Wes Durston hit a half-century, before Mark Footitt claimed two early wickets to give Derbyshire the narrow advantage after the penultimate day versus Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.
Derbyshire gained a first innings lead of 16 runs after being bowled out for 372 with Ben Slater, Wayne Madsen, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Wes Durston all passing 50.
Gloucestershire lost four wickets for only 40 runs to give Derbyshire the impetus before closing on 137-5, leading by 121 runs with one day remaining.
Captain Wayne Madsen and overseas star Shivnarine Chanderpaul began Day Three on 77* and 50* respectively, but Madsen could only add three runs to his overnight score as he was caught off the bowling of Howell for 80.
Ben Slater is hoping a three-figure score isn’t too far away after the opening batsman hit a career-best for Derbyshire on Day Two versus Gloucestershire yesterday.
In only his second Championship appearance of the season, the 22-year-old followed his 60 against Essex last week with 70 at Cheltenham as Derbyshire closed the second day on 216-2, trailing Gloucestershire by 140.
The Chesterfield-born batsman was pleased to play his part in a good day for Graeme Welch’s men and he is hoping that it isn’t long until he is celebrating his first century.
“I thought yesterday might be the day once I got myself in but it wasn’t meant to be,” said Slater. “Hopefully, it’s not that far around the corner.
“I took a while to get myself in but it is that kind of wicket. I don’t think it’s as good as the score suggests.
Tom Taylor claimed his maiden first-class five-wicket haul and Ben Slater hit his highest first-class score for the county, as Derbyshire closed Day Two on 216-2, trailing Gloucestershire by 140.
Taylor took his maiden five-wicket haul as Derbyshire dismissed Gloucestershire for 356, adding only 52 runs to their overnight total for the loss of four wickets.
Slater (70), Wayne Madsen (77*) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (50*) all hit half-centuries in reply to put Derbyshire in a good position on 216-2 at stumps.
Derbyshire set about taking the final four Gloucestershire wickets in the morning session, after Gloucestershire resumed on 304-6, with Will Gidman 88 not out.
Will Gidman’s partner did not last long; Adam Rouse bowled by Tony Palladino (3-63) for two during another tight opening spell from the seam bowler.
With the score at 319-7, Will Gidman completed his century from 178 balls for the hosts. However, before Gloucestershire had added to that score, they were eight down as Tom Smith became Taylor’s fourth wicket of the innings, caught at slip by Wes Durston.
Tom Taylor claimed three wickets, but a century from William Tavare helped Gloucestershire close on 304-6 after Day One at Cheltenham, by Neil Bates.
Academy graduate Taylor returned impressive figures of 3-43 and Tony Palladino took two wickets for only 41 runs from his 22 overs, as Derbyshire claimed two wickets in each on a placid opening day pitch.
Tavare, who top-scored with 135, and Will Gidman, who ended the day on 88 not out, had shared a 175-run partnership for the fifth wicket, before Taylor fought back with two late wickets.
Derbyshire struck early in the morning session as Mark Footitt (1-60) dismissed Michael Klinger (2) in the fifth over of the match; caught diving forward by the returning Billy Godleman at cover.
Palladino bowled economically in the morning session without success and was replaced by Tom Taylor who did find the second wicket. Alex Gidman was the latest experienced batsmen to fall to the 19-year-old right-arm seamer, caught at second slip by Wes Durston.
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The Cheltenham Festival – the cricket one, that is – has been rewarding for Derbyshire over recent decades, writes David Griffin.
Some outstanding performances and victories spring to mind; John Morris’s quite brilliant 229 against a fiery Courtney Walsh; and Dominic Cork’s maiden century in the same innings, followed by Allan Warner’s 10 wickets in the match were the highlights in 1993.
Morris and O’Gorman, meanwhile, had both scored hundreds there four years earlier.
That visit 25 years ago was this writer’s first to one of the most famous festival venues in county cricket, and saw Derbyshire travel directly from a game at Chesterfield – against Lancashire – to the Gloucestershire outground.
It’s a trip that will be repeated this season as no sooner will the curtain be brought down on the Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival following the NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Yorkshire, than the Cheltenham Festival will begin the following morning.
This will be Derbyshire’s first appearance at Cheltenham since 2009 when John Morris rang the changes following an unbeaten start to the season which had yielded a single victory with six draws.
After the conclusion of the Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, in association with Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire face Gloucestershire in the LV= County Championship at Cheltenham, starting today (Monday 14 July) at 11am.
Derbyshire make one change to their matchday squad with the inclusion of opening batsman Billy Godleman. Wayne Madsen’s side will also be boosted by the inclusion of West Indies international Shivnarine Chanderpaul after he returned to the squad last week and scored 92 against Essex at Queen’s Park.
Gloucestershire have blend of experience and youth in their squad and will be able to call upon former New Zealand international Hamish Marshall and Alex Gidman for the game against Derbyshire.
Alex Lees’ quick-fire 67 helped guide Yorkshire to victory in front of over 4,000 supporters at Queen's Park on the final day of the Old Speckled Hen Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, in association with Chesterfield Borough Council.
Lees hit four fours and three sixes in his 44-ball knock while New Zealand international Kane Williamson added 41 as Yorkshire posted 183-4 off 20 overs.
Gareth Cross led the Derbyshire reply striking 37 off just 19 balls, but the hosts lost regular wickets to be dismissed for 124.
After being asked to bat first, the Vikings got off to quick start thanks to Williamson, as the opening batsman smashed 41 off just 26 balls (7 fours, 1 six) as the visitors moved to 79-1 after nine overs.
Marcus North removed Williamson during a prosperous period for the Falcons who restricted Yorkshire to 99-3 midway through the 13th over. North was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 2-27 off his four overs.
But Lees and Andrew Gale regrouped to add 65 for the fourth wicket in just 6.2 overs to move their side to 164-4 in the penultimate over.
Derbyshire resume their home LV= County Championship campaign against Glamorgan at The 3aaa County Ground; starting on Sunday 20 July.
A lot changed at Glamorgan over the winter with a new Coach, overseas signing and Director of Cricket in place hoping to turn the Welsh Club’s fortunes around.Toby Radford, former West Indies assistant coach, has arrived as first team coach, while Hugh Morris has left his job as Managing Director of England cricket to take up the role as Glamorgan’s CEO and Director of Cricket.
On-the-field, Glamorgan have signed former South African Test batsman Jacques Rudolph who has plenty of county cricket experience after enjoying spells with both Yorkshire and Surrey.
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