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Seems there's a few of you crazy kids who actually like cricket enough to deserve its own thread :)

 

Used to play as a kid, and seen 2 live games in Australia (where I shook hands with Brian Lara and Courtney Walsh) but since then I've lost interest in the whole thing. Don't get coverage in Europe really, which hasn't helped.

Anyway. Go nuts :)

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I have a feeling only rain will save this one for us. There's a bit forecast, but probably not enough.

Yep me too

 

Edit, just checked now, we'll need a recordbreaking run chase if we are to win. Wont be easy batting out for 2 days .

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I struck a bet yesterday, before England started their innings, that we would score less than 250. I think I was being overly optimistic. If ever a player needs to be told to go away and find some form it is Bell. Not only is his batting dire but he can't hold a catch - and he's a slip fielder! The odds are, though, that he will take his poor form into the Ashes against the Aussies.

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I struck a bet yesterday, before England started their innings, that we would score less than 250. I think I was being overly optimistic. If ever a player needs to be told to go away and find some form it is Bell. Not only is his batting dire but he can't hold a catch - and he's a slip fielder! The odds are, though, that he will take his poor form into the Ashes against the Aussies.

 

Ballance looks worse. Much worse.

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After the capitulation this morning the tail have done well to keep it going this long. There are a few encouraging signs but Bell and Ballance are a worry.

 

Century for Buttler now and a fifty from Anderson and we're home free.....any rain forecast anyone know? Been pissing it down here most of the day so a shame the match wasn't in Taunton.

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We can't bat under pressure it's that simple.

 

Cricket is a game of the mind. You come out with a realistic chance of making a target set you have a chance. Once it's impossible (time wise in the game) to beat a total teams collapse. It's psychological in them. They start thinking and playing defensively, they dither playing shots and wickets tumble.

 

It's a hard game to defend in.

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Holy crap; been busy all afternoon and forgot all about today!

 

393-7 with an over left!? Highest odi score ever; must top 400 surely.

 

I need a lie down.

 

Or maybe not quite, Jordan out so six needed from four balls (me and my big mouth).

 

Edit: And Rashid out next ball. Sorry :(.

 

Hang on! Liam Plunkett hits hat-trick ball for six! And then another! Finish on 407. Parallel universe time again.

 

:jump for joy:

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NZ conceded only 8 extras in 50 overs. Hope England are just as disciplined.

 

 

That being said, our bowlers don't fill me with confidence - Finn and Jordan give runs away like they're sweets.

 

Be the second highest successful run chase in history if they do us; and the third highest aggregate ever.

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NZ 190-7; not even England could lose from here :).

 

And I'm not even bothered about tempting fate. Done, dusted and destroyed. Hopefully the start of something; better late than never.

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Last wicket was generous though, it putched outside and had a lot of turn. Even I thought not out when I saw it.

 

They all count though and we're desperate for a decent one day performance and this is most definitely it!!

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Wouldn't want to call MOTM; maybe Rashid will just nick it if he can get a fifth wicket.

 

He's bowled his ten now though. Give it to Plunkett for those two sixes :lol:.

 

It'll be Buttler though in all probability.

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"On this record-breaking day, we have seen biggest partnerships and biggest totals and now we have seen the biggest winning margin. It is remarkable for those of us who saw that performance at the World Cup. It wasn't that long ago. That is a really emphatic win. And what is most important is that they have convinced themselves they can play this way."


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Been in work all day so missed their innings but they've come back with a vengeance. It'll be a miracle and our biggest ever odi chase if we beat that score.

74-0 off eleven in reply though, good base to work from. 398? pfft.

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Collapse imminent :(

 

Four down now but we're still in with a shout if they don't panic, decent amount of runs on the board and plenty of overs left; Morgan and Buttler need to stick around for twenty of them I reckon.

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Four down now but we're still in with a shout if they don't panic, decent amount of runs on the board and plenty of overs left; Morgan and Buttler need to stick around for twenty of them I reckon.

I'm liking that no ones panicked when wickets have gone. Each player that's come out has just had a go and not let what's happened before affect them.

 

We'll at least get more than NZ managed the other day, so even if we lose we should make a good go of it.

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Four down now but we're still in with a shout if they don't panic, decent amount of runs on the board and plenty of overs left; Morgan and Buttler need to stick around for twenty of them I reckon.

We need someone to step up with a big ton here snd at least a 60-70 run support alongside. One more wicket and it swings massively in their favour.

 

Personally I think we wont make 300 but hope I'm wrong.

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I'm liking that no ones panicked when wickets have gone. Each player that's come out has just had a go and not let what's happened before affect them.

 

We'll at least get more than NZ managed the other day, so even if we lose we should make a good go of it.

 

Spot on, even if we lose we're still going in the right direction.

 

Nineteen off the over :).

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At least we're having a go. I'd sooner us go down fighting than bat like a straight man in a gay bar and plod on through all our overs never even remotely getting within a chance.

 

Really encouraged by these 2 performances.

 

Our bowling let us down today, that was a massive total and always hugely unlikely we would get within 50 of it. Lights come on the ball starts moving about more, it's harder to pick up in the fading light, pitch gets slippy etc etc.

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Are you 3 minutes ahead of me down there?

 

North/south time difference mate :D, But you're ahead of me on the D/L result, no more play and we lose by ten runs; great shame if it can't be played out.

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North/south time difference mate :D, But you're ahead of me on the D/L result, no more play and we lose by ten runs; great shame if it can't be played out.

That fucking DL result is a swizz when you get shafted. Always great when it works in your favour like but that's not the point on this occasion

I feel totally deflated now, I was literally on the edge of my seat watching that. Took me back to THAT Ashes test where we batted out like the alamo that time. I was hiding behind a couch cushion that day !

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Ridiculous, the D/L system needs changing, I know it's a nigh on impossible task to make it fair but this is stupid, We needed nine an over but now we need (all but) seventeen.

"Right, we've got a revised 46-over game, restarting at 21.10 BST. England's revised target is 379. So, England need 34 runs off 13 balls. On telly, Ian Botham looks absolutely apoplectic."

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