Seconds lose but Wagstaff shines
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17h ago
If today's Second Eleven fixture against Lancashire at Blackpool was a shootout for a spinning role at the weekend, it is fair to say that the duel was won by Mitch Wagstaff. He top scored with 47 as Derbyshire struggled to 129-8 in their 20 overs, then took 2-15 in his four overs, including the wicket of Rocky Flintoff, son of the former England all-rounder. Haris Ajaz also returned excellent figures of 1-17 in his four overs, but Alex Thomson struggled and went for 39 from his three overs.  I have to say I'm not sure what Mitch did wrong to drop out of the eleven, but I dare say he mu ..read more
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Puzzles from Headingley
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1d ago
There were a couple of puzzles for me in the defeat against Yorkshire. First up, the change in the batting order. When you are 110-0 at the halfway mark, you are flying. Even when David Lloyd was caught, it just needed common sense batting to make 200. Ninety from ten is not a challenge in modern first class cricket, but why we moved Cam Fletcher, a proven quick run scorer, from three in the previous game to six is a puzzle. I could understand Wayne Madsen coming in at three, but Fletcher should then have followed on his quick dismissal, knocking it around, giving Nye Donald the strike. Seco ..read more
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Yorkshire v Derbyshire Vitality Blast game 5
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3d ago
Derbyshire 179-7 (Donald 84, Lloyd 41) Yorkshire 180-1 (Lyth 84, Malan 79*) Yorkshire won by nine wickets  Despite a magnificent start given to them by Nye Donald and David Lloyd, Derbyshire blew an excellent opportunity at Headingley today. The Welshmen put on 114 in the first ten overs, but only 65 came from the final ten, as the powerful middle order tried to outmuscle one another, going for boundaries, rather than playing their natural games. Yorkshire also bowled better in the second half of the innings, which was hugely disappointing after the pyrotechnics of Donald, in particul ..read more
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Cricket World Cup: the local connection
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4d ago
Many of you will have watched fascinated, as the USA cricket team beat mighty Pakistan in a super over finish on Thursday.  Perhaps not many are aware of the local connection in that American side. Nitish Kumar is a Canadian national who switched to play for the United States. However, he went to school at Repton and played cricket for Ticknall, where he did very well, as well as for Chesterfield. He also played for Loughborough MCCU where he scored good runs, including a century against Northamptonshire. So highly was he rated that the then Derbyshire coach, Karl Krikken, was interest ..read more
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Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire Vitality Blast game 4
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5d ago
Derbyshire 198-6 (Madsen 53, Whiteley 46, Guest 32, Stone 3-42) Nottinghamshire 102 (Dupavillon 3-15, Brown 3-17, Whiteley 3-23) Derbyshire won by 96 runs Wow. I called the team last night, Mickey Arthur picked it today and that performance gave me hope that we can now progress in this competition. It is one performance, one game but Nottinghshire were not just beaten for the first time since 2015, they were outclassed and outmanoeuvred. Derbyshire were magnificent. This was a perfect performance. It didn't look that way at the start, when Nye Donald went at deep midwicket first ball, b ..read more
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New records for the Peakfan Blog
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5d ago
I don't often do the blog on my laptop anymore. Partly because my laptop is old and needing replaced (which will be sometime soon) but also because I can largely dictate the blog into my phone, edit it quickly and save my fingers.  But I needed to go on the laptop today and checked up on a few figures regarding the blog. I'm delighted to say usage this year is the highest it has ever been and last month there were over 97K views, also a new record. The counter doesn't register views from mobiles, so there is quite a discrepancy between the blog statistics, behind the scenes, and what th ..read more
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Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire Vitality Blast preview
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6d ago
I have to admit that when I saw the tweet headline 'Fletcher is a Falcon' today, my first thought was that Derbyshire had somehow persuaded Nottinghamshire to loan us Luke Fletcher ahead of the Friday night East Midlands derby... I must also confess not knowing much more than any of you about Cam Fletcher, the New Zealand wicket keeper bat who will play the remainder of the Vitality Blast, but his statistics are good and he seems to be a middle order finisher who can hit the ball a very long way.  There is a nice article about him here With Brooke Guest and Aneurin Donald already ..read more
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Book Review: Getting Out by Jonathan Campion
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1w ago
Before reading this book, I had no idea that cricket was played in Ukraine.  Yet by 2020 there were 2,000 Ukrainians playing regular cricket, much of it down to a South African named Kobus Olivier, who had travelled the world as player and coach before settling in the Ukraine in 2018.  An opening bat not quite good enough to do it for a living, he had fielded as 12th man for Western Province, Derbyshire and Kent in the 1980s before becoming a teacher. Ending up in Ukraine, he encouraged private schools in Kyiv to put cricket on the curriculum and it took off, in a manner that ..read more
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Book review: Playing To Fix by Paul Radley
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1w ago
Paul Radley is a sportswriter who has lived and worked in the UAE for a number of years and this is his first book. I am sure that it will not be the last, because this is a fascinating read that is at times like a fast-moving crime novel.  Events on the field are described in some detail, but the time spent looking at the backgrounds of the players involved, as well as the history of UAE cricket and its place in society helps the reader get a better handle on the affair that wrecked the country's dream of playing at a World Cup. I had no Idea about the rewards received by players in t ..read more
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Two wins for Seconds against Nottinghamshire
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1w ago
Derbyshire easily won the first of today's double header Second Eleven T20 against Nottinghamshire.  David Lloyd scored 58, Harry Came 56 and Luis Reece 54 from 32, 33 and 45 balls respectively, as Derbyshire amassed 206-4 in 20 overs.  Despite a half century by Hasib Hameed, Nottinghamshire were never in the hunt and were 160-9, with three wickets for Nick Potts and two each for Mitch Wagstaff and Pat Brown. Daryn Dupavillon returned figures of 1-19 in his four overs. The scorecard can be seen here In the second game, Derbyshire made 194-4 with  Wagstaff making 53 from ..read more
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