T20 Finals day is upon us!
Oddly nestled into the schedule three weeks after the fourth and final Quarter-Final was played, one of Lancashire, Somerset, Sussex or Worcestershire will be crowned 2018 Vitality Blast champions later today in Birmingham.
One Stump Short provides a ‘pocket size’ preview of the day:
The retirement of Alastair Cook combined with the struggles of Keaton Jennings have left England with one almighty headache at the top of the order heading into the 2018/19 Winter Tour.
While Rory Burns appears to be the obvious choice to fill the void left by Cook’s departure – weight of runs alone putting the Surrey man head and shoulders above anyone else in County cricket right now – other names linked with the vacant number one spot include Middlesex’ Nick Gubbins, Nick Browne of Essex and perhaps even ‘good players of spin’ such as James Vince moving up the order.
Absent from the discussion, perhaps unfairly, is Lancashire’s Alex Davies.
Ever tried to sort 18 teams into an order? Relegating two of them whilst promoting two others?
It’s madness. Especially when the unlikeliest of heroes can suddenly emerge to lift a team’s season and a broken schedule can warp a team’s hopes in a spring downpour or a sudden burst of fortune on green-tinged surfaces can shift the pendulum of momentum.
Never the less, one must soldier on and embrace the fact he must write a list which will doubtless make him look silly in September:
After an ‘extended tea break’, One Stump Short returns ahead of the new County cricket season, with Essex out to retain their title, Warwickshire and Middlesex looking to bounce back and the standard hand wringing over what to do with the limited overs game in England.
To mark our return to the crease, we’ve worked with cricket’s favourite number to produce a lovely little recap of six of the biggest stories we missed while we were eating Ginster’s pasties and complaining how cold it was:
An England team winning the World Cup is a rare thing.
In my life time I can only think of four occasions where an England team (or any other home nation for that matter) has won a World Cup – the 2003 Rugby World Cup and, now, a third ICC Women’s World Cup.
Sunday’s victory for Heather Knight and her team was not just significant because, as a sporting nation, we so rarely get to celebrate team success of this nature, but also because of the opportunities it has now presented.