There was a handy run out for Derbyshire's players at Chesterfield tonight as the county side, as expected, eased to victory over the league select put together by Kevin Dean.
There was an unbeaten 74 before retiral from Shivnarine Chanderpaul, a breezy 24 from Albie Morkel and runs from most others in a total of 184, before the bowlers kept their opponents well short at 136 by the end of the twenty overs. I may be wrong but I doubt that Morkel has played in much darker conditions in T20, certainly not for Chennai.
The side was largely as I expected it to be and had suggested in a first choice side last week. With the Yorkshire game at Headingley fast approaching, I think we will go in with close to this side:
It gives us three seamers and four spinners, as well as lengthy batting. I'd like to see Alex Hughes in there but am unsure if he will be risked in this first game.
Mind you, Yorkshire have their own injury worries. Besides losing Root, Bairstow and Bresnan to England duty, Phil Jaques and Steve Patterson are injured and Jack Brooks is unlikely to be risked, while Iain Wardlaw is with Scotland. With no overseas player, barring a late signing that Jason Gillespie says is 'a remote chance' they look beatable to me.
Of course, both Andrew Gale and Garry Ballance tend to score for fun against us and spinners Rafiq and Rashid will feature, as will veteran Ryan Sidebottom.
It will be a good game, but I am optimistic that Derbyshire can make Morkel think he's back with Chennai Super Kings on Friday night.
Just need Dan Redfern to bat like MS Dhoni and we're laughing...