Chesney Hughes continued his excellent pre-season with an unbeaten 53, while Shivnarine Chanderpaul made his first appearance in Derbyshire colours on Day 2 against Nottinghamshire at the County Ground.
Hughes and Wayne Madsen (35) put on 94 for the opening wicket, before Chanderpaul stepped out for the first time for Karl Krikken's side.
At the second time of asking, the world number two Test batsman completed a well-controlled unbeaten 31, which included three sixes in one over, in an entertaining day’s cricket.
Derbyshire began a fresh innings on the second day at the County Ground, with both teams aiming to gain as much time in the middle before the start of the new LV= County Championship season on Wednesday.
Captain Madsen (35) and Hughes (53) opened the batting for Derbyshire and produced an excellent unbeaten opening stand of 94. Hughes completed a superb 50 from 53 balls, before the pair retired in the 20th over to allow Dan Redfern and the newly arrived Chanderpaul an opportunity to gain some valuable time in the middle before lunch.
But Notts would fight back with two wickets from Jake Ball and one for England spinner Samit Patel, as Derbyshire entered lunch on 105-5.
Richard Johnson and Tom Poynton resumed after the interval and together put on 27, before the wicketkeeping duo both retired on 13 and 14 respectively, allowing Chanderpaul a second opportunity to bat before Wednesday’s season opener.
The world’s number two Test batsman wouldn’t fail twice on the same day and produced some superb shots to finish unbeaten on 31, which included three sixes from a Sam Wood over, as Derbyshire declared on 181-8 leaving Notts to bat the remaining 40 overs.
The hosts got off to the perfect start as Mark Footitt removed Michael Lumb with the fifth ball of the innings, but Patel and James Taylor moved Notts onto 22-1 at tea.
Patel produced some powerful shots after the restart to complete a half century of his own, before he finally fell for 70, caught by Jonathan Clare of the bowling of Hughes, with the scores on 98-2.
Taylor completed his 50 in the 33rd over and dully retired, as Kelsall (24) and Franks (23) played out the final seven overs as Notts closed on 172-3.
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