Saturday, 28 May 2011

Schofield dropped for Derbyshire game

After an underwhelming performance against Glamorgan at the Oval Surrey make the trip up to Derbyshire desperately in need of a win before the mini break that includes the Twenty20. With only one win from our first six matches we are going to have to embark on a pretty extraordinary run of results for a realistic chance of promotion.

Chris Schofield is dropped from the squad after disappointing against Glamorgan, and Matthew Dunn and Rory Burns come into the squad. It will be interesting to see what set up Adams goes for, but here's what I think he might do:

Rory Hamilton-Brown
Jason Roy
Mark Ramprakash
Zander de Bruyn
Steven Davies
Tom Maynard
Gareth Batty
Tom Jewell
Jade Dernbach
Matthew Dunn
Tim Linley

12th men: Rory Burns, Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan did little against Glamorgan to suggest he should play, so I hope Tom Jewell is given a go, although I think there is also an argument for playing the extra batsman instead of the allrounder, especially given the amount of overs de Bruyn has bowled lately. I think its unlikely Adams will go that route as if he was to play the extra bat, it would surely have been Harinath, I suspect Burns is in the squad as a precautionary measure given Davies' sprained ankle against Glamorgan.

An attack including two such inexperienced bowlers as Dunn and Jewell is a huge gamble, but with Arafat and Meaker still out we don't have many other options. Dunn hasn't bowled his best for the 2nds this season but this could be his moment. Linley seemed to get better through the game at the Oval and he'll want to carry on the good work he started at Derbyshire last season - 4-13 before a foot injury cruelly cut him down in his prime.

Derbyshire are without Tim Groenewald who has 24 wickets this season, but they still have Palladino, Clare, Smith and Turner more than capable of taking wickets. They've lost Usman Khawaja but have gained Martin Guptill who I've always been very impressed by for New Zealand. Wayne Madsen tops their batting averages but Chesney Hughes is the more dangerous. Wes Durston is no mug either.

This won't be an easy game and again it's probably a story of two sides stronger in the batting that the bowling, certainly in our case, less so for Derbyshire. However our batting unit is the stronger of the two so if Dernbach can hit his straps, Dunn steps up to the occasion and Linley carries on improving, we should be looking at beating them, weather permitting.

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