Monday, 14 May 2018

Derbyshire v Durham day 4

Derbyshire 427 and 279-9 (Slater 42, Critchley 40, Smit 34)

Durham 520

Match drawn

Following this on my desktop scoreboard at work, there were times when a disappointing defeat seemed quite likely for Derbyshire today.

Four down by lunch left a lot for the tail to handle, and though Matt Critchley and Billy Godleman steadied the boat, at 185-6 and both of them gone we were only 92 on and there was plenty of time to go.

Enter Daryn Smit and he Tony Palladino started a tail end resistance that ended with the latter, accompanied by Ravi Rampaul, adding a further 37 unbroken runs for the last wicket, which rendered the time/runs balance impossible from the visitors perspective.

Fair play to Mark Wood, who seemed to cause a lot of trouble, and also to the spirit shown by those tail enders in getting a draw that would not have been ours in other seasons.

Yet it also highlighted that we have work to do when the four day game recommences.

More from me on this, and the RLODC, in coming days.

Still, we are fourth in the table after four games, some way removed from propping up the table as many predicted.

And we move on from this.

3 comments:

creweblade said...

went today peakfan and it was a very much backs against the wall performance but to be honest quite an interesting watch in glorious weather again. I thought Ben and Mads had done really well but then Wood switched ends and a very hostile spell did for them both. Alex Hughes looked like a rabbit in the headlights and should have been out twice before he finally was just on lunch. Billy and Critchley played well but i feared the worst when they got out but with Wood tiring in the heat and he had hayfever probs Smit and Pally and then Ravi got us over the line. To be fair i thought nearly 280 on the last day was a fair effort - we lost control of the game on day 3 when Poynton and Richardson took them from 160 for 5 to over 450! Agree pitch wasnt helpful but we need to bowl better than we did - still last season we would have lost so an improvement in my book - onwards to the 50 over i guess

Paul said...

Fourth in the table solely due to a freak result catching Middlesex cold. The Dad's Army attack really need to learn some bowling discipline, as you've said Peakfan - the extras being conceded (171 so far) is outrageous.

Mark said...

You know far more than myself about cricket Peakfan, but I'm failing to see how four solid days cricket cannot lead to a result, infact we were nowhere near to one. This has to be the equivalent of the worst 0-0 draw in football hasn't it?.