New signing David Wainwright played an innings to suggest he’ll be the man for a crisis as Derbyshire continued their pre-season versus Warwickshire today.
Wainwright (pictured above alongside his Captain during yesterday’s play versus Yorkshire) top-scored for the home side who posted 298 for the loss of ten wickets on a day that saw four of their players bat on two occasions.
The 27-year-old took to the crease at 74-5 after Derbyshire’s top-order had folded against a disciplined Warwickshire unit early-on.
And after battling through the early exchanges, he counter-attacked to impressive effect in scoring 70, from 103 balls with nine boundaries, before he was run out following a comical mix-up with Chesney Hughes.
Since suffering Twenty20 defeat to Yorkshire early in their tour of Barbados, Derbyshire have had it largely all their own way in recent pre-season matches with a succession of impressive performances, culminating in a comfortable victory over Yorkshire in a 50-over contest yesterday.
But the opening day versus first division Warwickshire slipped from the script very quickly for Karl Krikken’s men as three wickets fell in seven balls, reducing them to 14-3 with Chesney Hughes (8), Wayne Madsen (0) and Wes Durston (4) all back in the pavilion having been dislodged by the new-ball pairing of Keith Barker and Andy Miller.
Paul Borrington (28 off 67 balls, 4 fours) and Dan Redfern (31 off 51 balls, 4 fours) repaired some of the damage in an assured partnership of 60 for the fourth wicket.
But as the duo was dismissed, by the immaculate Neil Carter and Tom Milnes respectively in the space of four balls, and Ross Whiteley was lbw to Steffan Piolet for seven, the home side took lunch at 91-6.
Piolet also accounted for Tom Poynton (14) shortly after lunch and, at 123-7, it was time for Hughes to have a second knock.
Wainwright was by now cruising towards an impressive half-century which arrived in 85 balls, with six fours.
He upped the tempo still further in reaching 70 before he was stranded at the same end as Hughes, ending a partnership of 73 for the eighth wicket with the score on 196.
A second new ball was taken at Tea, but Hughes was very much at home passing 50 in 101 balls with six balls and enjoying a ninth wicket stand of 58 with the also returning Wayne Madsen.
Although it was an ugly end for Hughes (53 off 120 balls), lobbing an attempted pull off Neil Carter down the throat of mid-on, it was welcome time at the crease for the Derbyshire batsman, a benefit his Captain also enjoyed at the second time of asking in an innings of 33 off 75 deliveries.
Durston became the third batsman to be afforded the luxury of a second knock. And he too made good use of chapter two by scoring 36 off 30 balls to ensure that Derbyshire finished with a flourish.
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