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Godleman stands firm as Derbyshire claim bonus point

BillyGodlemanBilly Godleman batted over five hours to top score with 55 on Day 1 of the LV= County Championship fixture with Middlesex, as Derbyshire claimed a batting bonus point in the final over of the day to close on 205-9 at Lord's.

Godleman, who faced 265 balls in total on the opening day, forged a healthy 83-run partnership with Wes Durston, but he was dismissed by Finn for 48 just after lunch. 

Steven Finn claimed three quick wickets after tea as Derbyshire slumped to 150-6, but Godleman and Tom Poynton's 30-run stand moved the visitors past 180 in the final session. But three late wickets, including that of Godleman for 55, reduced Derbyshire to 205-9 at the close.

At an overcast Lord’s, Middlesex won the toss and elected to field first in favourable conditions and they would claim the early wicket of Madsen who was run out without scoring after a mix up with opening partner Godleman.

But the left-hander would lead the Derbyshire fight back alongside Durston, as the side remained just one wicket down at lunch as the duo completed a 55-run stand to move the scores to 58-1.

The pair continued where they had left off after the restart, producing some exquisite shots to move to score onto 86 before Derbyshire lost their second wicket.

Durston was looking good and building a solid partnership with Godleman, but the 32-year-old fell two runs short of his half century after he was caught by Toby Roland-Jones on the boundary off the bowling of Finn for 48.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the new bat and he settled in nicely with Godleman, as two boundaries in an over from the world number two Test batsman moved Derbyshire onto 108-2 in the 46th over.

But Chanderpaul was out soon after as he was caught at mid-wicket by Joe Denly off the bowling of Gareth Berg, who claimed his first wicket, as Derbyshire left the field for tea on 132-3.  

Dan Redfern, who passed 3,000 first-class runs just before tea, moved on to 15 after the restart before he became Finn’s second victim of the day as he was caught down the leg-side by John Simpson.

The England paceman continued his excellent spell and claimed two more wickets in quick concession as Derbyshire were reduced to 150-6 in the 73rd over, but Godleman remain resolute unbeaten on 42.

The 24-year-old forged a new partnership with Poynton (16) and finally completed his half century of 244 balls, but he would fall soon after for 55 after spending 354 minutes in total at the crease.

But Groenewald (16*) and Turner (7*) pushed the scores past 200 in the final over of the day to gain a batting bonus points for Karl Krikken's men. 

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