Search

From the Nursery End: Middlesex show cricket is as predictable as the weather

17:02 30 May 2014

England's Eoin Morgan. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

England's Eoin Morgan. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

PA Wire

Middlesex blogger Laurence Klein blogs on the start of the season...

Well if we hadn’t figured it out before, Middlesex’s season has demonstrated that cricket is unpredictable. A couple of crushing defeats in the Championship and several equally crushing wins, no obvious pattern, reason, or much to do with the strength of the opposition. Though more to expectations, there have been plenty of runs for Chris Rogers and Sam Robson and not much of a start in T20.

But the shorter the game, the more it tends to be a random event, so you’ve got to feel sorry for the captains and coaches put in front of a microphone and asked to explain what went wrong. To his great credit, Eoin Morgan, captaining England in the second ODI against Sri Lanka, did not to try to make up a reason why England lost heavily. We all know that he’s no more idea of what when wrong than we have.

But in similar situation after a defeat you often hear someone saying something about working harder. This implies there’s a link between hard work and winning, which we know there isn’t, or that the reason they lost is that they were slacking. That way lies the bad old days of naughty-boy nets, or management who thought that poor performances stemmed from players not wearing jackets and ties, or not shaving, or seeing their WAGs. All nonsense of course.

It must be torture for the control freaks, but the point of sport is that the better team doesn’t always win, things don’t go as you might expect, and stars don’t always perform. Humans are involved are they are irredeemably human. Which is why we bother watching.

If we were beginning to take for granted the modern and spectacular drainage at Lord’s, the Sussex match at Merchant Taylors’ School reminded us what it used to be like in the old days, or away from the big grounds. Even without any serious rain in the second half of the match, because of the wet outfield not a ball was bowled, a surprisingly unusual event. I hope it doesn’t put off the management from trying again there, even with Radlett back in play next year. At least the financial hit will be ameliorated by the T20 which got the dry and sunny weather before the rain came.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

07:00

Head coach Peter Breen says there is a growing feeling at Hampstead that the club can win the league and secure promotion after Saturday’s results took them to the top of the table.

Yesterday, 16:00

It was another majestic display from Tottenham against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday as they secured a sixth consecutive Premier League victory – and right at the heart of it was Mousa Dembele.

Yesterday, 14:54

Manager Gary McCann admits Hendon have a huge battle on their hands to retain their Ryman League Premier Division status and believes they need to acquire another 24 points to avoid the drop.

Yesterday, 14:47

Wingate & Finchley secured their second successive league victory on Saturday as Tommy Tejan-Sie struck a last-minute winner away against basement boys Grays Athletic.

Tue, 13:07

The Under-13 boys’ team from University College School took top honours at the Jack Petchey London Schools’ Team Finals on Saturday.

Tue, 11:42

Draws are relatively rare in rugby so it is certainly unusual that Saracens have now had two in a row – but the character and resolve they have displayed in both matches has been entirely familiar.

Mon, 15:35

Highgate Harriers’ men are on course to equal the Metropolitan League record of five successive titles – and the club also have a chance of winning three other divisions.

Mon, 14:01

Dave Francis scored a second-half hat-trick as Hendon triumphed 29-15 away against mid-table rivals Saracens Amateurs, banking a bonus point and moving 11 points clear of the Herts/Middlesex Division One relegation zone.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now