"Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex


By Grockle et al
July 23 2017

Wet weather cuts the Sunday game down to 16 overs and a 4o'clock start.   Somerset will field first.  Anderson is playing

 

v MIDDLESEX @ Taunton Sunday 23 July 2017

Commentary

Scorecard

The side is Allenby, Gregory, Trego, Hildreth, Hose, Anderson, Banton, van der Merwe, Overton C, Groenewald, Waller it seems though we haven't had confirmation yet.  The sun is presently out with 15 minutes to go.  Somerset have won the toss and have decided to chase for no other reason than they think they are better at it. It is a short game and Anderson's presence is a bonus to be hinest though it will be a surprise to see him bowl.  The side is confirmed, No Steve Davies, no Josh Davey

Brendan McCullum's body language said he wasn't impressed at the decision to play and there was a lot of discussion at the toss about that decision.  He made a coment about injuries in the outfield so it was touch and go. 

McCullum and Gubbins come out to start the Middlesex innings.  They face RvdM from the Pavilion who goes for 2 and then Craig Overton from the River.  McCullum is gong for it but can't get it off the strip to start with, driving well but finding the fielders.  The first boundary is a hard flash from Gubbins off the 5th delivery and with a quick single off the first the men in pink (never gets old) have 8 after 2 overs.

Lewis opens up his account with over 3 and his second ball brings the first six to the Gimblett off the bat of Gubbins. 18 after 3.  Then it's Tim from the River to keep 'em guessing.  The first wicket comes as McCullum looks to go over Pete Trego but fails to take into account the height the man can reach.  Pete takes the catch one handed completely off the ground and the Middlesex captain is on his way at 25 for 1.  26 for 1 is the scire at the start of the 5th with Simpson replacing the Kiwi.

Craig changes ends for the 5th and the visitors end it at 32 for 1.  Gubbins calls Simpson through for a run off the first of the 6th.  Simpson doesn't move and Gubbins does not get back after returning from 2/3rds of the way to the non strikers.  Waller pops the ball to Banton and Gubbbins is on his way, run out at 32 for 2.  In comes Morgan. n41 for 2  after 6.  Waller takes the 7th from the Pavilion End.  They bring the 50 up by the end of that one.

By the 10th the two Middlesex men are letting loose with sixes coming off both Lewis and Max with Morgan moving quickly on to 41 from only 16 balls and the away team moving towards 100 at 96 for 2 after 10.  Corey may have to bring the big bat to get us near this.  34 runs came off the 9th and 10 th over together.  Tim is brought back to the Pavilion for the 11th with a 150+ score on and he gets Simpson ball 1 caught by Max at deep square leg for 26.  Franklin comes out next at 98 for 3 and takes his side past the 100 before the end of the 11th.  Morgan has helped his side take 45 off 3 overs and goes to his 50 with another six off only 20 as Allenby moves Max to the River.  6 sixes in that score from the England one day man.

Franklin tries to follow his batting partner and puts one straight to RvdM at Long On with the score on 114 for 4.  Scott is the next man in but that is the score at the end of the 12th.  Four overs to go and Roelof takes the first from the pavilion.  Scott gives him the charge but he sees him coming and there is no run.  The objective seems to be keeping Morgan off strike.   Unfortunately, if you then give the other man high full tosses it doesn't matter because he can put them into the stands instead.  123 for 4 after 13.

Lewis takes the 14th from the River.  He gives Morgan a half volley for his second and sees it fly over the Ondaatje but passes him with the next one.  Finally Morgan mistimes one and gives Overton a catch at the end of the 14th.  132 for 5 and the man making all the runs has gone. Higgins is the next man in and shows his intentions by hitting 10 off Overton's first 2 balls of the 15th.  Morgan his 58 off 28 balls wiith 7 sixes but Higgins is looking to get this score up somewhere near by hitting 20 off the first 4 to take his side past 150.  But he tries once more and is caught in front of the Ondaatje by Max 152 for 6.  In comes Southee with 7 balls left.

Lewis to take the last (not the choice of most in the press box I have to say).  162 for 6 so it wasn't that bad but it will be 10 an over - I suppose that is what you expect in a slogfest.  Will Corey turn up? Will any other Somerset player go with him?  The 45 in the 9th to 11th may very well have done for the home side. 

 

The Reply

Allenby and Gregory open for the home side against the bowling of Southee (River) and Finn (Pavilion).  After 2 we have the 10 an over we need as Lewis takes the fight to the opposition with 18 off 8 balls.  Helm takes the third and the Somerset skipper gets his younger partner on strike.  It works for a while as he gets 25 off 11 balls but HHelm C&B's him with ball number 4. 29 for 1 and Pete Trego at the crease.  The announcer tries to gee up the crowd for his arrival but surely his batting has to do that before anticipation comes from a crowd and it hasn't done that so far this season.

Finn bowls the 4th and his first ball is smacked straight back at him by Allenby.  It catches the England bowler in mid pace, takes him off his feet and he doesn't hang on to one it was probably harder to drop.  Straight into his midriff and then it bounces out again as he lies poleaxed on the ground halfway down the wicket. Jim sends Somerset's first six into the Ondaatje towards the end of the 4th off a good length Finn ball.  He tries again next ball and misses a full length one that totals his stumps.  40 for 2.  Up wiith the rate still however and Hose in to try and keep it that way.

Pete is simply not doing it this year.  He goes for a weak 6 at 46.  James Hildreth comes in next.  His partnership with Hose last week was quick but he is nearly stumped dancing down the track off his first ball from the Pavilion.  However he does bring up the 50 after 2 balls of the 6th over.  55 up after 6.  66 up after 7 and Hilda taking the scoring role with 19 off 14 and Adam only facing 4 balls up to now.

At halfway Somerset are 71 for 3.  Middlesex were 62 for 2 but Morgan was about to arrive and help Simpson hit 45 off the next 3 overs.  We need consistent scoring to stay with this.   Adam Hose needs to see the ball really in order to get his eye in with his partner and move this on.  After 9 we are 80 for 3.

