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By Bucksman
#27349
A positive start v. Yorks after winning the toss and batting. At least there is no Willey to torment us one way or another! Is there still hope??
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By Bucksman
#27354
Late wickets are being squandered in familiar fashion (6-43 and 3 wasted deliveries), though we should have a defendable total.
By onemorerun
#27355
The late wickets will have effected the Duckworth-Lewis target - could make all the difference.

Sky camera showed Holder (ball missing stumps) and Keogh (hit bat before pad) were unlucky to be given out LBW.

Other than Sanderson (and on limited evidence) Keogh, bowlers seem incapable of keeping runs down.
By Nick14
#27358
Another defeat. Holder didnn't bowl and everyone bar one went for about 7 or 8 an over minimum. Holland seems very low quality. And having Keogh bowling prolonged overs in a one dayer is madness.

The other thing that get sme about this group - been the same for a while - is the culture of mediocrity and the celebration of ultimately insignficant individual performance. After many a defeat players will be on social media celebrating someone getting runs, or taking a catch, or taking a wicket - even though we have often lost - and often lost comfortably. Where is the dissapointed at losing all the time? Where is the show of being pissed off? Where is the desire to win - the hunger to win? To not want to accept any defeat? I just can't imagine players like Lamby going on social media laughing and joking after yet another defeat.

Before the results, surely you have to look at a clubs ethos, recruitment, planning, structure etc. Similar to last season, we sit in May with one win - out of the one day cup - and with players coming in and out of the team - and other players being heavily relied on - I am thinking about someone like Sanderson - what would we do if he couldn't play every game with no seamers around??
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By Bucksman
#27371
Our fears about the attack were realised yet again! Presently, without Sanderson's discipline and control (Keogh is OK-ish), where would we be? With our resources, the recruitment of a specialist spinner although, admittedly, appearing a threatened species, looks as far off as ever.
By onemorerun
#27406
Our one-day competition appropriately rounded off by contriving to lose a match that looked unloseable with 5, 6 and even 2 overs to go. Notts scored 63 in their last 5 overs (23 in the last 7 balls), despite having tailenders at one end.

Well done Patel, but there really seems to be no target that Northants bowlers can successfully defend. We gave away 8 wides and 6 no balls, so that's 14 runs and an extra 2.2 overs (ie an extra 4.67% of a 50 over innings) presented to Notts. They didn't bowl a single no ball. If we don't address this, we will lose T20 matches simply because of the extras and extra balls gifted to the opposition.

The one hope for the T20 is (hopefully) the addition to the team of Ashraf and Pretorius.
By Den Buckett
#27409
onemorerun wrote: Mon May 06, 2019 7:05 pm Our one-day competition appropriately rounded off by contriving to lose a match that looked unloseable with 5, 6 and even 2 overs to go. Notts scored 63 in their last 5 overs (23 in the last 7 balls), despite having tailenders at one end.

Well done Patel, but there really seems to be no target that Northants bowlers can successfully defend. We gave away 8 wides and 6 no balls, so that's 14 runs and an extra 2.2 overs (ie an extra 4.67% of a 50 over innings) presented to Notts. They didn't bowl a single no ball. If we don't address this, we will lose T20 matches simply because of the extras and extra balls gifted to the opposition.

The one hope for the T20 is (hopefully) the addition to the team of Ashraf and Pretorius.
Other counties will also be bringing in 2 top quality overseas players so not much of an advantage to us.

I agree about the extras - this is just one example of the sloppiness that has been so apparent in all areas in recent seasons.

Whether we are chasing or fielding there seem to be regular collapses in the final parts of one-day games which are becoming a major worry.

Personally I think Wakely (and possibly Ripley) are reaching the end. Wakely said that work would be done in the winter to prevent another season like 2018. We have actually ended with one less point in this competition!
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By Bucksman
#27412
It is reported that Wakely was 'impressed' with Patel's match-winning innings, opining that he 'batted beautifully', which is refreshing to know... but, naturally, without mention of, specifically, the 8 wides gifted to the Notts cause.

It has to be said, though, that Patel made sure he was on strike for the start of the final over, bowled by Sanderson, and settled the matter in first three deliveries!
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By PaulTavs
#27438
Bucksman wrote: Tue May 07, 2019 9:46 am ... but, naturally, without mention of, specifically, the 8 wides gifted to the Notts cause.

Notts sent down 6 wides. It's not unusual, or a Northants problem, to bowl 8. Looking at the matches over the past few days, 6-7 wides is common, and there were sides who bowled 10, 12 and 16 wides in an innings.

Also, all teams make errors in the field, every day.
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By Bucksman
#27440
PaulTavs wrote: Wed May 08, 2019 9:09 am
Also, all teams make errors in the field, every day.

You are quite right, and those which make the fewest, more often than not, prevail in the tight finishes!
By onemorerun
#27443
Bucksman wrote: Wed May 08, 2019 9:31 am
PaulTavs wrote: Wed May 08, 2019 9:09 am
Also, all teams make errors in the field, every day.

You are quite right, and those which make the fewest, more often than not, prevail in the tight finishes!
Adding in the no-balls, we gave away 8 more runs than Notts gave us, plus the extra balls. But in reality, this is only one issue and probably a minor one - the bigger picture as I see it (and alluded to by Bucksman) is that we are again looking at another season of failure, repeating all the mistakes of last year. We finished 8th in the RL group and only beat the teams that finished 7th and 9th.

I think Ripley (I assume it's him) has done a great job on overseas recruitment, and as for English players, you can only recruit what's available. The problems are on the pitch - they say the best teams find a way of winning when they shouldn't - we're the opposite - we can always find a way of losing.
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