16.09.2017… Stoke (h)…

Newcastle United 2 Stoke City 1

St. James’ Park… Saturday September 16th… 3pm

Attendance: 51,795

Ticket: £41 – Programme: £3

Another great performance, from a team that pulls together…

Were it not for some poor finishing then we would have been out of sight by half time. But following Stoke’s equaliser, when heads could have dropped, we just kept going…

Jamaal Lascelles popped up with the winner for the second week running, another header from a corner. I really love zonal marking…

newcastle v stoke

A First Half Chance for Joselu…

Preparing for a Goal Kick…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba, Hayden (Shelvey 69), Merino, Ritchie, Perez (Diame 86), Atsu, Joselu (Gayle 78)

Not Used; Woodman, Manquillo, Lejeune, Murphy

Goals; Atsu (19), Lascelles (68)

Stoke City; Butland, Zouma, Martins Indi, Wimmer, Diouf, Allen (Crouch 84), Fletcher, Pieters, Shaqiri, Choupo-Moting, Jese (Sobhi 62)

Not Used; Grant, Johnson, Tymon, Adam, Berahino

Goals; Shaqiri (57)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

Advertisements

02.09.2017… Warks v Notts…

Bears v Outlaws

Edgbaston… Saturday September 2nd…

Outlaws won by 22 runs

Ticket: £71Programme: £6

The final game of the day, the final, and Nottinghamshire Outlaws defeated Birmingham Bears to become the 2017 Natwest T20 Blast Champions…

The Bears started well, Chris Woakes taking three early wickets (including Alex Hales, clean bowled, for 7), to reduce the Outlaws to 30/3. However, as the game progressed the run rate gradually increased, with Brendan Taylor and Samit Patel putting on 132 for the fourth wicket. The final over of the innings was to be crucial, Oli Stone was hit for 23 runs, including sixes from his final two deliveries. Psychologically, a catchable 175 had become a far more difficult 191…

It was always going to be a big ask, and it always felt as if the Bears were going to fall short. Sam Hain made 72 from 44 deliveries to hold the innings together but as the wickets frequently fell, and despite some big hits from Colin de Grandehomme, the Bears were unable to accelerate in the second half of their innings. They finished on 168/8, and the Outlaws were champions…

Bias aside, across the course season, Nottinghamshire were worthy winners…

bears v outlaws...

Pre-Match: Birmingham Coaching Staff Watch Semi-Final Highlights…

Teams…

Birmingham Bears; Ed Pollock, Dom Sibley, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Grant Elliott, Colin de Grandehomme, Aaron Thomason, Chris Woakes, Jeetan Patel, Tim Ambrose, Oli Stone

Nottinghamshire Outlaws; Riki Wessels, Alex Hales, Tom Moores, Brendan Taylor, Samit Patel, Dan Christian, Steven Mullaney, Billy Root, Ish Sodhi, Jake Ball, Harry Gurney

bears v outlaws...

First Innings: Colin de Grandehomme Watching in the Field…

Stats…

Nottinghamshire Outlaws; Wessels (19 – c Ambrose b Woakes), Hales (7 – b Woakes), Moores (0 – c Sibley b Woakes), Taylor (65 – c Sibley b de Grandehomme), Patel (64 – n.o.), Christian (24 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; Mullaney, Root, Sodhi, Ball, Gurney

Extras; 0nb 3w 1b 7lb – 11

190 for 4 (20 overs)

Bowling; Patel (4 / 24 / 0), Stone (4 / 50 / 0), Woakes (4 / 29 / 3), Thomason (2 / 26 / 0), Elliott (2 / 20 / 0), Sibley (3 / 29 / 0), de Grandehomme (1 / 4 / 1)

FOW; 21 – 21 – 30 – 162

Birmingham Bears; Pollock (14 – r.o. Patel), Sibley (2 – b Gurney), Hain (72 – c Christian b Gurney), Hose (7 – b Ball), Elliott (9 – lbw Christian), de Grandehomme (27 – b Gurney), Thomason (26 – c Moores b Gurney), Woakes (4 – n.o.), Patel (4 – b Ball), Ambrose (1 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; Stone

Extras; 0nb 1w 0b 1lb – 2

168 for 8 (20 overs)

Bowling; Patel (4 / 42 / 0), Gurney (4 / 17 / 4), Ball (4 / 26 / 2), Christian (4 / 43 / 1), Mullaney (3 / 28 / 0), Sodhi (1 / 11 / 0)

