Wayne Madsen and Wes Durston pass 50 for Derbyshire CCC in Barbados
HALF-CENTURIES from Wayne Madsen and Wes Durston made it a good afternoon for Derbyshire on the second day of their match against Nottinghamshire at North Stars.
Madsen, who had to sit out all the previous games on the pre-season tour to Barbados, made 51 and Durston was 50 not out at tea out of a score of 194-4 in 58 overs.
There were spells of rare and welcome rain overnight, which slowed down the outfield and demanded a watchful start from the Derbyshire openers, but they safely put on 32 in 13 overs before Billy Godleman was drawn into a hook at a Ben Phillips ball and was caught by James Taylor at square leg.
Godleman made 15 but Madsen's timing became noticeably better in the second hour as Ben Slater joined him at the crease.
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Slater also looked steady but was out for 22 to the fourth ball after lunch, caught behind off Jake Ball, though Madsen moved on to his 50 off 106 balls with six fours before he was lbw to a Gurney delivery at 104-3.
Chesney Hughes moved smoothly on to 31 before gloving a catch down the leg side off Luke Fletcher at 142-4 but Durston, having recovered from a knee problem overnight to take his turn to bat, showed no ill effects as he completed his 50 off 49 balls with six fours and two sixes.
Tom Poynton was with him at tea on 18.