Hosein source for two plumb wickets one a duck
By Haringey Racer
September 23 2019
Haringey Racer gives a comprehensive report despite not being in his usual vantage postion. No health warnings but we hear of a very unusual scoreboard feature and an anti climatic finish.
Those who’ve read my previous reports know that I take copious notes and go to great detail on the day’s play. Today’s report will be somewhat different. This was done from memory ( I blame Kev for short notice but don't tell him). Also, because the pitch is on the Tavern Side and I was in the Warner Stand it’s a bit more difficult to be sure what the ball was actually doing.
On arrival the main topic of pre-match conversation was next week’s forum, who was likely to attend, and what questions should be put to the Management regarding the three years of steady decline since the Championship win. The consensus was something like: “Why have the team’s performances been getting progressively worse over three years, and why does the club management seem to think this is just a temporary, collective, loss of form?” and “Gus: do you see any parallels with the situation that prevailed when you assumed your present role?”
As is almost obligatory Derbyshire exercised their option to bowl, although to my eyes the pitch looked less green than many this year. This despite an attack lacking both Palladino and (a change to the scorecard) Rampaul. There was a bit of ‘who?’ about their replacements, Dustin Melton and Sam Conners, with just two first-class appearances each.
At the start of play it was noticed that the scoreboard operator had loaded up an ‘alternative’ template showing the number of balls faced by each batsman which I commented didn’t seem appropriate to a Championship game when the aim was for batsmen, particularly our top order, not to worry about strike rate. The display was switched after the fall of the first wicket.
Luis Reece opened the bowling and, given his listing at no 1 on the scorecard, there’s every likelihood that he could also face the first ball bowled at his team. That can’t happen very often at first-class level. Robson got off to a quick start with three boundaries in the early overs. Gubbins survived a few balls, playing a couple of firm defensive strokes but was undone as he played at a ball from Reece that feathered the outside edge and gave Hosein a simple catch.
Holden and Robson advanced the score steadily. Robson scored at a fairly quick rate with a number of lovely strokes, while Holden was a bit more circumspect as befits someone struggling for form. It came as something of a surprise when around 15 minutes before lunch Holden played hard at a ball from Conners and edged to Madsen at first slip for 19. Lunch was taken at 72- 2, probably the best position we’ve had at lunch on day 1 at HQ for quite some time.
After lunch Robson and Malan proceeded quite serenely until Robson reached the 93. I said I seemed to remember that early in his career he had several innings of 93 or 93 not out before finally getting to three figures. Almost the next ball he aimed a cut at the medium pace of Hughes and edged to Hosein, standing up to the stumps. Sorry Robbo.
This led to one of those infuriating passages of non-play that really upset cricket followers. After Robson had left the field and Andersson and left the pavilion, Malan decided he needed a ‘comfort break’ and headed to the pavilion himself. When he returned the umpires decided to change the ball and there was a further delay while they did so. Then, after two deliveries with the replacement, one of which Andersson hit for four, they took the players off for bad light and an early tea, just before 3pm. Whether this was hastened by the non-functioning of the Edrich Stand floodlights is debatable.
Play restarted around 3.30 and, with Malan on 49 we had another bizarre delay as one of the pieces of plant at the Nursery End, orange in colour, was moving behind the sightscreen and visible above it. Once it had cleared, however, Malan played the next ball comfortably to reach his 50. Bad light and rain then forced the players off at 3.50 (176-3) and once the groundstaff brought out the weights to hold down the covers it was obvious that there would be no more play and I made an early exit.
In summary, a strangely subdued end-of-season feel to the day’s proceedings.pqs: qs:
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2019:09:28:20:46:45 by BarmierKev.
Perhaps Dawid's "comfort break" co-incided with his call up to the England squad
I'm only here for the tele