Somerset vs Kent

Somerset took on kent a day after beating Hampshire at the Ageas bowl. Somerset was unchanged and for kent Billings came in for Cox. Somerset won the toss and chose to bat.

Somerset made a really good start with Banton hitting some authoritive boundaries taking Somerset to 25-1 of 17 balls before Babar was run out. It was a stupid run from a great player, there was never to there. Banton continued to accelerate with all of his shots but Hildreth was seven of 10 and then was out trying a switch-hit of Nabi. Somerset 67-2 off of 7.3 overs. The innings could go either way. Abell joined Banton. The two players put on a 102 in 53 balls. They both showed all their shots in a great partnership. Abell played all around the ground with proper cricket shots mixed in with scoops shots. Banton batted brilliantly and brought up his maiden 100 at the start of the 16th over . He fell the next ball caught in the deep for 100. Somerset 169-3. Byrom and Lambonby fell trying to wack it before Abell who managed to get a few boundaries away fell before the 19th over. Abell batted superbly for 63 off 33. Going into the last over Somerset were 195-6. They managed 10 of the last with a big Craig Overton 6. 205-6 good innings.

Kent started slowly but Crawley and Bell Drummond started to accelerate with both batsmen striking sixes. But Crawley was caught off Taylor at cover for 35 off 29. Bell Drummond was batting well and in combination with Kuhn. At halfway kent were 85-1 after 10 overs. Kuhn started to accelerate with a big swept 6 off Lambonby. He then fell next ball though a big wicket. Kent 89-2 off 10.3 overs. Billings joined Bell Drummond before he fell. A very good catch from Byrom on the boundary. Out for 36 off 26. Overton was bowling well then 3 balls later he had Billings caught skying won for 7 then big-hitter Nabi gloved won to short fine leg. This left Kent in tatters. 112-6 at the start of the 13th over. They never recovered all out for 151.

Kent will be disappointed as they haven’t lost to Somerset in t20 cricket for 7 years. Somerset, on the other hand, will be ecstatic with the win that takes them into 3rd place.

My Team for 2nd Test (Lords)

1) Rory Burns-dug in at Edgbaston showed several hours of concentration and spent time at the crease.

2) Joe Denly-Very orthodox batsmen, scores lots of runs in county cricket, should be given the opportunity.

3) Joe Root-Showed his quality in the 1st innings yet again but needs to improve his conversion rate if England wants to win the Ashes.

4) Jonny Bairstow-Wasted at 7, has a good technique, and can score runs at 4, but needs more patience, but he doesn’t need to worry about scoring rate in top 5.

5) Ben Stokes-Looked in good touch in 1st innings hope he can carry his form on and lay a marker down for the rest of the series.

6) Jason Roy-Not good enough technique and patience to open, but good option down the order to pile on the runs. He bats at 3 for Surrey in 4-day games so can bat long if needed.

7) Jos Buttler (wk)-Very good attacking player coming in at 7, but is also a good test-match batsmen, and can be very adaptable, which showed in WC final.

8) Chris Woakes-Showed glimpses of his capability to bat a test-match innings at Edgbaston, but I feel he is too inconsistent to bat anywhere higher than 8.

9) Jack Leach-One-off innings vs Ireland, but he is vulnerable to the short ball, so no higher than 9. Bowls more consistent line & length than Moeen or Adil, and will play a key part at the Home of Cricket.

10) Stuart Broad-Made his place in the side safe ahead of Lords due to outstanding bowling and the injury of his bowling partner, James Anderson. Brings vast experience to our bowling attack.

11) Olly Stone-Showed lots of potential against Ireland, and has had better preparation; Jofra has only played t20’s on his road back to full fitness.

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Somerset Vs Surrey

Surrey took on Somerset at the cooper associates county ground. Surrey had not had much success leading into this game at this ground. For Somerset, Eddie Byrom came into the team and for Surrey Sam Curran came in. Somerset won the toss and put Surrey into bat.

