Logan’s Run… or not as the case may be!

You’re the leading wicket taker in the history of your club’s academy. You made your First Class debut last season and got a few overs under your belt but now you’re primed for first team action. You claim excellent second innings figures of 4-22 in only your second professional match…

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8052/scorecard/1166938/yorkshire-vs-warwickshire-specsavers-county-championship-division-one-2019

What’s your reward? To get dropped and see your employers sign a South African for just three matches. Just when you thought that Yorkshire County Cricket Club couldn’t mess around another spinner… think again! To be fair, we understand that Adil Rashid has next to no interest in playing for Yorkshire. Azeem Rafiq got released, re-signed, did okay but got released again amidst personal pain and poor old Karl Carver. He’d actually done okay in a reasonable amount of first XI appearances but one bad day at the office in a T20 game was followed by a First Class fixture in which he batted at eleven and didn’t bowl. Stuart Broad got hit for six sixes once. Did it make hime a bad player? There was also the absolute panic and what has turned out to be disrespectful signing of Josh Poysden as well as a visit from Dom Bess. Bess is now back at Somerset and doing well so wouldn’t Yorkshire have been better investing in their own player?

http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/767447.html

Will James Logan get a run in the team?

Let’s hope so but given Yorkshire’s track record of failing to develop spinners, it’ll be interesting to see where he is in a decade’s time.

Disclaimer: Is Logan injured? He doesn’t appear to have played any cricket at all since the Warwickshire match but there’s nothing on the club website or mention of his absence in the squad announcement for the following match.

Afghanistan v West Indies World Cup ODI

It wasn’t quite as hot as Saturday but yet again Afghanistan flirted with the idea of causing an upset at Headingley only to fall short one more time. Three times in this competition they’ve could’ve achieved seismic victories but failed to do so.

West Indies were solid if unspectacular with the bat but still finished with enough to leave Afghanistan requiring in excess of a run-a-ball. Evin Lewis (58) was regaining his form, Shai Hope (77) was Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer (39) and Nicholas Pooran (58) upped the tempo and Jason Holder (45) with Carlos Brathwaite (14*) lifted the score to 311-6

After captain Gulbadin Naib’s World Cup horror show continued, Afghanistan were cruising courtesy of a 133-run partnership by Rahmat Shah (62) and Ikram Ali Khil. Never did I convince myself that they were actually going to win though. Every time the big screen informed those in the stadium that Afghanistan were ahead of where West Indies had been, you still knew that they needed to put their foot on the accelerator.

Shah was horrendously dropped by Sheldon Cottrell but fell soon after. I witnessed Ikram make a career best 24 (Previous best was 11) on Saturday and today, having been promoted to no. 3, he bested again with 86.

Cottrell, having not originally picked up that earlier drop, later claimed a very good catch and Fabian Allen, who’d already claimed one to silence the crowd, sealed the match with a stunner running backwards. The less said about his bowling or his career stats the better and the same goes for Hope’s atrocious wicketkeeping. Brathwaite claimed 4-63 but Kemar Roach (10-2-37-3) was the pick of the bowlers.

For the record, if I understood correctly from the multiple cries, the Caribbean colours draped West Indies fan sat next to me is not convinced by Jason Holder as captain. He got the blame for a no-ball when too many fielders were outside the circle, which seems fair enough. He also got the blame for Pooran’s run out!

As for the overall standard in the field…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/cricket/48876706

West Indies were going through the motions waiting for wickets and they predictably came. Perhaps I expected too much of Afghanistan at this tournament. They’ve come a long way and only lost this one by 23 runs.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8039/game/1144524/afghanistan-vs-west-indies-42nd-match-icc-cricket-world-cup-2019

Too many of their players including the big names, notably Rashid Khan, haven’t stepped up though. Gulbadin Naib may have contributed to their journey but isn’t meriting a place in a losing team let alone being the captain.

West Indies have a potentially powerful batting unit if the hierarchy can keep them all interested and not lose them to more and more global franchise gigs. Afghanistan need to meet in the middle between the heroic generation that got them this far and the youngsters coming through.

Cricket 19: GODII – Canadian Capitulation!

Don’t worry England fans. It was our hosts that capitulated in the majestic surroundings of Ottawa Oval. Such a picturesque setting deserved far better than the syrup served up by the home team. Please don’t blame messrs Curran or Woakes though. They were only doing their job. Spare a thought for Joe Root as well. The Yorkshire lad flew all that way and didn’t bat or bowl.

