Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Party on, Wayne!

Yup, the lines from one of my favourite comedies Wayne's World are coming thick and fast as Wayne Madsen joined an elite group and became only the tenth Derbyshire player to score a century on his debut.

At lunch Madsen is unbeaten on 126 and currently sits fourth on the list of highest innings on debut for the county. Marcus North's 132 in 2006 is in his sights, as is Daryl Cullinan's 134 against Sussex in 1995.

Top of the tree is Peter Bowler's unbeaten 155 against the slightly less demanding attack of Cambridge University at Fenners in 1988.

Having lost the early wicket of Jake Needham this morning, Derbyshire pushed on well to be 233-4 at lunch, with Wavell Hinds also going well on 46. With the side now 395 ahead and showers forecast, I'd expect a declaration sometime before tea to allow time to bowl Gloucestershire out again. I cannot see it being so easy to bowl out a strong batting side a second time, so we'll need to allow as much time as possible and look to set something close to 500.

Fingers crossed it all goes our way from here.

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