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Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: Tumbles (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 17:42

Quote:
Grizzers
All looks rather easy right now.
But without the Overton brothers batting onslaught, it could well all have been very different.

Very happy with the overall impending result, but hopefully batting practice will feature for many of our line up this coming week !

Grizzers

Craig, Jamie and Jacks runs totalled more than the margin of victory infact -183 I think

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 17:43

As long as the other side collapse harder than we do it will all be fine. Another win from relatively nothing.



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Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 17:47

Well that ended abruptly... a couple of slightly dodgy lbws, I think... and some kamikaze swinging at the end, once hope had been lost for them.

As I understand the winner of one group will *not* progress.

So, depending on results elsewhere, we might need to figure out a way to get some batting bonus points, if we are to make the final? It would also be a good habit to get into for *next year*!

Re: Jamie

Gibson keeps saying he might be off to Surrey at any moment. Supposedly J I D Kerr told Gibson that they will "take it week-by-week."

I would assume that what Kerr means is that, so long as we're in with a chance of winning the comp, we'll keep playing Jamie but that, should we be eliminated at any stage, we will let him go because it would then make more sense to look at Gilchrist or Aldridge... but, IF that's what Jason means, why not say it? And if that's not what he means, why would we be "taking it week-to-week" ?

Mr Gibson said that Jamie told him he doesn't want to leave early.... and, to be honest, the side that Surrey are playing this season looks rather weak, to put it mildly.... so Jamie might have to carry the whole lot if he did go down there.



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Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 17:49

Bowlers to play golf for two days?

Batsmen? I hope not. Nets for them (Guys like Gilchrist and Aldridge can do some bowling)



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Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: Roger ivanhoe (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 17:51

Well the guys running the live feed obviously wanted to get home early.

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 17:57

Last 4 wickets added 169. Won by 167.

So it would probably have been a most unwelcome nail-biter, had our bowlers taken their cue, batting-wise, from the "batsmen."

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 18:06

I will miss the twin batting of the Overton's "on song"



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Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: sfwithers (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 18:20

Well, this is my first post of the season, possibly the year and I've been saving it for a virtually unalloyed positive post* (recent life story below).

Okay, in an ideal world it would be great to get batting bonus points and yes, there is a possibility that a lack of these could stop us qualifying for the final, especially if it's one we 'missed' from our first game. That is indeed true. But if we win four (or all five) of our games as convincingly as this that may be an irrelevance. I understand it may not, of course.

For whatever reason our bowling line-up – missing Leach, Bess and Gregory – is performing magnificently, even the earlier-criticised Brooks delivered the goods at the end. The batsmen do at least have a chance for two days in the nets now as they look like they need it!

I didn't watch any of the Northants match on the live stream but hugely enjoyed the coverage from the Glamorgan game, which I thought was excellent. I know this has come up in an earlier post but I was bemused by the commentators' inability to distinguish between the Overtons, in this case while they were batting together without numbered shirts, with even their differing gaits discussed at one point. But, and this is crucial, ONE OF THEM HAD A SHORT-SLEEVE SHIRT. Even with my dodgy eyes I reckon I could spot that at 75 yards!!

Frankly, I don't think this season could have started much better for us. I'm hoping that Worcs-Glamorgan will be a high-scoring draw (possible at the moment), which would reduce their chances of progressing and I'm praying for rain for Gloms-Warks, though that may lead to bad karma for me, so I take that back.

I haven't checked the other groups' scores or tables but if we keep on winning, well, I hope and reckon that would probably be enough. We'll see.

Regards to all of you out there in Grockles land.

S



* It's been an interesting year for me (as it has for a lot of people). I was furloughed in April from my job as a bike and kit tester/reviewer for a magazine and website. I used the initial length of the furlough to get really fit – I had planned to ride 1000 miles in seven weeks but managed 1400, achieving the sort of fitness I haven't had in a while (and a killer cycling tan!).

However, as the furlough stretched out I realised that redundancy was a pretty likely outcome and so it has come to pass. Theoretically I'm now 20 days into a 30-day consultation period but I'm not even bothering to come up with a counter-proposal; I know a done-deal when I see one.

This will be my fourth redundancy in 25 years, three of them in the last ten years during my time as a cycling journalist, including twice from the same job! I'm the most experienced person in my division and one of the most experienced in the country (admittedly it's a pretty specialist area so it's a very small field!) with even greater expertise in the areas that are likely to be required in the near future – bikes for older riders and those new to cycling. Hey ho.

