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Re: FAKE 2020 Kent the Return CC1
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 13 May, 2020 21:38

Different time of a fake year?



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Re: FAKE 2020 Kent the Return CC1
Posted by: Farmer White (IP Logged)
Date: 14 May, 2020 09:28

And very different weather. At Canterbury in 2019 play was possible in only five of the twelve sessions, three on the second day when the sun shone brilliantly and two on the fourth when play took place under a fast-moving conveyor belt of low grey cloud. Fortunately Somerset needed only four of those sessions to win the match. On both playing days the ball moved all day, in the air and off the pitch. To emphasise that point, on the first, gloriously sunny, day of play 22 wickets fell. Of those 22, ten were lbw, four were bowled and three caught behind, evidence of a persistently moving ball if ever there was one. The ball does move when the sun is out.

As Brian Close once said to the preceding batsman after being out, second ball I think it was, "Tha told me it was seaming. Tha didn't tell me it was moving too." And Jamie Overton bowled one of the best and fastest balls I have ever seen to bowl Joe Denly "through a gap that wasn't there," as I put it at the time. In fact it was an optical illusion created by the speed of events. Denly's perfectly directed defensive bat had closed the gap after the ball had gone through.

Quick link to my report of that day for anyone interested:

[farmerwhite.co.uk]

Farmer

Re: FAKE 2020 Kent the Return CC1
Posted by: Somerset LaLaLa (IP Logged)
Date: 14 May, 2020 15:30

That was the match, we were jumping up and down dreaming that Somerset were going to win the championship. Was it the 'high point' of our 2019 season, not for the first time we peaked early...

Re: FAKE 2020 Kent the Return CC1
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 14 May, 2020 19:33

George gets his 150 and carries his bat. Partnerships with Craig and both Jacks get us past 400 (412).

Then a 5-fer for Craig and 3 for Brooksie put Kent in the mire all out for 164.

I didn't enforce being 248 ahead and we go into Day 3 314 ahead with the loss of Tom Abell for 22. Azhar 22 George 14.

I'd say it was a decent day.



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Re: FAKE 2020 Kent the Return CC1
Posted by: Somerset LaLaLa (IP Logged)
Date: 15 May, 2020 13:00

What is the talk around the ground about a declaration? It's fine weather and 450 ahead was suggested for Warwickshire, if there were to be no interruptions. That would be mid-afternoon here. Can Kent get anywhere near that?

Re: FAKE 2020 Kent the Return CC1
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 15 May, 2020 14:32

We'll see what it's like at lunch but I think 450 would be way beyond them even if Renshaw fires.



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Re: FAKE 2020 Kent the Return CC1
Posted by: Farmer White (IP Logged)
Date: 15 May, 2020 15:35

500 for an early tea would set them four an over over something like 130 overs. A safe as you can get, plenty of time to bowl them out, and leaves a bit more in the legs of the pace bowlers for the start of the fourth day and Essex. I won't lose any sleep though if it is 450.

Farmer

Re: FAKE 2020 Kent the Return CC1
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 16 May, 2020 13:19

Well we decided to call it a day at 466 with an hour before Tea and I reported on the rest of the day. Came down this morning to play Day 4 to find I'd forgotten to save the end of Day 3!!

So... I thought. "Play it exactly the same way" and declare if you can at 466. It went pretty much the same way though Azhar got a few more but the 50s were the same. We got to 467 a little earlier and we declared 1hour 15 minutes before the Tea interval.

So, again I played it exactly the same way with the same bowling changes. However, the Kent men didn't go the same way and neither did Dom Bess. They were 5 down by Tea with Dom taking 3 for 15 (including Kuhn caught and bowled again) and it didn't go much better for them after the break as the soft underbelly collapsed in a hopeless situation with no one really getting in and making a fight of it.

So.… No day 4. We bowled them out for 103 before the end of play and won by 364 runs!! Man of the match George Bartlett with over 200 runs in the match for one dismissal

122 points in the CC1 and Essex at Chelmsford next.

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Re: FAKE 2020 Kent the Return CC1
Posted by: Somerset LaLaLa (IP Logged)
Date: 16 May, 2020 16:49

Don't think the result was in much doubt at the end, so well done for seeing this through.

Not sure what the ECB would say if this happens against Essex?

Re: FAKE 2020 Kent the Return CC1
Posted by: mikeindex (IP Logged)
Date: 17 May, 2020 17:02

This is getting unbearable. We are going to walk away with this, I can see it coming. I don't think I can stand any more.

Re: FAKE 2020 Kent the Return CC1
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 17 May, 2020 17:29

Well its Essex next so we could crash although we have pretty effectively killed Surrey Warwickshire and Kent without almost breaking sweat.

The difference has been having a batting line-up that has shown up - not something that happened all that often in 2019 where bowlers saved our bacon.

Hitting first innings scores of 300 upwards also helps with those extra bonus points.

It is fantasy however and Essex may be our nemesis



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Re: FAKE 2020 Kent the Return CC1
Posted by: Farmer White (IP Logged)
Date: 17 May, 2020 22:10

Mike

Do not fret yet. After the corresponding game last year we were 26 points clear at the top of the table. In retrospect, it was something of a false position. I have checked the end of my report on that match. This is what I found:

It [the 26-point lead] does though need to be set in the context of all six of Somerset’s matches played so far this season. All six have been played against the bottom four clubs, even though the position of those clubs will in part be due to them having played Somerset. Those in the three places immediately below Somerset in the table have yet to be played and matches against them will constitute six of Somerset’s eight remaining matches. Those six matches may present tougher challenges than most of those already played. Of 14 defeats in the first division this year, 12 have been suffered by the bottom four clubs. The top four clubs have suffered only two defeats between them, and both have been against other clubs in the top four. The task of overcoming the stronger teams in the division begins in one week’s time against the 2017 County Champions now reinforced by the full-time availability of Sir Alistair Cook. That match will provide a crucial pointer to whether or not Somerset supporters can begin to turn the hopes of a lifetime into anticipation of an event of a lifetime.

And the rest, as they say, was history. And so, await the Essex match, but, if we win it ... then fret.

Farmer

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