Eh, I see what you mean but I think playing the final under the same conditions as the tournament makes sense (the fifth day is basically an insulation against the weather more than a change, in that sense).
Fascinating how all three innings so far have been very similar: one centurion who looks like they're playing a different game, one big partnership and a lot of cheap wickets either side.
Whatever happens tomorrow, and Somerset are definitely underdogs, it's been a fantastic season. Tom Lammonby is going places - particularly whatever places the next Lions tour is visiting.
Bit of a shame the final played out grinding a draw rather than chasing a competitive total but no problem with Essex doing it. The first innings draw rule is used in the Sheffield Shield and Ranji Trophy finals right? I guess other things have been tried and been worse, but it does feel like it encourages negative play.
Still, the BWT was good even if it taught us nothing new - Essex are the best side in the country and Somerset an agonisingly close second. Four times in five years we've been FC runners up.
Team of the year time?
T Lammonby (Somerset) A Cook (Essex) J Libby (Worcs) B Slater (Notts/Leics) A Lees (Durham) M Critchley (Derbyshire) A Wheater (Essex) C Overton (Somerset) D Stevens (Kent) S Harmer (Essex) T Murtagh (Middx)
Interesting that almost all the impressive batsmen this season have been openers - a real change to previous seasons!
Balladeer: Happy new year and Christmas and all that to all. (Sorry - again, I mostly browse on mobile, so didn't see your earlier wishes!)
Dec 31, 2020 8:55:05 GMT
Mattzo: I hope you are all well, and good luck for 2021.
Dec 29, 2020 20:14:16 GMT
nemouk: Merry Boxing Day Test Eve!
Dec 25, 2020 12:59:41 GMT
waughandpeace: Merry Christmas all, and a happy new year - fingers crossed we'll all be back watching more cricket in 21
Dec 25, 2020 2:01:50 GMT
pierredelafranchesca: Gale and Pyrah to support Lions as coaches.....OK, i mean Gale has been shit for Yorks and is potentially neck deep in this racism case, but sure why not. In fact, keep the useless prick.
Dec 1, 2020 14:52:55 GMT
Balladeer: Definitely needed to be a thread. I came up with one of the same answers as you because I can't see the chatbox on mobile.
Jun 22, 2020 16:14:58 GMT