Luis Reece (53) hit his third first-class half-century of the season and Alex Hughes (44) and Gary Wilson (45) put on 79 as Derbyshire closed on 236-9 in the Specsavers County Championship match versus Glamorgan in Derby.
After two washed out days at The 3aaa County Ground, Derbyshire were put into bat after an uncontested toss saw Glamorgan elect to field first. Ben Slater and Reece got off to a fluent start, the left-handers hitting a number of fours in an opening partnership worth 27.
But once Slater (20) was lbw to Lukas Carey and Billy Godleman was caught behind for 10, Glamorgan had Derbyshire 54-2 and on the back foot early on. Wayne Madsen added 20 and Derbyshire reached 100 before he was out to Marchant de Lange, the first of the South African’s two wickets.
Reece’s well-made fifty came off 91 balls and included ten fours, but he was bowled two balls later and Derbyshire went into the lunch interval 109-4 in a session that swung late in the visitors’ favour.
Hughes and Wilson pushed on after lunch, notching the day’s highest partnership and counter-attacking fluently in the face of good bowling from the Glamorgan seamers. However, the pair fell in the space of 22 runs, Derbyshire slipping to 208-6 after being in a good position.
As Derbyshire shared the runs around, so did the Glamorgan bowlers, Michael Hogan soon in on the act, removing Harry Podmore (8) and bowling Imran Tahir for four. Matt Critchley offered further resistance where Hughes and Wilson had left off, but once Tahir was the ninth to depart, bad light forced an end to the day’s play with Derbyshire 236-9.
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