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?
Do they make them like that any more? Legendary England and Surrey cricketer Sir Alec Bedser has passed on.
236 Test wickets at 24.89 and a staggering 1924 first class wickets at 20.41, that really is quite something. Perhaps bringing back the balance between bat and ball to the longer forms of cricket might be a fitting lasting tribute?
And England manages to wreck it without even overbowling it!
Now it’s Plunkett; that’s an England squad bowling injury full house for Durham!
Following on from Mark Davies leaving the England squad with ankle problems and then having an operation on his ankle, and Graham Onions returning home from the squad with back injury; esteemed drinks boy Pudsy has now apparently joined the list.
BBC TMS feed – 0439 – Eng 490-9 (171 overs)
“ And a bit of breaking news on TMS – Liam Plunkett will return home a day early from this tour because of an injury that they want to treat immediately.”
Do England treat their pace bowlers well? What do they do with them? They have not been flogging the overs out of the Durham ones in matches. For the amount of time our bowlers have seen on the competitive field this winter this is not been a good return. Plunkett has seen only one [non EPPs] tour match all winter!
England: keeping our Nigel [the physio] in business!
Bret Lee; my favourite of the really fast bowlers.
If he makes a return to cricket, his test cricketing days are over. It’s not really a surprise that he is bowing out of the longer form, at 33 and with a history of injuries, one of which he has yet to overcome, it’s very sad but also probably a good idea. On the upside he was bowing at 95 mph during the pictured match, and took 5 for 49 in 9 overs. So if his elbow comes good, it will still be a thrill to see him play. Let’s hope his elbow does the right thing!
As hoped, Big Steve has decided to stay with the Club signing a four year contract extension. Despite the large sums involved it comes as a relief, having seen the way that Mattew Hoggards’ Yorkshire career has sadly ended in high profile hostilities.
It underlines Durhams’ different approach to a talented and hugely valuable senior player. While continuing to add considerable force to the bowling attack at county level, he will be around to encourage the younger squad members. An inspirational local hero for aspiring young regional cricketers, he will also prove more than an asset in sponsorship negotiations and corporate dealings. Good for Harmison and good for the North East.
Durhams’ prospects for retaining the Championship title in the coming seasons are also looking good right now.