Madsen mad for it
Wayne Madsen could barely contain his delight after leading Derbyshire to LV= County Championship promotion in his maiden season as captain.
Madsen’s side went up when promotion-rivals Kent lost to Glamorgan 19 minutes after day three of Derbyshire’s game with Hampshire at the County Ground had ended.
The 28-year-old, who has represented the county since 2009, has worked well with head coach Karl Krikken, himself in his first full campaign in a relatively new role.
Madsen said: “It’s just amazing. It’s a dream come true for everyone, all the players, everyone involved at the club, the supporters, the staff.
“It’s just incredible to have what we have in the time-span that we have as a team in a year and a half under Krik. It’s just been phenomenal. I’m really chuffed for everyone.”
Krikken, whose opposite number at Kent Jimmy Adams will have contrasting emotions, reflected on an afternoon when bad light at the SWALEC Stadium could have delayed the result there until tomorrow.
“It’s been a really tough afternoon. It’s hard to not follow the other games. Glamorgan have played magnificently and done a job for us,” he said.
“I commiserate with Kent, with Jimmy Adams, especially, who is a top, top fella. But knowing the emotions that are riding on this it’s been, it’s been a rollercoaster and obviously it’s been great for us.”
Derbyshire and Yorkshire, who were also promoted today, gained sufficient bonus points earlier in this last round of matches to dictate that Kent had to beat Glamorgan to go up.
The Welsh County yesterday made their opponents follow on, making the Cardiff hosts favourites for victory. However, that result arrived only after 6pm due to the light delay.
Meanwhile, Derbyshire had limited Hampshire to 142 for six in their second innings for a lead of 139. That leaves Madsen’s side handily placed to push for a win they will likely need to beat Yorkshire to the Divison Two title.
“It was quite difficult not to hear and get messages of what was going on on the outside,” Madsen said. “In saying that, I thought we did a great job out there today.
“We restricted them pretty well, particularly in that final session. I think they only got about 60 runs for three wickets so that was really good.
“And we still want to win it. We want the trophy. For us it’s not just about promotion. We’ve been leading it the whole time so obviously we want to win it.”
For that reason, Derbyshire’s celebrations were confined to the dressing room today and appeared relatively muted.
“The guys are all very excited but we’ll hold of the celebrating until we’ve finished tomorrow afternoon,” Madsen added.
Derbyshire’s decent position was today built around the efforts of birthday boy Ross Whiteley, who hit an unbeaten 55 and then economically took the last two wickets to fall.
The 24-year-old is one of four Derbyshire Academy graduates in this XI, prompting Madsen to say: “That’s huge for us. The plan that’s been set out by the club is to try to bring the youth of Derbyshire through.
“The guys have come through the academy and for those guys to shine, Roscoe on his birthday, to play like he has was fantastic.”