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  • Kent under GrahamB (v12.24)

    Haven't completely abandoned my NZ under GrahamB story yet, but thought I'd take charge of what appears to be the weakest English county side and see how I could get on.

    Looking at the squad available for the start of the 2012 season, it seemed that we could do with strengthening in all aspects!

    A better opening batsman to partner Rob Key was seen as a priority for a start, despite the fact that young Sam Northeast does show some potential.
    With a limited budget available, we found a useful 19 year old called Neil Naylor (second team batting average of 58.25 and with a well rounded batting style).

    There were no standout top order or middle order batsmen available, so we'll likely play our reserve keeper, Sam Billings, as a batsman as necessary.

    Our pace attack looks okay, with Mark Davies likely to receive useful support from Charlie Shreck, Simon Cook, overseas player Brendan Nash (who appears to be an all-rounder more than just a batsman), Azhar Mahmood and Darren Stevens.

    We only have one quality spinner in James Tredwell, but with no standouts available in the market, he'll have to go it alone.

    Taking all that into account, we'll likely ask our groundsman to prepare wickets that suit pace rather than spin.

    Finally, we signed Zimbabwean, Hamilton Masakadza, as our reserve overseas player. He seems to be useful both with bat and ball. He could come in useful with his leg spin, as support for Tredwell.

    With the squad complete, the budget allocation was finalised - 50,000 going into much needed coaching, 40,000 into physio (to keep our number one players available as much as possible) and the minimum 10,000 into our youth set up.

    Rob Key will captain the side.
    Last edited by GrahamB; 07-26-2012, 01:13 AM.

  • #2
    The first obstacle to our hopes came with the news that key all-rounder, Azhar Mahmood, had been snapped up to play in an overseas league.

    This will leave our batting stocks depleted in particular, so it looks like reserve keeper Sam Billings will be playing as a batsman.


    • #3
      Welcome Back

      New Patch has improved combination of AI

      Sorry to hear You have abandon Old NZ story

      Good Luck for your New Job
      After Historical Retired Players Stats ,Captains Record
      Is my Next Dream


      • #4
        Ooh, another Kent story? That'll be an interesting thing to compare!


        • #5
          First up is a visit to Yorkshire for the opening County Championship match of the season.


          • #6
            Originally posted by cricfan1 View Post
            Sorry to hear You have abandon Old NZ story
            Still been playing that. Might post some further news in that thread later.


            • #7
              Good luck! Probably a good call to sign an opener, finding someone to partner Rob Key has been one of my main problems.


              • #8
                Originally posted by djmaddison8 View Post
                Good luck! Probably a good call to sign an opener, finding someone to partner Rob Key has been one of my main problems.
                Of course, I'm following your story with interest.
                Not trying to compete though, because there will be too many variables involved along the way.


                • #9
                  YORKSHIRE v KENT (County Championship D2)

                  After being steamrolled for just 207 in our first innings, I feared the worst!
                  None of our batsmen went past 31, as we faced a fearsome pace barrage backed up by an inspired spell from spinner Adil Rashid.

                  In reply, the home side almost went past us without losing a wicket, as Phil Jaques and Andrew Gale put together a fine opening stand.
                  Ballance (70) and Sayers (63) also contributed heavily as Yorkshire racked up a huge first innings lead of 270.
                  The only two bowlers to impress were Darren Stevens (who was far superior to our other pacemen) and lone spinner James Tredwell (who picked up a five wicket bag).

                  The pitch had now broken up and the bounce was erratic.
                  After Rob Key had failed for the second time in the match, Brendon Nash strode to the crease and batted for more than a day to guide us through to a creditable draw, aided by stubborn support from Naylor (30), Jones (30) and finally Harmison.
                  However, our heroic fightback was soured by a nasty injury to the impressive Darren Stevens, felled by a sharply rising delivery from Bresnan on the final day. He is likely to be out for at least four weeks.


                  • #10
                    Next up is a visit to Northamptonshire for another County Championship match.

                    19 year old batsman, Fabian Cowdrey, will make his first class debut after an impressive outing for the second team.
                    He replaces the injured Darren Stevens in what is the only team change.