James decides to take on Sowter on in the 10th and hits him for 4, 6, 6 off his first 3 balls.  The over ends with 3 singles and Somerset are 99 for 3 so they are keeping up with the score. JH takes it to 50 off 27 (6 fours and 2 sixes) and his side to 107 for 3 wiwth a sublime guided boundary to the Ondaatje.  Whatever his scoring rate was like in earlier games he is making up for it now and he has taken us back to withint a hair of the run rate required.  109 for 3 after 11.

54 runs are required off 5 overs which prompts the return of Finn from the Pavilion for the 12th.  Hose is facing with only 6 from his 11 balls.  He sends the first to the Gimblett for four.  The next short one goes to the Caddyshack.  He doesn't get enough on the next one and is caught in the deep at midwicket for 14 at 117 for 4.  In comes Corey Anderson with a game set up for him to win but presently he is happy to give the strike to the man hitting the runs.  120 runs on the board with 4 overs to go and 43 to score. Hildreth is in Jos mode with scoop shots and boundaries.  He keeps us up with the strike rate but top edges one to the keeper for 63 off 34.  The score is 130 and we need 33 from 21 balls with RvdM coming out to partner our international.  It is there to win thanks to that innnings.  Now they just have to take it home.

But the bowling side only needs a tight over to reassert the pressure and this looks like it might be the over that does that as Reolof swings and misses and Corey looks uncomfortable to be honest.  Southee is bowling wides though (2 in this over so far) so the pressure is also on the Middlesex men.  Roelof regains the momentum by stepping well to leg and belting the ball to the CA Pavilion 139 for 5.  24 off 12.

A boundary from the first helps Anderson get his eye in. A 2 from the second keeps him on strike.  Roelof takes the 4th after a single and there is prologed discussions between McCullum and his bowler.  He swipes at a couple and gets nothing and we are behind the eight ball again,  He gets it back with a four that moves it to 150.  13 from the last over and Anderson on strike facing Franklin.

Ball 1 six straight over the bowler's head

Ball 2 single to the boundary 6 runs needed

Ball 3 as the Somerset batsmen now have a conference in the middle.  RvdM hits a no ball full toss for a single 

Ball 4 free hit with Anderson on strike.  He top edges a catch but no run

Ball 5 needing 3 with Anderson on strike.  He smacks one and hits Roelof on the boot for a single.

Ball 6 is a wide and we have the tie with 2 balls to go

Ball 7 Roelof falls down and ramps it to the CA - 5 wicket win with a ball to spare.  166 and an unbroken stand of 36.

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"Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
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Date: 23/07/2017 15:42

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Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 21/07/2017 11:31

If anyone is looking for Middlesex T20 tickets for Sunday I have a Grockles who has a couple at face value of £25. Let me know if you are interested and I'll put you in touch



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Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: davesimpson101 (IP Logged)
Date: 22/07/2017 09:55

I am interested in 1 ticket if possible please

Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 22/07/2017 14:26

I hope the West Country weather will be better than what we have in London today, where it feels a lot like mid-November.

Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
Date: 22/07/2017 21:41

... and I hope that the English and Indian women get the chance to play what will be for them the biggest match of their lives so far.... and I hope that the English and Indian women get the chance to play what will be for them the biggest match of their lives so far.

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Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 22/07/2017 21:58

Both teams have named their squads-

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From a Somerset perspective, Corey Anderson is included, as are both Davies S and Tom Banton (still doubts over Davies stiff neck?)

Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Scrumper (IP Logged)
Date: 22/07/2017 22:16

Let's hope JA doesn't bowl Anderson if his back is made of balsa wood.

Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 22/07/2017 22:45

Suspect he'll be under strict instructions not to - from Cricket New Zealand via Mr Maynard..

Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 08:50

Quote:
davesimpson101
I am interested in 1 ticket if possible please

Could you send me a email address by Private message so I can pass you on to the person who has the tickets.

Thanks



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Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: davesimpson101 (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 09:34

I have pm you a message with details Grockle. I am new to posting here tho have been reading here for a number of years. it's not showing sent in my messages so hope you have received.

Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: cricketharris (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 10:07

Light, steady rain just started in Taunton not detering a queue already forming at the gate. (10am!)

Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 10:44

I got it Dave. Passed it on and PM'd you his email address. Hope you can sort something



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Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 12:48

Any weather update? Much chance of much of a game today?

Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: cricketharris (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 13:13

Pouring down recently, now just light and steady drizzle. Enourmous dark cloud nearby. Doubtful for play, I reckon.

Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 13:22

Thanks.

(Ugh)

ECB being reminded of one of the downsides of playing this stuff en bloc.

Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 14:01

Dry at Taunton. Umpires have just inspected but there isn't a sense of urgency and there is water still lying on the outfield in front of the pavilion.



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Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 14:08

They've moved the covers off the wicket and are rolling the pitch. Will look again at 2:30.

3:35 is the cut off for a full game.



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Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Tom Seymour (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 14:13

There hasn't been a lot of rain in Taunton, so why is there water lying on the outfield?

The new drainage system is clearly not working. Another pig in a poke for this much beleaguered club.



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Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Railboy (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 14:22

Tom your obsession with finding the club at fault on every occasion becomes tiresome and means that the odd good sense you display is lost in the morrass. I am less than 400 yards from the ground, it has rained steadily since 9.30 and heavily from 12.30 - 1.30. To claim "there hasn't been a lot of rain" is clearly ridiculous



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Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 14:32

Ha ha - shared that one with the press box.... thanks for the humour Tom.

They agree with you Railboy and Julian Catternach said the rain at 12:30 was 'apocalyptical'.

Are there 2 Taunton's perhaps.



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Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 14:41

Umpires are back on the pitch. Blotter is on. The dome covers are back on the main wicket but all other covers are off.



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Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Scrumper (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 14:52

Forecast looks like rain on and off until around 5:30.

Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 14:52

It will be a reduced over game. Umpires will inspect again at 3:15 but won't start before 3:30ish.

No play before 3:45 probably closer to 4:00. Outfield will need work before they play



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Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 15:21

Just for your reference Tom. The club announced that 2 inches of rain fell this morning in 'a couple of hours'.

