Posted by: tootingtrumpet | August 9, 2022

The Final Over Of The Week In County Cricket – 8 August 2022

The Royal London One Day Cup is underway

England’s domestic 50 overs competition starts under a hot sun in front of decent crowds

Ball One – Notts rope in a couple of easy wins

Nottinghamshire top the RLODC’s unimaginative titled Group A with its only 100% record after the first week of fixtures.

A Somerset XI including Matt Renshaw, Steve Davies, James Hildreth, Peter Siddle and Jack Brooks were dispatched in fewer than 50 overs playing time in a very disappointing spectacle for the Taunton faithful in Notts’s second match. Those easily acquired two points backed up a fine win in their season opener at home to Sussex.

The visitors six bowlers may have had fewer than 50 matches between them, but Notts were in a spot of bother at 164-5 with 14 overs left. Enter that most resourceful of young cricketers, Liam Patterson-White, who made 62 off 46 balls and ensured that Richie Benaud will be smiling somewhere as his side batted out their full allocation.

Chasing 291 for the win, Sussex’s hopes rested largely on the considerable shoulders of captain, Cheteshwar Pujara, but he was caught for nine by, yes, that man Patterson-White. Notts could cruise home from there.

Ball Two – Martin Andersson – one extra ‘s’ and five extra balls

Leicestershire are tucked in behind the group leaders with two wins from three, the second owing much to one of county cricket’s players of the season so far, Wiaan Mulder. The South African has represented his country in all three formats and showed his class with an undefeated century pushing out Middlesex’s target to 360 after Martin Andersson had conceded 33 from an 11 ball 48th over.

Without laying too much blame at the profligate all-rounder’s door, that proved more than twice the winning margin at Radlett, the visitors getting home by 15 after that man Mulder had picked up both openers en route to 4-47 in a tremendous match for him personally.

Ball Three – Croft shelters Lancashire’s top order failures

Lancashire top Group B on five points after a couple of wins and a washout.

That didn’t look too likely when the Red Rose was wilting at 67-4, Gloucestershire’s off-spinner, Alex Thomson on a hat-trick. Rob Jones, checked he had his box in (always worth doing in such circumstances) defended the hat-trick ball and then built a splendid partnership of 154 with Steven Croft, a player who is enjoying an Indian summer to his career in this summer of Indian weather.

When Will Williams continued his super form knocking the top off the reply, no Gloucestershire batter was able to stay with Shan Masood and the home side ran out comfortable winners at Old Trafford.

Ball Four – Glamorgan off to a fine start

Cup holders, Glamorgan, started their defence in determined style with an easy win over Derbyshire that consolidated on a hard-fought victory over Kent.

If you want to win 50 overs matches, you have to stay in them and that’s what Kiran Carlson’s men did at Sophia Gardens. With 14 overs left batting first, Kent were 223-2, with Joey Evison on 96 and captain, Alex Blake, on 66. He was probably eyeing a target of 350 plus, but not one for the remaining overs went for more than 10 runs as the squeeze brought a clatter of wickets and the retirement of Darren Stevens – please insert your own joke here.

At 107-5 chasing 305, Glamorgan again needed to stay in the game, specifically by finding a partner for Colin Ingram, the grizzled left-hander exactly the right man for the job. Cue Australian-born wicketkeeper, Tom Cullen, who channeled the Marshes, Healys and Gilchrists of his country of birth to make 80 not out at better than a run-a-ball, Ingram having gone for 155 with the finish line well in sight.

Ball Five – Batter of the Week – Hey Prest Go!

England’s Under-19 captain in last February’s World Cup Final, Tom Prest, showed that he was ready to mix it with the big boys (okay, biggish boys) with an innings of 181 which proved far too much for Kent at Beckenham. Still a teenager, the Hampshire prodigy was dismissed from his 138th ball, caught by George Ealham, grandson of Alan, son of Mark, on as 12th man.

Maybe in years to come, members of a very decent turnout at this tight ground in the London suburbs will be able to draw themselves to their full height, puff out their chests and announce that they were there when the great Tom Prest made his first senior century – or maybe his career will slide into that of a decent county pro and such a tale will be reserved for a handful in the bars at the Ageas Bowl. Nobody knows yet – and those delicious possibilities are a delight of watching young players being given a chance to shine.

Ball Six – Bowler of the Week – Coad is not for cracking

This season, Ben ‘Betsy’ Coad had played just the one match for Yorkshire before the start of the RLODC. But he is, at 28, a senior pro in a young Yorkshire squad and had a job to do when arriving at the crease at York, the home side 169-8 and in the process of being steamrollered by Roses rivals, Lancashire, who could call upon much more experience.

In such situations, with callow faces looking at you in the dressing room and disgruntled supporters grumbling in the crowd, it is important to set an example of professional pride in the shirt. Coad made 20 with bat to get the Tykes up to 224 and then, with the ball, posted the distinctly 20th century figures of 10-2-19-1.

In wasn’t enough to avoid a heavy defeat, but teenage teammates, Will Luxton and Harris Sullivan, will have absorbed an important lesson in how to conduct oneself in such circumstances and about the responsibilities that come with representing a club founded 159 years ago. Coad can be proud of his efforts.


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