Madsen ton boosts Derbyshire
Skipper Wayne Madsen struck his first century for nearly a year to put Derbyshire in a strong position against Gloucestershire in Division Two of the LV= County Championship.
Madsen celebrated his 10th hundred for the county as they reached 362 for nine at the end of the first day; Wes Durston and Dan Redfern chipped in with fifties.
Gloucestershire paid the price for dropped catches and poor bowling after captain Alex Gidman was ruled out before the start of play with a back problem.
Madsen was badly missed on 28 and Durston was given a life on nine, and those lapses allowed Derbyshire to recover from the loss of both openers with only 38 on the board.
Paul Borrington went without scoring when he pushed at Will Gidman and was caught at first slip and, having moved confidently to 30, Martin Guptill was caught behind off a bottom edge pulling at James Fuller.
At that stage, Madsen’s decision to bat first after days of heavy rain in Derby looked questionable. But Gloucestershire’s failure to bowl a consistent line allowed him and Durston to rebuild.
Durston made the most of his reprieve by taking the attack to the seamers on a greenish pitch, where the odd delivery lifted sharply at one end, but Gloucestershire failed to put the batsmen under any sustained pressure.
When Madsen was put down at point shortly after lunch, it was the start of a dreadful session for the visitors, who conceded 165 runs in 33 overs.
Durston scored 68 in a century stand with Madsen until he drove Ed Young’s left-arm spin to mid-on, but there was no respite for the bowlers as Redfern raced to his half-century off only 58 balls.
He shared a stand of 115 in 21 overs with Madsen, but fell on the stroke of tea for 55; Redfern drove a full toss from Kane Williamson to cover.
Madsen, who had scored only 64 in his previous five innings this season, faced 20 balls on 99 before a quick single brought up his 11th first-class century, off 183 balls and including 13 fours.
He went in the next over, inside-edging a drive on to leg stump and, although Derbyshire lost another four wickets before the close, it had still been the home side’s day.