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Old 27th September 2014, 09:58   #1
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County team ratings 2014

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Derbyshire - a second half of the season improvement saw them push into fourth place in Division 2 and make the Royal London Cup quarter-finals. Were even more dire at t20 cricket than usual with 12 defeats. 5

Durham - was always going to be a tall order to retain their Championship title but finished a respectable fifth. Easily the highlight was a very strong run of performances to win the Royal London Cup. Not really at the races in t20. 8

Essex - With 22 wins in all competitions (only 2 behind Warwickshire, with 24) and the most points ever by a side not to be promoted, on one hand Essex can wonder why they have nothing to celebrate. They topped their t20 group and were second in their Royal London Cup group, but fell in the quarters of both. But the consolation is that the future looks very bright indeed. 7

Glamorgan - their season might have been different had they not lost to Lancashire by 1 run in the t20 quarters - a game they should have won. As it is, they were dire in the Championship - second bottom in Division 2 - and never fully fired in the Royal London Cup. Prospects don't look great. 4

Gloucestershire - Yet another season where they never looked likely to win anything without being disgraced. Have a good group of players but will be seriously hit by the loss of the Gidman brothers. 4

Hampshire - Duly promoted from Division 2 as champions after showing solid form from start to finish. Once again made it to t20 finals day and their Royal London Cup poor show can be excused in that light. 8

Kent - Their season was mostly boosted by a spirited Royal London Cup performance that saw them reach the semis only to be well-beaten by Warwickshire. Not great in the Championship and also just middling in their t20 group. 5

Lancashire - will naturally be disappointed to be once again relegated from Division 1. Never got going and turned in a string of flaky batting performances. Season was given a lift with the astonishing return of Freddie, who nearly propelled them to t20 finals day glory (it would be hard to know what mark to give them here had they won it). Bombed out in the Royal London Cup. 5

Leicestershire - have become the laughing stock of the Championship with no wins since 2012. Were really truly thrashed by some quite ordinary Divsion 2 sides. t20 was also a write off and they only escape a mark of 1 because they scraped together some Royal London Cup wins - though they were hammered by Lancashire when they needed to win to qualify, which showed where they really are. 2

Middlesex - a very disappointing season in which they narrowly avoided relegation and were dire in one-day cricket - particularly t20, where they finished bottom of the group. 3

Northamptonshire - were simply out of their depth in Division 1 of the Championship. The constant defeats seemed to impact their whole season as they never looked like retaining their t20 crown and won just 2 50 overs matches. 3

Nottinghamshire - some of the numerous Nottinghamshire fans on this board will doubtless be disappointed that they did not lift any trophies, but one can't knock a side who showed their capabilities in all three formats. Fourth in Division 1 is solid and their white ball performances showed they can threaten again next year. 7

Somerset - Sixth in Division 1 perhaps doesn't quite do them justice where they performed consistently but drew 10 matches. Just short of their usual lustre in t20 and 50 overs cricket. The Mr Average of the season. 6

Surrey - Doubtless there's been many a grumble at Surrey-by-the-Gas this year but if ever there was a "season of consolidation" this was it. A real curate's egg in Championship cricket, especially with a top order with so much talent crumbling too often. Jason Roy propelled them to t20 finals day but 50 over cricket, in which they can do much better, was a write-off. 6

Sussex - Quietly went about their business in Division 1 and can be more than happy with fourth place. But white-ball cricket, in which they looked special not so many seasons ago, was once again very poor. 5

Warwickshire - 24 wins across all competitions says it all. The only side to seriously threaten Yorkshire in the Championship, t20 cup winners, and Royal London Cup finalists. A great squad with strength in all areas, you could reasonably tip them to go close in any of the 3 formats again next year. 9

Worcestershire - Saeed Ajmal spun them to a lead in Division 2 that in the end ensured they were promoted in second place. Also made a vast improvement in t20 cricket to qualify from their group. It wasn't just Ajmal - they have a great bunch of players - but will surely find life tough at the higher level. 7

Yorkshire - stormed to the Championship title in assertive fashion, losing just one match. What's more, showed notable improvement in limited-overs cricket and despite not qualifying from their t20 group were not far off. Look sure to make a stern defence of their title and along with Warwickshire can now be fancied to do well in white-ball cricket as well. 9

10 - out of this world
9 - a great season
8 - right up there
7 - doing it right
6 - Mr Average
5 - not a season to remember
4 - a season to forget
3 - really poor
2 - just dreadful
1 - can't get any worse

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Old 27th September 2014, 10:07   #2
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With such a gift for seeing into the future, I can see how you made a killing on the One Day Cup!
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With such a gift for seeing into the future, I can see how you made a killing on the One Day Cup!
Ho ho, yes. If anyone knows how to change it, please do.

But yes, I do hope to make some dosh next year.
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See Leicester got a 2. What do you have to do to get a 1?
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See Leicester got a 2. What do you have to do to get a 1?
Not win a championship game for at least three years?
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See Leicester got a 2. What do you have to do to get a 1?
Be bottom in every tournament maybe. I was very close to giving them 1.
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Warwickshire - 24 wins across all competitions says it all. The only side to seriously threaten Yorkshire in the Championship
I would just clarify here, that they only threatened in terms of final points total. In the two matches between the teams, Warks were soundly thrashed both times by an innings.
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