the innings together?
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#68
I have no problem with openers batting slowly but in between his 2 centuries he hardly scored a run, probably still a better bet than Sibley though, from what I've seen Rhodes and Banks appear to have the best techniques
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#69
I see Leicestershire are closing the gap on the Bears!!!
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#70
Highlights of yesterday here (although the commentary is embarrassingly bad):
https://www.ecb.co.uk/video/788585/middl...Champ%2018
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(24-07-2018, 09:49 PM)Terry Wrote:
(24-07-2018, 09:22 PM)The Good Mugabe Wrote: Liam Banks has been on England U19 duty, so wasn't available.

Matt Lamb was unlucky to be left out a few games ago, and should be recalled, the problem is that the lowest performing player is an opener, who seems to be Selected  for every game regardless of his lack of performance.

I seem to remember having a similar situation with under performing ex Surrey & ex Gloucestershire players for many of the last few years!

Well, Mugabe, I have to give you credit.  You never give up, do you?!

As his victims can testify.

I personally feel that not enough attention is being given to the role of batting coach. The only consistent performers with the bat this season have been the three older players, who you would say are past the point of coaching to make them better players. None of the younger lads are improving, Hain is going backwards each week with his red ball form which for a lad that talented is a crying shame.
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#72
If im Matt Lamb im knocking on Troughtons door and asking "Why aren't I playing?"
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#73
Sad news:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/44955242

Taken ill whilst watching the game yesterday according to the report
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#74
(24-07-2018, 08:04 PM)parkfield bear Wrote:
(24-07-2018, 06:50 PM)Terry Wrote: Averages make interesting reading:
http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/...tournament

Lamb averages 50, Sibley averages 18, Hain 21. On what basis is the team selected? Huh

I completely agree with you. Matt Lamb did not deserve to be dropped in the first place after an important innings supporting Will Rhodes in the 4th innings home win against Northants. Adam Hose was given his place at Tunbridge Wells and Durham and on his return from Lions duty Sam Hain has returned. There is a possible case for Ian Bell or Jonathan Trott to temporarily open with Will Rhodes and Matt Lamb should certainly come back in the middle order.
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#75
(24-07-2018, 08:28 PM)Malc Wrote: I saw 2 of the 3 days and I am disappointed! I thought Chris Woakes had a game to forget - actually,  Ed Smith sat a few rows in front of me for a complete session and saw Chris W bowl some poor stuff. I wonder if that will afffect his selection for the test team?

I’m also stunned that we had Middx at 76-7 in the first session yet managed to lose in less than 3 days. I don’t blame anyone, I’ve just got some questions:

Barker was on paternity leave, but where was Stone?
Lamb and Hose seem to be forgotten men, should they be recalled?
Is Sibley an opener?
Why was Poysden loaned out to Yorkshire?
I’d like to see Liam Banks given an opportunity.

Anyway, onwards and upwards!

I completely agree that Matt Lamb should come back into the middle order, he did not deserve to be dropped in the first place!

Olly Stone has only just returned from injury, bowling 4 overs in a 2ndXI t20 friendly last week, 3 horrendous overs (0 for 59) in the Northants t20 on Friday and another 3 innocuous overs (0 for 41) in 2ndXI t20 against Notts on Monday. I cannot imagine that his fitness levels are anywhere near that required for a Championship game yet.

Josh Poysden was loaned to Yorkshire as he was not going to be selected for us, only played one game all season and took a five wicket haul and for unknown reasons is not being selected for any t20 games even though we are conceding enormous scores.

Liam Banks should have played for England under 19s against South Africa recently but has broken a finger and is out for about 4 weeks.
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#76
(24-07-2018, 08:34 PM)narsty simon Wrote: I agree we need to give Banks an extended run,we are 7 ahead of Sussex and 13 ahead of Kent so destiny is in our own hands, if Banks can't cut it either we need to go shopping for an opening bat in readiness for what I believe will be div1 cricket next year

Liam Banks should have been played for England under 19s against South Africa recently. However he has broken a finger and is out for around 4 weeks. I have been impressed by his batting in the 2ndXI over the past 3 seasons, very talented for a 19 year old.
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#77
(25-07-2018, 05:43 PM)randombear Wrote: Sad news:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/44955242

Taken ill whilst watching the game yesterday according to the report

Yes, I agree - very sad.
But as the report says, what better way could he have had of spending his last day?
He was unlucky not to play more often for England.  How our own A.C. Smith got to play ahead of him in Australia is totally baffling - except that A.C. is an Oxbridge man and so is Ted Dexter who captained England at the time; and the Duke of Norfolk was the tour manager.  Murray, on the other hand, was just a lad from Notting Hill.
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