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2019 Assessment
#1
So everyone

I'd be interested to gather your thoughts on the below

Positive(s) of the season

Negative (s) of the season

Most improved player

Emerging player

Overall grade for this season (A+-F)

Feelings for next season
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#2
Positives: emergence of younger players. The best performing counties have the best academies. We need to continue to give the development of our youngsters a proper backing.

Negatives: Injuries. So many. It was game plan out the window particularly in one day and T20 cricket before we'd even started. We did so well to stay up.

Most imroved: OHD. Incredible really. He's transformed himself, I couldn't imagine picking a 4day side without him now. He gets a bit of nip off the pitch.

Emerging player: Rob Yates. Wasn't even signed up on Pro terms this time last year, ended up batting most the season at number 3. In Div 1 batting first drop is an extremely tough gig and he handled it well I thought.

Grade: difficult to say. C maybe? Under the circumstances?

Next season :we've got a good nucleus. Belly and Stone will be like new signings. Hundred ball comp depresses me, such an unnecessary gamble, we've already got 3 brilliant competitions.
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#3
Positive - the squad togetherness in adversity

Negatives - Lack of investment in the playing squad and poor management. Whilst we have had injuries, a number of our bowlers were signed with major injuries so hardly a shock they struggled.

Most improved - OHD, great season from someone who seems to really care for WCCC. Delighted he signed a new contract

Emerging player - Yates easily.

Grade - i would say D. We've not been competitive in one day cricket and very lucky to not be relegated from Div 1.

Next Season - sure it wont be easy but we need to recruit. We need an opener and a reliable seamer at the least positive that some youngsters look up for Div 1 but if were to avoid another season like 2019 we need to be smart with recruitment. I dont think we can rely on Stone Norwell Brookes being injury free all season. We can't keep relying on Patel to bowl so many overs and take bulk of wickets
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#4
I'm just not sure on the recruitment thing. It doesn't work in cricket, it's not like football when you can sign 5 players and fix your team. Counties who have recruited massively in recent times have struggled. Notts being an obvious example. Hampshire have recruited heavily for a while, never really got them anywhere. Essex and Somerset seem to have the balance right, promote from within and make the occasional sensible signing. Surrey struggled this year but prior to that things only really looked up for them when they moved away from signing 'everyone' and backed the Curran's, Burns, Virdi, Pope etc.

We've signed Sibley, Rhodes, Hose, Miles, Burgess, Norwell, Sidebottom and Thomson in the past 2 years, and prior to that we signed Olly Stone so we have recruited loads in comparison to the majority of the other counties. If the injury situation (which won't get worse!) improves by just 50% our squad looks massive. Let's see what it can do, we've finished the season decently well in my opinion.
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#5
I thought the AJones summing was very fair, a "D" is about right.  One positive devlopment was Sam Hain having a sneaky good first class season, averaging over 50, to add to his undoubted excellence in the 50 over game.  Will he miss next years 50 over comp to play the 100? Would seem a waste.
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#6
There was loads of positives when you look back on it all. The opening partnership of Sibley and Rhodes was immense, Rhodes emerging as a genuine 5th bowler candidate in 4day cricket, Yates, Brookes death bowling improved, OHD, Norwell looks a decent bowler, Sam Hain was much improved since his last time in division one, Lamb getting a monster ton and becoming a sercivable T20 option, Thomson in limited overs cricket, Garrett looks a useful seam bowling option.

We've learnt a lot about a lot of players this season, not all of it has been good but we've come through unscathed in my opinion and I'd like to think we're well placed to kick on a bit next year.
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#7
At the end of last season, I wrote:

"If everyone was fit and available next season, the Bears could field a pace attack of Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Henry Brookes and one of Ryan Sidebottom, Miles and Norwell. But Stone and Woakes may be playing for England and both are injury-prone, as are Brookes and Norwell. So depending on factors outside the Club’s control, Giles and Troughton could either have an embarrassment of riches or find the cupboard bare."


What I hadn't foreseen was the OH-D phenomenon - all credit to him.  But on his own, he could only partly compensate for the lack of so many of the other pace bowlers.  Also, the decline in form of Henry Brookes was a disappointment.  He looked like a sensational prospect before his injury last year.  But he seems to have gone backwards in terms of both pace and accuracy this year.  

Last season, in the Championship alone, Ian Bell and Trotty scored just marginally under 2000 runs between them.  It's not surprising that replacing those runs at the higher level has proved so difficult.

In terms of results, if we had been relegated, you would have to award a resounding F.  Saving the top flight status maybe makes it an E; but I would up that to a D because of the emergence of young players such as Yates and Garrett who both show genuine signs that they can make the grade and can have successful careers.
Views on here are my own; but you can keep up-to-date with County Cricket at http://deepextracover.com/
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#8
We got nowhere in the limited overs competitions and were only saved from relegation to CC Division Two by a freak change in the rules. So the rating for the season can't be very good. D at best.

