Derbyshire 47-2 v Glamorgan (Slater 25 not out)
If this was a T20 game, with the teams coming on to the pitch accompanied by an appropriate piece of music, I am unsure which would be the more appropriate for Derbyshire in this game.
The theme to Playschool would be one option, given the age of the side, while another might just be the theme from Casualty...
Already down three players (Durston, Godleman and Guptill) from the game at Bristol, Tony Palladino and Tom Taylor had to pull out with knee injuries. It left the Derbyshire side something akin to The Waltons, with Wayne Madsen and David Wainwright playing the roles of Ma and Pa. The average age of this side is 23, which must be just about the youngest that has ever taken the field for the first eleven in a county championship match.
I suggested last night that this might be a draw, with the weather forecast and I would think that Graeme Welch would take that right now. It will be interesting to see how a young side responds to adversity and one learns a lot from players in such situations.
Ben Slater suddenly looks to be one of the senior players and batted well in the fifteen overs of play possible. The Welsh side's attack, with the on-loan Andy Carter from Nottinghamshire looks solid and they accounted for the returning Chesney Hughes and Wayne Madsen before the close. The skipper is out of touch at present, but I have every confidence that this will return before too long. He is simply too good a player for it not to.
The next three batsmen are Thakor, Hughes and Hosein, so not a great deal of experience there, but the most interesting development of today was the senior debut of 18-year old leg-spinner Matt Critchley.
I have reported on his impressive form for the second team and Academy already, but in his wildest dreams he cannot have expected a senior debut so quickly. He plays his cricket at Wigan and is well-regarded as a player of some potential.
On a wicket expected to turn before the end of the game, he may get his chance to do so against a couple of international batsmen before this game is out.
More from me tomorrow, when hopefully there will be more play.