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By Ghostie Mallender
#22336
Well, I thought I'd start this one early!!
What's the thoughts on next season's CC XI?
I'd go with:

1) Newton
2) Specialist opener
3) New signing
4) Duckett
5) Levi
6) Rossington (wk)
7) Cobb
8) Kleinveldt
9) Buck / Hutton
10) Gleeson
11) Sanderson

I feel Wakely should stay as captain in the one day game but his average in the CC doesn't warrant him a place in the side. Same goes for Keogh, as he doesn't offer enough with both his batting and bowling.

I'd like to sign Proctor and fit him in the top 5 but whether he'll sign, I'm not sure.

We have a fine bowling line up and can call upon White for spin, although my XI of just 4 bowlers may be top heavy on batsmen. If we sign Proctor, that will sort that problem.
By Shortlegs
#22349
Bucksman wrote:Ripley is still behind 'all-rounder' Rob Keogh... two year contract extension for 'a modern three-dimensional cricketer.'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/41656777
I have nothing against Rob Keogh and until a couple of years ago he looked like Northants best up-and-coming batsman, but in the last couple of years his overall performance has been mediocre with bat and ball, with only occasional glimpses of good form. Personally I think he's very lucky to get a new deal but of course I wish him well.
By Shortlegs
#22350
My CC XI would be similar to Ghostie's and I entirely agree with leaving out Wakely and Keogh to make them fight for a place. I think Cobb should be a one day playere and only emergency cover for CC matches. He simply doesn't seem to be able to adapt his style to CC cricket. One problem without Wakely or Cobb is who will captain the team. No obvious candidates, except perhaps Kleinveldt?

1) Newton
2) Duckett
3) New signing (Holden if poss)
4) Levi
5) New signing
6) Rossington (wk)
7) New signing (GENUINE all rounder in the Crook/Willey mould)
8) Kleinveldt
9) Buck / Hutton
10) Gleeson
11) Sanderson
By Ironside
#22352
I'm surprised that it is suggested that Wakely should be dropped from the CC. He has been a great captain and our run in the Championship since near the end of last season has been outstanding. Why even contemplate dropping a captain who won nine out of fourteen games in a season. I cannot think we would have been nearly as successful without his leadership.
As for the rest of the team, it is rather unbalanced with four fast-medium right-armers. Even though he was our leading wicket-taker this year I think it is time to change our overseas player. I would hope to replace Rory K with either a top class batsman or a high class spinner who can bat
By Den Buckett
#22369
Ironside wrote:
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:25 pm
I'm surprised that it is suggested that Wakely should be dropped from the CC. He has been a great captain and our run in the Championship since near the end of last season has been outstanding. Why even contemplate dropping a captain who won nine out of fourteen games in a season. I cannot think we would have been nearly as successful without his leadership.
As for the rest of the team, it is rather unbalanced with four fast-medium right-armers. Even though he was our leading wicket-taker this year I think it is time to change our overseas player. I would hope to replace Rory K with either a top class batsman or a high class spinner who can bat
It is the age old question - do you keep a good captain in the side if they are not performing? However much we debate it, I am 100% sure he will be in the side at the start of next season. Keogh has been given a new contract so it looks like he will be in as well. With Newton, Duckett and Levi certainties that is the top 5 sorted. If Wakely and Keogh are as poor again we will have the same batting woes.
By Ironside
#22370
I'm sure you're right about Wakely's place in the team.
Over-riding everything of course is the fact that we have no money. So much as we would like to see new players we probably can't afford them. And finances are not helped because Crook is still here even though he is unlikely to play in the CC and may not even figure in the white ball games now we have Hutton
By Den Buckett
#22373
Ironside wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:26 pm
I'm sure you're right about Wakely's place in the team.
Over-riding everything of course is the fact that we have no money. So much as we would like to see new players we probably can't afford them. And finances are not helped because Crook is still here even though he is unlikely to play in the CC and may not even figure in the white ball games now we have Hutton
We have signed a replacement for Azhar ... any other additions may just be loan signings (although there were suggestions we were trying to get Procter.)
By davee
#22378
Signing Proctor should not be a problem, Lancs offered to make up his wages for the remainder of his Lancs contract so money should not be an issue.
By Shortlegs
#22379
It is the age old question - do you keep a good captain in the side if they are not performing? However much we debate it, I am 100% sure he will be in the side at the start of next season. Keogh has been given a new contract so it looks like he will be in as well. With Newton, Duckett and Levi certainties that is the top 5 sorted. If Wakely and Keogh are as poor again we will have the same batting woes.
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I agree that both Keogh and Wakely will probably be in the side, butdon't agree that they should be. I take the point that Wakely is a very good captain and of course that matters, but can it be used as justification for his CC inclusion year after year? The above post suggests that we will have pretty much the same top 5 batting line up when this has been our main weakness in the last 2 years, hence the lack of batting points.
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By Ghostie Mallender
#22414
Well, the signing of Luke Procter is a boost to the side and fills the gap I had in the top order. He won't bat 3 but is a very good addition to the team.
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By mav
#22535
For me

1) Newton
2)
3) Duckett
4) Levi
5) Wakes
6) Rossington (wk)
7) Keogh/Proctor
8) Kleinveldt
9)
10)
11)
Any three.
Buck/Gleeson/Sanderson/Hutton/White

I would say we need an opener and a left arm quick, but I have been saying that for a very long time.
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By mav
#22558
chris wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:53 pm
Procter will / should bat higher than 7
was thinking more about the way people bat than averages. Keogh and Proctor can both grind and occupy the crease when required.

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