Derbyshire thrash their way into trouble as Oliver Hannon-Dalby profits

Derbyshire 189 and 71 for 5 (Hannon-Dalby 5-29) lead Warwickshire 221 (Lamb 54) by 39 runs

There was a time when, confronted by tricky conditions and a tight match situation, a batsman might be expected to buckle down for some dogged resistance.

Take Alan Hill, for example. Hill is something of a folk hero among Derbyshire supporters for his obdurate batting. He holds the record for the highest first-class score (103, since you ask, made for Orange Free State v Griqualand West in 1976-77) without a boundary. He’s one of only three men to have made a first-class hundred without hitting a four or six. Once, when batting against Kent at Derby in 1977, he went 68 minutes before getting off the mark. He might not have had the spectators flocking in, but by God bowlers had to earn his wicket.

Modern cricket isn’t like that. While there are one or two Hill-types out there – Dom Sibley isn’t a bad example – the default response to most situations these days appears to be to attempt to hit the ball harder and further. You couldn’t say the game was less skilful than it was previously; batters play shots of which Hill and co could never have dreamed. And you might argue the contemporary game is more entertaining than it has ever been. But maybe, somewhere along the way, some subtle skills – not least the will and ability to defend for long periods – has been lost.

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