Post by irishrover on Sept 11, 2017 18:04:26 GMT
Have you finished playing yet Irish?
Yes, my season ended last Saturday although I didn't actually play as I was away at a Conference. My side finished 2nd which is good enough to secure promotion for the 2nd year running (they are writing a history of the club this winter back to 1845 and I want to see if I go down as the most successful captain ever as we're not a club that's been overly burdened with success down through the years!). Unfortunately because I skipper the 2nd team our promotion is reliant on our 1st team also getting promoted from the league above because both teams are not allowed to play in the same division. This is a lot more in the balance and our 1sts still have 2 games left and probably need to win both to guarantee promotion and avoid this embarrassing situation. To be honest I'm not all that bothered - I think my team would struggle mightily to compete at the next level which is a real step up - we are probably the best 2nd team in the area (despite our 1s being average at best) but nearly all the teams we'd be playing against next year would have at least 1 professional and probably an overseas amateur too and I think that would be a bit much for us.
No one at Lancs seemed to seriously think they had a Championship shot - I think they were just relieved that they hadn't been dragged into the relegation battle again this year. Suprising amount of apathy given that it should have been a highlight of the reason - weather didn't help in that regard I suppose, never looked likely there would be a result looking at the forecast. Almost feels like Essex have won it by default this year which might be a bit harsh but no one else has really shown an any consistency at all. I certainly don't think Lancs are particularly good - they're OK but I'd have had them more likely to be in a relegation battle than near the top to be honest. Pretty dull to watch too on the whole because they lack the bowlers to be able to break open games. I definitely don't think Somerset should particularly fear them at home. Although, beware Matt Parkinson if you prepare a Taunton turner for Bess and Leach - he is becoming increasingly dangerous.