So people that is your point of reference for 'not a lot of rain' from Tom 'call me Michael Fish' Seymour in future



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Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 15:25

Toss in 10 minutes. Players on the pitch to warm up. Somerset have brought out the goals for footy.



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Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 15:40

The pavilion boundary is being moved in about 10 to 15 feet to about where the new grass would have been inserted. The toss is taking place for a 4:05 start. Anderson seems to be going through a fitness check - looks a little stiff but for a shorter game he is probably OK as a batsman.

Somerset won the toss and will field. 16 over game.



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Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 15:42

Jim is 'just going to crack on and hope it's enough'. Wow.... there's confidence!! Brendan is not all that happy about the outfield it looks from body language.



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Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 15:52

Excuse my naivety, but why in high summer (sic!) is an afternoon game not allowed to be played into the evening rather than be subject to a reduction in overs?

Seems like another example of short-changing the patient paying public and ignoring common sense.



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Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 15:53

What was Jim talking about - crack on with Corey playing did he mean?

Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 15:56

Somerset appear to be adopting a 4-3-4 formation-

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Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 15:57

Why are we fielding first? Ok, track might have sweated, be damp but equally the outfield may be damp and wet ball awful for bowling with?

I thought we'd twigged that it's a good idea to not put your weaker suit under pressure by batting in the second half of a game?

Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Tom Seymour (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 16:20

Yeah, there's one in Massachusetts and an almost drier one to the NW of the CACG where I am working. What wretched bad luck for the club to have found a hot spot or should I say wet spot.

Press Box ehh? For which piece of paper do you write? I need to know so that I can avoid it.

Are you sure it wasn't Julian Catternach's twin brother? Apocalyptical is perhaps the biggest word he could come up with and he isn't usually short of those.

Ha, ha.

Good luck anyway to the team, and don't get too wet.

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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Mike TA1 (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 16:56

I don't know what area they had a problem with regarding a wet outfield but there was a taped off area when they did the drainage in front of the Somerset Pavilion, it look like the groundsmen didn't want drainage put in that area in front of the new pavilion that was once used for nets. I haven't seen that area used for nets this season.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 17:09

I see my least favourite cricketer hit seven sixes. We may have been unfortunate enough to play against him on one of the few days where he seems to have deigned to focus on the job in hand for Middx.

Re: Middlesex Tickets for sale
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 17:14

That is maybe why they moved the boundary in in front of the Pavilion Mike.

No real answer Tom so a couple of pretty mediocre insults. Noise without substance.

No idea why Julian should be on your insult radar but I suppose when you haven't anything useful to say.....

Gosh people Tom knows that Julian has a twin brother... is there no end to his knowledge of the cricket club?

Meteorology not so hot. (Sm160)



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 17:22

Great start from Lewis with 25 from 12.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 17:30

I'm afraid that the point of Allenby being in the XI largely escapes me.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 17:31

Up with the rate after 4 but with 2 wickets down. Allenby hit a beauty from Finn and then forgot that the bowler would expect the same again and missed the next one.

Pete has gone for 6 - not really there this year. Myburgh is a better short form bet for me. In comes Hilda. 46 for 3.



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 18:22

Good, second successive innings from Hildreth vs these guys in which he far out-paced his usual stuff - so well done to him. Good start from LG and good finish from Corey.

Places of Allenby and Trego both looking shaky if they are to be judged solely as batsmen, as they surely must be if they're not going to bowl.

VDM parsimonious with the ball once again - well done to him.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 18:22

RvdM wins it on his back ramping it to the CA Pavilion to win by 5 wickets with a ball to spare.



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 18:27

We finish in brilliant sunshine. A really good game with James as the Man of the Match. Not a slogfest at all, some interesting strategy and we were the better side in the end.



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 18:28

"he (Hildreth) far out-paced his usual stuff"

That has to be among one of your most patronising remarks ever, AGod.



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 18:29

You missed out 'for the second game running' AG. What will you do if it becomes a trend?



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Wickham (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 18:42

Somerset's four sixes trumped Middlesex's fourteen sixes.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 18:43

No, LoL, it was a factually correct statement.

Usual strike-rate in this stuff? About 120.

Strike rate across the past two knocks? 200 ish

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Grizzzly (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 18:45

Can't complain about the result.

Middlesex will be fed up of us for sure.

Grizzzly

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 18:45

... and does that entitle you to refer to the batting of one of Somerset's finest as "his usual stuff"? Show some respect.



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Roger ivanhoe (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 18:51

Great double over Middlesex, worth taking the chance and going to the ground.

Well done James especially.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: wsm fan (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 19:07

B Mac blew it.
Messed up bowlers so left Franklin to defend 13 off last having not bowled an over previously.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Nailsea_Fizz (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 19:08

Good back to back team efforts. Good choice to field first from the man on the ground, another fine innings from the "plodder", things improving gradually. Congrats to the England Women, a fine performance.

A good day all round

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: mikeindex (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 19:24

Two nail-bitng finishes inside an hour. This is not good for one.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 19:27

But it is when they both go your way.



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Kilmainham (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 20:01

What a good day and what a good result.

Thought they had too many with way too many sixes being hit. Morgan played a brilliant innings 50 off 20 balls but I question the thinking of the bowlers by feeding his arc. But despite that, much credit to the players, they fought back, did not give in and had belief in themselves to win the game. I did not want to chase but it worked out. Gregory for the 2nd game in a row made opening look like something he has done all his career rather than 2 games. Superb from Hildy just as at Uxbridge last week. What an innings. Watching him bat like that is worthy of the membership fee. Briiliant last week too at Uxbridge, out to a sensational catch and really unlucky at Chelmsford and got us into a position to win today and Corey did what we bought him for. As at the oval hitting sixes when required. Has that in his locker. Had he played at chelmsford with the short boundarys we may well have been close enough to win but we will never know. The 6 off the 1st ball of the last over really won it despite Franklin then going on to bowl a horrible over with no balls and wides.

