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All Rounder - 2019 season?
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So with Keith Barker leaving, and Chris Woakes on England duty most of next summer. Who do you think will fill this position next year. 

Will, we look for another signing, or strengthen the batting with Tim Ambrose at Number 7? 

Is there anybody in the Second X1 coming through. 

At present, I think Keith Barker is going to be badly missed.
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We clearly have a vacancy. To be honest, Keith Barker at 7 would be a bit light for Division One. Without him, the need is even greater. We also need a replacement for Trott.

It would seem to be a golden opportunity for Matt Lamb or Aaron Thomason - perhaps both. I would like to have seen them "blooded" more in Division Two but it didn't happen so one or other of them is probably going in the deep end. Will Rhodes was, of course, touted as an all-rounder but his batting has come on so well I wouldn't want to risk upsetting it by giving him extra responsibilities.
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(09-10-2018, 01:09 PM)GrizzlyBear Wrote: We clearly have a vacancy. To be honest, Keith Barker at 7 would be a bit light for Division One. Without him, the need is even greater. We also need a replacement for Trott.

It would seem to be a golden opportunity for Matt Lamb or Aaron Thomason - perhaps both. I would like to have seen them "blooded" more in Division Two but it didn't happen so one or other of them is probably going in the deep end. Will Rhodes was, of course, touted as an all-rounder but his batting has come on so well I wouldn't want to risk upsetting it by giving him extra responsibilities.


If Tim Ambrose bats at 7, we then have a long tail with Patel, Miles/Norwell, Stone (if available) and Sidebottom.
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(09-10-2018, 01:09 PM)GrizzlyBear Wrote: We clearly have a vacancy. To be honest, Keith Barker at 7 would be a bit light for Division One. Without him, the need is even greater. We also need a replacement for Trott.

It would seem to be a golden opportunity for Matt Lamb or Aaron Thomason - perhaps both. I would like to have seen them "blooded" more in Division Two but it didn't happen so one or other of them is probably going in the deep end. Will Rhodes was, of course, touted as an all-rounder but his batting has come on so well I wouldn't want to risk upsetting it by giving him extra responsibilities.

I agree with all that Grizzly, but particularly the points about a Trott replacement and the chance for either Lamb or Thomason to fill the 'all rounder' role.  Lamb is the better batsman and Thomason the better bowler, so it is a toss up - perhaps 'horses for courses', with each taking up the Number 6 or 7 place depending on wicket / needs ?  If we can get a Trott replacement for the Number 3 or 4 position (big 'if' - both in terms of our usual lack of desire to pay the necessary wages and the big hole that needs to be filled with Trotty going), then Hain (or alternatively, Hose), Lamb or Thomason can fill the Number 5 and/or 6 position (with TA dropping down to 7) - depending if we need a specialist batsman or an all rounder.
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Agree with you NB about missing Barker very sad to see him go. Next year is a great chance for Thomason to try, and put a marker down to replace him but is he good enough. He hasn't played yet in the 4 day team, so will perhaps only play 1 day but that needs improving a lot didn't exactly do very well last season did he. Liam Norwell i believe is a capable batter so maybe he is the one to take over from Barker.The back up spinner is my biggest concern, apart from the last 2nd team match Thomson didn't seem to do much.Can not remember his name now but i wonder if the leg spinner who played a couple of games towards the end off the seasonn will get another chance next year.
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(09-10-2018, 03:26 PM)rednalbear Wrote: Agree with you NB about missing Barker very  sad to see him go. Next year is a great chance for Thomason to try, and put a marker down to replace him but is he good enough. He hasn't played yet in the 4 day team, so will perhaps only play 1 day but that needs improving a lot didn't exactly do very well last season did he. Liam Norwell i believe is a capable batter so maybe he is the one to take over from  Barker.The back up spinner is my biggest concern, apart from the last 2nd team match Thomson didn't seem to do much.Can not remember his name now but i  wonder if the leg spinner who played a couple of games towards the end off the seasonn will get another chance next year.


Just checked Liam Norwell's career batting average and its 13.51. Looks as if we are going to have a very long tail unless there are other plans afoot. http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/cont...24206.html
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(12-10-2018, 12:52 PM)Northfieldbear Wrote:
(09-10-2018, 03:26 PM)rednalbear Wrote: Agree with you NB about missing Barker very  sad to see him go. Next year is a great chance for Thomason to try, and put a marker down to replace him but is he good enough. He hasn't played yet in the 4 day team, so will perhaps only play 1 day but that needs improving a lot didn't exactly do very well last season did he. Liam Norwell i believe is a capable batter so maybe he is the one to take over from  Barker.The back up spinner is my biggest concern, apart from the last 2nd team match Thomson didn't seem to do much.Can not remember his name now but i  wonder if the leg spinner who played a couple of games towards the end off the seasonn will get another chance next year.


Just checked Liam Norwell's career batting average and its 13.51. Looks as if we are going to have a very long tail unless there are other plans afoot. http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/cont...24206.html

Worryingly he hasn't bowled a single ball in the Championship since April due to ongoing hamstring problems...
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