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Darby and no Toby Jones Club

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By Rogers and Out
April 22 2018

Rogers and Out reports on a disappointing and injury hit day at Derby.  With a detour via a Pub. It can only get better

If Middlesex thought that promotion back to Division One would be a cakewalk after last week's comfortable victory against Northants, a serious re-assessment is required after a poor second day performance at the County Ground left Derbyshire as very likely winners of this match. When Paul Stirling and John Simpson registered a fifty run partnership before lunch, we looked competitive in the game. However the departure of Simmo resulted in five wickets falling for 37 runs and a 108 run deficit. Derby openers Ben Slater and Luis Reece then breezed to 118/0 before the close leaving us in a most precarious position.

I had not been to Derby for cricket before and the mile or so walk from the station to the ground involved negotiating several dual carriageways. I was lucky to follow a couple of locals and was able to take my seat in time for the start of play. Captain Sam got us off to a good start, guiding Viljoen's opening delivery from the City End to the boundary through third man. Unfortunately, in the next over by Ravi Rampaul from the Racecourse End, he was adjudged leg before for nineteen and we were 50/4. Viljoen and Rampaul dished up a mixture of decent and wayward bowling, resulting in extras top scoring with 36 for us. Without these, we would already be sunk. Night watchman Ollie fell in the 30th over to Rampaul for two, leaving us on 64/5.

However, we now had our most productive spell of the game. Stirlo, contrary to his natural instincts, dug in and Simmo scored almost exclusively in boundaries. We were helped by a series of wides and byes from Viljoen and Rampaul, but it took a change of bowling to turn the tide back towards the home side. The first ball of the 44th over saw Duanne Olivier uproot Simmo's off stump. He made 32 and we were in trouble on 120/6. Stirlo's attritional innings came to an end soon after via an LBW decision in favour of Tony Palladino for sixteen - 124/7. TR-J was able to bat after his back issues and clocked up ten runs, but Olivier tidied up our innings for Derby with figures of 4/26. Middlesex all out for a less than acceptable 157.

Our task looked even greater when Toby did not take the field and unless James Harris and Tim Murtagh reproduced the heroics of the previous week, our goose looked cooked. Alas, this did not materialise and despite his no balls, Hoss Cartwright looked most likely to make the breakthrough. The Derby openers were in no trouble at all, and we soon employed the slow bowling of Ollie Rayner. Ollie was soon in the wars when he injured his hand whilst attempting a tricky slip catch. By this time, the light had deteriorated and the rain commenced, leaving your corespondent cursing his decision to leave his jacket at home. The players left the field with Derby 56/0.

I had little hope of any further play and adjourned to the excellent Exeter Arms, where Beefy and myself discussed the merits of various football managers, primarily Brian Clough, Don Revie and Bill Shankly. Needless to say, play did resume but I did not return. Ollie and Stirlo bowled, presumably due to light issues. With Derbyshire very much in the driving seat, defeat beckons, miracles and weather permitting.

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Darby and no Toby Jones Club
Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
22/04/2018 19:34
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Re: Darby and no Toby Roland-Jones Club
Patsy_Hendren (IP Logged)
23/04/2018 04:30
An unfortunate injury for Roland-Jones but we may find today that our batsmen may be able to deliver. Holden has a splendid opportunity to show his potential.

Three members of the Derbyshire attack have represented South Africa. We must be prepared to handle some challenging opposition from time to time.

Our former child prodigy appears to be an effective captain for Derbyshire.

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