Derbyshire v Somerset, Derby, 4th day June 24, 2013

Compton's triumph is shortlived

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Somerset 216 (Trescothick 50, Groenewald 5-30, Palladino 5-97) and 145 for 6 (Compton 56, Clare 5-29) beat Derbyshire 266 (Johnson 56, Madsen 50, Overton 3-35, Thomas 3-54) and 94 (Kirby 4-18, Meschede 3-17) by four wickets

Nick Compton lifted Somerset with a vital half-century that guided them to a tense four-wicket at Derby and left Derbyshire bottom of the LV= Championship First Division.

But Compton found bad news almost as soon as he left the field. While Somerset celebrated their first Championship win of the season, Compton was omitted from the England side to face Essex in an Ashes warm-up at Chelmsford at the weekend. Joe Root was chosen to open the innings

Compton made 56 in front of National Selector Geoff Miller but even as he did so the ECB was preparing a statement carrying Miller's assertion that Root, not Compton, was the opener best suited to join Alastair Cook at the top of the order.

Derbyshire's problems were compounded when they were bowled out for 94 early on the final day. Jon Clare took 5 for 29 in eight overs to launch a fightback, but Somerset reached their target of 145 to get a disappointing season underway

Steve Kirby had earlier taken 4 for 18 and Craig Meschede 3 for 17 as Derbyshire lost their last eight wickets for 56 to be bowled out for 94 and remain at the foot of Division One.

They had gone into the fourth day strongly placed with a lead of 86 and eight wickets intact but only two more runs had been added when Somerset got the big wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who dabbed Alfonso Thomas into the hands of third slip.

It was a poor stroke by the experienced West Indian but there was plenty of seam and swing movement to make life difficult for the batsmen and Meschede blew away the middle order with a burst of 3 for four in 12 balls.

Billy Godleman was caught behind as he pushed forward, Ben Slater was bowled first ball, and Richard Johnson gave Alex Barrow another catch to leave Derbyshire in deep trouble at 54 for 6.

The next blow was self-inflicted as Clare wandered down the pitch and was run out by Jamie Overton's direct hit from mid-on but former Somerset batsman Wes Durston and Tony Palladino gave Derbyshire hope by nudging the lead towards 150.

They added 26 in nine overs but the introduction of Kirby at the City End saw the last three wickets fall for just four runs. Palladino edged to second slip, Tim Groenewald could only fend a lifting ball to first slip and after Durston carved Overton over the slips for four, he was bowled going for a big drive.

It had been an impressive morning's work by the Somerset seamers but their batsmen knew the target would not be a formality in conditions that favoured the bowlers.

Derbyshire knew they needed to strike early to spark panic in the visiting camp but Marcus Trescothick and Compton reduced the target by 30 in five overs before lunch, with Compton pulling Mark Footitt for six.

The pair took their stand to 60 before Trescothick was caught at cover off a leading edge off Clare and although Compton was looking increasingly assured, it was a different story at the other end.

Dean Elgar flashed at Clare and was caught at first slip, James Hildreth offered no shot and was lbw for three and although Craig Kieswetter drove his first ball through the covers for four, he was caught behind off the next to leave Somerset wobbling on 102 for 4.

When Compton edged a big drive at Clare to first slip seven runs later, Derbyshire sensed they could still pull off an unlikely victory but Peter Trego settled Somerset's nerves with some aggressive strokes to carry his side home with 41 overs still to bowl.

Somerset took a vital 20 points to ease their relegation worries, while Derbyshire collected just five.

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  • Mark on June 28, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Anyway, @JG2704, it is still an interesting run-in where eyes will be almost as much on denying the opposition points as on getting points yourselves.

  • John on June 26, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (June 26, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

    RE "So, really salvation is in your hands"

    Not in my hands I hope. I'm hopeless with responsibility

  • Mark on June 26, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    I see that Compo is 54* and handling the Australian attack with aplomb. And Boycs is saying the Joe Root should stay at 6...

