Friends Life t20, July 12 2013

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    Pace-setters

    Nottinghamshire have lived up to their early billing as one of the tournament favourites with an unbeaten start in their opening four matches to put them well on track for the quarter finals. Their top order is formidable: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, David Hussey, James Taylor and Samit Patel would match some international line-ups. Barring Taylor they all have impressive strike-rates – Hussey is approaching 200 while Lumb, who has 201 runs already, is at 157. Leicestershire’s attack will have a tough task stopping them

    Crowd call

    The other unbeaten team so far this season, and it will perhaps be a surprise to some, are Glamorgan who have three wins from three in the Midland/West/Wales group. Robert Croft has been rallying the locals to come down and show their support. He tweeted: “Come on Welsh Cricket fans, get to the Swalec Stadium tonight to see us play Somerset. Weather is perfect for T20 Party time! 6.30pm Start!”

    Trending #aussieruns

    Before Ashton Agar (and Phillip Hughes) performed their heroics at Trent Bridge, there was much notice being taken at the success of the Australians in county cricket. As mentioned above, David Hussey has shown his class with Nottinghamshire, while Ricky Ponting, Simon Katich and Adam Voges have been churning out the Championship runs. Ponting may have signed off his first-class career (with the small matter of 169) but he has a few t20 games left for Surrey. Watch him while you can.


    BPL or IPL

    After Warwickshire’s Championship win yesterday, their former allrounder Neil Carter tweeted: “Great win by @CricketingBears! Climb that table! Back to T20 cricket tomorrow! #loveacountyschedule”

    Ah, the wonder that is the county schedule. No one is saying it is easy organise the English season, but you’d forgive the players if they turned up with the wrong kit sometimes. Many will come into today’s matches straight off the back of a round of Championship matches. Modern cricketers are well versed to switching formats (as are the supporters who have to keep up with it all) but surely it isn’t conducive to the best cricket? Yet, it will be the way of the world next season with the Twenty20 spread throughout the season on Friday nights. The strength of recent crowds (and today may give another example) suggests Friday T20 will be popular but it will certain task the flexibility of the players and coaches

    BPL

    In other news...

    Essex have been hit a blow with Ravi Bopara ruled out for six weeks with a side strain

    Mark Robinson, the Sussex cricket manager, has called the small margins of Sussex's t20 defeats as 'heartbreaking'. Read more over on the BBC

    James Tredwell, meanwhile, has called Kent's current form 'embarrassing' after five defeats out of five in the FLt20 while they are currently second bottom in the Championship. There's more at Kent Online
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