Worcestershire picked up three wickets on a truncated opening day of the Specsavers County Championship clash with Derbyshire at the 3aaa County
Skipper Joe Leach, Jack Shantry and Josh Tongue enjoyed one success apiece as Derbyshire reached 111-3 from 40 overs by the close with Luis Reece unbeaten on 53.
The toss was uncontested with Leach unsurprisingly electing to bowl first when play finally got underway at 4pm after a wet outfield had delayed proceedings.
Leach took the new ball and struck in his first over as left-hander Ben Slater (2) lost his off stump to a fine delivery.
The 26-year-old and Ed Barnard bowled well without much luck with the new ball in spells of 7-2-15-1 and 6-2-12-0 respectively.
Derbyshire’s second wicket pair of Shiv Thakor and Luis Reece added 55 in 21.1 overs.
Nathan Lyon – the 23rd Australian to play County Championship for Worcestershire – was brought into the attack after 20 overs although his initial spell lasted only one over.
But the next over from, Jack Shantry, brought about the downfall of Thakor (23) with a lifting delivery.
The ball looped over the fielders behind the wicket off the shoulder of the bat and Daryl Mitchell running back from second slip completed the catch at 57-2.
Shantry then came close to trapping Reece lbw in his next over.
It became 79-3 when Josh Tongue induced an edge from Wayne Madsen (11) as he prodded half forward to a ball that moved away and Ben Cox snaffled the catch.
Lyon gradually settled in a good line and length, drawing the batsmen forward, after some early loose deliveries.
Reece went to his half century off 100 balls with his fifth boundary – off Tongue – out of 96-3.
Leach ended with 1-20 from 10 overs, Shantry 1-14 from seven and Tongue 1-31 from eight.
Nathan Lyon achieved his maiden Specsavers County Championship wicket for Worcestershire – in conditions vastly different to his previous success at first class level.
The Australian off spinner struck on day two of the match with Derbyshire at the 3aaa County Ground when he trapped Alex Hughes lbw for 53.
He was warmly congratulated by his County team-mates after securing a second bowling bonus point with Derbyshire then 200-6.
Lyon’s previous first class victim had been secured in the Himalayan city of Dharamsala – now the home of the Dalai Lama – when playing for his country in the fourth Test against India in late March.
But hopes of building on that initial breakthrough for Worcestershire were foiled by the elements on another truncated day as play was called off at 5pm.
Derbyshire resumed on 111-3 from 40 overs with Luis Reece on 53 and Billy Godleman 13.
But the two not out batsmen overnight were quickly dismissed in an encouraging start to proceedings by skipper Joe Leach’s side.
Jack Shantry accounted for Reece after he had added only a single as he fended a rising delivery to Tom Kohler-Cadmore at first slip.
Then in the next over it became 122-5 as Godleman (19) nicked Leach through to keeper Ben Cox.
The players initially came off for rain at 11.55am and did not return until 2.05pm after the loss of 24 overs.
Leach and Shantry again bowled without a great deal of luck and troubled new batsman Darren Smit.
Hughes and Smit set about rebuilding the Derbyshire innings with a partnership of 78 in 21 overs.
The latter cut Ed Barnard for four before Smit survived a confident lbw shout from the same bowler on 27.
But in the next over Lyon accounted for Hughes after he had tried to work the ball on the leg-side – and then the heavens opened.
Openers Daryl Mitchell and Brett D’Oliveira both scored excellent centuries as Worcestershire dominated the third day of the Specsavers County Championship match with Derbyshire at the 3aaa County Ground.
Mitchell became the 25th player to score 10,000 first class runs for Worcestershire during a superb partnership of 243 in 54 overs with D’Oliveira.
It followed on from keeper Ben Cox claiming the 200th first class catch of his career after Derbyshire had been bowled out for 275 with maximum bowling points secured.
Mitchell’s ton was the 25th of his career as he continued the form demonstrated in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
D’Oliveira completed his first three figure score since his 202 not out against Glamorgan at Cardiff last May.
He was finally dismissed for a magnificent 150 off 232 balls with 15 fours in the final over of the day.
Worcestershire reached 323-3 by the close – a lead of 48.
Mitchell and D’Oliveira have had to contended with some challenging conditions against the new ball in the opening part of the season but both showed their quality today.
Derbyshire resumed on 200-6 and Worcestershire skipper Joe Leach was again soon amongst the wickets.
Daryn Smit (33) was again given a searching examination before edging Leach to Mitchell who held onto a good low catch at second slip.
Leach picked up his fourth wicket as Jeevan Mendis (19) flicked him straight to Tom Fell at deep square leg.
The ninth wicket pair of Tom Taylor and Tony Palladino resisted for 20 overs in adding 45 before the former nicked an Ed Barnard delivery to Ben Cox – the 200th first class catch of his career.
Barnard wrapped up the innings in his next over as Palladino (32) was trapped lbw.
