Home Domination Continues

Home Domination Continues

England’s domination of India has continued from the Test Matches into the T20 and ODIs over the last few days.  Sunday’s tie at Lord’s, which was due entirely to the weather, meant that England now have an unassailable 2-0 lead with one match still to play.  I am not sure that the decision to come off with seven balls to go was a correct one, surely it would have been better for the capacity crowd to have a proper conclusion to the game, albeit a soggy one!  The one downside to the game was an injury to Stuart Broad’s tricep.  The management will know more about the injury after a scan today, fingers crossed he will be able to take up his position in the T20 team for the two games against the West Indies at the end of the month.

It is great to see County cricket take centre stage this week with the last round of Championship games to play three teams, Warwickshire, Lancashire and Durham all in with a chance of winning the title.  The top two are separated by only three points but are playing away at Hampshire and Somerset respectively, whereas Durham, who are a further 10 points adrift, are at home against Worcestershire and will at least be playing on a wicket that they will be able to control. 

The top of the Second Division is also intriguing with Northants and Surrey in second and third place only separated by two points, so there will be a right dog fight there this week!

All of the above just proves how the advent of two divisions has given all the Counties much more to play for right to the last ball of the season. 

And then on Saturday, the Final of the CB40 is being held at Lord’s.  The match brings together probably the two best one day teams in the country in Surrey and Somerset.  It is a fascinating game between a young and largely inexperienced Surrey team and Somerset, who over the last two or three seasons have become the bridesmaids of the game, finishing runners up on countless occasions.  This columnist would love to see Marcus Trescothick lead his team into the winners’ enclosure, but if Surrey’s youngsters can play in the final with the freedom that they have played with for most of the summer, it may well again be a disappointing day for the lads from the West Country.

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