Wayne Madsen became the first man to reach 1,000 LV= County Championship runs this season on Day One against Middlesex at the County Ground.
The Derbyshire Captain compiled a superb century, his third century of the campaign, to pass the personal feat on an evenly-contested opening day.
The 29-year-old shared useful partnerships with Ben Slater (53) – who completed his second successive Championship half-century – Richard Johnson (33) and Alex Hughes (33) – who hit his career-best first class score - to put the hosts in a strong position.
Despite the loss of two late wickets, Madsen remained firm to end unbeaten on 105 and, alongside Peter Burgoyne (19 not out), helped his side close on 279-6 at stumps.
After losing the toss, Derbyshire made a promising start thanks to openers Chesney Hughes and Slater who added 37 runs for the first-wicket, before Chesney Hughes - who struck three fours - was the first man out for 16.
This, however, brought Madsen to the middle and together with Slater the pair shared an excellent 81-run stand to move Derbyshire past three figures shortly after the lunch interval.
Slater was first to his half-century, striking the ball nicely off the back foot through both the on and off-side to bring up his personal feat off 127 balls, including five fours. His eye-catching innings, however, was ended soon after when he gloved a rising delivery from James Harris behind to John Simpson to reduce Derbyshire to 118-2.
Despite the loss of Chanderpaul (2), the hosts developed two more healthy partnership with Johnson (33) adding 56 runs alongside his Captain, before Alex Hughes - who struck his highest first class score of 33 - shared a 66 with Madsen for the fifth wicket.
It was left to right-handed batsman Madsen, meanwhile, to completed an outstanding century off 204 balls shortly before the close to round off a memorable day for the Derbyshire skipper.
He struck 10 fours in total, passing 1,000 first-class and Championship runs in the afternoon session to the delight of teammates and a good crowd at Derby. The 29-year-old will resume Day Two unbeaten on 105 and Derbyshire 279-6, looking to build on a positive opening day against title-chasing Middlesex.
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