CHAMPIONSHIP | Yorkshire vs Somerset at Leeds (Day 2)

CHAMPIONSHIP | Yorkshire vs Somerset at Leeds (Day 2)

Joined: 28 Dec 2003, 02:48

13 Sep 2016, 02:17 #1

Sep 12-15, 2016 - at Headingley, Leeds

"D-Day," "high noon," or "put up or shut up" - any way you look at it our chances of a third Championship in a row are on the line today.

Yorkshire 145 Somerset 107/1 (27 ov)
Somerset trail by 38 runs with 9 wickets remaining in the 1st innings

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Joined: 04 Jun 2015, 18:32

13 Sep 2016, 06:25 #2

Well today can't be as bad as yesterday with bat or ball. But the players all know that too and with Dizzys departure, Pattos family illness, gale on a tightrope as skipper and a few looking over their shoulders as we look to sign a domestic player for next season you hope there are enough incentives for the bowlers to turn things around today.

Looking back we have done well to still be challenging for the title bearing in mind absences of England players. I have given up any hope that we ever see Root in a Yorkshire shirt again unless it's for a glorified pre season net ahead of the first summer test. But it's galling to see Bairstow twiddling his thumbs on the boundary when he is fit and well and needs to keep on keeping to get better and it's a pain to lose so many to the one day squad and see them not selected when we have games. But our biggest miss this season has been Williamson who is class and right handed to break up our top order of lefties.

Leaning and Rhodes have gone backwards other then jacks t20 cameos and Fisher has been a drinks carrier only. We missed our best opening pair earlier in the season due to injury and relied on Coad and Shaw at one stage. Our lack of back up for Rashid left us dangerously exposed as Carver not yet ready for first team and the cupboard was bare. I think it's good to get Rafiq back but how many four day wickets has he taken?

So all in all the fact we are where we are suggests we are punching well above our weight and we have muddled through some tough challenges and some that other counties will never experience. Can we muddle through another day today and take 9 wickets by tea? Any later and Somerset may have too many runs.

Failing that, where's George Davis when you need him?!
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Joined: 20 Nov 2013, 19:24

13 Sep 2016, 06:46 #3

Well said Third Umpire, an excellent summary. Maybe our lads will come out today fired up to prove us all wrong and go on to win the match - unlikely, but plenty of time remaining to achieve another remarkable "Houdini" act and confound us all 😀
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Joined: 21 Jan 2004, 19:13

13 Sep 2016, 07:16 #4

It's interesting that whenever Yorkshire get into 'problems' at Headingley George Davis gets a mention. This certainly happened yesterday after tea.
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Joined: 21 Aug 2013, 19:47

13 Sep 2016, 07:17 #5

Well said Third Umpire, an excellent summary. Maybe our lads will come out today fired up to prove us all wrong and go on to win the match - unlikely, but plenty of time remaining to achieve another remarkable "Houdini" act and confound us all 😀
I haven't done the maths but:

We lose this game and get three points.

Middlesex and Lancs draw and end up with 11 pts

Somerset beat Notts next week (21pts)

Yorkshire beat Middlesex (14pts more than Middlesex from the game)

Are we champions?

About to make sandwiches, my season probably ends today (baring a last minute drive to Lords next Friday), not the final day I was expecting.
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Joined: 20 Aug 2013, 11:26

13 Sep 2016, 07:18 #6

Well said Third Umpire, an excellent summary. Maybe our lads will come out today fired up to prove us all wrong and go on to win the match - unlikely, but plenty of time remaining to achieve another remarkable "Houdini" act and confound us all 😀
Probably the only days cricket in the last 5 years, I am not looking forward to.

My head and all logic fears an absolute hammering. Sunny and hot, perfect batting conditions, two well set batsmen and a very long batting line-up. 450/500 by close of play, and Somerset still batting??

My heart remains hopeful, but taking plenty of reading to pass the time away while Tres, Rogers and co pile on the runs.
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Joined: 28 Apr 2016, 12:45

13 Sep 2016, 07:29 #7

You said it Stu not looking forward to it at all but can't play as bad as yesterday?
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Joined: 02 Apr 2009, 12:57

13 Sep 2016, 07:30 #8

Probably the only days cricket in the last 5 years, I am not looking forward to.

My head and all logic fears an absolute hammering. Sunny and hot, perfect batting conditions, two well set batsmen and a very long batting line-up. 450/500 by close of play, and Somerset still batting??

My heart remains hopeful, but taking plenty of reading to pass the time away while Tres, Rogers and co pile on the runs.
I'll be following from afar sadly.
Yorkshires fortunes seem to have declined in tandem with my ability to go and watch them play. Perhaps its all my fault.
All i know is that the fat lady is still in her chair and hasnt even begun clearing her throat.
This is a four day game with a lot of cricket still to play and we certainly aren't beaten yet.
This team have surprised us before and they will do again.
Keep the faith.
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Joined: 28 Apr 2014, 00:12

13 Sep 2016, 08:29 #9

I'm not going today so there's every chance we'll do much better than yesterday when I was there.
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Joined: 02 Jul 2014, 11:24

13 Sep 2016, 08:41 #10

Agree with everything third ump sais.

Yesterday was my last days cricket for this year. I'll be keeping a closer I on the Middlesex match for the rest of the week. To Simplify our championship chances, if Middlesex don't win, all we have to do is beat them at Lords. Doesn't sound so bad when you put it like that.

Of course Somerset could still win it in that scenario but they would be dependant on getting a lot of bonus points out of this and their final match.
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