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Rampaul takes four on Day One

Monday 3rd June 2019
Written by Danny Painter

Ravi Rampaul claimed four wickets on a good Day One for Derbyshire in the Specsavers County Championship match against Durham at the Emirates Riverside.

Rampaul claimed the early wickets of Michael Jones (0) and Cameron Bancroft (18), before taking two in two balls after tea. while Tony Palladino, Luis Reece and Matt Critchley claimed a wicket apiece.

Alex Lees and Jack Burnham passed 50 for the hosts as Durham fought back from a strong Derbyshire start on Day One, but late wickets left them 253-8, with Ned Eckersley (5*) and Matthew Potts (3*) resuming on Day Two.

An uncontested toss meant that Billy Godleman chose to bowl, and his decision was almost immediately justified as Rampaul claimed the wicket of Jones caught behind before Durham had made a run.

The opening wicket came after Tony Palladino and Rampaul had bowled a combined 21-consecutive dot balls.

However, Bancroft arrived at the crease and set his stall out early, striking a four off his first ball.

After a partnership of 30 with Lees had steadied the ship after the loss of the early wicket, Bancroft was trapped lbw by Rampaul for 18 at the start of the second hour.

The wicket of Bancroft meant that Rampaul claimed his 250th first-class wicket, as Durham dropped to 30-2.

However, a dogged stand from Lees and Gareth Harte saw Durham head into lunch on 68-2.

After the interval, Lees set about pushing for his half-century. He struck a couple of fours before his 57-run partnership with Harte was broken by the dismissal of the latter.

Palladino was the beneficiary, trapping Harte lbw for a score of 24, shortly before Lees brought up his fifty in 102 balls, including four fours.

After compiling 63 runs, Lees eventually fell when he was caught by Alex Hughes off the bowling of Luis Reece.

Lees and Burnham had combined for the second half-century partnership of the innings, with the pair putting on 53 for the fourth wicket.

Burnham and Liam Trevaskis steadied the innings for Durham, with the former bringing up his half-century in 129 balls, including two fours and one six.

The 86-run partnership was broken by Matt Critchley, who had Trevaskis caught by du Plooy for a score of 40 with around an hour of play remaining.

Burnham was dismissed lbw by Rampaul for a score of 67. The bowler followed that delivery up by getting Ben Raine out lbw first ball, leaving Durham 233-7.

Eckersley and Potts added 21 runs before the end of the day as Durham closed on 254-8.

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