Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire at Trent Bridge on 12th to 15th June: LV= County Championship: Division 1
By John Brown
Derbyshire lost the toss and were asked to bat first at the start of a match which proved to be badly affected by rain interruptions.
Billy Godleman and Chesney Hughes started well with an opening stand of 89 before Hughes was caught at mid-off from a mis-timed pull after he had made a good 59 from 83 balls. When Godleman followed the score had reached 100 for two, whereupon Shivnarine Chanderpaul joined his captain, Wayne Madsen, and they stayed together until bad light and rain stopped play at 4.40pm with the score on 245 for two.
There was another short stoppage after only three balls on the second morning, and, when they resumed, after sixteen more overs of play, there was a longer interruption, but in that time Derbyshire lost four more wickets including both of those who had batted so well in adding 165 for the third wicket. Madsen had made a typically stubborn and determined 74 (146 balls), while Chanderpaul was unlucky to have seen the ball spin back onto his stumps from a defensive shot after he had made a fluent, yet unobtrusive, 87 from 118 balls.
291 for six was disappointing after the more than solid start, but Richard Johnson and David Wainwright stayed until the close – 306 for six – and then stopped the slide with a slow, but important stand of forty in seventeen overs.
They both fell in quick succession so that, when Mark Turner and Mark Footitt came together at 337 for nine, even the fourth batting point seemed in some doubt. Their doubters need not have worried, however, as they added an entertaining and exhilarating 54 for the last wicket. Footitt (25 balls – 4 fours) was delighted to be told that he had made four more runs than the whole of the Essex team in their collapse at Chelmsford later in the day.
The home side had three overs batting before lunch on the third day, but soon afterwards Rikki Wessels retired hurt after being struck on the thumb by Footitt. Australian Ed Cowan was joined by Michael Lumb who looked in ominous form from the start. Tim Groenewald caused Cowan to edge to slip and later, after an unusually tentative James Taylor had shared in a 121 stand for the second wicket, he bowled Taylor to record his 200 first-class wicket. Groenewald has been the most whole-hearted and reliable of bowlers for Derbyshire and thoroughly deserved this milestone in his career.
Footitt had Patel caught on the fine-leg boundary which brought in Luke Fletcher as night-watchman. He saw out the third day and continued longer than most people would have expected on the fourth morning. He stayed with Lumb for almost thirty overs and achieved only the second fifty of his career. There had been some hope that the captains would be able to agree a last-day run-chase, but with the weather so unsettled, Nottinghamshire opted to bat on and collect as many batting points as they could. They eventually reached the maximum of five available to them while Turner picked up three late wickets to ensure that Derbyshire took a second bowling point.
In the meantime Lumb had brought up his career-best score of 221 not out – it had been an excellent innings, one which had ensured that Derbyshire were kept in the field for longer than they would have hoped. At the earliest possible time, 4.50pm with a possible 22.2 overs still remaining, Nottinghamshire declared, thus denying Derbyshire any chance of a third bowling point, and the teams shook hands as they agreed a draw.
Derbyshire 391 (106.3 overs) (S Chanderpaul 87, WL Madsen 74, CF Hughes 59, BA Godleman 28, MHA Footitt 24, ML Turner 22*, RM Johnson 22, DJ Wainwright 22; AR Adams 4 for 69, HF Gurney 3 for 94, PJ Franks 2 for 70)
Nottinghamshire 436 for 8 (101.4 overs) (MJ Lumb 221 *, LJ Fletcher 64, JWA Taylor 40, EJ Cowan 24, CMW Read 21; ML Turner 3 for 92, TD Groenewald 3 for 112)
Match Drawn: Derbyshire (9 points) Nottinghamshire (11)
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