Posted by: tootingtrumpet | August 27, 2011

Leicestershire vs Lancashire: Twenty20 Semi-Final – Final Over of the Match

Lancashire's James Taylor of the 70s.

Ball One (Leicestershire 0-0) – My father would hate the music that has played incessantly for 90 minutes prior to the first ball. Why do they bother? The cricket generates enough sense of anticipation. T20 is grown-up enough to stand on its own two feet.

Ball Two (Leicestershire 39-3) – Saj Mahmood’s first two deliveries are a searing middle stump exploding yorker and a filthy leg-side wide. A career captured in two balls.

Ball Three (Leicestershire 63-3) – The key to beating Lancashire is to disrupt their spinners. If Keedy and Parry are allowed to bowl, they will strangle the match. Jacques du Toit hit Parry’s second ball for four and Keedy’s first ball for four, both with pre-meditated strokes. Keedy is much too smart for that sort of thing to go on for long and he nailed his man with the next delivery.

Ball Four (Lancashire 7-0) – Abdul Razzaq’s Twenty20 career is extraordinary. With the bat, he averages 28 at a strike rate of 144 and with the ball he averages 20 at an economy rate of 7.4. Amazing that someone with figures like that is not at one of the bigger counties. He’ll have to match his batting display with the ball if his team are to get over the line today.

Ball Five (Lancashire 38-0) – Twenty20 may be harum-scarum stuff, but there’s plenty of room for old men. In this match, Lancashire have a reasonable three over-thirties, but Leicestershire are fielding seven, the eldeset of whom is 39 year-old Claude Henderson – if you don’t count Abdul Razzaq.

Ball Six (Lancashire 53-1)  – I don’t hold with the canard that sportsmen and sportswomen are a bit thick, but quite what Croft and Moore were doing poking around when they needed to hit a boundary off the eight over to get ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis was beyond me. Happily for them, old stager Paul Nixon got carried away off the first ball of the ninth over and gifted a second run to bring the scores level. They may well be able to resume the match, but that is not my point. With all the attention to detail in cricket these days, how can players on a showery day not have at least one eye on the Duckworth-Lewis par score displayed on the scoreboard? Looks like the groundsman is now deciding the match.

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