Opener Moore scores first ton for county in second league game

Derbyshire CCC’s second game of the LV= County Championship Division Two season appeared to be heading for a draw as the News went to press on Wednesday.

On Day One at the 3aaa County Ground, visitors Hampshire made 328 all out, with Mark Footitt taking three wickets and Tim Groenewald and Wes Durston two apiece.

Derbyshire’s response of 399 all out was based largely around opener Stephen Moore’s first century for his new county, in only his second game for Derbyshire.

He scored 128, aknock that included 17 fours and one six.

He was ably supported by skipper Wayne Madsen with 36, West Indies ace Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who continued his excellent start to the season with 82, Tony Palladino with 28, and there was a also a second half-century of the season for Tim Groenewald, who hit 56 not out from just 60 balls, an innings that included nine fours and two sixes.

Facing a deficit of 71, Hampshire had reached 20-0 going into the final of the game.

Derbyshire lost their first game of the season, at Essex last week, by 53 runs, chasing 366 to win but failing short.

Their next game is another one in the County Championship Division Two.

They will make the trip to Worcester to take on Worcestershire.

The four-day game will get under way on Sunday from 11am.