                    We'll be looking for skipper Rob Key to provide some back up bowling in Stevens' absence. Brendan Nash's bowling wasn't that flash in the last game, so the jury is still out on whether or not he's a useful part-timer with the ball.


                    • #11
                      NORTHAMPTONSHIRE v KENT (County Championship D2)

                      The home side batted first and amassed a massive 554.
                      Stephen Peters and Robin White led the way with centuries, but five others went past 50, including all-rounder David Willey (82) who was to make this match his own.
                      Our bowling really is pants at present, with Mark Davies and James Tredwell the onnly ones presenting any danger to the opposing batsmen.

                      Rob Key and Brendan Nash held things together for us in our first innings, but we were unable to avoid the follow on, as the strong pace attack reaped dividents on a pitch now giving uneven bounce.

                      There were to be no heroics this time as our follow on effort was derailed by a virtually unplayable Willey.
                      He had good support from Jack Brooks and our batsmen just couldn't cope.
                      Our batting is basically being held together by Brendan Nash at present.

                      Oh how we could do with David Willey in Kent colours!


                      • #12
                        Our next match is a chance to prove to our home fans that we're not a bunch of no-hopers, as fellow strugglers Gloucestershire pay us a visit for a County Championship fixture.

                        Although Alex Blake is knocking on the door for a place in the batting line up, we've stuck with Fabian Cowdrey, giving the youngster a second chance to show his wares.
                        Opening batsman Neil Naylor had a reasonable first hit out against Yorkshire, but struggled in the Northamptonshire match. He'll be looking to cement a spot in the side too, ahead of Sam Northeast.

                        Both Charlie Shreck and Simon Cook have been disappointing so far, but dropping both isn't an option at this stage. Shreck has been dropped into the second team to give Matt Coles a go.
                        Two of our young pace bowlers, Shaw and Ball are showing good form in the second team, but I'd like to see them sustain their form over a greater period of time before I look at promoting either.

                        Looking through the Gloucestershire squad, I saw that they seem to lack a quality spin bowler, so our groundsman has prepared a wicket that might suit James Tredwell and give us an edge in that way.


                        • #13
                          KENT v GLOUCESTERSHIRE (County Championship D2)

                          Things were looking rosy when we had the visitors reeling at 131/5, Harmison the destroyer with three quick wickets to knock the top off the batting.
                          However, a rearguard action led by Cockbain and Coughtrie put a dampener on the early success, with Gloucestershire scoring an imposing 392.

                          And don't you just love it when the conditions suddenly turn very cloudy just as you start your reply!
                          With the ball moving around prodigiously, Gidman and Fuller wreaked havoc.
                          We were looking in danger of total embarrassment at 66/5 and it was only dogged knocks from Cowdrey and the lower order that got us through to 157 all out.

                          Stung by understandably harsh criticism in the local press, most of our batsmen showed more grit after we forced to follow on.
                          Nash, Naylor, Harmison and Cowdrey were the main contributors as we built up a lead of close to 100 runs, but that was never going to be enough, even taking the turning pitch into consideration.
                          Davies and Cook gave us a glimmer of hope as they removed the first four batsmen cheaply, but Kane Williamson took the game away from us with an aggressive half century.

                          Guess who looks likely to be propping up the table?
                          Want a challenge? Try Kent!


                          • #14
                            Things just don't get any easier, with Yorkshire visiting us and thirsting for the win they felt they were denied in the opening game of the season.

                            Just one change to our side, with veteran batsman Powell paying the price for six consecutive failures. In comes Alex Blake to see if he can stake claim to a permanent spot.
                            Keeper, Geraint Jones, is the other batsmen with an abysmal record so far. However, heir apparent Sam Billings is in equally miserable form in the second team, so Jones retains his spot.

                            The groundsman has again prepared a pitch more favourable to spin, so let's hope we get the chance to bat first this time.


                            • #15
                              That Yorkshire batting line-up!

                              Lyth at 7? Bresnan 8? Rashid 9? I never realised how good their squad was! You might hope for a draw though, anyway!