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Friday, June 10, 2005

County roundup in Brit press

Sean Ingle in the Guardian, on the Middlesex versus Surrey game. On Bajji and Pathan, this:
"Irfan Pathan led the charge, utterly dominating Martin Bicknell and Jimmy Ormond and hitting 11 boundaries as he raced past his highest first class score of 61.
Indeed, Pathan looked set fair for a century until he was tied up by Harbhajan's suffocating spin. Not long afterwards he lashed out at a straight delivery that went dead on contact with the pitch, rolled under his bat and -- almost apologetically -- hit the stumps."

Lawrence Booth, in the same paper, on the Glamorgan-Kent game -- or, more accurately, on Martin van Jaarsveld. And a passing mention of the game itself. And in the last line, a nod to Saurav:
"David Hemp and Saurav Ganguly hit fifties, but a sixth defeat in seven looms."

Edward Bevan is more informative, in the Telegraph.
His dismissal brought Sourav Ganguly to the crease, the Indian captain having spent most of the time during his first two games watching the opposition rack up scores of 497 for five and 568.
He was soon into his stride with a couple of boundaries, one a rasping cut backward of square, and once he grew accustomed to the pace of the pitch - not unlike a typical Indian strip - he settled in comfortably.
Hemp and Ganguly reached their half-centuries shortly before the close, with Glamorgan needing a further 244 runs to avoid following on.

Christopher Lyles, at Lord's for the Telegraph, doesn't provide much on how Bajji and Pathan performed, though.
After starting cautiously against excellent opening spells by Alan Richardson and Irfan Pathan, Clinton emerged from his shell and played with particular fluency through the covers off the back foot.

Wish I could mine the Times for more -- but that site, even with fast connectivity, shows no sign of loading.

4 Comments:

  • I just noticed something interesting Prem - your blog in on Blogspot and not Rediffblogs. Any specific reason why you did not choose Rediff?

    By Anonymous ShankarV, at 05:16  

  • No reason, other than that I wanted to experiment with this thing, see what tone and structure to give it, add things over a bit of time -- it will migrate to Rediff when it is ready :-)

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 05:26  

  • Ganguly's gone for 69 (caught behind).

    Pathan is bowling his third over of the morning. Looks pretty nippy but still to be amongst wickets. He is bowling from the Pavilion end and I think the Lord's slope is not working in his favour. Guess no chance of a change of ends in the near future, as the guy bowling from the other end (Richardson) has picked up all the 4 wickets to fall...

    By Anonymous Saurabh wahi, at 06:42  

  • dash it all! and i thought ganguly will get a 100.

    By Blogger chatura, at 06:44  

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