Congratulations to Northamptonshire Steelbacks for emerging triumphant for the second successive year in the English Twenty20 Blast. Fortunately they did us all a favour and defeated dastardly Durham in the final. Earlier, the Durham Jets had just squeezed past the Yorkshire Vikings in the second semi final. The latter looked well set for a potential victory, chasing a total of 157 which seemed well within reach. However, the Tykes were undone by outstanding seam bowling from the deadly duo of Rushworth and Wood whose efforts eclipsed that of Yorkshire's bowlers.
India in Top 3 in Every Format
In the hand wringing that websites such as cricinfo have encouraged about India's likely drop from No. 1 to No. 2 due to the rain ruined 4th Test in Trindad and Pakistan reaching No. 1 in Test cricket for the first time ever in their history, the pundits have failed to recognize an even more significant achievement by the Indian side. It now is ranked in the top 3 in every format of the game. No other team currently is so consistently good in all formats.
A Canterbury Cliffhanger!
Well this was one lucky win. Yorkshire, assisted by their full compliment of England internationals, laboured to a par score of 256. It could have been more, but were it not for Rashid's vital runs in the last over, it could have been less. Then the Tykes just about managed to chip away at the Kent batting. Nevertheless it took a hilariously good catch from big Liam Plunkett to not just pluck the ball out of the air, but to pluck a potential triumph away from the home team.
This was a highly frustrating outing for the Yorkshire contingent. First of all they lost the toss and were forced to chase the ball for four sessions of toil and little reward. However just when the champions had recovered from a poor start, they let their hosts off the hook when the red rose tail wagged on the second morning with enormous vigour. Then when we batted, we struggled and failed to achieve parity or better, although we saw some welcome contributions from Gale, Lehmann, and Lees in particular. Finally a second historic century from young Haseeb Hameed propelled the home team towards an unassailable lead.
Could be Worcs QF 50 over
No Tim Groenewald for today's game so Josh Davey gets a run out in this home quarter final. Beautiful day, full house and warm sunshine predicted for the whole day . Worcestershire won the toss and will bat first. Moin is in for them
Ollie Reigners Supreme as Colly Wobbles
Barmy Kev reports on day 3, Middlesex beating Durham by an innings with surprisingly great detail on cricket matters. by his standards. Then again it's not every day we are top of the league, or perhaps....
La la la Nick Nick Nick Nick
Haringay Racer reports on another great day for Middlesex and our two Nicks. This is accompanied with some quality Darren Gosling pictures.
Kohli: First Captain To Win Two or More Tests in West Indies
Ajit Wadekar first led India to a series win in the West Indies forty five years ago... since then India has won a couple of series in West Indies, but always by a 1-0 margin. This is the first time they have won the series and won two or more (they may yet win in the 4th Test in Trinidad) Tests in doing so.
A Happy Ollie Day
Primrose Hillbilly describes in great detail a fantastic Ollie day for the Middle. This is backed up with some excellent pictures from Darren Gosling
Who said that a depleted Yorkshire would struggle with so few recognised batsmen available? In the event, David Willey stepped up to the plate and blitzed the hapless hosts, as only he can. Dynamic Dave was ably assisted by his captain who gave a good account of himself, after having managed to win the toss and declare the inevitable: that his team would bat first. Of course after Willey's departure at 134 for three, the Vikings' innings petered out amidst a regular fall of wickets. It just took one more individual to hang around and biff us over the two hundred threshold, but alas it wasn't to be. However, 180 proved to be a more than adequate target, which I am sure we would have settled for at the start of proceedings.