Thursday, 5 May 2016

Week 4 Nine Points separate the whole of Division One, and a great message to Mum

Jake Ball bowling for Notts

Jake Ball bowling for Notts

End of the championship cricket Week Four saw all the games drawn except Kent v Glamorgan. Kent easily won and in the process exorcised their Week One disappointment as they zoomed up the league to 3rd. The weather during the four days of play greatly improved but unfortunately it still took enough time out of a few games to just stop a certain result or two. Leicestershire came close at Sussex they were on top for the whole game and they were probably a session or at most two sessions short. Essex were thwarted at Worcester where they lost the most time but the game was very even at the end and really could have gone either way.

Hampshire and Middlesex were heading for a cracking finish but also didn't have enough time. Somerset were just in front against Lancs but even that one could have gone either way. Surrey clung on as Durham ran out of time. The best finish was on TV in the game between Notts and Yorks. It would have ended differently if they had not had the weather interruptions on Day Two (Bank Holiday Monday) It went down to the last ball and the last wicket, but, It ended in a draw, probably the fairest result of them all. Yorkshire would have won quite easily had the weather not meant that their target was turned into a 20/20 style run chase. Requiring nearly ten an over for the last ten overs they "had a go" but wickets kept falling, so much so, when they tried to "shut up shop" they left the door slightly ajar and it was Notts  that came very close to a win. The Yorkshire supporters watching behind their sofa's as Stuart Broad bowled the final over.

Individual performances saw some young guns get centuries and also some slighter older ones, Marcus Trescothick got his 60th century for Somerset. England's Captain Cook hit his 3rd century of the season for Essex. Micheal Carberry 107 and Paul Collingwood 106 showed their class. The results from the England seam attack of Broad Anderson and Finn were not outstanding though, they all put in the effort, just the number of wickets was very low. Jimmy did take three wickets in one session but apart from that, nothing much else to report from the three of them. But I do reiterate they certainly put in 100% effort with some good bowling.

Adam Lyth and Alex Lees of Yorkshire had the most contrasting fortunes. Adam very unlucky to be given out in the 1st Innings very first ball. Numerous repeats on the TV replay showed it was a suspect call at the very least, and Yorkshire fans will be a bit more direct about than that. "Bloody miles off" more like it.  Followed later by another dodgy call against Bairstow the Yorkshire supporters were a bit miffed I think that would be fair to say. Adam then only managed 4 in the 2nd Innings. He will be very frustrated I am sure, but he is fine batsman, and unfortunately that is Cricket, all over. His opening partner Alex Lees however had a cracking game in front of the England selectors, TV pundits and well known journalists. He chalked up 92 and 107 the 92 in the first Innings he had to hold together the whole team as Yorkshire were reduced to 24/3 with Lyth Ballance and Root all back in the Pavilion early doors.

The star for Nottinghamshire was of course Jake Ball and he has put himself in with a fair chance of getting that 12th or probably more like 13th man spot for the up and coming Test Match. He has certainly put his name on the short list, and that's what it's all about. He caused complete carnage at the top of the Yorkshire Innings taking those three big wickets and ending up with 18-4-57-4 and then in the 2nd Innings 15-1-68-3. Also of note was the final session from Harry Gurney his 3 wickets when Yorkshire were going for the runs nearly won Notts the game. His efforts won't have gone unnoticed.

Congratulations have to go to century makers other than the those already mentioned. Neil Dexter and Mark Cosgrove both got centuries for the foxes they scored 131 and 122 respectively. Joining Colly's century for Durham was young Jack Burnham age 19 scored his first class century with 135 great knock from the young lad. The fantastic tweet from the club below to show how he thanked his Mum and well done Jack for that great message.

Jack Burnham Maiden Century

Dawid Malan for Middlesex scored 121. Then because of the rain Cook and Westley batted for 3 days at Worcester and Tom Westley keeps impressing with a 125. That is his 2nd Century of the season plus the university match to make three. For the home side Worcester's D'Oliveira got 128 and Kohler Cadmore 119. For Lancs Horton and Pettini scored 100 and 142 and Chris Nash got a big 144 in the 2nd Innings to certainly play a massive part in getting the draw for Sussex. Their 2nd Innings a lot better than their 1st.

Richard Levi got 104 for Northants and it won't have gone unnoticed at Trent Bridge that loanee 23 year old opening batsman Jake Libby scored 102. Cue Music "Will he stay or will he go now" One more game before the decision is made I think. In the same game Chesney Hughes who I have been told by a Derbyshire fan is in "Peak" form, (I nearly rolled off my chair with that one) Scored a very solid 109 and along with Captain Godleman's 96, they secured the draw.  Indeed checking his stats my forum friend is spot on and those that play the Telegraph Fantasy Cricket could well get a good tip here as he is rated a "3" which is cheap, and he has taken 3 wickets as a bonus, he is also at present lying 3rd in the highest points for a batsman.

David Lloyd 107 and Graham Wagg 106 2nd Innings efforts gave Glamorgan a chance. Solid batting from Kent's Bell Drummond with 84 and 86 are also worth a mention. There are probably others but it's true centuries do make a difference you can't get away from that fact.

So where does that all leave us, Well Division One is amazing! Just NINE points separating top from bottom! What more can you say, except its close!! In Div 2 it is Essex Leicester and Kent. Kent will be chuffed to have closed that early gap so quickly. Leicestershire are over the moon with their performances, it seems everything from Leicester is turning to gold at the moment....don't rule them out! You won't get 5000/1 that is for sure.

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