temporary wrote: gmdf wrote: ↑
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:04 am
To sack Matt Walker after just one year in charge would be a panic measure, and quite uncalled for. Given Alan Donald's arrival early next year, I would want to see the 'Walker-Donald' axis given time to show what they can get out of the players.
And, as far as the players are concerned, I disagree 100% with your comment that the team is a "bunch of has beens, never will bes" (sic).
In Northeast, Bell-Drummond, Billings & Dickson see players who are all improving and can still build on good records in first team cricket. In Denly we have a player at the peak of his career - which will, we hope, last for a few seasons. In Stevens we are witnessing the wonderful 'Indian Summer' of a fine county player. And Qayyum & Crawley have made promising starts to their careers, with the promise of more to come.
But there is a problem with the bowling, which is clear to all supporters (and, based on the replies given at club forums, to the club and coaching staff too). At least one of Hunn, Haggett, Thomas and Stewart needs to force themselves into automatic selection for the 1st team. In addition we need a couple of signings of fast bowlers. Hopefully the bowling attack as a whole will gain from Alan Donald's expertise next season.
Well you haven't disagreed 100% as you agree the bowling is a problem. What you have done (as frequently in the past) is deliver a few counter examples which do not hide the overall picture. The overall picture (clear both statistically and from being a personal observer of its uselessness) is that last season's team was the second worst in the country. Also your only counter example I would fully agree with is Denly. Admittedly I'm primarily talking about white ball which is what I paid to see but Northeast and Bell Drummond didn't really shine and frankly Billings often played like a clown. And not wanting to detract from his fine history but Stevens appeared to be finally on the wane. And the others are unproven - they may do well but that would be an exception to the long string of past "promising" players who rarely delivered long term. In my opinion retaining Walker would just represent complacency spreading up from him to the club management. Anyway I don't suppose it really matters any more as I'm kicking them into touch next year and going to polo instead.
'Polo'? Isn't that a mint with a hole, not a sport?
As regards the bowling, I don't think a single supporter I've met or spoken to would disagree that the bowling has needed improvement. Certainly it has been brought up at virtually every club forum I've attended for probably 3 or 4 seasons. Yet this season we saw Parnell, Harris, Yasir Shah and Milne all playing for Kent - I suspect we'd have all settled for them making some appearances if offered it last March. Sadly, Stevens apart, the other regular bowlers did not produce statistics that they will be proud of, especially the (now departing) Matt Coles.
I watched all three competitions, and whilst we under performed in the 50 over game, in T20 we were still in with a chance of qualifying when we came to play the last game, despite our indifferent and patchy form. At that point, in the second half of August, we were still in with a chance of winning the T20 and gaining promotion to Div 1 of the CC. Does that make us the 'second worst' team in the country? Well, you can think that if you wish - I can only see it as a ludicrous exaggeration.
Still, I hope you enjoy your mint flavoured sport next year. I can guarantee you won't bump into me there.
NB I guess your choice of moniker on this site, 'Temporary', was well chosen. No true cricket fan would react as you claim to be doing....