Hudson-Prentice hits 50 on wicket-filled Day Two

Monday 15th July 2019
Written by Danny Painter

Fynn Hudson-Prentice scored a half-century and claimed two dismissals as 24 wickets fell on Day Two of the Specsavers County Championship match against Northamptonshire at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield. 

The all-rounder top-scored with an unbeaten 55 as Derbyshire were all out for 146 in their first innings, before taking 2-30 and managing a run out in Northamptonshire’s second innings.

Tony Palladino claimed 4-33 as the visitors were dismissed for 122, setting Derbyshire a target of 319 to win, with 155-5, with Tom Lace (34 not out) and Harvey Hosein (6 not out) set to resume on Day Three, needing 164 to win.

After the wickets of Madsen (25), Lace (0) and du Plooy (1) early on Day One, Billy Godleman was dismissed for 22 when he was caught behind off Sanderson to leave Derbyshire 59-6.

Hudson-Prentice started his innings positively, smashing 22 off of one Rob Keogh over before lunch, at which the hosts went in 121-8, still trailing by 221.

The former Sussex all-rounder continued after the interval in the same vein, reaching his half-century in just 42 balls including seven fours and one six, ending the innings unbeaten on 55 as Derbyshire were dismissed for 146.

The hosts were behind by 194 at the start of the Northamptonshire innings, but made a brilliant start with the ball as Hudson-Prentice claimed the wicket of Rob Newton (9) and running Ricardo Vasconcelos (11) on the first delivery of the next over, before trapping Luke Proctor lbw for seven.

A quickfire double from Palladino removed Rob Keogh (3) and Adam Rossington (0) reduced Northamptonshire to 39-5, while he claimed two further wickets later in the over with Temba Bavuma (31) and Brett Hutton falling.

Hamidullah Qadri dismissed Saif Zaib to end the Northamptonshire innings for 122, setting Derbyshire a target of 319 to win the match with 27 overs left on Day Two.

Despite having more than two days left in the game, Godleman was in no mood to hang around, scoring 25 runs off the first seven deliveries that he faced, smashing four fours and one six, with the opening partnership of he and Reece reaching 41 in less than five overs before the Derbyshire captain was stumped by Rossington off Sanderson.

Having put on 44 runs for the second wicket, Madsen was bowled by Matt Coles for a score of 27, with Derbyshire reduced the number of runs required to under 250, before Reece himself was trapped lbw by Keogh for 33.

Proctor struck late in the day to remove du Plooy (18) and Qadri (0) in consecutive deliveries, with Derbyshire finishing the day on 155-5, with Lace not out on 34 and Hosein to resume on six.

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