Abject Batting Display In London
Along with the trouncing by Somerset last September, this latest setback represents Yorkshire's worst performance in the County Championship for several years. Even coach Andrew Gale quickly conceded that his team were "poor". Apologists will blame the pitch and the coach load of famed absentees, but Yorkshire's dismal batting continues to stagger from one calamity to the next. Adam Lyth is a has-been, Alex Lees is a never-will-be, and Peter Handscomb is no Darren Lehmann. As a consequence, the team are losing out on far too many batting bonus points, as a measly two hundred now seems to be a par score for the Tykes. Our fine bowling unit remains our one saving grace, but even they are sometimes neutered by benign pitches. The team's hierarchy have some serious thinking to do ahead of our Surrey engagement. It remains to be seen whether Yorkshire's puddings will be battling for the Championship or fighting to stay in the Championship.
A Day 4 gone conclusion
Ged and Beefy are more than willing volunteers after day 3 to report on day 4. MTWD apologises for lack of ball by ball commentary but hopefully you get a flavour of their experiences.
A Day in History
The Nash dream has become a reality and Taunton has international cricket. Sportnetwork celebrate by taking the site offline all day for server maintenance but we are finally on to celebrate a day in Taunton history.
Can we play Yorkies every week?
Barmy Kev reports on the final day of our comprehensive win against Yorkshire , while describing his reprimand from stewards with some dodgy comments thrown in and the inevitable chanting. Many thanks to the Leprechaun for the pictures
York shire need Snookers after Higgins big break
After some transport difficulties London Leprechaun reports on a unexpectedly outstanding day for Middlesex in the vital clash against Yorkshire. The heat is on our visitors.
Yorkie Bar Meltdown
Beefy with Hobbo bits describe a hot succesful Middlesex day from their different perspective. MTWD recommend some cold liquid refereshment before reading.
Passionate Pakistan Turn Tables On Lackluster India
Pakistan turned the tables on a somewhat self-satisfied and complacent Indian team to record their biggest win in an ICC tournament since winning the World Cup under Imran Khan in 1992 by lifting the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Further Knockout Misery
A formidable Surrey (missing one England player) successfully defended their total against an under-strength Yorkshire (missing five England players). This is the second successive year that the south Londonders have conquered the Tykes in the knockout stage of the Royal London One Day Cup. The hosts remain incapable of negotiating the knockout fences in spite of making much progress at the group stage year after year. This is a conundrum that needs to be solved. Maybe the north group isn't as difficult to qualify from as the south group, though I scarcely believe that. Perhaps Yorkshire would be better suited to a season-long one-day league, akin to the old Sunday League?
After the debacle that is Somerset's Championship season continues with a defeat to Yorkshire we move seamlessly into a 50 over quarter final (mostly because it's the only day SKY haven't got a World Championship game to cover) and we welcome Notts to a pretty sparse Taunton (under 4000 tickets sold as of yesterday I heard) at 10:30 on a Tuesday. Who will play? Who won't play? The sun is out and we start at 11:00
A Cliffhanger In Taunton!
How will Yorkshire ever cope when Ryan Sidebottom retires and Gary Ballance receives a test recall? Mind you, the Tykes have demonstrated once again that even with a cruelly depleted squad they can still just about prevail. This nail biter was one of those prime occasions when every moment of fielding brilliance or incompetence actually did determine the eventual result. Somerset, mysteriously struggling this summer, always appear to be a much tougher proposition for the white rose than Warwickshire. This renders our astonishing conquest of them all the more satisfying. The visitors looked well on track for victory going into the final day, but a fine fifth wicket partnership between Davies and debutant Hose all but slammed the door on an away win. However two quick wickets breathed life into the contest, but even at lunch, the home team looked poised for a narrow win. Nevertheless, at the eleventh hour, along comes the unlikely bowling combination of Lyth and Siddy to achieve a stunning triumph. Credit must go to the captain for persevering with them, when the new ball was available, while young Carver also took two catches in the final hour - each of which must be worth about eight points.