I dont VanZyl our chances

nice view_tough day
By Dingy Bags and Beefy
June 3 2019

A joint report on a tough day made more interesting by loads of helicopters for who you all know who.

Dingy Bags

After one of the more depressing days watching Middlesex, I travelled more in desperate hope than expectation. Murts and Toby opened and we were tighter than yesterday. Perhaps we should never have brought this game forward to a Sunday start: we were starting to play today. There was the odd edge but for a long time, nothing went to hand. Bamber replaced Murtagh but out attack sometimes looks very samey. Harry replaced Toby but still no luck in the first hour. Harry changed ends, Ollie came on and Trump-related choppers kept annoying us.

So, the lead built steadily, nothing much happened otherwise and Middlesex looked a little helpless. Sam bowled the last over of the session which summed up our morning, really. Lunch at 252-4 and a green zero on the board.


After lunch, partaking in an ale, as it is needed since going through finger nail removal 1st session, we miss a wicket after Sussex reach 326-4.

It's been a rather painful day so far, new ball taken, and after 16 overs, Ollie comes on.

We saw a helicopter earlier, might have been Trump flying over, was he watching the game?


Trump helicopter?

Phil Catchpole has been squeezing mustard over his pork pie, oh, how he likes mustard.

Hold on, we got our 7th wicket as Jordan is bowled by Bamber.

Sussex still odds on to reach 400 and maximum batting points.  Its been hard watching today so far.

We discuss making a catapult using the arm rests of seats in Warner Stand, Phil saying it's going to aim away from the ground; as I say, its been hard watching today.

384-7 and 6 overs to reach the 400.

Over rate now a nice red 0, only 6 extras.

Back to Dingy

After tea, Sussex batted on and on. We never hugely flagged but the runs kept coming. Mala changed the bowling around  but van Zyl went towards a career best and Beer joined him in a partnership that went easily past 50. Essentially, this was proper 4 day cricket batting. The helicopters continued to provide more interest, especially the comings and goings from the direction of the park.

At last Harry got one straight enough to get van Zyl lbw for a Sussex best 173. An excellent knock. By this time, Beer had gone past his championship best and he soon got to his 50. The lead was now higher than we had scored in a while. Harry then bowled Robinson at which point Sussex declared, so maybe Sam and Max were not entirely happy he had done so. They had a tricky 4 overs to face as well as a deficit of 343. A good game to win.

We closed on 9-0. Which at least meant we had one session, albeit a short one.

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I don�t VanZyl our chances
Posted by: Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
Date: 03/06/2019 21:14

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Re: I don�t VanZyl our chances
Posted by: Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
Date: 03/06/2019 23:15

I hope that tomorrow will be as tough for Sussex’s bowlers as it was for Middlesex’s bowlers today, otherwise I would probably have to abandon my plans to attend after work tomorrow.

If the match is still going tomorrow evening, I imagine that there will be more evidence of Donald Trump’s presence in London, as he will be hosting a dinner at Winfield House, which is very close to Lord’s. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are due to attend the dinner, although I doubt that they or Trump will take the opportunity to pop into Lord’s while they are in the area, and I am not sure how popular it would be if they go in! The likeliest member of the Royal Family to go to Lord’s tomorrow would be Harry considering he is the Duke of Sussex and attended England v South Africa at The Oval on Friday.

Re: I don�t VanZyl our chances
Posted by: Primrose Hillbilly (IP Logged)
Date: 04/06/2019 07:52

Rules are the rules, regs are regs,(as well as being Elton John's original name),but it is galling that two Saffer mercenaries are the difference between the sides.

OK, they may have also fallen foul of the quota rules, but why is that a problem for English cricket to absorb? At least we know where their £1.3 Mln is going.

Also, a possible comment on the amount we have to step up, if players of this quality are knocking around Div 2, as well as a genuine overseas player in Mir Hamza.


Re: I don�t VanZyl our chances
Posted by: Seaxe_man1 (IP Logged)
Date: 04/06/2019 18:31

Division Two was never gonna be cruise. The table don't lie. Ben Brown at six is a proper batsman.

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