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Re: Somerset vs Kent - CC round one, Fri 05 Apr
Posted by: Farmer White (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 03:46

Well, the candle held out at both ends, the midnight oil was in plentiful supply and the muse was particularly helpful because I was not in a position to start this report until Saturday night turned into Sunday morning.

Here is the link to the home page on my website for anyone who finds the font there easier. It will be the top article until the second day report, muse permitting, pushes it down to second:

[farmerwhite.co.uk]

And the report is now on the front page as well linked into the Grockles thread menu

Somerset rush their fences


Farmer



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Re: Somerset vs Kent - CC round one, Fri 05 Apr
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 07:39

Yes, FW, Jack Brooks's MO is, pretty much always, to pitch the ball right up, in the hope of finding any movement that might be on offer. For this reason, he's often expensive, but he tends to have a very good strike-rate.

I didn't get to see anything of yesterday but, more often than not, if the ball is repeatedly going past the outside edge, there is a case to be made for pitching the ball up a smidgen further - simple geometry, really. That being the case, perhaps JackB wasn't alone in getting things ever so slightly wrong, albeit that he erred slightly in the other direction to the others?

Anyway, it's eminently logical to assume that 99% of teams bowl at least a little better on bowling day two of the season than they do on bowling day one, 99% of the time. For Jack that might mean pulling his length back by perhaps 1/4 of a yard and for the others, possibly, the reverse.

Therefore, we may climb back into this contest today. Until proven otherwise, however, it seems very apparent that I'd rather be in Kent's overnight position, than ours.



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Re: Somerset vs Kent - CC round one, Fri 05 Apr
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 10:06

Here we go for Day 3(2)

Dickson facing with Renshaw at the other end. Gregory Opening from the Pavilion.

Discussion about whether the umpires wanted the lights on or not. We've gone without.

A couple of supporters left yesterday when the lights were switched on at 30% because of the glare which was not what some are used to mid afternoon in Taunton in April. There might be a surge in the purchase of sunshades for the evening matches.

The floodlights are the only ones of this type in the Northern Hemisphere at the moment (though it seems Essex are going for the same setup) and there may be some adjustment required by spectators because they are bloody bright.

There was comment yesterday that players are looking to practice under them because the adjustment for high balls is also required - some catches were spilled at the opening cerempny for them last Sunday it seems. One would imagine we will work under them and then smack the ball into the stratosphere for the opposition to cope with once we have the light levels sussed.

Josh Davey is opening from the River, a difference from yesterday when it was Jack Brooks I think.



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Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 10:19

I don't think LG's tongue was entirely in his cheek when, the other day, he suggested that we'd see an increase in dropped catches at Taunton in T20 this year, due to the lights.

Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 10:19

Josh seems to like these overcast conditions and he sends Dickson back to the hutch in quick time. Unfortunately Renshaw has just hit his first boundary and we need to see the back of him as Kent move towards 100



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Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: Somerset LaLaLa (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 10:20

The greatness of the Somerset bowling attack is you feel any of them could take wickets at any moment. Step up... Josh Davey

Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 10:32

And then Lewis Gregory!! Goodbye Matt nice of you to visit.



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Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 11:06

Brooks is trying the Pavilion end this morning after coming in from the River yesterday afternoon. But Kent seems to have consolidated their position and stabalised after a dodgy first hour.



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Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 11:27

A pretty decisive ball takes out Kuhn's middle stump and Craig Overton goes on a long victory lap. Excellent just before the 150.



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Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 11:48

Blake tries to cut a Gregory ball that isn't there to do anything but be dragged on and guess what? He drags it on! 160 for 6



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Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: Somerset LaLaLa (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 11:53

Our score is still at least 30 runs too low

Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 11:58

Marcus shows that he is still one of the best slip fielders in the game. Excellent reflexes from the 43 year old to take out Bell Drummond with a catch above his head which came at speed. 166 for 7 - no lead yet.



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Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 12:51

Welcome back. Lead of 1 3 wickets needed.



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Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 13:18

And Jack sends Robinson back after being talked into taking a wicket by the box. The old 'He'll never take a wicket' strategy. 197 for 9.



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Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 13:29

All out for 209 as Tom gets the last man Milne. 38 in front. Better than some may have thought last night. Game on people. Need a better second dig by the men with the willow and this could be an interesting Monday.



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Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: Somerset LaLaLa (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 13:45

Key period of the game now. I'm not offering any predictions, apart from what may happen to my fingernails.

And that's one gone

Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 13:50

And it's Marcus and it was played a long way from his body. Where do we go from here? Or am I asking that question too soon?



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Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 13:51

2 for 7... OOeeerrr!



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Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 14:53

It is simply an exercise in survival out there at the moment. There is little expectation of a surge of runs to turn this into a competitive game. The expectation is that a wicket WILL come pretty soon and batsmen are simply trying to stay out there for as long as possible.

Taking the game by the scruff of the neck is not happening people and no one is coming over the horizon to save the county from present indications.



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Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 07 April, 2019 15:28

Here's one for the rules people then;

The light gets poor at Taunton as happened yesterday. The umpires request the lights be turned on.

1) do they take a light meter reading at that moment to identify what level of light they are identifying as poor?

The lights are switched on. At Taunton now the staff can decide how much light is provided, 30%, 50%, 80% or full lighting. BUT only at Taunton, elsewhere the lights are on or off.


2) Do the umpires identify what percentage of lighting should be provided and do they note that along with the light meter reading if they make one?


This morning the lights were asked for by the umpires.


3) Are the lights put on at the same meter reading as the night before?

4) Is the amount of light provided supposed to be the same percentage as the request the day before?


5) if the umpires requested the light percentage to be increased, should they record this and make their demand specific?

6) Do the umpires have to request that the lights be switched off again and does this happen once the meter readings go higher than they were when they were requested in the first place?

All this taking into account that Somerset are the only ground where this applies?

Are there rules for this at all? Knotty little issue isn't it?



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