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Large margins

A cliche you often hear is “small margins”. It actually means in reality the rub of the green. No one would use the phrase to describe Sussex’s defeat by Northants of 393 runs (a record defeat) or England ‘s 119 run victory over New Zealand.

With Middlesex lying bottom of the second division I can hardly gloat over Ivan’s county as they still lie third. Mine is the county that won the Championship slightly controversially with Somerset believing they were “done” by Middlesex and Yorkshire agreeing a draw two years ago. It’s the county of Patsy Hendren, Denis Compton and Bill Edrich and twenty years of dominance under the two Mikes (Brearley and Gatting).

As Tom Hollingworth noted, the Black Caps did not have to win to qualify, merely protect their superior run rate over Pakistan.

The admirable Tony Salzman on TMS did explain how run rate worked but surely it’s fairer to use the criterion of Pakistan beating New Zealand first and the run rate second.

The competition would benefit from a thorough post-mortem.

With Jason Roy back England are looking the real deal but the crucial element takes place before any play has taken place, namely the toss. The conditions and pitch favour the team that bats first and this is another thing that needs review.

Once Roy and Jonny Bairstow set up the platform in their opening stand the Black Caps priority was their run rate. In the end they did not even protect this as they were all out and lost by 110 runs.

Large margins.

About Douglas Heath

Douglas Heath began his lifelong love affair with cricket as an 8 year-old schoolboy playing OWZAT? Whilst listening to a 160s Ashes series on the radio. He later became half-decent at doing John Arlott impressions and is a member of Middlesex County Cricket Club. He holds no truck at all with the T20 version on the game. More Posts