Derbyshire made hay in the Barbados sunshine at North Stars today as their batsmen piled on the runs against Yorkshire.
No fewer than five batsmen scored the runs they required to find form then retired – and the two dismissed also made handy contributions - as Karl Krikken’s men amassed 359 in the day.
It was pre-arranged that Derbyshire would bat first. And opener Matt Lineker (pictured above), in his first knock since a hernia operation, was quickly into his stride, scoring 47 off 77 balls (8 fours) in an opening stand of 72 with Paul Borrington, before falling lbw to Azeem Rafiq.
Borrington (pictured above) was more pedestrian, but no less comfortable, as he reached a half-century in 108 balls, with 6 fours, then happily wandered off and retired his innings with the score on 139.
Chesney Hughes, meanwhile, demonstrated that it will take more than white shirts and a red ball to stop him playing attacking cricket.
The Anguillan born all-rounder struck nine boundaries in reaching his half-century, from just 60 balls, before also retiring, making the score a notional 160-3.
And while Wayne Madsen got the time at the crease he needed before retiring with 31 off 63 balls, Wes Durston (pictured below) became the day’s primary entertainer with a swift 50 scored from just 51 balls.
The former Somerset man looked in imperious touch from the moment he arrived at the crease, striking eight fours and lapping the left-arm spin or Randhawa for a huge six over midwicket.
Durston’s retirement made it 255-5, making way for Dan Redfern and Ross Whiteley who showed no fear and took the attack to their opposition, although the latter was forced to repel some hostile short stuff from Ajmal Shahzad after smacking the England fast-bowler back over his head for six.
Redfern (pictured below), meanwhile, cover drove majestically off the quicks and dealt severely with Rafiq, at one point unleashing three boundaries in a row off the Yorkshire off-spinner, topped off with a glorious straight drive for six.
Rafiq eventually got his man as Moin Ashraf clung-on at mid-off although, by then, Redfern’s missions of finding form and spending time at the crease were both accomplished in a knock of 37 off 46 balls, with 6 fours and a six.
The score had by now raced past 300. And Whiteley became the fifth Derbyshire batsman to retire after he scored 22 off 38 balls with five boundaries.
Garry Park (29 not out off 71 balls) and Tom Poynton (8 not out off 29 balls) saw Derbyshire through to the close of a thoroughly satisfying day. Tomorrow, the bowlers get their workout.
Borrington retired out 50
Lineker lbw Rafiq 47
Hughes retired out 50
Madsen retired out 32
Durston retired out 50
Redfern c Ashraf b Rafiq 37
Whiteley retired out 22
Park not out 29
Poynton not out 8
Extras (21lb 14nb) 35
Total (7 wkts, 90 overs) 359
Fall: 1-72, 2-139, 3-160, 4-222, 5-254, 6-314, 7-328.
Bowling: Shahzad 12-6-29-0, Hannon-Dalby 12-1-43-0, Patterson 17-4-62-0, Ashraf 15-4-39-0, Rafiq 16-2-64-2, Randhuwa 18-1-101-0.
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