A Skeletal Hand
Seaxe Man gives his usual detailed report on our drawn match with Surrey. There are snooker references, a skeletal hand and Ethelread the Unready. Thank for virtual ball by ball comentary , Leprechaun for some pictures and LP for the headline
Another Awful Roses Stalemate
Trust good old Old Trafford to produce yet again a pitch that did little to enhance the chances of a result, but simply allowed several batsmen to fill their boots on this buffet pitch. I'm all for pitches where bowlers have to work hard for their wickets, but for the second successive year, the red rose contingent have constructed a pitch that would have required about eight days to obtain a win for either protagonist. I guess that ultimately one could say that neither bowling unit did anywhere near enough to warrant a victory. Still, one bowler did have cause to celebrate, as Jack Brooks, batting at nine compiled his maiden first class century. A hearty congratulations to the headband warrior, but that was perhaps a barometer of how docile the pitch obviously was!
India Retain No. 1 Test Ranking
India continue their domination at the top of the ICC Test rankings. They grabbed the No. 1 spot late last year, after Pakistan briefly held it for a few weeks. India with their record breaking home season look set to hold on to No. 1 for a long time. Pakistan meanwhile after being white washed in Australia and New Zealand and despite eking out a historic first series win in West Indies against a historically weak West Indies side have plummeted to No. 6.
Barnet Fair Report on Today.
Thanks to Age UK Harrow, a charity close to my heart, there was a Middlesex CCC promotion allowing over 60's and a guest in free for today's play. Some of my team mates from Barnet Over 50's Walking Football Team took advantage of this. Peter Speroni who goes once every 68 years has shared his thoughts of today, which has given a regular like me some food for thought.
Boo More Sangakkara class
Primrose Hillbilly reports on a day of twists and turns and that legend again denying us. As usual there are many amusing asides and some honest opinions. This is far from a dull read
The General leads our fight back
Haringay Racer reports on a good for us with the familar over rate problem but not effecting us. This is the most detail you will read anywhere on day 2's play.
Start the KumAR
Barmy Kev reports on a day of some apathy, close shaves that might of turned our day round, very dodgy stewarding with a not feel good feel factor at the end. Read on if you want to feel depreessed.
Carver Impresses In Sixth Tournament Win
For the seventh successive Yorkshire one-day fixture, the team that won the toss went on to lose the match - not that the Tykes' contingent are complaining at this peculiar phenomenon. The white rose prevailed in the end here and earned themselves a home quarter final, finishing with a highly impressive six group wins out of eight. However, they made hard work of overcoming a resilient Leicestershire.
A Birmingham Setback
Peculiarly, Yorkshire have qualified for at least the quarter finals of the Royal London One Day Cup, in spite of losing to a Warwickshire team that cruised to triumph, courtesy of a well-timed runs chase. The hosts were greatly helped by an opening stand of more than one hundred runs which appeared to take the contest away from the Tykes. However an outstanding spell of bowling by Azeem Rafiq threatened to pull a rabbit out of the hat. The visitors needed to keep chipping away at the Bears' batting line up, but another excellent stand from Bell and Clarke closed the door firmly on an away win.
The Only Way is Through Essex 2 50
The big game between the two front runners in this side of the draw. If you win you are on for an immediate home semi. If you don't... well you aren't. Steve Davies is having a fitness test this morning. It will be interesting to look at the batting line-up given Johan Myburgh going all out on Friday AND Hose's ton. Somerset won the toss and will bowl. Steve davies is in and with Dean Elgar back in South Africa for some awards ceremony it is likely that Johann Myburgh will get a second one dayer to put his wares on display.