Somerset made a good start with Jacks failing to get Taylor over Waller at mid-on. Out for 9. Surrey 12-1 in the second over when Curran joined Finch. They combined for 67 balls putting a 100 on in that time. Both of them showing their IPL class before Curran after hitting a classy 53 off 37 fell. Caught on the boundary by Overton of the bowling of waller. Surrey 112-2 in the 13th. With Curran out Finch accelerated to 72 off 44 with some sublime ball striking. He hit waller for another big six and he looked like he could take the game away from somerset. Then he was caught in the deep of Waller next ball. Surrey 147-3 off 16 overs. Somerset would have liked to restrict Surrey to under 200 but pope with some inventive shots mixed in with big-hitting hit 37 off 19 and Curran’s 23 of 11 helped also. Surrey 203-4 with there bowling attack they would back themselves to defend the total.

somerset made a slow start with 12 of the first two overs. Banton though started to accelerate reverse sweeping Curran for 6. Although it was the 4th over where he went mad hitting Tom Curran for 22 in one over. He continued to attack and Somerset was 71-0 off of the 6 overs of power play. Banton kept going and reached a truly outstanding 71 off 37. He showed a full array of strokes lighting up the county ground before being caught off Batty. Somerset in a strong position at 93-1 in the 10th over. With banton gone Babar accelerated hitting the spinners for constant boundaries. He fell at 127-2 in the 13th and Eddie Byrom came in for his t29 debut. He overshadowed Banton and finch with a show of ball striking. 54 of 19 balls at a strike rate of 284. He hit everyone for 4 or 6 and hit back to back sixes of Tom Curran to win the game. Somerset winning the game by 8 wickets with 8 balls to go.

Somerset really needed this win and will hope to keep momentum by beating Middlesex in there next game.

Somerset Vs Sussex

Somerset hosted Sussex in a t20 blast game. Somerset were unchanged from there defeat against Hampshire. Sussex brought in Ollie Robinson for Jofra Archer and Alex Carey for Ben Brown. Somerset won the toss and chose to field.

Somerset made the perfect start when Waller had Salt caught at cover after smashing the first ball for 4. Sussex slowly rebuilt with Evans and Wright hitting singles mixed in with a few boundaries. With the score on 28-1 Taylor dropped Wright after he miss hit a pull shot of Gregory. Then in the next over he got his revenge, bowling the opener for 20 of 19 a Yorker Wright’s undoing. Sussex 32-2 of 3.1 overs. Carey came in and rebuilt with Evans. They added 75 in 43 balls. Carey was the main boundary hitter taking on all the bowlers and reaching a 30 ball fifty. But then Evans was caught at deep cover of the young and promising Lammonby. A rebuilding innings of 33 of 27. This was a big wicket as these two could have taken it away from Somerset. Carey continued to attack as Wiese hit it for singles. Carey had propelled Sussex to 166-4 before Gregory had him caught at fine leg off the first ball of the 18th over. An outstanding 78 off 46. Then very next ball Wiese fell for 26 of 17 and Somerset would think they could restrict Sussex to 175. In the same over Gregory had Rawlins castled for just 2. In the last over Sussex were 170-7. Taylor bowled the last over Khan hit the 3rd ball for 6 and hard running got there score up to 184-7. A good total with there bowling attack.

Somerset started comfortably with Babar and Banton taking 49 runs off the first 6 overs. They accelerated off the spinners and at halfway were 85 without loss. However mills came on and Banton and Babar could only take 3 off his over. Banton brought up his 44 ball fifty in the next over with a pull for 4 but next ball he played the same shot and was caught at short fine leg. Trego joined Azam at 96-1 in the 12th over. Babar reached his 50 off 32 balls and was hitting it well but Trego couldn’t hit it off the square. With five overs left Somerset required 67. Then in the next over Sussex all but won the game with Babar caught at long off for a sublime 83 off 50. After this The Sussex bowlers bowled well and the Somerset batters couldn’t get it away. They eventually lost by 13 runs. Somerset really need to change there fortunes soon and put a good run together.

Hampshire beat Somerset in t20 fixture.

Hampshire were away at Somerset and was un-changed. However, for Somerset Gregory came in for Jamie Overton. Hampshire won the toss and put Somerset into bat. Banton and Babar came out to bat.

