All go for Durston and Derbyshire
Posted in Domestic Cricket
We find ourselves at an exciting time of the season. After seven LV= County Championship, six Clydesdale Bank 40 matches and thousands of miles on the road, the Friends Life t20 season is already in full swing.
With the mainly good weather of late, the fast nature and promise of activity in the games, spectators are turning out too and long may that continue.
Derbyshire have started the campaign with all four results from our first games: an exciting tie against Lancashire, a defeat to Nottinghamshire, bouncing back with victory against Durham and a no-result versus the same opponents.
At the top of the order I find myself opening the batting with Martin Guptill, our second overseas player of the season following Usman Khawaja’s departure.
Having been thrown in at the deep end in the championship match versus Surrey after a long flight and seemingly an hour’s sleep, he appears to be finding his form.
He started the t20 campaign with a couple of 20s but on Friday he excited the Derbyshire supporters with his first (hopefully of many) half-century and match-winning contribution.
He appears to have plenty of time, a good eye and a full array of attacking shots. He also boasts plenty of international experience, stories of his New Zealand team-mates and I, along with everybody, am looking forward to watching him continue to clear the ropes!
As I mentioned, Martin replaces Usman, who was called up to the Australian A squad soon to be touring Zimbabwe after a three-week ‘beasting’ at the ACB Academy.
Uzzi had a slightly stunted stay with us; he turned up with a grade two tear to his quad so missed a couple of championship matches and probably would have been out longer had it not been for the tireless work of Jimmy Pipe (as promised Pipey!) getting him fit and ready to play.
But what we did see of him was beautiful to watch; a batsman of exceptional talent and potential. He scooped the man-of-the-match award at Worcestershire in the CB40 and made an excellent century versus Kent in his last game for the county.
He settled into the dressing room seamlessly and we hope he enjoyed his time with us, as we did his guitar playing!
From here the games come thick and fast and our qualification period of the t20 campaign takes shape.
Our group is very competitive and each game provides its own challenges and tests and we are hoping we can tackle those head on.
We also have another chance to show the country what we can do when the Sky TV cameras turn up for when we play Worcestershire on the June 15!