Fast start from Liam Norwell leaves Derbyshire struggling to keep up

Warwickshire 13 for 1 trail Derbyshire 189 (Critchley 64, Reece 63, Norwell 5-32) by 176 runs

When people suggest there are too many first-class counties, Derbyshire tend to be one of those they highlight.

And, much as some of us might want to refute that, you can see why. They’ve only had two seasons in the top division of the County Championship – 2000 and 2013 – and the last time one of their players was selected to play for England was in 2002. Yes, Gary Ballance and Ian Blackwell played for Derbyshire and England. But the last serving Derbyshire player to win England selection was Dominic Cork. And if you’re not challenging for trophies or producing many quality players, well, what’s the point?

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