Friday, 15 July 2016

Derbyshire v Sri Lanka A

Derbyshire 281 (Slater 124, Wood 44)

Sri Lanka A 284-3 (de Silva 119)

Sri Lanka A won by 7 wickets with 10 overs to spare.

I can't say too much about this one, as I missed most of it with other commitments.

There was another good century from Ben Slater, who is making as strong a case as he can for inclusion in the one-day game another year. It isn't all about hitting sixes and Ben's beautifully-paced innings gave us a competitive total in a 43-over match.

Tom Wood also gave a good account of himself on his senior debut, before holing out on the boundary in the quest for late runs, while Rob Hemmings late cameo, in which he hit boundaries from the last four balls of the innings, showed that his all round credentials will come to need consideration down the line.

That was as good as it got, though, as the free-scoring Sri Lankan side, several of them with international experience, scored at almost ten an over to win at a canter. The young bowlers all took stick, Milnes, Cork and Critchley going for ten an over and realising, no doubt, in the process, that they have a long way to go to become the finished article.

A good run out for all concerned, though and far better to have such an overseas fixture than some of the anodyne draws of recent vintage.

More from me over the weekend.

1 comment:

Paul Fitzpatrick said...

Just can't see us taking 20 wickets
Draw
Sorry!
Hope I'm wrong