Derbyshire v Gloucestershire
Specsavers County Championship -
31 August 2016
Venue: 3aaa County Ground
No play was played on the fourth and final day of the Specsavers County Championship match between Derbyshire and Gloucestershire at the 3aaa County Ground.
Gloucestershire would begin the day on their second innings 10 – 0, needing a further 262 runs for victory.
The match ended in a draw.
Gloucestershire captain Gareth Roderick said: “It would have been one of those days where both sides would have had a sniff of a win but we’ll take some positives from it and we were in a position where potentially we could have won at the end of day three.
“We will certainly take more positives than negatives from this game. We try and get as many points as we can and improving our position from last year to this year so that’s something we have in our sights.”
A career-best performance from Alex Hughes helped his side save almost certain defeat as Derbyshire staged a remarkable recovery in the Division Two match against Gloucestershire at Derby.
The 24-year-old all-rounder scored 140 from 209 balls in only his third first-class game of the season to raise Derbyshire’s hopes of a first championship win of the summer. Neil Broom shared a century stand with Hughes and although Craig Miles took 4 for 82, Gloucestershire became increasingly ragged as Tom Milnes smashed a career-best 56 from 53 balls and Harvey Hosein an unbeaten 52 before the home side were dismissed for 360. That left Gloucestershire with a victory target of 272 which they reduced by 10 in five overs before the close.
The chance of Derbyshire taking the game much beyond lunch had looked slim when Miles struck twice in his opening over of the day with the home side still 38 runs behind.
Callum Parkinson had batted through the first 80 minutes of the morning to frustrate the bowlers, taking a blow on the helmet from David Payne in the process, and it took a good ball from Miles to find his outside edge in the 17th over of the morning.
Miles produced an even better delivery that lifted nastily at Wayne Madsen who could only fend the ball to gully to bag a pair for only the second time in his career and at that stage, Gloucestershire would have been looking to be on the road by mid-afternoon.
Instead expectation slowly turned to desperation as Hughes and Broom began a fightback that asked questions the bowlers could not answer. By the time Broom chopped Miles into his stumps 20 overs after lunch, Derbyshire were well in credit and the lead continued to grow as Hughes drove Josh Shaw through the covers for his 15th four to reach his second first-class hundred.Matt Critchley played some expansive strokes to add 58 for the sixth wicket until he tried a ramp shot at Jack Taylor shortly before tea but the game ran away from Gloucestershire in the final session.
Hughes lifted Taylor over long on for six and had turned a deficit of 73 into a lead of 172 when he was lbw reverse-sweeping Chris Dent.
Gloucestershire took the second new ball immediately but Harvey Hosein and Milnes plundered some poor bowling in the late afternoon sunshine with both players passing 50 before Miles took the last wicket.
But the momentum was now with Derbyshire who will fancy their chances of winning a championship game at home for the first time in two years if the rain stays away tomorrow.
Day Three Reaction:
Gloucestershire head coach Richard Dawson said: “We had two sessions where we bowled really well and then they had a partnership with Milnes and Hosein where they batted well and put pressure on us and at the end of the day it was hard slog.
“Both teams have batted long and got through to the second new ball so it’s not easy to knock an innings through. You always want to chase less than what you’ve got so you can pick areas where we could possibly have been better but to be chasing 260 on the last day, if we bat well it’s gettable.
“Once you get in as a batsman and pick up the pace of the wicket it’s a lot easier than when you start. You have to be patient with the ball, if you miss your areas then you can get hit for four, and we did well for the first two sessions but we didn’t quite hit our areas as well in the last one and leaked a few runs.”
Phil Mustard’s first century in first-class cricket for nearly five years put Gloucestershire in a strong position in the Division Two match against Derbyshire despite a five wicket haul from Tony Palladino.
Mustard’s unbeaten 107 and 94 from Chris Dent lifted Gloucestershire to 331, a first innings lead of 89, and at the close of day two Derbyshire were in trouble at 16 for 2.
Palladino took his 350th first-class wicket and finished with 5 for 74, the 13th time he has taken five wickets in an innings, but it was Gloucestershire’s day.
Derbyshire would have been the side looking to take control when Tom Milnes struck in the second over of the morning before Gloucestershire had added to the overnight total.
Will Tavare was trying to take his bat away but edged to Harvey Hosein and with the inexperienced George Hankins in the middle against a ball only 14 overs old, Derbyshire had the chance to make significant inroads.
But Hankins showed good judgement and sound temperament to stay with Dent for 15 overs until he was bowled by an arm ball from Callum Parkinson for 34.
Gloucestershire were still a long way behind when Hamish Marshall was lbw to Palladino shuffling back and across six overs before lunch but Derbyshire had to wait another 24 overs for the next wicket.
Billy Godleman switched his bowlers around but Dent and Mustard showed patience and selectivity to add 85 for the fifth wicket before Dent tossed away the chance of a century.
