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    **Official** County Cricket 2017

    It's getting a bit silly to have the 2016 thread still here when we're talking about new stuff

    Anyway MCC include Haseeb Hameed & Ben Duckett for county season opener against Middlesex - BBC Sport

    MCC XI:

    Haseeb Hameed (Lancashire)

    Tom Alsop (Hampshire)

    Sam Northeast (capt, Kent)

    Ben Duckett (Northants)

    Joe Clarke (Worcestershire)

    Ben Cox (Worcestershire)

    Lewis Gregory (Somerset)

    Matt Coles (Kent)

    Matt Fisher (Yorkshire)

    Mason Crane (Hampshire)

    Jack Leach (Somerset)
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    Anyone else feel like the MCC side is turning into an unofficial Lions side?

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    Yep, hard to justfiy some of those inclusions other than wanting young players playing more FC cricket.

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    Good on Ben Cox getting some recognition. He wasn't really upto it when he was pushed into the Worcestershire team as a 17/18 year old and didn't seem to have the talent. Could easily have dropped out the game like so many do but credit to himself and Worcestershire for persevering and improving someone - and he has improved massively because he really was poor. Unlikely to ever play for England but he seems to be rated as one of the best keepers in county cricket right now by people within the game.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    Anyone else feel like the MCC side is turning into an unofficial Lions side?
    Realistically isn't that what it should be these days?

    May as well get a chance to look at certain young players against the previous years champions. Gives them a taste of some higher level cricket and shows them how far they have to go if they want to make it to the top.

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    Anyway what could lancs top 7 look like if everyone was availible for selection, would buttler take the gloves and vilas play as a batsman. Will shiv bat in the top 4 as opposed to his middle order WI spot? Who's replasing alviro peterson?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Flint View Post
    Anyway what could lancs top 7 look like if everyone was availible for selection, would buttler take the gloves and vilas play as a batsman. Will shiv bat in the top 4 as opposed to his middle order WI spot? Who's replasing alviro peterson?
    Chanderpaul is effectively the Petersen replacement. I'd imagine Vilas will play as a batsman when Buttler is available but he might have to bat higher up the order. Buttler and Hameed aren't likely to have much overlap in their availability anyway. We don't have many other opening options than Hameed & young Rob Jones (who played about 2 games there) now that Smith has retired. Hope they don't do something ridiculous like ask Livingstone to open.


    Hameed
    Rob Jones
    Procter
    Chanderpaul
    Croft
    Livingstone
    Vilas
    Mclaren
    Kerrigan/Lilley
    Jarvis
    Anderson

    Should see something like that to open the season though they might try to squeeze an extra bowler in their without Smith. Not sure what the prognosis is on Alex Davies ongoing injury problems but the signing of Vilas doesn't bode well.

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    Mods to merge with the 'South Africa asks for its players to stay' thread.
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    Kent beat a T+T team including Gabriel, Rampaul and Ramdin fairly easily today. Good result for them.

    England u19s under way tomorrow against India. Going to get trashed imo. Hopefully be competitive in the odis at least. Seem to have had an inordinate amount of injuries this winter, not that they would have had much chance anyway.

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    Anyone know anything more about Delray Rawlins other than what I read on cricinfo? Sounds like the next KP, started as a spinner who has now turned into a big hitting middle order batsman. 19 years of age and comes from Bermuda and putting in some great all round performances for ENG U-19's against India.

    Does anyone here support Sussex? Does this lad have a chance of getting a few games this season?

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    Who's the favorites for the title then? Got to be mddsx as all thats changed from last year is voges in for bailey which is a massive upgrade esp as he has retired from intl cricket.
    Cant see us losing anyone to england in any format either as finn wont get picked, roland jones too far down the pecking order and hameed and jennings favoured over gubbins. Malan would have to score massively to get a look in for englands middle order too.
    All looking good, tho i still think rayner punched above his weight last year but if he can chip in again our attack is more than good enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Flint View Post
    Who's the favorites for the title then? Got to be mddsx as all thats changed from last year is voges in for bailey which is a massive upgrade esp as he has retired from intl cricket.
    Cant see us losing anyone to england in any format either as finn wont get picked, roland jones too far down the pecking order and hameed and jennings favoured over gubbins. Malan would have to score massively to get a look in for englands middle order too.
    All looking good, tho i still think rayner punched above his weight last year but if he can chip in again our attack is more than good enough.
    Yep hard to look past Yorkshire and Middlesex as favourites. Middlesex seam depth is an obvious strength and should be stronger than last year with Finn around. Helm has barely played (through injury and non selection) and yet is with the England lions this winter (along with Fuller and TRJ). Very stong first 14 or 15 men in the squad. Yorkshire remain strong also, even if some of the first xi bowling is ageing - got some really good young bowlers coming through. England players will flit in and out but they always seem to do well for Yorkshire unlike for instance Broad at Notts. Root should be available at start of season as he's not going to the IPL and Bairstow has a high auction price so may not get picked up.

    Wouldn't surprise me if Somerset won the title (with a heavy emphasis on spin as per last year) or were relegated. Don't particularly fancy any of the rest.

    Be interesting to see what Hampshire do with their batting though with Carberry coming back and the signings they've made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theegyptian View Post
    Be interesting to see what Hampshire do with their batting though with Carberry coming back and the signings they've made.
    Hadn't realised he was coming back (had just assumed he wasn't tbh), really great to hear otherwise
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    Good news regarding carbs, hopefully he has a really good season personally but the rest of his team mates fail miserably and get relegated.
    Interested to see how surrey go too, they seem to have concentrated on bringing their youth set up through the last few years and i think this is the season theu should start to see some results. If sam curran develops a bit of extra pace being a year older and stronger and if roy can realise his potential and actually bat well with a red ball then they could be a threat.
    Expecting yorks to be just as good as every other year lol and to be middlesex' biggest challenger

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    Yea I'm not sure anything I can say about Hampshire and specifically that piece of **** Bransgrove that would be allowed on here. But I will be supporting every team that plays them as much as I support Durham and England.
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