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    **Official** County Cricket 2016

    Season has started with Yorks v the MCC in the UAE. Yorks 181/5 (63.0 ov, GS Ballance 86*, WMH Rhodes 37*, JC Tredwell 3/33) | Live Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo

    Rudely the MCC had been doing rather well thanks to James Tredwell, who I was reasonably sure no longer took first class wickets. Recovery for the good guys with Ballance and Rhodes going from 90/5 to 180/5.

    Highlights of this game are on the YCCC twitter feed: https://twitter.com/YorkshireCCC/sta...02376335761408
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    Concerned about the absolute lack of batting Lancs have this year. The other day we had Smith at 3 and Procter at 4, not sure if experimenting or thats genuinely where they've migrated up to in the order.
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    Impressive stuff from barely 21 year old Will Rhodes. Getting the score from 234/9 up towards 300 on his own, hitting boundaries and keeping the strike

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpr View Post
    Concerned about the absolute lack of batting Lancs have this year. The other day we had Smith at 3 and Procter at 4, not sure if experimenting or thats genuinely where they've migrated up to in the order.
    Bizarre isn't it - and then they go for a seamer as overseas player - Gilo clearly has no faith in Nathan Buck, tom Smith's fitness or Saqib Mahmood - maybe he's right about the first two but Saqib looks the business to me, as does young Hameed, but the rest of the batting is as fragile as it comes, and Alviro Petersen is no Ashwell Prince


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    I realised Alviro Petersen had become an old pro of county cricket when he tweeted the world's county cricketest tweet. It really stuck with me.

    Stumps called because of the rain. Heading on to Chelmsford.
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    Will Chris Rogers and Chris Gayle be playing for Somerset this season ?

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    ^ Yes

    Gary Ballance will be in frame for an England recall if any of Hales + Taylor fail. Always liked Ballance to be fair, he was in wretched form in home Ashes but he isn't a bad player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    Impressive stuff from barely 21 year old Will Rhodes. Getting the score from 234/9 up towards 300 on his own, hitting boundaries and keeping the strike
    Disappointed. From browsing the scorecard I was sure they had ditched the young one and dug up zombie Wilfred Rhodes.
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    Can;t believe Surrey have signed Rampaul for two years
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    Saqib Mahmood should have a big season this year. I agree I think he looks like a huge talent.

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    It just scares me a little still to see S.Mahmood in the bowling column...
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    County Championship Preview, 2016

    The tinkermen of English cricket have been at work, and 2016is the last time the County Championship will be played in its current format.In this feature Martin takes a look at the summer that lies ahead.
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    Thought it was questionable that Lancs got Prince to go back on his retirement last year. Sure he got them back in the first division but what good is that now? Short term bump but really they needed others to show they can score runs.

    Looking at their squad (in relation to the other teams) I can't see them staying up. They'll need two or three of what I call average county pros (Brown, Croft, Bailey, Clarke) to really progress to the next level and/or Anderson to win them a load of games when he's available and/or win most games at home on spinning wickets - if they are to stay up.

    Hameed and Saqib are very good prospects but they ain't going to be game changers yet in a division 1 that continues to get stronger.

    Haven't decided yet who I think will be the other team to go down.

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    Glad that they've changed the bouncer law in white ball cricket. Last year with the no ball and free hit for anything over head height was really stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theegyptian View Post
    Thought it was questionable that Lancs got Prince to go back on his retirement last year. Sure he got them back in the first division but what good is that now? Short term bump but really they needed others to show they can score runs.

    Looking at their squad (in relation to the other teams) I can't see them staying up. They'll need two or three of what I call average county pros (Brown, Croft, Bailey, Clarke) to really progress to the next level and/or Anderson to win them a load of games when he's available and/or win most games at home on spinning wickets - if they are to stay up.

    Hameed and Saqib are very good prospects but they ain't going to be game changers yet in a division 1 that continues to get stronger.

    Haven't decided yet who I think will be the other team to go down.

    Thats the issue, Brown and Clark are the level of mediocrity we accept as first XI batsmen, along with the likes of Procter. Crofts got a bit more about him, and Bailey isn't a bad bowler but might find himself still on the fringes with the amount of pace bowlers we have lined up (Buck, Jarvis, Griffiths, Edwards, Mahmood, Smith, Anderson when available)

    Expect OT to spin this year, as Kerrigan will be our main threat, with Lilley likely to be our go to all-rounder. Add to the mix Parry too and we've got a decent spin unit, with a coach who understands the art. I think ultimately our inability to finish off a game and far too many draws will be our big stumbling point, as has been in other seasons we've struggled in the top flight.

    In the shorter game our batting actually looks alright, Smith and Croft perform better in LO cricket, Davies has been looking good, Livingstone isn't scared to hit the ball, Lilley is more than capable of quick runs. Would be disappointed if we don't make finals day again

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