Derbyshire v New Zealand at Derby on 4th, 5th and 6th May: Tourist Match – First-class
By John Brown
Derbyshire were pleased to welcome the New Zealand tourists for the opening fixture of their 2013 tour of England. Wayne Madsen won his first toss of the season but, as so often on these occasions, the visitors were invited to bat first. Derbyshire’s batting was almost at full strength, but the bowling was mostly second-string, partly as a result of injuries and partly due to the need to rest some senior players.
Alasdair Evans struck in the tenth over when he bowled Hamish Rutherford and his opening partner Peter Fulton followed less than four overs later when Mark Footitt trapped him lbw. When Footitt took two more wickets to leave New Zealand on 124 for four, Derbyshire had every reason to feel pleased with themselves.
But Brownlie and Watling, one of two wicket-keepers used during the match, stayed together for thirty overs and added 116 runs. New Zealand declared after 76 overs, thus leaving Derbyshire to survive twelve overs before the close. Billy Godleman and Chesney Hughes almost achieved that aim, but Hughes was bowled with only one ball remaining in the day.
Derbyshire struggled against the visitors’ seam attack and only Wes Durston managed to pass twenty in a disappointing response which saw the home team finish 135 runs behind on first innings. Doug Bracewell and Neil Wagner proved the most effective of the tourists’ bowlers.
When New Zealand batted a second time it was Derbyshire’s quicker bowlers’ turn to put the early batsmen under pressure. Footitt and Evans each bowled one of the openers and Matt Higginbottom and Footitt each hit the stumps again; at 60 for four New Zealand had some reason to be anxious.
Peter Burgoyne took his first first-class wicket for Derbyshire when he bowled the New Zealand captain for 49. The score was 94 for five, but BJ Watling and Tom Latham, the two wicketkeepers together, led a recovery in adding 105 before the close.
Footitt had taken six wickets in all and his pace had caused the tourists the most trouble. He also had the distinction, it is believed, since this match was played under the new ICC regulations, of being the first bowler to be no-balled for breaking the wicket at the bowler’s end as he delivered the ball. He managed to do this once in each innings.
On the third, and last, morning, on the warmest day of the year so far, New Zealand declared with a lead of 334 and with ninety overs to be bowled in the day. Derbyshire started promisingly with an opening stand of 42, but thereafter wickets fell regularly and Derbyshire reached lunch at 80 for three. Dan Redfern chose to play his shots after the interval and he struck eleven fours in his fifty-ball fifty; he shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 58 with Richard Johnson.
They were both out within five overs of each other and it was left to the stout resistance of Burgoyne and Higginbottom to keep the tourists in the field until after the tea interval. These two fell in quick succession before Footitt entertained the good crowd with a few outrageous shots in a last-wicket stand of 28 with Evans.
New Zealand had emerged as winners by 107 runs in what they had probably considered as a useful warm-up match before they got down to the more serious business to come.
New Zealand 289 for 5 dec (76 overs) (BJ Watling 77*, DG Brownlie 71, KS Williamson 43, TWM Latham 21*, PG Fulton 21; MHA Footitt 4 for 65)
199 for 5 dec (48 overs) (BJ Watling 61*, KS Williamson 49, TWM Latham 47*; MHA Footitt 2 for 19)
Derbyshire 154 (52 overs) (WJ Durston 46, extras 37; DAJ Bracewell 4 for 28, BP Martin 3 for 13, N Wagner 3 for 33)
227 (67.4 overs) (DJ Redfern 56, PI Burgoyne 30, WJ Durston 26, BA Godleman 25, MHA Footitt 22; N Wagner 5 for 45, DAJ Bracewell 3 for 56, BP Martin 2 for 35)
New Zealand beat Derbyshire by 107 runs
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