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By Bucksman
#29793
The visitors win the toss, as they would!

Glover, Muzarabani and Berg, included in the side, have the opportunity to make an impression on the first morning...
By Shortlegs
#29794
Excellent start, especially from Glover. Interested to see what Muzarabani can do, having played so little last season. Does anyone know what's wrong with Hutton?

A bit disappointed to see Zaib not included as the spinner. I think he did enough last year to know he can bat, despite his pair against Warwickshire this week. I don't think he's been given enough bowling time to know what he can do in that department. Surely that's what we need to find out to know whether he's worth perservering with.
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By Bucksman
#29801
Great stuff... and especially by Ben Sanderson who had a relatively quiet game at Edgbaston.

Almost inevitably, Zaib was left out, merely continuing the the in-out nature of his career overs the years. Hutton, apparently, is still to regain full match fitness!

Last wicket stand with Brooks, not surprisingly, giving it the long handle!
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By Bucksman
#29804
Hmm, last wicket stand of 52, and we slip to 53-4. Not what we wanted to see! Awkward pitch?
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By Bucksman
#29808
Ahem, 67 all out! That last wicket partnership has now been put into its true perspective. It looks as though batting points are going to be difficult to come by for us. C. Overton is definitely the man in form at present.

Somerset now 1-1. The pitch a seamer's best friend by the look of things!
By onemorerun
#29809
Curran's 35 was over half the total, which is a rare achievement (by comparison, Lamby did it only twice in his career).

From just before Vasconcelos's runout, we got 21-9 in about 17 overs. Going by the streaming and the commentary, rabbits in headlights come to mind. It was good bowling but our batsmen seemed out of their depth.

Going back to that last wicket stand, with number 11 coming to the crease, Sanderson was taken out of the attack. He was probably exhausted on a hot day, but at least one extra over might have made a difference.
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By Bucksman
#29812
onemorerun wrote: Sat Aug 08, 2020 6:53 pm Curran's 35 was over half the total, which is a rare achievement (by comparison, Lamby did it only twice in his career).
And as the only bat to reach double figures, such scorecards do have a certain statistical curiosity, but is unlikely to be one he'll be itching to show his grandchildren!

It was a very poor effort, considering that Thurston, Rossington and Proctor, in particular, were in the runs only fours days ago.
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By Bucksman
#29813
For the record, the County's previous lowest score against Somerset was 95 at Bath in 1913 !!
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By Bucksman
#29816
Clearly, the only way to score runs on this pitch is all out attack!
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By Bucksman
#29821
Any comments from all you Northants followers out there?

At least it wasn't a Division One game, but is it a foretaste of things to come??
By onemorerun
#29822
Bucksman wrote:Any comments from all you Northants followers out there?

At least it wasn't a Division One game, but is it a foretaste of things to come??
I think it will be, if we don't get some decent batsmen for next season.

The bowlers allowed tailenders to get runs in both innings, but that's not where we lost the match. Our first innings was awful, and much of the second not much better.
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By Bucksman
#29824
Keogh is clearly feeling the pressure as the senior representative of this rookie top order, not to mention the burden of responsibility as the side's only 'experienced' spinner.
By onemorerun
#29826
Bucksman wrote: Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:38 pm Keogh ... the side's only 'experienced' spinner.
Shouldn't the quotation marks have been around the word "spinner"?

Very few of our players seem good enough, or potentially good enough, for Division One. Vasconcelos, Rossington and Sanderson definitely. Possibly Thurston, Buck, Hutton and Glover. Less sure about anyone else. The seam department is ok, but if you've only got two or three average Division One standard batsmen, you will struggle.
By onemorerun
#29827
Players not used in the first two matches -

Wakely, Cobb, Levi, Graeme White (all targeting T20?), Hutton (injured) and Tom Sole.

So I suspect our entire batting contingent will get another chance against Worcestershire on Saturday. We don't want Levi to get injured again!

Looking ahead, those T20 players, plus Paul Stirling, will probably mean that the T20 top order will look nothing like we've seen so far.
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By Bucksman
#29829
onemorerun wrote: Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:11 pm
Bucksman wrote: Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:38 pm Keogh ... the side's only 'experienced' spinner.
Shouldn't the quotation marks have been around the word "spinner"?
Even on a bunsen? :)

Presumably, Wakely (testimonial year) will appear at some point, or has he joined the ranks of retired red-ball players as well? Levi, considering his general physique and mature years, is always likely to be an injury candidate now but, perhaps, Cobb could do with some game time, although he is supposedly just T20 captain this year, if only to keep him occupied!
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