Championship | Essex vs Yorkshire at Chelmsford (Day Two)

Joined: 13 Feb 2012, 16:23

26 Sep 2017, 11:16 #31

Sep 25-28, 2017 - at County Ground, Chelmsford

Essex 227 (71.2 overs)

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Indeed the batting has clearly been an issue for a few seasons now. Far too many under-performing and it really does need reviewing and addressing for next season.
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Joined: 11 Apr 2015, 11:47

26 Sep 2017, 11:18 #32

Sep 25-28, 2017 - at County Ground, Chelmsford

Essex 227 (71.2 overs)

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It was unlucky that the bowler just got a fingertip or so on the ball. Ballance was right to be backing up. Most first class cricketers back up. it's not like he was halfway down the pitch.
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26 Sep 2017, 11:19 #33

Sep 25-28, 2017 - at County Ground, Chelmsford

Essex 227 (71.2 overs)

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How anyone can say our batting is not a weakness is beyond me. What level of performance would make it a problem? It is not just the lack of runs, but the manner of the often short innings. When Ballance went to England in June, you looked down the list and there was literally no-one you had confidence in. There have been various shades of that since mid-2015.
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26 Sep 2017, 11:22 #34

Sep 25-28, 2017 - at County Ground, Chelmsford

Essex 227 (71.2 overs)

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Ballance's dismissal doesn't look good really. Not sure of the necessity to be that far down the track backing-up in such a situation.
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Joined: 20 Nov 2013, 19:24

26 Sep 2017, 11:27 #35

Sep 25-28, 2017 - at County Ground, Chelmsford

Essex 227 (71.2 overs)

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There is no excuse for such carelessness in a CC match, especially from captain when wickets are tumbling around him. Agree Martin, that Lees scored runs on Oval featherbed but he had two low scores against Warwickshire and K-C should not have been excluded at Chelmsford - indeed I would have preferred him as opening partner for Lyth. I do not think Brathwaite is good selection as overseas player and expect this will be his last match for us. Young West Indoan Shai Hope is a much better future prospect. Thankfully we have just avoided relegation but some fundamental changes are required for next season.
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Joined: 27 Mar 2014, 13:24

26 Sep 2017, 11:28 #36

Sep 25-28, 2017 - at County Ground, Chelmsford

Essex 227 (71.2 overs)

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"How anyone can say our batting is not a weakness is beyond me. What level of performance would make it a problem?"

I'd like to know the answer to this question too..
My darling Maxi
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26 Sep 2017, 11:29 #37

Sep 25-28, 2017 - at County Ground, Chelmsford

Essex 227 (71.2 overs)

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It's just plain dumb in Championship cricket.
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Joined: 20 Aug 2013, 11:26

26 Sep 2017, 11:29 #38

Sep 25-28, 2017 - at County Ground, Chelmsford

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Ballance was averaging over 100 before England picked him and then getting injured. Since he came back his average is 26.

Jennings very similar with Durham. Not sure what England do to players, but I would prefer the pre-England Gary back with us.
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Joined: 13 Feb 2014, 21:14

26 Sep 2017, 11:35 #39

Sep 25-28, 2017 - at County Ground, Chelmsford

Essex 227 (71.2 overs)

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Batting is our problem. Over the last 2 or 3 seasons we had Bairstow and or Bresnan to save us, but weakness always catches up with you.

We need to stick with Lees and Leaning. Both have so much potential and as we continue to invest in them, we need to do it the Yorkshire way and develop our own.

What we need is a quality opening overseas batsman - Would be great to get Marsh back.

In addition we need a keeper batsman who is good enough to bat top 6.

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Joined: 27 Apr 2007, 17:25

26 Sep 2017, 11:39 #40

Sep 25-28, 2017 - at County Ground, Chelmsford

Essex 227 (71.2 overs)

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I don't know if anyone's interested in facts in this "debate", but of course Yorkshire are 84 for 5 at the moment and Essex (county championship leaders by 69 points) were also 84 for 5 after two hours yesterday.
Essex's top 5 have scored 79 runs against Yorkshire's rather depleted attack (no Sidebottom, Rashid or Plunkett), while Yorkshire's top 5 got only 60, but that includes Ballance's relatively odd dismissal.
I'd like to see the batting strengthened during the closed season, as I've said on several occasions, but I don't think all the hysteria is justified.
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