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Post by PeterCS on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 13:03

I thought for a moment you meant "Great Britain", and thought: "WHOAAAA ...... a bit strong, even for Horrie ..."


Then I clocked the "GB" you meant ... Gary Ballance.

And thought "Aye right.... you old keromeister ..." Very Happy


But is he better than Belly, WaughS or Dogscratch, Horace?
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Re: English Domestic Season 2018

Post by horace on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 13:15

God isn't better than IRB.
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Post by lardbucket on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 14:33

Well put.

God isn't worse than IRB either!

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Post by PeterCS on Mon 25 Jun 2018, 15:37

I read that as IBS.

Maybe the influence of "Dogscratch" from the previous.
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Re: English Domestic Season 2018

Post by horace on Tue 26 Jun 2018, 01:00

Poor old Merlin. Yapping in the dust as the heels of history pass the old Empah by.

After two hideous WWs last century, the Euro project has more or less kept the peace. Millions of lives have been saved as a consequence.

The BREXIT tosh chews the historical grit. Pomgolia is close to becoming a rogue state. It possesses the hubris of Empah but of greater concern, it has weapons of mass destruction. Part of the Brexit price should be disarmament.

The rise of cartoon characters like El Farage mask the deeper crisis in Pomgolia and the threat to peace that State represents. Sadly, the joint has form. Hope Merlin pops back to mount a rebuttal.
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Post by lardbucket on Tue 26 Jun 2018, 22:20

incoherent Farage-fondlers are not an asset to the place

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Post by beamer on Sat 30 Jun 2018, 17:17

One-day cup final today, once the September showpiece...

Belf-Drummond channelling his half-namesake with a run-a-ball 80 when something more explosive is required!

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Post by beamer on Sat 30 Jun 2018, 17:21

horace wrote:The BREXIT tosh chews the historical grit. Pomgolia is close to becoming a rogue state. It possesses the hubris of Empah but of greater concern, it has weapons of mass destruction. Part of the Brexit price should be disarmament.
We’ve got a couple of token submarine nukes capable only of saying a parting “f*ck you” to whoever has reduced us to rubble. If the shit really hit the fan, we’re relying on the Yanks for anything significant.

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Post by Big Dog on Fri 17 Aug 2018, 08:51

Suspended Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft has signed on to play county cricket for Durham, but not until next winter after his ban has elapsed.
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Post by beamer on Fri 17 Aug 2018, 20:28

Playing in Durham in the winter? I think there might be a bit of "snow stopped play"... Wink

Good to see a post on the English domestic season thread at last... big day in the T20 with the last knockout places to be decided. Presumably it's back to the autumn shift of the red ball game after that, having ducked all the good weather.

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Post by beamer on Wed 05 Sep 2018, 19:38

A two-day tie at Taunton aka Ciderabad Laughing

Title almost in the bag for Surrey, first time since their early ‘00s golden era I think.

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Post by skully on Thu 06 Sep 2018, 02:13

Where's Peter?
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Post by horace on Thu 06 Sep 2018, 04:59

skully wrote:Where's Peter?

good question. PCS is greatly missed.
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Post by Basil on Wed 12 Sep 2018, 08:01

Surrey within a gnats cock of winning the championship.
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Post by Basil on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 07:11

And sure enough they have won. Before the slow handclap starts, it should be noted that Seven of the team that won yesterday came up through their academy.
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Post by Big Dog on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 07:46

Well done Diva
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Post by beamer on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 07:58

Basil wrote:And sure enough they have won. Before the slow handclap starts, it should be noted that Seven of the team that won yesterday came up through their academy.
Yeah, well played the Brown Craps... first time since the Hollioake era, they’ve been through it with off the field tragedies over the years and it’s taken time to overcome setbacks and build a winning team again. Plus they appear to be producing players worthy of England consideration, unlike say last year’s Essex team whose method of success seemed symptomatic of the failings of county cricket.

