Old ‘Nelson’ would have been pleased with Surrey’s all out total of 111 in the pre-season friendly at the County Ground today in a 40-over match.
With four wickets for Greg Smith and three for the Jones boy, there were tidy performances from all the Derbyshire attack, including Chesney Hughes, whose left arm spin was neglected last year when we had Robin Peterson.
Tony Palladino turned in a tight spell, as did Jake Needham, while Garry Park came on briefly and took a quick wicket, as he does regularly.
Then, as the old Steve Earle song goes, the rain came down, giving our ‘Buxton Water’ branded pitch covers an early airing. I’m assuming that this isn’t the most cunning of ploys by the marketing team.
“We’re that good, when the rain falls in Derby it comes down as mineral water.”
I’ve got this mental image of Nathan Fearn and Tom Holdcroft sitting at the end of the hoses running from the covers, crates of empty bottles by their side being filled up and sold in the bar at a hefty price, with another, longer hose going to the back of the new marquee. Buxton water on tap? We've got it covered...
Evian we wouldn’t do that….
Coming soon – County Ground mulch for your borders. The highest quality grass cuttings as trodden on by the players of the God’s own County XI. If we flog the water and mulch in good quantities we’ll be signing Ponting and Tendulkar for next year’s T20….
Anyway, we won today's game by six wickets with Chesney top scoring. I'll happily take that against any side and the team can go into the real stuff in good heart.
Finally tonight, Luke Sutton’s Twitter feed looks like it could be worth a look from time to time this summer. Check out his comment on Tom Groenewald’s ‘radical new haircut’ ahead of tomorrow’s media day at the ground. See: