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Finn to make a comeback
Finn to make a comeback
Mark Footitt is set to make his Test debut for England at the age of 30
Bell and Rashid dropped from England's squad for South Africa; Ballance and Compton return
Bell and Rashid dropped from England's squad for South Africa; Ballance and Compton return
England squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa sees Ian Bell and Adil Rashid dropped, while Nick Compton and Gary Ballance return
Who is England's best option to replace James Anderson for the 4th Ashes Test?
Who is England's best option to replace James Anderson for the 4th Ashes Test?
England's third Test victory at Edgbaston gave them a 2-1 lead against Australia and puts them in a good position to reclaim the Ashes. However, star bowler James Anderson will miss the next match at Trent Bridge due to a side strain. Here are the most likely candidates to replace him.
Derbyshire clinch convincing victory on eve of Australia match
Derbyshire clinch convincing victory on eve of Australia match
Derbyshire 361 and 72-3Northamptonshire 116 and 316 (Duckett 154, Durston 3-55, Palladino 3-62)Derbyshire won by seven wicketsRumours of the demise of Derbyshire's championship season were proved to be a load of old cobblers down in Northampton today (...
Derbyshire trail Surrey by 175 runs after day one
Derbyshire trail Surrey by 175 runs after day one
Surrey 239 (White 3-43, Footitt 3-74)Derbyshire 64-1Derbyshire trail by 175 runsWere it not for a few missed opportunities to dismiss the visitors for under 200, this was a good effort from Derbyshire.They have faced less imposing Surrey sides in the r...
Mark Footitt - The case for England
Mark Footitt - The case for England
There was a time, back in the early days of this blog, when the mention of Mark Footitt's name brought forth a veritable postbag of responses.He wasn't that fast, said people who hadn't faced him at 22 yards. He was unfit. He was erratic. He was a liab...
Watching England attack is like watching Stepford Wives
Watching England attack is like watching Stepford Wives
There's only 45 days till cricket starts again. Proper cricket, involving a team that a man can be really bothered about.Derbyshire.I've watched the World Cup on and off but that viewing has been largely restricted to weekends. Watching a start at 3am isn't conducive to getting up at 6.30am for work, so I have watched what I can, when I can.My pre-tournament favourites have all impressed. New Zealand look good, if a little gung-ho with the bat at times. Australia have a powerful batting line-up too, while South Africa's is firing on all cylinders right now, albeit against bowling that is at times barely first-class in standard. India cannot be discounted, but aside from Ashwin I don't think their attack holds the terrors of the other sides.England have disappointed, but I'm not in the least surprised. The attack is like watching the Stepford Wives...wave after wave of right arm fast-medium, interspersed with off-spin that is functional at best. It cries out for a left-armer (well hello, Mr Footitt...) of any pace and just some variety. You can't say that Anderson, Broad, Woakes and Finn aren't good bowlers, but good batsmen are lining them up and working them around the field for fun.It all gives incentives to Derbyshire's players as they round off a sterling pre-season effort by heading to Dubai. As they do so, it crossed my mind today that we have rarely had so many seam bowlers pushing through as we have at present.With a 'senior tier' of Footitt, Palladino, White (major) and Clare, you then add in Taylor, Cotton and Cork. Yesterday came news of summer deals for White (minor) and Davis, all this before one considers the offer from Alex Hughes and Shiv Thakor.What is so good about the young contingent is the variety they bring. There is Ben Cotton's height and movement off the seam; Tom Taylor's swing; the different angle of the left-handed Greg Cork. Disregard to some extent what you saw of these lads last year, because a winter of physical development can make a huge difference to a young bowler. All of them could be a few yards faster this year, just as Alex Hughes was between the start and finish of the summer last year.Then there's Will Davis and Harry White. The potential of the former has been recognised by England and the young player recently admitted that Graeme Welch had taught him to swing the ball both ways now. White, younger brother of Wayne, will doubtless dream of one day playing alongside his sibling in Derbyshire colours and again, his angle of attack gives him something special. I wish both players the best of luck for the coming summer and look forward to hearing about and reporting on their successes.Indeed, it is a summer with so much to look forward to. I cannot wait to see Shiv Thakor in our colours and think that he could be a massive player for us in the next few years. So too could Tom Knight, yet another with all-round capabilities.For me, Knight is one of the cleanest hitters of a cricket ball in the side and showed his potential last summer. If, over the winter, the coaches have managed to 'groove' his action and got him spinning the ball more, we could have a serious talent on our hands. Don't be surprised if he forces his way through to a senior spinning role in the next few months. For me the only barrier to that might be the possible signing of Azeem Rafiq from Yorkshire. It was reported several months ago that he was training with the club and I am impressed with how there has been no knee-jerk signing. By this stage they will have had a good look at him and made a decision, one way or another, probably after working on his own action along the way. David Wainwright will need to be at the top of his game to see of the challenge, that's for sure.As the season approaches, I will be looking at some of the key areas in the side and the decisions that will have to be made by Graeme Welch.Finally tonight, warm congratulations to all involved for the modest profit returned over the past twelve months.To manage this for the fourth successive season is a wonderful achievement for a small club with a relatively modest budget. There are plenty who would swap that for their own figures, including champions Yorkshire, who recorded a deficit of £300K last year.Congratulations to all concerned!
Mark Footitt omission from England Lions a big mistake
Mark Footitt omission from England Lions a big mistake
When I saw that the England Lions squad had been announced, I had every expectation of seeing the name of Mark Footitt among those named.After a summer in which he blew away one batting side after another and proved himself adept in fifty-over cricket ...
Derbyshire: Excellent first win but concerns over Peter Burgoyne
Derbyshire: Excellent first win but concerns over Peter Burgoyne
As I think most of us expected, Derbyshire did what they had to and won their fifty-over game against Worcestershire by 126 runs today. That earlier batting display always looked like being way too much for our opponents and a steady bowling display en...
Derbyshire: Academy duo 'book' summer deals
Derbyshire: Academy duo 'book' summer deals
More good news on the contract front today, with seam bowling giant Ben Cotton, together with Tommy Taylor, earning summer contracts for 2014.The cost of those contracts has been largely covered by proceeds from the club book shop, which shows that as ...
County Championship: Derbyshire v Durham, day 3 review
County Championship: Derbyshire v Durham, day 3 review
I love you Nottinghamshire. No, really, I do...OK, I forced myself to say that, because it looks increasingly like we'll need a favour from the East Midlands giants (that's the last one...) to retain our top tier status this summer.After today's play, ...
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