Friday, 8 April 2011

Gloucestershire v Derbyshire day 1

So, the debut that wasn't from Usman Khawaja, who apparently has tweaked a thigh muscle and wasn't risked - a fairly sensible approach to be honest. He hurt his thigh towards the end of the Aussie season and the long flight from Sydney probably caused it to seize up a little. I'm sure he'll be back soon.

On the pitch Derbyshire did well to take the five wickets early, as the wicket offered movement, and the hosts rallied well thanks to Gidman junior and Batty fairly experienced....

Good bowling  from all the seamers and a steady spell from Chesney Hughes in the afternoon, with Jon Clare, pleasingly restored to full fitness, taking a crucial wicket before the close to break the big partnership.

As the club site says, honours even at the day end. I'm encouraged by a disciplined bowling display that saw only two runs an over all day, while a good first hour tomorrow could still wrap it all up before lunch.

Then its down to our batsmen. Whether we're Khawaja-light or not, there's enough talent in that line up to get some runs on the board when  its our turn.

Until tomorrow. Enjoy your evening.


Anonymous said...

Palladino looks another great signing by John Morris. It's time we gave John a new 5 year contract to match his 5 year plan. What is the delay with him signing a new contract?

Alan said...

I am surprised he was included, but the old man didn't do so bad either. He didn't take a wicket, but Steffan kept it tight all day. If he gets the chance, a fifty from him would be nice as well!

Anonymous said...

Is Peterson coming back? They should move mountains to get him back.

Anonymous said...


Whats morris done to deserve a new 5 year contract. 4 years is enough to prove yourself.

Anonymous said...

Yes, a 5 year deal for Morris is far too premature. Hold off in my book if we do not want to regret a potentially expensive severance deal down the line. Derbyshire's 1st innings today was, to keep it polite, very poor and against a very modest and inexperienced attack.