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Offline JD

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Re: Bears/Pears/Domestic Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1125 on: September 29, 2017, 08:56:57 AM »
Brilliant win again for Essex and that's the season wrapped up with another win. That's 10 wins and 4 draws from 14 games with them being 72 points above second place. I don't ever expect to see a better season like this again from Essex.

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Re: Bears/Pears/Domestic Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1126 on: September 29, 2017, 12:50:28 PM »
That's pretty fucking impressive, to be fair.

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Re: Bears/Pears/Domestic Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1127 on: September 29, 2017, 01:06:04 PM »
Essex had a fantastic summer to be fair.  What's odd is that Middlesex and Yorkshire had such poor seasons.

For the bears there's very few positives to take but I will say we've seen a lot of guys in the early stages of their career have appeared across the 3 formats and most of them have shown flashes of quality.  I'm hopeful that once they look back on those experiences and get back into training it will help improve them.

I'd like to see if Pollock can step into the championship, his technique is superb from what I've seen.

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Re: Bears/Pears/Domestic Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1128 on: October 05, 2017, 11:45:42 AM »
From the Beeb

Jim Troughton: Warwickshire's Edgbaston evolution under way, says Bears coach

Warwickshire first-team coach Jim Troughton says the Bears' positive end to the 2017 season shows how far their healing process has already progressed.

Despite reaching T20 Blast Finals Day at their Edgbaston home for a third time in four years, the Bears finished bottom of the County Championship.

They suffered nine defeats in 14 matches, five of them by an innings.

"When you're not playing well in four-day cricket, it's a slow death," Troughton told BBC WM.

"We're in the results business and we've not been good enough. It's a cyclical thing. It's a painful one at the moment and it's been tough to take.

"But it's a question of how we react. We're an evolving team and we're doing that quicker than other teams.

"You look at a couple of Division One teams who've been very successful over the last couple of years who are maybe 12 or 18 months behind us in hitting that transitional period."

Troughton and Bears director of cricket Ashley Giles had already worked successfully together as captain and coach when they won the County Championship with Warwickshire in 2012.

When they resumed their working partnership in January, they were faced with a squad containing several players over the age of 30.

It was not until they suffered three early-season innings defeats that they truly comprehended the full scale of the task they faced in rebuilding. But address it they have.

On top of the delayed arrival after injury of seamer Olly Stone from Northants, they made three more three signings from other counties, Surrey batsman Dom Sibley, Yorkshire all-rounder Will Rhodes and Somerset batsman Adam Hose.

They have also given valuable first-team experience to several more of their own products - batsman Matt Lamb and Liam Banks, spinners Sunny Singh and Alex Thomson and fast bowler Grant Thornton.

Opener Ed Pollock and all-rounder Aaron Thomason both helped the mid-season transformation of the T20 team - and the biggest bonus of all was the discovery of Australian fast bowler Ryan Sidebottom.

Having started the season as Thornton's new ball partner with Birmingham League champions Berkswell, the 28-year-old Victorian ended the season as Warwickshire's main strike bowler - with 23 wickets in six matches.

That helped the Bears come out just on the wrong side of a narrow defeat by Yorkshire at Headingley, followed by an encouraging home draw against Hampshire, who had to grind out the final day of the season at Edgbaston to avoid relegation.

There is still the matter of sorting out the captaincy issue. Jonathan Trott ended the season as skipper, having inherited the job in August when Ian Bell quit to focus on his batting. But the plan is to let the dust settle before deciding who should lead the side in 2018.

And, as things stand, they are happy to have ended the season on a relative 'high', with some much need forward momentum.

"From the moment we got officially relegated after losing to Essex, we needed a reaction," said Troughton. "To show that we weren't just going to drift through the rest of the season and feel sorry for ourselves.

"Now we've put down a few markers. We're still having lapses of play when we put ourselves under pressure.

"But we at least had chance to win those last couple of games, which is a lot better position than losing by an innings every week."

Analysis from BBC WM's Clive Eakin

The end of Warwickshire's 10-year spell in Division One looked likely to end after three innings defeats early in the season.

It quickly became apparent that the county had asked for one year too many from the established players who have brought them success in past seasons.

While a number of key men approached the end of their careers there was a clear poverty of young players coming through the ranks ready to take on Division One cricket. The gap between the old and the young was unbridgeable.

Ashley Giles is right to warn against believing Warwickshire's return to Division One will be a formality but he has won promotion at first attempts with both the Bears and Lancashire.

The recruitment for next season started early - and the arrivals of Dom Sibley, Adam Hose and Will Rhodes should help improve the balance of the squad.

By the end of the season, there were encouraging signs from the young players coming through, notably batsman Matt Lamb and spinner Sunny Singh."

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Re: Bears/Pears/Domestic Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1129 on: October 05, 2017, 04:08:46 PM »
You Bears!!!!!

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Re: Bears/Pears/Domestic Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1130 on: October 25, 2017, 10:52:15 AM »
Moeen signed a new 5yr contract at Worcestershire.  Got to say Im a little surprised, was convinced hed go back to Warwickshire, maybe we have benefitted from his golden summer meaning he is more than likely away with England for next couple of years rather than slipping back into County cricket.  Just Joe Clarke to sign up now then focus on finding an extra experienced batsman

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Re: Bears/Pears/Domestic Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1131 on: October 25, 2017, 04:40:02 PM »
Moeen signed a new 5yr contract at Worcestershire.  Got to say Im a little surprised, was convinced hed go back to Warwickshire, maybe we have benefitted from his golden summer meaning he is more than likely away with England for next couple of years rather than slipping back into County cricket.  Just Joe Clarke to sign up now then focus on finding an extra experienced batsman

I'd have welcomed him back at Edgbaston but I'm not too concerned that he's decided to remain at New Road.

