All Pretty Vacant, Down by the Riverside

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Re: All Pretty Vacant, Down by the Riverside

Postby captaincolly » Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:40 pm

Yes, I think most of those bowlers are handy with the bat. They are much better than tailenders. An effective spinner will be a real asset and as you say is something we've not had for a long time.
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Re: All Pretty Vacant, Down by the Riverside

Postby Durhamfootman » Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:05 pm

westoelad wrote:Makes perfect sense engaging a top class spinner. We have and will continue to produce top batsmen and top seamers but in 25 years have been unable to produce an even half decent spinner. We're not alone in that, of course. Batting wise there's a fair chance that a few amongst Harte, Jones, Weighell or Carse might surprise us like Steel did last season.
Might also be a final wake up call for Pringle.

I spotted this while i was away. I've long bashed on about us never signing a quality spinner, so I hope Axar turns out to be a quality one
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Postby westoelad » Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:11 pm

If anyone is going to the Meet the players evening I'd appreciate if they could post feedback on this thread
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Re: All Pretty Vacant, Down by the Riverside

Postby captaincolly » Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:26 pm

westoelad wrote:If anyone is going to the Meet the players evening I'd appreciate if they could post feedback on this thread

I was hoping to go but won't be able to make it unfortunately.
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Re: All Pretty Vacant, Down by the Riverside

Postby westoelad » Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:22 pm

Bitter Onions?-he can't really believe this.
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/ ... played_in/
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Re: All Pretty Vacant, Down by the Riverside

Postby captaincolly » Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:27 pm

westoelad wrote:Bitter Onions?-he can't really believe this.
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/ ... played_in/

He's delusional if he does!
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Re: All Pretty Vacant, Down by the Riverside

Postby Durhamfootman » Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:30 pm

24 players who are so good that the only one I could consider picking for my fantasy league team was released by Lancs last year

Crikey... when I think how good the Durham squad was in 2008/9... makes you weep when you look at it now
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Re: All Pretty Vacant, Down by the Riverside

Postby westoelad » Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:34 pm

Durhamfootman wrote:24 players who are so good that the only one I could consider picking for my fantasy league team was released by Lancs last year

Crikey... when I think how good the Durham squad was in 2008/9... makes you weep when you look at it now

Aye, we've had our moments and no doubt we'll have them again. FTECB.
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Postby Durhamfootman » Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:56 pm

FTECB!
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Re: All Pretty Vacant, Down by the Riverside

Postby westoelad » Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:11 pm

FTECB indeed. Counties have just discovered IPL pay compensation to clubs for their players involved in IPL. It's currently 20% of the auction price, previously 10%, but FTECB kept quiet and kept the money. I reckon that means Durham have been deprived of £400k over the last 2 seasons based on Stokes' auction price. FTECB.
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Re: All Pretty Vacant, Down by the Riverside

Postby Durhamfootman » Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:40 pm

I wasn't aware that there was any compen paid, but I presume FTECB keep Stokes and Woods money because they are centrally contracted.... certainly with Stokes who has a contract for everything. TBH the only thing that surprises me is that FTECB have never charged us for the privilege of having Stokes available to score no runs and only contribute 3 maidens for us in a washed out CC game. Got to be worth a few grand, I would have thought.... maybe give the money to Surrey to help them pay the wages of all the players they nick off us
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Re: All Pretty Vacant, Down by the Riverside

Postby westoelad » Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:59 pm

Being paying it since IPL began apparently and although Stokes is centrally contracted, that's a yearly contract but He's still Durham contracted and was produced by Durham. It's also Durham whom he's be playing for during the period of the IPL. Anyway D.F., what the hell you playing at,trying to justify FTECB actions? You'll be buying Graves pints next. :horse
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Re: All Pretty Vacant, Down by the Riverside

Postby Durhamfootman » Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:25 pm

not trying to justify anything on behalf of FTECB, just trying to peer into their devious little minds
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Re: All Pretty Vacant, Down by the Riverside

Postby captaincolly » Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:42 pm

Had a walk around the ground. Back of the trapdoor stand barricaded up with " Danger. Keep Out" signs! Very encouraging.
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Re: All Pretty Vacant, Down by the Riverside

Postby Durhamfootman » Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:04 pm

don't want any innocent bystanders inadvertently moving the precariously balanced bucket of water that's waiting for any members of FTECB who come to make an inspection
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