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    The Summer 2011 Cricket Thread

    Set up now the world cup is over.

    All I hope for is that Somerset turn some of those seconds into firsts this year. Immensely frustrating in 2010 to get so near and yet so far.
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    We need to do what we didn't last year; cash in while IR Bell and IJL Trott are available to us. Otherwise the squad still looks dreadfully weak and now we don't have Imran Tahir as he's buggered off to Hampshire. Can't see Neil Carter repeating his heroics, twelve months ago we were on the verge of offering him a one day contract only. Relegation beckons I think, sadly.
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    I think that my boys from New Road might beat you to it, Deutsch. Very new, young captain, no real stars in the bowling department and with only a journeyman Aussie to fill it out. No real depth and a thinner batting line up with Ben Smith's retirement. The only upsides is Shakib coming back for the T20 and..... errrrrr..... that's it. Sometimes you wonder if getting promoted is really worth the effort!

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    Don't really have any major affiliations to any clubs but I might have to try and get down to headingley or up to Scarborough for c ouple of days cricket this year. Will need something to fill my days with!

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    Cosy consensus makes for a boring forum.

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    Thanks Leeds.

    Probably not going to be able to make it until August but it seems cheap enough to pay on the day which is good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarwickWolf View Post
    I think that my boys from New Road might beat you to it, Deutsch. Very new, young captain, no real stars in the bowling department and with only a journeyman Aussie to fill it out. No real depth and a thinner batting line up with Ben Smith's retirement. The only upsides is Shakib coming back for the T20 and..... errrrrr..... that's it. Sometimes you wonder if getting promoted is really worth the effort!
    WarwickWolf a Worcester fan?????????????????????????????????????

    I think you are right though that both Warwickshire and Worcestershire will be competing for the relegation places. I can't understand Warwickshire trading in one non-scoring batsmen as captain for another.

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    I suppose Troughton is marginally more effective in one day cricket (either discipline). That's about it.

    I also expect Woakes to be away for much of the summer so there's our already weak bowling further weakened as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deutsch Wolf View Post
    I also expect Woakes to be away for much of the summer so there's our already weak bowling further weakened as well.
    I'm not so sure. He's well down the pecking order in terms of a test place behind Broad, Anderson, Tremlett, Bresnan, Finn & Shazad. He may get called up for the ODI's but i'd be pretty disappointed, if like last season, he's taken away from Warwickshire to play meaningless Lions matches.

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    Lived in Stourbridge when it was part of Worcestershire. Support your local team (or County)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniffer Grouse View Post
    I'm not so sure. He's well down the pecking order in terms of a test place behind Broad, Anderson, Tremlett, Bresnan, Finn & Shazad. He may get called up for the ODI's but i'd be pretty disappointed, if like last season, he's taken away from Warwickshire to play meaningless Lions matches.
    Well, you have the Lions fixtures, five ODIs against Sri Lanka between 28 June and 9 July, and five ODIs against India between 3-16 September. Could easily miss 4-5 Warwickshire games there just with ODIs (I can't find the Lions schedule, assuming there is one). Bearing in mind he was one of our top run scorers (along with Carter!) last season, as well as being pretty much the leader of our attack.

    Paddy's favourite player, RS Bopara is currently 64 not out for Essex in their game against Cambridge UCCE. AN Cook made 120. Bopara also took 3-45 in Cambridge's first innings.

    No other players of any real England interest in action as it stands.

    Here's the county ins and outs over the close season:

    http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/c...es/9004506.stm
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    Bopara finished with 74.
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    ENGLAND WATCH

    Durham MCCU vs Durham

    BA Stokes 51
    ID Blackwell 108*
    LE Plunkett 38

    LE Plunkett 15-5-53-1
    BA Stokes 11-3-27-0
    ID Blackwell 16-9-21-0

    Essex vs Cambs MCCU

    AN Cook 10 & 120
    RS Bopara 14 & 74
    JS Foster 33 & 0*

    RS Bopara 13-4-45-3

    Lancashire vs Oxford MCCU

    SI Mahmood 10 & 21
    SC Kerrigan 14*

    SI Mahmood 14.3-6-32-4 & 6-0-16-0
    SC Kerrigan 24-7-51-1 & 6-4-6-1
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    I go to Grace Road whenever I can. Leicestershire do find it difficult, as they cannot compete with most other counties financially. It could be a tough season for the Foxes. Their best chance of success appears to be in the one day game.

