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Day five:
Still no wicket for Woakes, and India have now run out of wickets for him to potentially take. Match over. In Woakes' defence he did only go for three runs an over on average in India's first innings and less than that in the second; on a good batting wicket he managed to keep an end relatively tight.
I'm slightly surprised Moeen took so many wickets; India are a side (so I was informed) who are good at facing spin. It seems potentially promising for England's future to me if Moeen goes on to develop into a really good test level spinner.
Cook and Bell both benefited from dubious umpiring decisions in the first innings; that said, they both went on to make runs on a good batting pitch, without needing further such decisions to remain at the crease.
Good keeping and enthusiasm from Buttler. Also nice run-scoring.
Can't see how Anderson's muttering at Rahane yesterday will have helped his [Anderson's] forthcoming disciplinary hearing.
Regarding Cook as captain, a first win in eleven matches doesn't remove my doubts as to whether he should be leading the England side - he needs to turn it into a streak, taking this series 2-1 or 3-1 (weather permitting) to convince me that at least for now he's capable of holding down the position. And if he can't stop his bowlers from mouthing off (and maybe getting themselves banned) I don't see that he's helping himself as captain.
Nice that he's back scoring runs though.

Molviji of the '147' variety.

I remember being distinctly unimpressed at the time by Survival as an end to the original series of Doctor Who. If it was trying to make sophisticated points, they went right above my head at the time; it's possible I might see it differently twenty-five years on though...

Day four:
Still no wicket for Woakes. (Well he was the bowler when Vijay was run out, but that doesn't go in Woakes' 'wickets' column.)
India have 112 and need another 334 for the win. So if they bat through to the close of day five (assuming a ninety over day), in theory they should get close.
Unfortunately for India, the England spinners Root and Moeen, have taken three of India's second innings wickets after the Vijay run-out.
Match (to my mind) in balance. (I refuse to believe it's in England's favour, given previous England exhibitions of snatching-defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory.)
Hmmm. Wonder if Ballance will be called upon to bowl on day five...

Orthos wrote:
Nagas have Babas? Who woulda known?

Darn. Ninja'ed! I was about to mention that one.

At Adelaide in 2006, Australia were 40 runs off the follow-on target, with five wickets left at the end of day three.
At Southampton today India were 46 runs off the follow-on target, but with only two wickets left at the end of day three.
It would be nice, to my mind, if England could polish India off relatively quickly on day 4, and take the India win out of the equation. (It looks doubtful to me whether England have the fire-power to bowl India out a second time before the end of day five, given the weather and pitch, but hopefully England can avoid two losses in a row.)
No wickets for Woakes, but at least he's only going for three an over so far.

Just spotted a thread about PaizoCon UK down in the PaizoCon sections of the boards: *Link*

Hmm. I think the point of my previous post is a vague sense of unease that 569 on a good batting pitch might not be enough to stop the other side from getting somewhere close to parity, which will give them morale plus momentum.
Having declared on 569, Cook's put a *lot* on his bowlers, and I'm concerned given other, recent matches, that 569 might not be enough to either close India out of the match altogether (especially if Jadeja goes berserk with the bat again) or even to give England a substantial first innings lead.
Well, by the end of day three, we should have a better idea of what direction the match might be heading in, after India have had a full day to bat (barring a collapse that would practically require a follow-on invitation, which would still see them batting again anyway).

Day 2:
I'm having unpleasant flashbacks to the second test, in Adelaide, in 2006. Having lost the previous match in the series, Flintoff (the then captain) declared on 551-6 on a good batting pitch, close to the end of play on day 2, and the Australians were 28-1 by the close.
Australia ended up winning the match by 6 wickets.
Granted that was an Australia side with the likes of Warne and McGrath in, who were able to skittle England during the England second innings after the Australians spent a couple of days grinding the England bowling/fielders down...

Folkish Elm wrote:

...That's all I is can think if right now but I'm sure there's more. Many thanks to all involved.

When's the next uk event?

Chris :)

The next event that comes to my mind in the UK at which PFS may have a presence is OddCon (10th-12th) October, in Telford.

I might be overlooking some other event though!

Generally no (commonwealth games watching) unless there's some famous British athlete I've actually heard of competing when I turn on.
Third test (India Men vs Cook's boys)
WOAKES???? They left out Plunkett or Stokes so that they could play Woakes???? A bowler last seen at test level (August test match, 2013, at Oval vs Australia) going for four runs an over and only taking one wicket? A bowler who apparently so failed to inspire confidence in his captain that he didn't bowl in the second innings of said match?
At least Cook finally put some runs on the board. Hope this isn't a case of even a broken clock is right twice a day.

