If we're thinking in terms of ideals, we generally want to see a pitch offer 250-450 runs in the first innings (based on how good the bowling/batting is), and chases of ~250 in the final innings, with both teams feeling they have a chance. Problem is, preparing a wicket is ridiculously difficult, and far from a precise science.
by mjwright955/16/2016 1:40:18 PM
@acarey87 I wouldn't. If you're not good enough to win without stacking the pitch in your favour then you're not a very well rounded team in my opinion. I also appreciate my opinion may be different to others, and vice versa, and people - that's OK.
by SDHoneymonster5/16/2016 1:40:24 PM
WICKET: Essex 538/7 (148.4 ov) v Derbyshire JS Foster lbw b Thakor 17 (11) Partnership: 32 (3.4 ov) SJ Thakor 26.4-2-107-4 RN ten Doeschate 15* (13)
with regards to the pithes it depends on the perspective that is prioritised: county cricket fan vs. providing conditions that will allow int'l level player development (proper pace and spinners). But agree that we need a whole season before evaluating
by Oliver Ellis5/16/2016 1:43:01 PM
They do say, of course, that the best bowlers can take the pitch out of the equation. Sheer pace, movement through the air, subtle variations etc. And the unfashionable yorker. I do feel for spinners on non-turning tracks though.
by Brendan Mulcahy5/16/2016 1:43:27 PM
Looking at the pictures of Toby RJ's bat-why is no one sponsoring his bat?
by Yaacov5/16/2016 1:45:02 PM
Qayyum has been hit for his first six in FC cricket. You're a proper spinner now, lad.
by SDHoneymonster5/16/2016 1:45:37 PM
Groenewald almost grasps a caught and bowled from Lyth. Yorkshire 7-0 after two #SOMvYOR
by Somerset Cricket via twitter edited by David Hopps5/16/2016 1:48:15 PM
@SDHoneymonster. I shouldn't worry too much, another chance will be along soon enough. Lyth, Ballance and Gale are in exceedingly ropey form and we've no Root/YJB to bail us out this time. Plus there's the small matter of the 555-run lead...
by Brendan Mulcahy5/16/2016 1:51:14 PM
Hameed... hit a boundary?
by SDHoneymonster5/16/2016 1:52:41 PM
WICKET: Sussex 58/1 (21.3 ov, trail by 433 - 1st inns) v Worcs EC Joyce b Barnard 31 (58) Partnership: 58 (21.3 ov) EG Barnard 3.3-1-10-1 CD Nash 27* (71)
by ESPNcricinfo Live5/16/2016 1:52:42 PM
Lacs going at 2 an over.. Well, whats the surprise in that? They have gone #WayOfHameed
by Aneesh Kumar5/16/2016 1:52:47 PM
If there's one thing we should all ask for in CC pitches it would be a little more pace. Lateral movement is in the remit of the bowler, but giving some pace and bounce might encourage some livelier cricket. Does anyone here know how to prepare a deck with "pace"?
by PT10795/16/2016 1:52:48 PM
An hour and a half into his innings, Hameed has his first boundary!
by Alex Thomas5/16/2016 1:52:59 PM
Ultimately as long as the pitch offers something for the bowlers and the batters then I think that's fine. The pitch won't influence the ball through the air and if it offers spin later in the match but minimal seam movement then that's still something for the bowlers isn't it.
by DukeOfBenIngham5/16/2016 1:53:22 PM
Hammy ruining his strike rate for the Cowan-ites here
by OptaMassey5/16/2016 1:53:43 PM
His strike rate is currently well over 35, needs to slow it down a bit
by Matt Roberts5/16/2016 1:53:45 PM
The last couple of Test Pitches at OT have had a decent bit of pace and bounce in them
by nickcricket5/16/2016 1:54:02 PM
@PT1079 The Old Trafford pitches tend to have pace and bounce for Test matches but revert to slow low bunsens quite often for Champo cricket. Might be changing now their attack is built more around seam than spin though.