We’ll give them one thing: they got into the middle. That’s no mean feat this summer.
Other than that, things were as rosy as wet cardboard. They conceded 312-8 against Somerset, despite dismissing Nick Compton for a duck. (His presence might have slowed the run rate a tad, actually). They also lost Mark Boucher who got a bail in the eye and is currently undergoing surgery.
We spoke to Paul Downton once. He had to retire from cricket after being hit in the eye by a bail. We’ve always felt that’s a pretty horrible way to end your career. We didn’t speak to him about that though. We spoke to him about posh boys retiring from cricket for no real reason other than to go and have a career in “business”.
So if we do have an insight to give you regarding this, it’s that Paul Downton’s a nice bloke. Also, they seem to have stopped selling ‘ham trim’ in Tesco, which is a bit of a blow.