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Old 4th September 2012, 21:35   #221
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Kent v Glamorgan, 1993:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoOsa_DPhK0

There's some other stuff from 2001 from the same user.
Great stuff, Paul. I just spotted my comrades and I in the Woolley Stand. I think I smoked my way through 30 B&H that afternoon.

That 'no ball' not out for Richards was a travesty but, what the hell, respect to the man. 41 years of age, coming in to face the fastest spell of bowling seen in England that season and still declined to wear a lid. And won the match. Still and forever the Number One.
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Old 4th September 2012, 21:54   #222
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Kent have just retained the Womens County Championship...their 5th triumph in 7 seasons. Putting the fellas to shame, gals.
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Old 13th September 2012, 15:46   #223
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Kent have blown it for the season. Not bad but not quite good enough.
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Old 13th September 2012, 20:49   #224
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Any contract news?
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Old 13th September 2012, 22:05   #225
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Can I repeat my question from the Division 2 thread.

What happened to Kent? They are the only team who looked like beating Yorkshire in Yorkshire who were saved by bad weather. I expected Kent to walk Division 2.
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Old 14th September 2012, 11:08   #226
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Can I repeat my question from the Division 2 thread.

What happened to Kent? They are the only team who looked like beating Yorkshire in Yorkshire who were saved by bad weather. I expected Kent to walk Division 2.
I think their downfall was signing Ben Harmison.
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Old 14th September 2012, 11:15   #227
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I think their downfall was signing Ben Harmison.
Playing Newman ahea of Northeast wasn't clever either.
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Old 14th September 2012, 12:27   #228
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Playing Newman ahea of Northeast wasn't clever either.
Dunno...Northeast wasn't far off not being offered a new contract last season so, maybe his spell in the second eleven concentrated his mind perfectly?

With regard to Harmison's signing, it sure does look a stinker now...but overall, the new acquisitions (Nash, Powell, Davies, Shreck) were successful, expecially in the context of last year's performances. But it's all seem a bit short term to me....how many of those players will be around in a couple of years' time? They might have raised the team's effectiveness this season but you have to doubt how they're going to help in building a durable side for the future.
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Old 21st September 2012, 02:01   #229
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I think their downfall was signing Ben Harmison.
Somewhat surprisingly they've offered him an extended contract though, along with the majority of their squad it seems. Surely they'd be better off leaving a slot for the likes of Bell-Drummond, Billings, Blake, it's not like the rest of their batting lacks experience...
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Old 21st September 2012, 09:04   #230
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Yes, looks like that's all wrapped up then - they're going into next season with the same squad.
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Somewhat surprisingly they've offered him an extended contract though, along with the majority of their squad it seems. Surely they'd be better off leaving a slot for the likes of Bell-Drummond, Billings, Blake, it's not like the rest of their batting lacks experience...
Yes, agreed. I hope they've remembered the Dexter case, re what happens when you don't give an ambitious young batsmen sufficient opportunities.
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How on earth has Harmison got a new deal?????
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How on earth has Harmison got a new deal?????
All sorts of things can contribute to this.

Fans tend to look at the stats, and these matter. But at the club itself it's a job like any other. Personality, commitment, attitude, being likeable (or otherwise, think KP) can all tick big boxes. It DOES make a difference.

He also made a couple of recent tons for the seconds, and having decided to invest in him, they maybe thought "why not another year?" And if there is a good spirit among the players they may have thought it beneficial to retain the whole gang, especially if he is someone who puts a smile on people's faces.
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Nothing to do with his big brother being one of Rob Key's bezzie mates then?
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Old 22nd September 2012, 17:44   #235
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Well I could be a good lad in the dressing room, very enthusiastic and committed. Not good enough to warrant a place in the team but who cares?
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I don't know if Adams was involved in the signing of Harmison but, if he was, then - again, as with other jobs - it's unlikely that he'd want to admit after one season that he'd made a mistake. Bosses rarely ever do.

I've actually seen Harmison bat on a couple of occasions this season and he looked pretty good. Tight defence, some pleasant shots, put some runs on the board and then got out. This was apparently his problem at Durham - making starts but failing to convert them into something substantial. Maybe Adams (one of cricket's great 'head down, stay in' merchants) hopes he can tutor the chap into maintaining his focus for longer. There may still be a decent county bat within.

And, as Paul says, he made runs for the seconds which helped them win the Championship so, that may have tipped the balance in his favour.
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If he turns into that kind of player Kent'll surely have the most boring top 3 in county cricket with Harmison alongside Northeast and Key (SR in 2012 <40 iirc)...
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If he turns into that kind of player Kent'll surely have the most boring top 3 in county cricket with Harmison alongside Northeast and Key (SR in 2012 <40 iirc)...
Suits me - I was brought up on those kind of strike rates. I'd rather have Kent 280-3 at stumps on Day One than 250 all out at tea.
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Kent seem to have done something right this year. Hopeless in 2011 in the Championship; almost promoted this year but for Robert Croft's last hurrah.

First season under a new coach; loads of new players. I'd be looking to build on that, not rip it up and start again. Even bit players who didn't seem to make much contribution this year might do better next time.

If Harmison was released who else could come in to replace him and be likely to do better?
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If Harmison was released who else could come in to replace him and be likely to do better?
Bell-Drummond, Billings and Blake would all do better than Harmison.
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