Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Derbyshire v Kent day 3

Derbyshire 492 and 9-3

Kent 412 (Dickson 207 not, Thakor 5-63, Cotton 3-66)

Derbyshire lead by 89 runs

At one point today, with Kent, without new father Joe Denly, effectively 285-8, Derbyshire entertained hopes of either enforcing the follow on, or at the very least having a healthy first innings lead.

Yet a side that bats low, with Matt Coles a more than handy number ten, recovered to post an all out tally of 412, before reducing Derbyshire to 9-3 by the close. Hughes, Taylor and Rutherford were all out cheaply, with Billy Godleman forced to retire hurt after being hit by a throw from a fielder, according to reports. He will be assessed in the morning to see if he can continue his innings.

It changed the dynamic of the game. In a session, we went from possible winners of the game to quite likely losers, unless someone does something special tomorrow. It is unlikely that a winning position can be manufactured from here, so it would appear that the summit of ambitions, at this stage, is draw number six.

I am no statistician, but I can't think there have been many times in our history when we have conceded a double century to an opposition batsman in three successive matches. South African Sean Dickson carried his bat and his team making half of their total and confirming the promise that was suggested on his arrival in this country.

The bright spots for Derbyshire? A maiden five-wicket haul for Shiv Thakor, who, after his century yesterday has had a match to remember. Ben Cotton also appears to have bowled well and was rewarded with three wickets, while Tony Palladino was as accurate as ever, if wicket-less. At least Tom Taylor got his first of the summer and can hopefully kick on from here.

We will see what tomorrow brings, but the first task tomorrow will be to save the match, with Messrs Madsen and Broom faced with a very similar position to the first innings of the game, when they take guard tomorrow.

As someone said to me recently, it's deja vu all over again...


Gary said...

Depressing looking at our spin bowlers figures and then seeing Tredwell open the bowling and take a wicket with his second ball! Guessing Kent think it's turning and then also Coles will have another burst tomorrow morning so could spell trouble

Mark said...

Rain will see this ends in another draw, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

John Marsden said...

John Marsden
My thoughts on today are, we seemed at times to be captaining by committee. I'm sure Billy will have his own style of Skippering but to this observer seeing four or five individuals pointing and waving on where fielders should or shouldn't be doesn't give a good impression of being in control. (This is merely an observation.)
It seemed to be a difficult pitch to take wickets on so why are part time bowlers bowling in total more overs than Matt Critchley who I assume was selected as our specialist spinner. Leg break bowlers rarely keep runs down but they are attacking bowlers and the lad needs to get some overs under his belt. I felt he should have bowled 30+overs this innings.

Tim, Chesterfield said...

I like the idea of young Critchley playing and bowling but his 4 day stats suggests he's a one day option only at the moment.

Paul said...

Net 89-3 in a one innings game. Why does that constitute 'quite likely losers' ?? It seems Peakfan, when even your cheeful normal optimism has been eroded by the club's pathetic 4 day form, that such a defeatist attitude was taken onto the square this morning.

I'll never ever want to see us lose, but I have to say part of me is relieved we can no longer hide behing this (wholly undeserved - we'll agree to disagree) unbeaten tag.


Peakfan said...

I may be an optimist Paul, but am even more a realist..the writing was on the wall last night and I just don't think our squad and team is right in this format

Mark said...

Shambles yet again, us and Glammy fighting it out for the wooden spoon. This championship season has finished already, so let's see if that Lancashire victory in the T20 wasn't a fluke, and put all our effort into that.

notoveryet said...

Just on my way back from one of the most abject displays in my years as a supporter. I'll maybe comment later when I've composed some thoughts. However, Welch said inn pre-season that for the first time he has his own squad. Are you agreeing with what most of the rest of us have been saying, and that he's got it badly wrong?