BUT, if I compare how we have done to what I feared might happen, the situation is not bad at all. We were within a squidge of finishing sixth in the CC when I expected us to be dead last. All the good things said about Sibley, Yates, Hain and OHD are justified. Sort out the bowlers' injury problems and I would expect us to do ok next year.
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#9
It's a good debate to be fair. There are some things I'm disagreeing on but it's not that I think it's a preposterous opinion. I can see where people are coming from.
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#10
My feelings for next season are that we will do better in all forms because I cannot see a season where we will have so many injuries again. The positives are having players come in because we had no choice sometime in team selection - But seeing those players do well. Negatives are when we got into good positions to win but couldn't really push on to win e.g. v Somerset at home in CC. Emerging players could be any one of Yates, Norwell(When fit), Garrett. Seems funny because he has been here 7 years but the most improved player is Olly. He put on a lot more pace and accuracy and his strike rate was excellent if you compare other seasons and he looked like a totally different player - He's also a total gem as a person as well and that is equally as important. Rhodes and Sibley I was impressed with as we wondered about how they would cope in Div 1 against better bowling. Jeets as ever, totally superb and 'Warwickshire's best ever overseas player' never lets us down, how he keeps going and never shirks a challenge is beyond me. I would give us a C. It seems generous but I cannot remember seeing a side go through so many changes because of injuries and managing to cope especially having loan players who they barely know coming into the side at short notice.
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#11
Here's my review of the season:
https://deepextracover.com/2019/10/seaso...wickshire/
I'd be interested to hear thoughts on where I got it right and wrong.
Views on here are my own; but you can keep up-to-date with County Cricket at http://deepextracover.com/
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#12
(12-10-2019, 10:32 AM)Terry Wrote: Here's my review of the season:
https://deepextracover.com/2019/10/seaso...wickshire/
I'd be interested to hear thoughts on where I got it right and wrong.

As ever a well balanced, humorous and perceptive contribution. Deserves a wider audience!
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#13
(12-10-2019, 01:10 PM)parkfield bear Wrote:
(12-10-2019, 10:32 AM)Terry Wrote: Here's my review of the season:
https://deepextracover.com/2019/10/seaso...wickshire/
I'd be interested to hear thoughts on where I got it right and wrong.

As ever a well balanced, humorous and perceptive contribution. Deserves a wider audience!

Many thanks!
Views on here are my own; but you can keep up-to-date with County Cricket at http://deepextracover.com/
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#14
As you would quite rightly expect of him, here is an upbeat take on the season from OH-D:
https://warwickshireccc.com/news/exposur...bears-ohd/
Views on here are my own; but you can keep up-to-date with County Cricket at http://deepextracover.com/
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#15
(12-10-2019, 10:32 AM)Terry Wrote: Here's my review of the season:
https://deepextracover.com/2019/10/seaso...wickshire/
I'd be interested to hear thoughts on where I got it right and wrong.

Thanks Terry.  As ever a (generally) perceptive and thorough analysis of our season.  I'd agree with you on almost all points, but particularly OHD as Player of the Season - who'd have thought it a couple of years ago !  However there is one conclusion that you come to, which I can't completely agree with - picking out Liam Banks in the RLC.  I don't disagree that he, "contributed usefully", but no more than many others.  He was 6th in our RLC batting averages (with 31) - and got no more 50+ scores than Alex Thomson and Tim Ambrose.  You do mention AT's value with the bat and ball, but other than him and Hain, I would'nt have singled out anyone else - other than perhaps saying that Alex Mellor made a valuable contribution (averaging 44 from 3 innings and scoring a 50) in that competition, in his last season at the club.
You can take the boy out of Atherstone, but you can never take Atherstone ........... !
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(16-10-2019, 12:47 PM)Bald Reynard Wrote:
(12-10-2019, 10:32 AM)Terry Wrote: Here's my review of the season:
https://deepextracover.com/2019/10/seaso...wickshire/
I'd be interested to hear thoughts on where I got it right and wrong.

Thanks Terry.  As ever a (generally) perceptive and thorough analysis of our season.  I'd agree with you on almost all points, but particularly OHD as Player of the Season - who'd have thought it a couple of years ago !  However there is one conclusion that you come to, which I can't completely agree with - picking out Liam Banks in the RLC.  I don't disagree that he, "contributed usefully", but no more than many others.  He was 6th in our RLC batting averages (with 31) - and got no more 50+ scores than Alex Thomson and Tim Ambrose.  You do mention AT's value with the bat and ball, but other than him and Hain, I would'nt have singled out anyone else - other than perhaps saying that Alex Mellor made a valuable contribution (averaging 44 from 3 innings and scoring a 50) in that competition, in his last season at the club.

Yes, I take your point, though he was third in the averages of those who played more than half the games.  In all honesty, trying to find those to praise from the Royal London was not easy.  I wish that I had managed at least to mention Tim Ambrose somewhere in my overall review.  His batting fell off a bit towards the end of the season but he still meets the main criterion of a good keeper - that most of the time, you just don't notice him because of his quiet efficiency.
Views on here are my own; but you can keep up-to-date with County Cricket at http://deepextracover.com/
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