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Old 14th September 2017, 17:08   #421
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Fair play to Essex.

Team of the year - Essex or Notts?
Notts have been sensational this year and i've been there in person to enjoy a couple of their best moments.

But the team that wins the Championship is always Team of the Year.
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Old 14th September 2017, 17:34   #422
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Notts have been sensational this year and i've been there in person to enjoy a couple of their best moments.

But the team that wins the Championship is always Team of the Year.
Normally I'd agree, So77. But if Notts pull off the treble of RLC, T20 Blast and Div Two champs, you might have to concede a tie!

Your swapping of your Kent membership for an Essex membership this season was a very smart move. I'm glad you've had such a good season. You would have had a pretty miserable one following Kent. We had a great April and it's been down hill all the way since!
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Old 14th September 2017, 17:43   #423
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Normally I'd agree, So77. But if Notts pull off the treble of RLC, T20 Blast and Div Two champs, you might have to concede a tie!

Your swapping of your Kent membership for an Essex membership this season was a very smart move. I'm glad you've had such a good season. You would have had a pretty miserable one following Kent. We had a great April and it's been down hill all the way since!
Don't you mean RLC, T20 Blast and 9th in the Championship?

I actually joined Essex early last season when I used an out of date Kent card to obtain the reciprocal rate - i wasn't actually challenged but noted that they'd started writing down card details. It was all down to cost and also my physical abilities...I reasoned that I'd be making less trips down to Canterbury and more to Chelmsford. Not for one moment did i expect to be a member of the Champion county eighteen months later.
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Old 15th September 2017, 10:20   #424
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Fingers crossed for weather.

I just checked averages and Somerset's best batsman in this match sits just below jack brooks in the averages in position 45. Goodness me. Conversely we have 4 of the top 12 in the bowling averages (who have ten wickets) plus comfortably the leading English spinner in wickets in leach with 40 at 27.

FYI crane has 16 at 40 and rashid 10 at 50. Dawson has 27 at 26.
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Old 15th September 2017, 10:27   #425
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Fingers crossed for weather.

I just checked averages and Somerset's best batsman in this match sits just below jack brooks in the averages in position 45. Goodness me. Conversely we have 4 of the top 12 in the bowling averages (who have ten wickets) plus comfortably the leading English spinner in wickets in leach with 40 at 27.

FYI crane has 16 at 40 and rashid 10 at 50. Dawson has 27 at 26.
As a Kent supporter I have no personal stake in this, but I can't see why Crane is being fast-tracked ahead of Leach (or Bess). Hope it's not which country he plays for...
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Old 15th September 2017, 11:03   #426
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As a Kent supporter I have no personal stake in this, but I can't see why Crane is being fast-tracked ahead of Leach (or Bess). Hope it's not which country he plays for...
Don't know why either.

Crane 6 games 16 wickets at 40.31 econ 3.58 s/r 67.5
Bess 7 games 32 wickets at 20.90 econ 3.05 s/r 41.0

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Old 15th September 2017, 11:31   #427
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Don't you mean RLC, T20 Blast and 9th in the Championship?
We agree on many things but I can't go along with this "9th in the Championship" thing.

For better or worse, it's now a two division competition. So Notts will win the 2nd Division title, not finish 9th. No-one says that a club winning a lower division title in football actually finished 43rd or something...

Anyway, more to the point, well done Essex and I'll hopefully see you in Chelmsford to celebrate soon.
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How many teams who have won the title one year and have gone down the next year? I am thinking of Middx here who might go down.
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Old 15th September 2017, 13:14   #429
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Well done Essex. Brilliant. Fantastic. A draw first up and then being bowled out for 129 to give up 80 runs first innings before winning by 8 wickets and never looking back.

What a job silverwood has done. Grayson in.
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How many teams who have won the title one year and have gone down the next year? I am thinking of Middx here who might go down.
Certainly Lancs in 2011 then 2012. Yorks champions in 2001 and bottom in 2002. Notts champions in 2005, relegated 2006.
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What an effort by Essex. Some very dodgy predictions here!

http://www.cricket247.org/community/...ad.php?t=22641
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What an effort by Essex. Some very dodgy predictions here!

http://www.cricket247.org/community/...ad.php?t=22641
Oh dear. Good for Essex.
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Certainly Lancs in 2011 then 2012. Yorks champions in 2001 and bottom in 2002. Notts champions in 2005, relegated 2006.
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The east bank of the River Lea is so much greener than that on the other (Middlesex) side!
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Well done Essex, deservedly champions.
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Old 15th September 2017, 15:38   #436
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Well done Essex, deservedly champions.
Yes it's been an excellent performance all season, by far the best team.
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Old 15th September 2017, 18:07   #437
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Speaking to my Essex spectating buddy last night, we both found it difficult to imagine us watching Essex conceding a hefty first innings lead in the opener v Lancs and then being flayed to all parts of Lord's by Gubbins and Robson a fortnight later. But they hinted at immense character in drawing both those games and also, as Sir Virgs notes, coming from behind to win at Taunton in the intervening fixture.

