Saturday, 9 July 2016

Derbyshire v Yorkshire T20 preview and...

Once again, it is telling that a poor display brings forth more comments and mails than any encouraging one ever can.

We have had two bad displays in the T20 now, sadly both against local rivals. We have to expect that, with a young side, but on each display it was the greater experience of the batting that let us down. If you lose three or four wickets in the Powerplay it is always tough to catch up later in the innings, as rebuilding is necessary. Batting second we have paced some good innings, but if I was skippering any side against us at present I would ask us to bat, stand back and await results.

We shouldn't ignore that it is such a tough group though. The irony of having our stronger suit in the one day game is that the section hosts big, successful clubs like Lancashire, Yorkshire, Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire and Durham, an exciting young side in Worcestershire, a proven one-day side in Northamptonshire and a very experienced one in Leicestershire.

Clint McKay at Leicestershire is exactly the sort of bowler we need for next year. An experienced man you can toss the ball to and know he will deliver, like Charl Langeveldt and Michael Holding once did for us. Where we find such a bowler I don't know, but Paul's comments, below last night's piece, are in tune with my thoughts.

For another year we need an overseas who wins matches, as only at Old Trafford so far has one of our Kiwis really delivered. They have done OK, but with respect, you don't need to go to New Zealand for 'OK'.

I still maintain that the season has seen progress in a young squad, but it will, perforce, be slow, as young players rarely burst like meteors. Or if they do, they get signed by Nottinghamshire...

I was amused by Doug's last post, which reminded me a little of Monty Python's Life of Brian and the 'What have the Romans done for us' scene.

'The only improvements I can see is more consistent scoring at the top of the order. How much has the placid wickets got to do with that? Improvement in Thakor's performance, Cotton showing a little bit of improvement and early promise from Davis . Just about everything else is going backwards.'

 I don't think that's too bad! Nor have Palladino or Madsen gone backwards, Chesney has improved, Billy has been solid, Critchley and Alex Hughes have offered some fine one-day efforts. We'll agree to disagree, but that's not a bad season's work and we are still top of the RLODC section and two more wins, as Paul says, would see us qualify.

I agree with Paul that we need a good batsman (for T20) a spinner and an experienced seamer for next year. I'd add in a good wicket-keeper batsman, as I personally think asking Harvey Hosein to be first choice keeper at 19 is too big a question. Tom Poynton is a good cricketer, but we need more runs from the position.

I have ideas for some of them, but that's for another piece....

Yorkshire tomorrow will be tough. My short prediction is that we can give them a game if we win the toss and chase, but will otherwise be beaten unless someone produces something special.

Their squad:

Tim Bresnan, Ben Coad, Andrew Hodd (wicketkeeper), Jack Leaning, Alex Lees (Captain), Adam Lyth, Steven Patterson, Liam Plunkett, Azeem Rafiq, Adil Rashid, Will Rhodes, David Willey, Kane Williamson.

No Ballance, Root and Bairstow, so things are looking up!

Ours? Much the same, I would reckon, unless Ben Cotton or Andy Carter are fit to play. IF Nottinghamshire do us a favour this afternoon and beat Worcestershire, it makes our next four games against Yorkshire, Lancashire, Worcestershire and Durham huge. Our destiny still lies in our own hands and fourth place in the group is still a possibility against teams around us in the table and jostling for position.

It will come down to net run rate in the end.

Right Wes...dig out that two-headed coin and hope the opposition call tails...


Adam said...

The problems when we bat first are worrying as we cannot be a one trick pony who rely on winning the toss and chasing, as you cannot expect to compete for a trophy with such a mentality. It is purely a mind-set problem as conditions do not change in a T20 match and it has to be overcome.

We really need an opening/death bowler as Jimmy Neesham is being asked to do a task that is not suited to his game and previous experience. I don't know if anyone has been watching the Caribbean Premier League on Dave but there is a Pakistani bowler Sohail Tanvir who is the leading wicket taker in the competition, who is very talented in this department and who would not break the budget. I know people will say we have tried before with similar players (Naved Ul Hasan, Nathan Rimmington etc) but we do need more options in this role.

As I do not anticipate us being too active in signing domestic players, I would like to see us focus on obtaining some real match winning overseas players for each format. I know you have mentioned the possibility of a quality spinner and someone who may well be available is Yasir Shah of Pakistan, I know a few of the Pakistanis are keen to play county cricket and they could be worth a thought as they do quite often have that x factor.

Looking ahead to next year we have three top quality players in Billy Godleman, Wayne Madsen and Shiv Thakor, players who would and will attract a lot of attention from other counties. We have two or three others who are just below that category, Tony Palladino, Chesney Hughes etc and then the rest are in the promising/unproven category. I would be looking at overseas bowling options for a red ball overseas player and then a overseas batsman and an opening/death bowler for the T20. How about Sohail Tanvir as that bowler and then his current captain at the Guyana Amazon warriors, a certain Martin Guptill!

Peakfan said...

Good post and good calls Adam. I think a lot of Pakistan players could use this summer as a shop window. They dont get IPL deals and counties will be looking at their players and wondering 'what if?'

Doug said...

Thanks for the mention in dispatches but I’d like to point out the Masden, Chesney Hughes and Godleman are already covered by my statement that the top order are showing consistency albeit on benign pitches.

As for the others you mention, I acknowledge Palladino hasn’t gone backwards, the others………..

What are the chances of not winning a 4 day game? What are the chances of finishing above a woeful 20/20 Leicestershire side? Lets wait and see what happens in the 50 over stuff before claiming success because in all honesty if we don’t qualify and perhaps even win a knockout game then progress is nil at best. After all us plebeians (get it?) were told we are targeting the one day stuff.