Thursday, 12 May 2016

Week 5 More rain stops play Lottie reluctantly stands down and Tony Cozier sadly dies

Renowned West Indian broadcaster and writer Tony Cozier has sadly died this week aged 75. His easily recognisable voice was heard by millions of listeners on BBC Test Match Special. He also reported diligently on his beloved home side the West Indies. For further details on Tony's career and life please read the BBC webpage

Women's Cricket in particular English Cricket was shocked and surprised this week to hear of the announcement from Charlotte Edwards that she has chosen to retire from all forms of International Cricket. She did have her reasons and has explained them very well. Part of the reason (a big part I suggest) was the fact that England coach Mark Robinson had already sacked Charlotte from the England Captains job. It has also come to light that he was unlikely to pick her in any future team. There are quite a few well known names saying publicly that at age 36 this was too soon. Dominic Cork for one saying on TV Robinson should reverse his decision.

Charlotte as always has acted as a true professional that she is. She has stood aside from the team she loved being Captain, she moves on with head held very high indeed. Her personal record and the England teams list of triumphs speak for themselves. With the World Cup in 2009 and FOUR Ashes victories being the obvious highlight. The recent loss of the Ashes and then the fateful defeat in Delhi also against Australia in the T20 World Cup was by the looks of it the chance Robinson had to make sweeping changes, making it his team......rather than Charlottes.

Good Luck to Lottie, she has been an outstanding ambassador for Women's cricket which has seen amazing changes over her time as an England player and captain. I don't doubt for one minute she will continue to do that, with Kent, and she will be a pivotal player in the forthcoming Women's Super League in England and playing in the Big Bash.

In the County Championship the weather again dominated. This time the first two days were in glorious hot sunshine and everything looked perfect. We were heading for hopefully very close to eight results but after a dramatic change in the weather on day three, we ended up with just two. Both winners were in Division One, Yorkshire and Lancashire and they go 1st and 2nd respectively at the top of the table. Lancashire supporters will be eyeing up their game in hand knowing that any points gained from that whether it be win lose or draw it will take them into top spot quite easily. Obviously a long way to go yet.

Yorkshire's two England World stars Root and Bairstow had a terrific partnership in their 1st Innings Bairstow just missing out on a double century with 198, Root going past that milestone with 212. Ultimately this partnership set up the Innings victory. For Lancashire their England star James Anderson got 3 wickets in both of Hampshire Innings and Kerrigan who didn't bowl in the 1st Innings caused lots of problems in the 2nd picking up a 5 fer.

Warwickshire's seemingly very strong batting line up slummed to 152 all out, the Overton twins along with Lewis Gregory doing all the damage (Just Jamie making the England performance squad)

Not much change in Division two. Kent came close to beating Gloucestershire, they just ran out of time. Some chat was had on the Fiso Forum of what seemed to be an easy batting point when Kent were a whisker away from 400 runs in the 108th over but failed to pick it up before the bonus over limit of 110 overs went sailing by. No doubt there would have been discussions in the Pavilion about that as well.

Worcestershire I expect are wondering what they have done to the weather gods as they had Glamorgan looking down the barrel on 42/4 after they had racked up 456/6 declared, D'Oliveria with 202. In a worse position were Derbyshire, Sussex would have been certain winners had the weather not taken out half the playing time. Ed Joyce with a huge 250.

The tourists Sri Lanka were at Chelmsford, and Essex were to put it bluntly "all over them" The weather here again stopping the Div two side with a victory that would have been nice to put in their own record books. Tom Westley scored his 3rd century and 4 if you include the pre season game. How he is not in the England performance squad I just do not know.

So as ever plenty to talk about in the World of Cricket as the IPL goes into it's final week, before the play offs Not the most memorable IPL as the team winning the toss almost always chooses to field first and then most of the time makes the run chase. From England Buttler and Billings are doing well, Chris Jordan however finding it tough going, he has a few games left to try and turn things around. The 1st Test here starts in just seven days time, with the Natwest T20 Blast starting a day after that on May 20th.


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