Sunday, 5 July 2015

Derbyshire v Glamorgan preview

Shiv Thakor and Alex Hughes are rightly rewarded for their recent big scores in the second team with a recall to the first eleven at Chesterfield tomorrow.

Ben Slater misses out on a game on his home ground, while Scott Elstone also drops out of the side. Tom Poynton is also omitted, which sees a recall for Harvey Hosein. There is little to choose between the two wicket-keepers, but assuming the same standard behind the stumps, the deciding factor, as it is with every such role, will be the batting side of the incumbent's game. Tom hasn't made the runs that would have wanted, so Harvey gets another opportunity - it is the way that it has to be and the competition will eventually see a clear winner.

We play a Glamorgan side that are perhaps surprise packages in the promotion race, aided by a clutch of players of South African origin. Jacques Rudolph has done a fine job as captain, something always likely from an intelligent cricketer, but the eleven has responded well to him and four straight championship wins tells its own story. Colin Ingram, who played at Spondon a few years back, has also played some telling knocks and they are a tight unit, perhaps stronger than the sum of the constituent parts. Graham Wagg is back from injury and will look forward to a return to a ground where he often did well.

Their squad: Rudolph, Bragg, Wright, Ingram, Wallace, Meschede, Wagg, Lloyd, Salter, Smith, Cosker, Hogan and Donald.

The Derbyshire squad:

Billy Godleman
Hamish Rutherford
Chesney Hughes
Wayne Madsen (captain)
Alex Hughes
Wes Durston
Shiv Thakor
Wayne White
Harvey Hosein
Tony Palladino
Tom Taylor
Mark Footitt

A battle for the final place between Thakor and Taylor for me, but a winnable game. I always feel more confident of a good display in the four-day game and think this is one we can use as a catalyst to push for a top four placing.

Thoughts?

Postscript - I read with interest today that Roelof van der Merwe has given up on South African cricket and is now planning his career in county cricket, using a Dutch passport. A good enough all-rounder to have scored a first-class double century, a canny spin bowler and a good fielder, at 30 I would think there will be a lot of interest...he certainly had an impressive spell at Somerset a year or two back.

1 comment:

Marc said...

I can,t say i,m brimming with confidence we can overturn Glamorgan. They have done better than most expected and will come into this fixture with the belief they can make it five on the bounce. We are not exactly full of self confidence and whether we have the mental strength to turn it around is very much up in the air. I think the return of Hosein and Alex Hughes makes sense but I fail to grasp whatever reasoning is behind the omission of Slater. On home turf and with second team runs behind him it appears to me that Welch has pulled the trigger prematurely. I can see little justification for recalling Thakor at this juncture and leaving Slater out.

I,m not with someone from last night who advocates leaving White out. I feel he has done quite well since his injury and on more than one occasion been our most effective bowler. We have the bonus of Footitt and I would have though any instructions to the groundsman would have been on the lines of give us a seamers wicket. We must make our first innings count whether batting first or second and ensure we remain in the game. Confident..no hopeful...yes.