I'm taking my skills elsewhere and as we've got no kids, no debts, mortgage is paid (age not super wealth!) and my wife's still working, we'll be okay.

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 18:31

Sorry to hear about the job stuff sir. Hope that gets better. In your cycling writing work have you come across an old school friend of mine Chris Sidwells? Bit of a Tour de France specialist because of a schoolboy love of Eddie Mercxx and an uncle (I think) called Tommy Simpson?



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Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 18:46

I'm a bit non-plussed as to why a magazine/website should have needed to furlough people?

I assume that cycling became more popular during lockdown, not less? I know that more people had more time to spend on the internet - which should have been good for the website. Was the magazine print only and newsagents were closed? Was that the issue?

Anyway, good luck to you.

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: Grizzers (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 18:46

Good uplifting summary Sfw.

Hope all works out well. Sounds like you have things pretty well sorted, at least as far as is possible in these crazy days.

Grizzers

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: Clarence Parker (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 19:18

Why AGod do you find it necessary to analyse and attempt to doubt Mr Withers' misfortunes concerning his redundancy?

It surely isn't necessary.

I wish you and your family all the very best, Sir.

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: wsm fan (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 19:24

How does Lewis get into the side Saturday if he is fit?
Or does he even get in.....?

Craig 4 Jamie 5 Josh 5 JackB 5 in this match.
Plus Craig & Jamie top scored with the bat 👍

Never ever a need for 5 seamers in my opinion.
We had 6 in this match if we include Tom & Tom!

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 19:47

Puzzled by the logic of the company rather than doubting the veracity of the story, Clarence, but thank you for your interjection, all the same.

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 19:53

IF he's fit, WSM, then LG should replace Brooks - who, wickets at the end notwithstanding, has not really bowled very well in either match, IMO.

Then again, at this rate, perhaps we should pick 11 bowlers, purely for batting purposes? Certainly, we've needed Brooks' batting in the first two games of this season.

Edgbaston varied between being a bunsen and a flat-track last season. I don't think Warks have Jeetan Patel anymore so presumably it won't be the former next week. Maybe it will be bland - as per the Northants track, on which the same Northants side that we've just seen be rushed out twice in next to no time, batted for no fewer than 175 overs, for only 6 down in Brummieland.

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: sfwithers (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 20:12

I think I know what AGod means (and I didn't read it as a criticism in any way) and I'll do a further dull update/explanation later but at the moment life is good.

I went out on the bike for a couple of hours in blistering sunshine, stopped to watch Hampset's Sunday team play cricket for a while. I've enjoyed a good dinner, I'm drinking wine (chardonnay – I'm showing my age) and listening to Lloyd Cole. And Somerset, the team to watch, won at a canter. Though when Northants were just over 100 for three I was a little tense; I shouldn't have been.

Thanks for your kind and positive words. During the furlough I'd worked out there were three options: return to work full time; return part time; redundancy. I actually put the part-time work suggestion to my employer in writing months ago, but redundancy is my second favourite outcome of the three and not a surprise (not with my experience of it).

Right, I want to see Somerset's batsmen in the nest on livestream tomorrow and Tuesday while the bowlers down goblets of cider while smoking Havana cigars, or something like that...

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: Somerset LaLaLa (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 20:25

Great win Somerset. They clearly thought the hotel was a load of cobblers, kept the score low and let the Overtons work their magic. Unfortunately the plan almost fell apart, on realising we hadn't enough runs on the board but it was bowlers to the rescue again. The risk is that the result will be declared null and void if we top the division, from the pitch report

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: Grizzers (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 20:27

Reverting to wsm’s question, Lewis can bat, so he comes in for me, even if at the expense of Tom L.

Any reason why SD cant open the batting with Eddie ?

1) EB
2) SD
3) TA
4) JH
5) TB
6) LG
7) CO
8) RvdM
9) JO
10) JD
11) JB

Gets even more complicated if George Bartlett is fit to play !

Grizzers

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: AGod (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 20:32

George has a mandatory time to spend on the sidelines. I think he will be thus barred from taking part, regardless of how he feels?

LaLaLa - what do you mean?

Are the umpires planning to penalise Northants for the pitch?

I've never heard of the result of a match on a penalised pitch being declared null and void?

Re: Willis Trophy Game 2 Northants away
Posted by: Grockle (IP Logged)
Date: 09 August, 2020 20:58

I think there is a question about whether Brooks is fully fit. There was quite a lot of question about whether he should continue just before he took 3. He has looked a little lethargic at times during the last couple of days.



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