Wayne Madsen put in a captain’s performance to see Derbyshire enjoy the better of the opening day LV=County Championship encounter with Gloucestershire.
Madsen hit 101 to help the hosts to 362-9 at the close, having earlier won the toss and elected to bat first.
Earlier in the day, the hosts quickly found themselves one wicket down as Paul Borrington fell for 0, with opening partner Martin Guptill dismissed shortly after for a brisk 30 from 50 deliveries.
However the decision to bat first was soon paying dividens as Madsen and Wes Durston began repairing the damage, advancing the score to 89-2 at Lunch; Madsen 17* and Durston undefeated on 40*.
The post-lunch session proved to be a profitable one for the batsmen as both Madsen and Durston cashed in on half centuries as the Derbyshire total progressed to 138, before the latter fell for a 111-ball 68.
The remainder of the session belonged to Derbyshire as Madsen and the in-form Dan Redfern took the score first past 150 and then the 200 mark as the 2nd placed side in the LV=County Championship - with a game in hand over leaders Kent – began to assert themselves on the Gloucestershire bowlers.
With Derbyshire in the ascendency, the left-handed Redfern brought up a well-deserved half century, only to fall in the penultimate over for 55; Derbyshire reaching 254-4 at Tea; Madsen going well on 89* with Ross Whiteley 0*.
Having entered the crease with Derbyshire 6-1, the resumption of play saw Madsen reach a vital and assured century from 183 balls with 13 fours, the captain then dismissed moments later – bowled James Fuller - for 101; Derbyshire 282-5.
From that point on, the visitors began to slowly work themselves back in to the game with the dismissals of David Wainwright (9), Whiteley (40) – having ably supported Madsen post Tea - and Tom Poynton (0) bringing a degree of balance back to the situation with the hosts 327-8.
Some lusty blows, however, from Jon Clare and Tony Palladino saw Derbyshire past 350 and regain momentum, despite the latter falling for 16 to the penultimate over the day.
The final few deliveries were safely negotiated by Clare (31*) and Tim Groenewald (0*) as Derbyshire reached 362-9 at the close on Day One at The County Ground.
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