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By Countyman
#32788
Again, our old bete noire, Chris Rushworth lays bare the inadequacies of the top order, with Vasconcelos, in particular, continuing his poor run of form. It's now up to Procter and Gouldstone, sensibly restored to number 7, to try and hold the innings together.
By saintcobbler
#32789
Opposition lower order again causing us problems. We seem to have no problem in removing the top 4 or 5.
By Longsuffering
#32790
Shame that there are not the bowlers in the Northants side to take advantage of having removed the earlier batsman. It has become a feature of a number of matches this season. It is not looking good to get anything out of this game without some gritty application by the batsmen. I imagine that there will shortly be a review of the contributions made by those who will be out of contract.
By Countyman
#32791
Tom Taylor, supposedly rested for this game, quite clearly should have been playing. Novice, James Sales was pulled from the England under-19s to cover for the injured Berg, Buck et al, with the result a weakened and tiring attack was just ripe to be taken apart the by the usual 9, 10, jack on the flattest pitch imaginable - no movement, no bounce, no turn, no nothing, in effect!

There's only so much the stalwart Sanderson can do and, until we can find two or three more effective and reliable bowlers who can stay fit for the duration, it is difficult to see this pattern changing much for the better.
By Shortlegs
#32793
We've been very much second best in this one, mainly due to a huge difference in the overall quality of bowling. Durham really do have an excellent attack, but once again our own batting and bowling frailties have been exposed, especially without Taylor, as indicated above.

The one bright light has been young James Sales. He still has a way to go as a bowler, although he already looks at least a decent second change bowler. As a batsman, he really looks composed and classy, as good already as any of our other young batsmen IMO. Great to see and I can see a big future for him.
By Countyman
#32794
Shortlegs wrote: Wed Sep 15, 2021 3:48 pm
The one bright light has been young James Sales. He still has a way to go as a bowler, although he already looks at least a decent second change bowler. As a batsman, he really looks composed and classy, as good already as any of our other young batsmen IMO. Great to see and I can see a big future for him.
An object lesson to most of his supposed superiors, his assurance, composure, patience and well organised defence stood out as qualities to be admired on the day - a genuine prospect.

The dropped catch by Raine offered by the tenacious Kerrigan was also to prove a key moment in the saving of the match by the home side!
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