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Neil Fairbrother: Thrilling Climax To Domestic Season
Article posted: 21 September 2016

The weather is set fair all over the country and what a dramatic last two days of the domestic season we have on our hands.

 

- Neil Fairbrother

Here we are on the second day of the last round of County Championship games and I can never remember a closer battle at both the top and the bottom of Division One.

It’s fantastic that the top two, Middlesex and Yorkshire, are playing against each other in a winner-takes-all contest and also, lurking just below them, Somerset are right in the mix.

Down at the bottom there are three teams still fighting to avoid the trap door which Notts have already fallen through. Two of those three, Lancashire and Warwickshire, are again playing against each other and, of course, whichever team wins, the other’s safety is then very precarious.

Hampshire have just been bowled out for 400 against Durham which gives them the upper hand in their game and, with Durham maybe not having too much to play for, who knows what may happen there?

The weather is set fair all over the country and what a dramatic last two days of the domestic season we have on our hands.

On the international front, the first senior tour squad of the winter has been picked and there are some newcomers to the main Test squad with Hasim Ahmed, Ben Duckett and Zafar Ansari all earning their first calls.

With two players deciding not to go to Bangladesh, this has certainly opened the door for other players to make a case for themselves.

Gareth Batty, at the age of 38, makes a reappearance on the international scene and, with everybody scrambling for good performances to be in the India Test match party, there is so much to play for.

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