AB Cs us hone


Good signing
By London Leprechaun
July 19 2019

London Leprechaun's reports from last nght on an unexpectedly happy evening for Middlesex and a good start to the T20 campaign in many ways. And a few pictures to illustrate the point.

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Ceremonial Opening

What makes a T20 match different to a normal game? Crowded buses for one. All stands open for another.  Long queues for everything including dodgy looking pulled pork for another.  A ceremonial entrance for the players, including flags and flames for another. Loud music, interviews with spectators, TV screens encouraging people with MCC ties to indulge in dreadful dad dancing for another.  Oh and a cricket match going on in between everything with Middlesex in slightly psychedelic pink stripes.

Our recent upsurge in County Championship form has made me for no logical reason quite optimistic about the T20 season.  There were quite a few new names in the Essex side and a new captain for them in Simon Harmer who had been our nemesis before.  That might dent the optimism a bit. But we had a decent start with Mujeeb and Helm bowling. 

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A decent start for Mujeeb

And we also saw that Mujeeb can catch.  The first danger was Westley who hit three boundaries in one over but Essex didn’t really get away.  We seemed to change bowlers every over and though there were odd overs that seemed expensive the Essex scoring rate was kept within control. Especially after Westley was out.  There were a couple of dropped catches but the fielding was sharp on the whole; summed up by one of those relay catches which was a nice way for AB to announce his presence.  He took the catch close to the boundary, realised he was about to fall over the edge and tossed the ball back to George Scott.  I am not sure if I have seen Middlesex do that before.  It happened right in front of us but as I was just returning from getting a cup of coffee at the time I don’t have a picture.

After that Essex were kept under control, losing wickets each time they looked to accelerate and hit the ball in the air. The only real blemish was the final over bowled by Finny which gave away nineteen runs and gave Essex a properly defendable score.

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Big Hitting didn't last

Well we all know what happened next.  A brisk start; two Essex dropped catches_ one a comedy of errors, Stirlo out early, Gubbins not lasting long.  And then AB gave everyone a treat. 

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AB First shot looking good

A confident first shot, followed by a couple of rusty ones, a bit of dodgy running and then just sheer class and some brutal hitting which kept the boxes attentive. Mala who had actually been batting beautifully himself was content to just hit the odd ball for four, feed him the strike, and sit back and watch with everyone else.  Tension evaporated and even Mala’s wicket – stumped trying to hit the ball to St John’s Wood did not matter. Simmo hit a few brutal shots before fittingly AB swung the ball away for the winning four. Now that is what we have overseas players for!  And kept our new way of celebrating Middlesex boundaries with flag waving rather busy. I  prefer that to the dancing girls.

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Oh and one final treat.  Between innings the World Cup did a lap of honour.  It's a nice looking trophy with a very happy looking captain.

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AB Cs us home
Posted by: Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
Date: 19/07/2019 19:58

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Re: AB Cs us home
Posted by: BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
Date: 20/07/2019 09:12

Lords certainly came to life for the first t20 of season,and well captured LL.
Loads going on within the playing field and AB showed his fierce batting skills,one player to really enjoy watching,and a damn good signing.The Essex fielding juggler was also entertaining!
As for the so called mcc guy dancing...myself,and many others said the same thing....that was a set up. Conveniently sitting so camera can just,by chance,find him. Not once,but twice,and,in a crowd of over 27,000 as well.
But,report caught a great game,unlike the Essex fielder 😂

Re: AB Cs us home
Posted by: BarmierKev (IP Logged)
Date: 20/07/2019 09:31

Thanks for report. I really did not enjoy the stage managed dancer. Despite, usual situation of corporates not watching the game and others cheering anything, I'm glad I made the l;ast minute decision to attend.

Re: AB Cs us home
Posted by: Seaxe_man1 (IP Logged)
Date: 21/07/2019 08:01

28000 sell out. So a nice little earner for MCC. The NatlJackley MCC impressiist undoubtedly knew the Sky Director for the camera panning in arrangement on the big screen.

Re: AB Cs us home
Posted by: Bagpuss (IP Logged)
Date: 21/07/2019 09:23

How long do you have ABdV for? I'm hoping he'll play at Taunton but that's not till the end of August.

Re: AB Cs us home
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 21/07/2019 10:05

AB De Livers available for first seven T20's, plus knock out stage if we get that far, so up to, and including Surrey at Lord's on 7th August.

Re: AB Cs us home
Posted by: BREARS (IP Logged)
Date: 21/07/2019 10:50

That AB de Livers line is just hilarious

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