Garry Park completed his second century of the season against Essex this morning as Derbyshire declared on 240-4, setting Essex 359 to win from 63 overs.
Park's innings was latterly completed against declaration bowling, but it was deserved as he had battled well yesterday and again first thing against more challenging stuff. In the process he passed a thousand runs for the season and has ended up with 1059 runs at an average of 42, an excellent effort by a young player in his first full season.Added to his useful seam bowling and brilliant fielding, John Morris has picked up a fine player in Park, who I hope we will see in Derbyshire colours for a long time to come.
John Sadler has finished the season with an average of 71 (four innings, three not out) but is a good player and one who I'm sure will feature in our sides next year.
We'll see what the afternoon holds. If Essex get there they'll be promoted on merit as that's a good run chase. I doubt they'll see the cafeteria bowling either...