Sunday, 10 August 2014

Derbyshire v Essex One-Day Cup's it.

Match abandoned after torrential rain. Another point for us and the only thing you can say is that it eases the pressure on the players with three games in four days now reduced to two in three.

There's only one thing more depressing than a wet cricket ground and that's a seaside resort in the rain. I can only hope that the weather improves for Wednesday's game against Yorkshire at Scarborough, otherwise and orderly queue will be forming at the doctor'...

Between times there's a game against Northamptonshire tomorrow, allowing time for the lads to get up to the delights of North Marine Road on Tuesday for a stroll along the seafront and maybe a bag of chips ahead of the game on Wednesday.

Northamptonshire have had a tough old season and now have Mark Turner to bolster their weakened bowling ranks. Our batsmen should know plenty about him and if they can remove the 'feast or famine' that is Richard Levi they have enough to win this one.

Levi was found out at international level because almost all of his attacking shots are shovelled through the leg side with a strong bottom hand. He's been found out in the county game too and an early twenties average isn't close to enough for an overseas player. Teams generally bowl outside off stump to him and wait for the mistake that has come too quickly for their supporters.

He's dangerous, without doubt, but in a similar way to Loots Bosman was at Derbyshire. The style is rustic and it comes off occasionally, but not with sufficient regularity and without an underpinning technique to satisfy the doubters.

So hopefully tomorrow's game is a win and that sets us up nicely for Yorkshire. We're due a win against them and to do it on my second favourite ground in the country...well, would be a delight!

It will be tough though. They have a fine team and they're top of the section for a reason. It is eleven against eleven though, so the right attitude could bring dividends.

More from me - wi-fi willing - as the week progresses. The club's excellent Twitter feed must suffice tomorrow, as the journey to Scarborough commences!

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