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Re: Are we going to appeal Arrowgate?
Posted by: Peaches and Creosote
Date: 06/10/2017 19:25
Peaches - I agree entirely that Somerset must not be relegated.
The Somerset v Middlesex match would have turned out not to have been a relegation decider if Hampshire had lost the next day. Would supporters have retrospectively felt deprived if the gut-wrenching tension (not that there was much of that, I fear) had turned out to have bee "meaningless"? I think not.

While a "nine and nine" move would be a bit different, in that it is not something that happened on the field, the retrospective impact on the Taunton match would be exactly the same, so why feel deprived, cheated or whatever?

I am not expecting, or particularly advocating, such an outcome but I can't see how Somerset or their supporters would be hurt in the slightest.

Creosote's illegal now, is't it? I've heard the expression somewhere before but can't pin it down - song lyric perhaps?


Ade - rightly or wrongly it comes across that Middlesex supporters are too conveniently overlooking what is most likely to happen to Somerset if Middlesex get their two points back. Unless the Fultonesque scenario becomes reality, Somerset will be relegated.

Going back to 9:9 would clearly suit Middlesex, wouldn't harm Somerset and would get the ECB off the hook for a dreadful decision in the first place. However, I feel it will cause other problems not too far down the line. I assume 3 teams would need to be relegated in 2018 to get things back to how they were at the start of the 2017 season. There was a lot of concern this season about 25% of teams being relegated but, if my assumption is right, that gets upped to 33% for next year. That seems a high price to pay - particularly for the poor saps who finish 7th out of 9 - just because your hierarchy were asleep at the wheel when the deduction was made. Once they failed to make a prompt and strong appeal, the howler and responsibility for it was theirs.

I didn't really mean spectators would feel ''retrospectively deprived'' if things were changed now but was trying to say once more that everything should have been decided before the match started. I do feel it's reasonable that spectators who have spent their own time and money in going to a match should know what is or isn't at stake.

I assume some of your members here talk to your hierarchy. What is being said? It seems a ridiculously slow and unsatisfactory situation.

And finally, you can blame Woody Guthrie - Deportees Song. To limit numbers, keep prices high and benefit from US government payments, farmers would cover all but the best fruits with creosote while some starved.


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