Somerset made a horrible start when in the second over Banton was caught for 1 of the bowling of wood trying to hit him back over his head. Somerset were 10-1 after 3 a very bad start. Trego joined Babar but they batted relatively slowly and Somerset were 30-1 after the 6 over power play. They continued batting a bit slow and at the halfway point somerset were 65-1. Looking to accelerate Trego took a big swing and was bowled by wood for an ok 35 off 29. Babar was batting more and more fluently though as he neared his 50. As he was joined by Hildreth Somerset started to accelerate. Babar reached a 40 ball fifty and then in the 15th over he launched Chris Morris for two big sixes. Hildreth was Also now starting to go big with an awesome switch hit 6. He fell for a flamboyant 17 ball 28 before Morris yorked him. Hampshire’s death bowling was quite good apart from a few loose deliveries. Babar finished with a breathtaking 95 of 61 showing why he is the best T20 ranked batsman in the world. Somerset finishing on a competitive 172.

Hampshire made a terrible start with losing 3 wickets in the power play. Rossouw, falling to a good tumbling catch of Taylor’s bowling. Then Vince caught at a short cover off an inspired Overton. Then Northeast caught at short mid-wicket off. At the end of the power play Hampshire were 40-3 off the power play and the run rate had risen to over ten. Donald counter-attacked with boundaries but fell in the 13th over. Very good innings. Donald just falling short of a 50. The scoring rate was high but Morris joined Dawson who was batting well. Morris hit two big sixes off Craig Overton before the same man bowled him next ball. The 17th over lost Somerset the game with Taylor’s over going for 24. Hampshire favourites needing 18 of the last two. The first ball of the next over Gregory had fuller caught behind. It was a brilliant over but the last to balls were hit for Steaky fours of McManus. They needed 8 of the last over. Taylor bowled it and with 4 balls left Mcmanus hit a towering six to win it for them with 3 balls to spare.

Somerset will be disappointed but shouldn’t be downhearted. It’s a long tournament where you play every team twice. If this was the Royal London comp and we were two losses from three I would be worried however I’m not in this case. I’m confident Somerset will still do well and the winners of the game Hampshire may go all the way.

Englands squad for the ireland test

  1. Joe Root the captain and best batter.
  2. Moen Ali short of form Bess or Virdi should have been picked instead.
  3. Anderson Our best bowler a shoo-in if fit.
  4. Bairstow should definitely be in the team it’s just where he bats.
  5. Stuart Broad shouldn’t play Gregory, Woakes, Curry and Anderson are better.
  6. Burns, he did enough last winter and this summer in the championship to assure himself of a place in the ashes.
  7. Sam Curran may come under threat from the pace of wood and Archer. Personally, I feel Gregory has performed better so he should open the bowling in the ashes. Woakes and Archer then first change.
  8. Denly should not be in the team. Lots of better batsmen around.
  9. Gregory in superb form should open the bowling with Anderson.
  10. Leach Englands best spinner last year should be in the team if we are going to play a spinner.
  11. Roy is in the greatest form of his career will and should open in the ashes and this test.
  12. Olly Stone should not be in the team Wood, Jofra and Jamie Overton are a lot better. 13
  13. Chris Woakes Mr consistent to come on first change for me.

I know some of the team from the ashes and in hear as they are being rested so this would be my XI going into the first ashes test.

  1. Burns
  2. Roy
  3. Root he has to find some bottle and bat there.
  4. Bairstow
  5. Stokes
  6. Butler (keeper)
  7. Woakes
  8. Gregory
  9. Archer
  10. Leach
  11. Anderson
  • County championship performance of the week

    Surrey beat Notts away at Trent bridge by 167 runs. Surrey move up the table to 6th with 105 points and Notts stay rooted to the bottom with only 48 points from ten games. That’s under 5 points a game. How our Notts going to recover from this. Virdi out bowled Ashwin with match figures of 14-139. Notts made a turning pitch in the hope of Ashwin bowling out Surrey for a really low score.

    Surrey batted first and get to 240 all out. This was thanks to Elgar’s 59 Smith’s 42 Borthwick’s 29 and Clarke’s 34. On a hard pitch to bat on this was a good score. Ashwin picking up 6 and Liam Patterson White with 3 wickets.

    Notts were then 116 all out with only 2 scores above 20. Virdi bowled superbly with 8 wickets.

    Surrey with a lead of 24 was carried to 224-9 by another 50,57, from Smith and 54 from Clark. Notts needed 349.

    In true Notts style this season they were bowled out for under 200. Ashwin’s 66 not out was the only resistance. Virdi taking 6 and Notts losing by 167 runs.

    Virdi is definitely in contention for the ashes with Leach and Bess. Leach should play if we need one spinner but if we need to whoever is in better form should play.