Derbyshire vs Gloucestershire
Specsavers County Championship - Division Two
Sun 18 - Wed 21 Aug The Pattonair County Ground
Lost by eight wickets
Lace hits century in defeat
Tom Lace’s third century of the season wasn’t enough as Gloucestershire won by eight wickets in the Specsavers County Championship game at The Pattonair County Ground.
Lace (125) and Leus du Plooy (67) helped Derbyshire to a total of 481-6 before the hosts declared with 49 overs of the match remaining in Derby.
James Bracey scored an unbeaten 116 and Chris Dent made 62 as the visitors managed 263-2 to win the game by eight wickets, despite wickets from Ravi Rampaul and Matt Critchley.
Having put on a half-century stand before the close of play o n Day Three, the pairing of Lace and du Plooy continued on the fourth morning, with the intent of extending Derbyshire’s lead.
And they did just that, with du Plooy arriving at his half-century in 118 balls, including seven fours, as the lead moved into three-figures on the final day.
Shortly before lunch, Lace brought up his third century of the season, striking 13 fours and one six from his 195 balls, while also bringing up his 1,000th first-class run for Derbyshire during the innings.
The duo moved their stand to 159 runs after lunch, before Lace (125) was caught by Gareth Roderick off Ben Allison, while du Plooy (69) was dismissed by Tom Smith soon after.
The further wicket of Alex Hughes (28) brought Ravi Rampaul (17 not out) to the crease, with he and Harvey Hosein (29 not out) combining to smash 26 runs off 13 balls before Derbyshire declared on 481-5, setting Gloucestershire 263 to win in 49 overs.
The hosts were unable to make the breakthrough before tea, with Dent and Bracey putting on 48 runs in 12 overs before the interval, still needing 215 to win the match.
After play resumed, Wayne Madsen and Matt Critchley attempted to break the visitors’ opening partnership, but neither were successful as both batsmen reached their half-centuries in a 133-run partnership.
With less than 20 overs remaining in the match, Rampaul struck. The bowler followed-up his quickfire cameo with the bat by having Dent (62) caught by du Plooy.
Gareth Roderick (48) put on 94 runs with Bracey, before being caught by Luis Reece off Critchley. Ryan Higgins (21 not out) saw the game out as the visitors secured an eight-wicket victory.
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