So: did that go well?

Belated addition of my own congratulations to Rob and Dave, who work their socks off for love of the game.

As a reminder, the badges & schedules unclaimed by the time the meal+ghost walk crew departed at 19:00 on Friday have been left overnight with the business school reception desk.

The 8th Dwarf wrote:
I won't gloat.... Much ;-)

Please do... Profusely. :D

(Aussie gloating might be the motivation that they need to turn things around!)

BBC weather forecast for Birmingham tomorrow of temperatures upto 26 degrees, and maybe some cloud during the afternoon; wind from the northeast of upto ten miles per hour.
Aston university's city-centre, so it might be a bit warmer than that.
Humidity of 43% at 17:00 rising to 68% by midnight. (Whatever humidity percentages mean.)
Friday expected dry, but some rain on Saturday.

Anyway, we'll see how the third test goes. If it weren't for Prior going, I'd be pretty much certain that England would continue to build momentum in their non-winning streak.
A younger, more agile, less-injured man behind the stumps improves England's chances of getting a draw I feel, or even of actually taking enough Indian wickets fast enough to maybe have a very slim outside chance of actually winning a test for the first time in nearly a year.
At the outset I am unoptimistic of England's chances, however.

Regarding the older and more experienced England players, the thought has belatedly occurred to me that Duncan Fletcher may well have worked with some of them during the time when he was England coach (up until early 2007), and that he might well know exactly what their weaknesses are and how to push their buttons. It would be strange, now that he's the coach of the India team, if he hasn't spread this information to his new side.
The England players that Fletcher has worked with before might thus be the most vulnerable members of a squad against an India side coached by Fletcher. were one of those who helped to organise or attended as a special guest one of the first 'overseas' 'PaizoCon' events.
With only a few days to go to this year's event it seems a good moment to me to recall those who were so generous with their time and effort to help make the first one enjoyable for attendees. And of course to recall those at Paizo, who allowed it to happen (and who even helped with stuff like supplying little special logos that PaizoCon UK was allowed to use).
*This* madman was expected to attend, too, but circumstances conspired otherwise.

Confirmed by BBC Cricket section, Buttler in as replacement keeper: *Link*
No other changes announced by the EWCB to the squad of thirteen for the third test, so the only question is whether they bring Jordan back and/or try Kerrigan? I can't see the selectors doing either. I think they'll tell themselves that Stokes (the only bowler that to their minds it might be acceptable to drop) is potentially a better batsman than Jordan, and that other than that they want to play as close to the same squad as possible as the ones who lost at Lords, to try and prove some point.
(Plus if Anderson is about to be banned, they may as well get another match out of him, whilst he's available, Plunkett is by English standards 'fast' (and has more Test experience than Jordan), and Broad did well in Australia.)

Regarding the Stoke - Birmingham works:
The national rail enquiries site seems to operate on a 24 hour clock basis, so I believe that's late Sunday morning that they're supposed to be done by.

1 person marked this as a favorite. reviewed EVERY LAST COUNTRY in round 2 of the first RPGSuperstar contest.

1 person marked this as a favorite. posted in one of the 'Untitled' threads before the forums got way too long.

With regard to selection of bowlers for the England squad, Anderson may shortly be banned from participating in matches as a result of that 'level three' disciplinary business from Trent Bridge, if the official verdict on it goes against him.

Possible disruptions to rail services in/out of Birmingham stations (known of as of the time and date of this post):
Friday, 25th July
Redditch – Birmingham New Street
Currently ongoing engineering works at the Redditch end of the line mean a replacement bus service is expected to run between Redditch and Longbridge.

Saturday, 26th July
Redditch – Birmingham New Street
Currently ongoing engineering works at the Redditch end of the line mean a replacement bus service is expected to run between Redditch and Longbridge.
Bromsgrove/Worcester Shrub Hill/Hereford – Birmingham New Street
Engineering works are expected to take place between Bromsgrove and Droitwich Spa. All trains between Bromsgrove/Worcester Shrub Hill/Hereford and Birmingham New Street will be cancelled. Passengers are ‘advised’ by National Rail Enquiries to use services between these destinations and Birmingham Snow Hill/Moor Street instead.
Stoke-on-Trent – Birmingham New Street
Overnight engineering works are expected to take place between Stoke and Stafford, resulting in diversions of services and/or replacement bus services with regard to trains that would ordinarily use this route to/from Birmingham. Work is expected to commence at 22:40.

