- Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:56 am
I agree with both of those comments. Fielding woes summed up by the way Prasanna took a catch then walked backwards over the boundary, giving away a six. No replays of course but my impression at the time wasn't that he was pushed off balance by the ball but simply that he didn't know where the boundary was. Looked amateurish.
Gleeson got flayed in his second over, but otherwise did show what we've been missing.
Several times, opponents' overseas players have proved to be different class. Ours are just ordinary, and our opponents know it. Prasanna has never looked like a match winner, and Kleinveldt I fear is past his best. Same applies to Crook, and White too cannot be around next year. He is keeping Zaib out of the team.
Coetzer hasn't worked out. Six runs in two innings and one over for 19. Depriving Procter of a chance.
Much of the crowd last night wasn't even annoyed by our performance, they were just laughing at it. For members and life members to have just given upon the present team is something the club needs to address.
Ripley can't be blamed for us losing Willey and Stone, and his recruits have looked good on paper, but he does need to get a grip and maybe gamble on youth - Zaib, Durston?
Comments have focused on bowling but batting not great either. Batting coach Sales is either being ignored by players, or has nothing to add. Sorry, his appointment looked uninspired and so it has proved.
Final thought - we raised a million last year and used it largely to pay off debt. That's good but not getting a Guptill or a Dan Christian is starting to look like a false economy.