Not much to report just now. As they say in the old westerns, just before the first injun arrow hits someone - its too quiet...
Still, it will all kick off on Friday with a game and a half against Kent. If we can get a result of any kind against them I'll start to think we could get a promotion berth this year as for me they have a very fine side. "Too good for division 2" is a silly thing to say, as they played badly in division 1 last year, but they're a team in form and with some very good players.
More on that tomorrow in a preview of the game.
As for the Seconds, they're playing Yorkshire at present and would have been disappointed with a total of 288 at York. Adil Rashid bowled 35 overs for the hosts, with the main contributors for us being Steve Stubbings (47) Dominic Telo (52) and Ross Whiteley (71 not out). Whiteley impresses me and could make a push for a place next season, but neither Stubbo nor Telo got the big score they need to earn a first team recall. The second day of the game today was a total washout, so it will all be down to a declaration and run chase if things improve tomorrow.
Thanks to my good friend David for a little piece from the Daily Telegraph, where David English was talking of the top youngsters who have emerged through the Bunbury Cricket Festival and mentioned Dan Redfern as one of them. Dan has done OK for a first full season and will emerge a better player for his experiences. It cannot have done him any harm having batted with Stuart Law, Chris Rogers and Wavell Hinds and being able to pick their brains. I have very high hopes for the talented Mr Redfern and hope that he stays with Derbyshire for a long time.
Elsewhere Graeme Welch played his first game for three years for Saffron Walden Cricket Club and took 4-38. We will all remember Pop as a fine servant at Derbyshire and it is good to see he is back on the pitch after his career was ended by injury.
It was also interesting to see the photos on the club site from the "match" against Quarndon that rain changed to a six hitting contest. There's a good photo of John Morris with a trademark shot over mid wicket, as well as a remarkable one of Chris Rogers, who was apparently hitting sixes batting RIGHT HANDED! Now that is impressive - just as long as he's saved some for this weekend...