At least Jos Buttler got to toss a coin! To think that there were those that questioned the decision to bowl. Though paying fans may wish that we’d batted first.

If it weren’t for two out of control top edges off ‘throw the kitchen sink’ hook shots from Darcy Harris off the hostile bowling of Jofra Archer then Canada wouldn’t have even totalled the paltry 38 all out that they did.

New ball duo Chris Woakes (3-11) and Sam Curran (3-3) did the damage at the top of the order before slow-left-armer Liam Dawson, having replaced Tom Curran in the side, chipped in with 2-8. Archer (1-14) then got in on the act before Moeen Ali struck first ball. It’ll come as no surprise to anyone that wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow took the innings ending catch to make it seven for the day (A new ODI record!) and already into double figures just two outings into the competition.

Dawid Malan (19 not out) and Liam Livingstone (18 not out) saw us comfortably to a ten-wicket win.

Such as a one-sided affair has led to questioning the integrity of the competition from some quarters. We’re only two matches in and there have already been some reasonably high scoring close encounters so far in the tournament. We’re participating in order to help promote the game across the globe. I guarantee that Canada will perform better when we meet again later in the competition.

Next for us we host USA at Old Trafford. You can expect a strong squad to be named for that one.

Six to Watch: T20I Status – Women’s Special Revisited

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Hi all

Please find listed below six women’s international players that I suggested keeping an eye on when T20I status was dished out all around the globe. Firstly, here’s the link to my original post…

https://sillypointcricket.com/2018/07/01/six-to-watch-t20i-status-womens-special/

Louise Little (Ireland)

A tough time for the still only sixteen-year-old but hopefully she’ll be stronger for it.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ireland/content/player/1094718.html

Mariko Hill (Hong Kong)

Has shown glimpses of her ability but will want to make more significant contributions.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/343129.html

Pauke Siaka (Papua New Guinea)

A name synonymous with cricket in PNG, her games played are a small sample size on which to make a judgement.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/333936.html

Naruemol Chaiwai (Thailand)

Quite a few games under her belt now and performing well. She’s averaging 27.29 with the bat and has a top score of 64 not out scored against Malaysia in Bangkok last February.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/486944.html

Rubina Chhetry (Nepal)

Has produced some encouraging displays with both bat and ball including figures of 4-2 against Indonesia last January.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/500726.html

Cher van Slobbe (Netherlands)

Has chipped in with some wickets in her few games played.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/netherlands/content/player/577360.html

Six to Watch: T20I Status – Team Special Revisited

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Hi all

Please find listed below six men’s international teams that I suggested keeping an eye on when T20I status was dished out all around the globe. Firstly, here’s the link to my original post…

https://sillypointcricket.com/2018/06/14/six-to-watch-t20i-status-team-special/

The number in brackets denotes current world T20I ranking.

Argentina (56)

One of the few South American countries with any great cricket history, Argentina have plenty of work to do having fallen off the radar somewhat.

Canada (25)

A few years on from any meaningful international success, Canada will hope to climb back into the top 20 soon. South African Davy Jacobs leads the side nowadays. The successful launch of the Global T20 Canada and with it the attraction of international stars will hopefully inspire a new generation of Canadians to take up the game.

Denmark (24)

One of the early Associate trailblazers, Denmark are looking to make a name for themselves once again. Coached by Ireland cult hero Jeremy Bray, they came unstuck in recent World Cup Qualifiers finishing behind Jersey, Germany and Italy.

Fiji (48)

Like Denmark, Fiji’s proximity to a major cricketing nation, in its case Australia, made them an early Associate force but they’ve got a lot to do in order to ascend the current rankings.

Rwanda (77)

It’s early days but there’s a lot of cricket activity in Rwanda and they’ll surely be on the rise soon. They’ve got a lovely ground and cricket is the fastest growing sport in the country.

South Korea (64)

Languishing at the wrong end of the ladder, South Korea have some technically correct players but need to adapt to the modern game. In a recent regional World Cup Qualifier SK finished ahead of Japan and Indonesia but we won’t be seeing them in Australia next year.

