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Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: Somerset LaLaLa (IP Logged)
Date: 25 July, 2020 15:02

Starts tomorrow (Sunday), behind closed gates, with a live stream apparently.

Tom Abell (c), George Bartlett, Jack Brooks, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies (wk), Nathan Gilchrist, Ben Green James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton

Gloucestershire - Chris Dent, Miles Hammond, George Hankins, Graeme van Buuren, Ryan Higgins, Gareth Roderick (wk), George Scott, Tom Smith, David Payne, Matt Taylor, Josh Shaw, Tom Price, Harry Hankins



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Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 26 July, 2020 11:47

Interesting that Craig has taken Pete's number 7 shirt. A mark of respect and passing of the torch?

Also there are side cameras this year so we get the whole pitch.



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Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: nelliec (IP Logged)
Date: 26 July, 2020 12:36

A little background sound over the feed every now and then .Very isolated rain.Hammering down inI Galmington for 10 minutes before reached ground.Sun out again now

Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 26 July, 2020 14:38

Thoughts, anyone, on Nathan Gilchrist, thus far?

I might be proven wrong, but I rather fancy that he has the sort of slightly slingy action which is liable to allow him to reverse swing the ball quite well at a lively pace.

Reverse swing is not only a very useful skill for a bowler to have, but also not one for which any of our other pacemen are particularly noted (when he first came on the scene, LG was very good at reverse-swing with the white ball, but not really anymore).

So, anyway, I have been encouraged with Nathan's display.

Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 26 July, 2020 14:45

Well Brooksie has just speared one in. 138 for 5 so the bowling is moving nicely



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Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 26 July, 2020 14:46

Like the bat taps on the fours... at full stretch



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Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 26 July, 2020 14:56

Tom A getting a bit of outswing. The ambient mics suggest a 'bit' of breeze but you can never be sure how much from outside mics usually placed an amount of distance above ground.



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Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 26 July, 2020 15:36

Now that the season is (sort of) underway, I've finally got around to opening my Wisden.

Upon turning to the section on the 2019 CC, I was confronted with the ECB table of merit for pitches.

As we know, we came a cropper with a pitch penalty at the end of the season... but which county, in the opinion of the umpires (who give these grades) had *by far* the worst pitches in the land?

Yep, it was Essex:

CC1 Ratings:


*Essex* 4.00*

Somerset 4.89

Hants 4.38

Notts 5.14

Surrey 4.89

Warks 5.33

Yorks 5.75

Kent 4.78

Interesting, perhaps, to note - too - that Edgbaston, which turned square for most of the season, was given an immensely favourable grade.



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Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 26 July, 2020 15:49

Are there criteria for the grades? It always seems to be a subjective measurement which rarely takes into account context if groundsmen's comments are anything to go by.



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Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 26 July, 2020 15:54

They do indeed have published criteria, yes. Whether the published criteria are adhered to with sufficient rigour may be another matter.

Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 26 July, 2020 16:06

Yep I think I've come across an organisation that operates on something like the same lines if that is the case. We had a thing called OFSTED though I'm going back over a decade now.



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Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: cricketjerry-mouse (IP Logged)
Date: 26 July, 2020 16:06

Glo`shire batsman Gareth Roderick is moving to Worcestershire on a three-year contract in November. Looks like a good capture on his form at Taunton today.

Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 26 July, 2020 16:52

I think Cove looks like he's on his mettle. Some of the rest look like they have a few more cobwebs to blow away across the duration of this contest.

Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 26 July, 2020 17:04

It's what its for after all. They are certainly trying them all out which is good.



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Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: Somerset LaLaLa (IP Logged)
Date: 26 July, 2020 22:09

Agree about Craig, getting the key wicket of Ryan Higgins. who was averaging 60 last season - Labuschagne territory. Also good for Jamie getting Chris Dent. Weather not looking great tomorrow

Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: Railboy (IP Logged)
Date: 27 July, 2020 09:49

Thank you AG 15.38.

Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: Railboy (IP Logged)
Date: 27 July, 2020 09:51

Thank you AG 15.38. It was my belief at the time that we rolled over far too easily, and to me this confirms it. i wonder if we even presented this as evidence? What would Man City have done?

Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: Bobstan (IP Logged)
Date: 27 July, 2020 12:11

Maybe I'm missing something, but surely a very decent average pitch grade makes the case against us for this one match stronger rather than weaker. This does not imply that I agree with the points deduction for 2021!

Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 27 July, 2020 12:38

But the table implies that Essex can count themselves fortunate* to have regularly skated (just) on the right side of the line.. and it's also interesting to see that despite a boat-load of turn, Warks pitches graded out extremely highly.

*Or, at the very least, that people in glasshouses shouldn't throw stones .... in other words that they shouldn't have whinged so much about the pitch for final game, given how often they prepared their own tracks to give immense help to Simon Harmer).



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Re: Friendly Somerset v Gloucestershire
Posted by: cricketharris (IP Logged)
Date: 27 July, 2020 13:15

Before joining us Scott Hawkins was the deputy head at Chelmsford.

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