Robbers and Villains
Dingy Bags gives us a report of finally a good opening day for Middlesex. Too little too late perhaps and there is the inevitable collapse included but plenty of positives to.
A Desperately-Needed Roses Success
Struggling Yorkshire fought back tremendously to easily overcome struggling Lancashire. At stumps on day one, a home win seemed highly unlikely. The hosts had been knocked over cheaply for the umpteenth time. Then, to make matters worse, the red rose put on one hundred for their first wicket. However it then began to unravel for the visitors. They did a very good impersonation of the Yorkshire skittles, and indeed we discovered that Lancashire's batting is even more fragile than Yorkshire's.
They think its all over. It is now
Rogers and out reports on the day promotion became impossible. Tough day to write about but there is a positive end to the report. Roll on 2019.
Middlesex in a Stew(art) Again
London Leprechaun gives us a report on a day when promotion pretty much became impossible and yet another up and down day left us more down then up, In every sense, Don't make any plans for comning Thursday.
Indian Team for Asia Cup Announced
BCCI has rested Virat Kohli... and made Rohit Sharma the captain... and Shikar Dhawan his deputy... Also this will be chance for india and Pak to play each other after a long time and both cricket boards and fans will be anticipating the clash... Pakistan though a lowly 7th in Test ranking and a mediocre 5th in ODIs are still very unpredictable, as the their fans like to remind all.. and are a formidable limited over unit...so Indian fans will be a bit wary...but excited and quietly confident as the defending champions and 6 time winners ...about winning the tournament again for the 7th time in this the 14th edition of the tournament.
A Decent Draw In Nottingham
Struggling Yorkshire belatedly showed some form with the bat, falling two shy of a five hundred total. Clearly the pitch was batsman-friendly, but to finish with honours even was something of a morale booster. However, it's highly unlikely that draws in their three remaining matches will preserve the Tykes' top flight status. Therefore it is imperative that they pull one or two rabbits out of the hat in the closing weeks, whilst hoping for favourable weather in Leeds and Worcester. Bowling well in one match and then batting well in the next is not enough. The white rose protagonists need to put in a good shift in both departments in the same fixture, starting with the visit of fellow-strugglers Lancashire next week.
Hammond trying to make us look like Wally's
Rogers and Out reports on day of early runs for him and Middlesex. There is a rare bonus point with pictorial evidence from Beefy. We hear about a topsy turvy day with us still in with a shout. Read to end to find out whether R&O is staying for another day.
Charles Worth his place
Barmy Kev reports on a difficult day for Middlesex with usual conversation distractions
Somerset Stuff The Tykes
Not for the first time in the last three years, Somerset succeeded in trouncing hapless Yorkshire. Martyn Moxon was foolishly upbeat after this setback, but there appears a worrying descent towards the second division. The visitors actually timed their declaration to perfection in so far as they ensured plenty of cricket on the final day. However, the declaration looked way too cautious, as the hosts never seemed likely to get anywhere near four hundred runs. Although Somerset seemed to unnecessarily delay the declaration, they still managed to roll over the top two skittles in the Yorkshire batting order on the third session of the third day. Yorkshire did bat a bit better in this match, but worryingly nobody seems capable of recording a century, which is ominous for this struggling team.
La La Bamber
Haringey Racer gives us great detail about a dramatic Middlesex victory. The only thing we don't hear about is whether he finished his sandwiches.