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    Nice stuff Frank. James Taylor looks a real prospect, would you say he's more suited to limited overs stuff (England wise) or a potential Test batsman?
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    Taylor could play test cricket, but will probably have to leave Grace Road to achieve it.

    Look out for Nathan Buck, only 19, but a very promising pace bowler, and very aggressive, though in a controlled manner. He benefited greatly from having Matthew Hoggard in the team, he has taught Buck a lot. I really think that Buck will follow Stuart Broad as the next Leicestershire fast bowler to play for England.

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    Cheers mate.

    I know the county system has had its critics in the past, but I genuinely believe we now have the strongest domestic set-up in the world. Testimony shown by the likes of Cook, Bell, Pietersen, Trott, Onions, Finn etc making seamless transitions to international cricket.
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    Our domestic game has always been strong, and at last most counties have good academies, and are actually going out and about looking for young talent. Nathan Buck was discovered while playing for Loughborough Town. As you rightly say, the likes of Cook and Bell are now widely regarded as very good international players. The problem we have in this country is what to do with these young players on the fringes of the England set up. They need to be looked after, and gradually brought through. I have long advocated a England "B" team, playing regular series, but the counties would never approve such a move, as they are already losing their best players to England.

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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog...onship-preview

    Gloomy stuff.

    But enough of that, the real stuff starts today - the IPL!

    Only joking, the County Championship. Apart from Warwickshire and Notts who for some reason aren't playing.

    Division One

    Hampshire vs Durham
    Lancashire vs Sussex
    Worcestershire vs Yorkshire

    Division Two

    Essex vs Kent
    Gloucestershire vs Derbyshire
    Leicestershire vs Glamorgan
    Surrey vs Northamptonshire
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    hmmm - makes mental note of 20 June Warwickshire v Somerset at Edgbaston. I might just have a bit of that.
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    Great start for Rob Key - bowled for a duck, second ball.
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    ENGLAND WATCH

    Kent 95-4 vs Essex

    JL Denly 24
    RWT Key 0
    DI Stevens 6*

    MA Chambers 10-0-33-0
    RS Bopara 4-2-7-0

    Gloucestershire 61-4 vs Derbyshire

    No England candidates

    Durham 116-2 vs Hampshire

    BA Stokes 7*

    SP Jones 5-0-16-0
    DR Briggs 8-1-30-2

    Sussex 108-1 vs Lancashire

    SI Mahmood 8-1-30-0

    Leicestershire 81-3 vs Glamorgan

    JWA Taylor 18*

    Surrey 134-3 vs Northamptonshire

    SM Davies 31*

    Worcestershire 96-3 vs Yorkshire

    AU Rashid 6-3-8-2
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    ENGLAND WATCH

    Kent 231-8 vs Essex

    JL Denly 24
    RWT Key 0
    DI Stevens 17
    JC Tredwell 3

    MA Chambers 15-2-45-1
    RS Bopara 10-3-31-0

    Gloucestershire 130-5 vs Derbyshire

    No England candidates

    Durham 289-4 vs Hampshire

    BA Stokes 10
    ID Blackwell 32*

    SP Jones 10-0-44-1
    DR Briggs 15-1-62-2

    Sussex 188-6 vs Lancashire

    SI Mahmood 14-3-50-0

    Leicestershire 152-7 vs Glamorgan

    JWA Taylor 45

    Surrey 258-7 vs Northamptonshire

    SM Davies 31

    Worcestershire 186-5 vs Yorkshire

    AU Rashid 19-6-46-3
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    ENGLAND WATCH

