Friday, 11 July 2008

Derbyshire v Leicestershire

The more things change, the more they stay the same...

Such were the words of '80s rock gods Cinderella in one of their bigger hits and it was pretty much a summary of the season in today's brief spell of play.

We lost an early wicket, then another one. A good recovery came via the flowing bats of Chris Rogers and Wavell Hinds before Rogers, after another fine fifty, gave it away with a loose shot just before the rain drove them off for the last time.

At 111-2, with both of them able to resume tomorrow, it was our day. The morning (weather permitting) will see Rikki Clarke join Hinds. Another wicket early and we are back in that familiar territory of unfulfilled promise.

It may well be that 250 will be a good total on a seaming wicket. With our attack I would back us from there, unless it rolls out easier as the game progresses. Full marks to Wavell Hinds in conditions a world away from Sabina Park. Having said that, the Sabina Park of Lawrence Rowe's era and that today are chalk and cheese...

At least we have a foundation, but we will hope that Clarke, Smith, Pipe, Wagg and Clare can support Wavell and get us up to a challenging total. We'll see what Mr Langeveldt makes of conditions at that point.

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