Suppose we should take a look at how our 2011 County Championship players to watch fared.
Adam Lyth, Yorkshire
553 runs at 26.33
Yeah, that’s pretty shoddy.
James Hildreth, Somerset
893 runs at 38.82
Ben Stokes, Durham
628 runs at 48.30 and 17 wickets at 33.00
Three hundreds, five sixes in five balls against Hampshire and selection for England. We’ll have that one.
Adil Rashid, Yorkshire
556 runs at 24.17 and 39 wickets at 43.38
Less than amazing, but we’re not losing faith in him, even if we’ll have to ignore him next year because he’ll be in the second division. Life isn’t slow, steady progress, it’s fits and starts and going backwards and forgetting where your car keys are and having a pain in your knee and not knowing whether that hoummus is okay to eat or not – THAT’S what life is.
Adil Rashid is 23-years-old. Writing off leg-spinners or batsmen when they’re 23 is moronic. Shane Warne made his Test debut at 23 and took 1-150. Rashid still has a long career ahead of him.
Paul Horton, Lancashire
1,040 runs at 37.14
That doesn’t read all that impressively and nor did Horton hit any hundreds, but it’s worth looking at the context. Horton scored the most runs for Lancashire this season. Being as Lancashire won more games than anyone, clearly Horton was making runs that mattered, it was just that they were low-scoring games.
A run doesn’t have a set value, it varies depending on the match. Paul Horton had a good season, although that would be a bit more obvious if he’d managed to add a handful to any of his biggest innings. At various points this year, he hit 93, 94, 95, 96, 97 and 99.
Oliver Newby, Lancashire
Eight wickets at 32.50
Didn’t break either leg at any point this season.