Sunday, 27th July
London Euston – Birmingham New Street
Engineering works are expected to take place between Milton Keynes and Rugby, and may result in train diversions, replacement bus services and/or delays. Officially the work is due to finish by 18:30.
Stoke-on-Trent – Birmingham
Overnight engineering works are expected to take place between Stoke and Stafford, resulting in diversions of services and/or replacement bus services between Stoke and Stafford. Officially the work is due to finish by 11:00.
Redditch – Birmingham New Street
Currently ongoing engineering works at the Redditch end of the line mean a replacement bus service is expected to run between Redditch and Barnt Green.
London Marylebone – Birmingham Snow Hill
Engineering works are expected to take place between Lapworth and Tyseley, officially between 07:55 and 10:05. A rail replacement bus service is due to run between Birmingham Snow Hill and Banbury.

The actual Future Rail Engineering Works section of the National Rail Enquiries webpage can (at the time of this post) be found *here*.

It's likely, since it's the summer holidays, that there will be disruptions above and beyond these, elsewhere on the rail network; these are the ones I've been able to track down actually in the vicinity of Birmingham, however.

As far as batting goes, I'd like to see (Alex) Hales tried out at test level - maybe instead of Bell.

Prior's stood down 'due to injury' now, anyway: *Link*
The BBC article mentions Jos Buttler as a probable replacement.
(edited, rephrasing)
I don't know if Buttler's good as a keeper in the longer format, but bringing him in would presumably leave Cook as captain unless the selectors made other changes too, and I can't see Cook winning the next test, even with Prior replaced. Yes, Cook won a test series in India, but the England men's team and the results of series seem to me to have been steadily deteriorating since then. It's reached the point where England don't win a match on a pitch that they ordered, having won the toss and with 'ideal' bowling conditions (in terms of weather) at the start of play - against a side that practically everyone in the media was touting them as 'favourites' against before the series started.
Maybe with Lords the England men have finally hit rock bottom, and are going to start bouncing back up now, but I'm not optimistic...

I’m not clear what Aston may or may not have said about travel, but supplementary to it, the Highways agency Road Projects map (information for motorways and A roads) at the time of this post can be found here: *Link*
The St. Chad’s and Queensway tunnels in the city centre on the A38 are both closed during this year’s PaizoCon UK (and indeed for the rest of the summer).
‘Brumtunnels’ site
And of course the chaos continues around New Street station with roads and pavements ripped up and/or closed to non-works traffic; pedestrians and wheeled traffic venturing into the vicinity be prepared for potential sanity-tearing horror of a Lovecraftian nature.

(Second Test vs India, Day 5)
England lose by 95 runs.
I have a nasty feeling that India's use of short-pitched bowling to get rid of Moeen, and then the absolutely brainless Prior dismissal will result in further heavy use by England of short-pitched bowling in the next test, on the premise 'well it worked for them'.
To my mind it [short pitched bowling] worked for India because it was used intelligently in the England innings and (in Prior's case) the batsman was gullible and/or arrogant enough to fall for the trap which had been set for him.
It looks like, unless Cook is given the push, he will still be there as captain in the next test.

(Day 4)
Well, Cook wasn't a walking wicket today, but again he failed, and at the close India are now only five regular England wickets plus Prior away from victory, in a test where England won the toss and fielded first in bowler friendly conditions.
And again, it was a day where the last few Indian wickets added a pile of runs.
If/when India win this test Cook, to my mind, ought to go, as at least captain. At the very least the England bowling attack is being repeatedly mishandled, and the captain is the one who has the responsibility for setting fields, choosing who bowls, and surely, giving some kind of directions/'suggestions' to the bowler, such as what sort of lengths to bowl.
(Mind you, the bowlers aren't being helped, either, by a keeper who keeps putting down catches.)

So much for Stokes. :(
Position at close (3rd day): India 140 runs ahead and only four wickets down (although Rahane, their first innings centurion gone).
Anderson was earlier required (again) to get England up to first innings parity.
Situation not good for England. They're going to have to bat last, and the Indian tail (who doubled the Indian score in the first innings) still has yet to be brought to the crease. At least two of England's 'top order' Cook and Bell, seem to be walking wickets recently, and Prior's brain seems still semi-scrambled at times. Which will leave India maybe a day to get seven other wickets, as England try (assuming the eventual Indian total is well beyond England) to bat out the game for a draw.
I'd like to be demonstrated overly pessimistic, but I've seen so little recently to give me any confidence in the England men's side's ability to win games.

