Sunday, 13 March 2016

Tour opener sees encouraging win

Derbyshire had an alternative version of the three W's today - not Worrell, Weekes and Walcott but a win against a Warwickshire and Worcestershire eleven.

I have no idea of the make up of the opposition, but it is safe to say that the Derbyshire XI was some way removed from the side that will play T20 in the 'real' stuff this summer.

The side lined up: Durston, Godleman, Hughes (C), Thakor, Knight, Hemmings, Milnes, Palladino, Hosein, Cotton, White.

I would reckon that around half of that side could be in the frame for a first choice T20 side and thankfully two of them made the major contributions with the bat. Shiv Thakor scored 56 from 46 balls, while Tom Knight made 45 from 39 balls, as Derbyshire posted 141-5 in twenty overs.

It didn't look an imposing score, but the opposition struggled, losing wickets regularly and ending up nineteen runs short. Tony Palladino took 3-15, Tom Milnes 2-11 and Ben Cotton 2-22. It was an encouraging effort by all of them and I am especially pleased for Milnes.

He has come in under the radar over the winter, having played a few games at the end of the summer without pulling up too many trees. Yet Graeme Welch obviously rates a lad he worked with at Edgbaston and, with opportunity and hard work, he could become a Welch-type player, capable of taking wickets and contributing good runs down the order.

We'll not read too much into the victory, but a win is a win and it is nice to report on a positive start.

Tomorrow sees a fifty-over game against Worcestershire, as the pre-season preparation continues.

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