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Somerset v Derbyshire: Day One Report


David Wainwright top scored with 52 as Derbyshire posted 229 on the opening day of their three-day friendly with Somerset - the hosts closed on 83-0.

Three quick wickets from paceman Steve Kirby reduced the visitors to 25-3 at Taunton, but the fourth-wicket 62-run partnership between Chesney Hughes and Dan Redfern helped the visitors recover to 96-5 at lunch.

Wainwright and Tom Poynton continued the revival after the break with a 61-run stand, but the pair were removed for 52 and 28 respectively, before a late 29 from Jonathan Clare helped the visitors past 200 after tea. Somerset faced 21 overs in the final session and both Marcus Trescothick and Arul Suppiah were unbeaten at the close.

On a cold morning in Taunton, Trescothick won the toss and elected to field first, and his decision was advocated immediately when Kirby claimed three early wickets in favourable conditions in Somerset.

Derbyshire responded courtesy of Hughes and Redfern, as the pair completed a hard-earned 50-run partnership before the latter was removed by Craig Overton for 25. All-rounder Hughes would follow soon after just before the interval for 37, as the visitors entered lunch on 96-5 after a difficult morning in testing conditions at Taunton. 

The Falcons went past the 100-mark soon after the restart, but Kirby would return to claim his fourth wicket as Derbyshire were reduced to 119-7 in the 42nd over.

But another excellent partnership, this time between David Wainwright and Tom Poynton ensured that Karl Krikken’s side would post a challenging first innings score. The 61-run partnership moved the score past 180, before Poynton fell for 28, but Wainwright remained at the crease and compiled a well-earned 50 soon after.

The 28-year-old was finally dismissed for 52, but his partnership with Clare (29) had moved the score past 200 as Derbyshire finished on 229 from 73 overs.

Tim Groenewald and Tony Paladino opened the attack after the restart, but the opening partnership of Trescothick (44*) and Suppiah (35*) went past 50 in the 14th over and would remain unbeaten at the close.

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