    Kent 247 vs Essex 49-6

    JL Denly 24
    RWT Key 0
    DI Stevens 17
    JC Tredwell 3

    MA Chambers 18-3-51-3
    RS Bopara 10-3-31-0

    AN Cook 6
    RS Bopara 0
    MA Chambers 2
    JS Foster 0*

    DI Stevens 12-5-14-5
    JC Tredwell 1-1-0-0

    Gloucestershire 224-6 vs Derbyshire

    No England candidates

    Durham 413-6 vs Hampshire

    BA Stokes 10
    ID Blackwell 62
    P Mustard 39*
    SG Borthwick 8*

    SP Jones 15-0-54-1
    DR Briggs 28-1-127-4
    LA Dawson 4-0-9-0

    Sussex 243 vs Lancashire 32-1

    MS Panesar 0*

    SI Mahmood 14.3-3-50-2

    Leicestershire 231-9 vs Glamorgan

    JWA Taylor 45

    Surrey 322 vs Northamptonshire 12-0

    SM Davies 31

    Worcestershire 286 vs Yorkshire

    AU Rashid 29-9-77-6
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    Fine start to the season for Leicestershire. They beat Glamorgan by 89 runs.

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    ENGLAND WATCH

    Kent 247 & 238 vs Essex 201 & 227

    JL Denly 24 & 18
    RWT Key 0 & 61
    DI Stevens 17 & 30
    JC Tredwell 3 & 20

    MA Chambers 18-3-51-3 & 16-2-69-2
    RS Bopara 10-3-31-0 & 18-3-50-2

    AN Cook 6 & 31
    RS Bopara 0 & 39
    MA Chambers 2 & 4
    JS Foster 88* & 21

    DI Stevens 27-8-60-6 & 20-3-76-3
    JC Tredwell 6-2-7-0 & 18-4-45-2

    Gloucestershire 343 & 146-3 vs Derbyshire 157 & 331

    No England candidates

    Durham 473 & 310-3 dec vs Hampshire 294 & 345-5

    BA Stokes 10 & 135*
    ID Blackwell 62
    P Mustard 68*
    SG Borthwick 17 & 17
    LE Plunkett 5
    SJ Harmison 12

    SP Jones 17-1-59-1 & 1.3-0-6-0
    DR Briggs 28.5-1-129-5 & 26-1-99-1
    LA Dawson 4-0-9-0 & 6-1-49-0

    JHK Adams 0 & 105
    LA Dawson 50 & 70
    SP Jones 0

    LE Plunkett 19.4-3-76-1 & 20-5-64-1
    SJ Harmison 0.2-0-2-0 & 3-0-23-0
    BA Stokes 13-0-68-6 & 9-0-46-0
    ID Blackwell 26-11-62-1 & 30-13-50-2
    SG Borthwick 8-1-21-0 & 27-6-95-2


    Sussex 243 & 174 vs Lancashire 472

    MS Panesar 0* & 4

    SI Mahmood 14.3-3-50-2 & 5-1-27-0

    MS Panesar 47-17-105-4

    Leicestershire 238 & 245 vs Glamorgan 146 & 248

    JWA Taylor 45 & 14

    Surrey 322 & 342-6 vs Northamptonshire 376 & 211-5

    SM Davies 31 & 11

    Worcestershire 286 & 137 vs Yorkshire 368 & 56-1

    AU Rashid 29-9-77-6 & 9.5-2-37-5

    A Lyth 35 & 29*
    AW Gale 27
    AU Rashid 4
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    nice figures for rashid there.

    ah well - the real stuff starts on thursday when somerset open their account. I look forward to the figures of their england hopefuls*


    *this could be a short list
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    Hildreth and Kieswetter will make the cut. Maybe Trego. That's not too bad. Given that I don't think Bell or Trott will be playing for us, I think it'll be Woakes only for the Bears.
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    I thought the first two would have a chance. Trego is quite generous so ta.

    Why no Bell and Trott? Surely they are match fit and there is no England this week? I would have thought the Bears would be desperate to use them when they could.
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