FOW; 12 – 16 – 36 – 63 – 118 – 157 – 160 – 166

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

02.09.2017… Notts v Hants…

Outlaws v Hampshire

Edgbaston… Saturday September 2nd…

Outlaws won by 23 runs

Ticket: £71Programme: £6

A win or the  Nottinghamshire Outlaws over Hampshire in the second T20 Blast semi-final…

It didn’t always looks as if an Outlaws was on the cards. Nottinghamshire lost Alex Hales early, and Riki Wessels top scored with 48. Once the 20 overs had been completed, Hampshire were left with a more than achievable target of 170…

Hampshire started well and looked to be on course to complete a comfortable win, but then they collapsed. James Vince was dismissed for 56, caught by Brendan Taylor off the bowling of Steven Mullaney with the score at 120/5. This rapidly became 146 all out…

So North v South Part Two ended in another win for the North. A result which meant that, for the fourth consecutive season, the final would be an all Northern affair…

outlaws v hampshire...

Pre-Match: The Teams Take to the Field…

Teams…

Nottinghamshire Outlaws; Riki Wessels, Alex Hales, Tom Moores, Brendan Taylor, Samit Patel, Dan Christian, Steven Mullaney, Billy Root, Ish Sodhi, Jake Ball, Harry Gurney

Hampshire; Shahid Afridi, Calvin Dickinson, James Vince, Tom Alsop, George Bailey, Michael Carberry, Liam Dawson, Gareth Berg, Kyle Abbott, Christopher Wood, Mason Crane

outlaws v hampshire...

First Innings: Nottinghamshire Bat…

Stats…

Nottinghamshire Outlaws; Wessels (48 – c Vince b Crane), Hales (15 – c Afridi b Wood), Moores (0 – c Abbott b Wood), Taylor (19 – c Wood b Afridi), Patel (35 – c Bailey b Dawson), Christian (24 – c Carberry b Abbott), Mullaney (0 – c Afridi b Dawson), Root (11 – n.o.), Sodhi (15 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; Ball, Gurney

Extras; 0nb 0w 1b 1lb – 2

169 for 7 (20 overs)

Bowling; Dawson (4 / 36 / 2), Berg (3 / 29 / 0), Wood (2 / 17 / 2), Abbott (3 / 41 / 1), Crane (4 / 22/ 1), Afrid (4 / 22 / 1)

FOW; 23 – 49 – 71 – 99 – 122 – 143 – 148

Hampshire; Afridi (0 – c Hales b Patel), Dickinson (27 – c Christian b Ball), Vince (56 – c Taylor b Mullaney), Alsop (20 – c&b Mullaney), Bailey (4 – b Mullaney), Carberry (13 – r.o. Patel), Dawson (4 – c Wessels b Gurney), Berg (15 – c Wessels b Gurney), Abbott (0 –  c Christian b Gurney), Wood (2 – b Ball), Crane (3 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; None

Extras; 0nb 1w 0b 1lb – 2

146 all out (18.4 overs)

Bowling; Patel (4 / 32 / 1), Gurney (3 / 19 / 3), BAll (3.4 / 32 / 2), Christian (1 / 16 / 0), Sodhi (3 / 24  / 0), Mullaney (4 / 22 / 3)

FOW; 0 – 55 – 97 – 105 – 120 – 120 – 140 – 140 – 140 – 146

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

02.09.2017… Warks v Glam…

Bears v Glamorgan

Edgbaston… Saturday September 2nd…

Bears won by 11 runs

Ticket: £71Programme: £6

The purists don’t really like T20, to be honest I was initially unsure. I’m most definitely a convert. I’m also a massive fan of Finals Day, in fact it’s quickly becoming my favourite sporting event of the year…

Due to the sensible zoning of Edgbaston, all btastes are catered for. Purists, families, stag-dos, they’re all covered; I may not want to sit in The Hollies, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t find it entertaining from a distance. What really made this year’s Finals Day so memorable (apart from the great weather) was the quality of the cricket on display and the closeness of the games…

Which brings me to the first Semi-Final, and a win for my adopted side, the Birmingham Bears. A win built largely on a quick fire fifty from Ed Pollock in the Power Play. A fifty that I missed the vast majority of as I was still queuing to get in. The Bears set Glamorgan a target of 176, and they were always in contention, if always just a little bit short…

Either result was still a possiblity going into the the final over, and there were a few squeaky moments for the Bears. Andrew Salter hit Chris Woakes for two fours and a six from the first three deliveries. A catch on the boundary by Adam Hose from the fourth finally finished things off, and a place in the final belonged to the Bears…

bears v glamorgan...

