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By Den Buckett
#28058
Zaib replaces Coles so the out of form batting line-up remains the same. An improved performance required to pull away from the bottom of the table.
By onemorerun
#28062
We won toss and batted. Usual performance, 99-6 when Zaib comes in. Don't expect anything else these days, I'm afraid.
By Shortlegs
#28064
The usual mediocrity from our batsmen. Either Ripley is just stubborn in continuing with a failing line-up or there really are no better options. Either case is worrying.
By onemorerun
#28068
Well done Zaib, Buck, Hutton and Sanderson - 99 for the first 6 wickets, 174 for the last four.

If fit and available, you would think Curran or Thurston was worth a try.
By HogstyEndSteelback
#28076
Well done to Saif. Good to see him perform under pressure.

As said before certainly don’t get the faith in the same failing batsmen.

In with a shout offer those two late wickets
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By Bucksman
#28098
Yes, a heartening recovery, but that top order remains a nightmare. Finally, Zaib gets another opportunity (not before time) and hopefully his spirited innings will have earned him a decent run in the team.

Now we have Sussex under the cosh at lunch, please let's finish the job efficiently and see no revival by their late order.
By Den Buckett
#28099
Our best day of the season so far!..it has been a long wait. Sussex require 380 already and we have 6 wickets left to set them a formidable target.

Positives
-great bowling from Sanderson again leading the attack brilliantly
-another good score for Vasco
-taking full control of the match with a decent batting display following on from excellent bowling

Negatives
-batsmen again getting into double figures, but not going on
-Wakely disappointing again and surely his chances have ran out now
By Den Buckett
#28101
onemorerun wrote: Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:34 pm For the seconds today, Levi scored an unbeaten 130 and Thurston got
90 odd.
Levi will be kept for the T20. Hopefully they will at least give Thurston a go instead of Wakely. He might not be good enough, but I can't see what we can lose giving him a try.
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By Bucksman
#28104
Den Buckett wrote: Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:58 pm Negatives
-batsmen again getting into double figures, but not going on

This is a key issue and now a fundamental problem throughout the First Class game more generally.

The Surrey card yesterday against Yorkshire is a classic example. 6 players scored between 28 and 24, and two others 43 and 40. Most likely, a lack of sustained concentration is the root cause, arguably a legacy of the introduction the T20 format in 2003. The cameo rules!
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By PaulTavs
#28106
Bucksman wrote: Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:50 am
Den Buckett wrote: Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:58 pm Negatives
-batsmen again getting into double figures, but not going on

This is a key issue and now a fundamental problem throughout the First Class game more generally.

The Surrey card yesterday against Yorkshire is a classic example. 6 players scored between 28 and 24, and two others 43 and 40. Most likely, a lack of sustained concentration is the root cause, arguably a legacy of the introduction the T20 format in 2003. The cameo rules!
Though looking at the County Championship averages, I see 22 players who have scored 150 or more in an innings already this season. Neither Hasan Azad or Will Beer are in that list either, both who have batted for very long periods (whole days and beyond) before being out.
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By Bucksman
#28112
Indeed, there is also the small matter of the double ton racked up by Billy Root against us at Northampton!

Admittedly, having done no in-depth analysis on the subject, it is just a perception I have that considerably more batsmen fail to capitalise on sound starts than those who go on make major, match-shaping (or winning) scores.

Another fine bowling performance would appear to be seeing us on the way to a first CC win of the season!
By Shortlegs
#28119
Well done Northants! Didn't know where the next win was coming from to be honest and to do it by such a huge margin really is encouraging. Excellent bowling from Ben Sanderson and Brett Hutton. Good batting from Vasconcelos, Zaib and Buck in particular and overall this performance offers some encouragement for the rest of the season.

Still too many mediocre batting performances though, especially Wakely, Keogh and Bavuma. Surely at least one of those must be dropped for the next match.
By Den Buckett
#28120
Shortlegs wrote: Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:17 pm Well done Northants! Didn't know where the next win was coming from to be honest and to do it by such a huge margin really is encouraging. Excellent bowling from Ben Sanderson and Brett Hutton. Good batting from Vasconcelos, Zaib and Buck in particular and overall this performance offers some encouragement for the rest of the season.

Still too many mediocre batting performances though, especially Wakely, Keogh and Bavuma. Surely at least one of those must be dropped for the next match.
Congrats to the team!

I agree that at least one of the batsmen has to go, but I wouldn't be surprised if they all get in again. There is no way Bavuma will be dropped, Keogh is seen as a 'spin option' and Wakely just gets in every time!
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