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Old 13th April 2018, 13:01   #21
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Yep, breezing along at the moment with plenty of delightful cover drives. Tongue taking plenty of flak.

Looking at the videos there are a couple that have gone through slip but played deliberately into the ground with soft hands. Where was that kind of sure-footedness outside off stump over the winter?
And gone for a pretty like 74-ball 75. Who saw that one coming?!
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Old 15th April 2018, 12:44   #22
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The opening round of matches have all belonged to the bowlers so far which is probably not surprising.
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Old 15th April 2018, 12:59   #23
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The opening round of matches have all belonged to the bowlers so far which is probably not surprising.
I wrote a little blog piece last year about the joys of cricket this early in the season:

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Old 15th April 2018, 20:16   #24
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The opening round of matches have all belonged to the bowlers so far which is probably not surprising.
There have also been numerous instances of lower order resistance. It's usual for county fans to lament that their team possesses the seemingly exclusive flaw of being unable to 'finish the job'; this week demonstrates once again that it's a general feature of the modern game:

Notts 112-6 to 222ao

Hants 193-6 to 290ao, 137-6 to 244ao

Worcs 127-7 to 211ao

Warks 147-6 to 299ao

Middx 106-8 to 159ao
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Old 15th April 2018, 20:27   #25
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Notts 112-6 to 222ao
whereas Lancashire went from 149-6 to 158 ao in the same match.

Compare and contrast as they used to say
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Old 16th April 2018, 09:31   #26
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There have also been numerous instances of lower order resistance. It's usual for county fans to lament that their team possesses the seemingly exclusive flaw of being unable to 'finish the job'; this week demonstrates once again that it's a general feature of the modern game:

Notts 112-6 to 222ao

Hants 193-6 to 290ao, 137-6 to 244ao

Worcs 127-7 to 211ao

Warks 147-6 to 299ao

Middx 106-8 to 159ao
Darren Gough was talking about England's failure to knock over the tail but it's been a feature of county cricket since as long as I can remember. Perhaps English style bowlers lose their potency once the ball gets soft.
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Old 16th April 2018, 11:24   #27
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So nice to have the cricket back so we can check the scores while grabbing a cuppa. Splendid.
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Old 27th April 2018, 17:09   #28
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Just 52.1 overs possible across the eight matches today, with five games not even getting started. Grim all over, and doesn't look like it's getting much better.
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So far Durham have had 1.5 days play out of 6 although not all of that is down to the weather.
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So far Durham have had 1.5 days play out of 6 although not all of that is down to the weather.
This is one reason why I would dread there being even less matches scheduled. And I certainly wouldn't push the start of the season back - it's just pot luck, last weekend was absolutely fine.
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This is one reason why I would dread there being even less matches scheduled. And I certainly wouldn't push the start of the season back - it's just pot luck, last weekend was absolutely fine.
Well there's going to be an immediate 233% temperature jump in London from the last day of April to the first of May, so perhaps fewer games combined with a later start in the season may not be so bad...

Either way, I can't remember so many low scores in the first month of the season.
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Well there's going to be an immediate 233% temperature jump in London from the last day of April to the first of May, so perhaps fewer games combined with a later start in the season may not be so bad...
I remember in 2012 there was a March heatwave and then it got cold again almost exactly the day they walked out for the first day of the uni games.

Last year I was in Scarborough in August and it rained and rained, as it did for a summer trip to Torquay a few years back.

That is the tricky thing with the British weather - it can be nice or horrible at any time.
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Old 1st June 2018, 08:07   #34
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Some interesting graphs. Wonder what they will look like for the franchises in a couple of years time.

Proportion based at county of host ground?
Proportion based at partnership county?
Proportion of kolpak choices?
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Interesting how good Worcester are at producing home grown talent. They mentioned Northants relying on hand me downs but forget they lose all their best home produced players to bigger counties. The same is true of Leicester.
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Worcester is so close to Birmingham, they benefit from a huge centre of population and excellent League cricket. The same cannot be said for other counties such as Northants, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Notts.
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Though according to the site Worcester have a high proportion of their players born in the county. The West Midlands conurbation is outside their boundaries.
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"However, Lancashire are keen for that not to happen, believing that if he is to play for a county it should be the Red Rose.

Lancashire Cricket Club believes that there is further discussion to be had as to the next steps with a focus on the England Lions and/or a Lancashire second XI fixture, and we look forward to such conversations with the ECB over the coming days".

I think Notts and Essex won't mind at all. It's not as if it's a cc game.

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Lancashire Cricket Club believes that there is further discussion to be had as to the next steps with a focus on the England Lions and/or a Lancashire second XI fixture, and we look forward to such conversations with the ECB over the coming days".

I think Notts and Essex won't mind at all. It's not as if it's a cc game.
See comments in the Lancs thread. Not at all surprised Lancs aren't happy. But what can they do?
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Worcester is so close to Birmingham, they benefit from a huge centre of population and excellent League cricket. The same cannot be said for other counties such as Northants, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Notts.
But most of all from their links with Shrewsbury school (whose alumni include the captain), naturally. Very Salopian look to their side at the mo, led of course by Barnard and Clarke.
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