Pre-season Practice Match: Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire at Derby on 7th and 8th April 2013
By John Brown
The two counties met for some serious practice in the middle, although the cricket could never be considered as a competitive contest.
On the first day it had been agreed that Nottinghamshire should bat for 50 overs after which Derbyshire would bat for 40 overs. On the second day it was Derbyshire’s turn to bat for 50 overs while the visitors had 40.
Tony Palladino, Tim Groenewald and Jon Clare all bowled very tidily on the first morning as the visitors’ openers struggled to make runs on a pitch that suited seam bowling.
It was not until the slower bowlers took their turn to practise in cold conditions that the runs began to come more easily. Even so Derbyshire had every reason to feel satisfied with Nottinghamshire’s final score of 173 for 5 from their fifty overs. Chris Read and Steven Mullaney both made fluent fifties in the later, easier conditions.
Billy Godleman, playing his first home game for his newly adopted county, and Wes Durston were also made work hard for runs at first, although Durston scored more freely towards the end of the day.
Nottinghamshire 173 for 5 dec (49.5 overs) (CMW Read 54*, SJ Mullaney 54, AD Hales 34; JL Clare 2 for 13) Derbyshire 104 for 2 dec (39.3 overs) (WJ Durston 58, BA Godleman 41*)
On the second day Notts had made eight changes to their team, and Madsen and Chesney Hughes scored much more quickly than on the previous day. Hughes reached his fifty from only 53 balls.
The pair had put on 94 together when they both retired to allow Dan Redfern and Shivnarine Chanderpaul their turn to bat. This move heralded a mini-collapse as three wickets fell in quick succession: these included the wicket of Chanderpaul, adjudged lbw from only his fourth ball.
The overseas star was allowed to return later and concentrated on defence until the last over of the innings when he struck three huge sixes. Derbyshire’s final score of 181 for eight included four retirements.
Michael Lumb fell in the first over, caught off Mark Footitt, of the Notts’ reply. Derbyshire’s seamers were nearly all second-choice players, but James Taylor was restricted in his scoring at first, although Samit Patel, having made a first ball duck, batted more freely than anyone during the match as he made an attractive 70 from 89 balls. Taylor made a sound fifty before retiring, after which Notts saw out the rest of the day with play ending at 5.28pm.
Derbyshire 181 for 8 (50 overs) (CF Hughes 53ret, WL Madsen 35ret, S Chanderpaul 31*; JT Ball 2 for 37)
Nottinghamshire 172 for 3 (40 overs) (SR Patel 70, JWA Taylor 50ret, S Kelsall 24*, PJ Franks 23*)
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