Coming in on a shaky 2 for 22, Gordon Muchall more than steadied the ship with a fine 175.
Well done Much!
At New Road our Championship match against Worcestershire was played until 19.53. There was a late start due to rain, there were intervals in play due to rain. But at a quarter to eight the seamers were still bowling. Competitive red ball cricket into the evening is possible even in Mid May.
We are in a temperate country, our summer days are long, we could play championship matches into the summer evenings, we would not even have to resort to a pink ball.
There are evening T20’s and evening one day matches. We play those in the evening so more people can attend.
So tell me again… just why are there no evening Championship matches in June and July?
Marcus must be beginning to think what does he need to do to beat us. Even a big century from him this time was not enough. Durham once again pulled off another great escape, with his team no doubt feeling slightly robbed yet again. This happened at the same venue last year, that time denying Somerset the Championship title.
Nick Compton must feel a little like that too. He scored his personal best of 254 not out in this match.
Nick’s last personal best was in 2006, when he played against us for Middlesex at Lord’s. Again a match that ended in a draw.
And so the great escape again, again with no rain! And on Friday the 13th too!
Rack up as many big centuries as you like against us….but you need to take 20 wickets to win!
Scott Borthwick spent his winter in Adelaide learning more about the dark arts of legspin. He got to spend time with Shane Warne and Mushtaq Ahmed. They were very complimentary about him. So too were TMS when the Ashes show moved into town.
Now he is applying that winter work with some success.
He was instrumental in our win over Warwickshire. A double wicket maiden is always good when you are trying to restrict a team’s second innings total. He got 3 of the top order batsmen in a match altering spell. Recording a personal best of 4 wickets for 25 off of thirteen overs, which saw the Bears all out with a lead of only 101.
And with Diva struggling with a thigh strain, Scott successfully stepped into the breach as opening batsman. And with 48 unbeaten runs, lead the team to victory with a final boundary.
And all that just a few days after his 21st Birthday.
With just the 5 wickets in the first innings and 6 in the second, Andre has just put in the first big wicket haul of the season for Nottingham. He helped blow away Hampshire at Trent Bridge within three days.
Of 7 Championship matches, only Yorkshire v Durham and Glamorgan v Gloucestershire are still in play. Wickets have been the order of the day.
Championship cricket boring?
That’s a Century of continuous County Championship matches! Phil has missed his first four day match since becoming a first team regular in 2005. In these days of Player burnout and injuries, 99 matches on the trot is quite something! Well done Colonel!
He is out of the Yorkshire match with an inflamed toe, so we hope Cap’n Mustard will be back for the next match.
I’ve not really rated Steven Finn, having seen him toil away for many an hour with the Middle. For his time on the field he just did not get many 5 wicket hauls. It seems that this season he is out to prove me wrong!
It is day 2 of the Worcester v Middlesex match and he has taken 9 for 37 and 14 for 106 for the match. A bowler that England has not managed to knacker and now the stuff of legend!!
The blog the Corridor has also noted this
” Last year it started on April 15; in 2008, it was the 16th. 2007? The 18th. The first Championship matches of the new millenium began on April 26″.
What is the point for this seasonal creep stupidity. They actively want people to turn up and freeze, that is if the weather or bad light does not intervene. They want cold players risk more injury?
I know Airlines are starting to sponsor Counties, but the carbon footprint does need to be addressed.
Start scheduling championship matches back into the summer – there is that talk about playing the first few out of the country now because someone has just noticed that early April is not a time when you should be playing cricket…..Abu Dhabi and Barbados, are not British or local?
Actually the weather is set for fair, so hopefully it will be a nice weekend [and that is rare]!
For a spot of what team is who you could look at Dan’s cricket blog. He has quite an extensive resume of the teams for this season.
As the county season is soon to be upon us, I will introduce to you my good friend Sauve. A long-standing pillar of the cricket blogging community, I find him refreshing and debonair.
He is off on a mission to the centre of the nebulous thing that is the County Championship – he may be some time and we wish him the very best of luck.
This could be the last season of the Championship as we know it – the sharman at the ECB are mulling over the entrails of last nights run over urban fox as we speak right now – divining the best configuration for the future format of this most important of English sporting endeavours. Several of us have a bad feeling about this.
Haling from Essexshire, he will be starting his odyssey at the Ford County Ground, Chelmsford, at Essex’s first game of the season against Hampshire on 9th April [so no not summer yet…Essex will also be our first opponents of the season next week] You can keep up to date with Sauve’s progress on Twitter @seasonstands and also via his couple of blogs A Season in the Stands; which will be tales from his journey. And the old faithful republiquecricket. He will be working his way round all 18 county grounds. He is also featured in Wisden’s cricket blog.
If things go well this season for both of us we will meet up at the finale of the County season, at the Durham v Somerset match. As both the Championship and what happens to it are subjects close to my heart I expect there could be some updates on his progress on these very pages before that date.
Wednesday and Durham get their first warm up match in English conditions.
Is warm up the right word? If Gary Keedy – Yorkshire type, Lancashire player and as generically northern as they come, finds the temperature a tad nippy at this time of year…….
He’ll be warming up with Lancashire and the Durham lads, hope no one gets frozen to the spot, …. thermos man and his dog included.