Gary Ballance.

byased

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i think they were otters noses now I come to think of it. Dry roasted preferably, and good enough for Jehovah.
Good to hear the chap on the other site has been moderated.
 

DaveMorton

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I am halfway through watching the BBC's astonishing adaptation of Pullman's His Dark Materials (part 3), which incenses precisely the same people who hated Life of Brian. To dare to mock, or question Authority! We are all heretics, infidels, untermenschen and pagans, and we deserve to have inquisitions, crusades, pogroms, re-education and fatwas launched against us.

Still, better to die on our feet than live on our knees; and to see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower. Even if our knuckles do drag a little.

Welease Woderwick!

I am also currently reading Alex Haley's Roots for the first time. Amazing! The author is not to be confused with the Notts batsman with a dog called Kevin. I suspect they would not get on together.
 
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Newby

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Sorry to hear someone's had a pop at your views on the other place Karma. Up to about 6 months ago, if it was very quiet on here I'd be tempted to peep over there and see if I was missing anything. I never was, so I don't bother anymore.
 

Karma

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Thanks Newby. The person just got personal and apparently I was to blame for Yorkshire's relegation to Div2 because I'd wished Gary Balance well. It doesn't upset or annoy me, no point in trying to slug it out with a caveman as that would get me angry.

I don't have a problem with people disagreeing with me or having a reasoned discussion. I'm quite happy to forensically give a counter-argument for something I believe but I'm also happy to put my hand up when I get things wrong. In this case I just responded by saying words to the effect everyone has a right to their own view (but with a sting in the tail) Clearly he doesn't like Gary and blames him for a lot. However people on the 'other side' responded positively and 13 actually liked my 'tribute' to Gary . So the outburst had exactly the opposite effect of what was intended by him. His post was deleted but is actually still there because I replied to him ( I assume it's a him rather than a she , them or they)
 

DaveMorton

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I have begun doing a career appreciation for Gary Ballance, on Flickr. I'll let you know when it's complete; not any time soon. But I've just unearthed one interesting fact.

GB made his f-c and Championship debut at Canterbury in 2008. Kent won.
His next Championship game was in 2010 at Taunton. Somerset won.
In 2011, he played against Lancashire at Aigburth (yes, you've guessed it) and at Taunton again, same result.

So it was played 4, lost 4, for young Mr Ballance. The only way from there is up....or out!

Game 5 was at Hove, Murray Goodwin scored 274* (it felt like far more, watching it) and we followed on. But Gary scored 73* and we escaped with a draw. Just.
 

Karma

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I have begun doing a career appreciation for Gary Ballance, on Flickr. I'll let you know when it's complete; not any time soon. But I've just unearthed one interesting fact.

GB made his f-c and Championship debut at Canterbury in 2008. Kent won.
His next Championship game was in 2010 at Taunton. Somerset won.
In 2011, he played against Lancashire at Aigburth (yes, you've guessed it) and at Taunton again, same result.

So it was played 4, lost 4, for young Mr Ballance. The only way from there is up....or out!

Game 5 was at Hove, Murray Goodwin scored 274* (it felt like far more, watching it) and we followed on. But Gary scored 73* and we escaped with a draw. Just.
Look forward to this appreciation to me of a great player. Hopefully after your appreciation you'll be doing no 2.0 based upon his new career in Zimbabwe and who knows, hopefully back in the UK as a Yorkshire overseas player.
 

DaveMorton

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I might be struggling to find photos of GB in Zim. I have been there, actually, just once, for half a day. We were staying on the Zambia side of the Zambesi, near Vicky Falls, and crossed over to the other side. Unbelievable, obstructive paperwork and deliberate delays. I didn't feel safe there, but the views were great.

I'm sure I can find one or two....
https://flic.kr/p/CFs4b9
 

Newby

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30 runs for Gary today in Zimbabwe's low scoring win against Ireland. Glad to see he has finally got a game under his belt.

Things a bit topsy turvy in terms of selection for Ireland with arguably their three best players missing due to franchise cricket commitments.
 

Donnylad

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I see that Gary did not play for Zim (second match) and they lost to Ireland.

I can't see any reason why he didn't get selected/turn out. I would have thought that all being well they would be putting him on the team sheet very early .... unless ......... ???
 

Newby

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I see that Gary did not play for Zim (second match) and they lost to Ireland.

I can't see any reason why he didn't get selected/turn out. I would have thought that all being well they would be putting him on the team sheet very early .... unless ......... ???
He isn't playing in the third game either. To be fair he isn't really a T20 player and I for one don't know enough about Zimbabwe cricket to say they haven't got a better option.

50 over series coming up and I would imagine he would be nailed on for that, unless he's injured of course.
 

DaveMorton

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Well, he did have some mental health issues at YCCC, said (by some) to be the reason he didn't play for the 1st XI last season, after scoring runs for the 2s. Let's hope all is well. He deserves a few things to go his way.
 

Hawke

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Well, he did have some mental health issues at YCCC, said (by some) to be the reason he didn't play for the 1st XI last season, after scoring runs for the 2s. Let's hope all is well. He deserves a few things to go his way.
Yes and part of YCCC's wish to not 'throw him to the dogs' must have not only been because they were wary of Az R's claims and liked GB but because of the existing mental health issues which became known under his time as YCCC captain.
 

Newby

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ECB executives handbook, final paragraph probably concludes with the words,

'In case of emergency, when the truth can no longer be supressed, find someone you can throw to the dogs'
 

Karma

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Great news, Gary is in Zimbabwe's one day team V Ireland ( who are 17-1 after 5 overs obviously batting first)

Relief, that he's fit and selected for what is more 'normal' game .
 
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