Saturday, 30 August 2008

Warwickshire v Derbyshire


I saw photos of the "crowd" at Edgbaston on the In Morris We Trust board the other day and its little wonder that county cricket is losing crowds with matches like this.

Trott got a big hundred, Rogers would probably never have got out if people had stayed with him and that's all you can say really. A bore draw, a snore draw.

You can't really blame Maddy for batting all day and making nothing of the game, but you feel sorry for people who paid good money to watch that rubbish. Slightly more exciting than a game of chess and that's all you could say for it.

I take no pleasure in predicting that the tail staying with him might be Rogers biggest barrier to breaking the club batting record, nor in anticipating that the Bears would then bat all day once we were out. Buck has to be content with now being third place on the club's all time biggest innings list and in having played the second highest innings for the county in over a century. He is also the second highest run scorer in the country and seems to have thrived on the responsibiity of the captaincy, in direct contrast to his predecessor, Rikki Clarke.

So its Glamorgan at Derby on Tuesday and we really need to win that and at least one of our other two games against Gloucestershire and Leicestershire to be in with a chance of promotion. I hope that Worcester thrash Warwickshire in the match between the two as the latter have been shockingly negative in this game. Northamptonshire and Essex are both still in the chase too, so this may well go down to the wire. My main hope is that the weather stays fair and it can be decided on talent and results rather than by forecasts.

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