Monday, 20 July 2015

Northamptonshire v Derbyshire day 3

Derbyshire 361 and 72-3

Northamptonshire 116 and 316 (Duckett 154, Durston 3-55, Palladino 3-62)

Derbyshire won by seven wickets

Rumours of the demise of Derbyshire's championship season were proved to be a load of old cobblers down in Northampton today (see what I did there?) The side did everything that could have been expected of them in concluding an emphatic seven-wicket win, well inside three days.

Wes Durston took  three of the last four wickets, the innings being wrapped up by Mark 'Fifty Wicket' Footitt. The tall left-armer deserves great credit both for the quality of his bowling over the last couple of seasons, as well as his level of fitness, which has been an object lesson to all.

We lost a few more wickets than we would have wanted in the final innings (I draw back from calling it a run chase, which 72 in five sessions really isn't). The biggest trauma was the blow on the head taken by Chesney, which resulted in his retiring hurt as a precaution.

Next up is our match against 'Orstrylia', that starts on Thursday. It is a chance for some of our young players to pit themselves against the world's finest and, much as it did when we played India last year, represents an opportunity for touring players to see our ground and maybe, just maybe, take a notion to playing for us at some point.

With Lancashire and Surrey easing away of the chasing pack, we have only pride to play for in the remainder of the championship season, but we can still ease through for third or fourth place, giving us something to build on next year.

Twelve months on some of these young lads and they will be starting to really show their worth.

Let's hear your comments then, my friends. A good win, I am sure you will agree?


Roger said...

Why the 14 extras as no balls? What was going on there?

creweblade said...

agree peakfan - a good performance - well deserved century for Alex Hughes and good first innings knock from Hamish Rutherford - another good bowl from Footit and Palladino plus i think Wes has had a great season - he was best player in 20/20 and his wickets and steady runs in championship have been a real bonus - i would suggest we sign him and godleman up for another year at least - have both deserved it this season. might make Aussie game on Thursday work permitting and hope to go on Monday v Yorkies in 50 over cup. Great result though - well done to team

Graham said...

I attended for much of the day on Sunday. I know the Northants first innings only lasted 38 overs but the self-discipline of our bowlers during their second innings, especially toiling away in the late afternoon sun during Duckett & Rossington's 98-run stand, was admirable.
£10 entry on the gate was excellent value for an entire day's County Championship play. Incidentally, Northants sell a cheaper than Full membership which excludes all T20 matches but confers all other benefits. Does anyone think that's an innovation they might like our Club to consider?

Tim, Chesterfield said...

Excellent win. The sort of performance I expected rather more frequently this season if truth be told.

Huw Lloyd said...

An excellent result, great team performance too.

I'm taking 24 school kids to the first day of the Australia match, kids who have never been to a cricket match before, so I'm hoping the teams can inspire a next generation of cricket fans.

Hoping for a good end to the season.

Anonymous said...

Went to all 3 days to watch the teams. It was a brilliant performance. Hats off to both Alex Hughes and Mark Footitt. Hopefully this will gives momentum into the cup starting on Sunday.