Notts on top despite Chanderpaul
Derbyshire overseas star Shivnarine Chanderpaul could not stop Nottinghamshire, led by England paceman Stuart Broad, seizing the momentum in a battle of local rivals.
Much is expected of West Indies great Chanderpaul, the bedrock of Derbyshire’s batting following their promotion to Division One of the LV= County Championship.
The world’s number-two ranked run-getter did not let the expectant County Ground faithful down on home debut, displaying his insatiable appetite for runs.
Chanderpaul struck 87 not out yet opening-day honours were still taken by Notts after Broad, playing for the first time since England’s tour of New Zealand, and Harry Gurney claimed four wickets apiece to dismiss the hosts for 256.
Ed Cowan, today named in Australia's squad for the Ashes, and Alex Hales safely negotiated a tricky 12-over period in the evening, taking their side to 28 without loss, 228 runs in arrears.
Openers Billy Goldeman and Wayne Madsen initially looked positive, if in their running rather than strokeplay, after Derbyshire chose to bat.
Yet a bright start ended with the score on 26 as Broad rapped Madsen on the pad and earned an lbw verdict.
Thereafter, Nottinghamshire assumed full control as Godleman, in particular, struggled for timing.
Having watched Wes Durston fall lbw to Andre Adams – who soon after left the field through injury – the opener edged behind for 30 attempting to leave Broad, a dismissal long in the making given he was dropped by Ed Cowan on 10.
While the first three wickets came via good bowling, the same could not be said for Dan Redfern’s; the left-hander wafted ambitiously outside off stump to be taken at gully off Broad.
Things only got worse after tea as Ross Whiteley and David Wainwright were caught behind the wicket off Gurney. All the while Chanderpaul watched on having unfurled a couple of glorious off-side drives.
He eventually found a willing ally in Jonathan Clare, who epitomised poise and class on a flattening deck and profited from a positive approach.
That proved a perfect complement to the more reserved Chanderpaul, for whom typically stoic defence was interspersed with glorious cuts, punches and flicks.
Clare was eventually caught in the slips off Broad one shy of a half-century, while Tom Ponyton edged Gurney behind soon after, but Chanderpaul remained resolute after passing 50.
Tony Palladino chipped in with an impressive 39 that featured an array of powerful drives, but Tim Groenewald could not show similar instincts.
Indeed, Chanderpaul was left to rue his faith in the number 11 - who edged behind, denying his partner a century that would no doubt have delighted those in attendance.