Posts Tagged ‘jamie dalrymple’

  • 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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The second division get second-rate previews-just a few words each.

  • Derbyshire – have got Mahela Jayawardene for part of the season, plus Rikki Clarke for the whole of it – should improve on last season’s poor showing.
  • Essex – have kept Andre Nel, and Bopara should play a fair bit, but the Eagles still lean heavily on Kaneria.
  • GlamorganDalrymple’s signing is a good sign, and the all-rounder could be a canny acquisition for the worst side in the competition last season
  • Gloucestershire – Steve Kirby was impressive for the MCC against Sussex, and much relies on his fitness as well as that of Jon Lewis.
  • Leicestershire – have made big changes to personnel, and it remains to be seen how well their new side (including five Kolpak players) will gel.
  • Middlesex – Ed Smith’s men have also made some significant changes to the side, and England rivals Shah and Strauss will have to take a lot of responsibility when they play.
  • Worcestershire Simon Jones is a slightly risky signing, but Fidel Edwards will be around from June to help out in the bowling department.

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