Thursday, 25 June 2015

Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire preview

I am a little tight for time tonight, so will make this preview short and sweet.

I don't really expect David to slay Goliath tomorrow. Let's be honest, our moneybags neighbours should be walking this group with the players that they have. It could be argued that with the players they have they should be more disappointed with their fortunes than we are with ours. Their top six or seven are largely internationals and they are not delivering the goods.

By the same token, Derbyshire look to have a decent side out and, if they play to potential and with the added incentive of wounded pride, we should make them know that they have been in a game.

It just needs someone to produce that special performance to put them under pressure, just as Wes and Ches did in that ten-over thrash at Trent Bridge.

The squad:

Wes Durston (capt)
Hamish Rutherford
Chesney Hughes
Shiv Thakor
Wayne Madsen
Alex Hughes
Scott Elstone
Tom Poynton
Tom Knight
Wayne White
Nathan Rimmington
Will Davis

Nottinghamshire's squad is as follows:

Ball, Carter, Christian, Fletcher, Gidman, Gurney, Hales, Lumb, Mullaney, Patel, Smith, B Taylor, J Taylor, Wessels, Wood.

I will be back tomorrow, when hopefully I will have more time. My expectations are to be reporting on a defeat, but I will gladly take an improved performance against such opposition.

In closing: Luke Fletcher: is he stalking us?


notoveryet said...

There probably isn't a better time to hope to beat Notts. In amongst all the other angst, it's easy to miss the fact that we've been rather good at home in the T20 - 2 convincing wins out of 3, and should have been 3 out of 3 if we hadn't choked in the final few overs against Durham. meanwhile Notts aren't doing much better than we are, and are coming off the back off as big a beating as us in their last 4 day game. My one thought about this side is that when they are out quickly, packing all of the experience into the first 4 in the batting order leaves the young middle order without anyone to give a lead in the second half of the innings, and that's when the scoring rate has dropped in every match. Moving Durston down to 5 or 6 would help with this, and make sure that we have a hitter around in the final overs.

Mark said...

We'll win this, our season starts here!

Mark said...

Falcons savaging the Outlaws as I post.