Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Week Two Runs Galore New Helmets Rob Key Retires and Leicestershire win

Just ten days of cricket have been played in the 2016 English county cricket season and already we have seen some amazing batting. With four massive double centuries.

Ben Duckett 282 not out at Northampton
Jonny Bairstow 246 at Derby
Sam Robson 231 at Lords
Jonathan Trott 219 at Lords

Plus a string of tons, one of those from Gloucestershire nighwatchman and bowler Liam Norwell at Bristol. Sam Robson followed up his 231 in the first innings with a 106 in the 2nd Innings and England Captain Alistair Cook has two centuries one in each of his two games so far. Four double centuries have never been scored before the END of April ever.

The weather has been quite good, clear skies yes, but it has been quite chilly. The groundsman perhaps are trying to produce flatter wickets with the away side having the option to bowl first, but it is to be fair a bit early to say that. Of course that does mean that draws are more likely and in week two in Division One and in Division Two they both saw two draws and just one win. Certainly something to keep an eye on, Mark Butcher is very much opposed to the new toss regulations he tweeted me back with his view that the new rule will have an unintended consequence, also to be fair he also said that before the season started.

The only week two winners in Division One were Lancashire. In Division Two, well Leicester football and cricket fans are just having the most incredible time as Leicestershire go 2nd with their win over Glamorgan. A very interesting start to the season indeed.

The new helmets have caused a bit of controversy obviously players such as Cook and Trott will draw attention, but that's only to be expected, and both were reluctant wearers of the bit of kit designed to protect them better. But they can't be that bad as the scoring from both players has been excellent, Cook did score just one in his 1st innings, but turned that around in the 2nd with his century. Also Chris Nash is thankful of the new helmet which he says saved him from at least a broken nose when he got struck by a bouncer from Jamie Porter, he has gone on record as saying that he is convinced that it was the new helmet that saved him.

Rob Key
Rob Key has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket a very popular guy he spent all his career with Kent which included long spells as captain. He also played 15 Tests for England and that included a double century against the West Indies at Lords in 2004. He scored 19.419 first class runs. He has just been working in India at the Cricket World Cup with Sky TV and so of course has a ready made second career in broadcasting already up and running.

One point of note Rob got lots of tweets congratulating him on his career and he spent time to reply to them all which I thought was a nice gesture.That means a lot to the fans. Well done again and good luck Rob.

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