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  1. DaveMorton

    Rugby Football 22-23

    HT in the Grand Final, 12-6, great stuff. I watched Northampton v Leicester in the end, a late decision, I couldn't be bothered to get dressed to go out. What a game. Northampton Saints dominated a brilliant first half, but the Leicester pack took over in the second half and reduced them to a...
  2. DaveMorton

    The shape of things to come!

    If you have a Premier League, and two equal leagues feeding into it, you avoid the pitfalls of a 3rd division, where all the ambitious players leave because it will take years to get to the top with their clubs. This is actually what Strauss wants. His proposal is a play-off, of the two...
  3. DaveMorton

    Rugby Football 22-23

    Ah, the Grand Final fits in nicely. I am going to watch Sedgley 3s v Glossop 2s in the North West Intermediate League 1, and I'll try to catch up with Leicester v Northampton tomorrow. I can't record games at present, so I have to wait for 'catch up'. Nottingham RUFC used to play in Beeston...
  4. DaveMorton

    Rugby Football 22-23

    I see West Bridgford RFC is in Ilkley's league. What!!! West Bridgford is in Nottingham, it's where Trent Bridge is. How are they in Regional One North East? They have played 3 games so far and conceded 184 points. My guess is that they won't be there at the end of the season. A further look...
  5. DaveMorton

    Rugby Football 22-23

    Brilliant game on BT Sport tonight, Bath v Wasps. Wasps apparently have 20 days to find £20million, if I heard correctly, but the team came storming out to lead 25-0 in front of 12,000 Bath fans. Game of two halves, both superb, which Wasps won 39-31. All this and a refereeing masterclass from...
  6. DaveMorton

    2nd X1 champions

    Fisher, Coad, Brook and Malan all played in that first game. Our strong batting in the early part of the season gave us the points, and the cushion that may save us now. The subsequent injuries to the two bowlers meant we couldn't win, then our batsmen were taken, and our batting became as bad...
  7. DaveMorton

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    Ah, cheers. I never could add. So we could finish 5th! Or 9th.
  8. DaveMorton

    Surrey (1) v Yorkshire (6) at the Oval 20-23 Sept 2022.

    I played in a game for Prestwich when our wicket-keeper / captain brought himself on to bowl one over at the end of a game in which they were 90 for 5 replying to our 180 or so. The batsman was former NZ bowler Bob Blair, and he got him out with (being generous) a 30 mph googly. Well, he...
  9. DaveMorton

    The shape of things to come!

    An improvement would be to get rid of Strauss. Another improvement would be the recognition that if we've got 18 County Clubs all looking after player development in their own areas, a strong England team is inevitable. A further improvement would be if those areas not covered - Cheshire, N...
  10. DaveMorton

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    The Championship arithmetic is now relatively simple. Top: very simple, Surrey have won it. Bottom 6, Northants 151 safe from relegation, but can be overtaken 7. Yorkshire 135 8. Kent 134 9. Warwicks 120 10. Gloucs 95 relegated. A high-scoring draw could give Warwicks 136 points which, in...
  11. DaveMorton

    Surrey (1) v Yorkshire (6) at the Oval 20-23 Sept 2022.

    It is something that used to be done frequently - see Arthur Morris bowling to Compton when England won the Ashes in 1953. We don't do these things any more in our po-faced, plastic world. How on earth could it be deemed disrespectful? If the two Surrey left-handers had come out and batted...
  12. DaveMorton

    The Rafiq case

    Presumably Patel will be available to do for Essex what he did for us.
  13. DaveMorton

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    I forgot all about the live T20. Instead, I watched an old recording on my Skybox, England v NZ at Lord's, 2015, when Adam Lyth was playing. He didn't make many, but got his one and only Test century at Headingley the following week. At Lord's, led by Cook, Root and Stokes with the bat, and...
  14. DaveMorton

    The shape of things to come!

    Surely they can't vote in this rubbish, can they? One of the very few benefits from The Hundred was the playing of the RL50 at the same time, and a chance to see so many terrific young players from the various County Academies. Strauss wants to beat Australia, he says. Surely the best way to do...
  15. DaveMorton

    Surrey (1) v Yorkshire (6) at the Oval 20-23 Sept 2022.

    It might be a good idea not to lose to Gloucestershire. Then there's the impending points deduction for the hand drier that doesn't work in the toilets near the Hutton Gates.
  16. DaveMorton

    Rugby Football 22-23

    Wasps have really let down their fans since the amateur days, though historically there probably weren't many. Rugby was a participation sport, and most of the watchers were wags or parents, or former players with the club. That was as true at Wasps as at any junior club. Sedgley played 'A...
  17. DaveMorton

    Other Games

    Gloucestershire have done it, in an unbelievable brilliant and tense finish. Why does County Cricket need to change at all? Only the Enemy of Cricket Board thinks so. So, Warwicks have 120 points, so the max they can get is 144. We have 135, so we need 10 (and no points deductions!) to be...
  18. DaveMorton

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    Well, perhaps the fates are relenting. Gloucs 119 for 4 at tea, needing just 29 more. Chris Dent and Graeme van Buuren have added 89, so far. Gripping viewing, and such a good commentary from Bristol. Huge implications for us, and of course for Warwickshire, if Gloucs do win.
  19. DaveMorton

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    I wouldn't put a penny on their chances. 45 for 4, still need 103. Somerset building a lead. Rain forecast this evening, but <5% tomorrow. The fates are ganging up against us. We may have to beat Gloucs to stay up.
  20. DaveMorton

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    Lunch, day 3, and I am now concentrating on the Gloucs v Warwicks match, which is building up towards a thrilling finish...or Gloucs might stroll it, which is what I'm hoping. Young pace bowler Tom Price took 8 for 27 as Warwicks were bowled out for 128. There is also lots of spin in the pitch...
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