Sunday, 27 September 2015

LVCC Division One End of Term Reports

It's that time of year, when county cricketers are called in to see the headmaster and get their end of term reports. How did your team do? Did you take our advice back in April and are now kicking back in the Caribbean on the earnings, having bashed your local turf accountant? Or are you, the missus and the kids facing a harsh, bleak winter? However you have done, this is still the best competition in the country cricket wise. Here we have a look at how your county did in 2015...

Patterson giving something away for once
Yorkshire - walked the Championship this year and still have room for improvement. Jason Gillespie has depth in his squad like the Marianas Trench. The top three of Lyth, Lees and Ballance will have better years, but Jonny Bairstow with an average of 93 was the star man. Yorkshire finished as far clear of second place Middlesex as the London county did from bottom placed Worcestershire in the points table, as Jack Brooks led the way with 65 wickets. Ryan Sidebttom, still the best left armer in the country got 41, Patterson and Bresnan with 45. The miserly Patterson also went for just 2.61 runs an over. I'd hate to see him in a round of drinks! Finished 1st The Middle Stump prediction 1st

Middlesex - a season of over achievement from Angus Fraser's boys. In a year when runs were harder to come by than most, Nick Compton scored over 1100 runs as the chaps from NW8 made a mockery of their close shave with relegation the year before. With the ball James Harris 69 wickets included 9-34 and Tim Murtagh and Toby Roland-Jones also added value to a very good seam attack. John Simpson's 50 victims were the most by anyone in the country. If Adam Voges returns for a full year next year, you might just see Gus smile. Perhaps. Finished 2nd TMS prediction 4th

A year of smiles for Gus

Nottinghamshire - a season of two halves, pre and post Peter Moores arrival. The coach pilloried for his data comment in the World Cup, oversaw form that could push Yorkshire far closer next year if he gets the gig on a permanent basis. He needs to go shopping for some bowling though as only Gurney topped the 40 wickets mark. Riki Wessels led the way with the batting as Hales and the two Taylors both scored runs. Finished 3rd TMS prediction 3rd

Durham - runs were at a premium at the Riverside this year on wickets that went sideways at times. Borthwick and Stoneman topped the thousand run mark as Michael Richardson fell just short of the landmark. No bowler topped Chris Rushworth's 83 wickets as the evergreen Bunny Onions also picked up 65. It is batting that they need to add next year as they missed the runs of Ben Stokes, who along with team mate Mark Wood look like part of the furniture on the international scene. Started strongly but the finish was as weary as the Wear which flows by this ground. Finished 4th TMS prediction 6th

Rushy and Onions...nearly 150 LVCC wickets between them

Warwickshire - I thought they would do far better than they did to be honest. Like most sides this year, the top order struggled as no batsman passed 900 runs for the Bears. Jeetan Patel was the main man on wickets that spun towards the end of the year as he bagged 58, with Rikki Clarke, Boyd Rankin and Keith Barker backing him up in the forties. They were never going to go down, but Bears followers expected better things this year, I'm sure. Finished 5th TMS prediction 2nd

Somerset - avoided a final game relegation in a year of transition in the West. Gaps in the batting line up after departures in recent years of Compton, Kieswetter and Buttler have proved hard to fill as coach Matt Maynard kept faith with the talent on the Somerset production line. James Hildreth had yet another fine year with the bat as he and the evergreen Marcus Trescothick provided the bulk of the runs. Tom Abell will be a class act. Craig Overton and Lewis Gregory led an inexperienced attack, but these youngsters will be far better thanks to the experience. Finished 6th TMS prediction 5th

Hampshire - a Houdini type escape as we predicted them to just pip Sussex for the final relegation spot. Their signing in April of Gareth Berg along with the later arrival of Fidel Edwards were the reason, as they chipped in with 42 and 45 wickets respectively. Only Carberry shone runs wise as he scored 1100, as Berg also averaged 32 with the bat. Mason Crane, whilst sounding like a 1980's American Detective, had a fine breakthrough season with his leg spin. Finished 7th TMS prediction 7th.

Berg...great year kept Hants up

Sussex - a year of misery at Hove as wickets were produced early in the season that saw them lucky to escape a points deduction. Despite this Luke Wright and Ben Brown both topped a thousand runs. Magoffin as predicted picked up 69 wickets, but only Ollie Robinson backed him up with 45. Should come straight back up from Division Two as the talent coming through the system at Hove bodes well, but this might be a wake up call. Let's hope it is just seagulls flying over Hove, for if the vultures of nearby counties come circling for their best players, the next few years could be lean. Finished 8th TMS prediction 8th

Worcestershire - not all bad despite a bottom placed finish at New Road. The youngsters that are all on long term deals should ensure that happier times are around the corner for the Pears. Fell, Kohler-Cadmore, Cox and Whiteley shone brightly at times as Shantry and Leach led the way with the ball. If they can keep hold of them, they will be there or thereabouts in Division Two next year, especially if they can keep hold of Shannon Gabriel to add pace to the attack. Ajmal was a disappointment, post remodelled action. Finished 9th TMS prediction 9th

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