@George.Dobell I can't see how the pitch at Taunton can be rated poor? After reading your match report yesterday, I I looked online and found the ECB's pitch regulations document pulse-static-files.s3.amazonaws.com accessed from www.ecb.co.uk According to this, a pitch which offers "Excessive turn from the protected area on the first or second playing days of the match" is to be rated Below Average. And a pitch can only be rated Poor if there is either "Excessive unevenness of bounce for any bowler at any stage of the match" or "Excessive seam movement at any stage of the match". So if the ECB rate the Taunton pitch as Poor due to the amount of spin it takes, as seems likely from your report yesterday, they would be in violation of their own pitch regulations!
by Christopher Bowyer9/26/2017 9:33:23 AM
Brian is an institution. And probably worth a spot in top six on form...
by NemoUKS9/26/2017 9:32:18 AM
Still don't see how the Somerset pitch could reasonably be marked poor. Yet to see a single example of variable bounce having watched a fair bit of the livestream and visited the ground yesterday
by Will Colwell9/26/2017 9:32:03 AM
UPDATE: Match start delayed (Play due to start at 10:40am), Middlesex 18/3 (15 ov, trail by 218 - 1st inns) v Somerset
by ESPNcricinfo Live9/26/2017 9:31:42 AM
I reckon we'll be playing Bally Bingo by about 10.50 today
by Joe Williams9/26/2017 9:31:42 AM
Lyth caught behind off Porter
by Joe Tompkins9/26/2017 9:31:06 AM
(Keeping in boiled urine, by the way, really hurts.)
by StaggerBreaths9/26/2017 9:30:39 AM
by StaggerBreaths9/26/2017 9:30:18 AM
I hope you appreciate how much I've kept in my personal boiled urine Nick, as someone who still very much has an interest in Middx.
Mind you, they don't have a cat. That has the potential to sway me.
by StaggerBreaths9/26/2017 9:30:08 AM
So Lyth or brathwaite for first wicket then?
by Joe Williams9/26/2017 9:30:03 AM
If Middlesex stay up due to the pitch at Taunton being rated poor it will only further confirm that English cricket is run by an elitist mafia.
by George.Dobell edited by David Hopps9/26/2017 9:27:39 AM
disgusting, I see Somerset are getting it to rain, no doubt to suit them.
by Will Colwell9/26/2017 9:26:10 AM
UPDATE: Match start delayed (Start delayed due rain), Middlesex 18/3 (15 ov, trail by 218 - 1st inns) v Somerset
by ESPNcricinfo Live9/26/2017 9:25:05 AM
To be fair, Durham have done a very decent job of selecting the right new (and presumably cheap) players so far - Steel, Clark very impressive. If anything, it's the experienced batsmen who've let them down this year (not Colly)
by NemoUKS9/26/2017 9:18:27 AM
The boiled **** from Middlesex supporters on twitter is reaching Gary Ballance England selection levels
by nickcricket9/26/2017 9:17:24 AM
Be a tough choice for Durham do they selected their own youth players or look at some experienced 2nd XI players elsewhere
by nickcricket9/26/2017 9:15:40 AM
@nickcricket I'm not sure if Chanderpaul will be around next season for Lancs. If not, then the side will look something like: Jennings, Hameed, Livingstone, Croft, Davies, Vilas, McLaren, Clark, Parry, Bailey, Mahmood
by Alex Thomas9/26/2017 9:15:03 AM
Chanderpaul I could easily see retiring
by Will Colwell9/26/2017 9:14:09 AM
At this rate, Durham are going to end up taking in any player that isn't good enough to get a game anywhere just to get a team out. Shame after the success they've had
by acarey879/26/2017 9:13:59 AM
@AlexThomas Instead of Chanderpaul or Croft?
by nickcricket9/26/2017 9:13:07 AM
@RobLittle I suspect Alex Davies will drop down to reinforce the middle order
by Alex Thomas9/26/2017 9:10:03 AM
wait am i being stupid or do lancs not have way too many openers now?
by Rob Little9/26/2017 9:07:44 AM
Can't blame Lancs, the chance to sign an England qualified South African was a having cake and eating opportunity not to be missed
by nickcricket9/26/2017 9:07:06 AM
Somerset's lower order batting looked like they were afraid of drawing.
by Haystack_Jnr9/26/2017 9:06:13 AM
No Duckett for Northants. Bah. No longer so fussed as to whether Notts. go up or not, though: they've been nudged aside in the villainy stakes by Lancs.
by StaggerBreaths9/26/2017 9:05:40 AM
by nickcricket9/26/2017 9:03:22 AM
Negative points for a draw would mean green seamers everywhere bar Somerset. Not the best of ideas.
by StaggerBreaths9/26/2017 9:03:14 AM
Is there any chance Notts failing to wrap up promotion in the last couple of weeks has cost them here?
by Will Colwell9/26/2017 9:03:07 AM
???? BREAKING NEWS: We are delighted to announce the signing of batsman @JetJennings on a 4⃣ year contract. ????
Maybe changing the point scoring system so that a draw gives the away team a couple more points than the home team - though that'd be harsh in weather affected matches. Certainly think if a match is a abandoned that the away team should get more points than the home team in cases like Chesterfield last week
by Joe Williams9/26/2017 9:01:08 AM
Botham only really a figurehead to bring a bit of glamour and help the club bring in business partners, going to be a hard sell with a minor county captained by a pensioner.
by nickcricket9/26/2017 8:58:38 AM
Negative points for a draw would liven things up.
by Haystack_Jnr9/26/2017 8:58:12 AM
I do wonder why there aren't bonus points for an innings victory or 10 wicket win etc
by dez dezzy9/26/2017 8:57:23 AM
Ah so that explains the "rake marks". Brian's been sharpening his claws on a length.
by Haystack_Jnr9/26/2017 8:56:41 AM
I think you should get 1 bonus point for every wicket taken by a teenage off spinner
It's a weird beast the championship. Maybe less points for a draw or more points for a win would be an idea.
by Haystack_Jnr9/26/2017 8:54:24 AM
Also is it just me who thinks the woman in the weather report looks like she's about to be revealed as the villain in a slasher film?
by StaggerBreaths9/26/2017 8:54:14 AM
I don't think Botham could be expected to solve everything overnight. What he has done arguably hasn't been that helpful, but he expressed the anger I think a lot of the fans feel. That's something. A mealy-mouthed ECB figurehead would have been chased out with pitchforks.
by StaggerBreaths9/26/2017 8:53:15 AM
Stoneman - 59 Burns - 50 Foakes - 45 Roy - 43 Pope - 45
while Currans, Sibley and Clarke have chipped in, and Borthwick's been a bit rubbish