Derbyshire v Gloucestershire
LV=County Championship -
25 May 2014
No play was possible due to rain and the match was abandoned as a draw, both teams taking eight points.
Gloucestershire spluttered to 66-4 at the close on day three of their clash with Derbyshire.
With bad weather the order of the day – as it has been throughout this round of fixtures – play did not start until 4pm and, even when it did, it was only intermittent as bad light had the players going on and off.
During the time they were out in the middle the visitors – 21 without loss overnight – lost four wickets, although the conditions may well mean their position is not as perilous as it would have been on another day.
They lost their first wicket three overs in as Chris Dent had his off stump removed by Mark Footitt for 12 and he was soon joined back in the pavilion by the rest of the players as bad light set in.
When they headed back out Gloucestershire lost another wicket as Michael Klinger’s inside edge off Tim Groenewald hit his pads and popped up to Paul Borrington, the captain also departing for 12.
Gloucestershire were 29-2 at that stage and did edge up to 52 without further loss before play was stopped again as the skies darkened.
The visitors would have been better off staying off for good but, back they came and promptly lost two more wickets.
A short ball from Footitt surprised Alex Gidman and he was caught at mid-wicket by David Wainwright for six. Then Will Tavare nicked a catch behind off Tony Palladino and departed for 22.
That left Gloucestershire 63-4 and they added three more runs before another delay became a permanent one.
They will resume on the final day – weather permitting – 212 runs behind.
Half-centuries from Scott Elstone and David Wainwright helped Derbyshire fight back on a rain-affected second day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match against Gloucestershire.
Elstone made 63 and Wainwright 54 not out, the pair putting on 70 for the seventh wicket, as Derbyshire went from 166-6overnight to post 278 all out.
With the rain again proving a disruption, Gloucestershire only managed to get to 21 without loss before play was called off for the day.
Derbyshire’s hopes of a recovery lay largely with all-rounder Elstone at the start of the day as he resumed on 36.
After a first day dominated by the ball, Derbyshire needed a strong start and Elstone and Wainwright gave them exactly that.
Elstone, 23, brought up his first 50 in only his second first-class innings and moved on to 63 before he was trapped lbw by Will Gidman, bringing an end to a 158-ball knock.
His partnership with Wainwright had taken the score to 223 and Wainwright kept the score ticking on past the 250-mark.
Tim Groenewald chipped in with a useful 17 from 20 balls before becoming Gidman’s fourth wicket of the innings, the all-rounder finishing with 4-50.
Rain prevented Gloucestershire’s reply from getting off the ground, with openers Michael Klinger and Chris Dent on 12 and eight respectively at stumps.
In-form Will Gidman and Benny Howell took two wickets apiece as Gloucestershire enjoyed much the better of a rain-affected first day against Derbyshire.
Play did not start until after lunch, but visiting Gloucestershire made the most of the 71 overs that were available as they reduced the home side to 166-6 at stumps.
While most Derbyshire’s batsmen made starts, none managed to push on, with opener Paul Borrington top-scoring with 42 and captain Wayne Madsen contributing 33 before both fell with the score on 78.
All-rounder Scott Elstone was unbeaten on 36 at the close, but it was in the main a day dominated by the ball after Gloucestershire had won the toss and opted to field.
The west-country side are missing three key pacemen through injury, but in Will Gidman they have a bowler in fine form. He needed just six deliveries to make the breakthrough as he sent back Stephen Moore for one, caught by his brother Alex at first slip.
Will Gidman, who claimed a seven-wicket haul in Gloucestershire’s 290-run win over Kent last time out, also sent back the dangerous Madsen – caught by former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones on his debut after joining on loan from Kent.
That came soon after Borrington had been run out attempting a third run as Division Two’s bottom side Derbyshire slumped to 78-3.
Borrington’s departure ended a promising 77-run stand with his skipper and brought Marcus North – drafted in to cover for Shivnarine Chanderpaul – to the wicket for his first Championship appearance for the county since 2006.
The veteran Australian was in scintillating form during his first short stint with Derbyshire, scoring 465 runs at an average of 93. But he could only make 11 before he shouldered arms to Howell and saw his stumps scattered.
Howell also made the next breakthrough, having Alex Hughes caught by James Fuller at mid-wicket for 16 to make it 123-5.
Derbyshire wicketkeeper Gareth Cross sought to counter-attack but, after hitting Tom Smith for a straight six, he was trapped lbw by Fuller having struck the bowler for successive boundaries off his previous two balls.
That proved to be the final wicket of the day for Gloucestershire, although they almost snared Elstone before the close as well with the diving Jones unable to take the chance to give the 23-year-old a late reprieve.
Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to bowl.
Stephen Moore | Paul Borrington | Wayne Madsen | Scott Elstone | Marcus North | Alex Hughes | Gareth Cross | David Wainwright | Antonio Palladino | Timothy Groenewald | Mark Footitt |
Michael Klinger | Christopher Dent | William Tavare | Alex Gidman | Hamish Marshall | Geraint Jones | William Gidman | Benny Howell | Tom Smith | James Fuller | Liam Norwell |