Monday, 27 April 2015
Gloucestershire v Derbyshire day 2
Derbyshire 511-8 (Guptill 227, Thakor 83, Slater 56, Godleman 44, Hosein 43 not)
Derbyshire lead by 236 runs
This was one of those days where, in ten years time, the number of people who saw it will have at least quintupled.
When Derbyshire scored 500 in a day against Cambridge MCCU, I qualified my enthusiasm for the feat by reminding everyone that it was not a first-class attack. Well, today we scored 487 runs against one...
It was an astonishing day's batting by Derbyshire, perhaps made all the more so by the fact that Wayne Madsen, Wes Durston and Alex Hughes made three runs between them. All will play a major role as the season progresses, but today was all about Martin Guptill.
To be fair, I should first acknowledge the efforts of his team mates. I am sure he will acknowledge the value of an 88-run and 26 over opening stand by Billy Godleman and Ben Slater, who are showing all the signs of developing into a good pairing. On a day where, despite the scoring rate, the ball nipped around, that meant Guptill came in with the shine off the ball, with a sound base for playing his shots.
At 191-4, after the quick departure of Wayne and Wes, there was a danger that the two first innings may have been close, but those fears were dispelled by a stand of 190 in thirty overs between Guptill and Shiv Thakor. The latter confirmed his batting credentials with an innings that on another day would have earned him the headlines. Five boundaries in one over, as he and his partner accelerated after tea, showed that he will be a major factor for us, allied to his ever-improving bowling.
Again, when he and Alex Hughes went in quick succession, the end could have come quickly, but Harvey Hosein enjoyed the best seat in the house as Guptill endangered neighbouring properties with trademark booming drives and slog-sweeps. The young wicket-keeper didn't score in a fifty partnership, but later played some fine strokes himself to underline his rich potential.
But what can you say about Martin Guptill? 227 runs, including a hundred in each of the last two sessions. 29 fours and 11 sixes as he hit 182 runs in boundaries and reduced the fielding side to the role of curious bystanders. There are few better sights in cricket when he is in full flow and I am sure I am not alone in wishing I had been there to see it. To think we still have Amla and Dilshan to come...
We scored 241 runs after tea today...AFTER TEA. 236 runs ahead with two days to go, the game is there for taking, although greater second innings resistance and the intervention of the weather cannot be discounted.
What a display. It will have made a few people sit up. a Derbyshire side playing such aggressive, purposeful cricket and taking a game by the scruff of the neck. They should sell a few more tickets down at the 3aaa County Ground after this one.
Magnificent. There is simply no other way to describe it. Can you imagine the Gup with us for a summer?
We'd have Nottinghamshire fans taking out memberships...