Derbyshire 205 all out
Glamorgan 103-4 dec
It is hard to imagine that there could be so much publicity about a day of cricket where there were only six overs played.
Then again, it is hard to imagine that a team would declare as Glamorgan did and I'm afraid that there's too much in what has emanated from their camp today that doesn't ring true.
Jacques Rudolph said that he wanted to put pressure on an inexperienced Derbyshire line-up where 'they have bowlers at five and six'. Where I come from, they are called all-rounders, Jacques. Indeed, your own country had a bowler at three for many years, a bloke named Kallis, Previously, you had one at two, in Eddie Barlow.
I can only assume that skipper and staff pay no attention to Carol Kirkwood on the BBC or the Met Office. If they did, they would have seen that the chances of a positive result and putting us under pressure tomorrow are slightly less than the chances of me riding into the 3aaa County Ground next weekend like Lady Godiva.
Then there's their club site, that reads 'Glamorgan show positive intent with Derby declaration'. Hmmm...methinks the Welsh lady doth protest too much. I could accept that stance, were it not for every man and his dog (presumably a corgi) knowing full well that the only pressure we will be under tomorrow is when we can start the journey home. Check out this weather report if you will...
There have been declarations in the history of the game that were innovative, brave and inspired. Stuart Surridge, skipper of Surrey during their 1950s period of dominance, was famed for them. Sadly, this one will, I think quite rightly, go down as one that is calculating and totally against the spirit of the game.
The brief passage of play suggested that Derbyshire might end the first innings with a decent lead. The wickets of the overnight batsmen left us in a strong position and with every possibility of maximum bowling points. There was a possibility that Glamorgan might have picked up a batting point, but it didn't look something you would put money on.
To suggest that they felt they could put Derbyshire under pressure is actually disrespectful. I find it hard to believe that a professional cricket club would be oblivious to the weather forecast today and tomorrow. It was simply never going to happen.
What they did was to attempt to protect their poor over rate and thus a points penalty, as well as preventing Derbyshire from getting bowling points. Nothing more, nothing less. Not nice, not clever, not at all in the spirit of the game.
I hope that Derbyshire take this further. I hope that their appeal is listened to and upheld and I hope that Glamorgan are docked points, pour encourager les autres.
I'm not being biased. I am far removed from a one-eyed sports fan and can appreciate good play, irrespective of who produces it. If other teams beat us, fairly and squarely, I can live with it and will acknowledge it willingly. Anyone who reads this blog regularly will appreciate that.
Had the boot been on the other foot, right now I would have been criticising Derbyshire and would have actually been ashamed to support them. I don't like unsporting behaviour and would never condone it, whether as a player or spectator. Win with grace, lose with dignity...that's how I was brought up.
Reputation was sullied today. That of Glamorgan County Cricket Club and that of the game of cricket.