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[Cricket] Sussex v Hampshire T20 Blast Ageas Bowl

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Oct 12, 2003
6,499
Southampton
Easy win, great bowling in the last 10 overs. Can you imagine how good we'd be if Salt, Head and Khan were available as originally planned?

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Moshe Gariani

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Mar 10, 2005
11,840
Easy win, great bowling in the last 10 overs. Can you imagine how good we'd be if Salt, Head and Khan were available as originally planned?
Yes, I think I can...

We’d be one of the best T20 teams in the world and nailed on to challenge very strongly again in the competition.

It is amazing really given the ingrained incompetence at Hove since Chris Adams left... [emoji23][emoji23]
 

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Mar 16, 2005
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Chandlers Ford
Bopara is pointless. He plods along with the bat, wasting overs (14 from 20 tonight, with no boundaries) and the opposition happily milk his bowling for 8 an over without needing to take any risks.

I’d rather we play someone genuinely good at one thing, rather than dull and average at both.
 

Gwylan

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Jul 5, 2003
30,466
Uffern
We’d be one of the best T20 teams in the world and nailed on to challenge very strongly again in the competition.

I'm not so sure of that. Last year we had two of those three (and Van Zyl, Archer and Evans) which I suggest was a pretty healthy line-up and we couldn't even make the last four in England, let alone be one of the best in the world.
 

Greeko

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May 17, 2007
101
Eastbourne
Bopara is pointless. He plods along with the bat, wasting overs (14 from 20 tonight, with no boundaries) and the opposition happily milk his bowling for 8 an over without needing to take any risks.

I’d rather we play someone genuinely good at one thing, rather than dull and average at both.

That’s a bit harsh based on a handful of matches for Sussex. He has been an outstanding T20 player over the years and his batting was instrumental in Essex being T20 Winners last season.
 


DJ NOBO

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Jul 18, 2004
5,548
Wiltshire
That’s a bit harsh based on a handful of matches for Sussex. He has been an outstanding T20 player over the years and his batting was instrumental in Essex being T20 Winners last season.

For Sussex , so far , pointless is a fair description .
It’s not as if he’s sacrificing himself in forlorn run chases . He tries to play it safe , but still gives chances . Then gets out.
You can see it in his face that he wants to do well. Maybe he’s trying too hard ?
For someone with his track record it’s been bizarre so far.
We are not good enough to carry him so he needs to turn it around .
It probably needs one good innings , although concerningly he had several lives last night before finding a way to get out .
 

Moshe Gariani

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Mar 10, 2005
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I'm not so sure of that. Last year we had two of those three (and Van Zyl, Archer and Evans) which I suggest was a pretty healthy line-up and we couldn't even make the last four in England, let alone be one of the best in the world.

In last year’s T20 competition we played brilliantly in the group stages and were favourites to win the tournament going into the QFs. We got beaten in a one off game due to an individual performance from a world class cricketer.

People choose to massively under-appreciate just how good our T20 team has been recently. At full strength we would be insanely good to watch.
 

Gwylan

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Jul 5, 2003
30,466
Uffern
In last year’s T20 competition we played brilliantly in the group stages and were favourites to win the tournament going into the QFs. We got beaten in a one off game due to an individual performance from a world class cricketer.

People choose to massively under-appreciate just how good our T20 team has been recently. At full strength we would be insanely good to watch.

I disagree. I think that Gillespie has concentrated on one-day stuff too much (to the detriment of red ball cricket). That's all well and good if we're winning things but we're not. Last year, we didn't reach the finals. We did the year before and lost and the year before that, we didn't even reach the quarters. In the 50-over game, we've been even worse.

As I wrote last week, we're a small county that doesn't have a huge amount of resources and we shouldn't have so many one-day specialists. Look at the side that played last night, six of them don't play in the four-day game. If you're spending that much money on one-day specialists, you should have some silverware to show for it.
 

jakarta

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May 25, 2007
13,981
Sullington
I disagree. I think that Gillespie has concentrated on one-day stuff too much (to the detriment of red ball cricket). That's all well and good if we're winning things but we're not. Last year, we didn't reach the finals. We did the year before and lost and the year before that, we didn't even reach the quarters. In the 50-over game, we've been even worse.

As I wrote last week, we're a small county that doesn't have a huge amount of resources and we shouldn't have so many one-day specialists. Look at the side that played last night, six of them don't play in the four-day game. If you're spending that much money on one-day specialists, you should have some silverware to show for it.

Agree with all this, we gave up on 4 day cricket some time ago. Ah well I was there in the 2000's when we could and did win in all formats...
 

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Mar 16, 2005
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Chandlers Ford
That’s a bit harsh based on a handful of matches for Sussex. He has been an outstanding T20 player over the years and his batting was instrumental in Essex being T20 Winners last season.

Read what you just wrote. Thing is - that assessment is really not harsh, when ‘based on his matches for Sussex’. And that IS exactly what it is based on. I don’t care how he did in the past, for another club.

If we progress, and we’re allowed to have our other contracted players back, I can’t see how he possibly justify selection.
 

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