Lace scores century on Day Two

Monday 8th July 2019
Written by Danny Painter

Tom Lace struck an unbeaten century on Day Two of the Specsavers County Championship game against Worcestershire at Kidderminster. 

Lace finished the day 101 not out, while Wayne Madsen had earlier made 60 as Derbyshire managed 272-6 before the close of play on the second day.

Fynn Hudson-Prentice will also resume tomorrow, with the all-rounder yet to score, as Derbyshire take a lead of 267 runs into the third morning.

The opening pair of Billy Godleman and Luis Reece added 27 runs to Derbyshire’s overnight total of 19-0, before Reece was trapped lbw by Joe Leach in the sixth over of the day, while the captain fell for 26 when he was caught by Riki Wessels off Dillon Pennington in the next over.

Lace and Madsen set about halting the fall of wickets and managed to put on 50 runs before lunch, helping Derbyshire to a lead of 91 at the interval.

That lead moved into three-figures before Madsen brought up his half-century in 112 balls, which included eight fours as the partnership between he and Lace, the first fifty-run stand of the game, continued.

Madsen fell for 60 when he was caught by Pennington off Brett D’Oilveira, before Lace reached fifty in 141 balls, including seven fours. Leus du Plooy was caught by Callum Ferguson off Brett D’Oliveira for eight shortly after.

Having made a half-century in the second innings against Middlesex, Harvey Hosein again played a key role on Day Two in Kidderminster, making 33 runs in an 82-run stand with Lace before being caught by Dell off Ed Barnard.

Before the close of play, Matt Critchley edged a ball from Barnard which was caught by Daryl Mitchell to dismiss the Derbyshire all-rounder for a score of 13.

The 15th boundary of Lace’s innings came in the final over of the day, as the batsman brought up his second first-class century in 267 balls before the close of play, with Derbyshire 272-6, leading by 267.

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