UPDATE: Match delayed by rain (Play due to restart at 2:35pm), Yorkshire 134/2 (39.1 ov, lead by 193 - 2nd inns) v Hampshire
by ESPNcricinfo Live9/2/2016 1:01:56 PM
Statistically, if this is the measure being used for the second string ODI team, then Sam Haines must be included. Granted he harks back to the days of scoring singles to get a total of 280, but he is the leading run scorer in the competition, playing in the final and played a crucial hand in the semi-finals win. This also asks a wider question: Is the 50 over cup preparing players for ODIs, or is it next to useless if the top run scorer and side in the final is built around performances that hark back to how England played in the 2015 world cup?
by dave9/2/2016 1:04:04 PM
A 50 for Onions and Jennings a run machine. Durham is weird.
by Matt Warwick9/2/2016 1:06:52 PM
dave - Good question, I guess every team has to pay to their strengths would be pretty dull if the format became an arms race that the ability to score 400 was the only way to win. The next to global comps are here and as we saw in yesterdays game the ability to be smart about attacking shots will still be important in some games.
by nickcricket9/2/2016 1:07:24 PM
INDIVIDUAL 100: AN Petersen 101* (170) Lancashire 278/3 (92.3 ov, trail by 275 - 1st inns) v Somerset
by ESPNcricinfo Live9/2/2016 1:09:48 PM
INDIVIDUAL 50: SD Robson 50* (175) Middlesex 145/3 (58.1 ov, lead by 215 - 2nd inns) v Warwickshire
by ESPNcricinfo Live9/2/2016 1:10:31 PM
true, Nick, horses for courses and all that, but wasn't the pro-40 turned into the 50 over comp so that it did resemble ODIs. Therefore, i can only assume the plan was to prepare county players for the step up. So, if the comp is essentially 18 months out of date, was there any point in changing it at all? Will Sam Haines ever open the batting for England in an ODI? Play a test, yes, an ODI i doubt
by dave9/2/2016 1:10:49 PM
INDIVIDUAL 100: KK Jennings 100* (203) Durham 227/3 (70.5 ov, lead by 158 - 2nd inns) v Notts
by ESPNcricinfo Live9/2/2016 1:11:52 PM
Has anyone told Middlesex about the weather forecast? Oh and well done Kent.
by StaggerBreaths9/2/2016 1:14:18 PM
dave - Still quite young so he might expand his range of shots and up his SR as he progresses but there is a chance he won't. With current ODI side only playing four specialist batsmen its not going to be easy for anyone to break in if England are being successful
by nickcricket9/2/2016 1:14:19 PM
And I completely agree that the domestic OD game should be scrapped, but then y'all know my view regarding the format overall so...
by StaggerBreaths9/2/2016 1:15:26 PM
WICKET: Worcestershire 76/3 (19.3 ov, trail by 295 - 2nd inns) v Essex JM Clarke b Napier 22 (27) Partnership: 32 (8.0 ov) GR Napier 6.3-2-22-2 TC Fell 10* (22)
by ESPNcricinfo Live9/2/2016 1:16:12 PM
MIDDLESEX BOUNDARY KLAXON
by StaggerBreaths9/2/2016 1:17:42 PM
Vithushan Ehantharajah at Essex 601-5 v Worcestershire 230 & 76-3
After D'Oliveira edged through to Foster, fourth ball after the interval, Joe Clarke plays on after an enterprising 22. Both wickets have fallen to Graham Napier, as he and David Masters keep this young middle order in check. Three day finish very much on.
by Vithushan Ehantharajah9/2/2016 1:17:50 PM
Yes today that does deserve a klaxon. Bet it was a thick edge through a gap in the cordon.
by StaggerBreaths9/2/2016 1:18:08 PM
Freddie Wilde at the Ageas Bowl for Yorkshire 281 and 134-2 v Hampshire 222
We could be quite close to a restart here. All but the pitch cover have been removed and a rope is going round the outfield.
by Freddie Wilde9/2/2016 1:18:27 PM
okay, Haines is a slight red herring, the point being that he is being successful by playing an outdated mode of the game. Team England are not going to look at any player who bats in that manner and think, yeah, we'll bring him in. Actually, counter intuitively, i would actually like him not to increase his range of shots and so on as he has the making (and was up until this season) showing the technique and temperament to be a good test batsman - don't need him learning the ramp shot, or scoop etc to be a test number 4.
by dave9/2/2016 1:18:55 PM
Well, Instead of scarpping it fully, 50 over game can be played like group and knockouts, instead of two, there could be 4 groups (two having 5 teams, two having 4) so that we have lesser matches. One from each group can qualify to the semis. Something like that.