Posted by: tootingtrumpet | June 3, 2011

The Final Over of the Day – Surrey vs Gloucestershire T20

Jack Russell looking, er... ruff!

Ball One – The Surrey overseas player roulette wheel stopped this time on Dirk Nannes, with Shaun Tait, to nobody’s surprise, broken again. A bit slower than Tait, but still properly quick, the Dutch Aussie took a wicket in his first over, another in his second and looked a handful. Yasir Arafat, in contrast, looked ripe for boundary hitting and was soon despatched into the crowd, where a spectator failed to pouch the catch and win the 100 pounds on offer. The Pakistani was soon bowling plenty of slower balls, underlining the fact that in T20, it’s best to be over 86mph or below 76 mph.

Ball Two – Last year in this same fixture – one that also opened the teams’ T20 campaigns – Surrey were all out in 18 overs and conceded the win after bowling fewer than 10. I’m yet to hear of a professional cricket match concluded in 28 overs and I’m pleased to report that the paying punters are already guaranteed more cricket tonight. With a lovely summery evening and a decent walk-up crowd, Surrey’s committee men will be hoping that the weather – and the crowd – stays with them.

Ball Three – There’s much talk in coaching circles of positive movements when batting, whether in attack or defence. The same holds true for fielding. Gareth Batty, at long-off, found himself trying to get under a skier, but was moving all round the ball, never getting himself into a position to establish the firm base he needed to effect the catch. Sure enough, he spilled it. Though judging the trajectory of the white ball against the blue sky is no easy matter, vacillating as the ball drops is not a good option.

Ball Four – Young Gloucestershire keeper, Richard Coughtrie, has the daunting task of filling the shoes (or is that filling the battered old sun hat) of the best one-day keeper the Trumpet has ever seen – Jack Russell. The eccentric West Country stumper played a few strange shots in his time, but he wouldn’t pre-meditate a reverse sweep with five down and still almost 30% of the batting resources (ie balls) to come. On 81, he might just have been seeing it big enough, but not on 1. A hard lesson learned.

Ball Five – Why do fielders essay the sliding stop when they could just bend down and pick up the ball? Zander de Bruyn is a month off celebrating his 36th birthday and old enough to make up his own mind, so I can only surmise that he is acting under instruction from coaches, when sliding towards a ball he could have lifted like a pound coin dropped on to the floor. He picked himself up gingerly and has not bowled when his seamers would have been a better bet than Yasir Arafat’s length deliveries.

Ball Six – Muttaih Muralitharan is wearing his Gloucestershire Gladiators shirt with some pride – as he should. His number is 800.

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  1. Really enjoy watching Nannes bowl. Given the toothlessness of the Aussie attack, I do wonder if he would have been an intriguing gamble during the Ashes.

    • They could have done a lot worse – and did!

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