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Old 23rd April 2014, 18:43   #201
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Decent start for Leicestershire in a good game v Kent - Matt Boyce, Greg Smith, Angus Robson, Jigar Naik and Anthony Ireland can all feel particularly pleased with their contributions.

Now the question is if they can keep up this better level of competiveness over the season.
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Old 23rd April 2014, 21:54   #202
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Always like to see ex-England U-19 players like Greg Smith do well.

There seems to be far too many batsmen who dominate at that level, only to peter out when they start playing regularly for their counties. Northeast, Bell-Drummond, Godleman - there's probably plenty more to name. They're all at different stages of their careers, but they haven't made as big an impact as you'd expect.
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He's keeping another one in Josh Cobb out of the team.
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Leicestershire also have another ex England under 19 international in Redfern - hope he goes well this year.

Cobb was skipper in this game wasn't he?
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Old 23rd April 2014, 22:30   #205
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Leicestershire also have another ex England under 19 international in Redfern - hope he goes well this year.

Cobb was skipper in this game wasn't he?
Oops! He's keeping him from opening
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Old 23rd April 2014, 22:45   #206
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Always like to see ex-England U-19 players like Greg Smith do well.

There seems to be far too many batsmen who dominate at that level, only to peter out when they start playing regularly for their counties. Northeast, Bell-Drummond, Godleman - there's probably plenty more to name. They're all at different stages of their careers, but they haven't made as big an impact as you'd expect.
DBD is still at a very early stage - before this year, he'd only played 17 CC matches - that's barely half a season in old money. Decent start to the present campaign, though, top-scoring in three of Kent's four innings to date.
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There seems to be far too many batsmen who dominate at that level, only to peter out when they start playing regularly for their counties. Northeast, Bell-Drummond, Godleman - there's probably plenty more to name. They're all at different stages of their careers, but they haven't made as big an impact as you'd expect.
Not quite sure what the causes may be and they probably vary from one individual to another.

Most gifted young players probably find making runs relatively or even very easy when they are pitched against inferior players in their youth and stepping up to a level where they need to work for runs may be a shock.

There can also be motivational/personal factors. The reality of doing it for a living sinks in. Maybe they have come this far because it is so easy, they just slipped into it. The grind of living off it among hard-bitten pros, doing it continuously for 6 months, going through the same routines and being barked at by coaches isn't so appealing. If they are not really motivated, and perhaps even bored by it, this can cause major problems. They might even have a quite low ambition level. It wouldn't maybe bother them so much if they just packed it in and did something else.

Compare this to a lot of quite ordinary players who make it at county level because they just want it so much. They really, really really want to play professional cricket and it is their overriding ambition to do so. This means that they are probably lifting their game on a consistent basis to a higher level than a big talent who is much shorter on motivation. Consistency can also go a long way. Coaches and managers do not like players who put in very erratic performances, which is perfectly reasonable.
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Old 24th April 2014, 07:37   #208
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Decent start for Leicestershire in a good game v Kent - Matt Boyce, Greg Smith, Angus Robson, Jigar Naik and Anthony Ireland can all feel particularly pleased with their contributions.

Now the question is if they can keep up this better level of competiveness over the season.
It's a pity Leics didn't show a bit more ambition yesterday. I'm not blaming them solely, though - having made their declaration 64 runs behind yesterday, Kent should have made an attempt to increase Leics' batting tempo once it was clear that they weren't going to be bowled out. As it was, a target of 323 / 10 wickets in 42 overs was something of a mick-take for those fans who had made the effort on the last day. Many of us left at tea.

If either team seriously feels it has a chance of competing for promotion on legitimate term then, fair play. If not, why not seek to engineer a result, even this early in the season? You can't get relegated from this division.
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It's a pity Leics didn't show a bit more ambition yesterday. I'm not blaming them solely, though - having made their declaration 64 runs behind yesterday, Kent should have made an attempt to increase Leics' batting tempo once it was clear that they weren't going to be bowled out. As it was, a target of 323 / 10 wickets in 42 overs was something of a mick-take for those fans who had made the effort on the last day. Many of us left at tea.
I guess that was how the game panned out - the Leicestershire declaration was more of an afterthought. At nothing for 2 overnight, they really had work to do not to collapse and leave Kent with an easy target, so their first thought on the day was to bat until mid-afternoon, accumulating enough runs to make the game safe . Only when they had done that came a late opportunity to put Kent in and have a go at them for a few hours.
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I guess that was how the game panned out - the Leicestershire declaration was more of an afterthought. At nothing for 2 overnight, they really had work to do not to collapse and leave Kent with an easy target, so their first thought on the day was to bat until mid-afternoon, accumulating enough runs to make the game safe . Only when they had done that came a late opportunity to put Kent in and have a go at them for a few hours.
They were effectively 103 for 2 overnight and had done the business by lunchtime. After that, Leics didn't seem that interested in raising the tempo nor Kent in inducing them to.

