Close of Play Report
With 35 overs remaining in the game, Glamorgan’s target after tea was to score a further 230 runs. Marnus Labuschagne and Sam Northeast began in purposeful vein with the former flicking Sam Conners to the ropes at fine-leg before biffing him through extra-cover. He then pulled Suranga Lakmal for four to mid-wicket before Northeast straight-drove Conners.
Labuschagne found the ropes again as he on-drove Lakmal but he had a second life, on 74, as Guest failed to cling onto a sharp chance as the Australian edged Sidebottom. Northeast also found the ropes in successive deliveries from Lakmal as he drove the Sri Lanka through mid-off and backward point as the equation became 176 from 24 overs. Labuschagne appeared to be moving closer to his second century of the match as he gloriously cover-drove Sidebottom, but next ball he repeated the stroke and was well caught at extra-cover by Shan Masood for 85. Kiran Carlson replaced him before Northeast punched Sidebottom off the back foot through extra-cover followed next over by a crisp on-drive.
Carlson struck his first boundary as he on-drove Anuj Dal before punching successive balls from Conners through extra-cover. Northeast then swept Alex Thomson for four to bring up the 200 before Carlson pulled him for six over the Old Pavilion as the task became 123 runs from the last sixteen overs with Lakmal returning at the City End. Northeast late-cut the Sri Lankan before pulling him to fine-leg to complete his fifty from 69 balls whilst Carlson launched Dal over mid-off for four as the target dropped below the 100-mark. But with 98 needed, Carlson edged a ball from Lakmal into Guest’s gloves as Chris Cooke arrived in the middle. Northeast responded by pulling Lakmal for four whilst Cooke did the same to Connors before nurdling Lakmal to the ropes at third man and launching Connors over extra-cover as their task became 72 from 54 balls.
Cooke then pulled Lakmal for four before scything him through the covers for a rasping four with Derbyshire having eight fielders positioned along the boundary’s edge, Northeast continued to work the ball around for one’s and two’s. But with the total on 282 Cooke’s breezy cameo ended as he holed out at long-on with Michael Neser joining Northeast as the equation became 47 from 36 balls. The burly Australian pulled Conners for six before scampering a series of singles until skewing a drive into the hands of backward point.
Tom Cullen made his way to the middle as Glamorgan’s task became 32 from 24 balls but he was bowled by Ryan Sidebottom with just a single to his name as James Harris became Northeast’s new partner during what became a wicket maiden. Northeast responded by harpooning Dal for a huge six over mid-wicket as Glamorgan entered the penultimate over still needing 23 to win. But after a dot ball, Northeast holed out at deep backward point as his fine innings ended on 81. Timm van Der Gugten, with Carlson as his runner and defended stoutly as Lakmal bowled the final over.
The floodlights were on at Derby as the home side resumed after lunch on 287-2 with David Lloyd and Andrew Salter continuing the bowling. There were signs of greater urgency from the Derbyshire batters as Brooke Guest swatted a full toss from Salter for six followed by a firm on drive for four. He then hoisted Lloyd over mid-wicket for six before Madsen swept Salter for four followed by a straight drive against Lloyd as the lead went past the 300-mark. Madsen then hoiked and hooked Lloyd for successive fours before Guest was caught down the legside by Chris Cooke against Salter, whereupon the Peakites declared leaving Glamorgan with a target of 331 runs in 55 overs.
After the ten-minute interval, Lloyd and Salter re-appeared in batting guise but it was only a brief stay for the latter as, with a single on the board, he edged Suranga Lakmal into the hands of Leus du Plooy at third slip. Lloyd then edged Sam Conners over the head of second slip before regally pulling him to mid-wicket. Labuschagne began with an imperious cover drive for four against Conners before a pair of deft nurdles to the vacant third man position followed by a savage pull to square-leg.
Lloyd found the ropes again as he square-drove Ryan Sidebottom before Labuschagne on-drove Anuj Dal to bring up the fifty, followed by a sublime steer through backward point. With the total on 56-1, Labuschagne had a life as he edged Sidebottom into the slips where he was dropped at first slip. He rubbed salt into the wounds of the Derbyshire side by driving Dal to the ropes at mid-wicket.
Alex Thomson’s spin was then introduced with Labuschagne lofting his first delivery over long-on for six before lofting another delivery in his second over high over the mid-wicket ropes for six en route to a 49-ball fifty. Lloyd then dispatched successive deliveries from Sidebottom through mid-on for a pair of fours but on 49 he was trapped l.b.w. by Sidebottom.
Derbyshire began this morning on 170-2, with a lead of 151 runs under gun-metal grey skies and against an attack missing Timm van der Gugten with a hamstring strain. Andrew Salter and Marnus Labuschagne resumed the bowling duties against Wayne Madsen and Brooke Guest, with the latter completing his fifty from 137 balls as Derbyshire steadily accumulated against the two spinners. Guest struck the day’s first boundary as he on-drove Salter.
Neser then returned to the fray in place of Labuschagne and was cover-driven twice by Guest as the lead went past the 200-mark. James Harris also had a spell at the Racecourse End as Labuschagne switched to the City End and was swatted for a pair of fours by Guest who for the second time in the game entered the nineties.
He duly reached his hundred by square-cutting Labuschagne as he became the first Derbyshire batter to score a century in each innings of a Championship match against Glamorgan and the first for any county since Ian Bell, now a batting consultant with the Peakites, who achieved the feat for Warwickshire at Colwyn Bay in 2018.
Madsen, continued to accumulate in one’s and two’s until off-driving Harris for four to bring up the 200-run partnership, prior to completing his hundred by swatting Salter through the covers.