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Career-best day for Taylor and Slater

BenSlaterTom Taylor claimed his maiden first-class five-wicket haul and Ben Slater hit his highest first-class score for the county, as Derbyshire closed Day Two on 216-2, trailing Gloucestershire by 140. 

Taylor took his maiden five-wicket haul as Derbyshire dismissed Gloucestershire for 356, adding only 52 runs to their overnight total for the loss of four wickets.

Slater (70), Wayne Madsen (77*) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (50*) all hit half-centuries in reply to put Derbyshire in a good position on 216-2 at stumps.

Derbyshire set about taking the final four Gloucestershire wickets in the morning session, after Gloucestershire resumed on 304-6, with Will Gidman 88 not out.

Will Gidman’s partner did not last long; Adam Rouse bowled by Tony Palladino (3-63) for two during another tight opening spell from the seam bowler.

With the score at 319-7, Will Gidman completed his century from 178 balls for the hosts. However, before Gloucestershire had added to that score, they were eight down as Tom Smith became Taylor’s fourth wicket of the innings, caught at slip by Wes Durston.

19-year-old Taylor completed his maiden five-wicket haul soon after as Jake Taylor was caught at slip. Taylor finished the innings with figures of 5-58 in just his fifth first-class outing.

The final Gloucestershire wicket was taken by Mark Footitt (2-70) as Will Gidman’s innings finally came to an end on 125 and Gloucestershire were all out for 356.

Derbyshire had just four overs to negotiate before Lunch, in which they moved to eight without loss.

After Lunch, Derbyshire made steady progress before Billy Godleman was out for 11 LBW to a ball that kept very low from Will Gidman.

Ben Slater played well to reach his sixth first-class half-century off 85 balls, including six fours, to propel Derbyshire to 89-1 after 30 overs. Slater then pushed on to make his highest first-class score for Derbyshire, beating his 66 last year against Sussex. However, just two overs before Tea, Slater was caught behind for 70 off the bowling of Hamish Marshall.

Derbyshire had scored 116-2 by Tea, with Madsen unbeaten on 28.

It was to be a fine final session for Derbyshire as they went through the entire session without losing a wicket. Wayne Madsen was the first out of the pair to pass his half-century coming from 101 balls and he finished the day unbeaten on 79.

Chanderpaul also passed his fifty in the penultimate over of the day. His 50* came from 107 balls with 5 fours. At the close of play, Derbyshire had acquired 216 for the loss of just two wickets, trailing Gloucestershire by 140 runs.

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