Chesney Hughes carried his bat to complete the second highest first-class score in Derbyshire’s 143-year history as he was left unbeaten on 270, as the visitors posted 475 on Day 2 against Yorkshire at Headingley.
The 22-year-old’s incredible innings included 40 fours and three sixes, as the left handed batsman batted for just over nine hours facing 415 balls for his career-best score of 270, but he was let stranded just four runs short of Derbyshire’s all-time record as the visitors were dismissed for 475.
Yorkshire had 46 overs to face before stumps and on a placid Headingley pitch the hosts closed on 164-1, as Tim Groenewald claimed the visitors’ only wicket on a memorable day in Leeds.
Derbyshire Batting Coach Dave Houghton said: “Chesney batted beautifully. Karl [Krikken] showed faith in him and brought him back into the side and this gave him the confidence first of all – and it was a magnificence knock and well deserved.
Chesney Hughes’ magnificent unbeaten 171 has helped put Derbyshire in a commanding position after Day 1 of their LV= County Championship fixture with Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie.
The 22-year-old hit 25 fours and 3 sixes in his career-best innings, as the left-handed batsman shared a tremendous 258-run second-wicket stand with Wayne Madsen moving Derbyshire onto 268-1 after tea.
But the Derbyshire captain fell seven runs short of his century as the visitors lost three quick wickets in the final session, but Hughes and Dan Redfern (14*) guided Karl Krikken's side to 302-4 at the close on a excellent opening day.
Speaking after the close, Madsen said: "Chesney has been magnificent today. He has been very disciplined throughout the day and has had a steady head. He has played some tremendous shots and thoroughly deserves his career-best score.
Karl Krikken’s men will have little time to reflect on this week’s nine-wicket defeat against a Stuart Broad inspired Nottinghamshire side, as Derbyshire travel to Headingley Carnegie to face Yorkshire tomorrow.
After four highly-competitive days against a Nottinghamshire side that contained no less than eight internationals, Derbyshire will now be looking to secure their first win of the season against Yorkshire, which begins tomorrow (Monday 29th April) at 11am.
Derbyshire have enjoyed the better of their recent visits to Headingley, claiming two draws and a victory in their last three Championship fixtures at the ground.
Yorkshire’s squad for the fixture will be bolstered by the inclusion of England trio Joe Root, Tim Bresnan and Jonny Bairstow, all of which played their part in their four-wicket win over Durham this week.
Chesney Hughes (pictured) and Mark Footitt are in contention for recalls as Derbyshire face Yorkshire in the LV= County Championship starting on Monday, 11am.
Head Coach Karl Krikken has selected the duo for his 13 man squad after impressive performances in the recent Second XI victory over a combined Surrey and Hampshire XI.
Hughes top-scored with 63 and 45 in the five wicket win at Belper Meadows while Footitt took 6 for 71 prior to twelfth man fielding for the first team today. Mark Turner is expected to miss out through injury.
Tony Palladino didn’t bowl in the second innings versus Nottinghamshire after succumbing to a Stuart Broad toe-cruncher. The Derbyshire paceman is, however, fit to travel to Headingley Carnegie.
Dan Redfern (pictured) notched a classy half-century on the final day versus Nottinghamshire – but Stuart Broad’s new ball brilliance secured victory for the visitors.
Derbyshire succumbed to a nine-wicket defeat with 30 overs to spare, as Redfern’s elegant 61 delayed but didn’t deny a Nottinghamshire side featuring eight full internationals at the County Ground.
The home side started the day in the perilous position of 143-5; a deficit of 44 and with Billy Godleman, Wayne Madsen, Wes Durston, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ross Whiteley already back in the pavilion.
Gritty determination was the order of the day. And it was provided in abundance by the middle-order duo of Dan Redfern and David Wainwright who took their sixth-wicket partnership to 79 during the morning session and raised hopes of a great escape.
Derbyshire 2nd XI claimed a convincing five-wicket victory in their 3-Day friendly against a Surrey and Hampshire combined XI at Belper this week.
Mark Footitt produces an inspired spell of bowling claiming 6-71 from 22 overs to dismiss the combined side for 242 in their second innings, setting Derbyshire 182 for victory in 72 overs.
Chesney Hughes and Paul Borrington both hit 45 in reply and a quick-fire 29 from Peter Burgoyne ensured that the hosts reached their target to complete an excellent five-wicket win.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first at Belper, but three wickets from Matt Higginbottom (3-41) and two apiece from Harding (2-20) and Alasdair Evans (2-50) dismissed the Surrey/Hampshire side for 194 in 49.5 overs.
Derbyshire closed 44 runs behind Nottinghamshire with five wickets still in hand, after the hosts had earlier dismissed their East Midland’s rivals for 443 on Day 3 at the County Ground.
James Taylor top scored with 112 for the visitors, but three wickets from Jonathan Clare and two apiece for David Wainwright and Tim Groenewald limited Nottinghamshire's lead to 187.
An 83-run stand between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Wayne Madsen helped Derbyshire recover after losing two early wickets, but both fell in the final session as the hosts closed on 143-5.
Speaking after the game, Madsen said: "I think our bowlers bowled really well this morning. We were very disciplined and the bowlers did a fantastic job on a flat wicket.
Nottinghamshire amassed a first innings lead on Day 2 at the County Ground, as a persistent Derbyshire claimed two late wickets to take their tally to five on a tough day for the hosts.
Half centuries from Ed Cowan, Alex Hales and James Taylor ensured that Nottinghamshire surpassed Derbyshire’s first innings total of 256, closing on 325-5.
David Wainwright, Tony Palladino, Jonathan Clare and Ross Whiteley all picked up a wicket apiece, but their East Midland’s rivals hold a 69-run lead after two days.
Speaking after the game, Palladino said: "It was a tough day for the team, but we stuck to the task all day. They played well and the wicket is getting a little flatter now and they have got a useful lead now, so tomorrow I think we really need to try hard and knock them over as cheap as possible.
The system, which got under way again last week, analyses the performances of players around the country on a like-for-like basis.
FTI MVP points are earned for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held. Bowlers receive higher marks for good economy rates, bowling maidens and for dismissing the top order, whilst batsmen are rewarded for high run rates and the percentage of the team’s runs they hit.
Among the changes this year, however, will be more points across all formats for those notching 40 and 50 per cent of a team’s total, for top order batsmen, in recognition of their greater challenge against the new ball, and for those who hit big hundreds.
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