On a three-year contract. Does he know the weather? As a southerner stranded in the north, I am convinced that a proper report needs to be made.
And it’s really too cute:
A semi-qualified endorsement by Alec Stewart from Surrey – speaking to BBC Five Live.
“Once the energy goes down, your performance goes down, so you’re trying to maintain high performance, which was the focus of the review, so it’s about finding the right balance.
“If it was all about high performance and you forget about members and finances, then go for it.
“But it’s a bit bigger than that. In my opinion, we have to respect the members who pay their dues to come and watch and support. The finances that keep the game going, does it all balance well ?”
Some candid words from Sussex Chairman Jon Filby.
“Strauss’ high performance review is also impractical when it comes to county cricket.
“When you look at it through a high performance lens, that’s exactly what the game needs. But we’re not just looking through the high performance lens.
“We look through a financial and business lens. We look through the eyes of our members who have the cricket they want and we look through a variety of angles that aren’t just high performance.
“It cannot be acceptable for us at Sussex to close our ground for a few games when we know there are people desperate to come and watch and enjoy some of the greatest cricketers in the world playing at Hove”
The PCA’s point of view on the Strauss review: a waiting position:
“The PCA and the majority of professional players agree that the current schedule is unsustainable and in need of reform.”
“The PCA and the players support the vision of making England the best team in the world in every format.
“For this to happen, players must have space to grow and develop with appropriate rest and recovery to maximize performance and protect player well-being.”
“We will debate the merits of the review’s findings and more detail is needed” to “achieve a positive outcome for players and the game.”
Chelmsford: Lancashire 131 and 73 BEAT Essex 107 and 59 by 38 runs
Bristol: Gloucestershire 255 and 149-7 BEAT Warwickshire 274 and 128
The Rose Bowl: Kent 165 and 269 BEAT Hampshire 57 and 300 by 77 races.
Taunton: Somerset 389 and 277-1 v Northants 265
The oval: Surrey 333 and 55-0 BEAT Yorkshire 179 and 208 by ten wickets
The Riverside: Durham 459-7 Dec v Sussex 162 and 9-4 Rain
Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 550-5 Dec v Derbyshire 253 and 123-3
Grace Road: Leicestershire 294 and 13-4 v Middlesex 297 and 271
New route: Worcestershire 390 BEAT Nottinghamshire 128 and 183 by one inning and 79 runs
The backlash of the HPR:
And Ali’s report on Surrey’s stunning Championship win:
Whereas Surrey took a lap of honor, beers in hand, in front of a sunny oval, Hampshire were left on the street what could have been but a complete malfunction in the 16.5 overs that made up their first innings against Kent.
Jameses Vince and Fuller’s second-inning seventies brought Hampshire a dream distance, but Kent’s unheralded bowlers knocked them out with 77 to spare. “There is a huge disappointment in the dressing room,” said Vince, with Hampshire’s dreams of their first Championship in 49 years in the trash. “It was always going to be hard work, but we felt we had a chance to do something special. I probably went to the worst ball of the day. Kent’s win leaves them 14 points clear of the zone. relegation.
A career-best eight for 23 by Tom Price handed over Gloucestershire victory in the Division One relegation shootout, as Warwickshire were knocked out for 128. Gloucestershire’s pursuit of 148 was not without nerves, with four batters chewing their punches with just 30 on the board. But Chris Dent and Graeme van Buuren steered them close enough that a late swing wasn’t terminal.
Tom Abell bagged an extra six cover on the final over of the day to cap off a dominant day for Somerset at Taunton. Abell rode his second century of the game, in the company of an unbeaten 101 from Tom Lammonby, setting up Northamptonshire an impregnable pursuit at Taunton. A win would secure Somerset Premier League cricket next season, a draw allows them to breathe easier.
Worcestershire duly handed one of the most unexpected thrashings of the season after beating the Division Two leaders Nottinghamshire by a sleeve. Dillon Pennington made the breakthrough with the 10th ball of the day, and Notts slipped away quietly, giving Worcestershire a chance of promotion ahead of their final game against Middlesex. Notts remains favorite to go up.
Rain meant just 14 balls were possible in Leicestershire, poor light saved the hosts’ blushes after middlesexToby Roland-Jones had them down to 13 for four and Ajaz Patel caught his first five-iron for Glamorgan as derbyshire were forced to follow.
Good morning and welcome morning after afternoon before. A quiet day today – just four games in play – but plenty to mull over, from Surrey’s stunning victory to the criticism of Strauss, its fallout, the timing and Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan’s tic-tac-toe against the ‘England.
A single division one game left unfinished, at Taunton where Somerset can be safe from relegation if they win and almost safe if they draw – we’ll find out just how daring they are shortly. But beautifully played by Toms Abell and Lammonby.
In the second division, Leicestershire look like they are on the receiving end of a bombardment, having done so well to restrain Middlesex. A win will do Middlesex a huge favor in the ding-dong promotion. The Sussexes were saved by the rain yesterday, but the sun is expected to sign off their disastrous few days at The Riverside. And Derbyshire are fighting not to lose seven wickets on the day against promotion-seeking Glamorgan.
Also, and I didn’t mention this yesterday, the Northants are now officially drop-proof.