Der­byshire dig in to sink county’s vic­tory chances

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORT -

TOM Lace scored his third cham­pi­onship cen­tury of the sea­son to put an­other dent in Glouces­ter­shire’s pro­mo­tion hopes on the fi­nal day of the match against Der­byshire at Derby.

The on-loan Mid­dle­sex bats­man reached his first hun­dred at Derby from 195 balls and with Leus du Plooy scor­ing an un­beaten 64, Der­byshire moved to 385-3 at lunch, a lead of 166.

It was an­other poor ses­sion for Glouces­ter­shire who did not take a wicket and the game was head­ing for a draw.

Af­ter bowl­ing Der­byshire out for 200 in their first in­nings, with Ryan Hig­gins taking five wick­ets, Glouces­ter­shire piled up 419.

Cen­turies from Chris Dent and Hig­gins put them in a strong po­si­tion as Dent scored 169, his fourth hun­dred of the sea­son, and shared a Glouces­ter­shire record sixth wicket stand against Der­byshire of 221 with Hig­gins who made 101.

But Der­byshire’s bats­men fought back strongly to frus­trate Glouces­ter­shire on the third day as Billy Godle­man top scored with 86, Wayne Mad­sen made 69 and Lace ended the day on an un­beaten 69.

Glouces­ter­shire had started hold­ing all the cards but the bowlers lost line and length on a pitch which had flat­tened out.

On day three, Luis Reece pol­ished off the Glouces­ter­shire tail in the space of

four overs as he nipped one back to de­feat Jack Tay­lor’s de­fen­sive push and knock out mid­dle stump and af­ter Josh Shaw played across the line, more late move­ment bowled Ben Al­li­son first ball.

But with a 219-run lead Glouces­ter­shire were un­able to put Der­byshire un­der pres­sure.

Hig­gins and Payne could not re­pro­duce the sus­tained dis­ci­pline which had un­der­mined Der­byshire on the first day and the ball was 20 overs old when Shaw broke through.

Reece missed an at­tempted pull and was lbw for 38 but an­other 106 runs were added be­fore the next wicket fell as Godle­man and Mad­sen ticked along at four an over.

Glouces­ter­shire’s field­ing be­came scruffy be­fore Godle­man edged a loose drive off Al­li­son.

Mad­sen reached his 50 just be­fore tea and with Lace, put Der­byshire in credit in the 65th over.

Ben Charleswor­th con­ceded four fours in his first two overs and Miles Ham­mond be­came the sev­enth bowler used as Glouces­ter­shire be­came in­creas­ingly des­per­ate for a wicket.

When the break­through came, it was the re­sult of a poor shot from Mad­sen who reached for a drive at Al­li­son and spooned a catch to cover.

Glouces­ter­shire should have had an­other but Tom Smith dropped Leus du Plooy on seven and he then he spilled the same player on 22 off Payne.

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