Having been frustrated by rain for the first two days, Derbyshire’s LV=County Championship contest away at Hampshire finally got underway and on time on Day Three, with Wayne Madsen winning the toss and electing to bowl first at the Ageas Bowl.
The decision looked a good one as Liam Dawson edged to Martin Guptill at 2nd slip off the bowling of Tony Palladino for six, bringing to the crease Bilal Shafayat to the crease; the former Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire batsman making his debut for the county.
Despite a shaky start that had left the hosts 20-1 from 13 overs, Shafayat and Jimmy Adams – making his first start of the campaign in the LV=County Championship began quickly asserting themselves, with Hampshire suffering no further setbacks in the session; moving to 108-1 at Lunch with Adams 40* and Shafayat one short of a half century.
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Constant rain has continued to thwart the start of Derbyshire's match against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl and with little sign of improvement, the umpires made the decision shortly after 2:30pm to abandon play for the second consecutive day without a ball being bowled.
The LV=County Championship match was due to begin yestersday, only for the weather to prevent a ball being bowled as the visitors look to cement their position at the top of the Division Two table.
Both teams will try again tomorrow with the weather outlook a lot more positive.
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In a reduced match of 29-overs-a-side, Derbyshire won by 33 runs thanks to an unbeaten half-century from captain Garry Park and a mean bowling performance from Chesney Hughes (pictured).
Park’s run-a-ball unbeaten 71 helped the home side to 162-5 from their allotted overs and – buoyed by his CB40 five-for versus the Unicorns two days earlier – Hughes took 3 for 17 from six overs as the Dynamos falterd to 139-7 in reply.
Derbyshire’s comprehensive 129 run victory over the Unicorns on Sunday saw a clinical and professional display with both bat and ball as the Falcons’ moved to the top of the Clydesdale Bank 40 Group C table after the first round of matches.
The match capped a stellar performance from Wes Durston; with the 2011 Derbyshire Player of the Year contributing a faultless unbeaten 120 as the visitors amassed 287 from their 40 overs.
It capped a memorable day for the former Unicorns man, who has enjoyed a fairytale two years since catching the eye with a string of top class performances in the CB40 competition and Durston was understandably delighted with the way the day unfolded.
Against a cold but idyllic backdrop, superb knocks from Martin Guptill and Wes Durston helped Derbyshire to a substantial target having been asked to bat first, with the hosts never in the running as Chesney Hughes took career best figures of 5-29.
Earlier, Hughes, making his first appearance of the campaign, looked in good touch early on, flicking a Steven Cheetham delivery effortlessly through midwicket for four.
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