  • Mark on June 26, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @JG2704 I tried to post a comment yesterday about Somerset's remaining fixtures. It seems that this comment failed moderation for some weird reason.

    Basically, you have 5 of the remaining games against your direct relegation rivals (Derbyshire, Surrey, Notts and Warks), including Notts home and away. The final game is v Surrey, which may be a relegation 44-pointer: not a game for faint hearts.

    So, really salvation is in your hands.

  • John on June 26, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    CricketingStargazer - agreed re Arafat

    @ SamuelH - Any idea on Rehman? Thought he was returning. TBH not to excited re our T20 overseas players

  • Mark on June 25, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    @SamuelH I am a big fan of Kieswetter and would have had him on tour as second 'keeper the last couple of winters. People tend to forget that his record in ODIs is actually better than anyone else since Alec Stewart retired (GO Jones, Prior, Read, etc). However, I think that the writing is on the wall now. The selectors have decided to invest in Jos Buttler and I think that, unless Buttler messes up big time, they will not go back to Kieswetter and that Buttler will be seen as the long-term replacement for Matt Prior in Tests.

    I had seen the news of Yasir Arafat playing and was mildly amazed. I had imagined that he had retired now.

  • Samuel on June 25, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    @JG & Stargazer - don't think Kieswetter's England days are numbered yet. Certainly think he's currently a better gloveman than Bairstow and before the injury was keeping better in every game it seemed (although so was Buttler and now Barrow is keeping well too - we're well stocked with keepers down at Taunton it seems!), and if he can get back to the consistency with the bat he showed both last season and before his injury then I still think he should be considered back-up wicket keeper batsman to Prior: he is the closest we have to a like for like replacement currently, in terms of equality in both batting and keeping ability.

    And JG - the T20 players are Alviro and Yasir Arafat.

  • John on June 25, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (June 25, 2013, 7:15 GMT) I think Derbyshire have gone and overachieved by attaining promotion. As is always the case , much depends on weather. Defeats aren't so bad provided they're not against relegation/promotion/championship contending sides as you don't really lose that many points compared to the Win/Draw difference. That's why the Warwicks game still eats away at me so much.No doubt we're still hugely up against it but this was a good win as it looked so unlikely at any point after the first 2 days Re Craig - not sure what's happening , whether his outfield stint is a short term thing because of his injury or if it's a long term plan to accomodate Jos. As an Eng player you said yourself that you think the door is closed as a WK/Batsman and his CC form is certainly good enough to keep him as a batsman

  • Mark on June 25, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    @JG2704 I am unconvinced by the possibility of Craig Kieswetter re-inventing himself as a batsman, with its implication that you must be both more productive and more consistent than a wicket-keeper/batsman ever has to be. However, there is no doubt that his England spot has gone and will be difficult or impossible to win back (I suspect that he is no longer seriously under consideration) and England want Jos Buttler to take the gloves more, maybe thinking of him as the long-term replacement for Matt Prior.

    Somerset's next three fixtures are Sussex (home), Notts and Warks (away). They probably have to win at least one of these two games against their direct rivals, otherwise the last 4 games of the season are going to be a desperate scramble for points and an uphill struggle to survive.

  • John on June 24, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    @SamuelH - Nick is better off at Somerset where he is appreciated. TBH it still doesn't sit well with me that Eng never gave Nick any public backing in NZ when the rumours were circulating which still doesn't sit well with me. He responded with 2 tons

    @CricketingStargazer - Albeit vs the weakest team (by some distance) this was the sort of win which could really lift the side. I still feel that the Warwicks defeat (well it was a draw but felt like a defeat) had a bif effect on their subsequent performances. I think Hildreth has only scored one CC ton this season and I don't think Tres has scored any. Craig has only just come back and losing Alviro was at best unhelpful esp as he played no part in the CT and Elgar has been awful. Hard to believe he's played for SA.

    also does anyone know

    1 - If Craig hasn't been keeping because of the injury or because he's planning to play as an outfielder?

    2 - When Alviro returns

    3 - Who Somerset's T20 players will be

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