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LV=CC REPORT: Derbyshire v Glamorgan

Derbyshire v Glamorgan at Derby on 20 to 22 July: LV= County Championship: Division Two
By John Brown

Wayne Madsen won the toss in this first meeting of the season with Glamorgan and he chose to field first.

Tony Palladino took a wicket in his first over and, after six overs, he had taken three wickets for one run. Alex Hughes and Tom Taylor took a wicket each so that Glamorgan were reduced to 50 for five by the lunch interval.

Goodwin, who had been dropped in the slips before he had scored, and Wallace stayed together for nineteen overs after the interval and they added 64 for the sixth wicket. Once Goodwin had gone, caught off the bowling of Hughes, the remaining four wickets fell while only eight runs were added.

Glamorgan were all out for 138 with Hughes having taken four wickets in an innings for the first time in his first-class career. Ben Slater dug in on a pitch which required plenty of application and occasional luck as he saw three partners go to leave Derbyshire on 63 for three. Enter Wes Durston who continued his run of free-scoring form as he reached his fifty at exactly a run a ball.  

Derbyshire looked well-placed to establish a commanding lead, but they lost three wickets in the space of five overs shortly before the close which was taken at 142 for six. Two more wickets fell in the first fifteen minutes on the second morning, so now the game was very much in the balance.

Not for the first time two late-order Derbyshire batsmen came to their team’s rescue: they stayed together for twenty-eight overs, making any negative comments about the pitch look rather ridiculous.   David Wainwright and Palladino put on a match-defining 73 runs for the ninth wicket, after which Mark Footitt enjoyed himself as he struck three fours in one Cosker over during a delayed lunch interval.

So Derbyshire were able to come out after lunch with an unexpected first innings lead of 103. Footitt started what was probably the outstanding spell of his season if not his career: he took a wicket in his second over and then bowled very fast to capture four more wickets in his next five overs.

When he was rested after bowling eight overs he had taken the top five wickets at a personal cost of twenty-one runs – it was exceptional stuff, and he thoroughly deserved the ovation he was given by spectators and team-mates alike.  

At tea Glamorgan had reached 89 for seven, still fourteen runs behind, and it seemed probable that the match would be over in two days. Glamorgan’s late-order batsmen also showed some steel as the last three wickets added 91 runs. Footitt finished with career-best figures of six for 48.

The fact that Glamorgan batted well towards the end allowed Derbyshire to reduce the slow over-rate which might well have cost them as many as three points had they not done so.

Even so Derbyshire were now required to make only 73 runs to win and they had eight overs and two days in which to do it. It was soon clear that they were quite content to return on the third morning in the attempt to finish the job. The loss of Godleman to the first ball he faced was a blow, but Slater and Madsen stayed to the close when Derbyshire had reached 13 for one.  

Glamorgan’s seamers made Derbyshire work hard on the third morning, but they had too few runs to defend, and Derbyshire won by six wickets with more than sessions to spare. Derbyshire now have to wait six weeks before their next championship match – at home to Worcestershire starting on 31st August.

After the match Mark Footitt and Shivnarine Chanderpaul were presented with their county caps, two thoroughly well-deserved awards for two outstanding professionals and servants of the game.  

Glamorgan 138 (53.2 overs) (MW Goodwin 44, MA Wallace 30; AL Hughes 4 for 46, AP Palladino 3 for 14, MHA Footitt 2 for 37) and 175 (49.2 overs) (WT Owen 28, MA Wallace 25, MG Hogan 22*; MHA Footitt 6 for 48, TAI Taylor 3 for 27)

Derbyshire 241 (77.1 overs) (WJ Durston 50, BT Slater 40, DJ Wainwright 35, AP Palladino 33; MG Hogan 5 for 63, JAR Harris 2 for 56) and 73 for 4 (24.3overs) (BT Slater 20; MG Hogan 2 for 17)

Derbyshire (20 points) beat Glamorgan (3) by 6 wickets

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