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Old 27th August 2012, 12:41   #81
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Does anyone know if Grace Road is a decent drainer? I'm aware that a new system was installed around the turn of the century but this alone doesn't tell me much. I'm musing over taking a trip up there on Tuesday - the forecast for that day looks fair but I'm worried about the overnight downpours...don't want to spend a sizeable amount of travelling dosh and a priceless day's leave just for the umpires to faff about with "damp run ups" for two or three hours.
Dunno, but it's a classic "olden days" ground. When I was there there was a great bookshop/stall in the thing that looks like a Nissan hut, selling Cricketer magazines from the 1970s.

Great lunches as well.

There'll probably be around 100 people there, who all wear fixed expressions of utter resignation.
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Dunno, but it's a classic "olden days" ground. When I was there there was a great bookshop/stall in the thing that looks like a Nissan hut, selling Cricketer magazines from the 1970s.

Great lunches as well.

There'll probably be around 100 people there, who all wear fixed expressions of utter resignation.
Cheers, Paul.

I'm trying to convince myself that it'll be worth the trip but I don't like the amount of rain forecast for the night/early hours. I've already had one frustrating 'not raining' day this year, hanging about for over 4 hours because "the bowlers' run ups are damp" (err...then don't take a run up/bowl the spinners??).

And it's a 12:00pm start too, which compromises the day a bit. The long-term forecast for the South East is for some pretty good weather at the start of Sept so, I think it's likely I'll keep my powder dry for then.
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I'm trying to convince myself that it'll be worth the trip but I don't like the amount of rain forecast for the night/early hours. I've already had one frustrating 'not raining' day this year, hanging about for over 4 hours because "the bowlers' run ups are damp" (err...then don't take a run up/bowl the spinners??).

And it's a 12:00pm start too, which compromises the day a bit. The long-term forecast for the South East is for some pretty good weather at the start of Sept so, I think it's likely I'll keep my powder dry for then.
It's a dilemma with which I'm all too familiar myself. I did the middle two days of Leics v Surrey two years ago almost to the week. Play had been uninterrupted until around 2.30pm on day 2 (i.e. the first of my days) by which time Surrey had scored around 480 in thier first innings with Leics making a good start in reply. It rained continuously for the rest of that day and all the following day. (Apparently no players even travelled to the ground on day 3.) On the final day (by which time I'd returned home) the umpires (Messrs Bainton & Holder) deemed conditions unplayable, but the captains (Hoggard & Hamilton-Brown) prevailed upon them to get started. Leics were desperate for a win to sustain an outside chance of promotion while Surrey had nothing else to play for. After a declaration and a forfeiture Leics were left to chase something like 350 in five hours and there was an exciting finish as a late collapse left them just short with two wickets standing.

Obviously that was a final day and people might not be quite so determined to get started on day 1, and it appears there was a fair amount of co-operation and flexibility between the captains and umpires. However, there can't possibly be any more rain than in the space of 36 hours than on that particular occasion, and they managed to play the following day when the will was there to do so.
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Old 31st August 2012, 11:44   #84
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Michael Thornley, Rob Taylor and James Sykes have signed two year deals and Angus Robson and Ollie Freckingham have agreed one year contracts.
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Michael Thornley, Rob Taylor and James Sykes have signed two year deals and Angus Robson and Ollie Freckingham have agreed one year contracts.
Good news for them. I am particularly pleased for Thornely following his unfortunate release by Sussex.
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Old 4th September 2012, 09:15   #86
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Excellent news at Leicestershire as Matt Boyce has signed a new 2 year contract.
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I read a post on Leicestershire's message board bemoaning the signing of Robbie Williams and others.

First of all, Leicestershire have got to play "Moneyket" (with hardly any money) to try and get results. Their budget is so very limited, and I think they have played the right strategy by signing a crop of players who may be unproven but have the potential to do something.

Williams reminds me a bit of my old friend Tim Linley in that he has got to his mid-20s but he has had very little chance to show what he can do at First Class level, though he took a five-fer on his debut. He has played a lot - a hell of a lot - of 2nd XI cricket for Middlesex, who evidently thought enough of him to keep him this long despite being too far down the pecking order to get any real chances. His 2nd XI performances have been consistently very good.

It's going to be very interesting to see how he gets along now he will almost certainly be given a proper chance.

Ollie Freckingham is a bit more of a gamble, as despite being involved with Leicestershire's age group sides, he didn't play much 2nd XI cricket until this year, so is really a recruit from club cricket. These sort of signings don't always work (Iain Wardlaw), but they also can (Jack Brooks, well okay he came through Minor Counties) so we'll just have to wait and see.

Angus Robson looks a particularly clever signing, particularly if he's got anything like the talent of his older brother.

All-in-all, I do not think things look so bleak now for Leicestershire. They steadied the ship in the CC last season and have a very enthusiastic set of young players.

