Wayne Madsen was understandably delighted with his side’s comprehensive eight wicket victory over Glamorgan, a result that sees Derbyshire clear at the top of the LV=County Championship Division Two table.
Derbyshire’s win – their fourth First Class victory in a row over the Welsh county – came inside three days in a match that saw the hosts clinical in all facets of the game.
And the captain, who himself starred with an unbeaten 130 in the first innings, was pleased with the performance and result, especially given the loss of Mark Footitt to injury early on.
‘Besides losing Footy early on the first morning, everything else seemed to go to plan’ he said.
‘Credit to the bowlers. To be a bowler down and still knock them over for 236 was a great effort. We knew we had to find an extra 20 overs from somewhere and luckily we had Rosco. It was a very pleasing performance all round.’
The home side then set about chasing down and advancing on Glamorgan’s total and did so with relative ease to take command of the game.
New Zealand international Martin Guptill and Madsen himself the mainstay of an innings that saw Derbyshire emerge with a 119 run lead.
‘As a team, batting got easier once we got stuck in and we were able to bat them out the game. We did our job and put them under massive pressure, getting a lead on a pitch we knew was deteriorating’ said Madsen.
‘I was initially there to support Guppy and to try and build a partnership. I was delighted to get a hundred but full credit to Guppy too because it was a top knock and he is batting beautifully at the moment.’
‘Personally, I just looked to set out my stall and as time went on I got settled in to the innings, waiting for the bad ball and I think it was a fairly chanceless knock before I got to 100, even if I did give a few after!’
An early morning collapse on Day Three slightly opened the door to a Glamorgan revival, a lead of 119 more than handy but nevertheless not insurmountable, a situation that that was not lost on Madsen.
‘We were probably a little bit disappointed that we didn’t have closer to a lead of 200, especially having lost five wickets for 20 in the morning. But we knew that in the context of the game a lead of 119 was still going to be big.’
‘However we were always aware that one good partnership could take out the lead we had and I think the quick wickets we got when the scores were about level just before Tea changed the game for us.’
The final session of the game saw Derbyshire in typically ruthless fashion to bring the Glamorgan resistance to an end before the batsmen knocked off the 70 runs needed for victory.
‘After Tea the spinners were fantastic. Wes and Wainers bowled fantastically to clean up their tale, just as your spinners should do towards the end of a game and then we chased down the 70 run target without too much problem, although personally it was frustrating to get out!’
Derbyshire’s next match takes them to Headingley Carnegie to take on Yorkshire Carnegie this Sunday before travelling to Essex next Wednesday in the LV=Count Championship.
Madsen is looking forward to the challenge of Yorkshire Carnegie and insists the change in format will be good for the team.
‘It’s nice to get out and play different forms of cricket, the lads enjoy it and it keeps you fresh. We’re looking forward to Sunday and then we’ll refocus and get ready for a return to LV=County Championship action next week.’
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