But, I'm still pleased I went along. After all, can there be a more appropriate way to spend St George's Day than by watching cricket, dressed in a Clash t-shirt and supping real ale, all within sight of the nation's Mother church?
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But, I'm still pleased I went along. After all, can there be a more appropriate way to spend St George's Day than by watching cricket, dressed in a Clash t-shirt and supping real ale, all within sight of the nation's Mother church?
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Another good performance from Leicestershire in the draw against Glamorgan. Everyone making good contribution,s in stark contrast to last season.
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Another good performance from Leicestershire against Essex, if James Foster hadn't been there it would've been a win, things are looking good. Also, we have signed young wicket keeper/batsman Lewis Hill on a summer contract, aged 23, came through the Academy.
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Another good performance from Leicestershire against Essex, if James Foster hadn't been there it would've been a win, things are looking good. Also, we have signed young wicket keeper/batsman Lewis Hill on a summer contract, aged 23, came through the Academy.
I was there for most of the game. It was the weakest Essex team I have ever seen and any half decent team would have won comfortably. Against a very weak attack there was no urgency in the batting at all and they really let Essex of the hook. After day 2 I thought there was no way Essex would get away with a draw.
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I was there for most of the game. It was the weakest Essex team I have ever seen and any half decent team would have won comfortably. Against a very weak attack there was no urgency in the batting at all and they really let Essex of the hook. After day 2 I thought there was no way Essex would get away with a draw.
Possibly so, but we are are talking about a Leicestershire side that was anything but "half-decent" in 2013.They got 79 points from 16 games - well already in 2014 they have 34 from 3.

There have undoubtedly been much more bright periods in the three matches so far with Leicestershire being on top throughout. The bowling lacks penetration but it has nevertheless improved thanks to Shreck and a fit Ireland.

It won't be an overnight transformation but if some platform can be built where they stop being the whipping boys of the division they can progress. The next game at home to Hampshire will offer a good test.
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Possibly so, but we are are talking about a Leicestershire side that was anything but "half-decent" in 2013.They got 79 points from 16 games - well already in 2014 they have 34 from 3.

There have undoubtedly been much more bright periods in the three matches so far with Leicestershire being on top throughout. The bowling lacks penetration but it has nevertheless improved thanks to Shreck and a fit Ireland.

It won't be an overnight transformation but if some platform can be built where they stop being the whipping boys of the division they can progress. The next game at home to Hampshire will offer a good test.
The bowling was good on the first day, particularly Shreck and Buck and they have batted a lot better this season. After the position they got to and the end of the 2nd day they played very poorly on day 3. They were about 20 behind with 8 wickets left. Essex had a seam attack of Oliver Newby and another guy from club cricket who bowls about Bopara's pace to go with Panesar. At one stage while ahead they scored 48 runs in 24 overs. With the attack Essex had they were never going to get bowled out twice but there seemed to be no urgency at all.
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The bowling was good on the first day, particularly Shreck and Buck and they have batted a lot better this season. After the position they got to and the end of the 2nd day they played very poorly on day 3. They were about 20 behind with 8 wickets left. Essex had a seam attack of Oliver Newby and another guy from club cricket who bowls about Bopara's pace to go with Panesar. At one stage while ahead they scored 48 runs in 24 overs. With the attack Essex had they were never going to get bowled out twice but there seemed to be no urgency at all.
Very weak Essex side and agree with you on the urgency, especially on Day 3, we should've come out and had a look for 20 mins then got at them, but we didn't. Hampshire will be our biggest test yet as Paul has said above.

I'd like to know your thoughts on Jigar Naik, how good is he? Bowls a lot of overs, not expensive but not taking many wickets either. Bowled 30 odd overs in Essex 2nd innings, no wickets.

I'm looking forward to having Redfern back in the team soon. Scored 154 on his comeback match for the 2nds against Notts.
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Been impressed with Leicestershire so far, appears there is a lot of togetherness and determination within the group.

The lack of a bowling spearhead is proving a bit of a problem but after toils of last year they look a completely different proposition this time around and with yet more promising youngsters.

Wouldn't be shocked to see them go well in the T20 either, they look to have that greater than the sum of their parts attribute that can really make a T20 side.
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Been impressed with Leicestershire so far, appears there is a lot of togetherness and determination within the group.

The lack of a bowling spearhead is proving a bit of a problem but after toils of last year they look a completely different proposition this time around and with yet more promising youngsters.

Wouldn't be shocked to see them go well in the T20 either, they look to have that greater than the sum of their parts attribute that can really make a T20 side.
Genuinely excited with the start we made to the season, just great to see us being competitive again, we haven't had that for several years now.
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Genuinely excited with the start we made to the season, just great to see us being competitive again, we haven't had that for several years now.
Let's just hope that we can keep most of the squad together. By my reckoning there could be up to 15 players out of contract this year including squad players. We probably need to enjoy this season as much as possible.
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