Samit Finds Form As
Match Report | 8th April 2013
In cold, blustery conditions Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire played out their final day of pre-season preparations at the County Ground.
In a reversal of the first day of the friendly match, the home side batted for the opening 50 overs and scored 181-8. In the latter part of the day Notts replied with 172-3 from the remaining 40 overs.
Samit Patel contributed the top score of the day with a hard-hitting knock of 70 from 77 balls (11x4,1x6), with James Taylor adding 50 before retiring.
Nottinghamshire made sweeping changes to their side for the second day of the 2-day friendly, taking to the field with the following eleven; Lumb, Taylor, Patel, Kelsall, Wood, Mullaney, Franks, Phillips, Ball , Gurney and triallist wicket-keeper Matt Cross, with Graeme White also taking a turn to be involved.
Nine runs came from the day’s opening over, with Wayne Madsen straight driving Gurney’s first ball of the morning for three and then Chesney Hughes getting off the mark with a four through the covers, followed by another couple, hit down the ground.
Both Derbyshire openers looked in impeccable touch as they helped themselves to an opening stand of 94 in 20 overs before both retired out.
Madsen made 35 from 62 deliveries faced, with four boundaries, whilst Hughes made an undefeated 53, with 10 fours and a five.
At the retirement of both batsmen, home supporters got their first glimpse of Shivnarine Chanderpaul in a Derbyshire shirt.
The West Indian left-hander has joined the County Ground staff as their overseas player this summer but didn’t last long on debut. After scoring just a single he was trapped in his crease by Jake Ball and given out lbw by umpire Paul Pollard.
Dan Redfern (3) didn’t last much longer but contributed to his own downfall by leaving alone a delivery from Ball that knocked his off-peg flat.
Just before lunch Patel was introduced into the attack and he struck with just his fourth delivery, bowling Ross Whiteley (7) to leave the home side on 105-5 at the interval.
Richard Johnson (13) and Tom Poynton (14) both added their names to the list of ‘retirees’, giving Chanderpaul the opportunity of a second knock.
Graeme White claimed the eighth wicket when David Wainwright (15) slashed to Ben Phillips at point. The final over of the Derbyshire innings saw Chanderpaul (31 not out) expand his repertoire of shots by lofting Sam Wood away for three mighty sixes as the innings closed on 181-8.
Michael Lumb (0) missed out on a final opportunity of some batting practice ahead of the championship season by falling in the first over to Mark Footitt.
Taylor and Patel took Notts to 22-1 at tea and extended their partnership beyond the half-century mark in the 17th over of the innings.
Patel, freshly back from playing in the South African T20 competition, opened his shoulders to loft Alisdair Evans high over the long on ropes for six.
Slashing the same bowler away to the point fence, the right-hander then brought up his fifty (63 balls 7x4 1x6).
Accelerating on, it looked as if Patel would follow his first innings duck with a century but having scored 70, out of a second-wicket stand of 98, he cut Hughes into the hands of backward point.
Taylor picked up the baton and began playing elegant drives and powerful pull shots.
His new partner Sam Kelsall wasted no time in adding to the exhibition of strokeplay by lifting Hughes away for another maximum over midwicket.
A driven single off Hughes took Taylor to his half-century (89 balls, 5x4), at which point he retired to be replaced by Paul Franks.
Kelsall (24 not out) and Franks (23 not out) both timed the ball beautifully as the clock ran down to end the pre-season matches.