a much better day we showed plenty of fight and but for a dropped catch could have been a lot closer to them. Glam are still hot favourites to win but it is not the foregone conclusion it looked at the end of day two.
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Another rain affected day in which WCCC made little inroads into the Lancashire batting, but the hosts also showed a lack of urgency in trying to surpass the Pears total and set us a tricky declaration. Horton and Proctor took their opening stand to 97 before Russell dismissed Proctor. Horton looked set to continue to make a big score before a farcical mix up saw him run out by Neil Pinner. Brown followed soon after – Big Als first wicket of the season. Lancashires overseas and Kolpak players Prince and Katich then ground the score up to 250 at the close .
Considering Lancs won the toss, we had injury problems in the warm up and the hosts are hot favourites to win the League they will have to show a lot more inventiveness if they are going to manoeuvre into a position where the can bowl sides out twice. Especially with the return of the dreaded heavy roller. With WCCC being notoriously slow starters we would quite happily walk away with a draw from this and with the sun shining this morning there is no reason why we shouldn’t.
A day ruined by rain and the chances of a result wrecked by cricket administrators decision to bring back use of the heavy roller during matches ( when did they sneak that one under the radar – and do any of these faceless people ever watch cricket or talk to cricket followers?)
Worcs had the best of the morning session taking their score onto 301 without losing a wicket at the lunch interval. Heavy rain then completely washed out the afternoon session. Play resumed after tea and saw Daryl Mitchell fall for 74 having put on a partnership of 96 with Gareth Andrew who followed quickly having reached his 50. The Worcs innings folded tamely to 334 all out.
Proctor finished with 4 for 58.
On a pitch with all life rolled out of it Lancs openers safely negotiated the remaining 19 overs scoring 42 runs in the process.
Can anybody please explain to me why the heavy roller has been brought back? Do they not want us to watch exciting cricket and players showing their skills on difficult pitches !!!
a fairly level game in which Wccc would have been better placed had we not lost Neil Pinner towards the end.
The day started badly for Worcester – not only did we lose the toss but also lost Richard Jones due to a warm up injury and captain Daryl Mitchell having to bat lower down the order due to sickness. In his absence Johnson opened the innings with Pardoe. They made slow progress on a fairly slow wicket before Pardoe fell to change bowler White, with a score on 28. Johnson followed soon after for a hard fought 18.
Overseas signing “Sammy” Samaraweera joined Moeen at the wicket and neither looked in trouble in taking the score up to 93 until Sammy was out caught for 28.
Kervezee followed soon after for 6 which brought Pinner to the wicket.He batted with a great deal of grit and determination supporting the free flowing Moeen at the other end, who, at times makes the game look so, so simple.
Together the pair put on a partnership of 54 which was ended when Mo , having got bogged down in the 70s, went for a big shot and was caught by the only player in the outfield.
Skipper Mitchell joined Pinner and they ground their way past the 200 before Pinner fell LBW for 29 off 124 balls in an innings that lasted nearly 3 hours but was just what Worcs and the situation needed.
We start Day 2 on 227 for 6 and I think if we can manage to muster a score of around 350 it will make life difficult for Lancs on a pitch that looks like it will only get lower and slower.
Ok back to the bar for Day 2.