Re the weather, the area in front of the new pavillion was really wet and we did well to get a 16 over a side game. Even with the blotter going over numerous times the area was still squelching water when people walked over the area. But it was fit once the rope was moved. Agree with Grockle, B Mac not happy at all before the toss.

After a 21 hour round trip to Sophia Gardens for 17 overs and then two hours sleep and then travel to Uxbridge, 2 wins in a week is good.

Yet there are still those that want to find fault.

And Trego, what a catch. Milk it.

I will enjoy the win.



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 20:15

It was a great catch and a hell of a stretch to get it. He's going to have to milk it because he is absent as a bowler and doing nothing as a batsman.

If he is in on Wednesday and I agree with AG he isn't showing any reason to keep him, then he should drop down the order and Corey should be higher. I've said I'd rathe see Myburgh but his injury situation is a complete mystery to me.



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Tom Seymour (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 20:24

This was a good win, well done. (Sm152)

At this stage of the season, I do not fully understand the present role of Trego in the side. He has been dropped from the championship yet plays in the T20, batting perhaps too high in the order and does not bowl.

That is not a justifiable role for him being on the staff IMO. Not sure of contract obligations but of the team we put out today at least 3 - Trego, Allenby and Waller should count themselves very fortunate to be playing.

It depends on how we perform till the end of the season but some culling of the playing staff must surely take place.

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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Kilmainham (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 20:43

It was a great win but some still will find fault with several players. Oh well it was ever thus.

Re Mybs, I noticed during the pre match high catching session his right hand was strapped and after taking a catch over his head one handed (right hand) he then had enough and removed himself looking like he was not happy with his hand. Might be one of those niggling minor injurys that frustrate to heal.

Need him back at the top of the order.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 21:09

Perhaps it's a webbing issue?

If there was any sort of fracture he'd surely have been mothballed until it was better?

Personally I'd be inclined to try Adam Hose at three instead of Trego
(if Mybs not better) and slot somebody else in lower down, whether that's another opportunity for Leask (who at least bowled economically the other day) or perhaps a T20 debut for somebody like Tim Rouse who, like Mybs and Leask can also bowl some spin.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: geordie moonraker (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 21:18

This was a good win, made better by the fact that 2 matches rained off gave 4 teams only 1 point and the only other one that played ended in a tie.We therefore gained points on everyone except Glos.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Clarence Parker (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 21:18

A welcome win indeed.

Included in the Middlesex squad before the game was Tom Barber. I feel sure that he is the left arm pace bowler who had a few games for Hampshire, and after being released by them came to Somerset for an extended trial at the start of last season - such is Maynard's desire to sign a leftie for the club.

I looked at his figures for the Seconds in the games that he played for us, and they didn't impress. Understandably, we didn't offer him a contract.

Good luck to the man if he has found another club. I shall be watching his progress with interest.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 21:21

The same, Clarence.

At the moment only under contract till the end of this season.

Consensus seems to be fast, but erratic (plenty of wides)

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: mortalunlucky (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 21:43

So Tom I agree in part with you. The continuing failure to realise they are an entertainment business was nowhere more in evidence than today. Queues for bars with proper beer, perhaps the theodolyte did not read properly but why is there a low point about 15-20 feet in front of the Somerset Pavilion - surely the gradient should have been away from the playing surface. I am not entirely, like others, convinced it was the drainage system that failed. Money spent on loads of things but why on earth not another blotter or even two - sure they are expensive but people pay money to be entertained not sit like dummies waiting for something to happen. If someone, oh that requires decision making, had decided to bring the boundary in earlier a lot of wasted time with the single blotter could have been avoided as the blotter in part pushes water away outside the playing area, which would not have been the playing area thus maximising the time the blotter spent on what really mattered.

The reports suggested McCullum was not happy with the decision to play - the area that was criticised was noticeably used by Somerset for their pre match soccer practice - I have no doubt they were not using cricket spikes for that......but perhaps cricketers do not wear spikes this days which is why they complain about dampness.

To the game - a short Somerset Pavilion boundary added to the entertainment and the Middlesex sixes. A thoroughly enjoyable day with some good bowling at times by Somerset and Southee. Some spectacular fielding and as usual Max was mustard and Trego's catch brilliant - the one he dropped was marginally less difficult methinks. Banton was hard to judge as not many balls actually got through to him. Gregory was a vignette of enjoyment with the bat and Hildreth amazing. I felt a bit sorry for Hose as Hildreth did a brilliant example of pinching the strike. McCullum seemed to have a bit of a fall out with an umpire over a wide or two - we vaguely thought the first one might have been touched but.....and his choice of bowler for the last over was interesting

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 22:04

That area of the boundary is where the Old Pavilion sat and therefore is the newest part of the pitch I think. We were wondering why they did not work on it earlier but it seems that the crew were expecting some more rain which luckily for us passed us by. They brought the boundary rope in to avoid it and possible got a game because of it.

McCullum was definitely not for playing. Most of the conversation at the toss was about the decision to go early. But the umpires make the decision and there was little evidence that the conditions affected the game for one side or the other. So after moaning about them stopping a game on Friday maybe some should not complain about them not stopping it today.

At 2:30 it was made pretty clear that there would be little chance of a game before 4:00 many expected us to be lucky to get a 5 over smash.

So maybe again we ought to be happy that the staff got themselves together and gave us a game only 4 overs lost per side. I'm not sure people were sitting around waiting. The crowd really did not start to push up until after 3ish so I can only assume many in the town stayed in the town or locally at home until the game was nearer to starting. Twitter feeds help with this - social media working for the punter perhaps?

Are people expecting to come to a sports stadium and not queue? Where does that happen in professional sport? I bet it wasn't happening at Lord's today.

Anyway that's all sour grapes away from the main event. Somerset won and won well.



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: wsm fan (IP Logged)
Date: 23/07/2017 23:41

5pm start Wednesday incase people had not spotted.
No obvious reason.
We play Thurs 7pm on Sky so travel after match but is 30mins going to made much difference!?
Certainly will make a full house by kick off far less likely. For workers to make it on time a right pain.....

