Even their wins have often been scratchily
unimpressive and Chelsea will set up to play on the counter-attack with N'golo Kante prowling and ready to pounce in midfield.
Yet the teenager, who has not spent much time in the middle recently, started scratchily
and was given a reprieve from the second ball after lunch.
I thought they started very scratchily
, especially with the ball; there were a lot of errors early on.
Frankie's Promise again jumped a little scratchily
, but there was quite a bit to take from his staying-on third over two miles.
In 38 overs, scratchily
at first then fluently, they added 153, a seventh-wicket record in this fixture, to lift their side back into the match.
Kathryn grew up absorbing the district's traditions first-hand from family and neighbours and the show began to take shape after she began transcribing dozens of conversations and musical exchanges with those same local people, lovingly if scratchily
preserved on cassette as she'd learned her craft.
But that was before a scratchily
funky version of True Faith, complete with seizure-inducing lightshow and Peter Saville-esque images projected on to a large screen.
As if etched into ice by an Olympic ice dancer, the line glides, swoops, suddenly stops scratchily
as if with the serrated brake on a skate's blade, conjuring up fractured figures, gently, masterfully washed with tone.
Trott, who batted scratchily
down the order in the second innings, was described by coach Andy Flower as "still in a bit of discomfort and nowhere near 100 percent yet".