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By Shortlegs
#31561
Another good win last night. Tight bowling and a composed run chase. If we win again today we have a sniff at reaching the knockout stages. If we lose, I think it's probably curtains. Fingers crossed!
By Countyman
#31562
Must be coincidence, but the removal of Levi seems to have done the trick - the irony is, although now a few years back, he was first signed as a T20 specialist!

We're still bottom of the table, however, with some serious catching up to do.
By Longsuffering
#31563
After the encouraging performance v Lancashire, we are witnessing again a load of rubbish bowling by most of the Northamptonshire bowlers. They seem incapable of bowling a decent length ball but instead seem to be trying to feed the oppositions strength by bowling persistently short. No chance of getting a favourable result with what is being served up.
By onemorerun
#31564
Very poor bowling, Nabi aside, which gave the batsmen virtually no chance.

Hope they give Heldreich another chance - he couldn't have done any worse than this lot. It must be clear by now that Keogh is not a bowling option. I would also give Sanderson a rest, as I think he's played every game in every competition.

Are Berg and Procter injured?
By Countyman
#31565
I doubt if we can be surprised really and just have to accept the fact we are not good enough, quite apart from being faced with the terrors of Mark Stoneman on loan from Surrey! Even Taylor, who performed so effectively when first signed, appears to have succumbed to the general malaise.

I think the problem with Keogh is that he expects to be hammered when he comes on to bowl, with the result he usually is!

Certainly, niggling injury never seems far away from Procter and particularly so with Berg at the age of 40, who isn't quite up there with Darren Stevens.
By Countyman
#31606
Early days yet, but young Heldreich could be a real find. Sadly, still no runs from the recalled Curran.
By Shortlegs
#31652
Good win Wednesday and we're still not completely out of the reckoning, although even if we win our last 3 we could well not qualify.

Having said that, credit where it's due. We've won 4 out of the last 5 and have completely changed tack to do so. Levi and Rossington (in the latter's case I don't know why) have both been missing and other regular starters like Sanderson have also been rested.

Playing a number of spinners and not bowling Keogh has certainly made a huge impact. Heldreich appears to be quite a find. On the batting side our strokemakers have scored more runs and more quickly than our big hitters. I think playing proper batsmen who can innovate and score quickly has become more important than having sloggers who can take an attack apart, but more often get out cheaply. Vasconcelos, Keogh, Zaib and hopefully now Curran too, are all starting to prove this.

Whatever happens for the rest of the blast this year, I'm more confident going forward with the current team.
By Countyman
#31898
Sadly, at Old Trafford, it's a return to the familiar scene of men against boys, with the least experienced Heldreich our one beacon of light. Clearly, our bowling coach, in particular, has a job on his hands!
By Countyman
#32078
Underperformance in general has remained the predominant theme of this dismal T20 campaign, the final effort seeming to sum up the slipshod approach characterising the majority of games. Even with a modicum of support, Rob Keogh could have seen us home today!
By Den Buckett
#32094
Countyman wrote: Sun Jul 18, 2021 11:38 pm Underperformance in general has remained the predominant theme of this dismal T20 campaign, the final effort seeming to sum up the slipshod approach characterising the majority of games. Even with a modicum of support, Rob Keogh could have seen us home today!
It may be underperformance but also I don’t think we have the quality in the squad.

Finishing bottom surely means the position of Cobb needs to be looked at. He is only playing in one competition for us so he needs to do well when he is involved. He has not got the big match winning scores, neither does it appear that his captaincy has got any extra out of the players.
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