Derbyshire continue to struggle after their LV County Championship match against Gloucestershire ended in a disappointing draw.
The result leaves the Falcons bottom of Division Two and winless this season, though their batsmen put in a much improved performance. Opener Stephen Moore managed just 1 run before being caught by Alex Gidman off the bowling of his brother Will, but Derbyshire managed to steady the ship, with Moore’s partner Paul Borrington striking 42 off 124 balls.
Captain Wayne Madsen also managed to stay in for a considerable amount of time before being caught behind, and Scott Elstone went on to top score with 63 before he became Will Gidman’s third wicket of the day.
Derbyshire’s batsmen have in truth, been consistently mediocre this season, and it was a pity that their valiant efforts in this fixture will be forgotten because of the weather. David Wainwright hit a further unbeaten half century, and the home side were making their way through the Gloucestershire top order before the game was called to a halt. Mark Footitt saw off both Chris Dent and Alex Gidman, while Gladiators’ opener Michael Klinger made just 12 and William Tavare was run out on 22.
Against Kent two weeks ago, however, the onslaught of rain had been on Derbyshire’s side; no play was possible on day three, which forced Kent captain and former England man into Rob Key making a brave declaration, but no winner could be called. Moore hit an unbeaten 73 for Derbyshire, but they were never really in control, as has been typical of their season so far.
In what has been yet another dismal season so far, Derbyshire have also been struggling in the inaugural Natwest T20 Blast, losing out to Lancashire by 20 runs. Their match against Northants at the County Ground on Thursday evening was washed out without a ball being bowled, and perhaps for the best. Indeed, it really is questionable whether head coach Graeme Welch should be focusing on limited overs cricket when his side are faced with such a dire situation in the longer form of the game.
The draws with Kent and Gloucestershire were both largely down to rain, while the Falcons were on the receiving end of a thrashing against Worcestershire, who defeated them by a thumping innings and 64 runs.
Derbyshire’s difficulties are perhaps unsurprising after wicket keeper Tom Poynton was ruled out for the rest of the season with multiple leg injuries, sustained during a car crash earlier this year in which his father Keith passed away.
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