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Bears v Foxes
#1
Here is my preview of tonight's match.
https://deepextracover.com/2018/07/vital...ire-foxes/
I was planning to be there but other events have got in the way.
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(13-07-2018, 11:03 AM)Terry Wrote: Here is my preview of tonight's match.
https://deepextracover.com/2018/07/vital...ire-foxes/
I was planning to be there but other events have got in the way.

One thing we know for sure is that Cosgrove will be injured 5 mins into fielding and will be replaced by an athletic 18 year old!!!!
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#3
I actually mentioned that (about Cosgrove being replaced) in the first draft of my preview and then took it out because the preview should be unbiased.
I was also going to mention - where is Ateeq Javid?  Surely he should find a place in the Foxes' team.  I see he played in the two T20 second team games against the Bears earlier in the week and also just ten days ago scored 155 and took 5-95 off 43 overs for Leics seconds v Worcestershire in the Second XI Championship at Rugby (why were they playing in Warwickshire?). So it's not as if he is injured or out of form. 
Maybe his face doesn't fit with Paul Nixon.
I really thought a move to Leicestershire would be great for him but that doesn't appear to be the case so far.
PS - I see also that Ateeq also scored a hundred in the game where Chris Woakes made his comeback.
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#4
Absolutely destroyed here...
Paul fondled my onion bags.
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#5
(13-07-2018, 09:02 PM)Lilly Wrote: Absolutely destroyed here...

One of those days. Never seen such poor fielding from the Bears. Mind you Cosgrove who has stayed on the field, made a complete mess of a diving catch. Caused an earthquake in Dudley!!! Raine having a great game with bat and ball.
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(13-07-2018, 11:22 AM)stingray Wrote:
(13-07-2018, 11:03 AM)Terry Wrote: Here is my preview of tonight's match.
https://deepextracover.com/2018/07/vital...ire-foxes/
I was planning to be there but other events have got in the way.

One thing we know for sure is that Cosgrove will be injured 5 mins into fielding and will be replaced by an athletic 18 year old!!!!

Gosh you t20 fans don't know you're born if all you have to moan about is a team's name and a fat lad not fielding, be grateful you have the best weather and are treated better than us purists who are being driven away
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(13-07-2018, 09:58 PM)narsty simon Wrote:
(13-07-2018, 11:22 AM)stingray Wrote:
(13-07-2018, 11:03 AM)Terry Wrote: Here is my preview of tonight's match.
https://deepextracover.com/2018/07/vital...ire-foxes/
I was planning to be there but other events have got in the way.

One thing we know for sure is that Cosgrove will be injured 5 mins into fielding and will be replaced by an athletic 18 year old!!!!

Gosh you t20 fans don't know you're born if all you have to moan about is a team's name and a fat lad not fielding, be grateful you have the best weather and are treated better than us purists who are being driven away

What, they turned you away from the ground tonight?  And you all dressed up in your Speedos with the newly darned hole in the elbow, all ready for the jacuzzi.
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And here is my report of the debacle:
https://deepextracover.com/2018/07/foxes...g-century/
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#9
Another dreadful start.

No changes is a mistake, we cannot chase down big targets and we are bowling pies again.
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#10
I'm not normally one to criticise the umpires as I know how difficult it is but they've had a bit of a shocker so far today!
Proud to be a Bear
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#11
(15-07-2018, 02:06 PM)Exiled Bear Wrote: I'm not normally one to criticise the umpires as I know how difficult it is but they've had a bit of a shocker so far today!

Not as much as De Grandhomme!

We have played 2 of the weaker teams in this competition and we are being absolutely smashed. 

A team with this much experience should not be capitulating like this, I hope these poor performances are a one(or two) off.
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#12
And now an awful start to the 'run chase'.

Players should not just keep their places if not performing. This is my one criticism of us in all formats with Sibley in particular.

Bell is the last person you want chasing a big total.

Head scratchingly poor stuff from us.
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#13
Well we made a good go of it. If Hain had stayed in for another over or two I think we'd have done it. Stunning batting from De Grandhomme too.
Proud to be a Bear
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#14
Is Elliott earning his keep?
LE - aka John
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#15
(15-07-2018, 04:14 PM)Leicester Exile Wrote: Is Elliott earning his keep?

Very good question and having witnessed today and Friday I would say no. The disappointment on Friday was there seemed to no encouragement from the captain, he was never there to talk to the bowler after a bad ball or indeed a good one to offer support, others around me also made this obvious point, today seemed to be slightly better.

We effectively have a team with only three specialist bowlers and in this form of cricket you really need the bowlers to be able to have all the variation and tricks, the part time bowlers are targeted by the batsmen and we saw Friday and today the consequence.

Bell is not a twenty twenty player, our power play is wasted by him tippy tapping to a run a ball in the first six overs.

The fix for me would be Thomason, Barker or Poysden as we cannot afford for the bowlers to concede the runs that they are.

The second 170 mile round trip in three days to witness those performances!
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#16
Agree with your point SB about lack of front line bowlers in the team. Should play with one more front line bowler. People who i sit with agree on this. To me it seems our game plan is with our depth of batting we don't care how many you score, we are going to score more than you. Well it is just not working over these last two games. Get another front line bowler in please.
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#17
Here's my report:
https://deepextracover.com/2018/07/jets-...-on-bears/
It was interesting that the promised autograph signing session after the game was delayed by a fairly lengthy team meeting.
The Sibley bowling option wasn't tried today even though the rest of the bowlers were getting hammered so I do think that it is time for Josh Poysden  to come in.  Maybe the youthful enthusiasm of Aaron Thomason is also needed. 
As I said in my report, the attack is so toothless at the moment that it would qualify for an appearance on the Jeremy Kyle show.
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#18
Not convinced Thomason would make the attack better Terry. Like i just said front line bowler required. SB point about Bell a good point you make about him especially when chasing big targets i think you are probaly right. not the man for the job, alltough a target anything up to 160 a good person to have in the team. But that's the problem you don't when you are going to be chasing really big scores, or when you bat first 180+ is going to be a par score.
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(15-07-2018, 08:01 PM)rednalbear Wrote: Not convinced Thomason would make the attack better Terry. Like i just said front line bowler required. SB point about Bell a good point you make about him especially when chasing big targets i think you are probaly right. not the man for the job, alltough a target anything up to 160 a good person to have in the team. But that's the problem you don't when you are going to be chasing really big scores, or when you bat first 180+ is going to be a par score.

I was thinking more of the all-round contribution that Thomason could make, maybe better than the Sibley/Rhodes options used so far.
Although economy rates are key, the way to reduce the opposition's scoring is usually to take wickets.  Unlike previous years, Jeetan has so far proved an ineffective wicket taker - just three wickets in five games at 56 runs apiece.  I'm not suggesting that he should be dropped, just that no-one else is stepping up to claim those extra wickets that he might have been expected to take.
Now if Olly Stone were fit, I would back him to take a few early wickets.
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#20
I don't understand why Poysden isn't playing and on his performances last season Thomason should be ahead of both Sibley and Rhodes.

CDG is just the same as last year. An explosive batsman when he comes off and a very poor bowler. Not what we should be looking for in an overseas player if we are serious about winning anything.

Teams have now worked out Pollock just as they did Neil Carter. Open with spin and he struggles. Although he should be prepared to knock the spinner around and let Bell deal with them. Assuming we stick with Bell and I agree he isn't an ideal man for attacking a big total.
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