CHAMPIONSHIP | Middlesex vs Yorkshire at Lord's (Day 3)

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CHAMPIONSHIP | Middlesex vs Yorkshire at Lord's (Day 3)

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

September 21st, 2016, 11:15 pm #1

Sep 20-23, 2016 - at Lord's, London

Middlesex 270 Yorkshire 235-6 (69 overs)
Yorkshire trail by 35 runs with 4 wickets remaining in the 1st innings

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Joined: October 18th, 2013, 9:48 am

September 22nd, 2016, 7:31 am #2

So here we are then, 5 months of cricket, and it all comes down to 2 hours at Lords this morning.

All the ifs and buts have gone, its quite simple, score 115 runs and we should have our third title, don't and we won't.

I know where i will be at 10.30 this morning, glued to the edge of my armchair watching every ball.

my brain says no chance, my heart is not so sure....
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Joined: September 7th, 2015, 9:28 pm

September 22nd, 2016, 8:16 am #3

My eyes are hurting from watching so much damn telly but I have to take in at least the morning session today. Tim very sensibly talking about taking it in 10 run blocks.

Hopefully we can get off to a flyer with the old ball for the first half hour and then try and see off the new ball.

We seem to have learnt not to let the spinner settle, which along with Franklin not being good enough may have taken a lot out of the 3 faster bowlers on the first day.

Here's hoping.
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Joined: March 7th, 2014, 11:28 am

September 22nd, 2016, 8:22 am #4

On the train down to London. Won't get to Lords til 11. Hoping that the journey proves worth it..
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Joined: June 4th, 2015, 6:32 pm

September 22nd, 2016, 8:40 am #5

Based on yesterday's viewing Toblerone Jones is their best bowler by far. Franklin only bowls to rest and rotate the others. Rayner to speed up the over rate which was -2 at one stage.

Funny how the centrally contracted Finn and the Irish tourist Murtagh could easily have not been playing in this game whilst the stand out bowler would be playing.

Big day. A Somerset win is a given. We have to get 350 in 110 overs and then reassess how best to win.
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Joined: August 20th, 2013, 11:26 am

September 22nd, 2016, 8:43 am #6

My head says no, my heart says yes. Tough ask to get to 350, with a new ball due very shortly and only 4 wickets left. But here`s hoping.
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Joined: April 2nd, 2014, 9:31 am

September 22nd, 2016, 8:46 am #7

Bizarrely it might well be in Middlesex's interested to let us get the 350 in 110 overs and turn it into a one innings, winner takes all game, given Somerset will win.
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Joined: April 14th, 2015, 9:15 am

September 22nd, 2016, 8:50 am #8

The MTWD guys well on to this...are their team management, though?

"In a way, it would be to Middlesex’s advantage if Yorkshire gain enough batting points to get themselves into a position whereby a win would secure them the title, as that would mean they would chase whatever we set them rather than impede our efforts to bowl them out."


"It is an irony that our chances might be a bit better if Yorkshire got to 350, and were thus obliged to chase fourth innings. If they did, mind, we might not be in a position to choose what they are set. But let's not forget Scarborough, where Yorkshire fell to pieces on the last day on a supposed batting paradise."


"Presumably if Yorkshire do get the points yet the game then meanders towards a draw, there could some contrivance between the captains on Friday as a draw will suit neither team? Cue then claims in Taunton of foul play."


Exciting, nicely balanced stuff. How about a quick poll on who we want to win if (God forbid!) it isn't us?
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Joined: October 18th, 2013, 9:48 am

September 22nd, 2016, 8:52 am #9

Bizarrely it might well be in Middlesex's interested to let us get the 350 in 110 overs and turn it into a one innings, winner takes all game, given Somerset will win.
Thats what i was saying yesterday.

joke bowling till we get to 350, then declare and play joke bowlers to give middx the 115 runs back.

result by tea, middx will have a small lead and will have to declare before lunch on friday setting us something like 300 in 75-80 overs, with the winner winning the title.

otherwise will we bust a gut to try and win, i suppose if we did we could get second rather than third....but if we do not have an incentive then we will no doubt bat out for a draw and somerset will be champions.
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Joined: June 3rd, 2014, 8:54 pm

September 22nd, 2016, 9:02 am #10

It will be a while before Middlesex start thinking that way, surely. They will hope to knock us over by about 1115 for about 245/250 and build a lead of 300 by the close, knocking us over again tomorrow.
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