Chesney Hughes made the most of his opportunity by making a fine unbeaten 109 (retired out) against Northamptonshire in the opening fixture of the Barbados tour at North stars. Following the fall of Borrington for 7 and Durston for 9, Hughes made the most of the fast outfield and sunny conditions to score a century in even time with 17 fours and a six.
New signing Billy Godleman had opened the innings with Borrrington and made 37 and gave an indication of his ability to occupy the crease at the top of the order.
While Ross Whiteley was batting alongside Hughes there was the potential for some real fireworks as both players opened their shoulders, but Whiteley fell for 21 and not long afterward Johnson was out for 9.
Hughes retired out at tea and gave Wes Durston an opportunity to bat for the second time in the day and resumed alongside Tom Poynton.
Head Coach Karl Krikken has been keen to ensure that both his wicketkeepers are given as much exposure both behind and in front of the stumps on this tour, although Poynton was considered very unlucky to be given out LBW for 13 to a ball that everyone present – bar the umpire and bowler – was convinced he’d hit with the bat.
Clare was stumped for 2 before Durston made the most of his second innings of the day scoring a sublime 59-ball half century, and along with David Wainwright ensuring that Derbyshire passed the 300-run mark.
Wainwright was bowled shortly afterwards for 13 to leave Derbyshire on 301-9 leaving Burgoyne to partner Durston. Derbyshire closed on 313-9 from 90 overs with Durston unbeaten on 65 and Burgoyne 3 not out.
Thursday will see Derbyshire's bowlers given a workout as Northants will spend the day at the crease.
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