Derbyshire drew with Glamorgan in their first home Specsavers County Championship match of the 2016 season.
Tony Palladino secured his 10th first-class five-wicket haul for the Club, whilst Wayne Madsen continued his fine form with the bat to score 97.
The visitors won the toss and chose to bat first on a bitterly cold day. The early batsmen were made to work hard so that, after the thirty-one overs bowled before lunch, Glamorgan had reached only 69 for one wicket.
Will Bragg played watchfully and gradually found things easier: he was supported first by Cooke and then Donald as he progressed to a hard-earned hundred (171 balls 12 fours). By the close of play, brought forward as bad light caused an early finish two overs early, Glamorgan had scored 308 for six.
On the second morning three wickets fell while only six runs were added, but the last pair stayed for another fifteen overs and added a frustrating 63 for the tenth wicket. Tony Palladino had been the pick of the bowlers with the twelfth five-wicket haul of his career.
Derbyshire’s reply was interrupted by a sharp shower after only four balls had been bowled, but Ben Slater and Chesney Hughes saw them through to lunch on 23 for no wicket. Two wickets fell during the next ten overs and this brought together Slater and Wayne Madsen. Between them they took the score to 98 for two at 3.23pm when bad light and rain finished play for the day.
The third day was a climatic phenomenon as we witnessed snow, rain, strong winds and periods of bright sunshine all in arctic temperatures. There was a full session before lunch during which time Derbyshire progressed to 189 for four, Ben Slater having fallen for a well-crafted 62 from 142 balls.
Derbyshire seemed to be making good progress in the afternoon, but from 241 for four they lost four wickets while adding 33 runs. One of those wickets was that of Madsen who had continued his fine early-season form with an excellent innings of 97 (160 balls, 14 fours). It was at this point, 274 for eight, that snow started to fall and most spectators assumed that there would be no more play that day. The skies did clear, however, and play did start again with time for thirteen overs to be bowled. Glamorgan soon captured their ninth wicket (and a bowling bonus point), but Tom Poynton and Andy Carter were able to add a brisk 42 in only four overs before the skies darkened again and play was once again suspended for the day. Derbyshire 331 for nine.
There seemed little prospect of a positive result as the fourth day started and so it proved. Derbyshire continued their innings, but were soon dismissed for 345 and then Glamorgan started their second innings which seemed likely to be no more than batting practice. Luke Fletcher bowled an accurate ten-over spell during which he bowled Kettleborough, and Wes Durston trapped Bragg before lunch which was taken with Glamorgan on 47 for two.
Play continued for forty-five minutes after the interval, but then play was suspended for bad light followed by a hailstorm and snow. It was little surprise when the umpires and captains agreed that there was little point in continuing the match which ended in a draw.
Glamorgan 377 (114.4 overs) (WD Bragg 129, AHT Donald 45, CB Cooke 40, T van der Gugten 36, JA Rudolph 35, AG Salter 25*, JM Kettleborough 22; AP Palladino 5 for 83, WJ Durston 2 for 34, A Carter 2 for 94) and 87 for 2 (32 overs) (JA Rudolph 31*, CB Cooke 22*, JM Kettleborough 20)
Derbyshire 345 (94.5 overs) (WL Madsen 97, BT Slater 62, WJ Durston 43, A Carter 39, T Poynton 36*; MG Hogan 4 for 74, AG Salter 3 for 56)
Match Drawn (Derbyshire 11 points, Glamorgan 12)