Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Strong XI for Seconds opener

A strong side is playing for the Seconds at Grace Road today against Leicestershire.

There is every incentive for those involved to do well, with Graeme Welch having said that runs and wickets in second team and club cricket will force players into his reckoning.

The Derbyshire side: Borrington, Slater, Elstone. Hughes (A), Clare, Palladino, Cross, Hassan, Cork, Taylor, Cotton, Shepherd.

There's eight bowlers in that side and I would have thought both Jonathan Clare and Tony Palladino will be firing on all cylinders in the hope of making a senior start against Hampshire next weekend.

Perhaps the most interesting name in that side is that of Cross, who I can only assume is erstwhile Lancashire wicket-keeper Gareth Cross. He's a good player and was unlucky to miss out on a contract with the red rose county after they engaged England man Jos Buttler.

The need for cover while Tom Poynton recovers from his injuries was obvious and while there's some good lads in the Academy, keeping all day in a  four day game and maintaining concentration and standards  is something that takes time.

Cross has a good record and will be a good back up,  importantly keeping pressure on Richard Johnson to perform, which everyone needs to stay at their best.

I wish him and the team well.

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