If they're to really challenge, they need the likes of Boyce, Thornley and Eckersley - plus of course the immense prospect Shiv Thakor - to be hitting the 1,000 run mark and for Sarwan to really farm the runs as well.

Wayne White has developed into a very decent all-rounder.

On the bowling side, if some of the new recruits prove up to it with Hoggard and Henderson lifting themselves for one more season and Jigar Naik is back regularly, I believe they could be the surprise side of 2013.

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Ollie Freckingham is bloody good bowler played against him 3 times this year in the Everards Prem and cup. He certainly has decent pace and bowls quite aggressively, I thought he was a better bowler than Wayne White after facing them both. I cannot praise Shiv any higher, for his age he shows so much maturity with the bat and was probably the main reason why we didn't finish bottom.
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Thanks a lot for the first-hand info SMX11FOX, much appreciated.

So next year's initial line-up could look something like

Thornley
Smith/Robson
Eckersley (wk)
Sarwan
Cobb
Boyce
Thakor
White
Naik/Henderson
Williams
Hoggard (c)

...with Freckingham, Buck and Wyatt also all competing for a seamer's place. If they want to play another bowler than Smith/Robson step aside and someone (not sure who) would push up to No 2.
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I think it will be something like:

Thornley
Smith
Sarwan
Cobb
Boyce
Thakor
O'Brien (wk) if he signs
White
Henderson/Naik
Buck
Hoggard


I guess Boyce can be put into an opening slot again but he has flourished in the middle order. Not sure what the management will do with all the 'left field' signings I guess they will give competition to those who haven't performed as expected and hopefully a gem can be found amongst them. I think it is important that we make the signing of someone like O'Brien as Eckersley is certainly a reluctant keeper and is good enough to be a batsmen in his own right.
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Joseph has been released - but think Boyce has siged a new deal
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I guess Boyce can be put into an opening slot again but he has flourished in the middle order. Not sure what the management will do with all the 'left field' signings I guess they will give competition to those who haven't performed as expected and hopefully a gem can be found amongst them. I think it is important that we make the signing of someone like O'Brien as Eckersley is certainly a reluctant keeper and is good enough to be a batsmen in his own right.
That's interesting. Well, at the moment he is the only senior keeper at the club now Dixey has left. Last year they used someone called Lewis Hill in the 2nd XI, who has played for Unicorns.

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That's right - 2 years.
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That's interesting. Well, at the moment he is the only senior keeper at the club now Dixey has left. Last year they used someone called Lewis Hill in the 2nd XI, who has played for Unicorns.



That's right - 2 years.
I played with Lewis in Leicestershires age group cricket, I would say he is a batsmen first and someone who can use the gloves and I wouldn't think he would consider himself as a keeper. I think the management have identified that a keeper is an area to invest in.
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I played with Lewis in Leicestershires age group cricket, I would say he is a batsmen first and someone who can use the gloves and I wouldn't think he would consider himself as a keeper. I think the management have identified that a keeper is an area to invest in.
Thanks for that.

They also used Jonathon Kettle earlier in the season and gave a debut to James/Jamie Middleton, 18.

It's become a bit tricky with keepers as gone are the days when a county would employ a keeper to merrily be the 2nd XI keeper - i.e. a reserve - sometimes for almost an entire career.
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Looks as if Niall O’Brien is set to be the answer here, which would allow Eckersley to concentrate on his batting.

That should complete the squad for next season.
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LCCC, Leicester Riders and Leicester College discussing the possibility of building a multi purpose sports arena at Grace Road, somewhere near the indoor school. Not exactly sure what this could mean for LCCC but I guess they can sell the land for much needed $$$$$$
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I read a post on Leicestershire's message board bemoaning the signing of Robbie Williams and others.

Williams reminds me a bit of my old friend Tim Linley in that he has got to his mid-20s but he has had very little chance to show what he can do at First Class level, though he took a five-fer on his debut. He has played a lot - a hell of a lot - of 2nd XI cricket for Middlesex, who evidently thought enough of him to keep him this long despite being too far down the pecking order to get any real chances. His 2nd XI performances have been consistently very good.

It's going to be very interesting to see how he gets along now he will almost certainly be given a proper chance.
I also think it is a good signing. Williams has got pace and is rated by some good judges.

But I don't agree that he's played a hell of a lot of 2nd XI cricket for Middlesex. Over 8 seasons he has only appeared in 33 2nd XI championship games. His record of 83 wickets at an average of 31.2, whilst steady, is not quite as good as you suggest either. The reason for the former has been a couple of significant injuries - I think he has had two long layoffs with stress fractures.

But I think it is a good signing nevertheless, and if he does as well for Leics as Linley has for Surrey then it will be the signing of the winter!
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He looked a decent player/prospect a couple of seasons ago but seemed to disappear. Presumably a victim of the emergence of Finn and injuries.
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O'Brien signs.
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Nixon-lite.

Decent signing tho.
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