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 06:07

As for Hildreth, his confidence should be up after his past two knocks.

But the key question now will be whether or not he'll actually manage to put his T20 technique in a locker and leave it there when we get back to the CC?

According to MM, some of James's problems in the CC can be traced back to a failure to re-adjust his technique back from 50 over cricket to red ball. As per MM he took a white ball technique in which he was going right across his stumps back into the CC with him to his, and our, detriment.

Presumably our coaches will be suitably forewarned about this potential problem this time around, so let's hope they can prevent it.



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Botham (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 07:25

Well done guys for a fantastic performance, now if you could repeat same in front of tv cameras, that would be brilliant.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Bobstan (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 07:40

5pm start is because we are 5 weeks past the longest day, it is getting dark earlier and we don't have floodlights.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 08:22

And, as summer seems to have gone on vacation then it's a good thing, I'd say.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 11:05

Wickham's information about the ratio of sixes (14-4 in favour of Middlesex) is quite extraordinary, given that we won the matchh. I don't know what conclusion can be drawn but I am inclined to think that the experienced Hildreth, by his judicious stroke play and eye for quick singles and twos, ensured that we scored off many more balls than Middlesex did.

Since posting the above I am adding a few words from the Telegraph report of the women's final, which seem a little relevant:

Nobody hit a six, whereas India struck three. But whereas India’s batsmen seemed rather disdainful of singles in the first half of their innings - waiting instead to play big shots - England ran hard throughout, especially Sarah Taylor and Nat Sciver in their third-wicket stand of 83.

The obvious lesson is that in short-form cricket keeping the score constantly moving can be as important as big-hitting.



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 11:35

No, the stats offer no real support for those propositions.

Somerset bowled 29 dot balls, Middx 30.

Of the major innings, Hildreth scored 44 of 63 runs in boundaries, Morgan 42 of 59 - so negligible difference there.

Middx scored 84 runs in sixes, Somerset 24.

But...Somerset scored 80 runs in fours, Middx 20.

The eagle-eyed among you will have spotted that this means that each side scored exactly the same total amount of runs in boundaries.

Everything about this game was close including the final result and the total number of dot balls bowled by each side and the identical number of runs that each side scored from boundaries.

T20 really is about boundaries - especially at Taunton where threes are tough to come by.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Railboy (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 11:38

Interestingly we outscored the Sex in 4's by 20 - 5 and so both teams scored identically , 104, by means of boundaries. I believe also that both teams bowled an identical number of dots. Make of that what you will, but I think that when Hildy was batting with Hosepipe there were a couple of 2's that no one else would have even considered.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 11:42

Incidentally, I note that the table is currently a shapeless mess, to put it mildly. Surrey and Glamorgan have each won twice as many games as they've lost. And Gloucs have not been beaten. But poor weather has really hurt Gloucs and Glam. Nobody Bar these three can claim an impressive record in our group. Hants are the only other team with a winning record (3-2). Four teams have a losing record, with Middx and Essex each having lost twice as many games as they have won. We sit slap bang in the middle with an overall record that would delight the poster known as 'averageside,' - two wins, two defeats and a NRR of 0.048.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 11:49

All that we can conclude from the stats about the difference between the sides was that Middx seem to have made more of a conscious effort to heave sixes than we did. This chimes with eye witness reports that they 'went after,' the short boundary. Perhaps Middx bowled in such a way that minimized our chance to do likewise but which opened up more other scoring areas?

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 12:00

Well, that's one argument shot down in flames, though I still think quick running has a very important part to play in limited overs cricket, as demonstrated by Taylor and Sciver at Lord's.



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Following on (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 12:22

Nasser Hussain, made the same point in commentary during the Nottinghamingshire v Northamptonshire game - he felt, the team that tended to win was the one with the fewest number of dot balls, rather than the one who hits the most boundaries. To save anyone the bother of posting it, I do realise the winner tends to be the team who scorers most!!

A real moral boosting win on Sunday, particularly for the batting unit, which chased down a daunting target. I thought it was going to be PT's day to shine with the bat after pulling off his stunning one handed catch, but alas not to be.

Johanne Myburg included in the 2's squad today, so his hand must be improving. Does anyone know if he was ruled unfit on Sunday, or just not picked?

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: geordie moonraker (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 12:47

If you score 10 an over the 200 will win you more games than it loses. 10 an over is 4 2s and 2 singles, so the game does not always have to be about power.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 12:52

I took a quick look at the other 3 games yesterday (the ones not heavily rain affected).

The winners are listed below with total runs in boundaries scored as the first number and total dot balls faced the second:

Lancs (78) (29) bt Durham (48) (40)

Warks (120) (35) bt Derbys (88) (33)

Yorks (150) (38) bt Worcs (124) (42)

In each case the winner was the side that had a decisive edge in runs taken from boundaries. In one case the side that bowled more dot balls (Derbys) lost the match.

In general I think wide differences in total runs made from boundaries between the two sides in a match are more common than wide differences in numbers of dot balls faced.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 13:06

Excellent and cogent research, AGod. No quibbles from me.



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Railboy (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 13:10

trouble is Geordie, 2's particularly at Taunton require a precise placement and weight. Chances of doing it 4 times in an over are remote. Also 4 fielders in the circle + bowler and keeper means that some of the singles will be denied as well. I tend to agree with AG that boundaries will generally be the significant factor but that squeezing an extra run here and there will be critical in a tight match. Also wides and no balls can be deciding factors. I know the overall totals weren't dissimilar yesterday, but the timing of theirs certainly favoured us.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 14:03

In a game as close as yesterday's one could make a case for almost any difference between the two innings, however apparently minor, as having been rather significant/potentially decisive.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 14:16

I see that Hildreth says that he wasn't necessarily expecting to be involved in this stuff this season (he had been left out of the T20 side at times in the past) so I think, maybe, he's decided to throw caution to the wind as he views these as 'bonus games,' that he wasn't really expecting to play.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 15:33

For the record - of the 167 competitive T20 matched played since (and including) Hildreth's first match, he has missed only 15, 8 of which were last year.