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Post by Basil on Sun 16 Sep 2018, 02:24

Colin Graves: feck off, little old Worcestershire county cricket club have shown what can be done with a home grown academy. Take your 100 concept and shove it.
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Post by beamer on Sun 16 Sep 2018, 11:47

Perhaps the final fling for the “small” counties... the T20 has proved a stage on which they can compete, as Leics, Northants etc. have done in the past. A great effort from Worcestershire, with a young team that might produce more England players in whichever format.

The ECB were always going to go down the franchise model because money talks, but the shambolic method of doing so leaves it at risk of falling flat on its face, and I’m not sure how it will improve on the current finals day which has become English domestic cricket’s showpiece since the sidelining of the 65/60/50/40/50 over competition (which I think is even losing its Lord’s finale soon). But where the existing T20 competition sits going forward, if anywhere, remains to be seen, and without that how do the smaller counties get people through the gate?

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Post by Basil on Sun 16 Sep 2018, 19:25

beamer wrote:Perhaps the final fling for the “small” counties... the T20 has proved a stage on which they can compete, as Leics, Northants etc. have done in the past. A great effort from Worcestershire, with a young team that might produce more England players in whichever format.

The ECB were always going to go down the franchise model because money talks, but the shambolic method of doing so leaves it at risk of falling flat on its face, and I’m not sure how it will improve on the current finals day which has become English domestic cricket’s showpiece since the sidelining of the 65/60/50/40/50 over competition (which I think is even losing its Lord’s finale soon). But where the existing T20 competition sits going forward, if anywhere, remains to be seen, and without that how do the smaller counties get people through the gate?
I suspect Joe Clarke will be playing for another county by the time he makes  England debut, but he's still very much a product of our academy.

If Barnard, Brown, Pennington and Tongue got call-ups, in the next 2 - 3 years, it would not be a surprise. If only we could produce more batsmen, we might not then be staring relegation in the face.

That list should also include Ben Cox who is clearly the best keeper in the English game, but it's hard to see how he could be  fitted in.
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Post by beamer on Sun 16 Sep 2018, 22:30

Surely our selectors are on a mission to eventually pick an entire XI of keeper-batsmen, in one format or another? Wink

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Post by PeterCS on Wed 19 Sep 2018, 04:16

beamer wrote:
Basil wrote:And sure enough they have won. Before the slow handclap starts, it should be noted that Seven of the team that won yesterday came up through their academy.
Yeah, well played the Brown Craps... first time since the Hollioake era, they’ve been through it with off the field tragedies over the years and it’s taken time to overcome setbacks and build a winning team again. Plus they appear to be producing players worthy of England consideration, unlike say last year’s Essex team whose method of success seemed symptomatic of the failings of county cricket.

Durham, Lancs & Surrey (despite a couple of Durham imports) have won the CC in recent seasons with a strong basis of local players. The first two, I think, without even a foreign player for most of the season, let alone a Kolpak. Sussex also fared very well while they had a close-knit largely unspectacular squad, though they did have Mushy and Murray Goodwin.

This year and last Lancs jammed their first XI with signings and imports/Kolpaks - see the difference.
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Post by PeterCS on Wed 19 Sep 2018, 04:17

Congrats to Worcs btw on their pot - well deserved.
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Post by Basil on Wed 19 Sep 2018, 18:46

PeterCS wrote:Congrats to Worcs btw on their pot - well deserved.

I must admit, things looked like going belly up at 108/6 in the 16th over in the semi, but the boys showed balls of steel when it mattered though.
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Post by beamer on Tue 25 Sep 2018, 18:52

Notts just dodge a relegation bullet despite another capitulation against Somerset. Would have been rather embarrassing to have signed a few big prospects from smaller counties and then given them Div 2 cricket next season.

Early points on the board did it for us anyway despite a late slump, I didn’t think the batting line-up was going to be anything like Div 1 quality at the start of the season given the players who have left/retired in recent years.

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