Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Derbyshire v Yorkshire Pro 40

With TV cameras in situ and our old rivals in town (OK city), all is set fair for tomorrow.

Apart from the weather. I've not yet seen the forecast there but if its anything like it has been here for the past week or so they'll be bowling from the Lake End tomorrow.

We've had five successive games rained off up here and it ruined the Scotland v England game earlier in the week. Hopefully the weather is OK tomorrow so we can make amends for the debacle that was the Kent match. As pointed out on the In Morris We Trust site tonight, the commentators will probably mention that at every opportunity tomorrow.

No news of the Derbyshire side but it would be a surprise if there were wholesale changes tomorrow as we don't have that many players. With Hunter and Lungley injured and White out of form, there's only the usual seamers - Langeveldt, Wagg, Clare - plus Kevin Dean. Since Rikki Clarke still has an ankle problem and Greg Smith can't bowl seam this season after his muscle injury, the bowling picks itself.

As for the batting, I'd assume Dan Birch will return from his ricked back and take the place of Dom Telo, whose nightmare debut season continued with a duck down south. The youngster will come good, I am confident of that, but needs a lot of hard work this winter. His homeland must seem a long way away at present, as must his good form of last winter.

Yorkshire have a full squad to choose from (lucky them) so we may see the last appearance in Derbyshire of Darren Gough. I hope he gets a good welcome as he has been a fine servant both to Yorkshire and English cricket. Anthony McGrath and Jacques Rudolph will again bear the brunt of batting responsibility, while Gerard Brophy is fit after a bruised finger and should be behind the stumps.

I'd see Derbyshire's line up as being pretty close to

Rogers
Birch
Hinds
Smith
Clarke
New
Clare
Wagg
Needham
Langeveldt
Dean

Holding my hands up, I don't expect a win, but right now I'd settle for a more competitive performance than Monday.

Wouldn't be that hard really, would it?

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