How a dodgy weather forecast upset Sharks' plans

Ed Joyce scores early runs for Sussex

Ed Joyce scores early runs for Sussex

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A dodgy weather forecast put the skids under Sussex’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Royal London One Day Cup last night.

Sussex elected to bat first after winning the toss and the decision backfired on them as the heavens opened midway through Middlesex’s innings to hand the visitors victory.

The hosts had themselves to blame too after they threw away a positive start to their innings to slip from 122-1 to set a target of 248-9.

Middlesex were cruising at 81-1 when the rain blew in after 18 overs to hand them victory by 21 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Coach Mark Robinson said: “The forecast we got was there wasn’t going to be any rain. First of all we thought there was going to be rain about four o’clock for half an hour and then at the toss the forecast said there was going to be no rain at all.

“For the forecast to then change was not ideal but what can you do? We might have won if we had bowled first but you will never know now.

“The game was ruined by the weather but we still should have got 280 or 290. You’ve got to give them credit as they bowled well but we probably self-destructed a little bit.

“We lost some intent to score and dug ourselves into a hole. We went into our shells when we needed to be positive but that is something we need to learn from.”

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7:21am Sat 9 Aug 14

MHubbs says...

Weather forecasters couldn't forecast a hurricane for goodness sake. Forecast is totally wrong for Brighton almost every day of the year so it's no great surprise really 😕
Weather forecasters couldn't forecast a hurricane for goodness sake. Forecast is totally wrong for Brighton almost every day of the year so it's no great surprise really 😕 MHubbs
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7:29am Sat 9 Aug 14

Hovenick says...

That Sussex lost was not due to the weather at all. It was due to over defensive batting particulalrly by batsmen who had got in and should have been pressing on.
Several singles were missed because the batman at the bowlers end was not backing up and all too often the batsmen went for easy singles whereas a purposeful firts run could have allowed 2s. This allowed Middlesex to control the second half od the innings. Sussex needed at least 275 and it was there fore the taking
That Sussex lost was not due to the weather at all. It was due to over defensive batting particulalrly by batsmen who had got in and should have been pressing on. Several singles were missed because the batman at the bowlers end was not backing up and all too often the batsmen went for easy singles whereas a purposeful firts run could have allowed 2s. This allowed Middlesex to control the second half od the innings. Sussex needed at least 275 and it was there fore the taking Hovenick
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7:30am Sat 9 Aug 14

MHubbs says...

"Middlesex secured their second victory in this season's One-Day Cup as they won a rain-hit match with Sussex by 21 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method.
Openers Chris Rogers (34 no) and Dawid Malan (33) batted sensibly with the weather forecast in mind in reply to the home side's modest total of 248-9."



That's what the BBC said, which either means that they are writing with the benefit of hindsight or PR is talking twaddle?
"Middlesex secured their second victory in this season's One-Day Cup as they won a rain-hit match with Sussex by 21 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method. Openers Chris Rogers (34 no) and Dawid Malan (33) batted sensibly with the weather forecast in mind in reply to the home side's modest total of 248-9." That's what the BBC said, which either means that they are writing with the benefit of hindsight or PR is talking twaddle? MHubbs
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11:17am Sat 9 Aug 14

Zamora25 says...

Why did we bat first? We would have needed to have scored 325 to have won batting first with Middlesex on 81-1 off 18 overs. I didn't go yesterday because rain was forecasted for 7:30pm and it dually arrived. More excuses from Robinson for his own team's shortcomings
Why did we bat first? We would have needed to have scored 325 to have won batting first with Middlesex on 81-1 off 18 overs. I didn't go yesterday because rain was forecasted for 7:30pm and it dually arrived. More excuses from Robinson for his own team's shortcomings Zamora25
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12:22pm Sat 9 Aug 14

MikeTheMan says...

Yep, you could see the rain approaching on the various weather websites I'm afraid Robbo. No excuses please, it was an absolute classic case of the toss deciding the match. If you lose the toss in those circumstances you have to make the best of it. But we won the toss and promptly handed the match to Middlesex. There is absolutely no way it made any sort of sense to choose to bat first with that forecast.

Middlesex knew it was going to rain - all that had to do was not lose wickets and with our sub-par total it turned out that with only one wicket down they just needed to have a mere 61 runs after 18 overs. I'm sure that at least 95%, probably more, of the spectators and those of us following the match online would have bowled first if we had won the toss. You have to wonder about Robbo and Joyce sometimes.
Yep, you could see the rain approaching on the various weather websites I'm afraid Robbo. No excuses please, it was an absolute classic case of the toss deciding the match. If you lose the toss in those circumstances you have to make the best of it. But we won the toss and promptly handed the match to Middlesex. There is absolutely no way it made any sort of sense to choose to bat first with that forecast. Middlesex knew it was going to rain - all that had to do was not lose wickets and with our sub-par total it turned out that with only one wicket down they just needed to have a mere 61 runs after 18 overs. I'm sure that at least 95%, probably more, of the spectators and those of us following the match online would have bowled first if we had won the toss. You have to wonder about Robbo and Joyce sometimes. MikeTheMan
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