Shiv could debut for Debyshire
DERBYSHIRE, ENGLAND - Star overseas signing Shivnarine Chanderpaul could make his Derbyshire debut this weekend as his new team-mates look to strike back following a disappointing three days at Taunton.
Derbyshire were beaten by an innings and 27 runs by Somerset yesterday, bowled out for 214 in their second innings after the home side declared on 470-5.
That was a sub-standard batting performance by Derbyshire, with six of their batsmen making it into the 20s but none progressing beyond the 40s in the second innings.
David Wainwright's first innings 54 remained their highest score of the match.
It may be expecting too much to look for West Indies left-hander Chanderpaul, one of the most prolific Test batsmen of all time, to turn that around straight away but he is set to get his first sight of the County Ground wicket in the two-day match against Nottinghamshire on Sunday and Monday.
Chanderpaul is due to arrive in the country tomorrow to begin a two-year contract as Derbyshire's overseas signing.
The start time is 11am and admission is free. Even though the ground was still under snow last week, the wicket is playable.
Head coach Karl Krikken will look for better from all his batsmen in their final two days of warm-up before the LV County Championship opener against Warwickshire at Edgbaston on Wednesday but he says his players just got caught cold by Somerset.
"There's certainly no alarm bells ringing," said Krikken.
"It has been three difficult days but there were some pleasing aspects to it. The seamers hit decent lines and lengths and David Wainwright bowled a lot better in spells.
"With the bat, we did have guys who got starts but they did not go on, which is something we need to put right against Notts.
"We did well enough in Barbados, where we batted all day twice for nine and seven wickets, we just didn't do that at Taunton.
"But we got caught on the first day on a wet wicket and if we had bowled first on that, I'm sure we would have had them 30-3.
"We haven't been outside since we got back from Barbados, while Somerset were playing their third match on that wicket and they just handled the conditions better than we did."
In Steve Kirby, Somerset also had the game's most effective bowler. He followed his four wickets on the first day with four more yesterday to put the Derbyshire innings in trouble again.
Again, he accounted for both openers cheaply.
Billy Godleman fell lbw in the fourth over for nought and Wayne Madsen followed, also leg-before, for 11 at 23-2.
It was a mark of how well Somerset bowled wicket-to-wicket on a low, flat surface that five batsmen were out lbw and two more were caught behind.
Craig Overton trapped Wes Durston for 28 before lunch and Derbyshire suffered a double blow after it when Chesney Hughes (37) and Dan Redfern (42) were both victims of Kirby's second spell to make it 120-5.
When Derbyshire lost their next three wickets with their score on 168, victory was in Somerset's sights.
Ross Whiteley was recklessly run out for 27, then Tom Poynton was lbw for 22 to Peter Trego, who then had Wainwright caught behind first ball.
When Jon Clare was drawn into a pull at Lewis Gregory and was caught for 11, tea was delayed by a half-hour and that was long enough for Richard Johnson to be run out for 27 and send Derbyshire back on the road earlier than planned with plenty to think about.