A centrally contracted player will rarely play for his county which is a great pity and cheapens the county game.

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Re: Bears/Pears/Domestic Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1132 on: October 26, 2017, 12:18:27 AM »
The flip side being that the half a dozen games the likes of Mo or Woakes play for the counties is essentially free for the club as assume central contracts cover all.

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Re: Bears/Pears/Domestic Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1133 on: November 08, 2017, 12:01:53 PM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/41904991

Ian Westwood back at Edgbaston......we certainly don't like recruiting from outside the county....good luck to him.

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Re: Bears/Pears/Domestic Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1134 on: November 16, 2017, 01:23:06 PM »
Mark Adair has been released from his contract today.
Must confess to being a tad disappointed by this, he did well when he first appeared on the scene
but once again got hampered by injury and other overtook him.

Wish him all the best.

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Re: Bears/Pears/Domestic Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1135 on: November 27, 2017, 12:32:05 PM »
Jeetan Patel has been appointed captain for 4 day cricket and the RL cup. Grant Elliott will again captain the team in the T20.

They've made Dom Sibley vice captain with a view to stepping up to replace Patel in the medium term.

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Re: Bears/Pears/Domestic Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1136 on: November 29, 2017, 09:13:58 PM »
From BEEB

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes will not coach England at the Under-19 World Cup after the county confirmed he is under investigation.

It has been reported Rhodes delayed telling the county about the arrest of all-rounder Alex Hepburn, who has now been charged with two counts of rape.

Worcestershire have not commented on those reports.

However, chairman Steve Taylor confirmed that Rhodes, 53, is "under investigation but not suspended".

The ECB said his duties with the under-19s will now "not be happening".
The Under-19 World Cup takes place in New Zealand in January and February 2018.

Worcestershire said in a statement: "WCCC can confirm they are currently dealing with a disciplinary matter involving Steve Rhodes and relates solely to his role as director of cricket.
"The matter is ongoing so at this time there will be no further comment".
Former wicketkeeper Rhodes been in charge of Worcestershire since 2006 after playing for the county from 1985 to 2004.
He appeared in 11 Tests for England in 1994 and 1995, and played in nine one-day internationals.

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Re: Bears/Pears/Domestic Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1137 on: November 29, 2017, 11:35:43 PM »
From BEEB

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes will not coach England at the Under-19 World Cup after the county confirmed he is under investigation.

It has been reported Rhodes delayed telling the county about the arrest of all-rounder Alex Hepburn, who has now been charged with two counts of rape.

Worcestershire have not commented on those reports.

However, chairman Steve Taylor confirmed that Rhodes, 53, is "under investigation but not suspended".

The ECB said his duties with the under-19s will now "not be happening".
The Under-19 World Cup takes place in New Zealand in January and February 2018.

Worcestershire said in a statement: "WCCC can confirm they are currently dealing with a disciplinary matter involving Steve Rhodes and relates solely to his role as director of cricket.
"The matter is ongoing so at this time there will be no further comment".
Former wicketkeeper Rhodes been in charge of Worcestershire since 2006 after playing for the county from 1985 to 2004.
He appeared in 11 Tests for England in 1994 and 1995, and played in nine one-day internationals.


There's more details from George Dobell on Cricinfo. If the facts as stated are true, it's a shame to see a long serving club man end his association in such a way. However you make your bed and you lie in it.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/21606499/rhodes-enforced-leave-hepburn-rape-charge

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Re: Bears/Pears/Domestic Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1138 on: December 14, 2017, 11:52:08 AM »
Bye Bumpy.............

Steve Rhodes has left his role as director of cricket at Worcestershire following an internal investigation into his conduct.

It was announced on 29 November that the club were "dealing with a disciplinary matter".

It has been reported he delayed telling the county about the arrest of all-rounder Alex Hepburn, who has since been charged with two counts of rape.

The club said at the time that it would not comment on those reports.

A further statement on Thursday confirming Rhodes' departure, after 33 years with the county as a player and staff member, said the club would not comment further.

"Steve Rhodes has left with immediate effect," the statement said. "We thank him for his 33 years as a player, coach and director of cricket. We wish him well in the future."

Rhodes was due to coach England Young Lions at the Under-19 World Cup in January and February, but the ECB said in November that would "not be happening".
Rhodes' Worcestershire career

Rhodes' departure from New Road ends a 33-year association with Worcestershire.

After starting his playing career with his native Yorkshire, Bradford-born Rhodes joined the county in 1985.

He spent 20 seasons as first-choice wicketkeeper, making 13,300 runs in 391 first-class matches at an average of 33.16, hitting 11 hundreds and 65 half-centuries, as well as taking 991 catches and 104 stumpings.

He appeared in 11 Tests for England between June 1994 and February 1995, playing in home series against New Zealand and South Africa and an Ashes tour of Australia, while also playing in nine one-day internationals.

He joined Worcestershire's backroom staff in 2005 as assistant coach to Tom Moody, taking over when the Australian left in mid-season, before being upgraded to director of cricket in 2006.

Under Rhodes, Worcestershire won the domestic 40-over competition in 2007 and clinched County Championship promotion for the sixth time in 2017 by winning the Division Two title.

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Re: Bears/Pears/Domestic Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1139 on: December 14, 2017, 12:09:10 PM »
Sad to see a long county association ending in such circumstances.