CHAMPIONSHIP | Middlesex vs Yorkshire at Lord's (Day 2)

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CHAMPIONSHIP | Middlesex vs Yorkshire at Lord's (Day 2)

Joined: December 28th, 2003, 2:48 am

September 20th, 2016, 10:44 pm #1

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September 21st, 2016, 7:14 am #2

I'm on a train to London and there is thick fog most of the way. Hope it gets better as time goes by and the further south I get.
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Joined: April 11th, 2014, 7:14 am

September 21st, 2016, 8:14 am #3

I feel like yesterday was a good day for our championship hopes, the perfect scenario at 10:30 yesterday would be that Somerset get enough runs to mean Middlesex need a win if Somerset win but at the same time not so many that we'd struggle to match their batting points. Also we needed Middlesex not to get away from us. As far as I can see its job done so far on all counts, hopefully this mornings session sees Somerset all out for less than 350 and us batting before lunch with no wickets down. I make us favourites for the title. Or maybe I'm just an optimist!
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Joined: August 20th, 2013, 11:26 am

September 21st, 2016, 8:20 am #4

With our very fragile batting line-up, I do not think we are favourites for the title yet. If and when we have them bowled out for less than 300 and we get to 400 then we may be favourites. That is a long way away yet.
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Joined: March 7th, 2014, 11:28 am

September 21st, 2016, 8:23 am #5

I feel like yesterday was a good day for our championship hopes, the perfect scenario at 10:30 yesterday would be that Somerset get enough runs to mean Middlesex need a win if Somerset win but at the same time not so many that we'd struggle to match their batting points. Also we needed Middlesex not to get away from us. As far as I can see its job done so far on all counts, hopefully this mornings session sees Somerset all out for less than 350 and us batting before lunch with no wickets down. I make us favourites for the title. Or maybe I'm just an optimist!
I agree with Dave. Somerset knew that they couldn't afford to prepare a bunsen because they needed the bonus points. In the absence of any turn at Taunton, maximum batting points are always a real prospect. So a score below 350 must not have been in their game plan, and is as good as we could have hoped for. From what I can glean, whilst the Nottinghamshire spinners bowled poorly, this was not the sort of pitch that they have been producing of late (I think I read that no batting points have been scored at Tauton in the first innings of their last three games).

We "just" have to get Middlesex out asap and then score the necessary 300+ runs and it really is game on (appreciate that the 300+ is the tall order in all of this!)
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Joined: June 25th, 2015, 7:41 pm

September 21st, 2016, 8:29 am #6

Batting wise for us, one of our top four needs to get a century. If they don't we will be struggling.
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Joined: April 14th, 2015, 9:15 am

September 21st, 2016, 8:40 am #7

Sun breaking out in London: suspect there won't be much/any cloud cover in an hour.

I see that Rafiq has been given a new contract.

https://yorkshireccc.com/news/view/5173 ... -extension

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Joined: April 14th, 2015, 9:15 am

September 21st, 2016, 8:42 am #8

On the Somerset pitch, the Guardian says:

"It was an astonishing collapse but it could not be attributed to the vagaries of the much-discussed pitch at Taunton, which offered some spin but little venom."
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Joined: March 27th, 2014, 1:24 pm

September 21st, 2016, 8:47 am #9

Somerset have included 3 spinners so must be expecting turn just because it isn't a bunsen on Day one, doesn't mean it won't be come days 3 and 4.
Call for TKC..
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Joined: November 20th, 2013, 7:24 pm

September 21st, 2016, 9:04 am #10

Well their collapse yesterday has given us big chance, if they only get 3 batting points. Of course, we must at least match them when we bat and win our game but it makes our target clearer. Today is crucial and bowling them out before lunch is a priority.
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