Chris Read’s decision to insert Derbyshire backfired as Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Wayne Madsen dominated proceedings on the opening day of the LV= County Championship match with Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
After Chesney Hughes had made 59 during the morning session, Chanderpaul and Madsen combined to put on an unbroken 145 before rain wiped out most of the evening with Derbyshire 245 for two.
England Twenty20 opener Alex Hales was excluded from the Notts line-up due to poor form, but there was better news for the home supporters as Andre Adams made his return to competitive action, having sustained a calf injury when the two sides had met at Derby in April.
Another seamer, Harry Gurney, had just cause to reflect on cricket’s ups and downs during the morning session.
Ten days earlier, against Sussex at Hove, the left-arm fast bowler picked up the first hat-trick of his career, aided by two stunning slip catches from Samit Patel.
Back on home territory, with his side in need of a breakthrough, Gurney’s pace troubled both Derbyshire openers, only for Patel to spill offerings from successive deliveries.
The first opportunity, when Hughes had 48, was a sharp one and ran away to the fielder’s left to enable a single. That brought Godleman on to strike, who then enjoyed a reprieve as Patel grassed a simpler chance.
Gurney’s fortunes changed soon after when Hughes, having brought up a stylish fifty with his eighth boundary, mis-timed a pull and was caught at mid-off.
Adams had been introduced into the attack as early as the eighth over of the day but had to wait until just after lunch before collecting the wicket of Godleman, who was drawn into fending at an away-swinger and glanced it through to Read.
That dismissal reunited Chanderpaul and Madsen, who combined to add 265 together in Derbyshire’s previous fixture against Surrey.
The West Indies Test batsman got off the mark with a controlled steer down to the third man fence and dominated the afternoon session by racing to 78 from just 88 deliveries.
Derbyshire skipper Madsen played his part and was unbeaten on 67 when persistent drizzle brought a premature close after one over of the evening.