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"Being in Birmingham" Bob Willis v Warwickshire (A)
The Third Bob Willis game is in Birmingham at Edgbaston. George Bartlett is still out with concussion but Lewis Gregory is back in a Somerset team on a roll aftter two very impressive performances - here's "Farmer"....
Bob Willis Northants Away - "Madcap"
Second Farmer White report on a Bob Willis Trophy game at an unusual 4 day venue for Somerset of Northampton's Wantage Road. Tom Banton returns - Lewis Gregory comes back and immediately picks up a niggle while Jack Leach sits in red ball limbo neither allowed to come back to Taunton or leave the England Test bubble though he is not playing. Will the Overton's continue their excellent start to a shortened Championship season. Enjoy it while it lasts. Thanks 'Farmer'
Strange Times The Willis Trophy Game 1 Glamorgan (H)
Farmer has produced a report on the first game from his armchair via TV I think. I can imagine him there with his white hat on and all the paraphanalia of the usual day at the County Ground but looking at Ben Warren's excellent live stream coverage and adding his own observations with the sound off. Thank you sir.... This is Day 1 there will be a link to the rest of the report on his own website at the bottom of the report. The only thing we don't have is Mike's accompanying photos - you may have to wait for the book in late 2020 or early 2021 though they will have to use archive stuff unless he is sat in front of his TV with all the kit!!
FAKE 2020 CC1 The Finale - Essex at home
The end of the CC1 Fake season, as home fixture against the side in fourth - a little different to the 2019 version of this. I would have been there, as I was for the 2019 version, but this time there would have been a celebratory feeling in the ground as Somerset were already champions who could not be caiught. For that reason this is a 'Somerset' side, with the players who have been involved from the county during the season. No internationals, no signees from this season, youth and long term county players who got us here. It is the kernel of the side that would be playing in 2021 (or in the real world of 2020 aftger August). We'll see how they do... in FantasyLand
FAKE 2020 CC1 Finishing in Style? Hampshire Away
It's now a photo of THE trophy but not one of Tom Abell holding it. As FAKE CC1 champions for 2020, we go to Southampton beyond the reach of Yorkshire but still liable to stumble against Hampshire. The county rest Byrom and Bartlett while Jack Leach is back from Enngland duty and replaces Roelof van der Merwe for the trip. The pitch is not expected to be particularly ready for spin.... but we shall see.
FAKE 2020 CC1 Yorkshire @ Taunton Fantasy beyond Reality?
In the parallel universe this could be one of the most important games in Somerset's long history as we go into this game with a significant chance of winning the Championship 2 games early!! If Yorkshire can't hold us then we may be unassailable at the top by the end of this match. Fantasy is cruel is it not? Still we have to get there first.
FAKE 2020 CC1 @Warwickshire Grin and Bear it?
In this alternative 2020 reality Tom Banton finally gets into a side because of England's demands on our spinners - and then he bats at 8!! Jack Brooks gives Jamie Overton a rest on a possibly sluggish pitch in Brum
FAKE2020 CC1The Big One? Yorkshire @ Headingley
After a bit of debate about the 2 spinners without Jack Leach and the merits of Davies and Banton as keeper we decide to go with the same side except that Craig Overton returns for Jack Brooks. The first versus second match with a possible trophy in it. Strong Yorkshire side with their England players on the field. Could be a very important result for one of the sides in Fantasyland.
FAKE 2020 CC1 Notts The Return
Just as the fantasy season starts to hot up, Jack Leach goes down for four weeeks and our main spin attack is diminished. We call us Roelof and return Jamie and Lewis while resting Craig. Will the selectors succeed in keeping the momentum going?
FAKE 2020 Hampshire at home - Homeboys game
As we continue the lockdown and even with news that a 2020 'season' may actually take place in the last couple of months, we keep this CC1 simulation going with the next in our 'series'. Hampshire come South West to try and move us down from second and move themselves up from 5th. Thsi game would have taken place at the end of June - here we are a month early....... enjoy
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