Worcestershire vs Derbyshire Day 3

MoeenDerbyshire 219 (Madsen 111 n.o Ajmal 60-4) trail Worcestershire 432-9 (Kervezee 110 Footitt 52-3) by 213 runs.

An adventurous century by Alexei Kervezee and thrilling 99 by Moeen Ali set the tone for a strong day’s work for Worcestershire as they reached leaving Derbyshire an uphill task to save the match tomorrow at New Road.

Kervezee struck 110 off 137 which included 11 boundaries while Ali faced 146 balls and struck nine boundaries and three sixes. Gareth Andrew struck a blistering half century late in the day (71 off 53 balls) inclusive of 6 boundaries and five sixes to effectively render Derbyshire a back to the wall mission tomorrow.

Derbyshire’s bowlers were lacking in penetration after a morning session, where they got the lengths right. But since then, they were hit all around the park ruthlessly as runs began to haemorrhage. Only one to come away with some pride was Mark Footitt who returned impressive figures of 52-3.

It was all based on another solid and obdurate opening stand between Daryl Mitchell and Matthew Pardoe who took care of the early seam movement. 41 runs were added with lot of caution but 72 runs on the board, the first wicket fell as Mitchell was caught and bowled off David Wainwright for 26.

Moeen Ali had an assignment of his own in hand, with England selectors having a binocular placed on him and he curbed his attacking instincts in the early spells. Maybe he had going to lunch without damage at the back of his mind, whichever it was, he managed it with some anxious moments.

However, Pardoe couldn’t last until lunch as a contentious catch by Wayne Madsen at square leg meant he had to depart for 49. Umpires had to consult eachother before arriving at a decision and Pardoe seemed hardly impressed with the outcome.

Moeen broke his shackles after lunch, wielding his bat with effortless ease to reach a half-century only off 59 balls. His company proved to be valuable for Tom Kohler-Cadmore who hung around with hope that he could turn his poor form around. But Madsen turned to Tony Palladino since the spinners were leaking runs at will, and he immediately got the breakthrough removing Cadmore for 11. That was the call for fireworks as Kervezee and Ali began to swallow the lead of Derbyshire in double quick time.

They added 78 for the fourth wicket before Ali’s horror moment arrived on the stroke of tea. Needing a single to reach his 13th first class hundred, Ali spooked at a wide delivery by Wes Durston which spooned to Tim Groenewald at backward point.

After tea, Ross Whiteley did nothing to remind his former county of his presence as he was dismissed for a duck by Palladino. Ben Cox continued his fine form and added 75 runs off just 79 balls for the 6th wicket before departing for a well-made 41.

Then the stage was set for Andrew to instigate a savage assault. The ground wasn’t big enough for three of his sixes while another hit ‘Worcestershire County Club sign’ at the rooftop of the nearby hotel. Even the last man Charles Morris joined into heave a boundary towards square leg to multiply the misery for Derbyshire bowlers.

In the middle of the carnage, the message wasn’t lost. They had set themselves up for a real tilt at an outright victory tomorrow.


Worcestershire vs Derbyshire Day 2

madsenStumps Day 2: Derbyshire 219 (Madsen 111 n.o, Ajmal 60/4) lead Worcestershire 31-0 (Mitchell 13 n.o Pardoe 10 n.o) by 188 runs by Chathura Pinnawala at New Road.

A fighting century by Wesley Madsen provided the backbone to an otherwise tentative display of batting by Derbyshire as they were shot out for 219 in their LV Championship Division II match at New Road today.

Worcestershire in reply reached stumps at 31-0 condensing all the honours of the day to themselves. Daryl Mitchell and Matthew Pardoe were at their watchful best as they made peace with the 16 tricky overs which was left on Day 2 before stumps. Saeed Ajmal took four late order wickets, while Gareth Andrew, who bowled splendidly in the morning session, and Charles Morris shared three wickets apiece.

