Madsen and Milnes hit fifties on Day One

Monday 26th June 2017
Written by Danny Painter

A battling half-century from Tom Milnes, after 70 from Wayne Madsen, helped rescue Derbyshire under the floodlights on Day One versus Glamorgan at Cardiff.

Madsen led the way in the opening session with his fourth half-century of the season, but the visitors lost six wickets after the interval to slip to 157-7.

But 53 from Milnes, batting at number nine, 41 from Daryn Smit and 23 from Tony Palladino helped Derbyshire recover, adding 131 for the last three wickets to post 288.

Glamorgan safely navigated the final two overs of the day under the floodlights to close the opening day of the day/night fixture on 5-0, trailing by 283.

Off-break bowler Hamidullah Qadri was named in Derbyshire’s XI to become the youngest player ever to represent the county in the county championship – aged 16 years and 203 days.

Electing to bat first, the visitors lost an early wicket when Luis Reece was lbw for one, but fellow opener Billy Godleman and Madsen, batting at three, responded well by putting on 98 for the second wicket.

The pair, watchful at times, took their side to 86-1 at lunch, with Madsen playing fluently having reached his half-century off 77 balls. He, however, fell shortly after the restart when he was caught behind off Timm van der Gugten. His season-best 70 included 10 fours.

Godleman and Hughes went through a period of consolidation in the face of some good pace bowling from South Africa paceman Marchant de Lange. But the stubborn stand was broken when Godleman was caught behind off de Lange for a patient 34 off 118 balls.

The wicket, however, signalled the start of a difficult period for the visitors before the evening interval as Derbyshire slipped from 127-3 to 157-7.

Alex Hughes was fifth man out for 32 off 77 balls, but wickets fell around him to single figure scores, with Tom Taylor (4) last to go just before the interval to end a session in which six wickets fell.

But Smit and Milnes responded in the final session sharing a 66-run stand in 18.3 overs to move their side beyond 200. Smit was finally out for a well-made 41 off 83 balls, including four fours, with Derbyshire 223-8.

Milnes continued to bat nicely and reached his third first-class half-century as the visitors reached 250. He was finally out for 53 off 90 balls, which ended a 38-run stand with Palladino.

The paceman was last man out for 23, as Derbyshire added 131 runs for last three wickets to be dismissed for 288. Glamorgan closed on 5-0 in reply off two overs.

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