Derbyshire’s England fast bowling hopeful Mark Footitt endured a frustrating day in front of national selector James Whitaker as South African batsman Colin Ingram led a Glamorgan recovery in the LV County Championship Division Two match at Chesterfield.
Whitaker would have been impressed by the ball that removed Ben Wright for a duck but Footitt lacked the consistency that earned him a place on England’s recent pre-Ashes camp in Spain and ended with figures of 1 for 65 from 11 overs which included eight no balls.
With Ingram counter-attacking to score an unbeaten 73 with 16 fours , Glamorgan closed an opening day in which 64 overs were lost to rain and bad light on 167 for 3 with their hopes of winning five consecutive championship games for the first time still very much alive.
Footitt had destroyed Glamorgan’s batting at Derby last season and the visitors must have feared the worst when Wayne Madsen won the toss and gave his attack first use of a green pitch on an overcast morning.
The conditions looked ideal for bowling and Glamorgan were soon in trouble as Tony Palladino and Footitt reduced them to 10 for 2 in the third over.
Jacques Rudolph played defensively at the ninth ball of the day only to see it spin back into his stumps and Whitaker’s journey to Queen’s Park was rewarded when Footitt had Wright caught behind off a rising ball.
It was his 40th championship wicket of the season and his 165th victim in an unbroken run of 40 first-class matches since early May 2013 but his chances of adding to that were ended by the first of four stoppages which allowed only nine overs to be bowled until the light improved late in the afternoon.
When play did finally resume, Bragg and Ingram took the total to 73 before Bragg lost his off stump to a ball from Taylor that nipped back but also kept low and Mark Wallace was forced to retire hurt when he was struck on the left hand in the seamer’s next over.
But Ingram was playing with growing authority and when Footitt switched to the Lake End for one over, he cut him for successive fours before driving Shiv Thakor down the ground for another boundary.
Footitt reverted to the Pavilion End and was driven past mid on by Ingram for his 12th four which took him to a 64 ball 50 which was an impressive effort in the conditions.
With Craig Meschede also profiting from some loose bowling, Ingram was able to look back on a good day for the Welsh county. “It was a tough one going on and off but I was really excited with the way the guys played positively.
“We did well to put runs on the board today and if we can come out tomorrow and bat well, we can seize the opportunity because if you bowl a good line and length, there’s enough for the bowlers.”
Madsen admitted he was disappointed with the way his team ended the day. “We got off to really good start this morning but it was a very poor last session when he bowled too many boundary balls. I know it’s a quick scoring ground but we were poor in our execution and gave them too many boundaries.”