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: mikeindex (IP Logged)
Date: 24/07/2017 16:49

Quote:
Railboy
trouble is Geordie, 2's particularly at Taunton require a precise placement and weight.
Perhaps an added tribute to James' placement and speed of foot?
In passing I remember JH and Alex Barrow running two all-run fours a couple of years back in a partnership of around 50. Off the top of my head I cannot recall another all-run 4 at Taunton - there must have been a few, but two within the space of an hour must be extremely unusual.
Or as some on one of my FB cricket lists would say, "How unique is that?"

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Bobstan (IP Logged)
Date: 25/07/2017 07:39

Good for all supporters with weak hearts that James no longer calls/runs with NRD Compton.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 25/07/2017 08:20

I think Trescothick was the only one that didn't have a problem running with Compton.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 25/07/2017 15:05

Does anyone know if any more of our T20 games are televised?



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Wickham (IP Logged)
Date: 25/07/2017 15:18

Our match away to Kent on Thursday is due to be televised, Grockle.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: hantssabre (IP Logged)
Date: 25/07/2017 16:10

Our home match v Kent on Saturday 12th August is also being televised. This is the double header with Western Storm v Loughborough Lightning. The girls match starting at 12 noon with the men's match at 4pm.

Guess Sky don't like Somerset much as we don't have floodlights and therefore don't fit into their weekday evening schedule!

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 25/07/2017 16:12

Cheers Wickham - may keep an eye on that one from my hospital bed then. Tomorrow does not look all that hopeful I have to say.



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Farmer White (IP Logged)
Date: 26/07/2017 02:57

Here is my belated take on the Middlesex match delayed by family commitments and a day trip to London:

Taunton 24 July 2017 T20

Middlesex 162-6 (16.0 ov) Somerset 166-5 (15.5/16.0 0v)

Well what a game and what a collection of smiling faces of all ages around the ground afterwards. And what a performance by the Somerset team with Middlesex almost matching it. What a game you get when two teams go hammer and tongs at each other like that. And what an atmosphere. And a cricket atmosphere at that. Not even a hint of a Mexican wave. Just a couple of ripples of ironic pantomime cheers from the Somerset Stand at a mystified Middlesex miss field.

Credit to a near capacity crowd too for the patience with which they awaited the start which came an hour and a half late. A long time to wait with only occasional light rain and a few persistent puddles in front of the Somerset Pavilion to apparently justify the delay. For most had missed the lunchtime ‘colossal deluge’ as it was described to me when I arrived although the outfield did look unpleasantly wet. Near capacity because there were a number of empty seats. I wondered if some members and ticket holders stayed away because of the weather. If so they missed a match of rare drama, skill and intensity.

Credit too to the Umpires for their apparent determination that this match should go ahead if at all possible. I imagine they must have agreed to or requested the Somerset Pavilion boundary be brought in to dryer turf. Excellent judgement and timing of the start too for no-one, to my mind, gave any quarter in the field and no-one slipped or fell in the process.

The ground staff kept hard at it throughout, even at times when the rain was falling. Their job it is true but there was some skill in getting it right this time for there was no leeway for error. Perhaps too some credit to the drainage for when I arrived (1.20) the puddles seemed to be restricted to the area in front of the Somerset Pavilion. In the past, from recollection, I think they may have been somewhat more extensive after the rains of Friday and the Sunday morning deluge.

A couple of thoughts did occur and have been mentioned by others. Would a second blotter have got the match started earlier? I don’t know the answer to that. Perhaps the difference it would make might only be marginal for an outfield is a large area to dry out. However even if it would not greatly help, it might help the spirits of a patiently, in this case, waiting crowd and it could certainly do no harm. I must confess I have seen some members of Championship crowds less patient with weather delays than this T20 crowd. It was an exemplar at least as far as I could see and hear from my perch and perambulations. More timely information to the crowd about the reasons for the delays would I think also be appreciated.

That we got a match at all, and of 16 overs, was quite an achievement in the circumstances. I sat in the diminished temporary stand where the old scoreboard used to be. My rough estimate is that it could seat about 1200, perhaps double the capacity of the old scoreboard stand. The view from the back was excellent. The PA difficult for my ageing ears to hear. That may need some attention if a stand of that size is to remain.

Then of course there was the music. This was not Uxbridge so there was music. Before the start, so quite a lot of music, between overs and for wickets and boundaries and the occasional clarion call for a random cheer. Not as tuneful as The Oval music I have to say at least to a time traveller from the 1960s. The children from this side of the millennium seemed to like it though and children there were in abundance at least along my side of the ground and not just in the Family Stand but in the Alcohol Free Stand and in the stand I was in too.

Much has been written and said about the cricket already but some highlights as I saw them:

Trego’s catch to remove McCullum was phenomenal. I had a perfect view from side on and not too far away. I can still run it through in full HD colour in my mind as often as I like. Somerset’s bowlers had imprisoned McCullum to the extent of 3 runs from 10 balls. He must have seen Nelsonian flags fluttering, ‘Middlesex expects’. He tried to break free. He hit Groenewald for 4 off his 11th ball. Then, off his 12th he tried to clear Trego at mid-off with a fearsome drive for another boundary. Momentarily Trego moved forward, locked onto the flight, jumped high and backwards at an angle of perhaps 30 degrees, started to rotate further backwards as the ball attempted to pass overhead until it was stopped dead in its tracks by a hand stuck up with all the certainty of the class swot who has the right answer. In the time it has taken to read this paragraph the entire catch could have been replayed a score of times. I am not sure it will ever leave my memory.

After 5 overs Middlesex were 32-1. 6 an over at the end of the powerplay in a 16 over match brings its own pressures. Two batsmen finding themselves at the same end with the ball already in the hands of Max Waller was not the best way to respond to it. Gubbins the unlucky man. 32-2.

