In this week’s Friday Five, we avoid Nottingham and focus on one day cricket, four day cricket, road rage, a dodgy pitch and your weekly reminder of Yorkshire failures.
#InternationalCricket In a shocking incident this week, a group of people somehow let Stuart Broad get eight wickets. In another shocking incident, Wasim Akram had his driving called into question by a man with a gun and a rather bad temper. The former Pakistan and Lancashire fast bowler was involved in a road rage incident during which a man opened fire on him. The current Nottinghamshire and England fast bowler was involved in a pitch rage incident, after which Australia was bowled out for just 60 runs. Let us never speak of it.
#Yorkshire In a massive overreaction to the loss to Derbyshire in the Natwest Blast, Yorkshire’s Andrew Gale has stepped down as the county’s limited overs captain. Having managed to only just beat Derbyshire by a hair in the Royal London One-Day Cup, Gale is clearly repentant and has sacrificed himself on the altar of shame. Alex Lees takes over as the side’s one-day captain for the remainder of the Cup, safe in the knowledge that they will not have to face the Falcons again.
#Glamorgan In other One-Day Cup news, Glamorgan’s meeting with Hampshire at Cardiff was abandoned because of a dangerous pitch. The assessment was largely based on the fact that unpredictable bounce caused Michael Carberry to be hit and Glamorgan now await the results of an ECB assessment. Should there be some punishment for the Welsh side over the state of the pitch, the result of the first Ashes test should obviously be wiped away and that match called a draw. That would only be fair.
#RLODC Surrey and Gloucestershire are neck and neck at the top of the Group A table, Derbyshire have three wins and three losses to their name, Worcestershire have a bowler capable of getting a hat trick but still can’t win a game, Leicestershire are in familiar territory at the bottom of the table and Yorkshire are in the competition. In Group B, Notts are on top of the table and Lancashire have just one win to their name. It’s all still fifty over cricket. I hope you’re still awake.
#LVCC As the next round of the four day game is upon us, we wake up from fifty over stupor to the news that Hampshire are still struggling, Derbyshire have parted ways with Wayne White and have welcomed back Tilakaratne Dilshan, Kent are almost as bad at this game as Leicestershire are and someone is still letting Yorkshire win. If it isn’t bad enough that half the Yorkshire side are hammering my countrymen at Trent Bridge, I have to put up with this rubbish as well. Rest assured, if Australia hadn’t been worn out by Derbyshire a couple of weeks back, Bairstow and Root wouldn’t have it so easy.