Derbyshire disappointed after poor bowling display on day one against Worcestershire


Derbyshire were left frustrated at the Incora County Ground after an impressive batting display from Worcestershire.

Haynes (133) led Worcestershire to 326-5 at the end of play on day one after Derbyshire’s bowlers struggled to find their rhythm.

After choosing to bowl at the toss, Derbyshire did not take long to grab their first wicket as Ed Pollock (7) was caught behind by Brooke Guest off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal.

Ryan Sidebottom, who recently extended his loan spell at Derbyshire, picked up the second wicket of the innings with just his third ball. He trapped Jake Libby (17) for LBW as both openers were dismissed for just 41 runs.

After the final session, Sidebottom expressed his feelings toward the extension.

“It was nice to get the backing against Glamorgan and then to sign for another month. I think it shows they’re putting a little bit of faith into me and it gives me the confidence to go out and do what I do to repay that.”

Azhar Ali and Haynes saw Worcestershire through until lunch, with the latter taking a more aggressive approach before the break. The visitors went into lunch at 89-2, Ali on 19 off 70 and Haynes on 33 off 58.

The pair brought up their 50-run partnership on the first ball after lunch and Worcestershire reached the 100-mark soon after. Lakmal and Sidebottom were running in hard after the break, but they struggled to find a breakthrough.

Haynes then reached his half-century in unorthodox fashion after he top-edged Lakmal short ball over the wicket-keeper’s head and for four. This was the 21-year-old’s seventh 50 in first-class cricket.

Ali managed to bring up his 50 off 117 balls and reached a 100-run partnership with Haynes in the process as the pair continued to frustrate the bowlers.

Things got worse for Billy Godleman’s side when Lakmal was substituted during his 15th over with an apparent eye injury, but the bowler managed to return a few overs later.

Both Sidebottom and Sam Connors were erratic with their bowling and spinner Alex Thompson could not force an error from either batter as they went into the tea break at 209/2.

Things finally changed for Derbyshire after the break as Ali (88) edged a delivery by Thompson to Wayne Madsen in the first slip. The 187-run partnership between Ali and Haynes was the second-highest partnership against Derbyshire.

Haynes reached his second century in as many games off 169 balls, hitting 12 fours on his way to the ton.

He also reached the 50-partnership threshold with Brett D’Oliveira (35), who hit the only six of the day with a big shot over long-off after a loose ball from Leus du Plooy.

Conners’ picked up his first wicket of the match after Derbyshire took the new ball, and it was the big wicket of Haynes. The batter misjudged the delivery and edged it to Thompson at first slip.

Worcestershire’s 300 brought up a landmark moment in Derbyshire history. It was the first time that five consecutive batting sides reached 300 runs in an innings.

Sidebottom got one final wicket before the end of the play after D’Oliveira’s offensive shot was caught brilliantly by Anuj Dal.

Ed Barnard (18*) finished the day at the crease alongside nightwatchman Adam Finch (5*) as Worcestershire prepare to build on their solid foundation tomorrow.

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