Derbyshire’s players will become very familiar with their Nottinghamshire counterparts during 2013. Their t20 games at Derby and TrentBridge are a regular part of the county campaign, but the two sides haven’t met in 4-day cricket since 2007 when Nottinghamshire were promoted behind Somerset.
The two sides are currently playing in a 2-day game at North Stars, the Derbyshire base in the north of Barbados, in what is Derbyshire’s final game of the tour. After the game concludes on Wednesday, there will be one final training day before the tour party heads home on Friday afternoon.
While Nottinghamshire have some absentees from the tour – Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann amongst them – they have still travelled with some fine players and are second favourites for the Division 1 title with certain bookmakers.
Derbyshire’s coaches and players are looking forward to the opportunity to play a higher standard of cricket, and this warm-up game will give them some idea of what to expect in Division 1.
The spearhead of Derbyshire’s pace attack in 2013 will again be Tim Groenewald and Tony Palladino and they opened the bowling with 12 exemplary overs between them, conceding just 13 runs each, with Groenewald getting the wicket of Hales, caught behind by Richard Johnson. They didn’t bowl again suggesting that they and their coaches are already satisfied with their workload during this tour.
Plans for all the bowlers to have a good work-out were thrown into disarray before play started with both Mark Footitt and Peter Burgoyne suffering from stomach upsets, and with Jon Clare also nursing a knee injury it offered a good opportunity for Ali Evans and Matt Higginbottom, in particular, to bowl some overs. Turner, Whiteley and Durston were also used sparingly, bowling just 9 overs between them.
Evans took a wicket early on when he found the edge of Wessels bat and Godleman took a smart catch in the gulley, and after James Taylor had made a good-looking 43, Higginbottom grabbed his prize wicket; Wainwright taking the catch. Wes Durston, back after injury, took the wicket of Lumb, caught by Higginbottom.
During the afternoon session, Chris Read made a determined and effective 73 – a fine player for many years with 22 first class centuries, he cut, pulled and drove without offering a chance until Wainwright induced an airy drive and Evans held onto a skier at backward point.
Initially batting in caps against the all-spin attack of Hughes and Wainwright, Mullaney and Franks batted confidently during the afternoon session, and went into overdrive after tea, lofting the ball over the boundaries as the scoring rate rose despite several bowling changes by Wayne Madsen, back in the side after injury.
Mullaney, who has played twice as many limited over games for Notts as first class matches, struck 7 sixes and 7 fours in his 104-ball hundred before he retired out for 101, reaching his century with a huge 6 over side mid-wicket off Chesney Hughes.
Franks reached his fifty from 88 balls with a cover driven 4 off Evans and promptly retired out, while his replacement, Ben Phillips skied an Evans delivery to Tom Knight who took the catch at mid-off.
Wicket-keeping duties were once again shared by Richard Johnson and Tom Poynton and it was the latter who ran out Fletcher from the outfield in the 85th over and the former who stumped White off Hughes off the last ball of the day.
With 10 wickets having fallen, the umpires called time with Nottinghamshire having scored 386 from 87.3 overs; Ali Evans the only man to take more than one wicket, finishing with 2-78.
Wednesday will be an important day for the batsmen - Madsen has yet to bat on this tour and will look forward to time at the crease, while Godleman, Hughes, Durston and Whiteley - plus both 'keepers - will want to keep their good form going. Slater may also get a chance with Redfern still missing, as may Burgoyne if he has recovered.
For action photography from the game please go to the gallery - http://www.derbyshireccc.com/dccc/index.php/component/igallery/dccc/barbados-the-journey/gallery-10-v-notts-day-1?Itemid=479
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