Saturday, 16 April 2011

Derbyshire v Leicestershire day 3

Where I come from, we call that a whuppin'...

Having beaten Glamorgan in their first game, Derbyshire disposed of their neighbours in clinical style to stop them in their tracks and kick start our own season.

It was a highly efficient bowling performance today that won the game inside two sessions with all the seam attack contributing. Special mention again goes to Tim Groenewald, who seems to get better and better and who, with Wayne Madsen, was presented with his county cap at the lunch interval.

It was good to see further wickets for Tony Palladino too. Earlier this year I wrote of my pleasure at his signing as he takes wickets and always has. At times his attacking length sees him a little expensive, but to win matches in the Championship you need to trade off at times. Palladino and Groenewald are perhaps two of the least local-sounding opening bowlers we have had, but the signs from the first two games are very encouraging. So too is the re-emergence of Jon Clare with bat and ball after injury problems, while Mark Turner, another who attacks and can be costly from edges, nipped in neatly at the end.

It was close to being a perfect performance, the only thing missing being runs for Garry Park, Wes Durston and Dan Redfern. Their time will come though and Derbyshire can reflect on a job well done with plenty of time to spare.

Surely no complaints after that one?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Anyone else notice this sequence - Derbyshire beat Leics who beat Glamorgan who beat Gloucs who beat....Derbyshire. Most of the wins were by substantial margins as well. So no good guide for betting on a winner, but it suggests a division of teams that will blow hot and cold and anything could happen.