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By Bucksman
#28780
We never seemed to put Derbys under any pressure, with seven bowlers used and none bowling a full spell, summing up the deficiencies of the attack. Presumably, Faheem was required to complete Buck's final over?

Certainly, the overseas pair appear not to be doing themselves many favours!

On current evidence, it is difficult to judge exactly where Curran does have a place, if at all, in any format. Maybe, it is just a question of lack of confidence, but he needs to make the most of his opportunities when they come.
By Den Buckett
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Bucksman wrote: Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:13 pm We never seemed to put Derbys under any pressure, with seven bowlers used and none bowling a full spell, summing up the deficiencies of the attack. Presumably, Faheem was required to complete Buck's final over?

Certainly, the overseas pair appear not to be doing themselves many favours!

On current evidence, it is difficult to judge exactly where Curran does have a place, if at all, in any format. Maybe, it is just a question of lack of confidence, but he needs to make the most of his opportunities when they come.
No Faheem was forced out of the attack due to dangerous bowling.
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By Bucksman
#28789
Den Buckett wrote: Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:43 pm No Faheem was forced out of the attack due to dangerous bowling.
Of course, that's all we need!

Some news on Levi found on the Northamptonshire Telegraph site...

Richard Levi has been a big miss for Northants in the opening part of the tournament, having suffered a repeat of the nerve injury to his neck that has kept him out for extended periods in previous seasons.

“He has practiced and hit some balls in the nets but is still a little restricted in his movement,” said Ripley.

“He would obviously be going straight into a match with not much preparation but we know how effective he can be in T20 so we’ll have a close look at him.”

Hmm...
By Den Buckett
#28831
Bucksman wrote: Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:47 am
Den Buckett wrote: Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:43 pm No Faheem was forced out of the attack due to dangerous bowling.
Of course, that's all we need!

Some news on Levi found on the Northamptonshire Telegraph site...

Richard Levi has been a big miss for Northants in the opening part of the tournament, having suffered a repeat of the nerve injury to his neck that has kept him out for extended periods in previous seasons.

“He has practiced and hit some balls in the nets but is still a little restricted in his movement,” said Ripley.

“He would obviously be going straight into a match with not much preparation but we know how effective he can be in T20 so we’ll have a close look at him.”

Hmm...
Levi replaces Curran for the Durham match.
By Den Buckett
#28833
We post 145-6 which is unlikely to be enough.

I see Cobb has bowled the first over of the reply conceding just 2 and has then been replaced. This is obviously planned before the match, but why not continue if it is going well?
By Den Buckett
#28834
145 turned out to be plenty. Not sure if it was a difficult surface or 2 poor batting sides.
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By Bucksman
#28836
Den Buckett wrote: Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:10 pm I see Cobb has bowled the first over of the reply conceding just 2 and has then been replaced. This is obviously planned before the match, but why not continue if it is going well?
As Cobb is captain, this must have been part of his cunning match plan!

Yes, a surprise and most welcome win, particularly as Durham would normally be expected to give us a pasting. On a match by match basis, there is so little consistency of general performance, but these low scores would suggest the surface was a major factor in this result.
By Den Buckett
#28923
Defeat against Lancs puts us in danger of missing out on the Q/F. In truth we have only won 2 matches so far so do not really deserve to get through. With Friday looking wet we would then need a run of wins through to the finish to have a chance. I just don't think we have good enough players though with many of the batsmen going along at a pace too slow for this competition whilst the bowlers are very erratic and we seem to use so many in each innings.
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By Bucksman
#28924
Yes, an efficient performance by the visitors merely laid bare our all-round shortcomings yet again. We saw starts by most of the bats (in particular Rossington), with no one going on to build the necessary momentum towards a realistically challenging total. Eight bowlers used in an attempt to defend a score 35-40 runs light rather says it all.
By Shortlegs
#28925
Agree with the comments above. Our faster scoring batsmen don't stay in long enough and our slower scoring ones do, often because they need to rebuild the innings, so the result is very average totals. If I'm remembering correctly we have only one 70 score from a batsman in T20 so far this season, from Cobb. We need someone to make this kind of score at around a 150+ strike rate regularly to post decent scores.

Re bowling, it has been frustratingly erratic from the seamers. The spinners seem to have been much more consistent. None of the seamers are really reliable options for Cobb.
By Den Buckett
#28999
Keogh and Wakely going at less than a run a ball have brought us to a complete stand-still at Derbyshire this evening - this has been a running theme through the competition. I'm afraid it's a couple of balls to get in, then 'go' in this format, but we seem to be playing 50 over cricket! We shall see if we can set them any sort of defendable total.
By onemorerun
#29002
More absolute rubbish. 28 off two overs, then 72-10 off the next 16 (4.5 an over). Been doing this for years - a couple of batsmen (Wakely often one of them) crawl along and leave too much to do for the lower order.

Bowling - Cobb bowls first over then never again. What is Sole in the team for - surely not a specialist number eight batsman? Does Cobb know he can bowl? Ashraf generally disappointing and apparently missed an easy run-out by throwing to what was obviously the wrong end.

For me, Cobb has done nothing special as captain. Sometimes a good player is a bad captain (remember Curran?) Maybe Cobb is one of those (or it could just be a poor squad of players).

Final comment - is the Radio Northampton commentator watching the same team? He is is still talking about us making it through the the quarter finals.
By Den Buckett
#29003
onemorerun wrote: Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:45 pm More absolute rubbish. 28 off two overs, then 72-10 off the next 16 (4.5 an over). Been doing this for years - a couple of batsmen (Wakely often one of them) crawl along and leave too much to do for the lower order.

Bowling - Cobb bowls first over then never again. What is Sole in the team for - surely not a specialist number eight batsman? Does Cobb know he can bowl? Ashraf generally disappointing and apparently missed an easy run-out by throwing to what was obviously the wrong end.

For me, Cobb has done nothing special as captain. Sometimes a good player is a bad captain (remember Curran?) Maybe Cobb is one of those (or it could just be a poor squad of players).

Final comment - is the Radio Northampton commentator watching the same team? He is is still talking about us making it through the the quarter finals.
Agree with your points. 32 off the first 3 overs then 32more off the next 7 is ridiculous. Not sure if Keogh and Wakely think they have time to be playing like this or maybe they are so limited they just can't move it on. Whatever it is, we can't carry on with them at 4 and 5.
As you say, Cobb began with a tidy over, but it is obviously planned that he will not continue. Sole not used probably because we have so many bowling options.

As for the chances of getting through, we need to win all 3 and hope for a miracle!
By Shortlegs
#29004
Agree with the comments made. Utterly dismal display and it will be a miracle if we make it to the quarter finals from here. Keogh and Wakely are there to hold innings together, rather than boost the run rate. The problem is that we can only afford one of them IMO and certainly not them together at the same time. Our T20 batting stars of previous years like Levi, Rossington and Cobb are the ones letting us down. You need a quick fifty from at least one of these (or Pretorius/Farheem) every game to get up to a competitive total and they are getting out cheaply almost every time leaving our T20 snails to try to build a score. It's a shame because on paper I think we've got a very decent T20 team, but they're just not performing.
By Vee
#29012
Very difficult for 4 and 5 to go hard when 3 wickets go down in the power play which is what seems to have happened in most matches. To post match winning scores one of the first three need to go big.
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