Earlier, Captain Madsen stood like a rock striking 14 boundaries in a marathon knock, his 16th first class hundred, which lasted 244 balls. He never found the relief such a knock warranted as wickets falling around him was a constant theme of the day. It seemed they were off to an auspicious start though, as the overnight pair, Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul fronted up to the apparent swing that was on offer under the cloudy skies.

Chanderpaul’s dismissal, LBW to Andrew for 32, just before lunch was a key moment in the match with it providing the impetus Worcestershire yearned for after yielding nothing for a concentrated spell of bowling in the morning. Chesney Hughes followed soon after, again LBW to Andrew, for a duck to leave the Falcons in deep trouble. It was compounded when Ajmal, playing his first match after receiving the long awaited go ahead by Pakistan Cricket Board, decided to rearrange his wickets column.

First to fall was Wes Durston for two before Dan Hodgson, on loan from Yorkshire, did no favours for his new county falling to Ajmal leaving him on a hat-trick. Admirably, from then onwards the visitors’ tail gave sufficient company to Madsen, helping him reach his century.

David Wainwright (10), Toni Palladino (11), Tim Groenewald (24), Mark Footitt (17) all put a price tag on their wickets, which enabled Madsen to add invaluable 136 runs for the final four wickets.

Worcestershire top order could have easily surrendered the advantage given to them by their excellent bowlers, but Mitchell and Pardoe was in no mood to do so.

The sun was a welcome sight after an opening day which was washed off and with an encouraging forecast for tomorrow, Cricket will be the focal point of the day again instead of the depressing umbrellas and raincoats.

Worcestershire vs Derbyshire Day 1

darylStumps, Day One: Derbyshire 3-2 (Andrew 2/1 Morris 1/1) v Worcestershire by Chathura Pinnawala at New Road.

Persistent drizzle and wet ground conditions prevented any meaningful play in the LV Championship Division II match between Worcestershire and Derbyshire which commenced today at New Road.

Only four overs were possible for the entire day and the visitors found it hard to counter the seam movement to finish at 3-2, having elected to bat. Gareth Andrew dismissed Billy Godleman for 3 as an inside edge crashed on to the stumps while youngster Charles Morris produced a ripper which jagged back and castled a perplexed Stephen Moore who didn’t offer a stroke.

It was during a brief period from 4.30pm, but just as Moore trudged off to the pavilion, rain followed him ending any further play. Worcestershire made just one change from the previous victory against Kent, drafting in Saeed Ajmal in place of Shaaiq Chowdhry while for Derbyshire, Dan Hodgson and David Wainwright took the places of Richard Johnson and Mark Turner.

Play is scheduled to begin at 11am tomorrow.

Jack Wilshire-Soldier On

Jack+Wilshere+Arsenal+v+Norwich+City+Premier+-H1PFC0YX7_lTwo games can’t be further poles apart. In Jack Wilshire’s case it demarcates lethargy and agility. Last few weeks provided references of the old adage in abundance, ‘you are as good as your last game.’
Wilshire’s performance barring the goal that accrued a precious point for Arsene Wenger few weeks ago at The Hawthorns was pedestrian at best. Maybe it had dices of tenacity and steely fortitude to never wave the white flag embedded in it, but the countenance that cameras are positioned to take hold of, his overall play, lacked timing, forward predicting and fluidity. The Wilshire, fans came to know as the man who has free timing on the ball has been missing for quite some time now.
While the goal masked the lack of match practice for a second, it was evident where his pauses lied. He was caught on the ball by a barging set of Baggies time after time, being tackled relentlessly to the floor and having to agonize while the play went on. It must have been a different playing field for a man used to jump over tackles and storm into the business area unshackled.
This is where match fitness plays its part.

