Palladino reaches milestone

Tony Palladino passed another milestone before rain cut short the second day of their Specsavers County Championship Division Two game against Glamorgan at the 3aaa County Ground.

The Derbyshire seamer took his 10th five-wicket haul for the county and the 12th of his career before Timm van der Gugten and Andrew Salter revived Glamorgan by adding 63 in 15 overs before they were bowled out for 377.

Michael Hogan removed Chesney Hughes and Hamish Rutherford in Derbyshire’s reply but Ben Slater and Wayne Madsen prevented further setbacks until the rain arrived and wiped out the final session with the hosts  on 98-2 at the close of play.

Batting was more demanding than on day one and Glamorgan’s lower order crumbled in the face of some fine bowling by Palladino who struck in consecutive overs.

Derbyshire’s on-loan fast bowler Luke Fletcher made the first breakthrough, defeating Craig Meschede’s drive without addition to his overnight score of three, before Palladino got one to lift sharply at Graham Wagg who was well caught by Hughes at first slip.

When Hogan’s attempt to clear the ropes ended in the hands of Rutherford back-peddling from mid-off, Glamorgan had lost three wickets in four overs for six runs but Derbyshire were frustrated by a 10th wicket stand that secured a fourth batting point.

The bitterly cold conditions made bowling difficult for leg-spinner Matt Critchley who was twice dispatched for six by van der Gugten, and the Australian also hit four fours before he edged Wes Durston low to slip 

Derbyshire’s reply was briefly halted by showers but Slater and Hughes profited from some loose bowling until Hogan broke through from the Racecourse End.

Hughes had his off-stump knocked back as he aimed an expansive drive with little foot movement and Rutherford also contributed to his own downfall six overs later.

The New Zealander lifted a short ball from Hogan over the slips but only picked out Salter at third man who took a well-judged catch just inside the ropes.

Wayne Madsen did well to survive his first ball which reared unpleasantly but Glamorgan could not maintain the pressure as the third wicket pair added another 40 runs before the rain clouds rolled in.

Fletcher said: “It was shaping up nicely but none of us can do anything about the weather.

“It’s been a bitterly cold couple of days and although it’s alright when you’re bowling, when you stop you sriffen up. I think it’s the coldest I’ve been for a long time and it’s hard coming back for spells.”

Glamorgan captain Jacques Rudolph credited the lower-order revival and said: “The way Andrew Salter and Timm van der Gugten played put us into a strong postion and it will be important for us to start well tomorrow.

“If you bowl good areas there’s enough in it but the flip side to that is if you don’t it’s easy to score so we have to be on it tomorrow morning.”

Source: ECB

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