The fine weather continued on the first day of this match and, when Derbyshire won the toss and chose to bat, things seemed set fair for a good start for the Division 2 leaders. But, cricket being cricket, just the opposite came to pass: Gloucestershire’s unsung seamers, Will Gidman, Payne and Saxelby caused several edges and mishits and their fielders caught well. By lunchtime Derbyshire had been reduced to 83 for eight with none of their batsmen having reached twenty.
After the interval the last two wickets fell to run outs and Derbyshire were all out for 95, a position from which they were going to have to play very well if they were to recover. Although the first wicket fell in the third over, a couple of missed chances allowed Gloucestershire, first to pass the Derbyshire total for the loss of only two wickets, and then to build a comfortable lead. By the close on the first day, the home county were 87 ahead with five wickets still left.
Gloucestershire were dismissed by lunch on a much greyer and colder second day by which time their lead had increased to a daunting 199. Home skipper, Alex Gidman, so often successful with the bat against Derbyshire, had completed a defiant and well-crafted century. As might be expected Derbyshire batted better at the second attempt with Martin Guptill playing some aggressive shots and captain Wayne Madsen digging in as he set a captain’s example. Even so the score slipped to 91 for three at which point Dan Redfern joined his captain and they built a partnership of 97 before Madsen was adjudged lbw for 73 (130 balls): this was the second time in two games when he had reached fifty, only to have his innings cut short by a dubious decision.
To add to Derbyshire’s woes it seems that Ross Whiteley was also mistakenly given out caught at the wicket, and Derbyshire finished the day on 211 for five, only twelve runs in front.
On the third morning Derbyshire’s hoped-for fightback did not materialise: Redfern advanced his overnight score from 64 to 77 before he offered a straightforward catch to extra-cover from the first ball after a thirty-five minute stoppage for rain. Jon Clare hit some bold shots in hitting an unbeaten 43 from 38 balls, but a final score of 283 left Gloucestershire needing only 85 runs to win.
Despite a wicket for Tony Palladino from the fourth ball of the innings, Howell and Williamson added 52 before Clare dismissed them both. Derbyshire’s batsmen had not scored enough runs to allow their bowlers to make further inroads, and for the third match in a row, the game was over inside three days.
Despite this disappointing loss, Derbyshire still head the Second Division table, but now realise that they must play with greater consistency if they are to achieve what they and all they supporters are hoping for.
Derbyshire’s next championship match will start on Tuesday next, atGrace Road,Leicester.
Derbyshire 95 (32.2 overs) (WJ Durston 18; WRS Gidman 4 for 29, DA Payne 3 for 23) and 283 (77.5 overs) (DJ Redfern 77, WL Madsen 72, JL Clare 43*, MJ Guptill 42; WRS Gidman 4 for 50, DA Payne 4 for 89, ID Saxelby 2 for 62)
Gloucestershire 294 (92.3 overs) (APRGidman 129, KS Williamson 56, HJH Marshall 31, AP Palladino 4 for 84, TD Groenewald 3 for 66, RA Whiteley 2 for 38) and 85 for 1 (21.2 overs) (BACHowell 31, KS Williamson 29*; JL Clare 2 for 17)
Gloucestershire (21 points) beat Derbyshire (3) by 7 wickets
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