Leach finished with 4-50 from 23 overs and was well backed up by Barnard (2-33), Jack Shantry (2-49), Josh Tongue (1-62) and Nathan Lyon (1-73).
Mitchell and D’Oliveira showed positive intent from the start as Worcestershire tried to make up for the lost of 128.5 overs to the weather during the opening two days of the game.
D’Oliveira hit Taylor for four boundaries in one over although he had a let off on 42 when Ben Slater at square leg spilled a chance off Shiv Thakor.
Mitchell was first to his half century off 61 balls as the 100 came up in just 20 overs.
D’Oliveira went to the same mark from 79 deliveries and both batsmen were able to score freely.
Mitchell completed 10,000 runs for the county with a cover drive for three off Mendis and a back foot cover drive for two off Ben Cotton took him to three figures.
It came from 128 balls with one six and 11 fours.
An under edge for four off Thakor enabled D’Oliveira to complete his hundred from 160 deliveries – also with 11 fours.
The partnership was finally broken with 243 on the board in the 54th over as Mitchell was lbw to Thakor.
Fell (13) added 39 in 13 overs with D’Oliveirs before he chopped on against Mendis.
Leach promoted himself to number four and smashed two sixes in the space of three balls off Wayne Madsen.
D’Oliveira brought up his 150 off 230 balls with 15 fours but in the last over went for a big hit and top edged a return catch to Mendis who held onto the chance at short mid wicket.
Director Of Cricket Steve Rhodes says Worcestershire “played the game exactly how we wanted to” after overwhelming Derbyshire by an innings and 42 runs to maintain their 100 per cent record in the Specsavers County Championship.
Worcestershire overcame the loss of 129 overs to rain on the opening two days at the 3aaa County Ground to dominate in all departments and triumph by 3pm on the final day.
Joe Leach’s third five wicket haul in four innings was largely responsible for Derbyshire being bowled out for 98 after Ed Barnard – with two wickets and a run out – had caused the early damage.
This followed on from Worcestershire securing maximum batting points before declaring at 415-9 – a lead of 140 – ahead of Derbyshire capitulating inside 30 overs.
Rhodes told BBC Hereford-Worcester’s Dave Bradley: “I’m delighted. It was tough after losing so much time in the first two days and we actually played the game exactly how we wanted to.
“That was to bowl them out and then try and bat when conditions were a little bit better and then try and bowl them out at the end.
“It did work well but with only 63 overs possible in the first two days, it meant we needed to bat positively and quickly and that’s what the openers (Daryl Mitchell and Brett D’Oliveira) did.
“They got us going and we had some flurries towards the end. There was lots of unselfish batting, a lot of team batting, and that’s the reason we got over 400.
“Delighted for all the team, especially Joe (Leach). He put in a real whole-hearted performance with the ball and all the guys fielded really well in this game.”
Worcestershire resumed on 323-3 at the start of the final day.
Rhodes said: “We were looking at an hour to bat and try and get 100 runs. We were just short of that and lost a few wickets early on so it was a really good effort to get to where we wanted to go before we declared.
“Did I think we could bowl Derby out for 140? We were a bit unsure if we would bowl them out for that. We did feel we could bowl them out, that was the crucial bit.
“But when they were four down for 18 runs, that was an unbelievable start for us and the better players are gone and then there are a couple of crucial wickets after lunch with Wayne Madsen and Hughesy (Alex Hughes).
“Things definitely fell into place for us.”
Barnard ran out Luis Reece, who was batting with a runner, and then took a fine catch on the boundary to dismiss last man Tony Palladino.
Rhodes said: “With Barny, there was a good catch and a good run out, some nice catching from Coxy (Ben Cox), and I was really pleased with the fielding.
“It is something we work hard on and we know we can’t take thise wickets without good fielding so it’s really important to us.
“The lads enjoy the fielding, they are quite an athletic bunch and particularly when you see Barny and Dolly (Brett D’Oliveira) running around in the field.
“They make up for some of the other guys who might not be quite as quick but certainly if you are taking your chances that’s a great sign because it means the lads are switched on and the expectation levels are good to take those wickets.”
- 19 May 2017
- The 3aaa County Ground, Derby
- Start time:
- Steve O'Shaughnessy / Russell Warren
- Worcestershire elected to bowl.
- Home Scorer
- John Brown
- Away Scorer
- Phillip Mellish
- 275 All Out (92.1 overs)
- 415 / 9 (89.2 overs)
- 98 All Out (29.4 overs)
- Luis Reece
- Ben Slater
- Shiv Thakor
- Billy Godleman
- Wayne Madsen
- Daryn Smit
- Alex Hughes
- Jeevan Mendis
- Tom Taylor
- Tony Palladino
- Ben Cotton
- Daryl Mitchell
- Brett D'Oliveira
- Tom Fell
- Joe Clarke
- Tom Kohler-Cadmore
- Ben Cox
- Ed Barnard
- Joe Leach
- Josh Tongue
- Jack Shantry
- Nathan Lyon