Monday, 12 May 2014

Derbyshire v Kent day 2

It was hardly unexpected, given that the wicket will have 'sweated' under covers for the best part of a day and a half, that Derbyshire struggled when play began today.

118 all out was still a disappointing effort, but with canny, experienced bowlers to call on in Doug Bollinger and Darren Stevens and the ball swinging around, we never got going. When Madsen and Chanderpaul go early, it is fairly clear evidence that batting isn't a picnic. Scott Elstone showed potential, as did Alex Hughes, but Graeme Welch will be surprised, I'm sure, to see his side capitulate quite so quickly.

The Kent bowlers were accurate and we need to do the same tomorrow. If we don't, there's the very worrying thought of a replication of Worcester lying full steam ahead.

I really hope not, but tomorrow we need to fight back.

Big time.

5 comments:

mark said...

Really has been a woeful start to the season, and another defeat here and confidence will start to drop even more. Promotion is a distant dream four matches in. Very poor Derbyshire.

Marc said...

Come on Peakfan, I know you must be running out of excuses but a "sweating pitch" really is bordering on neglect of duty. Come September,unless there has been a radical change of fortune ,it won,t just be the pitch that is sweating!.

Sam said...

It really was a dreadful batting effort, the conditions weren't helpful of course, but I can't help but worry that there isn't much left to do regards personnel to change it. Borrington got out slashing to a wide one, somewhat uncharacteristically for him which sparked a bit of a collapse. Moore's form since the century has been somewhat reminiscent of Chesney Hughes' performances after his 270. With Chanderpaul leaving soon, he really needs to step up being the only other senior player outside Madsen and Shiv.

It's also of concern that Moore, Chesney Hughes and Durston, our 3 most aggressive batsmen, are all out of form ahead of the T20, a competition I can't see us doing very well in unless we can pack the side with spinners on a dustbowl. But I'm sure there's an article coming on that later this week!

Peakfan said...

Marc come on...you must have heard of that? Wicket covered for some time and moisture rises to top makes for friendly conditions for bowlers. Add in swing and a potent combo ensues...

Tim, Chesterfield said...

Thankfully it was wet enough for no play today. We really ought not be thinking like that in early May. Very disappointed once again.