Yorkshire v Warwickshire T20 Match

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Yes that’s right, Yorkshire versus Warwickshire. I refuse to refer to them as Birmingham. If every other team can wear a county moniker then Warwickshire need be no different. Why on Earth would you want to alienate half your county?

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In truth the match was a rather one-sided affair. Adam Lyth does what Adam Lyth does, dispelling the notion of many have that he’s a dour First Class player. He has always been a superior white-ball cricketer. Tom Kohler-Cadmore confirmed that Ed Smith was right not to select Chris Woakes for the Tests against India. TK-C could yet be a white-ball (ODI/T20I) player for England, even if he can’t get anywhere near Yorkshire’s County Championship side. Chris Woakes will come good once he’s got a few more overs under his belt. Don’t rule him out of having an impact against India yet!

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David Willey scored a hundred the last time I attended Headingley. Last night he scored one minus the hundred. Kane Williamson displayed his class as did Gary Ballance briefly. Olly stone bowled eleven dot balls to keep him in those ‘Next time we got to Australia’ conversations!

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When it came Warwickshire’s turn to bat, Ed Pollock did what Ed Pollock does. He swung and missed, repeat, repeat, then mightily finely connected with a few before getting out to a ball he really needn’t have. 22 from 12 deliveries sums him up and scores of substance need to arrive soon. Ian Bell (42 from 33) and Adam Hose (43 from 31) laboured… and I mean laboured in the middle. There were some fine strikes to the boundary but too many failures to connect. Surely the midlands side would be better with the likes of New Zealand duo Colin de Grandhomme (38 not out from 19) and skipper Grant Elliot higher up the order in this format.

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Yorkshire ran out winners by 31 runs courtesy of the Duckworth Lewis Method.

I’ll be back next week to see Yorkshire host Northamptonshire so they’ll be another match report soon after.

Cricket Culture

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Cricket terminology can be found in the titles of works of literature, song and film as well as band names. Here are just a few examples…

Books

Angela’s Ashes

Catcher in the Rye

Films

Australia

Batman

Delivery Man

Dukes of Hazzard

Edge of Seventeen

This is England

Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest

Legends of the Fall

Match Point

The Mighty Ducks

The Net

Paddington Bear (Get awayable with?)

Point Break

Run Fatboy Run

A Single Man

Six Degrees of Separation

300: Rise of an Empire (Admittedly any film with a number in the title could make the list!)

Songs

Bat out of Hell

Edge of Glory

Bands

Iron Maiden

Slipknot

Spin Doctors

Of course it’s unlikely that any of the above were actually named with cricket in mind. For the record, I’ve ignored the works of The Duckworth Lewis Method and any genuinely cricket themed works.

Can you think of any good ones that I’ve missed?

The Duckworth Lewis Method: Eponymous / Sticky Wickets CD Reviews

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Earlier in the week I provided an intro (Unless you already know about them) to former The Divine Comedy frontman, Neil Hannon’s cricket themed musical effort. Alongside Pugwash frontman Thomas Walsh, Hannon formed The Duckworth Lewis Method and songs such as Jiggery Pokery…

… are just literary marvels. To write such a detailed account of just one delivery requires exquisite mastery of language.

Also featuring on the band’s premier release¬†is the more profound The Nightwatchman…

Meeting Mr Miandad is another¬†instant highlight from my first listen of the band’s eponymously titled first album.

On the second album, titled Sticky Wickets, The Umpire is an extremely deeply thought through effort…

… and Third Man is an instantly catchy classic, even if it sounds like he’s saying something else. Out in the Middle is also a standout track…

I’ve only had one listen of each album in the car but my immediate scores are as follows:

Eponymous: 85 not out

Sticky Wickets: 76 not out