I've been quiet for a while, but lots of comments on today.
No-one who saw Carver at Taunton this summer could say he hasn't got mindset to be 1st class cricketer. He also took two crucial deep-field catches today. It doesn't do any top-level sportsman harm to learn to live with and learn from a public humiliation as well as triumph. Read Kipling's If again, if in doubt.
That Guardian article is really interesting. Among other things, the Phil Simmons comment: "In Test matches you assess by sessions; in one-day cricket you assess by overs; in T20 cricket you assess by balls,”. How true. I found myself watching the Worcester innings today caring intensely ball by ball where they were in relation to the DLS number on the main scoreboard. Partly because they started so fast off the blocks that they were well ahead when it first threatened to rain; then with great relief as our spinners came on, and in the space of one over from Rafiq, and one from Rashid, suddenly it was us ahead (and then they did stop for rain); then with astonishment and a real attack of nerves as Whiteley lofted his six sixes.
Also loved the point about specialist wicketkeepers. The game was most at risk for us today not when Whateley was whacking his sixes, but when a misfield (Leaning?) on the cover boundary let a regulation stop go for four, followed next ball by Handscomb letting 4 byes through off Rashid, a regulation keeper's take. I too wanted Hodd at that moment. The data suggests maybe we should.
Interesting that even Gale criticised Brezzie's captaincy for bringing Carver on when he did (Cricinfo commentary quotes him). I guess you can josh your brother-in-law in public like that if you have a basically good relationship, which I'm sure they have!
Anyway, Brezzie has a good defence in the argument 'the game was won by then, I wanted to give him the experience' (proof of pudding in the eating - - as if Brezzie had said to himself "even if he goes for six sixes, we'll win this game, so why not ...?"). Of course, he couldn't have imagined he would actually go for six sixes
Great to see Adil Rashid signing for hungry nine-year old autograph hunters on the boundary between overs; great to see Adam Lyth tetchily telling same eager lads 'I'll sign at the end' -- cue intense debate among nine-year olds whether this meant 'end of the match' or 'end of the over'. Carrot and stick, keep 'em on their toes, these lads will grow up wanting to come to cricket matches, like we did. Maybe (some of them) will grow beyond Twenty20, maybe not. I'd rather they came to these than not at all.
Watching Willey bat I thought Well, finally, that's what we signed him for.
Patto seems to have found how to make himself unplayable in this format, just like in proper cricket. Different technique, not sure what it is, but it sure baffled Worcestershire today, Ball after ball he was rapping them on the pads as they tried to force him away, first on the leg side, then on the off. If he's found a 'secret sauce' that works for T20 then we are really well placed, what with him and Rashid. I'm beginning to see why Adil went down such a storm in Adelaide a couple of winters ago.
Adam Lyth looked happy in his skin today. His batting and deep fielding/catching in T20 have been as thrilling to watch this year as his batting and slip catching have been disappointing in the real game.
Alex Lees must have had it written on his gloves. Great six, great clean bowled, next man in, no problem. Lyth, Lees, Leaning -- all showed they have a place in this Yorkshire set up. Winning like this at T20 must be good for morale, in danger of sagging elsewhere, and in need of a boost.
We're top of this table, and our NRR is looking good if it ends up tight.
Enjoyed it again. A lot. Really like Yorkshire winning.