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Norwell and Raine!
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Looks like these 2 are on their way to Edgbaston.
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(04-08-2018, 07:54 PM)Malc Wrote: Looks like these 2 are on their way to Edgbaston.

Raine would be a good signing, but I have my doubts about Norwell.  They're just a bit too similar (medium fast seamers who bat a bit) - and Raine has by far a better record (especially this season).

I guess we're looking at Raine, as Chappell IS on his way to Notts.
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#3
Norwell is more of a specialist bowler rather than an all-rounder like Raine.
I think I am right in saying that Ben Raine has a clause in his contract that enables him to go to a top division county before the contract expires at the end of next season.  So any move to the Bears would be dependent on promotion being achieved.
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#4
Hard to get excited about these two. I can see the point of recruiting the likes of Stone, Rhodes, Sibley and Hose who are young and have the potential to develop. Norwell and Raine are both well into their careers and don't seem like anything more than average Division 2 players. If you are recruiting established players they need to be clearly improving your side not just adding to the squad, otherwise you are effectively telling the players who are trying to get into the first eleven that you don't think much of them.

I'm no judge of limited overs ability so maybe we are looking at them with the white ball in mind but I don't see their value as Championship players.
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#5
Chris Wright and Rikki Clarke were average Division 2 players when they joined us weren't they?
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#6
I take your point about Chris Wright who really did step up a notch when joining us. He's the exception, though. Rikki Clarke had played international cricket before coming to us so clearly had some ability.
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#7
Norwell confirmed as signing on a three year deal from the end of the season:

https://warwickshireccc.com/news/fast-bo...18-season/

Didn't know he took 59 Championship wickets last season.
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#8
Ben Raine has joined Durham.
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(03-09-2018, 08:35 AM)Exiled Bear Wrote: Ben Raine has joined Durham.

 A strange destination !  I thought Raine had an agreement with Leicester, that he could only leave, if going to a Division 1 County.  There are a few Counties in the mix for promotion from Division 2, but Durham isn't one of them !  Obviously we couldn't really have been interested in signing him - perhaps the Chappell move IS on after all ?!
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(03-09-2018, 10:59 AM)Bald Reynard Wrote:
(03-09-2018, 08:35 AM)Exiled Bear Wrote: Ben Raine has joined Durham.

 A strange destination !  I thought Raine had an agreement with Leicester, that he could only leave, if going to a Division 1 County.  There are a few Counties in the mix for promotion from Division 2, but Durham isn't one of them !  Obviously we couldn't really have been interested in signing him - perhaps the Chappell move IS on after all ?!

I don't know about the agreement that he could only move to a Division 1 County (perhaps that rumour, was just a rumour), but Raine is a Durham lad through and through. Born and grew up in Sunderland, he began his career at the Riverside in 2011, before moving to Grace Road in 2013. I guess he simply wants to move back home and doesn't worry about staying in Division 2.

You're right BR, Chappell coming to us might be on. There were 3 Counties interested - us, Notts and one of the Southern lot (I can't remember which one). Everyone thought that Notts were in pole position, simply because he's a Grantham lad and Trent Bridge is close to home. However, Notts have just signed Ben Duckett and might not want to splash out on another big(gish) contract. Given his injury record, Chappell is going to be seen as much as a middle order batsman as a fast bowler and a front line bowling role might diminish for him. Perhaps Notts (and others) might be put off by that? However we might be more keen on his batting and feel his bowling is more of a backup skill?

For us (and a lot of other Counties) though, I think not many moves will be decided, until everyone is sure who is going to finish up in Division 1 next season.
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