Trego almost took another wonder catch in front of the Family and Alcohol Free Stands off Simpson. Running hard along the boundary across the front of those stands towards me he dived flat out full length and whilst in horizontal flight on after burners just got both hands to the ball but not quite firmly enough. I would agree with those who thought this ‘catch’ would have attracted slightly lower ‘difficulty’ ratings had it been judged alongside the one he took. It showed though that children appreciate quality cricket when they see it for the entire Family and Alcohol Free Stands applauded him all the way back to his mark. It was not long before Waller, running hard along the front of the Somerset Stand, caught Simpson in front of where the old Stragglers Bar used to be. Somerset were on fire in the field.

Morgan’s innings must have released all the frustration built up by the vice with which Overton and Co held him in check at Uxbridge. Seeing how he batted at Taunton suggests that Uxbridge would have been a lot closer without that phase of bowling. Here he hit 7 clean, as far as I can recall, sixes and scored 59 from 28 balls. He did not trouble himself with a single four. I have not seen him in an England ODI but I could see in this match what England see in him in one-day cricket. Trying for an eighth six he found the midriff of Craig Overton running in hard from long on in front of the Colin Atkinson Pavilion. It was becoming a day of impressive deep field Somerset catches.

Justin Langer used to describe the First Division of the Championship as a continuous arm wrestle. For the hour it lasted the Middlesex innings was just that. No-one on either side gave an inch and neither side had gained an inch of advantage. It had taken an innings of real T20 quality to keep Middlesex’s arm upright. It had taken fielding of the quality of Trego’s catch to keep Somerset’s arm upright. And we were only half way through.

Gregory opened again with Allenby for Somerset. For the second time Gregory suggested he may have found a niche opening in T20 for he hits hard with quality cricket strokes and he shows no fear. His 25 from 12 balls a microcosm of T20 scoring sans sixes. He turned his and Somerset’s first ball from Southee to the where the old Stragglers Bar was, where Waller had taken his catch, for four. What a day the ghosts that must linger there had. His third he drove through midwicket for another four and then took a single. Then he drove Finn between cover and mid-off for another four before pulling his next ball over mid-on for four more and then drove gently to square cover for a single. Every one of the fours played in front of the wicket cracked off the bat. Next over he took a single off Helm, pulled him to long on for two, tried to drive through cover but sent it screaming off a thick edge through point for four and then was caught and bowled off another drive. Of the twelve balls Gregory faced two were dot balls, both in the first over. By the end of the third he was gone and Somerset, at 29-1, had the momentum essential in a 10 an over chase.

Allenby again looked out of touch to me, pulling Finn in front of square perfectly for six only to be bowled for 11 next ball trying to play what looked like the same stroke to what looked horribly like a near yorker from where I sat. Trego followed soon afterwards after a solitary four for 6.

At 46-3 in the 5th over the Middlesex arm was just beginning to push the Somerset arm back a little though they must have worried about Hildreth after his gem of an innings at Uxbridge. He produced another of equal quality here. His innings eclipsed Hose’s by the simple stratagem of keeping most of the strike. Of the six full overs of their partnership Hildreth took 27 balls to Hose’s 9. Not though before Simpson had missed a stumping off a wide with Hildreth two yards the wrong side of his crease. He didn’t need a second chance although he played with some care at first scoring 10 from his first 10 balls. He took another 53 from his next 24 yet it only just kept Somerset up with the required run rate, an indication of the pace at which this match was played.

His innings contained some now classic Hildrethian T20 gems. A reverse sweep of sumptuous precision, a scintillating clip over leg and because this is T20 a sizzling scoop for good measure all for four and all perfectly directed. Sowter with his leg breaks had probably been the pick of Middlesex’s bowlers at Uxbridge and here he had not bowled badly. He could have had Hildreth stumped and forced some watchfulness out of him in his first two overs. In his third Hildreth made the watchfulness pay. He lifted the first ball over cover for four, pulled his second into my stand for six and then lifted him back over his head into the base of the Somerset Pavilion for another six. He will become a Somerset favourite if he keeps doing that! Most T20 innings have a term but Hildreth hit Helm for two fours in the two balls before he finally succumbed to an edge reaching for the third, wide outside off, increasingly the bowler’s response to an onslaught in T20 as they try to find ways of countering the aggressive stroke play and heavy bats. It is often effective especially bowled full.

The atmosphere in the ground, smouldered through the Middlesex innings, flared in Morgan’s, was fully ignited by Gregory’s, blazed through Hildreth’s and erupted with the win. This was an atmosphere driven by the cricket and particularly the boundaries. Adults applauding with their hands, children with their inflatable batons all rising to a crescendo as Hildreth’s innings raced Somerset forwards. The Family Stand a sight for sore eyes from where I sat. I chanced to look after one boundary and it was as if the stand was one living celebrating being rather than several hundred individual adults and children.

Meanwhile when Hose finally had what looked like an over to himself in the midst of the Hildreth hurricane he drove over cover for four, pulled behind square for another and then square drove the third to deep cover and departed for a run a ball 14. This had been Hildreth’s day. Hose has had days enough to remember this season and if he continues to play as he has he will have more in all forms of the game. Even so those two fours helped keep Somerset’s momentum and every bit of momentum gained was crucial in this match.

And yet, in spite of the tremendous pace at which Gregory and Hildreth especially had gone, with three overs left Somerset were only just on the required run rate. It was a testament to the ferocity of the Middlesex innings, Morgan’s in particular, to the tenacity of the Somerset response and to the sheer intensity and panache of T20 cricket at its best.

Anderson and van de Merwe, perhaps Somerset’s two biggest hitters, needed to find the pace of the pitch and score 33 runs in 3 overs perhaps with help from Overton, surely padded up, to get Somerset home. The arm wrestle still an even bet. Anderson, looked to my eye a little cumbersome, whether due to his back, or perhaps strapping for it, or perhaps it is just his way, or a trick of my eye I cannot say. He looked intent but this was not to be done with a sudden fusillade of sixes either from him or van de Merwe. They looked almost constrained by Southee in the 14th over although two successive off side wides to Anderson perhaps betrayed Middlesex’s fear of what he might be capable. One van de Merwe four but 24 were still needed off two. A boundary at the beginning and the end of Higgins’s final over and some bits and pieces in between left 13 needed off the last. No movement in the arm wrestle, the arms still bolt upright.

