Godleman rues missed opportunities at Edgbaston

Sunday 6th May 2018
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Written by Danny Painter

Captain Billy Godleman praised the performance of Wayne Madsen at Edgbaston, but rued missed opportunities as Derbyshire fell to defeat against Warwickshire.

The hosts, led by Ian Bell (34 not out) and Jonathon Trott (35 not out), reached their 89-run victory target on the final morning of the Specsavers County Championship fixture.

While Derbyshire were competitive for the majority of the fixture, Godleman rued areas of the game that cost the visitors a chance to claim a second win of the season.

But the Captain says positives can be taken, in particular the way Madsen played in the first innings hitting 144.

Godleman said: “There were two areas of the game that really cost us and meant that Warwickshire were chasing 89 on the last day instead of 150 or 200 which would have been very interesting.

“In our first innings Wayne Madsen batted incredibly well and showed how to go about it, but we didn’t give him enough support. On pitches like that, as Warwickshire showed, good teams get 400-plus.

“Then in the first 90 minutes on the second morning we bowled too many loose deliveries and let them get away from us. If you look at the match, the batsmen who made hearty contributions were the ones that took their time to get in.

“But we take some positives from the game too. In previous years we wouldn’t have taken this into a fourth day but now, with the personnel we have got and the experience, we are stronger.

“Taking it into the fourth day meant that our two young spinners had an hour bowling to Bell and Trott, two of the finest players of the last decade, which was great experience for them.”

Derbyshire are back in Specsavers County Championship action on Friday with the visit of Durham to The 3aaa County Ground.

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