Worcestershire vs Derbyshire Day 3

MoeenDerbyshire 219 (Madsen 111 n.o Ajmal 60-4) trail Worcestershire 432-9 (Kervezee 110 Footitt 52-3) by 213 runs.

An adventurous century by Alexei Kervezee and thrilling 99 by Moeen Ali set the tone for a strong day’s work for Worcestershire as they reached leaving Derbyshire an uphill task to save the match tomorrow at New Road.

Kervezee struck 110 off 137 which included 11 boundaries while Ali faced 146 balls and struck nine boundaries and three sixes. Gareth Andrew struck a blistering half century late in the day (71 off 53 balls) inclusive of 6 boundaries and five sixes to effectively render Derbyshire a back to the wall mission tomorrow.

Derbyshire’s bowlers were lacking in penetration after a morning session, where they got the lengths right. But since then, they were hit all around the park ruthlessly as runs began to haemorrhage. Only one to come away with some pride was Mark Footitt who returned impressive figures of 52-3.

It was all based on another solid and obdurate opening stand between Daryl Mitchell and Matthew Pardoe who took care of the early seam movement. 41 runs were added with lot of caution but 72 runs on the board, the first wicket fell as Mitchell was caught and bowled off David Wainwright for 26.

Moeen Ali had an assignment of his own in hand, with England selectors having a binocular placed on him and he curbed his attacking instincts in the early spells. Maybe he had going to lunch without damage at the back of his mind, whichever it was, he managed it with some anxious moments.

However, Pardoe couldn’t last until lunch as a contentious catch by Wayne Madsen at square leg meant he had to depart for 49. Umpires had to consult eachother before arriving at a decision and Pardoe seemed hardly impressed with the outcome.

Moeen broke his shackles after lunch, wielding his bat with effortless ease to reach a half-century only off 59 balls. His company proved to be valuable for Tom Kohler-Cadmore who hung around with hope that he could turn his poor form around. But Madsen turned to Tony Palladino since the spinners were leaking runs at will, and he immediately got the breakthrough removing Cadmore for 11. That was the call for fireworks as Kervezee and Ali began to swallow the lead of Derbyshire in double quick time.

They added 78 for the fourth wicket before Ali’s horror moment arrived on the stroke of tea. Needing a single to reach his 13th first class hundred, Ali spooked at a wide delivery by Wes Durston which spooned to Tim Groenewald at backward point.

After tea, Ross Whiteley did nothing to remind his former county of his presence as he was dismissed for a duck by Palladino. Ben Cox continued his fine form and added 75 runs off just 79 balls for the 6th wicket before departing for a well-made 41.

Then the stage was set for Andrew to instigate a savage assault. The ground wasn’t big enough for three of his sixes while another hit ‘Worcestershire County Club sign’ at the rooftop of the nearby hotel. Even the last man Charles Morris joined into heave a boundary towards square leg to multiply the misery for Derbyshire bowlers.

In the middle of the carnage, the message wasn’t lost. They had set themselves up for a real tilt at an outright victory tomorrow.



Worcestershire vs Derbyshire Day 2

madsenStumps Day 2: Derbyshire 219 (Madsen 111 n.o, Ajmal 60/4) lead Worcestershire 31-0 (Mitchell 13 n.o Pardoe 10 n.o) by 188 runs by Chathura Pinnawala at New Road.

A fighting century by Wesley Madsen provided the backbone to an otherwise tentative display of batting by Derbyshire as they were shot out for 219 in their LV Championship Division II match at New Road today.

Worcestershire in reply reached stumps at 31-0 condensing all the honours of the day to themselves. Daryl Mitchell and Matthew Pardoe were at their watchful best as they made peace with the 16 tricky overs which was left on Day 2 before stumps. Saeed Ajmal took four late order wickets, while Gareth Andrew, who bowled splendidly in the morning session, and Charles Morris shared three wickets apiece.

Earlier, Captain Madsen stood like a rock striking 14 boundaries in a marathon knock, his 16th first class hundred, which lasted 244 balls. He never found the relief such a knock warranted as wickets falling around him was a constant theme of the day. It seemed they were off to an auspicious start though, as the overnight pair, Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul fronted up to the apparent swing that was on offer under the cloudy skies.

Chanderpaul’s dismissal, LBW to Andrew for 32, just before lunch was a key moment in the match with it providing the impetus Worcestershire yearned for after yielding nothing for a concentrated spell of bowling in the morning. Chesney Hughes followed soon after, again LBW to Andrew, for a duck to leave the Falcons in deep trouble. It was compounded when Ajmal, playing his first match after receiving the long awaited go ahead by Pakistan Cricket Board, decided to rearrange his wickets column.

First to fall was Wes Durston for two before Dan Hodgson, on loan from Yorkshire, did no favours for his new county falling to Ajmal leaving him on a hat-trick. Admirably, from then onwards the visitors’ tail gave sufficient company to Madsen, helping him reach his century.

David Wainwright (10), Toni Palladino (11), Tim Groenewald (24), Mark Footitt (17) all put a price tag on their wickets, which enabled Madsen to add invaluable 136 runs for the final four wickets.

Worcestershire top order could have easily surrendered the advantage given to them by their excellent bowlers, but Mitchell and Pardoe was in no mood to do so.

The sun was a welcome sight after an opening day which was washed off and with an encouraging forecast for tomorrow, Cricket will be the focal point of the day again instead of the depressing umbrellas and raincoats.

Worcestershire vs Derbyshire Day 1

darylStumps, Day One: Derbyshire 3-2 (Andrew 2/1 Morris 1/1) v Worcestershire by Chathura Pinnawala at New Road.

Persistent drizzle and wet ground conditions prevented any meaningful play in the LV Championship Division II match between Worcestershire and Derbyshire which commenced today at New Road.

Only four overs were possible for the entire day and the visitors found it hard to counter the seam movement to finish at 3-2, having elected to bat. Gareth Andrew dismissed Billy Godleman for 3 as an inside edge crashed on to the stumps while youngster Charles Morris produced a ripper which jagged back and castled a perplexed Stephen Moore who didn’t offer a stroke.

It was during a brief period from 4.30pm, but just as Moore trudged off to the pavilion, rain followed him ending any further play. Worcestershire made just one change from the previous victory against Kent, drafting in Saeed Ajmal in place of Shaaiq Chowdhry while for Derbyshire, Dan Hodgson and David Wainwright took the places of Richard Johnson and Mark Turner.

Play is scheduled to begin at 11am tomorrow.