Was about to stop watching for a good few overs before that.
Insanely good OD bowling from Napes. Castles Punter (full pint middle stump, to come over all Bumble) and takes a double hat-trick.
The sound of my knee jerking is probably audible in Essex, but England's limited overs bowling might benefit from a bloke who can bowl inswinging yorkers at 85mph+.
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A few blokes on Twitter were saying the speed gun tonight must have been turned down when they saw Meaker in the low 80s and Masters in the low 70s but I think Napier put pay to that.
Its actually kinda disgusting that Napes has never played LO for England. True legend of the game
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Immense man love for Graham Napier coming from me at the moment. Aawwwwww, yeah!!!
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From his wiki description "Graham Richard Napier is an English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast bowler, and is capable of bowling 90+mph"
Well that seems somewhat hyperbolic; I mean - he's quick, but not that quick, surely?
Nah it's not a troll; just a slight exaggeration really. He's a high 80s bowler at top speed.
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A couple of years back Napier was bowling at over 90mph consistently, I saw him hit 95mph on a couple of occasions. He's deceptively quick. He's not particularly tall for a quick bowler, but his action is incredibly good. Bout time he started putting it together with the ball again. It was always his batting which got him attention, but for me, it's his bowling that's his best asset. Just a shame he couldn't have bowled a spell like this 3 or 4 seasons ago, as he'd have been picked by England. 2008, 2009 and 2010 he had 3 very good years, performing well for Essex, and in New Zealand with the ball.
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