Saturday, 12 August 2017

Derbyshire v West Indies day 1

West Indies 340-3 (K Hope 105, Powell 92, S Hope 69 not, Chase 62 not)

v Derbyshire

I am not sure how much their exposure to a Derbyshire Seconds and Academy attack will have helped the West Indies prepare for Anderson, Broad, Ali et al, but they pretty much all enjoyed lengthy time in the middle yesterday.

The score ticked over at four an over and by all accounts were largely untroubled, as you might expect. There will be better times to judge their true value, but the potential of Shai Hope, the younger of two brothers, appears good, even if he can't claim the gloves in this game. Seems like we aren't the only side with a surfeit of keepers...

The most interesting player, for me, appears to be Roston Chase, who at 25 looks to be the best bet for the big time among their batsmen. He followed scores of 81 and 50 not out against Essex with n unbeaten 62 here, confirming why a career average of 45 and Test average of 48 doesn't flatter. With five centuries and 18 fifties in just eighty first-class innings, he would appear to have talent and eighty wickets with his off spin makes him the sort of player most teams would like to have in their ranks.

Derbyshire? Well , we had James Taylor, at 16, joining his older brother Tom in the side and shading him in terms of economy, while Matt Sonczak, who I have seen described as an off spinner and slow left arm, confirmed himself very much the latter and took a maiden first-class wicket in bowling Kyle Hope.

Otherwise it was a tough old day for the bowlers. There was an early wicket for Tom Milnes and one for Tony Palladino, but senior cricket is tough and our youngsters will have got a clear indicator of that yesterday.

We'll see how they go later today, pink ball and all.

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