Gah! Autocorrect 'fixed' the name Ballance in my previous post.

Daniel Rust wrote:
Oh Alistair. Out for 10. Where did it all go wrong?

I don't suppose the regular changes of partners he's been expected to open with since Strauss has helped.

Balance got a decent score today. Shame about the rest of the top order batsmen.
Oooh, six wickets down, but I forgot Stokes still to come. If Prior can hang in there tomorrow, England might avoid at least a first-innings deficit.

Freehold DM wrote:

Harry Potter 8- The Search For More Money!

Yes, Lord Snow. Let the hate flow through you...

Umm, Harry Potter 8 (as far as the film franchise goes) has already been done - it was Deathly Hallows part 2. (They split the last book into two films).

If these things go ahead (although I thought J.K. Rowling was busy ghost-writing detective fiction or something like that these days) they will be the ninth, tenth, and eleventh films.

2nd Test (Lords), India vs 'England', Day 1.
Score at 16:07, India batting, 145 runs for 7 wickets.
Score at 18:28 (close of play), India still batting, 290 runs for 7 wickets.

India doubled their score in the last two and a half hours for the loss of only two wickets.
On a pitch supposedly providing something for the bowlers.

England currently looking to me favourite to continue their non-winning streak.
[deadpan] Would it be immoral to go into a bookmakers and put money on England not winning if a bookmaker was foolish enough to offer that as an option? [/deadpan]

Nicos wrote:
Charles Evans 25 wrote:
Nicos wrote:

Well, yes, not sure why. And even then, other threads with far more inflammatory titles have been renamed instead of just locked.

If it's really bothering you, you could always give (politely) emailing the staff-member in question (via the Paizo Contact Us page) a go.

I suppose, But I do not feel like I have been rude or something here.

Well the only person, who can explain to you one hundred percent authoritatively what was going through the mind of the staff member who locked the thread is the staff member who *did* lock the thread*. All anyone else can do is mindlessly speculate, which may not be entirely productive.

* Unless of course, to wear a tin-foil hat for a moment, Paizo have developed a universal mind, shared by all Paizo staff members. Although actually, given that at least Vic and Erik are Doctor Who fans... And if they've seen Shada...
<shivers and pulls down tin-foil hat around ears a bit tighter>

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Nicos wrote:

Well, yes, not sure why. And even then, other threads with far more inflammatory titles have been renamed instead of just locked.

If it's really bothering you, you could always give (politely) emailing the staff-member in question (via the Paizo Contact Us page) a go.

Nicos wrote:

I'm not sure to understand the reasons to lock this thread

The last post on your thread (which you have linked to) appears to be by a Paizo staff-member, who (as far as I understand) seemed to think that the thread-title was potentially inflammatory: *Link*

I vaguely recall it being mentioned in previous series that some of the Indian players were dubious about 'predictive' technology such as Hawkeye, but is it an all-or-nothing thing, with no option to have, say, the slow motion replays but not the Hawkeye?

I gather Prior may have got a dubious decision (edit: over his own wicket). Are there no reviews in this series because India don't like them?
England are usually fairly good now about using their reviews appropriately (when available), and if Prior's 'out' was that dodgy, I'm surprised he didn't have any reviews left to use (if reviews were available, that is).

Although I suppose if the ball travels more slowly, but over a shorter distance, you have fewer clues as to the trajectory...
The first day, I tuned in mid-afternoon in the fourth wicket stand of the India innings, listened for five minutes and heard a catch fall short because the slips weren't standing close enough, thought 'typical Cook and England', and switched back off for the rest of that day.

GeraintElberion wrote:

TMS had a lot of sympathy for Prior.

The ball never carried so the wicketkeeper and slips had to be up high and have no time to react or hang back and get no catches.

I thought the ball was supposed to be going through more slowly, so if they're standing closer, they should still have the same time to react?

Well, I suppose that's one way to get a draw. Play on a pitch so flat and slow that even after your top order fold, as usual, your tenth wicket stand can break records left, right and centre and five complete days of play end up not being long enough to get a result.
England dropping catches, Prior having a mediocre match... still, Anderson managed his Maiden test fifty, and Cook took a wicket in something like only his third ever over of bowling at test level. (I think the statistician on TMS said Cook had bowled one over at test level before today.)
Maybe if there are many more pitches like this in this India series Anderson should open the batting and Cook should open the bowling!
Translation: My impression is India had rather the better of this match, England needing a pitch-assisted Root/Anderson stand to get them out of jail in the first innings, and India sucking the life out of the England bowlers in their second innings, to the point where Cook and Ballance had to bowl the last few overs. It might have gone the other way, maybe, if England had won the toss, I concede, with England having the upper hand, but I have doubts that five days would have been long enough to finish the match either way.

