Be it tests or CC first class cricket is clearly the best form. Nothing quite like it.
by Matt Warwick9/9/2016 2:40:56 PM
As long as its decided on the pitch and hopefully while all the teams are going for the win then great, but if Middlesex are in a position to load the pitch in favour of a draw then that is their right and they won Yorkshire's home fixture.
by nickcricket9/9/2016 2:41:24 PM
In terms of relegation if any of Warks, Hants, Lancs or Durham win another game I reckon they'll be safe because the weather will deny wins in many cases now
by Antony_Melvin9/9/2016 2:42:54 PM
Wow, great victories for Midds and Yorkies here. Midds come to OT for their next match and Yorks go to Somerset in another great contest. If we do win against Middlesex, it would put Yorkies in pole position to win the Championship. If we lose/draw, Warks game at Edgbaston is our relegation playoff.
by Aneesh Kumar9/9/2016 2:43:09 PM
For me its Hampshire they have played a game more than teams they will still be behind after this match finishes in a draw. They have done well to fight as hard as they have given the bowling attack they were fielding earlier in the season after injuries
by nickcricket9/9/2016 2:43:47 PM
The team that gets the most points is almost always a deserved winner & in the dogfight of the long summer of 2016 (yes it was a long summer) the winner will be undoubtedly the best team
by Antony_Melvin9/9/2016 2:44:30 PM
I think Hampshire are favourites to go down because a draw today will take things out of their hands - especially if the weather moves in. Points on the board now are important.
by Antony_Melvin9/9/2016 2:45:58 PM
the weather is set to be scorching next week.
by Yaacov9/9/2016 2:46:24 PM
Durham and Hants play in the last round. If Hants win, they might be able to survive and send us or Durham instead. Still looks tense. BBC Commentators were saying 155 is a safe number. This time, it may not be enough
by Aneesh Kumar9/9/2016 2:46:34 PM
I think that Yorks will win league because they look strong enough to beat anyone & I think Lance will prepare a road for the game against Middlesex as a 10/10 draw would be a great result for Lancs
by Antony_Melvin9/9/2016 2:47:11 PM
Yeah, absolutely. Road is guaranteed at OT. Drab contest vs Somerset showed a precedent. As a Lancs fan, I would rather take relegation than see our matches played on roads. If we do prepare a sporting track, we might even have a chance to win.
by Aneesh Kumar9/9/2016 2:49:48 PM
@AneeshKumar 155 is definitely not the safety mark. Nearer 175 I think
by George Potter9/9/2016 2:51:44 PM
Depends what happens with Surrey Durham, As I said I can't see Hampshire getting out they would need to beat Durham with a flawless performance and hope someone else has a shocking end
by nickcricket9/9/2016 2:52:01 PM
@AneeshKumar I'd expect roads at CLS and OT. 10 points suits both
by George Potter9/9/2016 2:56:47 PM
What would you say taking the positives of relegation would involve? Working out exactly how many runs Alex Hales will get in Div2? Realising that Steve Mullaney is really just a rich man's Darren Stevens?
by NemoUKS9/9/2016 2:58:50 PM
For those Durham supporters who hope that Surrey wont be fully committed to the final game against them then there is a significant difference in prize money between third and fourth place (granted Surrey probably don't need it as much as most) Prize money is as follows: First Division Winners £374,000.00 (Players Prize money) £158,100.00 (County Performance Payment) Runners-up £169,000.00 £52,020.00 Third £88,000.00 £15,022.00 Fourth £27,000.00 £5,121.00 Fifth £20,000.00 £4,000.00
by Mark Boyle9/9/2016 2:59:01 PM
UPDATE: Match delayed by rain, Surrey 248/3 (82.4 ov, trail by 5 - 2nd inns) v Hampshire