Please click on the link below for full rankings:

https://www.icc-cricket.com/rankings/mens/team-rankings/t20i

Six to Watch: T20I Status – Men’s Special Revisited

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Hi all

Please find listed below six men’s international players that I suggested keeping an eye on when T20I status was dished out all around the globe. Firstly, here’s the link to my original post…

https://sillypointcricket.com/2018/06/03/six-to-watch-t20i-status-special/

Simon Ateak (Ghana)

Has made a couple of starts in the few matches that he’s played.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/308504.html

Harrison Carlyon (Jersey)

Struck 50 in his only T20I innings to date against arch rivals Guernsey exactly one month ago.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/1062706.html

Ahmad Faiz (Malaysia)

Has made some useful contributions with the bat in the past week including a knock of 43 against Maldives and helping see his team to another victory by scoring 27 not out against Thailand both in Kuala Lumpur.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/307639.html

Andrew Mansale (Vanuatu)

A tough time so far but he’s off the mark.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/275654.html

Calum MacLeod (Scotland)

One of the Associate games most proven players continues to go from strength to strength. He averaged 117 in the Oman T20I Quadrangular in February and recently struck an ODI ton against Afghanistan, not for the first time.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/scotland/content/player/232435.html

Carl Sandri (Italy)

Errrr, I may have got this one wrong. He’s not been seen for a few years!

http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/player/7908.html

Cricket 19: GODII – Living the Dream!

We commenced the Global ODI Invitational with a resounding 177-run victory over Papua New Guinea at The Oval. It was a long trip for PNG and that may have taken it’s toll, particularly on their batsmen who looked severely jet lagged.

Having been put into bat we posted 272 but were disappointed to be bowled out in just 39.4 overs. Nearly all our batsmen need to reflect on their dismissals and ask themselves if they could’ve avoided getting out at that stage of the game. It’s only game one though in this format and ultimately we produced enough runs to win the match but we’ll likely face sterner tests (Or ODIs!) as the tournament progresses.

Liam Livingstone and Dawid Malan were our new opening combo and the pair batted with measured intent to reach 55 without loss. Lancashire’s Livingstone (33) was given out caught behind and frustratingly replays seemed to suggest that had he reviewed then the decision would’ve been overturned. Following the debutante’s departure, Ben Stokes was needlessly run out for 27 before Joe Root nicked behind for 10.

Soon after, Dawid Malan, who looked on course for a century, inexplicably through his wicket away having compiled 64 from only 56 deliveries. Moeen Ali (29) was another who got started but soon got out. He, the first wicket to fall to the persistent Caspar Sandhu.

Sandhu would finish with impressive figures of 5-64 and also claimed an excellent catch on the boundary to dismiss skipper Jos Buttler for 56.

Right-arm medium-pacer Sandhu ripped through our lower order adding the scalps of Jonny Bairstow (8), Tom Curran (15), Sam Curran (4) and Chris Woakes (1) to that of Buttler. Meaning no disrpesect to Sandhu but all our batters could’ve avoided getting out. Jofra Archer was dropped early on but finished undefeated on 19.

In pursuit of overhauling our total Papua New Guinea started reasonably well before Kaidan Donahue (11) nicked behind off Chris Woakes with the score on 17. Bairstow claimed his first competition catch and would go onto claim three in the innings.

The Yorkshireman has forty-one catches in only five North Western Hemisphere Test Championship matches and transferred that form to the GODII. As the competition progresses however we may occasionally rest our premier gloveman both from keeping and/or the playing XI altogether.

Wickets fell at regular intervals but amongst the chaos opening batsman Carlos Ahuja (49) bounced back from a tough time with the ball (7-0-51-0) but fell agonisingly short of a deserved fifty when he was caught by one Curran brother, Sam, off the bowling of another, Tom, both of whom were playing on their home turf.

Jayant Rege (13) was the only other batsman to reach double figures.

Livingstone (2-7) wrapped things up with some impressive leg-spin while Woakes (2-27) and Sam Curran (2-10) also picked up two wickets each.

Moeen, Stokes, Archer and Tom Curran all claimed one wicket each as PNG folded for just 95.

It was a decent start to the ODI festivities but our batsmen will need to kick on and last the full allocation in future if we’re to post the sort of seismic scores we strive for.

Next up for us it’s Canada away. We thoroughly enjoyed playing a Test match in the beautiful surroundings of Ottawa Oval and look forward to revisiting the area. We’ll take a reasonable touring party with us as travelling so far from home we need to cover for all eventualities.