Billy Godleman

Glamorgan 20 for 0 trail Derbyshire 251 (Godleman 95, Wagg 3-36, van der Gugten 3-66) for 231 runs

The captain of Derbyshire Billy Godleman continued his impressive recent form with 95 to lead his side to respectability on the first day of the Division Two game against Glamorgan in Derby.

Godleman, who had scored a century and 71 in his previous four entries, spent 4000 first – the class runs for the county as Derbyshire did 251 with his old sealer Graham Wagg taking three lots.

Timm van der Gugten also claimed three lands and in response, Glamorgan was 20 without loss when the bad light ended the game early.

Derbyshire the previous game at home had been a banquet with more than 1300 runs scored, but the conditions here helped the bowlers with the reflectors of the ball one.

Given the overcast sky and the green tone, it was not surprising the pitch was uncontested and Tom Lace had already slipped on the slips before loading his arms and losing his stump for one that had returned far from Van der Gugten.

van der Gugten also saw Wayne Madsen scored at one point before having scored in the same manner, but he cut Michael Hogan docilely to midcourt and when Alex Hughes was caught trying to withdraw his bat, Derbyshire staggered to 50 by 3.

Godleman was beaten several times but showed a typical determination along with an awareness of any movement in the media center to ensure that his team published what appears to be a competitive total.

Gary Wilson shared a stand of 52 but did not play until the last ball of the morning to give David Lloyd his 50th. -class wicket and Matt Critchley batted positively until he played on the other end of the line at Hogan.

Kieran Bull, in his first game for three years, was rewarded by an impressive controlled control spell when Harvey Hussein was attracted to the field. After drinking tea early because of the rain, former Derbyshire player Wagg scored to Martin Andersson in his debut in the Championship after his loan change from Middlesex.

Godleman had been in 270 minutes but with a century beckoning Wagg ball and was caught behind.

Wagg quickly pinned Lockie Ferguson lbw but Tony Palladino and Ravi Rampaul guided Derbyshire to a second improbable hitting spot before Glamorgan was left with 13 overs to negotiate.

It was always an uncomfortable period for the starters, but six overs survived before the bad light ended the game with Glamorgan 231 behind.


Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.