Derbyshire won the toss and chose to bat on a pitch which looked true enough: once play had started, however, it was clear that all was not as easy as had been expected.
Graham Wagg, who had left Derbyshire two seasons earlier, bowled with great control and swung the ball late in both directions: in his opening spell of nine overs he dismissed the top four batsmen at a cost of 22. Derbyshire slipped to 44 for five and it took a sensible stand of 48 between Ross Whiteley and newcomer David Wainwright (fromYorkshire) to bring any sort of respectability to the all out total of 130.
Jon Clare added a useful 21, but the highlight thus far had been Wagg’s bowling with six for 44, the first time he had taken more than three wickets in an innings for his adopted county.
Tony Palladino, Mark Footitt and Jon Clare hit back as Glamorgan too found the going difficult. There was a brief stoppage for rain, but by the close the home side had lost four wickets for 37.
Next morning, once Clare had been reintroduced to the attack, wickets began to fall quickly: he took two wickets in two balls in his first over of the day and finished with the fine figures of five for 17 from eight overs, only the fourth time he had taken five wickets in an innings. Glamorgan’s score of 95 was their lowest against Derbyshire for more than forty years.
Derbyshire’s lead of 35 looked large in the context of the game, but it soon diminished when the early order slumped yet again to 37 for five. There followed the second important partnership of the match between Whiteley and Wainwright: they defended stoutly and showed great maturity and good sense in not attempting too much. They added sixty at barely two runs an over before they were parted and then it took an ill-judged call which saw a direct hit defeat a diving Whiteley as he reached for the line. He had faced 105 balls and hit six fours in a remarkable innings for one who had not even gained a regular place at this time last year.
Clare joined Wainwright and scored more freely than anyone had managed so far in the match. By the close this pair had added a further 55 runs with Clare unbeaten on 40 from fifty balls. Glamorgan by this time were looking frustrated and dejected.
Next morning Glamorgan took two wickets in the second over, and the game seemed in the balance again. Palladino joined the ever-watchful Wainwright, whose innings proved to be invaluable: he batted almost four hours, faced 165 balls and hit two fours and a six. This pair added 41 in eleven overs, but an all out total of 197 left Glamorgan needing only 233 to win with almost two days in which to get them.
Rees and Walters had eleven overs batting before lunch on the third day and they seemed to have set their side well on the way as they came in with forty-nine runs already on the board. Another twenty minutes passed after the interval before Clare struck twice at the end of the fifth over. Despite this double setback Glamorgan continued to make steady progress as they added another 27 in six overs. At this point, however, Clare bowled Walters and shortly afterwards there began one of the more remarkable collapses in Derbyshire’s history.
In the space of nineteen balls, with Palladino and Clare bowling, six wickets fell while only a single run was scored. Palladino took three wickets in nine balls and Clare three in six, including his third instance of two wickets in two balls in the match. Glamorgan went from 92 for three to 93 for nine in thirty-one balls and managed to lose all ten wickets for 43 in less than sixteen overs, and Jon Clare finished with six for forty, with the most impressive match figures of eleven for 57.
It had been a most memorable performance, one which gave Derbyshire the ideal start to the season with two wins out of two. As somebody pointed out it was the first time there had been aDerbywinner on Grand National day!
For the time being at least, Derbyshire head the Second Division, and now look forward to the visit of Leicestershire on Thursday 19 April for their third championship match of the season.
Derbyshire 130 (50 overs) (RA Whiteley 28, DJ Wainwright 21, JL Clare 21; GG Wagg 6 for 44, J Allenby 2 for 29, MC Henriques 2 for 40) and 197 (82.5 overs) (DJ Wainwright 51*, JL Clare 43, RA Whiteley 39, AP Palladino 21; MC Henriques 4 for 54, J Allenby 3 for 45, GG Wagg 2 for 21)
Glamorgan 95 (36.1 overs) (JL Clare 5 for 17, AP Palladino 3 for 34) and 102 (31.3 overs) (GP Rees 41, SJ Walters 30; JL Clare 6 for 40, AP Palladino 3 for 29)
Derbyshire (19 points) beat Glamorgan (3) by 130 runs
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