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leicsfox Posted on 06/04/2013 16:08
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Hi would be interesting to get everyone's opinions about the line up and balance of the side going into Wednesday's opener v Hampshire. I personally think it will be:

1. Thornely
2. O'Brien
3. Eckersley
4. Sarwan
5. Boyce
6. Cobb
7. Thakor
8. Taylor
9. Naik
10. Hoggard
11. Ireland

I have some reservations about this selection and balance though. Naturally thornely deserves to be picked after a good century against notts 2nds last week and his start for the club last year but I don't trust he will be up to a full first class season as an opener but I hope he proves me wrong. I don't like sarwan's reluctance to bat at 3, he's the overseas player and should take responsibility as we haven't really a genuine number 3 at the club. Last year du toit had to take this responsibility and I feel he was better at 4 or 5 and this cost him his place in the team and ultimately at the club and then Eckersley was thrust into this position and with the gloves at one stage! All in his first full season! Sarwan' should put his hand up. In the top 3 we could end up with 2 keepers which is ridiculous I'd rather see one bat at 6 or 7 and take the gloves and who actually takes the gloves remains to be seen! It's awkward also how we have no genuine all rounder in the top 7 potentially with only thanks Cobb and thornely to bowl a few bits and pieces! I think naik will get the nod as the spinner although claude for me is still a hero and should get the nod and I think hoggard and Ireland to open the bowling with Taylor as first change. Buck hasn't played a pre season game and don't know if he is injured?

My team would be:

1. Robson
2. O'Brien
3. Sarwan
4. Boyce
5. Cobb
6. Thakor
7. Eckersley (wk)
8. Taylor
9. Henderson
10. Hoggard
11. Ireland
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leics1975 Posted on 07/04/2013 22:01
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I think you're pretty close with your suggested XI - O'Brien and Thornely to open + the batting has a bit of depth. Two spinners to play at the Rose Bowl (Ageas Bowl?) maybe?
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lccc Posted on 07/04/2013 23:31
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I think it will be:

Thornley
O'Brien
Sarwan(C)
Boyce
Cobb
Thakor
Eckersley (WK)
Taylor
Naik
Freckingham
Hoggard

I believe Ireland and Buck are injured so can see Freckingham stepping in (could be Williams). Sarwan and Boyce could switch 3 and 4. Other than that think that will be the general gist of things.
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lccc Posted on 07/04/2013 23:33
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I think it will be:

Thornley
O'Brien
Sarwan(C)
Boyce
Cobb
Thakor
Eckersley (WK)
Taylor
Naik
Freckingham
Hoggard

I believe Ireland and Buck are injured so can see Freckingham stepping in (could be Williams). Sarwan and Boyce could switch 3 and 4. Other than that think that will be the general gist of things.
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lccc Posted on 07/04/2013 23:34
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I think it will be:

Thornley
O'Brien
Sarwan(C)
Boyce
Cobb
Thakor
Eckersley (WK)
Taylor
Naik
Freckingham
Hoggard

I believe Ireland and Buck are injured so can see Freckingham stepping in (could be Williams). Sarwan and Boyce could switch 3 and 4. Other than that think that will be the general gist of things.
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Glennyfox Posted on 08/04/2013 13:03
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Go on LCCC please please please tell us who you think will be in the side.
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Glennyfox Posted on 08/04/2013 13:13
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I reckon

O'Brien
Thornely/Cobb
Ned/Thornely
Sarwan
Cobb/Boyce
Boyce/Thakor
Thakor/Ned
Taylor
Naik
Hoggy
Freckingham

I can't see them not doing a top 7 as above in terms of personnel. Hoggy will bowl and then it is a mix of the rest. Reckon Taylor will be a shoe in with Left arm variety and ability to bat so then it is 2 more. Injuries and a decent showing from Freckingham may mean he is thrown in with Naik or Hendo being the spinner. Again I would go with Naik.

First game of the season usually bowler friendly conditions means strengthen batting. Away from home leave the bowlers to get what they can and make sure that you don't lose and at the same time give yourself a chance to get some decent batting points against a very decent Hants side.
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lccc Posted on 08/04/2013 15:50
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What's that meant to mean Glennyfox?
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sorrelite Posted on 08/04/2013 18:03
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I think Glenny was being slightly ironic as you posted the same message three times.

It was a good message though as I agree with your selection; then again this side just about picks itself really with Buck and Ireland seemingly unfit. I might have Wyatt ahed of Freckingham though I have never seen Frecky bowl.

More to the point... Where's Meet this season?
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Glennyfox Posted on 08/04/2013 18:40
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As Sorrel says, triple post and all that. [;)]
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lccc Posted on 09/04/2013 00:36
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Oh right haha, I didn't even realise I had done that!

Freckingham seems to have had more time to bowl during the warm up games than anyone else. To be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if we were all wrong altogether but I'm really excited about a young side that will improve in the future. Don't think we'll win anything this year but we'll be up there that's for sure!


Come on the Foxes!
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Glennyfox Posted on 09/04/2013 19:24
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Squad announced. Williams,Buck and Ireland all injured. 13 man squad. Smith and Wyatt included in addition to the above 11.

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Meet Posted on 09/04/2013 19:27
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Bowling dept was a worry even with everyone fit.

Down to the bare bones already.

Good job the batting looks strong.
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sorrelite Posted on 09/04/2013 20:27
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25/1 to be champs of Div 2 paying each way on top 3.

Worth a punt?

And before you question my sanity.... I wonder what Derby's odds were this time last year?

I think we all know the pace bowling is a bit thin at the moment but third place doesn't seem too unlikely.
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Meet Posted on 09/04/2013 21:14
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Seems to be a more positive vibe this season.

Also, hats off to the management/board by managing to get in Burns and Shakib for the T20.

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Glennyfox Posted on 10/04/2013 08:21
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In total agreement Sorrel. Why not? If Derbys can do it why can't we? A weakness has been batting and getting good scores and bonus points. In this line up I think we have both in particular with Shiv in the middle. He added stability and backbone to turn low scores into respectable scores and can add with the tail to turn good scores into very good scores.

Were Derbys bowlers that good or did it just come together? All we need is a bit of form or momentum and a couple of early wins and who knows.

I am having a bit of 25-1. Madness or pre season excitement I don't know but am optimistic.
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