Sunday, 8 April 2018

Former Kent man on trial in county squad for pre-season friendly

Derbyshire look to be in rude shape ahead of their pre-season opener against Warwickshire tomorrow, a three-day game.

It is billed as a second team friendly, but this must be the strongest second team we have ever fielded, at least since Peter Kirsten, Garth Le Roux and Allan Lamb all appeared in the same side back in the mid-1970's.

South Africans Duanne Olivier and Hardus Viljoen have yet to arrive, but with Harvey Hosein nursing a minor injury and Gary Wilson away with Ireland, we name the following thirteen:

Billy Godleman
Luis Reece
Ben Slater

Wayne Madsen
Alex Hughes
Matt Critchley
Daryn Smit
Callum Brodrick
Tony Palladino
Ravi Rampaul
Will Davis
James Taylor
Hamidullah Qadri
Charlie Hartley (trialist)


The presence of former Kent bowler Charlie Hartley is interesting. He looked like he was set for a decent career there, then picked up an injury or two, but he has the chance here - and presumably in the second team this summer - to earn himself another opportunity in the first-class game. One assumes that he is seen as further on in his development than those of a similar age we released. In the sort of game where presumably each team bats and bowls the players they want, the fast-medium bowler has a chance to impress.

There is a nice mixture of youth and experience in the Derbyshire squad and it will be an early indicator to see where we are as the season approaches fast..

5 comments:

jasper said...

..so we release tom taylor and take hartley on as a trialist. I am dazed and confused! I will be following Taylor's progress at Leicestershire with interest...

Peakfan said...

I can only assume that they thought he wasn't progressing. We will see as time goes on.

As for Hartley, he may or may not have a longer stint but seeing him up close gives an idea on whether perhaps a match deal may be worthwhile, if we had injuries.

Peakfan said...

I can only assume that they thought he wasn't progressing. We will see as time goes on.

As for Hartley, he may or may not have a longer stint but seeing him up close gives an idea on whether perhaps a match deal may be worthwhile, if we had injuries.

Ash said...

I would agree, out of all the players we let go I thought Taylor was worth another year.
There was a comment from KJB that Mal Loye had to change the 2nd team culture, maybe this had a bearing on the decision to release who we did

jasper said...

Yes i guess so peak and it's true taylor didn't seem quite the same bowler after his injury bit it's not as if we gave him much time to show his worth again. Released too early in my opinion fwiw. By the way, i don't know tom or his family!!