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Re: Somerset Rush Their Fences
Posted by: AGod
Date: 07/04/2019 19:15
Not sure I recall, Grockle, though I don't think that Nick was the last person to be recruited from without as a batsman - I think Nick was already here when Tom Cooper came here? Obviously he came from out of country rather than merely out of county but, as you know, he was never the official overseas signing, so I think he counts. I know Tom bowled a little off-spin but I think it would be stretching a point to argue that he didn't count as a specialist batsman (put it this way, we certainly didn't sign him for his bowling, I wouldn't think!).

Contrary to what one correspondent told us, I think we can feel pretty darn confident that Mr Hurry realises that there are issues with our batting, so I do suspect that we will see some recruitment from without in the not too distant future i.e this winter.

At the moment I think we're in a strange place - we have on staff all of the following who are or have been top three batsmen for a significant part of their careers:

Trescothick
Azhar
Tom Abell
Eddie Byrom
George Bartlett

Yet three of these men have found themselves batting at, what, 4, 5 and 7 in this match, whilst Hildreth bats at three.

I'm not at all convinced that a batsman of Eddie's temperament is ideal down the order at 5, as opposed to up in the top three. As a predominantly back-foot player, I've always rather felt that Tom's technique is better suited to batting in the top 3 than at 5 (where he batted last year). Obviously, Tom is up to four for this one. Personally, whilst I don't think we'll see it happen, I'd have no problems seeing both of Eddie B and Tom bat in our top three. That would leave Hildreth where he's made the vast majority of his runs. Obviously, the elephant in the room would be Mr T.

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