Slater hits double-century for Seconds

Wednesday 18th April 2018
Written by Danny Painter

Ben Slater continued his unbeaten start to the summer with a score of 221 not out as Derbyshire Second XI closed Day Two on 419-4 against Nottinghamshire at Lady Bay.

Picking up where he left off at Edgbaston last week, where he hit 89 not out in a Second XI friendly, the 26-year-old batted throughout the day against a strong Nottinghamshire bowling attack, while Daryn Smit also reached three-figures, ending the day 101 not out.

After Derbyshire won the toss and elected to bat, the opener soon passed 50 in partnership with Harvey Hosein (45) as the visitors reached 141-2 in the 31st over.

He became the first Derbyshire centurion of the summer shortly after the lunch interval, achieving the milestone off 152 balls, including 16 fours and one six.

Alex Hughes (11) and Matt Critchley (19) both made starts but were caught off Mark Footitt and Ben Kitt respectively as Derbyshire moved onto 221-4, the fourth wicket bringing Daryn Smit (101 not out) to the crease.

The wicketkeeper-batsman soon found his rhythm and the pair built a partnership which totaled 86 at tea. After the resumption, Slater surpassed 200, with over five hours at the crease he hit 24 fours and five sixes to reach his double-century.

Not to be outdone, Smit also powered his way to three figures before the close, his second 50 runs coming off as many deliveries as Derbyshire closed the day on 419-4.

The final day of the three-day fixture is due to get underway at 11am at Lady Bay.

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