- Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:08 pm
Spot on. Agree with every word.
For years we have had this mantra that "we are good chasers", so we put teams in when it isn't necessarily the right thing to do.
Back in 2013, when the club analysed what made a successful T20 team, one of the (with hindsight blindingly obvious) conclusions was that the most successful teams were those that hit the most sixes. Today, in a full 20 overs, we hit .... none. Not a single six in 120 balls.
I wonder if that's a first?
Commentators were pointing out all the potentially fast-scoring batsmen were in the first four, and maybe one of them should drop down the order.
Can anyone at the club play spin bowling?
We don't know who's unavailable for covid reasons (though we can speculate, given today's team) but if available, I honestly can't see why Thurston is not in the team, and as a 'steadier', I would have Vasconcelos rather than Wakely. I think Vasconcelos is clearly the best batsman at the club, and the idea that he's not quick enough for T20 doesn't stand up. His strike rate is higher than Wakely's (113 Vs 97).
As has been said before, consolidation is needed after the fall of wickets, but there's no point consolidating to the point where victory is impossible. I've said in past years that batsmen shouldn't trundle along at 6 an over, then expect the bowlers to come in and score 10 an over. It seems standard for us to dawdle along, scrape a win in the last over then declare we're good chasers. Today showed that's not true.
You may be right that Cobb is suffering from lack of match practice - he's averaging 16.75 and today's dismissal was hopeless.
Bowlers seemed below par, just didn't seem to spark today. I'm struggling to see what Berg brings to the team. If he's batting below Graeme White and bowling two expensive overs, would we be better off with another batsman or a different seamer (Hutton/Jack White/Muzarabani)?
Stirling impressed as a bowler in the first match but since then struggles to get a bowl. Is he injured? And is there a reason why Sole never gets a bowl?
On a positive note, well done Luke Procter and Graeme White, both batting and bowling.
Hopefully we can bounce back on Sunday. Given the short turnaround, I don't expect many, if any, team changes.