Posted by: tootingtrumpet | July 17, 2018

The Final Over of the Week in County Cricket – 17 July 2018

Patto and Bressie Lad reflect on a job well done.

Ball One – After sixes for Ballance, it’s six for Bresnan and Patterson

Worcestershire stay top of the North Group having won one and lost one last week, the defeat coming against Yorkshire, who share second place on points with Lancashire and Nottinghamshire. After Gary Ballance had hit four sixes (not so long ago, he was struggling to get the ball off the pitch, never mind the square), the leaders, after four wins on the bounce, must have fancied their chances of making 180. But even a depleted Yorkshire XI can call on the services of Tim Bresnan and Steve Patterson, who can call upon the nous acquired over 211 T20 matches, which they used to good effect in taking six Worcestershire wickets between them. If young batsmen making their marks has been a theme of the county season so far, cool heads allied to slow heart rates is still the best combination with the ball.

Ball Two – Chat about Parkinson’s potential grows.

Talent, of course, writes its own rules and Lancashire have unearthed a gem of a blond haired legspinner in Matt Parkinson. After Liam Livingstone’s men had been 93-2 at the halfway mark, they could add only another 64 runs to set a highly gettable 158 for Durham to chase. A captain can expect wickets from his wrist spinner, and Parkinson obliged with two, but to be hit to the boundary just twice in his full quota, is a testament to the command the 21 year-old has over cricket’s most difficult art. That backs up his previous effort against Northants in which another full set of four overs brought no boundaries at all. Let’s hope the lad gets a chance in the BBL or IPL as soon as possible and the opportunity to develop his white ball game further.

Ball Three – Raine-ing sixes at Edgbaston

Performance of the week in the South Group goes to Ben Raine, whose century for Leicestershire came off just 41 balls, as the Foxes got the better of the Bears in the forest predators head-to-head. Raine was at the crease for just 12 overs and two balls for those runs and then chipped in with the wickets of Ian Bell and Sam Hain to make it a bit of a match for the all-rounder. Leicestershire might have as much trouble holding on to Raine as the Warwickshire bowlers did when the bigger counties come calling.

Ball Four – Kent and Hampshire share 417 runs at outground

Kent sit at the summit of the South Group on net run rate after a last ball thriller at Beckenham, a ground that one feels might issue helmets to spectators, so close are we to the action. After Sam Billings found a bit of form in a stop-start season with 95 not out, Hampshire were soon 6-3 with the target a distant 211. But runs from Rilee Rossouw, Tom Alsop, Liam Dawson and Lewis McManus were enough to have Mitch Claydon sucking in a few deep breaths with 16 required off the last over. That soon became seven from three, but the Dawson and Gareth Berg couldn’t find the boundary they needed and the burly Aussie could wheel away in triumph.

Ball Five – Tye wins.

In London, the scorched earth cries for rain, but Bristol saw a shortened match provide some redemption for Australian, Andrew Tye, who was smashed half way across the Northern Hemisphere in the recent ODI series. But he carried some decent form into the match from Australia’s T20I triangular series with Pakistan and Zimbabwe earlier this month in Harare (these cricketers rack up the air miles don’t they?) and his 3 – 0 -24 – 3 represents an excellent return in an 11 overs a side slogfest. Gloucestershire lost wickets regularly, but you can afford that with so few overs to face, and got across the line with five balls to spare to win the West Country derby with Somerset.

Ball Six – Finch flying as sixes soar

Performance of the Week in the South Group goes to another Aussie: typical – just as we thought that they couldn’t play this white ball stuff. Aaron Finch went toe-to-toe with Sussex’s big name bowlers and, after a reprieve, smashed 131 not out at Hove as Surrey cruised home by 52 runs. Chris Jordan’s three overs yielded five fours and a six, while Rashid Khan was hit for a brace of fours and sixes in his four overs as Finch showed them that he feard reputations not a jot. Jofra Archer, who had dropped the early caught and bowled chance, was treated with a little more respect, but Sussex’s first defeat of the season put them in a three way tie for top spot. Meanwhile, Surrey have a platform for a run to Finals Day.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: