Sorry, Mid­dle­sex got their just desserts

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS & VIEWS -

I WATCHED ev­ery county that played Lan­cashire and two stand out. War­wick­shire’s ap­pear­ance on the sec­ond morn­ing was a sur­prise as it was pen­sion day and left the skip­per with the chal­lenge of hid­ing about seven play­ers in the field.

Mid­dle­sex even­tu­ally got their just desserts with no de­sire to get on with it. Do Jones, Murtagh and Har­ris re­ally need a com­bined run up of 120yards? A bowl­ing change took 160 sec­onds in­cor­po­rat­ing field changes, three prac­tice bowls to mi­don, a vig­or­ous ball pol­ish and a few stretches.The 12th man ap­peared re­peat­edly to pro­mote tow­els, drinks, pills and po­tions.

Present-day um­pires mi­grate 50 yards to square leg, mov­ing at a loi­ter­ing pace. A jour­ney re­peated af­ter ev­ery over. Stand 20 yards nearer, keep the game mov­ing. Af­ter chang­ing ends, once the keeper is ready the um­pire should sig­nal play, the bats­man should be ready.

The game needs to speed up to min­imise draws. GRA­HAM SHAW


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