An excellent 96-run stand between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jonathan Clare helped spark the Derbyshire fight back, as the hosts recovered from 75-6 to be dismissed for 256 on Day 1 at the County Ground.
Chanderpaul batted for just under four hours for his superb unbeaten 87, as the West Indian international passed 22,000 career first-class runs in the morning session, and partnerships with Jonathan Clare (49) and Tony Palladino (39) helped Derbyshire recover from 75-6 to 256 all out after tea on the opening day.
Nottinghamshire safely navigated the remaining 11 overs in the day, with Ed Cowan unbeaten on 18 and Alex Hales 10 not out, to close an entertaining day’s play on 28-0.
Derbyshire lost Captain Wayne Madsen in the fourth over as he was trapped in front for nine by England all-rounder Stuart Broad, who bowled with good pace and accuracy throughout the day.
But it was Broad’s replacement Andre Adams who claimed the second breakthrough as new batsman Wes Durston next to fall lbw with the scores on 49-2.
Godleman continued to play nicely in the morning session, hitting four boundaries on his way to 31 from 77 balls, before he became Broad’s second victim after he was caught behind by Chris Read.
Broad claimed his third wicket of the morning to remove Dan Redfern just before Lunch, as Karl Krikken’s men closed on 69-4.
The hosts lost two quick wickets after the restart, but an excellent partnership between world number two Test batsman Chanderpaul and all-rounder Clare helped the hosts fight back in the afternoon session.
The pair regrouped and produced a well organised stand to move Derbyshire from a precarious 75-6 to 171-6. The superb 96-run partnership was finally ended when Clare was caught behind on 49 off the bowling of Harry Gurney.
The left-arm seamer claimed his third wicket of the day shortly after to reduce Derbyshire to 181-8, but another brilliant partnership, this time between Chanderpaul and Palladino, pushed the hosts up towards a competitive first innings score.
Palladino hit seven boundaries on his way to 39, which subsequently moved Derbyshire past 200, before the 29-year-old was caught behind off Gurney to end his 96 ball vigil with the scores on 249-9.
Chanderpaul’s single down to fine-leg moved Derbyshire past 250 before last man Tim Groenewald was dismissed by Fletcher, as the hosts were all out for 256 at a sunny County Ground with Chanderpaul unbeaten on 87.
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