Meh. India won toss, and England (men) heading for another thrashing, at Trent Bridge this time. India 259-4 at the close with one of the batsmen at the crease on well over a hundred, and the other having just reached 50. I can't see this England team getting anywhere close to India's eventual first innings total unless Plunkett bounces in tomorrow morning and blows India away or Robson and Moeen score big runs when England bat.
I'm not sure why England rewarded the failures in the Sri Lankan second innings at Headingly of Broad and Anderson by retaining their services but dropping the new boy, Jordan, to bring Stokes back in. I don't question Stokes, a prospect for the future, being tried out again now he's over his most recent injury; I do with Jordan being given the heave-ho to bring him back when there are bigger failures (one of whom has possibly passed his 'best by' date in the case of Anderson), who could be cleared out to make way instead. Unless I missed Jordan picking up an injury or something in the past few days, which required his omission from this test.
The problem with Cook clinging on as captain, instead of resigning the captaincy and trying to fix his batting, is that the more tests he loses and/or needs intervention by rain delays to save his team from a thumping loss, the more likely it is that when he goes he's going to be gone completely - not just as captain, but out of the squad altogether, possibly forever.
I'll leave off further comment on this match for now until it's all over.

But anyway, best wishes to Necromancer in this latest entrepreneurial endeavour!

It seems to me a bit premature to be fund-raising if the licensing isn't (as of 7th July, 2014) nailed down yet. I have a feeling Necromancer said that they were going to get behind 4E, but the plans fell through in the end - mainly on account of holdups in dissemination of rules material to third party publishers and difficulties over what finally showed up in the 4E licenses.

I may be in error in my recollection of the 4E debacle though, and if Necromancer are lining up writers who (at least in my mind) ought to have connections and influence at Hasbro - such as Ed Greenwood - maybe Necromancer are privy to inside information which gives them solid grounds for optimism that this time things will go more smoothly and favourably.


Hmmm. MCC beat 'rest of world' by 7 wickets. I'm not sure why Warne (rest of the world captain) didn't bowl himself unless he picked up some sort of injury; surely he's a better bowler than Kevin Pietersen (whose two overs went for twenty nine runs)?
Awesome batting by Aaron Finch, by the look of the scorecard. Looking forward to the match reports.

Ah! Match reports say Brett Lee broke Shane Warne's hand. Bit sad for Warne, but impressive that Lee still has the pace.

Birmingham's flagship games store, 'Wayland's Forge' completed its relocation last month, and is now on the 'Lower Ground Floor' at 'The Custard Factory' in Digbeth. (Any 'Google Maps' information placing Wayland's Forge in Paradise Circus is out of date; it's possible, if Paizo's store locator places Wayland's Forge at the old Paradise Circus address, that Wayland's forge may not yet have got around to updating their information on Paizo, either.)
The lower ground floor is most conveniently reached by coming off Digbeth High Street/Deritend, into the Custard Factory along Gibb Street, and heading left through a large gateway only a short way down Gibb Street. Inside, besides some businesses, are stairs going down to a lower level with more businesses. The 'Lower Ground Floor' is down those stairs.
(Those arriving at the Custard Factory, but having trouble with navigation, could always follow signs to the 'reception' of the complex, and ask there for directions to Wayland's Forge.)

If you can get hold of it (either the TV series or accompanying book) one of the 'Seven Wonders of the Industrial World' was the Pacific Railroad.
From what I recall of that documentary they started building the line from both east and west, and the pacific coast end of it certainly used a lot of Chinese labour.

I don't recall what was said about labour used on the other side of the line though...

GeraintElberion wrote:

And who takes Cook's place?

The only remaining senior batsmen are Bell and Prior.

Bell is the team prankster so he's out.

Prior then, wicket-keeper captain?

Or are you calling for the misfiring Anderson to captain?

I don't really see any experienced players waiting in the wings for a return to captaincy either.

I'm sympathetic to your general lack of gruntlement, just not sure of a decent solution.

I'd be tempted to give Prior a rest and bring Read in as wicket-keeper/captain. Notts have been doing quite well in the county championship thus far this year, and apparently Read's good enough a player to have been selected as the keeper for the MCC in the 50 over MCC vs Rest of World shindig at Lords next month.

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