Mickey Arthur says Derbyshire’s progress in the red ball arena is clear to see, after another positive showing against Durham.
Derbyshire fell narrowly short of victory on Day Four, but centuries in each innings from Leus du Plooy, a century for Brooke Guest and 90 from Anuj Dal were the highlights with the bat, while the bowlers shared the wickets throughout.
So far in the LV= County Championship, Derbyshire have regularly been in strong positions late in games, and while Arthur says the next stage of the team’s evolution will be winning games, the Head of Cricket is pleased with the development he’s seen since his appointment.
“We just fell a little bit short. I can’t fault the effort, I thought that our effort was outstanding. It went according to plan because we wanted a couple of overs with the second new ball.
“In hindsight we could have used a bit more, but once bitten after our experience against Sussex. We couldn’t have done anything more today. I thought the guys executed the plans well, it was just tough to get 10 wickets.
“We fought really hard and we can be very proud of our performance. I thought we got the declaration right. Irrespective of the result, this has been the fifth game when we’ve been in command on the final day.
“We’ve got over the line on a couple of occasions. We’ve been calling the shots and that for me is progress, and when I see that progress I get quite excited because it’s more gametime and experience into our younger players. It makes them better in the future and that’s what I have my eye on.”
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