Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Derbyshire v Bangladesh day 2

Meaningless though this game is, it has been graced by another fine bowling performance by Kevin Dean.

It is interesting that players who may come under the microscope at season end are all doing well at present. Dan Birch, Ian Hunter, Kevin Dean - all have produced the goods over the last few days.

As a correspondent points out on "In Morris We Trust", normally around this time of year there are several players who are fairly likely to go. This year may be no exception, but there is no one really standing out in that respect. The current squad have all done at least OK and casualties will be in the cause of further improvement, rather than getting rid of dead wood.

In conditions like today, Kevin Dean has always been a handful. One or two of the Bangladesh side got going and Nayan Doshi got a bit of stick from players who generally handle spin well.
It was a good performance to take a three figure lead and that had been stretched by the close to
230.

A quick thrash tomorrow for half and hour or so should hopefully give a lead of 275 which would leave an exciting last afternoon. Congratulations to Kevin Dean for passing 400 wickets for the County today. He has given great service and but for his injuries may well even have made representative level.

The big task now is to get all the walking wounded fit for the Pro 40 against Essex. With Graham Wagg, Charl Langeveldt and Rikki Clarke all limping around at present, the physio is going to be a key man this week. For us to follow an improved first half of season with something more concrete, he is going to be a very important chap in the coming weeks.

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