There were good performances from some Derbyshire players in the second team game against a strong Yorkshire side this week, but nothing that one would expect to influence first team selection at this stage.
A home side that included plenty of players with first team experience, including Kohler-Cadmore, Leaning, Rhodes, Rafiq, Carver and Fisher, as well as Jon Tattersall, who trialed with us last summer, were bowled out on the first day. Rob Hemmings bowled the tidiest and took two wickets, as did sixteen-year old Hamidullah Qadri, recently offered a contract for the first time. Both Tom Milnes and Ben Cotton were more expensive, though the latter did take the wicket of Will Rhodes.
On the second day, we batted well, with a century for trialist Michael Jones, 75 from Greg Cork and 48 from Hemmings. Yet Harvey Hosein made only 20, when more were really needed to make a genuine push for senior contention in the next couple of games.
The rest of the game was a run feast, with Kohler-Cadmore the trencherman, making 230, while Leaning made an unbeaten 112.
It was good to see the likes of Qadri, Josh Lacey (son of our former spinner, Simon) and Joss Morgan, who has been scoring heavily for Ticknall, in the team.
They will all doubtless get other opportunities and we will enjoy watching their progress.