Monday, 17 June 2013

Hampshire v Derbyshire YB40

We have a fourteen-man squad for tomorrow's game against Hampshire, one that sees a return for Dan Redfern. It reads:

Chesney Hughes
Wes Durston
Paul Borrington
Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Wayne Madsen
Dan Redfern
Richard Johnson
Jonathan Clare
Peter Burgoyne
David Wainwright
Tom Knight
Tim Groenewald
Mark Turner
Mark Footitt

The final eleven will, as always, be decided by the wicket, but my initial thoughts would see the omission of Redfern, a spinner and a seamer. Chesney Hughes' shoulder injury has cost us a very useful one-day bowler and without him we only have one bowler, Wes Durston, in the top six. As we wouldn't want to go with a straight five bowlers, the likelihood is that Johnson will bat six and the bowlers/all-rounders will be from 7 to 11.

One place is likely to be between Tom Knight and Peter Burgoyne, while I suspect that Tim Groenewald may be rested ahead of the Somerset game on Friday. It will be a decent side, but they will be up against strong opposition, with Carberry, Vince and Adams all good players. Neil McKenzie adds international class, as does Sohail Tanvir and on their own turf Hampshire will take some beating. A repetition of last week's effort against Essex will do nicely though.

They're good enough. Self-belief is the key.

Postscript - Chris Adams' sacking by Surrey is sad but inevitable. The amount of money earned by some of those players demanded greater returns than they have produced. Adams is a worthy man, but paid the price for failure, far less palatable when a county has the resources enjoyed at The Oval.

More on that in the days ahead, time permitting.

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