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Old 28th August 2017, 12:23   #221
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Yay! Proper cricket returns today. C'mon, you Kent.
Well said. But it is moaning and whingeing and refusing to be optimistic that keeps the curmudgeons going. If they were ever to show even the remotest sign of enthusiasm about our great game they'd probably have a seizure!
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Old 28th August 2017, 13:12   #222
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Down in The Holy City, it looks like Stevo has recovered his god-like powers just at the right time.
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Old 28th August 2017, 21:03   #223
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Today has been a story of lower order resilience in Div Two. Leics, at one stage 176-8 against Kent, closed on 326 for the loss of just one further wicket. At Colywn Bay, Glamorgan Seconds' last four wickets virtually doubled the score against Sussex while Worce recovered from a wobbly 206-5 to reach 338-7 at stumps in their contest with Glos. Durham, in their battle with Derbys, were 195-5 just before tea but finished on 376-7.

I guarantee that at each of these matches, there were choruses of moans from supporters of the fielding sides - "Why are we the only team that can't bowl out the lower order?".
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Old 29th August 2017, 17:11   #224
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Riki continues to make me eat my words win the second half of the season, but sometimes its good to be wrong.

Notts surely cannot fail to win from here, no one chases 300+

Now, let's check the score in the test....
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Old 31st August 2017, 17:35   #225
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A good round for three of the top five, with Notts, Worcs and Sussex all winning.

A disappointing round for Kent and a disastrous one for Northants who were docked 5 pts for a slow over rate and came out of the game at Trent Bridge with a grand tally of minus two points, plus injuries that have put Rossington and Sanderson out for the rest of the season.

Kent admitted before this round they needed to win three of their last five to have a chance of overhauling Worcs for the second promotion place. It's now three out of four, which is highly improbable as they have only won one of their last seven.

Defeat for Worcs at Trent Bridge next week will keep Sussex in the chase if they can win against a depleted and demoralised Northants.
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Was there rain at Kent? Seems to have been declared a draw early.
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Old 31st August 2017, 18:11   #227
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Was there rain at Kent? Seems to have been declared a draw early.
Yes, but with 150 plus run lead at tea with Leics still having four wkts in hand , it made no difference as the game was headed for the dreaded ten-to-five handshake, anyway.

Kent's problem is they just cannot win games at Canterbury (which captain Northeast blames on the groundsman...)
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Was there rain at Kent? Seems to have been declared a draw early.


Two very heavy downfalls today (following the blank day yesterday) - ground staff did very well to get play restarted at 14.50 after the first stoppage at 12.55, but a second downfall with 33 overs left brought play to an end.
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Most matches underway after delayed starts with Kent the only one of the top five currently waterlogged.

However, Kent's prospects will have been enhanced by the unexpected availability for the next three games of Sam Billings, axed from England's white ball squads.

His pride will be badly dented and with a point to prove hopefully he will respond by adding substantially to the meagre 127 runs he's scored in the CC this season...
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Old 5th September 2017, 18:41   #230
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With Northants flaying Sussex to reach 300-3 in just 66 overs, they could be on target for 24 pts from this game which would put them right back in contention for promotion with a game in hand on the top two...

Sussex really are the most inconsistent team in the championship. They either seem to win handsomely or get thrashed embarrassingly. They've only drawn once all season, when most teams in the division have drawn four or five!
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Sussex really are the most inconsistent team in the championship. They either seem to win handsomely or get thrashed embarrassingly. They've only drawn once all season, when most teams in the division have drawn four or five!
With their performances as you describe, I can't see that Sussex would gain anything from promotion this season. Unless they recruited significantly they would finish bottom in Division 1.
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Old 6th September 2017, 09:40   #232
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With their performances as you describe, I can't see that Sussex would gain anything from promotion this season. Unless they recruited significantly they would finish bottom in Division 1.
isn't that the same situation as Essex were in, last summer?

Then Essex recruited very well: Harmer, Wheater, Chopra, Wagner/Amir ....
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Old 6th September 2017, 14:44   #233
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isn't that the same situation as Essex were in, last summer?

