Suave's Republique Cricket


Paul Grayson The Wonderhorse.

In the last few 20/20 games for Essex, head coach Paul Grayson has tinkered with the Essex batting line up, based on conditions and opposition, and the fella has pulled it off every time.

Firstly against Sussex, he spoke with Super Smasher Graham Napier, and hearing that he was middling everything, sent him in at first drop, where he smashed the current The English 20/20 highest score.

He also pushed him up the order against Yorkshire in the FP trophy, where he cracked a 34 ball 61.

In the next game against Northants, he looked at their bowling line up, realised that Napier’s strengths are against medium to quicks, and that they have three excellent players of spin in their middle order, in Grant Flower, James Foster & my man to watch Ryan Ten Doeschate.  So Grayson changed the lineup, sent Ravi Bopara into open the batting, (scoring a quickfire 47), before the middle order came in and worked the Northants spinners around.  By the time Napier came in, there was one over of spin left, and he hit 40 off 20, to push Essex up to 192-9.  A very good score to defend, especially after the heavens opened, and gave the pitch a little zip.

What I’m trying to say is, well done Paul Grayson for having the knowledge and the balls to change things around in important games, and it’s come off.   Essex are in both short form finals days so far, and expect them to fare well in the Pro40 shite too.

In other news, Sri Lanka are replacing the zim zimmers, who got the keys to me bimmer, for next years test and ODI series.  A much more challenging prospect, and in my eyes a good one to get us prepared for the Aussies.

Hopefully, we’ll get to see a fair bit of this Mendis fella too.

Although us The English are going to be ripped apart by him, as we’re shit at mystery spin.

Toodle pip.


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Well – they’ve split the captaincy – why not the coaching – Moores=Test Grayson=ODIs and 20/20s with the added bonus that bloody Essex will slip back into the pit they belong..

Comment by Ceci Masters

Pit, Pit, there’s no pits down here dahling, it’s all lawns, and picnics and cucumber sandwiches, not like you bloody northerners with your mining towns, silly accents, flat caps and brown beer 😉

Comment by Suave

I thought Essex was all tracksuits, burberry and people calling their kids Chardonnay.

Comment by Dave

Napier played some excellent cricket shots in his 61 against Yorkshire – his cover drives in particular.

But I can’t help thinking that whilst some of his sixes whisle out of the ground, others just make it over the boundry. If he was playing at the Oval rather than Chelmsford, he’d probably be caught at short leg.

Still nice to see all the Sky Sports commentators getting a good ol’lick of the flavour of the month. Not literally, they’d never televise that…

Comment by lentheyorkshirekitman




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