Derbyshire dismissed for 139
DAY 1 | Leicestershire CCC 55 for four v Derbyshire CCC 139 all out
SCORECARD | Available from Cricinfo HERE
REACTION | Leicestershire CCC seamer Dieter Klein spoke to BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae at stumps. The interview is available HERE
REPORT | A brilliant performance by Leicestershire CCC’s seamers ensured that Derbyshire CCC were bowled out for 139 on day one of the Specsavers County Championship game at the Fischer County Ground.
After being asked to bowl first, it was a real team effort as new ball duo Muhammad Abbas and Chris Wright each took three wickets and Dieter Klein and Will Davis claimed two apiece.
Wayne Madsen top-scored with 47 for the visitors, who were made to work for every run as the Foxes set the tone from the outset.
But it continued to be a bowling day as the Foxes replied with 55 for four in the 29 overs that were possible, with Hassan Azad posting 13 not out from a battling hour-and-a-half at the crease.
There were two enforced changes to the side that drew at Middlesex CCC as Tom Taylor and Ben Mike missed out through injury.
County’s bowlers were in action after Billy Godleman called correctly and elected to bat on a good surface with conditions set fair for batting.
However, it was tough going for the visitors from the outset. Abbas and Wright led from the front while Davis and Klein, both in the team following terrific form in the Second XI, slotted in seamlessly.
Two early shouts of lbw for the Foxes came from Abbas’ bowling and Wright was also unfortunate to see a cut from Godleman escape the grasp of point.
Openers Luis Reece and Godleman fought hard against the accurate opening new ball attack before a change of bowling saw the first wicket fall.
Left arm seamer Klein trapped Reece (12) leg before wicket with just his fifth ball of the day as a delivery nipped back sharply to pin the left-hander in front. It was a huge wicket bearing in mind that Reece made 111 in his first innings against Glamorgan the game prior.
The next over saw Reece’s opening partner depart. Wright began the day in great form, conceding fewer than 10 runs in a probing first six overs, and now added a deserved wicket to his figures.
Bowling over the wicket, Wright sent one across Godleman (7), who nicked towards first slip and saw his counterpart Paul Horton hold a good low catch.
Derbyshire CCC quickly found themselves on 24 for two, and although they appeared to have settled down, Davis then earned his first wicket of the day against his former teammates.
It was the dismissal of Tom Lace, who was making two consecutive Specsavers County Championship appearances against Leicestershire CCC for different teams.
Middlesex CCC loanee Lace had posted a half-century against the Foxes at Lord’s but fell for 5 on this occasion. The skipper again got his hands underneath the ball as it dipped at first slip.
In typical Foxes fashion, another wicket fell soon after as Abbas got in on the action. Alex Hughes (0) got a fine outside edge that went through to the safe hands of wicket-keeper Lewis Hill.
The morning had quickly turned into the favour of Leicestershire CCC, who were held up by Derbyshire CCC lynchpin Madsen.
Often a thorn in the side of the Foxes, Madsen again looked in good form. His quickfire 39 runs off 52 balls in the opening session included eight fours.
Derbyshire CCC lunched at 75 for four and it took just three further overs to make the fifth breakthrough, Wright pinning Harvey Hosein for 10.
Five balls later, and the Foxes dismissed Madsen (47), Abbas trapping the No.3 batsman leg before. Derbyshire CCC now found themselves at 92 for six and the initiative was well and truly with Leicestershire CCC.
Fifteen minutes were lost to a shower before the players re-emerged from the pavilion - and Abbas made up for lost time.
Matthew Critchley (8) received a delivery that had some decent bounce and the ball went to Colin Ackermann at second slip.
Wright joined the Pakistan international on three wickets for the day as Anuj Dal (4) edged a full-length delivery to Harry Dearden at third slip. The ball travelled quickly and Dearden ensured he was well-set to take it at the second attempt.
Derbyshire CCC found themselves on 114 for eight and the Foxes were looking to wrap the innings up before tea, something they achieved despite Logan van Beek adding a useful unbeaten 15.
Davis claimed his second of the day - Azad on hand at square-leg to catch Tony Palladino (5) - while Ravi Rampaul (7) top-edged Klein’s delivery out to Wright at long-leg.
It was the visitors’ lowest score against Leicestershire CCC for 19 years; they were bowled out for 133 on that occasion. The rain then returned to wipe out ten overs, and Derbyshire CCC took three quick wickets upon the resumption.
Palladino bowled Horton (10) who could only get an inside edge on the delivery and guide it on to the stumps, while Ateeq Javid (3) was trapped lbw by the same bowler.
Mark Cosgrove (7) was victim of a sharp catch by Madsen at first slip after he edged left arm seamer Reece and suddenly the Foxes were at 24 for three.
It needed a rearguard action from Azad and Ackermann, with the latter also finding time to play two glorious strokes down the ground for four.
Seamer Palladino returned to dismiss Ackermann (18) leg before to leave the Foxes at 50 for four before Azad and Dearden (4*) steered the Foxes to stumps in fading light, which ultimately brought about a premature close.
FIGURES (1st inns) | Abbas 17-6-38-3, Wright 16-5-39-3, Klein 8.4-2-30-2, Davis 9-3-24-2.
TEAM | Horton (capt), Javid, Azad, Cosgrove, Ackermann, Dearden, Hill (wk), Klein, Wright, Davis, Abbas.
Derbyshire CCC | Godleman (capt), Reece, Madsen, Lace, Hughes, Hosein (wk), Critchley, Dal, van Beek, Palladino, Rampaul.
IMAGES | Thanks to John Mallett of Outside Off for providing the images throughout the game.