Then Essex recruited very well: Harmer, Wheater, Chopra, Wagner/Amir ....
Neither Chopra nor Wheater are first choice but were good recruits for depth.

The choice of overseas player is always an important choice. I can't remember who Sussex's is (think Ross Taylor was just playing T20s them) as Steve Magoffin - an excellent overseas choice - plays as a home player these days IIRC.
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Neither Chopra nor Wheater are first choice but were good recruits for depth.

The choice of overseas player is always an important choice. I can't remember who Sussex's is (think Ross Taylor was just playing T20s them) as Steve Magoffin - an excellent overseas choice - plays as a home player these days IIRC.
I agree they were still good recruits.

Only Philander?
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I agree they were still good recruits.

Only Philander?
Yes Philander was the overseas, I assume largely to cover for Jordan sitting on his arse at the IPL. It's likely that Wiese was lined up to take over but they managed to Kolpak him, though whether that's turned out to be a wise investment I don't know. Got a few wickets here, mind you. Also got Van Zyl as Kolpak who has been an excellent signing.
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I see Chopra is Captaining Essex today. Not bad for a new recruit.

Always wished we'd signed him rather than Warwicks, after seeing play for Essex 2s ages ago.
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A fascinating day in Div Two and the games involving all of the top five sides look set to finish tomorrow inside three days (and inside two and a bit at Chester-le-Street, where 18 wkts fell today).

Sussex look to have blown up their promotion hopes with their stinkiest performance of the season.

Northants, as I predicted yesterday afternoon, look certain to pick up 24 pts and put themselves right back in the mix.

That will put them on 156 pts - and it would have been 161 if they hadn't been docked 5 pts last week for a slow over rate. The penalty seemed a bit harsh as several other teams (including my own) are just as slow but so far this season have got away with it.

Still, it's a great achievement by Northants, a club that has so de-prioritised (is there such a word?) red ball cricket that their coach admits that all their training, practise and netting is now skewed 80:20 in favour of white ball cricket.

For the rest, Notts are effectively 88-5 in their second innings, which makes Worcs strong favourites to end tomorrow on 192 pts, just 15 pts off the division leaders.

Durham are effectively 68-2 versus Kent, which probably makes the home side favourites on a dodgy pitch on which only the admirable Northeast has looked comfortable. Having slagged off his own groundsman, it would be interesting to know what the Kent captain thinks of Durham's pitch curator!
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Excellent knocks from Joffra Archer (he really is always involved) and David Wiese (why, with 9 FC tons at 34, is he batting at 10 behind Jordan, Robinson and Archer?) give Sussex a tiny glimmer. Can Archer belt his 25-odd runs required for a FC ton tomorrow? Briggs at the other end isn't the worst number 11 going. Meanwhile Worcs have laid a good platform to beat Notts and keep it interesting at the top.
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Well all three games go into the fourth day, due to rain and bad light.

Can't see how Sussex have even a tiny glimmer, really. Northants are only going to need 130-150 n what seems to be a benign surface.

Worcs should also beat Notts comfortably. They only need 103 in the morning with 8 wkts in hand. That should be all over by lunch.

For the second match running, Northeast will be pleading with Kent's opposition to agree to buffet bowling, a declaration and a target. I'd guess Northeast will be offering Collingwood 150 more runs by lunch with Kent to chase 300 in two sessions. It will be interesting to see if Durham accept. Either way it looks headed for a draw, meaning the table tomorrow night will probably read:-

Notts 207
Worcs 192
Northants 156
Sussex 156
Kent 152

That's pretty much the end of Kent's season and will mean they will have won only one of their last eight CC games. That's a bitter disappointment and a catastrophic loss of the winning instinct after making all the early running by being victorious in their first three.

Kent's entire season seemed to be derailed by an absolute stinker of an RLC campaign in which they lost 7 out of 8. They simply never got back on track in either the T20 Blast or the CC after that...
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Weather only way I can see Sussex surviving, but it's impacted all the Division 1 games' start times. Certainly not beyond question that it could hang around enough to make a draw - or maybe even win if Northants have a T20-style chase - a possible although I don't profess to have any knowledge of the specific forecast down there.
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