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Old 7th August 2017, 20:08   #721
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Hard to recall a season when so many have been injured and unavailable so frequently. Jones,Raine,Griffiths,Chappell have all had ongoing problems. McKay has been seemingly carrying an injury too for some time. Add the 'personal problems' that have sidelined Dexter for most of the season and it's questionable if LCCC have fielded a full 4 day side all season. Having said that it doesn't disguise the weaknesses that still exist in all departments. Where next ?
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Old 8th August 2017, 00:35   #722
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I see Shahzad bowling for Leics. Is it permanent? Previously tried for 3 games in July for Northants 2nd XI
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Old 8th August 2017, 11:32   #723
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I think Leicestershire have to take a leaf out of Northants' book when it comes to rebuilding. Scout very carefully and think about what the player can bring to the team. Obviously a signing such as Raine was an example. Before anyone puts pen to paper, Leicestershire should be thinking "We have to sign this bloke".
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Old 8th August 2017, 12:36   #724
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I see Shahzad bowling for Leics. Is it permanent? Previously tried for 3 games in July for Northants 2nd XI
SkySports say:

"Former England bowler Ajmal Shahzad has joined Leicestershire after impressing while on trial with the county.

Shahzad was released by Sussex last month but has now secured a deal with their Specsavers County Championship Division Two rivals.

Leicestershire are in the midst of an injury crisis among their bowling attack - Ben Raine, Zak Chappell and Richard Jones were already missing and they have now been joined by Clint McKay and Matthew Pillans."

Options would be the loan scheme or a free agent.
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Old 20th August 2017, 18:55   #725
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Ben Raine has been a huge 'miss' in all forms of cricket this season, let's hope he comes back strong next season.
The decision to bring in Horton,Pettini and Dexter was right at the time but none has justified their signing.
It may well be time again for LCCC to back what looks like another promising group of younger players , Evans,Swindells,Chappell,,Fazackerley,Parkinson,Al i,Hill, Dearden are all in that category whilst Sayer too retains promise.
If Pilans is available he might be another 'Raine' type signing ?
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Old 27th August 2017, 15:14   #726
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Michael Carberry has joined Leicestershire on loan.

He will still be available for Hampshire next weekend for T20 finals day.

In the long-term however this may be a prelude to a permanent move.
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Old 27th August 2017, 19:46   #727
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It's an interesting one this because clearly the team still need some batting experience and haven't given up trying to find it. The 3 imports from two seasons ago, Horton,Pettini and Dexter have all underperformed.
At 36 Carberry isn't a in the first flush of youth, however let's hope he does well in his loan spell and contributes to a first Championship win of the season.
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Old 28th August 2017, 10:32   #728
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I understand Carberry has already signed a permanent deal (potentially as captain) and will be announced in due course. There is only one player officially out of contract at the end of the season, which is Clint McKay. However, given the performances in four day cricket, there will be comings and goings. Pettini is now essentially on gardening leave and I also suspect Eckersley may leave. I am absolutely certain we are looking to bring in another three players, in addition to Carberry. I don't think Pillans will be one of them.
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Old 28th August 2017, 19:58   #729
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Pilans must still be hoping to break through at Surrey I guess but nonetheless has been a good loan signing. I hope Ali gets more chances next season, for me Eckersley has had plenty of chances but isn't quite there.
I see Dexter is playing this game, be nice to think he could ' do a Stevens' with the ball !
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Old 28th August 2017, 21:21   #730
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Yes, that appears to be the case. Although Surrey are attempting to lure Morne Morkel on a Kolpak contract so they might view Pillans as a surplus if that happens? But as of two weeks ago, we were not pursuing Pillans as an option.

I reckon Eckersley is an outstanding player on his day but he seems to score the bulk of his runs on flat decks in dead rubbers - not sure I've ever watched him dig us out of a hole.
It's good to have Dexter back and I'm pleased the Club have rightly cut him more slack than Horton and Pettini. Hopefully he can 'do a Stevens', as you say, which is basically seems to be consistently putting the ball in good areas!
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Old 31st August 2017, 21:35   #731
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Sounds like someone is going to get the sack after the bust-up at Canterbury this morning.

Will it be Cosgrove - or de Bruyn?
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Sounds like someone is going to get the sack after the bust-up at Canterbury this morning.

Will it be Cosgrove - or de Bruyn?

What "bust-up"?

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Old 1st September 2017, 20:08   #733
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Cosgrove wanted to contrive a finish with Northeast involving declarations, buffet bowling and target setting, but de Bruyn vetoed it - or something like that.

A furious Cosgrove went in to bat and took a huge swipe at every ball. He hit 24 off five balls from Coles and was then out to the sixth.

Leics play West Indies at Grace Road tomorrow. Cosgrove isn't playing and de Bruyn is also on leave with second XI coach John Sadler taking charge of the side.

Whether either of them will be back when Leics play Glos next Tues, who knows. All I know is that the excellent CEO Wasim Khan has a problem to sort out and something will have to give.

From afar it looks as though the abrasive de Bruyn has been bad news from the start - look at the Angus Robson debacle.But who knows?

In many ways the biggest surprise is that the coach/captain relationship doesn't turn acrimonious more often. Pietersen v Moores was perhaps the last big one in English cricket.
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Thanks. Very interesting.
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De Bruyn 'steps down'.....

http://www.leicestershireccc.co.uk/n...shire-ccc.html
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The abrasive De Bruyn would have been the excellent CEO's choice wouldn't he?

I don't think it's a bad thing if someone ruffles feathers at a club like Leicestershire that was performing so badly. I hope he's cleared out the deadwood and a more conciliatory coach can start afresh.
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Looked like they were moving in the right direction last season but this year has been a step back on the pitch. Trouble is that several of those brought in last year - who were presumably on decent contracts and reasonably old, in sportsman's terms - are now being viewed as a part of that deadwood.
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Old 3rd September 2017, 20:13   #739
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PdeB has not seemed able to build on the good work done by Macdonald in the previous two years and as mentioned seems to have ruffled many feathers this season - not always a bad thing as also recorded above.
I don't see the ex Derbyshire caretaker twosome as the way forward. I have always wanted to see a role for a Nixon or a Maddy in the coaching set up. Whether they would be interested who knows but Leicestershire must be in both of their hearts.
NB - for what's it's worth I never felt Robson should have gone.
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Cosgrove wanted to contrive a finish with Northeast involving declarations, buffet bowling and target setting, but de Bruyn vetoed it - or something like that.

A furious Cosgrove went in to bat and took a huge swipe at every ball. He hit 24 off five balls from Coles and was then out to the sixth.

Leics play West Indies at Grace Road tomorrow. Cosgrove isn't playing and de Bruyn is also on leave with second XI coach John Sadler taking charge of the side.

Whether either of them will be back when Leics play Glos next Tues, who knows. All I know is that the excellent CEO Wasim Khan has a problem to sort out and something will have to give.

From afar it looks as though the abrasive de Bruyn has been bad news from the start - look at the Angus Robson debacle.But who knows?

In many ways the biggest surprise is that the coach/captain relationship doesn't turn acrimonious more often. Pietersen v Moores was perhaps the last big one in English cricket.
Funny how much power county coaches have these days. Surely an on field matter like that is the captains prerogative. As you say if that's the norm it's surprising there isn't a lot more agro between captains and coaches.
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