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Bubbles wrote: ↑Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:36 pm Where have the Alan Jones John Hopkins Steve James Hugh Morris Matthew Maynard type batsmen gone. Selman and Hemphrey just not good enough and should be released. Shouldn't we be tapping in to the talent that is nurtured at Cardiff MCCU under the excellent guidance of Mark O'leary. A talented coach on our doorstep with the key to open a treasure chest of cricketers who are fit keen and eager to succeed.Most MCCU players who are any good will already be on the books of a county.
Nick_Glam wrote: ↑Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:46 pm I agree in general with the comments about all rounders. I think having Labuschagne and Cooke gives us a bit more freedom for next season though...Agree about Cooke and Labuschagne and the you pick your 4 best seamers irrespective of their batting. If you get some batting that is a plus and I agree about Smith at 8 - he offers far more as a bowler than Douthwaite or Wagg plus will score some runs. The problem we have is finding those other 5 batsmen to play alongside Cooke and Labuschagne. Lloyd is one but the others are where we are struggling. We don't have 4 clear choices at the moment. Taylor can bat 6 or 7, Selman has another year and is worth continuing with and hopefully Root will gain more consistency. Then it is a question of Carlson, J Cooke, Douthwaite or Hemphrey (if retained).
We can afford to pick a batsman at number 7 and don't have to have an all rounder there. Taylor/Carlson/Friend perhaps.
And we can afford to pick a 4th seamer at number 8. Smith would probably be the best choice, but Wagg or Douthwaite wouldn't be too bad.
I think the challenge this winter will be to make signings who not only make the first team, but are star players (as we did with Hogan a few years ago). Not exactly an easy task. Selman has had a couple of decent knocks recently and has shown that he can score big in the past, but he needs to be playing with an opener who has a chance of forming a partnership with him.
glamman wrote: ↑Wed Aug 26, 2020 10:00 pmI would be bewildered if Hemphrey is retained.
Agree about Cooke and Labuschagne and the you pick your 4 best seamers irrespective of their batting. If you get some batting that is a plus and I agree about Smith at 8 - he offers far more as a bowler than Douthwaite or Wagg plus will score some runs. The problem we have is finding those other 5 batsmen to play alongside Cooke and Labuschagne. Lloyd is one but the others are where we are struggling. We don't have 4 clear choices at the moment. Taylor can bat 6 or 7, Selman has another year and is worth continuing with and hopefully Root will gain more consistency. Then it is a question of Carlson, J Cooke, Douthwaite or Hemphrey (if retained).
Bubbles wrote: ↑Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:59 pm You mentioned that a lot of the attendees at MCCU are signed up with other counties. Why don't we attend the Bunbury Under 15 festival and select a couple of the best youngsters, offer them a place at MCCU and a contract with Glamorgan. We have offered a contract to Alex Horton at a young age and get them playing senior cricket in the SWPL. We need to be far more proactive with our recruitment policy and provide an attractive future for young cricketers who want to progress in the game. Far better than signing up average Kolpak players who are past their sell by dates. Invest money at a younger level rather than paying the fat cats at the club. I do not mean to be rude but what are these people doing for their money? In my eyes, not a lot.Totally inappropriate suggestion. This isn’t football. The better players will be attached to counties, not all.
Bubbles wrote: ↑Thu Aug 27, 2020 5:40 pm Sorry Glamman you are wromg. There are plenty of players at the Bunbury festival NOT linked to counties and there is NO law to say that an ECB County board is linked to a professional cricket club. You make out as if we only have Herefordshire to pick from. It is all based on the relationship a club has with a county board and there is nothing written in stone. If all we have to choose from is Wales and Herefordshire we might as well pack up and go home. Cricket is a business with youngsters choosing where they would like to play. MCCU has one of the finest records going and a link in with us should not be out of the question. A positive attitude to how we can move forward is needed and a CAN DO policy otherwise we will become one of those 39 County Boards not a Professional cricket team.There are close links between Cardiff MCCU and Glamorgan and the real benefit is for players who are late developers and not part of county academies e.g. Mike Reed. By definition those players will not have been at the Bunbury festival. In theory a player has to gain a University place before applying to join the MCCU. Players at the Bunbury festival are in year 9 at school and a long way off deciding where they want to go to University or if they want to go to University at all.
Bubbles wrote: ↑Fri Aug 28, 2020 5:51 pm Sorry again very negative answers and providing hurdles to jump.I am not sure who you mean by “youngsters”? I assume you mean 18+ year olds not school kids which is who I am talking about. Children live where their parents live.
We must breakdown this mindset. Ask youngsters who come to Cardiff and it is up there with the best. You make us sound like an island that has been cast aside. We have lots to offer except a good cricket team!
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