A Briggs to far

We needed this today
By London Leprechaun
May 7 2018

London Leprechaun wisely decided not to try travelling to Hove today and gives us this short report based on the radio commentary. Not pretty listening but some unusual diversions on the way - more entertakining than rail diversions for sure 

This is a remote report as I decided against travel to Hove after hearing the horror stories of travel there yesterday. Amazing how closing a short stretch of railway line on the hottest weekend of the year can cause such chaos.

So my view of the last day is a radio one; not being willing to pay for the live stream. Not a good PR move by Sussex I am afraid as I am sure most people are not likely to be sitting in front of a static camera view all day unless of course they are travelling to Hove by train. My alternative view point was strolling round the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

We really needed early wickets today but they were not to be.  The pattern of the match whereby the new ball did the damage was not repeating itself this morning with a newish ball and Sussex seemed to be batting with a positive mindset.  Briggs was being an annoying and capable night watchman and Sussex seemed to be scoring freely. The target was just that bit too low for our comfort. 

It all seemed to be a bit too easy; you can tell when the tension has gone out of the match when commentators start talking about random things other than the cricket itself; today it was the merits of going vegan, Sussex members living in Scotland; that new competition starting in 20/20; (I refuse to give it it’s ridiculous name) and how the twitter of birds song was nicer then the noise from the seagulls. It came as a bit of surprise then when Briggs was out; a wicket from nowhere, as Ollie was bowling not long before lunch. I had to leave the commentary for about twenty minutes and was pleasantly surprised to see two more wickets go quickly as Hilton Cartwright at least proved his worth as a bowler and even trapping our nemesis Luke Wright first ball.  When James Harris then nipped another wicket just before lunch it was suddenly game on again.

Sometimes in cricket intervals come at the wrong time for one side and lunch may have done that for us. The momentum had swung our way but Sussex got the chance to draw breath and regroup, and after lunch they played steadily and sensibly and inched their way to the target that was just a bit too low.  My phone battery gave up at this point, along with my hope of winning, so I missed the final run and don’t quite know why Malan bowled, but the seventh wicket was too little too late.  Our lack of batting points along with two defeats has put us on the back foot in this Division.  Promotion is not a shoe in especially with an extended injury list. 

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A Briggs to far
Posted by: Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
Date: 07/05/2018 19:13

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018:05:09:08:46:48 by BarmierKev.

Re: A Briggs to far
Posted by: rod/ed (IP Logged)
Date: 07/05/2018 19:57

I heard the chat about Aberdeen and Inverness and half expected KH to mention the outpost of Argyll.

Re: A Briggs to far
Posted by: BarmierKev (IP Logged)
Date: 07/05/2018 21:25

I have to say after yesterday’s journey and chaos even if I was able to attend I wouldn’t have. As well as this match reporter I know of another fan who couldn’t make it due to the hassle. Not only was it chaos there were serious health and safety factors especially in the heat. This all for small part of line and they chose a Bank Holiday.

Back to cricket from my occasional update it was clear to me all over after an hour. A mini fightback but it’s the hope that kills you.

Thank you for sharing but I’m never impressed when the commentary diverts to the kind of subjects mentioned.

Barmy Kev
I'm only here for the tele

Re: A Briggs to far
Posted by: hdo (IP Logged)
Date: 07/05/2018 21:27

I paid £1.99 and the stream was worth it - good quality throughout the day, and it seemed that I could actually see the stumps more clearly than some of our bowlers could. The commentary was dire though. They felt it necessary to read out a lengthy email about the virtues of veganism for no apparent reason (and what sort of crashing bore would send such an email to a cricket commentator anyway??)

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Re: A Briggs to far
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 07/05/2018 21:31

One of the few good things about being in Division 2 is missing Don Topley and his mate commentating on an Essex match.

Re: A Briggs to far
Posted by: Patsy_Hendren (IP Logged)
Date: 08/05/2018 12:08

The streaming is a welcome innovation, especially for our more distant members. Some commentators are better than others. That is to be expected.

Briggs proved to be an effective night watchman whilst also proving the value of spin bowling.

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