I commented in an earlier post that Essex have won twice as many games as the next side, with so many of those wins being emphatic. It's also remarkable that some of those huge wins were achieved in games where at least an entire day was lost to weather (the South copped it much worse than normal this term).

Porter was immense. This season, he was required to not only step up his act to Div One standard but also to fill the void left by the retirements of Masters and Napier. It's not just the tally of wickets that has impressed, it's which wickets he took; like Bicknell, Saggers and Sidebottom before him, he possesses the invaluable knack of constantly whipping out one or two top order bats in his opening spell. Harmer's contribution was similarly vital. Kudos to Essex for signing an overseas spinner for a whole season rather than expecting miracles from a month long contract. Harmy took a fair bit of stick in those difficult opening games but, all the time, he was honing his craft on English wickets; by the time flaming June had baked the Chelmsford pitches, he was in the groove to create havoc. Cheers too to the overseas leftie seamers - Wagner, who won me over with his big-hearted efforts and Amir who, as expected, won one game virtually on his own.

It was a giant bonus to have Cook available for much of the campaign, not merely for all those runs but for the effect he has on the side. He loves playing for Essex. After all his glorious record-breaking feats, his Ashes triumphs and successes in India and SA, it's wonderful that he finally has his hands on the really big one. All of the other batsmen stood up at one time or another. Lawrence produced some gutsy innings beyond his tender years early in the season while Westley tons against Hants & Surrey helped to establish Essex at the top of the table. Bopara made only a solitary century but a crucial one which first wrested the home game from Warks then broke their backs, in concert with Foster's own delightful hundred on recall. Fos is still at least as good a keeper as any on the circuit while his batting remains sadly under-rated. I hope his club's success will encourage him to defer his retirement a little longer. Chopra put in some useful efforts, not least the 98 against his former club in the game just gone, and if Wheater had a disappointing summer with the bat, he did at least contribute a crucial 88 in the low scoring home win over Somerset.

And Tendo, undemonstrative, supportive, always saving his best efforts for when the side really needed them. Still one of the game's best thrower down of stumps as well.

Of course, I'd be even happier if I was writing these words about my birth county of Kent. But I've been watching Essex more and more regularly in the fifteen years since I moved here so have no qualms about sharing in the joy. This really has been the best season ever.
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That's a lovely write-up, So77. I'm so glad Essex won - the best thing to happen in the CC since Kent last won it!

Although Essex are greedy buggers: this is the seventh time they've won the CC since Kent's last taste of being champions 39 years ago...

You rightly mentioned Harmer, but Wagner and Mohammed Amir did well, too.

When it comes to overseas signings I've come to the conclusion that it's not just about finding the right players. Just as important is the drerssing room culture into which they step.

I've got a feeling that if Kent had signed Harmer, Amir and Wagner, they would have flopped in Kent's downtempo culture - and conversely, if Essex had signed Yasir Shah, Milmne and Neesham they would have proved match-winners under the Tendo/Silverwood/Irani regime of positivity.

it's a totally unscientific concept but it seems that at this exalted level of the game where one should be able to take the highest skill levels for granted , what makes the difference between over-performing and under-performing is setting the right 'mood music'.

Silverwood clearly has the Midas touch and Grayson had it in reverse. Jason Gillespie has it (hence Kent's great April) but Matt Walker- who was part of the under-performing Grayson regime at Essex - does not. And don't even get me started on the catastrophically misguided appointment of Adams.

The other thing is that the retirement of Napier and Masters may actually have benefited Essex , in that it opened up opportunities for the likes of Porter.

Both Napier and Masters were great players but ultimately perhaps they ended up holding Essex back. Another example : my guess is that the Warwicks revival won't happen until Bell and Trott have gone.

Anyway, I'm rambling. Well done Essex. I love everything about their success, apart from the chairman's neanderthal attitude towards the changes coming up which are the only thing that is going to save four day cricket as a full-time professional sport.
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Thanks, WAK. Essex now move level with Warks on 7 Championship titles (although, of course, you & I know that Kent's 6 + 1 shared is morally 7). It's also Essex's first Championship triumph without Goochie Gooch in the side.

All eyes now turn to the relegation scrap. I've nothing against any of the individual clubs involved, but it would amuse me if two TMG clubs drop down after a non-TMG county has won the title.
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Well done Essex. So many home grown players.
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