Monday, 23 April 2018

Mohammad Azharullah in second team today

Interesting to see that Mohammad Azharullah, as well as Charlie Hartley are in our second team for the game against Lancashire second eleven, that starts today at Liverpool.

Thinking over the weekend, I reckon we are a bowler light for the RLODC, which is coming up fast.

I wouldn't expect Tony Palladino to play, nor Will Davis, as both will be key to our four-day fortunes this summer. That leaves us with Messrs Viljoen, Olivier and Rampaul to bowl thirty overs, but where do the other twenty come from?

Yes, we have Alex Hughes, Wayne Madsen, Luis Reece and Matt Critchley, but I would prefer them to cover the final ten between them, rather than twenty.

Azharullah is a proven bowler of county class and is currently without a county. Hartley was unlucky to be released by Kent and has a lot to give, in my opinion.

It will be worth keeping an eye on their fortunes in that match, as well as following the first eleven at the 3aaa County Ground. With Will Davis also in the squad, that's a decent seam attack, even before Alfie Gleadall and Sam Connors are considered.

Keep an eye on Daryn Smit's performance too. Another big score would make his first team claims very difficult to ignore.

The Derbyshire squad:

Kettleborough, Smit, Brodrick, Hosein, Qadri, Dal, Hartley, Azharullah, Sonczak, Gleadall, Connors, Davis.

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