Had though the pressure of such a herculean encounter told on McCullum? He had relied on five bowlers to reach the final over and hold the match still in the balance but he had used them in such a way that none could bowl the final over. With the fates about to decide the day he had to turn to a sixth bowler to pit against Somerset’s heaviest hitters. Pressure indeed. Anderson responded best. He hit Franklin’s first ball back over his head and into the Somerset Pavilion for six. Franklin tried to respond with some accurate balls but it was difficult to prevent the singles and under the pressure he strayed with his foot for a no ball and with the ball for a wide until van de Merwe finally pushed the Middlesex arm flat with a trademark scoop for four towards the gap between the Botham Stand and the Atkinson Pavilion with nine fielders trying to save the final run. It was a classic T20 stroke to win a classic T20 encounter concluded in glorious sunshine, the trials and tribulations brought about by the morning deluge a distant fading memory.

One memory that will not fade though is the Family Stand throughout but particularly in the later stages of the match. It was a picture of pure joy. Adults and children applauding the cricket in unison, the whole stand as one. The children dancing joyously to the music between the overs and then sitting to applaud the cricket as it restarted. It may not have been like that in every seat for I was perhaps 60 yards away but that is how it appeared to me and it was wonderful to behold for perhaps just perhaps here was being generated interest in cricket in a generation seemingly lost to other forms of county cricket. A generation without whom cricket as a spectator sport may struggle to survive.



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Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Shepton Paul 2 (IP Logged)
Date: 26/07/2017 09:43

Wonderful. Again. Thanks Farmer.

Hildrethian - a word for future Taunton scribes - needs a dictionary definition - maybe:

All-too-brief innings showcasing how batting should be.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Clarence Parker (IP Logged)
Date: 26/07/2017 14:46

Thank you Farmer White for your illuminating report.

Whenever I see one of the Farmer's posts, I immediately scroll down to the bottom to judge the length of it.

When it continues to a length of perhaps 2,000 to 3,000 words, I confess to wondering if I have the willpower to read it in full. But of course I do, and am always pleased to have taken the time to do so.

In an interview given by Henry Blofeld concerning his cricket commentaries, he said that he aimed to give the full picture - starting with the cricket being played on the pitch; then the goings - on in the outfield; followed by the spectators' antics and the pretty girl walking past in a red dress and then the pigeons and the buses shooting past etc. A full picture of what he sees being relayed to the listeners.

This is how I see Farmer's reports; he covers everything and is worthy of being elected to the position of the 'Henry Blofeld' contributor to Grockles.

Thanks once again, Farmer.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: geordie moonraker (IP Logged)
Date: 26/07/2017 15:33

Now that even the Times manages only one sentence to cover Somerset v Msex Farmer's harvest is a veritable cornucopia and greatly anticipated.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Farmer White (IP Logged)
Date: 28/07/2017 05:58

Thank you Shepton, Clarence and Geordie for your very kind comments. They are much appreciated.

As I have said previously I write these posts for pleasure. If they give others pleasure too then so much the better. I also write them because I love the challenge of trying to find the right words and then arranging them in an order that paints a picture. I promise you it is a challenge. What eventually comes out are my impressions of segments of a day or of a match as I saw them plus the odd opinion about cricket. Occasionally my efforts don't come off or I just don't have the space in my life after a match I have been at to do a piece justice (I am afraid the Hampshire T20 match falls into the latter category) and so I don't post.

Farmer

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
Date: 28/07/2017 09:33

Not good enough, Farmer White. I have been looking every hour for your report on the Hampshire match and now you say there won't be one. That's the trouble with you young people... inconsistency and unreliability. But I'm a magnanimous old buffer and this time I'll forgive you - but you have been warned (though I am not sure what about).



LoL

Sixty-nine Seasons a Somerset Supporter

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Farmer White (IP Logged)
Date: 31/07/2017 17:17

And so, by order of LoL, the age of forgiveness is dead for there will be no report from me on the Sussex match either. Instead of taking up my perch, apparently in the rains of retribution, I took myself off to London for three days, and not to The Oval either.

Worse, when the rains must have been enveloping the County Ground and driving people from their seats into whatever refuge they could find I was standing in glorious sunshine above Trafalgar Square on the terrace between it and the National Gallery.

There was a wonderful atmosphere reminiscent of Somerset's T20 at The Oval that I did report on. The crowds were multitudinal, swirlingly kalaedescopic in dress and colour and endlessly chatting, smiling and swirling around the rigid human sculptures of Yoda and the Grim Reaper the latter of whom looked uncomfortably out of place in the merry throng. The immediate cause of the joy, apart from the glorious weather, was a wonderful busking violinist who lit the atmosphere up with his dazzling play.

So good was he and such was the beat in his playing that Yoda and the Grim Reaper could only resist for so long before their heads were bobbing minutely but distinctly to the beat.

Back in Somerset now I await the visit from LoL's people constantly.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
Date: 31/07/2017 17:36

I'm sending Big Jim round with the dogs...

It's all very well to present a scintillating and colourful report on the contest of Trafalgar Square, but I cannot tell from that report whether Somerset won or not.



LoL

Sixty-nine Seasons a Somerset Supporter

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Farmer White (IP Logged)
Date: 31/07/2017 23:58

Shame on you LoL for even considering the possibility that Somerset might have lost the Trafalgar Square match. Whatever has happened for you to even think that was even a possibilty? And don't try blaming Nelson.

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
Date: 01/08/2017 10:15

I retain an open mind on the matter, but assume the losing side scored 111.



LoL

Sixty-nine Seasons a Somerset Supporter

Re: "Crack on and hope" T20 v Middlesex
Posted by: mikeindex (IP Logged)
Date: 01/08/2017 14:43

Allegedly, the celebrated old-time hitter CI "Buns" Thornton once hit a ball into Trafalgar Square, Scarborough (adjoining the cricket ground).
Even more allegedly, someone once asked him "I believe you once hit a ball into Trafalgar Square, Mr Thornton - was it from Lord's or The Oval?"

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