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.
The afternoon session did little to turn the momentum away from Hampshire with both batmen in imperious form as the home side closed in on their first batting point.
Shafayat himself was closing in on a landmark of his own as he looked to become only Hampshire’s seventh player to score a century on debut; however his efforts were thwarted on 93 thanks to a sharp catch behind the stumps by Tom Poynton off Jon Clare.
Former Derbyshire captain Simon Katich did not last long, playing on to David Wainwright for seven, yet the session ended on a high note for Hampshire as Adams secured a well-deserved century shortly before Tea; the hosts closing the session 233-3.
The evening session looked once again to be going the way of the hosts as Adams and England prospect James Vince continued to score steadily, however their progress was checked as the latter was caught at the wicket of Wainwright for 36.
Just one more run had been added when Adams’ impressive innings came to an end as he was run out Madsen for 122; Hampshire 279-5.
It wasn’t long before the visitors were picking up their second bonus point, Tony Palladino trapping Sean Terry LBW for three as Hampshire slipped from 278-3 to 292-6.
Hampshire then reached 300 before Derbyshire struck again, twice in quick succession, as first Sean Ervine (24) and then Michael Bates (17) fell to Tim Groenewald anc Clare respectively as the hosts closed 352-8 at the end of Day Three.
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