First Innings: Birmingham Bears Batting…

Teams…

Birmingham Bears; Ed Pollock, Dom Sibley, Adam Hose, Sam Hain, Grant Elliott, Colin de Grandehomme, Aaron Thomason, Chris Woakes, Jeetan Patel, Oli Stone, Tim Ambrose

Glamorgan; Jaques Rudolph, Aneurin Donald, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Kiran Carlson, Chris cooke, Graham Wagg, Craig Meschede, Andrew Salter, Marchant de Lange, Michael Hogan

bears v glam...

Post-Match: A Win for the Bears…

Stats…

Birmingham Bears; Pollock (50 – c Carlson b de Lange), Sibley (27 – c Millar b Ingram), Hose (1 – c Donald b Meschede). Hain (9 – lbw Meschede), Elliott (32 – c Meschede b Hogan), de Grandehomme (30 – c Donald b de Lange), Thomason (17 – r.o. Miller). Woakes (2 – r.o. Salter), Patel (0 – c Miller b Hogan), Stone (0 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; Ambrose

Extras; 4nb 3w b 0lb – 7

175 for 9 (20 overs)

Bowling; Ingram (4 / 20 / 1), Hogan (4 / 38 / 2), de Lange (4 / 36 / 2), Wagg (3 / 41 / 0), Meschede (4 / 24 / 2), Salter (1 / 6 / 0)

FOW; 65 – 68 – 83 – 93 – 139 – 164 – 174 – 174 – 175

Glamorgan; Rudolph (65 – r.o. Thomason), Donald (4 – c Hain b Woakes), Ingram (11 – c Elliott b Stone), Miller (0 – c Ambrose b Thomason), Carlson (3 – c Ambrose b Stone), Cooke (10 – c Sibley b Elliott), Wagg (25 – c Elliott b Woakes), Meschede (1 – c Hain b Thomason), Salter (27 – c Hain b Thomason), de Lange (16 – b Stone), Hogan (0 – n.o.)

Did Not Bat; None

Extras; 0nb 2w 0b 0lb – 2

164 all out (19.4 overs)

Bowling; Woakes (3.4 / 40 / 3), Patel (4 / 27 / 0), Stone (4 / 29 / 3), Thomason (4 / 32 / 2), Elliott (3 / 25 / 1), de Grandehomme (1 / 11 / 0)

FOW; 5 – 31 – 39 – 46 – 67 – 117 – 120 – 127 – 150 – 164

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

26.08.2017… West Ham (h)…

Newcastle United 3 West Ham United 0

St. James’ Park… Saturday August 26th… 3pm

Attendance: 52,093

Ticket: £41 – Programme: £3

A great performance, both on and off the pitch. Three points, three goals, a clean sheet; and Mike Ashley left in absolutely no doubt (if he ever had any) as to where we stand…

Not that I’m foolish enough to believe that anything that we can do or say will have any impact on the eventual outcome, but at least a point was made…

newcastle v west ham..

A Simple Point, Very Well Made…

Considering the importance of the game to both sides, even at this early stage of the season, we ended up winning quite comfortably. We just appeared to want it more, something which is going to have to be the case in every game for the remainder of the season if we’re to stand any chance of staying up…

Mikel Merino is a class act though, far too good for us in our current state…

newcastle v west ham...

Daylight… A 2-0 Lead…

Anyway, the transfer window closed on the following Thursday, and (in an outcome that was no real surprise to anyone) no new recruits arrived…

Conclusions, following another summer of empty promises and half-truths from Mike Ashley and his cohorts? With Rafa, it’s going to be a long hard season. Without Rafa, it’s going to be a car crash…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba, Merino (YC), Hayden (Diame 82), Ritchie (Murphy 88), Perez, Atsu, Joselu (Mitrovic 72)

Not Used; Woodman, Gamez, Saivet, Aarons

Goals; Joselu (36), Clark (72), Mitrovic (86)

West Ham United; Hart, Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbanna, Creswell, Rice (Lanzini 45), Noble (Kouyate 71), Antonio, Ayew (Sakho 70 (YC)), Fernandes (YC), Hernandez (YC)

Not Used; Adrian, Fonte, Obiang, Masuaku

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…