Posts Tagged ‘iain o’brien’

  • Derbyshire have brought in Stuart Law (who was cut loose by Lancashire) to boost their one-day firepower, but he won’t feature much in the County Championship. Charl Langeveldt will also be absent for at least three matches following his acquisition by Kolkatta for the IPL, but captain Chris Rogers is probably the best short-sighted colour-blind ginger cricketer in the world.
  • Gloucestershire, if anything, had an even worse season than Glamorgan, finishing rock bottom of the Championship in 2008. John Bracewell has a tough task on his hands to turn things around, but James Franklin’s arrival will help improve the standard of a bowling attack that struggled so much last year.
  • Northamptonshire struggled to win matches in 2008, so may be secretly hoping that Monty Panesar is dropped by England so that he can take key wickets for his county. The motley crew of Kolpaks and ‘Steelboks’ will otherwise have its work cut out to improve on last year’s showing.
  • Surrey find themselves back in Division Two once again, but the summer’s signings of Andre Nel – who will be available throughout the season – and Grant Elliot will boost their chances of promotion. Mark Ramprakash, of course, is still there, and now that he has passed the 100 centuries milestone, his county will be hoping that the part-time ballroom dancer returns to his form of 2006 and 2007.

A Division One preview will follow tomorrow.

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul added another entry to his “Big Long List of Times I’ve Saved the Windies” by making 100 not out on the first day of the Second Test against New Zealand. The West Indies made 258/6 despite being 74/4 at one stage, with Brendan Nash also making a notable contribution with 74.

Obviously, the Lord Megachief of Gold has tired of making centuries by proxyand decided to make one for himself this time. He may or may not also have been using some sort of secret voodoo/psychic Megachief abilities to make Iain O’Brien’s feet hurt, but that doesn’t sound like the sort of thing he would need to do.

The Tests taking place in Mohali and Perth will doubtless overshadow this one, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.

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