Just a few photos of a couple of end of season matches – Surrey v Glamorgan at the Oval and Essex v Northamptonshire at CloudFM County Ground.
Ostensibly the only team heading for any realistic prize is Essex for the Division Two title (and trophy) but all teams really playing for position if, as seems likely, we return to two divisions next season. The divide between the two divisions is likely to be somewhere in this year’s Division Two – so the nearer the top, the more possible Division One beckons!
At the end of day one – Glamorgan (379/4) seem to have the upper hand over Surrey who looked a bit clueless (Ollie Pope having his first try at captaincy…is the England job just over the horizon?) and Essex dominate Northamptonshire (25 wickets fell in the day) with Lawrence having a try at captaincy too!
But a few photos from the Oval to start with…
Day 2 of this round and I’m at Chelmsford to witness one of the worst batting displays of recent times. The hope of watching Sir A in possibly his last match was thwarted in under 30 minutes by Cook S and Shane Snater reducing Northamptonshire from 23/5 to 45ao. Essex won by an innings and 44 and only scored 170 runs themselves! Must be some kind of record!
The lack of footwork by the batsmen was criminal, the lack of gumption and intention an insult to members and the paying public (who should get their entrance fee refunded!)
Whether Essex deserve a points deduction – either for this season or suspended- is a moot point but of eight possible full days at Chelmsford in this phase of the Championship we have witnessed 3 full days and 2 and a bit sessions.
Nonetheless Essex win the Second Division and the trophy. I managed a few photos of the final death throes from Northamptonshire but it was all so quick and clinical, I didn’t get to finish my morning coffee!
The contrast between the batting paradise at the Oval and the seamers delight at Chelmsford is stark and something needs to be done but with the ECB trying to kill off the County Championship I doubt if anything will be done!