Derbyshire v Hampshire at Derby on 20 to 23 April: LV= County Championship: Division Two
By John Brown
Derbyshire played their first home Championship match of the new season against Hampshire at The 3aaa County Ground - and after overnight rain there was a thirty-minute delay before the match could begin on day one.
Wayne Madsen won the toss for Derbyshire and decided to field first whereupon Hampshire were made to work hard against a mainly seam attack. Hampshire’s Captain fell early to Mark Turner, but Carberry looked in good touch, so his dismissal in the twenty-first over came as a welcome relief as he had scored 45 of the first 57 runs.
There was a brief stoppage for rain during the afternoon, but Hampshire continued to make steady progress. Smith and Gatting added a useful 67 for the fifth wicket although Smith mishit a pull from Chesney Hughes shortly before the close, taken three overs early as the light deteriorated: Hampshire 231 for five.
Nightwatchman Abbott fell straightaway on the second morning, but Gatting and Bates added a frustrating 59 for the eighth wicket before the spin of Wes Durston helped to finish the Hampshire innings on 328 just after lunch.
Derbyshire lost an early wicket, but Stephen Moore and Madsen resisted all that the Hampshire seamers could produce to add 106 runs for the second wicket. Madsen fell for a painstaking 36, and he was followed by Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Now Moore and Chanderpaul made the pitch look easier than it had been hitherto, and they were still together at the close with Derbyshire on 203 for two.
Moore had completed an excellent hundred on his home debut for his new county: he had been especially effective at putting away the bad ball to the boundary and he brought up his hundred with a lofted square cut which cleared the boundary rope. He had face 178 balls and hit fourteen fours and that one six.
More rain delayed the start of the third day by two hours: when play resumed after an early lunch the overnight pair continued until their partnership had reached 163 at which point Moore finally fell for 128 – 273 for three. Hampshire had taken the new ball by now, and Derbyshire struggled for a while as they lost five wickets in the space of eleven overs. Chanderpaul had recorded his fourth fifty of the first-class season in the only four innings he had played - 82 runs from 141 balls. Once again, with his unorthodox style, he had demonstrated why he is a world-class batsman.
With Derbyshire on 312 for seven the game seemed nicely balanced, but Tony Palladino and Tim Groenewald hit the ball cleanly and added what seemed to be an invaluable 63 for the eighth wicket. Groenewald went on to complete his second successive fifty and he finished with 56 from sixty balls (9 fours and two sixes).
Derbyshire had a 71 run lead on first innings and there were twenty-four overs remaining in the day: Hampshire reached twenty runs from nine of those overs without loss before the umpires decided that it was too dark for play to continue.
Derbyshire bowled well on the last morning, and the Hampshire openers scored only 73 runs from the thirty-four overs that were bowled, but no wickets fell and the match looked to be drawing to the inevitable draw. Three wickets fell between lunch and tea which was taken early due to a light shower.
Play thereafter was fairly pointless from a match point-of-view and it was almost a relief when the light deteriorated enough for the players to have to leave the field with a minimum of twenty-six overs remaining. The light improved, however, and play was able to resume at 4.30pm. After just one more over had been bowled with the new ball play was suspended again and the captains agreed a draw with both teams taking eleven points.
Hampshire 328 (112.3 overs) (WR Smith 70, JS Gatting 67, MA Carberry 45, LA Dawson 39, MD Bates 31, JM Vince 30; MHA Footitt 3 for 71, WR Durston 2 for 41, TD Groenewald 2 for 57) and 236 for 3 (80 overs) (JHK Adams 84, JM Vince 50*, MA Carberry 47, WR Smith 25*, LA Dawson 22; MHA Footitt 2 for 27)
Derbyshire 399 (113.3 overs) (SC Moore 128, S Chanderpaul 82, TD Groenewald 56*, WL Madsen 36, AP Palladino 28; KJ Abbott 4 for 84, JA Tomlinson 3 for 70, LA Dawson 2 for 37)
Match Drawn: Derbyshire (11 points) Hampshire (11)
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