Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire at Derby on 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th April: LV=County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown
Derbyshire hosted neighbouring Nottinghamshire in their first home match in the First Division for over a decade and a packed County Ground enjoyed four competitive days of cricket.
Wayne Madsen lost his third toss in three matches and Derbyshire were asked to bat first. Despite the loss of an early wicket they seemed quite nicely placed at 49 for one, but they had a bad spell during which they lost five wickets in fifteen overs to be reduced to 75 for six.
It was going to need something a bit special to bring Derbyshire back into the game. Jon Clare joined the seemingly immovable Shivnarine Chanderpaul and together they added 96 before Clare was caught at slip just one short of what would have been a well-deserved fifty.
Tony Palladino added to his growing reputation as a reliable batsman as he scored 39 to help Chanderpaul to add another 68 for the ninth wicket. Chanderpaul finished the innings unbeaten on 87 from153 balls (9 fours). Derbyshire were pleased to earn themselves a second batting point when even one had seemed most unlikely.
Nottinghamshire, with seven internationals in their first eight batsmen, were made to work hard on a pitch which seemed to have become less friendly for bowlers. Their first five batsmen all passed forty and by the close on the second day they had reached a comfortable 325 for five.
The first wicket is worthy of mention for more than one reason. David Wainwright, playing his first match of the season had Ed Cowan caught at mid-wicket from his very first ball, and the substitute fielder was Greg Cork, son of Derbyshire’s former captain who happened to be on the ground covering the match for Sky Sports.
James Taylor took his time and added only 26 to his overnight 67 during the morning session. Stuart Broad played an aggressive cameo during which he was dropped three times in five balls. Nottinghamshire were eventually dismissed for 443, giving them a lead of 187 on first innings. Taylor’s 112 had come off 282 balls with seven fours.
Once again Derbyshire lost a couple of early wickets before Madsen and Chanderpaul looked to build a position from which they could think about saving they match. They had added 83 when Chanderpaul seemed unlucky to have been given out caught behind for a fine innings of 57. He had showed greater fluency than hitherto and his innings included eight fours and a six, as well as four threes.
Madsen soon followed, as did Ross Whiteley, but Dan Redfern and Wainwright survived until the close on the third evening – 143 for five, still 44 runs in arrears.
On the fourth morning, this pair continued with little trouble until rain interrupted play at 12.25pm. The break last only seventeen minutes, but it coincided with the new ball which Broad used with good effect to take three wickets in ten balls, including the crucial one of Redfern for an excellent 61.
Lunch was taken at 227 for eight, but it was followed by a series of sharp showers. This held up play for ninety minutes, with the loss of 24 overs. So, when play began again, Derbyshire had a forty run lead and only two wickets left. These two wickets soon fell and Nottinghamshire needed to score only 43 runs, a task which they achieved in less than six overs with nine wickets to spare.
So the visitors took 22 points while Derbyshire had to settle for three, hardly a fair reward for the battling resistance they had shown at various stages during the match, but once again a reminder that it is how a team performs throughout the match which will count.
Derbyshire 256 (82.3 overs) (S Chanderpaul 87*, JL Clare 49, AP Palladino 39, BA Godleman 31; SCJ Broad 4 for 57, HF Gurney 4 for 86)
229 (87.1 overs) (DJ Redfern 61, S Chanderpaul 57, WL Madsen 47, DJ Wainwright 33; SCJ Broad 4 for 34, HF Gurney 3 for 62, LJ Fletcher 2 for 41)
Nottinghamshire 443 (144.1 overs) (JWA Taylor 112, EJM Cowan 59, AD Hales 56, SR Patel 48, MJ Lumb 44, SCJ Broad 41, CMW Read 33; JL Clare 3 for 109, DJ Wainwright 2 for 78, TD Groenewald 2 for 82)
43 for 1 (5.4 overs) (MJ Lumb 24*)
Nottinghamshire (22 points) beat Derbyshire (3) by 9 wickets
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