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Re: middlesex

September 21 2016, 10:12 PM 

I'm not sure 350 is as far away as we think. If every player went out to just get their average tomorrow (Bressy and Rafiq starting from 0 again), we'd almost be there. Of corse the conditions and strength of opposition etc play a part. Our chances rely on:

A) Tim and Azeem hanging around for a while yet,.
B) Tim being the one that sticks around until he runs out of partners.

If it comes down to the run rate surely Brooks will come out before Patto?

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Re: middlesex

September 21 2016, 10:31 PM 

The triumph of hope against reason - why we all love sport !

It is causing me to take a day off work tomorrow. Got to be done.

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Re: middlesex

September 21 2016, 10:47 PM 

We've scored at a fairly good rate so far so hopefully speed of runs shouldn't be an issue, we've gone at 3.4 and need 2.8 from here. Hopefully that means they can have a steady start without too many risks needed, 40 off the first 20 overs would be fine if we don't lose any wickets, that would still only leave us needing 75 off 21. Having said all that I just can't see us getting there before we run out of wickets, if we needed 300 and the win id be very confident.

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Re: middlesex

September 21 2016, 11:33 PM 

As so often, the first hour in the morning will be crucial... If we're still 6 or 7 down at 11.30, game on; any more and I think that's season over.

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Re: middlesex

September 22 2016, 8:26 AM 

The morning session will indeed be a crucial period. The romantic in me says that we can achieve the impossible, but the realist is all too aware of our higher order batting frailties, particularly in pressured situations. Whatever happens in this match, there are certainly a number of areas that need addressing for next season.

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Re: middlesex

September 22 2016, 8:36 AM 

Yes we have problems to address....

But so will Durham without Borthwick Stoneman and possibly Jennings whilst Wor Colly is older than Siddy.

So will Lancashire whatever division they are in if Hameed does well with England as their team this year has hardly pulled up trees.

So will Notts in div 2 under Moores and with a frail batting order with too many players being selected on reputation rather than form. Lumb, Read Patel...

So will Somerset if Rogers retires and Tres does not go on forever although their bowlers look strong.

So will Hampshire if they want to compete in div 1.

Worryingly both Surrey and Middlesex seem well placed to do well for the next five years though.

Yes we have issues to address but others do too

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Re: middlesex

September 22 2016, 9:40 AM 

From the Cricinfo report (from GB).

".....It will probably be no consolation to any of the sides that fall short - and truly, all three deserve better than disappointment - but the quality and intensity of this encounter reflects wonderfully well on English cricket. Perhaps familiarity has invited a certain complacency (if not contempt) to England's first-class competition but if we still value developing Test players we will tinker no further with this great competition. The 9000 or so spectators who have attended over the first two days know this already; it's a shame not all those inhabiting the ECB offices just beside the Nursery Ground share their enthusiasm......"

This para. should be cut out and nailed to the ECB offices door.

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Re: middlesex

September 22 2016, 10:37 AM 

Third umpire, I am referring to the champions not the teams you have highlighted, slightly bizarre rant.

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Dropped catch

September 22 2016, 10:52 AM 

Thank you Compton.

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Re: Dropped catch

September 22 2016, 10:56 AM 

Ladypilot, why not flyn over to the Day 3 thread?

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Re: Dropped catch

September 22 2016, 11:03 AM 

Sorry if you think it's a bizarre rant Jay. It's to highlight two things.

First others have problems to solve too and not just us.

Second any player looking to move will be in demand as other teams having gaping holes to fill too!

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