He had dispatched Wayne Madsen way back over long on to move into the nineties but when he tried to reach three figures with another big shot off Parkinson, he top-edged to mid on.
The dismissal of Dent gave Derbyshire an opportunity to fight back but Mustard and Jack Taylor tilted the advantage towards the visitors with a stand of 74 before the second new ball gave the game another twist.
Taylor chipped to midwicket to give Palladino his milestone and the seamer found just enough away movement to bowl Craig Miles before David Payne edged a drive into his stumps.
When Liam Norwell chased a wide one from Will Davis, Mustard was in danger of being stranded but he pulled Davis for his 13th four to reach an excellent hundred.
Josh Shaw helped add a precious 31 runs before he became Palladino’s fifth victim, leaving Derbyshire seven overs to negotiate and they lost Ben Slater lbw to Payne in the first before Billy Godleman edged Norwell to Mustard in the penultimate over.
Day Two Reaction:
Phil Mustard said: “To help the team out like that makes it special. When you are 106 for 4 you’ve got to buckle down and bat long periods which gets you in a position to win a game of cricket.
“I’ve only been down here four or five weeks now and I’ve really enjoyed watching Jack (Taylor) bat. He can take a game away from anybody and he plays some beautiful shots.
“When we got the two openers who batted really well in the first innings it was a really important seven overs for us and it makes our job look a little bit easier than it would if they were still there.”
Tony Palladino said: “It’s nice to get a little milestone and a five-for as well. In the afternoon session they played it well and there were probably a few too many four balls which released the pressure.
“They’ve come hard at us and got a couple of wickets which would have been their target and we’ve got to come back tomorrow and really fight hard and set something in the fourth innings that would be difficult because the wicket is showing signs of being a little bit up and down.
“I think going into the third and fourth days it will turn as well so we have to try and stretch the game out as long as we can.”
Derbyshire suffered another first innings batting failure despite a century from Ben Slater as Craig Miles bowled Gloucestershire back into the Division Two match at Derby.
Slater’s 110, his first county championship hundred for nearly two years, should have set Derbyshire up for a commanding total but the last seven wickets fell for 67 runs as they subsided to 242 with Miles finishing with outstanding figures of 4 for 30 from 17 overs.
Gloucestershire had bowled poorly after Derbyshire elected to bat and moved to 91 without loss until Miles ran through the top order to change the course of the day.
Derbyshire hit back in the closing overs with Gareth Roderick falling to Tom Milnes but Gloucestershire held the initiative at stumps on 27 for 1 , 215 behind.
Derbyshire would have expected to have a much bigger total to defend when Slater and Billy Godleman plundered some desperately poor bowling in the first hour to cruise along at six an over.
Gloucestershire’s seamers failed to maintain an accurate line and it was only when Jack Taylor’s off-spin was introduced at the City end in the ninth over that they managed to exert some control.
Only Miles consistently posed problems and he made the first breakthrough when Godleman drove firmly but straight to cover where Taylor took a good low catch.
It was the first of three wickets in as many overs as Liam Norwell found some late movement to have Alex Hughes caught behind and then Wayne Madsen drove to point without scoring.
Slater and Broom set out about rebuilding the innings after lunch with the opener adding to his three one-day hundreds this season before a second collapse handed the initiative to Gloucestershire.
Broom had looked fortunate to survive an lbw appeal against Miles but edged to second slip in the bowler’s next over and Matt Critchley drove a return catch to Taylor before tea.
The decline continued when Slater was caught down the legside in the sixth over after tea and Tom Milnes failed to beat David Payne’s throw from mid on when he was sent back by Harvey Hosein who faced 31 balls before he got off the mark.
Will Davis drove and pulled Josh Shaw for three consecutive fours but when he edged the next delivery to second slip, Derbyshire had let an opportunity slip away on a decent pitch in good batting conditions.
Milnes struck an early blow when he found bounce and movement to have Roderick caught at first slip but Derbyshire have a lot to do to claim a first championship win of the season.
Gloucestershire fast bowler Craig Miles said: “We were really pleased how we pulled it back after that first hour-and-a-half
“Billy Godleman and Ben Slater batted pretty well and played quite positively and it almost felt like the new ball came onto the bat a big better than when it got older and softer.
“The new ball does offer a little bit but when it got softer we held our lines and our lengths a lot better and made it harder to score. I think it’s also a bit two paced so it’s always going to be a game of patience and who bats longer.”
Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bat.
Benjamin Slater | Billy Godleman | Alex Hughes | Wayne Madsen | Neil Broom | Matthew Critchley | Harvey Hosein | Thomas Milnes | Antonio Palladino | Callum Parkinson | William Davis |
Gareth Roderick | Christopher Dent | William Tavare | George Hankins | Hamish Marshall | Phil Mustard | Jack Taylor | Craig Miles | David Payne | Joshua Shaw | Liam Norwell |