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Specsavers County Championship, Monday, July 11, 2016

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  • Kegs is injured isn't he.
  • Answari must be the next spin bowling cab of the rank. Being a potential number 3 bat must make him even more tempting
  • UPDATE: Match delayed by rain, Surrey 95/2 (33 ov, won the toss) v Yorkshire
  • Hm, a spinner that's also a number 3 bat...
  • Ansari is a good prospect but he hasn't shown enough to get an England top order batting place. 3 First Class hundreds in 62 games
  • WICKET: Warwickshire 4/1 (1.5 ov, trail by 527 - 1st inns) v Hampshire
    ARI Umeed b Andrew 0 (5)   Partnership: 4 (1.5 ov)
    GM Andrew 0.5-0-0-1   V Chopra 4* (6)
  • Firmly in the batsman who can tweak it a bit era
  • They'll likely pick him for his bowling, but knowing England they wont waste a good opportunity to make him a multi skilled individual and fill a gap elsewhere, ala Moe in UAE. I'd pick him and bat him somewhere between Stokes, YJB and Woakes.
  • Always thought he was more of a tweaker attempting to improve his batting, Bowling average this year is 28 which is very respectable
  • He was picked as a bowler last year for the UAE before he got injured. Might not turn it as much as a leggie, but i believe he has control and what England always want in a spinner is 20 tight overs from the 45 over onward to 'tie up an end', so the quicks can be rotated
  • Think Ansari could go in the squad not sure if he has done enough to jump Rashid in the queue to play, when you think how highly England rate performances in other forms of International Cricket that JROY got considered for a Test Place
  • Rashid to the fore as Yorkshire cling on

    CricinfoYorkshire's NatWest Blast hopes still hang by a thread - and the margins are getting tighter -victory by one run in a match that was Derbyshire's for the taking
  • Somerset gamble on late pitch change

    CricinfoHarry Podmore claimed four wickets on his first County Championship appearance for Middlesex as Somerset were bowled out for 236 on the opening day of the match at Taunton
  • @dave - that's all well and good at home, but when you go to the sub continent and the spinner needs to be the biggest wicket taking threat, I'd rather have someone like Rashid who might ship runs but will almost definitely take more wickets
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    Worcestershire 59-0 v Northants lead by 188 runs
    Joe Leach completed his third five-wicket haul of the season as Worcestershire took full control on day two at Northamptonshire. Having bowled the hosts out for just 148 to take a first-innings lead of 129, Worcestershire took tea 59 for 0, 188 ahead.
    Leach took three wickets on the first evening and followed up on day two with Steven Crook caught behind for a second-ball duck and David Murphy held at point to finish with 5 for 70 and 36 wickets in the County Championship.
    Brett D’Oliveira helped clean up the tail trapping Azharullah and Ben Sanderson lbw with consecutive balls across two overs, before Murphy was the last man out. It was comfortably Northamptonshire’s poorest effort with the bat at home this season.
    D’Oliveira, in partnership with his captain Daryl Mitchell, saw Worcestershire to tea unscathed and the lead building.
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    Middlesex 242-8 v Somerset 236
    Jim Allenby’s best bowling figures for Somerset failed to prevent Middlesex grabbing first innings lead on the second day of the Specsavers County Championship match at Taunton.
    By tea the visitors had reached 242 for eight and led by just six runs. Allenby had figures of four for 40 from 20 overs with his medium-pace from the River End.
    George Bailey, dropped on 43, led the way for the visitors with 71 after Nick Gubbins had made 67 before falling to Allenby, who also sent back John Simpson, James Franklin and Bailey as the sides battled for supremacy.
    Middlesex had begun the day on 51 for one and had to battle all the way, even though Somerset lost Jamie Overton to a back injury after the seamer had sent down just three balls.
  • I assume we would play two spinners in India, the holding role as described, and then a more attacking spinner. I can't see Rashid getting many games as the sole spinner as he isn't that much of a wicket taking threat in 4 day cricket and is expensive, which England don't like in a spinner. that is the reality of the situation.
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    Broad and Gurney team up in new pub company
    England pace bowler Stuart Broad and his Nottinghamshire team-mate Harry Gurney could be pulling pints as well as taking wickets after going into business in their own pub company.
    The pair have set up the Cat & Wickets Pub Company and are about to open their first pub, the Three Crowns in the Leicestershire village of Wymeswold.
    Broad and former England one day international Gurney, along with their friend Dan Cramp, have rented the Three Crowns, a popular village local, from Punch Taverns and have just started a major refurbishment before it re-opens next month.
    “I started looking into the possibility of establishing a pub business around Christmas time. I rang Dan, who runs the Larwood & Voce at Trent Bridge, initially just for some advice but it grew from there,” Gurney said.
    “The builders started work today and hopefully the pub will be opening in the first week in August. We are having a new garden, a pizza oven is going in outside and there is a complete refurb inside.
    “It’s going to give the pub a new lease of life and hopefully provide the village with a nice local pub that does decent, reasonably priced food.
    “The food offering will not be quite as sophisticated as the Larwood but, having Dan on board, there will be elements. We have sporting backdrop and we are hoping to do a good quality, decent pub menu with a good Sunday roast which the Larwood prides itself on.”
    Neither Broad nor Gurney have any immediate plans to retire from cricket but the Cat & Wickets business venture suggests that they have both started to think about their post-playing careers.
    “We will see how we go. Part of the beauty for Broady and I is that while we are playing cricket neither of us need the money out of the business in the near future,” Gurney said.
    “We have put an investment in which we are not desperately urgent to take out of the business. So we can allow it to grow organically while we are still playing to a point where one day, when we have finished playing cricket, we might be able to start drawing a bit of income from it.”
    The involvement of Broad should help to raise the profile of the new business venture while Gurney hopes to develop new business skills.
    “I am running the finance side of the business. I am learning quite a lot about business and management, Vat returns and that sort of things,” Gurney said.
    “That interests me which Dan is more than happy with. He’s happy running a good pub so he will forward the invoices on to me and I will do the book-keeping.
    “Broady will do the PR and he will have a big input into the business. He’s already with contacts he has in the wine trade.”
    • Live Update
    Vithushan Ehantharajah at Northamptonshire 148 v Worcestershire 277 & 60-0

    Despite a few delays for rain and light – a couple were very petty – this game has moved along at great pace. Joe Leach and Mohammad Azharullah can take credit for that, nine wickets between them accounting for Northants and Worcestershire's top order, respectively. While Worcestershire were at least able to cobble together some middle order resistance with half-centuries for Ben Cox, Ross Whiteley and Leach, only Adam Rossington was able to produce anything of substance. It's an odd pitch in that batsmen have been able to play their shots and feel solid bat on ball, but when you put a bit extra behind a delivery, on an appropriate channel just on off stump, then wondrous things can happen. For Northants, they could do with stringing a few more of those special balls – preferably 10 in a row – to stop this Worcestershire charge: the lead is currently 189 and batting last on this pitch will be a tough ask. A final word on Leach: I'd be amazed if he didn't make a Lions tour this winter. He has shown exceptional skill with the ball all season and the advances in his batting see him as one of he most valuable players in the country. He also has three nicknames. Get him on the plane. 
  • Do we think Broady's contracts in the wine trade are those Hardy's adverts he does where the Australians won't go near him?
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