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Old 7th March 2018, 15:48   #18661
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No big announcement this morning, as Notts had planned.

The feeling is that may have been announcing Ross Taylor as the overseas player, but it has had to be postponed...hope they've got a Plan B...
I was hoping it was to announce Chris Read has reversed his retirement decision.
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Old 8th March 2018, 17:34   #18662
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It is Ross Taylor

https://www.trentbridge.co.uk/news/2...as-player.html
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Old 13th March 2018, 16:50   #18663
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I know you can't tell in advance how these things will turn out, but I must say I'm very happy with that signing.
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Old 26th March 2018, 22:16   #18664
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Bad news- Moores has confirmed that Paul Coughlin will be out for 4 months.
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Old 15th April 2018, 16:37   #18665
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So the post Chris Read era is under way. I'll be happy if Moores can maintain his current 38 average
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Old 16th April 2018, 12:59   #18666
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Harry Gurney and Jake Ball
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Old 16th April 2018, 13:06   #18667
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Harry Gurney and Jake Ball
Pleased for Gurney, who I've always liked and expected more from.

What price Notts emulating Essex's feat of last season?
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Old 16th April 2018, 13:18   #18668
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A very long price. England call ups for Ball/Broad and the odd injury will scupper things IMO. Although I have been known to talk absolute rubbish and would absolutely love to see it.

Great to see Harry in the wickets.

Notts 5/3 in pursuit of 10
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What price Notts emulating Essex's feat of last season?
No chance! I reckon most of us will be happy to finish in sixth place as long as it's comfortable.
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Old 16th April 2018, 16:55   #18670
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No chance! I reckon most of us will be happy to finish in sixth place as long as it's comfortable.
Yes. A good start, for the bowlers at least. The batting remains a big concern, and the bowlers will find it much tougher later in the season. If only I could believe easier batting conditions later in the season would translate into decent totals for Notts.
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Old 16th April 2018, 17:01   #18671
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Yes. A good start, for the bowlers at least. The batting remains a big concern, and the bowlers will find it much tougher later in the season. If only I could believe easier batting conditions later in the season would translate into decent totals for Notts.
well you do play Lancs' fragile batting again before half way through May.
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Old 16th April 2018, 20:44   #18672
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No chance! I reckon most of us will be happy to finish in sixth place as long as it's comfortable.
Agree with that. Notts started with the smallest squad in Division One and perhaps the smallest squad in either division (discounting Broad there were only 13 players who had played any CC cricket, and one of those, Matt Carter, has never played a single game at Trent Bridge)
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Not getting too carried away yet. I seem to recall we won the first game of the 2016 season, and were woeful for the remainder of that season.
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Agree with that. Notts started with the smallest squad in Division One and perhaps the smallest squad in either division (discounting Broad there were only 13 players who had played any CC cricket, and one of those, Matt Carter, has never played a single game at Trent Bridge)
I really don't think the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th players in a county squad add all that much.

Last season Essex had 9 players who played 10+ matches, plus A.Cook who played 7 matches, Amir who played 3 matches when Wagner was unavailable and S. Cook who made his Championship debut in September and played the last 4 matches.

Of the rest we had 6 players playing 26 matches between them we had two batsmen averaging in the 20s, two seamers who both took 6 wickets in 3 matches at averages of 37 and 41 and two all-rounders who in 7 matches scored 105 runs and took 6 wickets between them.

They are what would be deemed replacement level players in baseball - the level of production you could get from a player that would cost you nothing but the league minimum salary to acquire - and that are more or less interchangeable with any random 2nd XI regular.

And that was your run away champions.
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Like others, I am very happy with the win but we really need to win a few games in April and May as I don't think we will win many come August and September!

Using 13 players is fine if you don't get any injuries.
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Apparently no team has ever lost four wickets in the pursuit of 10 runs to win, so it was a record breaking victory of sorts!
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Be bold, Notts folks. There may indeed be problems associated with a smaller squad and the likelihood of Test calls but this may be counterbalanced by the team's upward momentum over the last year. It's natural to feel pessimistic about one's club, of course. Having witnessed Notts' pursuit of the impossible at last season's One Day Cup semi-final, I was at Lord's to see them attempt a similarly mountainous task in the final. Surrounded by East Midlanders, as wickets tumbled, I opined that if Read could stay with Hales for another half dozen overs, they'd win the day. This was met with widespread derision but I wasn't wrong - there seemed something unshakable in Notts' belief that saw them through. Now, Read's absence appears impossible to cover but plenty of understudies have stepped up in the past. Have faith and have yourselves an enjoyable season!
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The pessimism (rightly or wrongly) comes from years of seeing Notts trying to/successfully snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Take last year's CC campaign as an example. Streets ahead after the first half of the Div 2 CC campaign, due to Pattinson blowing everybody away along with Broad, Ball, Fletcher. 2nd half was a complete nightmare. Pattinson goes back to Aus, Broad/Ball get called up, Fletcher injured, Footit injured. Add to this Lumb, Taylor, Smith retiring. They only completed promotion in the last game of the season due to Read and Root managing to find some form with the bat and Northants having a over rate 'mare at TB, meaning they were docked 5 points. Yes there was a lot of bad luck but there was also some shocking batting in the 2nd half of the season. I could provide more examples e.g. 2006 needing a point from the game to stay up and getting relegated, more top order collapses than I can care to remember, Qtr Final defeats galore....

I just think it is ingrained into Notts fans that we are only ever one ball away from a complete collapse.
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The pessimism (rightly or wrongly) comes from years of seeing Notts trying to/successfully snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Take last year's CC campaign as an example. Streets ahead after the first half of the Div 2 CC campaign, due to Pattinson blowing everybody away along with Broad, Ball, Fletcher. 2nd half was a complete nightmare. Pattinson goes back to Aus, Broad/Ball get called up, Fletcher injured, Footit injured. Add to this Lumb, Taylor, Smith retiring. They only completed promotion in the last game of the season due to Read and Root managing to find some form with the bat and Northants having a over rate 'mare at TB, meaning they were docked 5 points. Yes there was a lot of bad luck but there was also some shocking batting in the 2nd half of the season. I could provide more examples e.g. 2006 needing a point from the game to stay up and getting relegated, more top order collapses than I can care to remember, Qtr Final defeats galore....

I just think it is ingrained into Notts fans that we are only ever one ball away from a complete collapse.
It's fair enough, and I think most county fans have reasons to adopt the pessimistic attitude rather than the gung ho. But I'm sure there'll be many who'd be absolutely delighted with a couple of Championships, two one-day cups and a T20 over the past 15 years (esp from my part of the world!).
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Yes, I guess we have to grateful that we have seen silverware at TB. There aren't too many other counties that can match up our haul in recent years.
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