Thursday, 23 June 2016

Derbyshire v Worcestershire day 4

Derbyshire 467-5

Worcestershire 164 and 294-6 (Cotton 2-34, Davis 2-87)

Match drawn

In the end, as I suggested may be the case last night, the wicket was simply too docile and a good batting side held out for a draw.

Yet there were real positives for Derbyshire, in the bowling of Tony Palladino and Ben Cotton, followed today by Will Davis.

The young seamer took two wickets in one especially hostile spell and could have had a third. Following on from his fine display against Australia last year, when he took 3-63, Davis has shown he can take wickets at this level and is very much a bowler with a future. I am sure he will get further opportunities before the season is out and seems to have leapfrogged Tom Taylor for the time being.

No disgrace in a draw - yes, we might have won with a more experienced attack, but we might not have had the potency and legs in them that we hope for tomorrow against Nottinghamshire in the T20.

It looks like the same team for me, with a question mark over Shiv Thakor that I hope is positively resolved with tomorrow's fitness test.

The visitors squad lines up:

Ball, Christian, Fletcher, Gurney, Hutton, Lumb, Mullaney, Patel, Russell, Smith, Taylor, Wessels, Wood.

Tough opposition and in that respect very like the last three games.

We acquitted ourselves well in all of them.

Now to go one step further...

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