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By Shortlegs
#27779
Same old. Good start with the ball, only to let them get away. Not there, so I don't know if it's because our bowling/fielding is poor or it's a decent batting wicket and we once again failed to have a big century maker. I suspect it's that our bowling attack isn't really up to it. Looks like at best we'll be trying to save the game yet again. Very disappointing.

Regarding our bowling attack, before this match we had 3 of the bottom six bowlers in in the Div 2 averages. Keogh bottom, Cobb three from bottom and Proctor 6 from bottom. All these are playing and have bowled in this innings. Combined effort = 1-106. Does that tell its own story? I suspect so, so why persist with bowlers who don't take wickets?

Are we ever going to see a specialist spinner play a match for Northants again?
By Den Buckett
#27785
229 for Billy Root. Glamorgan picked him up in the winter and he could do well for them for many years to come. We appeared to spent our budget on numerous overseas players and it hasn't paid off so far.
By exileKT8
#27791
Hi Den

Yes we Glammy supporters are very pleased with Billy Root and hopefully without jinxing him he will do well for us. I was surprised Notts let him go and then surprised he came to us. You of course suffered from Notts batting recruitment policy and your near namesake is thankfully for Glammy not scoring his usual hatful of runs against us in the current fixture.

Our good fortune Root was dropped on 0, agree with you Root is an example of good home players floating around Div 1 squads that are better value to the likes of Northants and Glammy than flying in imports for short periods.

Good luck after the current fixture
By Den Buckett
#27794
exileKT8 wrote: Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:52 pm Hi Den

Yes we Glammy supporters are very pleased with Billy Root and hopefully without jinxing him he will do well for us. I was surprised Notts let him go and then surprised he came to us. You of course suffered from Notts batting recruitment policy and your near namesake is thankfully for Glammy not scoring his usual hatful of runs against us in the current fixture.

Our good fortune Root was dropped on 0, agree with you Root is an example of good home players floating around Div 1 squads that are better value to the likes of Northants and Glammy than flying in imports for short periods.

Good luck after the current fixture
I'm sure he will continue to do well. You did well to get him because (with respect) you were not an attractive proposition after last season.
We had a disastrous winter bringing in just overseas players - the likes of Holder and Bavuma cannot come cheaply. It left no budget to put together a competitive squad and we needed 3 loans in the first few weeks of the season. The youth system also seems to be non existent so we can't even bring youngsters in to fill the gaps.
By exileKT8
#27798
Could not agree more with your second sentence and thank you for putting it so tactfully.
By Shortlegs
#27815
We had a disastrous winter bringing in just overseas players - the likes of Holder and Bavuma cannot come cheaply. It left no budget to put together a competitive squad and we needed 3 loans in the first few weeks of the season. The youth system also seems to be non existent so we can't even bring youngsters in to fill the gaps.
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Agreed. I think we took a BIG risk on our bowling attack being good enough and with the exception of the Bavuma have mostly just tried to boost our one-day prospects with Holder and the 2 T20 signings. There's no doubt that this could have eaten up the whole budget. We have of course been unlucky with injuries to Blessing in particular (assuming he is injured) and have also shown little courage or adventure in our CC team selection (no specialist spinner being a particularly annoying factor). It might help if Bavuma scores a few runs too!
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By Bucksman
#27822
These quotes by Alex Wakely just about sum it up from the home perspective...

"We were exposed (in the field), we dropped key catches and we were very poor in the field. No excuses, it's one of the worst fielding performances I've seen from us for a long time.

"The game could have been very different if we'd taken those, we could have bowled them out for 150-200 and we'd have had a good game, but now we're chasing it."

Cricket (as with any sport) is largely about taking your chances, something that Glam have embraced wholeheartedly in this game, and, currently, we are pretty hopeless at! Sadly, the skipper appears quite incapable of leading from the front and, clearly, is in desperate need of a break from the firing line and attempt to recapture some semblance of form well away from the spotlight of the first team.

Vasconselos, in particular, has experienced the classic game to forget, in addition to his fielding woes, having now failed with the bat in both innings of the current contest. Hopefully, he will put this behind him and tackle the rest of the campaign in a positive frame of mind.
By Den Buckett
#27836
Bucksman wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:57 am These quotes by Alex Wakely just about sum it up from the home perspective...

"We were exposed (in the field), we dropped key catches and we were very poor in the field. No excuses, it's one of the worst fielding performances I've seen from us for a long time.

"The game could have been very different if we'd taken those, we could have bowled them out for 150-200 and we'd have had a good game, but now we're chasing it."

Cricket (as with any sport) is largely about taking your chances, something that Glam have embraced wholeheartedly in this game, and, currently, we are pretty hopeless at! Sadly, the skipper appears quite incapable of leading from the front and, clearly, is in desperate need of a break from the firing line and attempt to recapture some semblance of form well away from the spotlight of the first team.

Vasconselos, in particular, has experienced the classic game to forget, in addition to his fielding woes, having now failed with the bat in both innings of the current contest. Hopefully, he will put this behind him and tackle the rest of the campaign in a positive frame of mind.
I agree with your comments. Wakely cannot be given any more chances. He had the chance to bat all day today and failed once again. Yes a lot of the other batsmen are also culpable and could also be dropped. Having lost Kleinveldt and Gleeson, the bowling is not so strong this year and will not cover up the batting woes.
By Nick14
#27846
So much is wrong at the club - the celebration of, at best, mediocrity being one. The fact that our Captain is not exceptionally skilled either as a batsman or a Captain being another.
By Den Buckett
#27847
Nick14 wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:14 pm So much is wrong at the club - the celebration of, at best, mediocrity being one. The fact that our Captain is not exceptionally skilled either as a batsman or a Captain being another.
I think when he appeared to be pulling the team together & getting some decent results he was worth his place. Now there is nothing to justify his selection. We just carry on with the same players, captain and coach - something will have to give soon.
By Nick14
#27851
Yep, he has gone. I wish him no ill will and thank him for all his efforts. But the statement and comments put out by the club show you the problem. They rave about Alex as Captain - saying he is up there with the all time greats etc (all this based, of course, on two T20 cups). That fits with all of the celebration of mediocrity stuff I have been highlighting. The statement and comments are ludicrous. Just like tweeing stuff like "Superb delivery from Keogh to get rid of so and so" with a video and emojis, in a game we lost and Keogh took 1-80 etc. We do it all the time - I don't like it (as you may have gathered).
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By Bucksman
#27853
We can only hope that his creditable and sensible decision to stand own will see him finally turn the corner in terms of his batting form. Maybe I'm being over-optimistic , but it should not be too late to see him consistently produce in future, with a clearer mind, the runs that his ability justifies.
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