All to play for
Posted in Domestic Cricket
With two-thirds of the campaign now gone we find ourselves at the business end of the season. All that has gone on so far has set up what lies ahead in the final few weeks of battle.
For Derbyshire the Friends Life t20 was a disappointing campaign that could have yielded much more, but I hope we can draw upon some of the positives from our performances and take those onto the field for the Clydesdale Bank 40 and LV= County Championship matches that remain.
In a very competitive North Group of the t20 we had some excellent performances and recorded good wins against Durham and Yorkshire. We also did the double over Warwickshire and played out an exciting tie against Lancashire in our first game.
But alongside those games were some very poor performances and shattering defeats that rather took the wind out of our sails in terms of qualification.
However, there were some positive individual performances and the emergence of Ross Whiteley and Tom Knight have to be viewed as encouraging signs for the future. Both are products of the Derbyshire academy and have very bright futures ahead of them.
It hasn't been all doom and gloom in the last six weeks (or however long the t20 campaign was) as we recorded back-to-back victories over Glamorgan and a positive draw against top-of-the-table Northampton.
In addition to that, we got our CB40 campaign going again yesterday with a good victory over Kent to put us third in Group A.
During those games we have played very well as a group and there have been some notable individual performances; centuries for Martin Guptill, Ross Whiteley, Jonathan Clare, Chesney Hughes and yours truly (after a long six-year wait!!) and also a career-best 99 for Dan Redfern.
For the bowlers too there have been five-wicket hauls for Tony Palladino, Jonathan Clare and a first for Mark Turner. This shows that there are a number of players contributing which is an excellent sign going into the last section of the season.
We head to the capital this week to take on Middlesex, firstly in a floodlit CB40 followed by a championship fixture that could well define our season as two positive results will keep us right in the hunt for promotion and a possible semi-final.
Either or indeed both would represent a positive season for the club and all involved are pushing and will for the rest of the season.