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Arthur speaks on Day Four washout

Monday 22nd April 2024
Photography by: David Griffin

No play was possible on Day Four of Derbyshire’s Vitality County  Championship fixture against Leicestershire due to rain.

The umpires deemed no play was possible shortly after 1pm, meaning Derbyshire will take nine points from the fixture.

Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, on the partnership between Wayne Madsen and Alex Thomson, said: “It was a really good partnership under pressure, we’d looked at the forecasts and knew we needed to get into today to get the draw,” he said. “They were very composed, very clinical and did a really good job for us.”

Arthur also recognised the significance of the dropped catches on the first morning after his side had put Leicestershire into bat.

“It definitely set the tone for the game, at 10 for 2 we would have been looking at a totally different scenario.

“I thought we bowled well with the new ball, we asked enough questions to put them under pressure and we created the opportunities but didn’t latch onto those opportunities and that is the very disappointing aspect of it.

“The effort has been outstanding, the commitment to the cause has been outstanding and the determination they’ve showed to get better everyday has been brilliant so I’m never ever questioning that.

“What I did find disappointing was the way we caught because we put a lot of time and work into that and our bowling with the older ball is something we need to work on. The other thing is we haven’t had a hundred yet.

“We’ve had guys get sixties but I expect for us to be able to put the opposition under enough pressure, we need to get runs on the board and we haven’t been able to do that yet.”

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