Wednesday, 9 May 2012

County Round Up Week 4

Not a lot happened really due to this wonderful "drought" of ours at present, apart from Worcestershire taking a gamble on a green one at Lord's against probably the best seam attack in the country, and getting turned over quicker than Graham Norton on a Friday night. That's the tv, not Graham himself, although...Yorkshire also smashed Leicestershire thanks to Jonny Bairstow.
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Bairstow...a big ton!

So this week we are going to run you through county by county, who you should ship into your fantasy cricket team.

Derbyshire have had a cracking start to the season and the medium pace of Jonathan Clare has been a big plus for them. He should chip in with a few runs as well. Ravi Bopara is the man at Essex, although he could be affected by an England call up, so Tymal Mills is worth a punt should you need a bowler. The same could be said for Graham Onions at Durham, who now looks as if he is back to his best.

Our friends down in Cardiff have had a torrid start, but Huw "Muddy" Waters is worth a go, although we'd have gone for Graham Wagg before he broke a bone in his foot. None of their batsmen has earned the Dragons a point yet. Across the Severn Bridge and Will Gidman is in fine form down at Bristol, whilst David Balcombe has already taken an eightfer at the Rose Bowl, or whatever it is called these days!

Matt Coles has been a revelation at Canterbury and looks a great prospect, whilst heading North West, the evergreen Glen Chapple is a more than reliable bet. Certainly more reliable than the chicken breeding owners of a certain football club in that part of the world! Leicestershire have had a decent start apart from their pasting by Yorkshire, and Josh Cobb looks an extremely good player. No doubt, the vultures are circling over one of the poorest counties.
Gareth Berg Gareth Berg poses for a portrait in County Championship Whites during the Middlesex County Cricket Club Photocall at Lords on April 1, 2011 in London, England.
Gareth Berg...part of the Middlesex impressive seam attack

At Middlesex, the bowling and batting of "Lambeth Lara" Tim Murtagh has been one of the reasons why they have had a great start to 2012, along with Gareth Berg with the ball, and Joe Denly with the willow. Quickie Jack Brooks is making people hop around at Northampton, but if anyone has a fantasy team and doesn't get Andre Adams in at Notts, then they need their head examined! Chris Read and Ben Phillips are also worth a shout.

Down in the South West, Nick Compton has had more runs than a pint of the dodgy local scrumpy would give you, whilst those south of the Thames, are waxing lyrical about RHB, Rory Hamilton Brown. An England call up maybe?

James Anyon is the great hope of Hove, whilst Rikki Clarke, Darren Maddy and Keith Barker are all getting the Brummies excited. Further West, Alan Richardson always extracts the most out of the flood plains of Worcester, whilst Yorkshire members on Twitter have described Ajmal Shahzad as a turncoat after going to their Roses rivals. He'll certainly need a different type of coat on the side of the Pennines he's gone to - a raincoat! Our advice is to get Jonny Bairstow in, who cracked a very impressive century last week, although again be mindful he could be picked for England.

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