Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Glamorgan v Derbyshire day 1
Derbyshire lead by 283 runs
When I was 16, I was playing for my school first eleven, scoring runs and taking a few wickets. I harbored fantasies of playing cricket for Derbyshire, but that is all they were.
Yesterday, Hamidullah Qadri (pictured) realised a dream and broke a few records along the way. At sixteen years and 203 days, the off-spinner became the youngest man to represent Derbyshire in a county championship match, as well as being the first player born in this millennium to play the county game. I'd also reckon he may likely be the first of Afghan origin to do so, but my life is too short to plough through birth records of all the others...
It is a wonderful achievement and his day ended on a high, making an unbeaten 11 at number eleven. As his career progresses, I wouldn't expect that to be his position for too long, based on his runs, as well as wickets, in age group and senior league cricket.
Indeed, the Derbyshire day ended on a high. I didn't see all of the day's play through the excellent stream from Cardiff, but Wayne Madsen looked on a different level to everyone else in making 70. It is strange, at the end of June, to acknowledge that as his season best, but testimonials and benefits have a habit of doing that to many players. He remains a player of the highest quality.
Billy Godleman grafted in his own, inimitable style, but it was hard work for the skipper and Alex Hughes, the pink ball zipping around a little. When Billy broke from restraint and edged to the keeper, the rest became a sorry procession and at 157-7 we looked unlikely to make 200.
To be fair, the home attack is a pretty keen one and they had conditions working for them, but as tea approached, and afterwards, the Derbyshire tail 'wagged' impressively. Daryn Smit worked hard for 41, while Tom Milnes played some good shots in his half century. With Tony Palladino and Qadri contributing, 288, if not imposing, is something to work with today.
A key day lies ahead. At the very least, with three full-time seamers and two contrasting spinners, the Derbyshire attack is balanced.
What they make of the conditions is something we will find out later.
Postscript: the pink ball? On the footage I found it harder to pick up and that seems to have been echoed around the country by spectators. Nor did the evening sessions seem to bring in a wave of post-work spectators, probably because the weather wasn't that great in some places.
Or maybe there's simply not the interest...