The County Championship season is once again underway and although hopes for my club – Derbyshire – were high of an improvement on last year’s wooden spoon, results so far have not been so; 2 games, 2 defeats.
In fairness, the first game was a narrow defeat in a set-up match, whilst the second saw them defeated by what I would expect to be one of the teams right up there at the end of the season.
All in all, I’m not overly disappointed yet. Although I am in one aspect; the team selection.
Last season Harvey Hosein (pictured above), a then-teenager given a chance towards the end of season, put in a string of performance both as wicketkeeper and batsman that left people purring. A string of half centuries and a maiden first-class century as well as excellent wicketkeeping meant he was seen very much as an essential part of our team for this year.
Except, it seems, he isn’t.
Two games in and winter signing, Gary Wilson (himself a good player and great signing), has donned the gloves. However, Wilson represents Ireland solely as a batter and, looking at the Derbyshire line-up, there would be scope for Wilson to play that role for the Falcons whilst Harvey kept. For a club that prides itself on producing and promoting youth, I find his omission baffling. One of the best prospects we’ve had in years – alongside paceman Will Davis (who incidentally has played both games) – isn’t playing. What message does that send out to the other youngsters? Come to think of that, what message does that send to Harvey?
I’m not sure.