Monday, 10 April 2017

Mendis and Viljoen gear up for action

Jeevan Mendis made his first appearance for Derbyshire today, scoring 40 runs and taking two wickets as the second eleven beat The Unicorns by four wickets at Ticknall.

Former Nottinghamshire batsman Sam Kelsall top scored with 88 as the opposition scored 278-7 in their fifty overs, a total that reflected a good batting track and a decent side of players seeking a route back into the first-class game.

There were two wickets each for Tom Taylor and Ben Cotton too, before Ben Slater led off a reply that eased to victory with an over in hand. Skippering the side, Slater scored 69, Charlie Macdonell 36 and Tom Wood 41, before Callum Brodrick hit an unbeaten 33 to seal the win.

Elsewhere, Hardus Viljoen had a rigorous training and net session under the eye of Steve Stubbings and pronounced himself fit for the start of the season.

Only four sleeps to go, my friends.

Exciting, huh?

1 comment:

Gary said...

Sad news today and wish Hardus all the best in his recovery. If you look at the type of bowler he is we really need to look after him. I think Derbyshire did excellent job with Mark footitt being such valuable servant for the club and keeping him fit alot of times. Then moved to Surrey and got side injury. He wasn't rushed back and now they reap the reawrds. It gave me great pleasure seing Footit take 6 wickets last week. We not the only county who got injuries if you a look at Glamorgan this season they have Wagg, Hogan and Timm van der Gugten. Key is don't rush him back make sure he 100% fit as player instict is to play. It will make Hardus more determined and sure he will back all in good time. We need to be patient as supporters