article-2470071-18E12FCA00000578-526_634x356Continuous football makes you drilled for the occasion, makes you sense the tackle before it flies in and importantly instils a sense of forward thinking that makes you fearless. Arsenal’s no 10 is slowly getting there. Considering the symphony he, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud orchestrated against Norwich he has fastened his seat belts.
That’s a testament to the man he’s mentored under, Wenger knows how to keep faith in his players.
In that spectrum, Wilshire is an emblem. Wenger must not have been impressed by the leaked pictures of his protégé smoking. More controversy was to follow as the sun set on Adnan Januzaj’s availability befuddled Wilshire to speak his heart.
article-2444311-1885966000000578-266_634x521As psychology goes, when you are not in the best position in life and you have something to prove or in Wilshire’s case something to regain which he has lost due to swathes on injuries for nearly two years, a question provides you with an avenue. An avenue of vulnerability. An avenue of forthrightness. An avenue that makes you want to show hypothetically that you haven’t lost anything which public opinion says or your performances have indicated.
There were signs during England’s qualifier against Poland that the skills were slowly returning.
The culmination of everything was the supreme team goal that ensued which many pundits have bracketed as a goal of the year contender and even one of the best open play goals scored in the Premier League. Wilshire was cherry picked for greatness and the heir to the armband for England in the probable near future not for nothing.

That blowing hot and cold nature again crept in during the Dortmond game where he had to scamper, survive niggles and was substituted ultimately for lacking impact. Against Crystal Palace, Wenger tested another facet of his to err on the side of caution and he adopted.
Now he’s back on the sidelines again. It’s the ankle that continues to thwart his attempts to push on but the seriousness of the injury is far less. Soon he’ll start to completely evade tackles, pick out passes and penetrate the game from deep midfield for the maestros upfront to pounce. It took Aaron Ramsey three years to completely shake off his demons.

JackWilshereIn the theatre of football, match fitness means everything. Smooth integration will see Wilshire return to full fitness slowly and surely. And that’s something to wait in anticipation and hope for.  Because lo and behold,  there aren’t many finer sights in world football than a fit Wilshire.

Hay On Wye’s Loving Touch to British Film Industry

The CastleNot even Richard Booth when he declared himself as ‘The King of Hay’ would have anticipated the central hub of books that it was to become.

Situated in the border of Wales, not only has it been dubbed the ‘town of books’, it has lived up to its reputation. Many festivals echoing the theme has been born along the way with the 4th festival of British Cinema catching the headlines.

Book shops at HayBritish Cinema is in its another one of immobile periods of mediocrity with government’s lack of priority weighting down on it. Film industry has never been the one to challenge the posh altitudes touched by Hollywood and its commercial successes but as the organizers stress the story based almost flowing art of story-telling, as non-mainstream as it can be, has been ever present.

And it’s that factor the organizers are trying to exploit by introducing unknown directors to their spot under the sun. 21 films of relative familiarity and three short stories were to be screened at three venues with Hay Parish hall and Talgarth playing second fiddle to the newly built Richard Booth’s bookshop theatre.

StreetsIts importance can’t be emphasized highly enough considering the climate where Britain’s film industry is. Critics in the field value localness to the core which affects them to abort some directors who have made their name in USA under the bright lights.

The hard reality check is, a film with a multi-billion budget or one that cost tenth of the amount as that, the final verdict
Depends on how well received by the audiences at the end of the day. In simpler terms, how many seats are occupied. This the organizers feel is one of the key elements to pump hope to the new directors.
“Hay is always busy. Predominantly because of the books. But the numbers of people who visit this town has remained static. The special character of the town and its book shops is you can actually find shops that specialize in genres. So choosing which way to go is offered to you very precisely” says Lorna who is looking after one of the children’s best seller book shops.
The CastleAs the smattering of grievances from the organizers suggest, the cinema festival hasn’t reached the pedestal where they want to, the inconsistencies in audiences ranging from full houses to half a dozen people certifies that fact. But it has a direction to follow as has been shown by the popular industry in Hay.Main Street

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