Thursday, 8 October 2009

Sign on the dotted line...

Yorkshire sign on five players today, Kent sign on 4. Shahzad is going nowhere, Garry Ballance has signed on for three years. There's a hint of panic in ensuring good young players don't get plucked from the nourishing tree.

And rightly so. It is frustrating that a county spends years on coaching, developing and nurturing young players and then another with more money but nothing in the way of a coaching set up pounces to make them an offer they can't refuse. Maybe those who have advocated a transfer market in cricket have something after all. You want the next Stuart Broad? That'll be £250,000...

One poster on 606 tonight suggests that Tim Murtagh is available from Middlesex. If that's the case I hope we're in for him as he always gets wickets. It may be that his brother Chris is available from Surrey, or it may be that neither of them are, but Tim is a fine bowler and just the sort that we need. I've asked the question on the Middlesex board and will see what they say.

During the meanwhilst, as was once said on Monty Python, Sir Charl of Langeveldt was up to his old parsimonious tricks in the Champions League Twenty/20. 3-0-12-1 in a score of 180-4 raises a few questions, the biggest being why he didn't bowl his fourth over. It also makes you wonder how South Africa can overlook him for one day cricket as their recent one day matches have suggested they've no one as accurate in the ranks. Even so, the Cape Cobras (fantastic name!) still won thanks to an outrageous knock 99 not out from just 52 balls by JP Duminy.

Elsewhere in India, Steffan took two wickets for Somerset as they won a warm up match tonight, which shows that the old magic is still there...

See you tomorrow.

2 comments:

mr bigboy said...

its amazing how langevelt shoulder has recovered well. i was under the impression he needed a major operation.

Peakfan said...

He had one but has rehabilitated well. It's 6 months after all!