Here’s the link to this season’s original Six to Watch…
… and here’s this season’s review now that the 2019 county campaign had concluded…
Bell-Drummond has done okay (892 CC runs @ 35.68) this season and it’s particularly pleasing to see him move back to the top of the order for Kent. Of course his Kent teammate Zak Crawley has leapfrogged him in terms of England selection, a pick based on style over substance. Bell-Drummond has become a useful bowling option which makes him of even greater value to the team. Still only 26 the signs are encouraging and hopefully his most fruitful seasons can yet be ahead of him.
After a renaissance of sorts last year it’s now hard to see what the future holds for former England-man Briggs. Fellow slow-left-armer Delray Rawlins, a genuine all-rounder, has grasped his first team opportunities at Sussex whilst Will Beer has also had more game time this year thus limiting Briggs’ output. Briggs claimed only four County Championship wickets at 63.75 this term, did okay in one-day cricket but was largely ineffectual in the T20 game particularly when compared to many other spinners who thrived.
Burnham’s season has been far from outstanding (598 CC runs @ 27.18) but he’s been back on a cricket pitch and got some runs under his belt. This year was about getting back in the groove and though still only 22, Durham will need him to crack on in 2020.
It seemed that everything had fallen into place for Jones with an excellent run of form in limited overs international cricket earlier this year. Disappointingly however, after a fifty (64) on Test debut her form tailed off dramatically against Australia. Still, after struggling to build on solid starts she produced some crucial performances late in the domestic T20 campaign and is good enough to come again for England.
Plom has regularly featured for Essex 2nd XI and has appeared in the 1st XI squad in the latter part of the campaign. Technically he made a washed out First Class debut in 2018 but awaits a real opportunity for the current county circuit’s dominant outfit. Jamie Porter, Sam Cook and Aaron Beard don’t make Plom’s route to the first XI easy.
Wong debuted for Southern Vipers this year in the T20 format having already turned out for Warwickshire Women in one-day cricket. She claimed figures of 4-25 against Yorkshire (Typical!) in May. She can also solve a Rubix cube!
2 thoughts on “Six to Watch: 2019 – Season Review”
Sam Cook at Essex is a clever fast medium bowler. Playing for Essex and winning trophies seems like the main criteria of not being considered for England by the ECB. 😁
Very good picks for your ” Six to Watch”! I only recently saw on my ecb notifications that Bell Drummond was taking wickets and I have always felt he should have been in the England squad in the past and now with very decent bowling skills he could be a future England star.
I think many of us Sussex fans were disappointed with the season as this was the year where we set our goal on getting promoted back to Div 1 and unfortunately it didn’t happen. Signing Travis Head for all formats is a great move in the right direction for us and we needed batting in the 4 day contest. In terms of limited overs format, we were very unlucky not to progress from the groups of the One Day Cup and then were disappointed not to make Finals day as we had a brilliant opportunity to do so.
For Danny Briggs he struggled a lot in the 4 day competition which was unlike him but overall he bowled well in the Blast and took some wickets but he couldn’t back up his previous season. With Beer and Rawlins spinning in the 4 day comp, time is not on Briggs side but he can definitely force his way back into a Sharks team who under Gillespie must go up next year!
P.S Maybe Wong should give up the day job haha….