Last week’s County Championship news… today!

Suppose we should try and catch up. We’d left it so long we were thinking about doing a double round-up after the matches taking place at the minute, but then we thought about how long that article would end up being and decided we had to do some nettle grasping.

Middlesex didn’t play…

So Yorkshire clawed back some ground. They were playing Nottinghamshire, which apparently guarantees you a load of points these days. Despite being 51-6 in their first innings, they won by 305 runs. Andy Hodd and Azeem Rafiq – neither of whom are first-choice players – salvaged that innings and then Tim Bresnan and Jack Brooks hoovered up wickets either side of a Gary Ballance hundred. When the dust settled, Yorkshire were five points adrift of the leaders.

Surrey are still winning

It’s very unsettling. They were playing Lancashire, who appear to have undergone some sort of metamorphosis in the close season, from a competent bowling/inept batting side to a competent batting/ineffectual bowling side. Mark Footitt took seven in the second innings and might finally feel a bit better about leaving Derbyshire for Surrey.

Hampshire are second from bottom

Ahead of Nottinghamshire, but they did at least draw with Somerset. Sean Ervine hit a hundred in each innings, but the match was most notable for Roelof van der Merwe and Craig Overton putting on a couple of hundred run for Somerset’s ninth wicket.

Durham are third from bottom

But have a game in hand on Hampshire. They also drew. Jeetan Patel took five for Warwickshire in their first innings, but Mark Stoneman and Scott Borthwick made daddy fifties to deliver this season’s de rigueur rain-affected draw.

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20 Appeals

  1. Got to give the Middlesex boys credit: they’re trying to cede the number 1 spot with all the determination of England avoiding the mace.

    • I’m struggling to understand how “not playing when it is your week off” constitutes Middlesex trying to cede the number 1 spot.

      On the park they look like contenders most of the time.

      • Well obviously after I type that they conspired (yes, conspired) to wipe the Bears off the table and into their cupped hand, ready to be carried into the bin.

        It’s just that sort of lack of determination that’s the problem with these millennials.

  2. There’s a distinct lack of coverage of the Royal London One-Day cup around here.

    Youuuuuuu Beeeeeeears

    • King Cricket

      September 1, 2016 at 11:44 am

      You keep saying that. We’re not a bear and we’re 70 per cent sure that none of our readers are either. Stop calling us bears. It’s baffling.

    • Pretty sure that’s because it’s the least interesting of the three competitions. Even the Blast has Finals Day.

      • King Cricket

        September 1, 2016 at 12:41 pm

        We’ve always struggled with a competition that comes to a climax during the autumn, a month after the quarter finals. The teams change, form fades away, the weather intervenes, no-one watches. The final always seems so detached from all that went before.

      • I don’t care. It’s still a trophy. You’re all just jealous.

        I’m going with my dad. We will get overexcited and then a bit tired after two pints.

      • King Cricket

        September 1, 2016 at 1:10 pm

        Yes, it is still a trophy. We weren’t meaning to belittle it, more just bemoaning the way it’s scheduled.

      • It’s too late. All the Junior Bears are in tears, having ripped up their membership in disgust. Not easy to do with the laminated cards they give you these days.

      • King Cricket

        September 1, 2016 at 1:39 pm

        Cricket’s behind the times. Every other sport microchips its members. That way if they’re involved in a road traffic collision, the emergency services know what ground to return them to.

      • Yon Bears ain’t gonna win jack shit batting at 2.4 runs per over, with “yes…no…sorry” running thrown in on the odd occasion when they do think about running, Sam.

        Middle, middle, middle…

      • Ged, it would help if certain spin bowlers didn’t throw themselves theatrically to the floor, “accidentally” blocking our batsmen’s path back to the crease.

  3. So in a match at Northants offie and not in any way a bowler Rob Keogh (List A bowling average: 487) came on at first change and took 9-52.

    Ben Duckett has come out in the second innings and hit a 30 ball fifty.

    This leads us to one of two things being certain:

    1. Ben Duckett is the greatest player of unplayable turning surfaces since Jack Hobbs.

    2. Cricket is just full of random shit that doesn’t make sense

    • King Cricket

      September 1, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      3. Half the players in division two are crap, so sometimes a half-decent player will get a ruck of wickets or runs without necessarily playing out of their skin.

    • Missed this on account of it being in Division 2, but still, wow… how did this come about?! Struggling to decide if that, the Mo’ Irfan wide or the fan falling over the fence trying to take a catch during four four four for three and all that is the most spectacular cricketing occurence of a crazy week…

      • King Cricket

        September 2, 2016 at 10:42 am

        The wide – if only for Mickey Arthur’s “what’s the jeffing point?” reaction.

  4. King Cricket readers might be interested in my report from Lord’s last Saturday, in which I report getting more runs personally than England in the Trent Bridge ODI and I also bring an update report on The Home of Corks position:

    http://ianlouisharris.com/2016/08/27/more-runs-than-england-one-day-international-england-v-pakistan-at-lords-27-august-2016/

    Usual caveats apply: the Ogblog report does not conform to KC reporting rules.

  5. This week we have a classic week of 2016 Champo Cricket for you: four draws out of four. Marvellous stuff.

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