They no doubt will be. KJ let themselves down big time last night by bowling too short allowing them to loosen their arms. Best advice I can give is to get the ball right up there, give them nothing wide outside off stump because they'll punish you all day. Oh... and have a long-off and a long-on because they like to hit straight too.
Are you playing them at Raby? If so, don't get too down hearted if you look like you're going for a few runs because that pitch is like a carpet and if you beat the infield it's normally 4 all day.
Nope, we're at home so variable bounce and the hill to contend with on bowling. Just hope we're on a fairly central wicket so there's no obvious short (well, shorter) boundary for them to hit at. I've a fair amount of confidence in our bowling at the moment; we kept Cockerton down to 73 all out on Saturday (in 33 of 40 overs) and then kept them to 82 for 7 in 22 overs last night (with them having recruited a few first-teamers). Shame that score was in reply to 81 for 7; they went for a single on the last ball, our fielder could have ran it in but he threw it, missed the stumps and they got the win - a run out and we'd have won as the tie would have been decided on wickets.
I wouldn't be too sure if I were you. KJ had a tied game on Tuesday against Cockerton (84) and I recognised a few first teamers from when I use to play against them. Raby are definately a different class from Cockerton if last night is anything to go by. I have a feeling the odd ball might be dissapearing back into County Durham!
Really hope you beat them though - would be nice to knock their young lads down a peg or two.
Oh yeah, I knew about that - Barningham play the winner of the King James/Cockerton match. Cockerton were a dot ball away from two ties in two days.
I know Raby are a bit of a step up (having played Cockerton twice in a week, I can't imagine them scoring 300 any time soon) - I think the strength of Raby's seconds (as ours) depends on how many of the better players are taken by the firsts in any given week. I've played games against them where the last five or six wickets have all gone relatively cheaply so it's just a case of working on the top order. To be honest, I hope we can win just so I can continue my unbeaten league streak as full-time captain of the seconds - we haven't lost yet and the season started six weeks ago. Tight bowling and a bit of luck on Saturday and maybe we can make it seven weeks.
Admittedly we've only played two games in those six weeks, but that's still somehow managed to put us 10 points clear at the top of the C Division.
I feel as though this threads been hijacked a bit. Oops.