Tuesday, 18 August 2015
Derbyshire v Worcestershire RLODC
Worcestershire 181 (target 231)
Derbyshire won by 49 runs on D/L
A nice closing win for Derbyshire today, granted in a match that meant little other than for pride and bragging rights. Yet win it we did and in some style, thanks largely to an all-round display of great promise by Shiv Thakor (pictured).
It's been a funny old year for the youngster. He arrived with the reputation of being a batsman of talent who could bowl a bit, but has displayed his talent with the willow only fleetingly. He looks so composed and comfortable at the crease that it comes as a surprise when he is dismissed, which has been too early, too often this summer.
Yet his bowling has come on a huge amount. He is one of our most reliable one-day bowlers and at 21 is a long way from the finished product, yet produced another economical - and penetrative - display today. 68 runs and 3-37 made him a shoo-in for man of the match, but Scott Elstone did well with his 52 and Matt Critchley hit freely towards the end to set a competitive, if not overly scary total.
We needed discipline and economy and got both. Only four extras in the innings was good to see, with Alex Hughes bowling an equally frugal spell and removing the dangerous Alex Gidman. Neither he nor his brother Will have enjoyed the best of summers after leaving Gloucestershire and both have spent too much time in second team cricket at their stage of career. Another case of the grass not being greener, perhaps...
Four wins and four losses pretty much sums up our summer. We have shown we can beat good sides, when the commitment and focus is right, but equally slip to alarmingly poor defeats when there is a lessening of intensity. The very best sides can get away with one or two players not being quite 'there' at times, but we are some way from that and need eleven pulling together most of the time.
Enough people did their stuff today to beat a decent first division side, just as we have beaten Yorkshire, Lancashire, Somerset and Nottinghamshire this summer. It shows that the talent and potential is there, but defeats against considerably weaker sides suggests that at times we 'switch off'.
Things to work on, as there always is with young players of course.
Finally tonight, warm congratulations go to Derbyshire under-17s, who made the final of the ECB Royal London one-day trophy, beating Nottinghamshire at Repton School. They sadly lost to Warwickshire in the semi-final of the two-day competition, but can be very proud of their efforts.
Excellent match reports can be seen on the Derbyshire Cricket Board website.
Well done lads - and good luck in the final on Sunday!
That's one that I will be following closely...