Middlesex seek ECB hearing..

Joined: 20 Aug 2013, 11:26

03 Oct 2017, 17:01 #41

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Can't be having Somerset relegated retrospectively from here, surely. The whole dynamic of the last match could have been completely different. Any appeal should have been lodged and dealt with prior to the final game.
According to David Fulton on Sky Sports this morning, it is likely that Middlesex will get their points back on appeal, Somerset will not be relegated as it would be unfair on them, and the CC would be back to 9 teams next season in both divisions.

Please don`t shoot the messenger!!

Hope they sort it out soon and come to a quick decision, our it could be January before next weeks fixtures come out.😊
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Joined: 14 Nov 2016, 18:05

03 Oct 2017, 17:07 #42

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/ ... ion-furore

Can't be having Somerset relegated retrospectively from here, surely. The whole dynamic of the last match could have been completely different. Any appeal should have been lodged and dealt with prior to the final game.
I can imagine the ECB not wanting it's premier ground been a division 2 ground.
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03 Oct 2017, 17:24 #43

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/ ... ion-furore

Can't be having Somerset relegated retrospectively from here, surely. The whole dynamic of the last match could have been completely different. Any appeal should have been lodged and dealt with prior to the final game.
What's the deal there then Stu? Back to 9 teams for one season and 3 to go down?
My darling Maxi
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Joined: 14 Sep 2017, 10:47

03 Oct 2017, 17:28 #44

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/ ... ion-furore

Can't be having Somerset relegated retrospectively from here, surely. The whole dynamic of the last match could have been completely different. Any appeal should have been lodged and dealt with prior to the final game.
And so they should. Being behind an over rate is not a reason for disallowing the appeal.
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03 Oct 2017, 17:55 #45

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/ ... ion-furore

Can't be having Somerset relegated retrospectively from here, surely. The whole dynamic of the last match could have been completely different. Any appeal should have been lodged and dealt with prior to the final game.
If the report is correct, presumably they will stick with 14 matches in the season, so we will play two teams only once. How will they decide which two?
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03 Oct 2017, 17:55 #46

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/ ... ion-furore

Can't be having Somerset relegated retrospectively from here, surely. The whole dynamic of the last match could have been completely different. Any appeal should have been lodged and dealt with prior to the final game.
If the report is correct, presumably they will stick with 14 matches in the season, so we will play two teams only once. How will they decide which two?
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Joined: 28 Dec 2003, 02:48

03 Oct 2017, 18:19 #47

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/ ... ion-furore

Can't be having Somerset relegated retrospectively from here, surely. The whole dynamic of the last match could have been completely different. Any appeal should have been lodged and dealt with prior to the final game.
If the rumour is true, I certainly feel somewhat vindicated having taken some flak on this forum for calling the ECB out for what is a preposterous situation.

If I was a solictor, I would certainly want to handle Middlesex's side of the case. I'd be pretty confident of having this egregious decision overruled. If true, it will be a victory for common sense IMHO.

Only in English cricket!

Alex
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03 Oct 2017, 18:27 #48

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/ ... ion-furore

Can't be having Somerset relegated retrospectively from here, surely. The whole dynamic of the last match could have been completely different. Any appeal should have been lodged and dealt with prior to the final game.
It was a review of the season by David Fulton and it could have been just his opinion, but nothing was suggested by him how they were going to amend the fixtures.

Back to 16 CC matches perhaps??



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03 Oct 2017, 18:35 #49

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/ ... ion-furore

Can't be having Somerset relegated retrospectively from here, surely. The whole dynamic of the last match could have been completely different. Any appeal should have been lodged and dealt with prior to the final game.
As someone pointed out though, Middlesex may not have been successful in improving their over rate enough in any case.

I can see Northants making a call to their own solicitor!
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03 Oct 2017, 19:00 #50

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/ ... ion-furore

Can't be having Somerset relegated retrospectively from here, surely. The whole dynamic of the last match could have been completely different. Any appeal should have been lodged and dealt with prior to the final game.
I would love it if we did go back to 16 CC matches but I can't see it happening.

If they do intend to keep it to 14 CC matches a year why not take this unique opportunity to swap from an 8 team Div 1 and a 10 team Div 2, to a 10 team Div 1 and an 8 team Div 2.

It would arguably make it better for all concerned:

2 down from 10 means the ridiculous 25% of teams being relegated is reduced to just 20%.

2 up from 8 means teams have a 25% chance of promotion rather than the current 20%.

Problem is getting a fair system to decide who teams only play once, otherwise it's a Win, win.
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