Derbyshire 378 and 171 for 9 (Douthwaite 4-33) lead Glamorgan 346 (Hemphrey 75, Root 68, Rampaul 5-94) by 203 runs
Daniel Douthwaite inspired a Glamorgan fightback to set up an intriguing finale to the Division Two match against Derbyshire after Ravi Rampaul had celebrated his first five-wicket haul for three years.
The West Indian seamer claimed 5 for 94 as Glamorgan were bowled out for 346, 32 runs behind, with Billy Root scoring 68 and Douthwaite 39 in his first Championship innings. Derbyshire were going well at 96 for 1 but they lost seven wickets for 60 runs with Douthwaite taking four in five overs, and closed on 171 for 9, a lead of 203.
Glamorgan’s success in denying Derbyshire a bigger lead was largely down to a seventh-wicket stand of 72 in 29 overs between Douthwaite and Tom Cullen.
When Luis Reece nipped one back to trap Root lbw, Glamorgan were still 143 runs adrift but Douthwaite and Cullen showed restraint and resolve to get through the second new ball.
Derbyshire gave little away and two dropped slip catches did not prove expensive but the batsmen did well until Rampaul had Douthwaite caught behind for 39.
Cullen quickly followed, well taken at second slip for 40, and Rampaul secured a third bowling point when he yorked Andrew Salter in the 110th over. But Lukas Carey landed some uncomplicated blows, launching Reece into the seats in front of the pavilion, before his attempt to put Rampaul onto the ring road ended in the hands of deep midwicket to give him his maiden Derbyshire five-wicket bag.
Derbyshire started their second innings poorly with skipper Billy Godleman again failing when he was caught behind down the leg side off Michael Hogan for 9, but Wayne Madsen and Reece raised the tempo before a clatter of wickets checked their progress.
Madsen edged David Lloyd to second slip and Reece went the same way in his next over before Alex Hughes chipped Carey to square leg.
When Harvey Hosein was caught by Cullen diving full length, the contest was wide open and Douthwaite struck twice in four balls. Tom Lace chopped on trying to steer to third man and Matt Critchley walked across and was lbw before Logan van Beek top edged a pull and was caught behind.
Hogan returned to bowl Tony Palladino and it needed two firm blows from Rampaul to take Derbyshire’s lead past 200 before stumps were drawn at 7.15pm.
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Recent Match Report – Glamorgan vs Derbyshire, County Championship Division Two, 2nd Innings
Derbyshire 598 for 5 dec (Godleman 227, Lace 143, Hosein 91*) drew with Glamorgan 394 (Wagg 100, Carey 62*) and 184 for 2 (Labuschagne 83, Selman 73*)
On a St. Helen’s pitch which produced 1176 runs for the loss of 17 wickets, there was little prospect of a positive outcome in the Specsavers County Championship game between Glamorgan and Derbyshire at Swansea. With Glamorgan 184 for 2 in their second innings, and Nick Selman 73 not out, the captains shook hands.
After Derbyshire had declared their first innings on 598 for 5, their fifth-highest total in first-class cricket, Glamorgan were left 58 overs to clear their first innings deficit of 204. Despite losing opener Charlie Hemphrey to the last ball of the sixth over – the batsman left an inswinger from Ravi Rampaul – Selman and Marnus Labuschagne shared a rapid partnership of 142 in 29 overs for the second wicket to ensure Glamorgan would remain unbeaten and in contention near the top of Division Two.
There was nothing in the St. Helen’s pitch for the bowlers, with both Selman and Labuschagne reaching their half-centuries in quick time. Selman took 56 balls to reach his fifty, with Labuschagne reaching the landmark from five balls fewer.
Labuschagne, who played five Tests for Australia last year, is the leading run-scorer in Division Two with 653 runs including three centuries, and if he continues his current form he could be in contention for a place in the Ashes squad this summer. He made 83 from 90 balls, before he was stumped down the leg-side from Alex Hughes’ gentle medium pace.
Earlier Derbyshire had batted for 16 overs when play resumed at 12.55 after 20 overs had been lost to rain The visitors added a further 94 runs, with their captain Billy Godleman adding 16 runs to his overnight score before he was leg before to Lukas Carey for a career best 227. He was at the crease for eight and a quarter hours, faced 327 balls and struck 25 boundaries.
He put on 135 with Harvey Hosein who scored an unbeaten 91 and was unlucky not to reach his second first-class century when Godleman called a halt. Derbyshire were 104 runs in front before play restarted and were never going to lose the game. Perhaps they might have been better advised to have declared earlier and attempt to put more pressure on the opposition.
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