David Wigley: Still On For Promotion But It’s Tighter Than Ever

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A Bank Holiday weekend! We have a televised Pro40 match televised on Monday against Warwickshire that I’m not playing in. I might go and watch a bit, or if its cold, I might just flick between it and what is bound to be a ‘Bankers Bank Holiday Bonanza’ edition of Deal or No Deal in the comfort of my own home. They will probably lose the £250,000 in the first round, end up with the 1p and I will turn over to Extreme Make-over: Home Edition after 10 minutes.

Pretty much a whole days rain over the last four days put pay to a result against promotion rivals Glamorgan at the County Ground, Northampton, last week. We lost the toss on a wicket that was doing a lot for the seamers on the first day but an excellent 160 from ex-housemate Steven Peters and some poor bowling from the Glammy boys meant that we made 350, probably 100 runs more than they would have liked. The wicket then turned out to be a very good batting deck as wickets became pretty hard to come by. The game petered out to the inevitable draw and we were able to finish an hour early. In games like this one, teams should be able to shake hands at the tea interval. Both sets of players and the umpires knew where it was heading and the front-line bowlers had stopped bowling shortly after lunch in order to preserve their bodies for the last four matches.

Our draw, along with the draw that Essex had with Leicestershire had, meant that no team has made any progress away from each other in order to get the second promotion place. Currently, Kent look odds-on favourites to be promoted in first place, but a loss by them could still see two other teams snatch the top two places if results go their way.

The Second Division of the County Championship is definitely where the excitement is!   Durham look to have all but mathematically won the £350,000 prize money for first place in the First Division which means that if Northants are still in contention come our final game then it could be televised for all four days on Sky Sports. A good opportunity for us to show off our Championship form to the rest of the country.

Competition for places in the bowling department is very strong at the moment. I was rotated in the previous game and Johan Van Der Wath missed the Glamorgan game with illness. Jack Brooks, the newest member of the attack, had another good game this week.  He bowled economically without much luck but still picked up two wickets in the game.

Dave Lucas is still our leading wicket-taker, by some distance. So, with Van Der Wath presumably returning for our next fixture against Middlesex at home I guess I might have another unsettled build up wondering if I will get the nod or the dreaded tap on the shoulder with the phrase ‘you’re going to miss out this game I’m afraid, Wiggers’. Time will tell.

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